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Broadcast Veteran Arrested for Punching Wife in Evans


Broadcast veteran Birnie Florie has been arrested for allegedly punching his wife several times during a fight last week in Evans.

Florie, 68, was charged Friday with simple battery – family violence.

Florie’s wife told Columbia County deputies that she was arguing with her husband when the argument turned physical.

“(He) was holding her in the bedroom and she was trying to get away from him,” a deputy’s report says. “Edward hit her in the face with a closed first approximately three or four times.”

The victim said she struggled to get away and scratched Florie’s arms in the process. Florie claims he was just trying to put his wife in bed when she tried to get away and scratched him. He said he reacted by punching her, a report says.

The couple admitted they had both been drinking and they “appeared to be intoxicated,” the report says. Florie was determined to be the primary aggressor and was arrested.

Florie, whose full name is Edward Birnief Florie Jr.,  is the former station manager for WBBQ and former executive director of the American Red Cross of Augusta.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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