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Hephzibah Man Killed in Shooting; Another Victim Injured


A Hephzibah man was shot to death Tuesday night at Georgian Place apartment complex in Augusta, authorities said. DeShaun Johnson (pictured) was shot at least once on the 1700 block of Valley Park West, and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:03 p.m. Tuesday, Coroner Mark Bowen said. The victim ...

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Augusta Teen Fakes Home Invasion by ‘Masked Men’


An Augusta teen faked a home invasion at his grandfather’s home Sunday to hide his theft of two TVs and a tablet, according to authorities. Taylor Peel called 911 over the weekend, telling dispatchers that he had just been tied up and robbed at his grandfather’s home on Bridgewater Drive ...

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Augusta Toddler Starts Fire While Home Alone with Siblings


A 2-year-old started a fire Saturday in his Augusta home after he, his 9-year-old brother and 4-year-old sister were left alone while their mother was at work. The oldest child told a Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy that he was asleep when the fire broke out, but his sister woke him ...

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Augusta Boy, 16, Claims Rape During First Meet-up with Stranger


An Augusta boy was hospitalized Thursday for a sexual assault he claims happened while visiting a male teen he met over a social app. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the sex crime since the incident allegedly happened in their jurisdiction. The 16-year-old boy told authorities that he met the suspect through ...

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WGAC’s Austin Rhodes Hit by Drunk Driver

Steven Grycel

WGAC’s Austin Rhodes was struck by a drunk driver Thursday night, suffering only minor injuries in the two-vehicle wreck on Washington Road near the Evans Walmart. Steven Joseph Grycel, 58, of Evans (pictured), was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI and failure to yield in the accident. Rhodes, who ...

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These Thieves Need to be Stopped in Columbia County


This guy was apparently really hungry. On Saturday afternoon, he loaded up a cart with $440 worth of groceries from Kroger store at 4115 Columbia Road in Martinez and tried to roll them right out without paying. He was stopped in the parking lot by a Kroger employee and he left the ...

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Man Wanted for Questioning in Theft at Evans Target

Target wanted

This man is wanted for questioning for shoplifting at Target stores in Columbia County. In one case, the Evans Target reported the theft of GoPro cameras from the electronics department on Feb. 27. If you recognize this man, please call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 706-541-2800. For more crime ...

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