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Augusta man involved in SWAT standoff makes initial court appearance

An Augusta man accused of holding two small children in a standoff with the Richmond County Sheriff's SWAT team appeared in Richmond County Magistrate Court Monday. Marcus D. Gifford, 34, is accused of false imprisonment, cruelty to children in the first degree, aggravated assault on a police office


Man wanted for questioning for shoplifting at Best Buy in Augusta

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man wanted for questioning in a shoplifting case. According to the sheriff's office, a theft by shoplifting occurred at the Best Buy on the 3000 block of Walton Way Extension on March 8.


Richmond County deputy involved in 4-vehicle crash

A four-vehicle accident involving a Richmond County Sheriff's Office police cruiser closed the intersection at Jones and 15th streets Monday evening and sent a deputy and another driver to the hospital.


Richmond County Sheriff’s Office seeking identity for questioning

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in identifying subjects. The pictured subjects are wanted for questioning for forgery in the 3rd degree and forgery in the 4th degree at the SRP Federal Credit Union at 3206 Peach Orchard Rd. and 1007 Broad St.


16-year-old with autism missing in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- According to the RCSO a 16-year-old girl with autism is missing. Nicole Smith a.k.a Tabitha Hicks was last seen on the 1800 block of Heathers Way in Augusta at 5:30 p.m.


Augusta's director of parks and recreation resigns after city admin and attorney

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Augusta's director of Recreation and Parks Department has submitted his resignation. In a letter submitted Monday afternoon, Glenn Parker says he's leaving the post.


Family charged in scheme over Masters tickets

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Four members of a Texas family are facing federal charges in what prosecutors say was a scheme that used stolen identities to get tickets to the Masters golf tournament, then resell those tickets at a healthy profit.


Search Underway for Missing Teen in Richmond County

RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WJBF) - The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing teenager. 16 year old Nicole Smith was last seen around 5:30 pm on Monday on the 1800 Block of Heathers Way. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts, a blue and red tank top and was carrying a stuffed blu


Statewide Hepatitis A outbreak reported in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting a statewide outbreak of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) after 250 cases of the infection have been identified. The department says the cases date as far back as June 2018. The number of cases identified is nine times higher than the total of 24 infections


Two-day job fair kicks off Monday in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Accustaff is hosting a two-day hiring event Monday and Tuesday. Both days are hosted at 3154 Perimeter Parkway, in Augusta. The fair runs from 9:00 a.m. until noon Monday and 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.


Suspects sought for shoplifting at Grovetown Walmart

The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is looking for two suspect wanted in a shoplifting case. According to the department, a black male and a black female were working together in a shoplifting at the Grovetown Walmart Neighborhood Market on Wrightsboro Road. Both left the store with carts full


Officials: Man stole car from gas station with car owner asleep in backseat

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Sometimes, maybe it's a good thing to take a nap. One Columbia County resident's mid-afternoon siesta may have been to their advantage after investigators with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office explained one would-be criminal.


Pregnant mom who was cited for toddler urinating in parking lot could go to trial after case isn’t dropped

RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- A potty training issue that led to a citation ended up in court Thursday with no resolution, WRDW reports. Brooke Johns, now 37 weeks pregnant, stood before a Georgia county solicitor and a judge Thursday morning to contest the ticket.


Georgia man gets tiny visitor year after year

A Georgia man nursed a hummingbird back to health four years ago. That same hummingbird migrates south every year, but around this time of year--always finds his way back. It's a story that proves--friends--come in all shapes and sizes.


UGA student shot, suspect at-large in armed robbery

ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA) - A University of Georgia student is fighting to stay alive after what police believe was an armed robbery and shooting. The school said two students were robbed at an off-campus apartment near Milledge Avenue. They described the events as “tragic and shocking.”


4-year-old killed in Easter Sunday vehicle accident on SC Highway 4

AIKEN, S.C. (WOLO) – Highway Patrol says a 4-year-old was killed after a single vehicle collision on Easter Sunday. Aiken County Coroner’s Office says Kylee Vinson, 4, died on scene.


Man accused of killing Ja’Ziah Pollard not granted bond

AUGUSTA, GA. (WFXG) - A 28-year-old convicted sex-offender accused of shooting and killing a Richmond County toddler appeared in court Monday. Marquie Gunter appeared in front of Judge Shepard for five criminal arrest warrants.


These are some of Georgia's most horrific crimes in recent memory

Georgia has seen a number of what could be considered "heinous" crimes throughout the years pass through the area's courtrooms. The details in each of the crimes on their own are definitely gut-wrenching, but when taken together, they are simply heartbreaking. Most of these tales could be looked at


Aiken man allegedly threatens to set fire to patrol car and officers, reports show

An Aiken man has been charged with malicious injury to property and threatening public officials, according to records from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. Witnesses called police claiming that Tayquon Abney, 24, was beating a female victim inside an Aiken residence. When witnesses hid the female


MISSING: A 16-year-old girl missing for four days left behind a note and a cell phone

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 16-year-old girl who has been missing for four days. According to the sheriff's office, Leila Kinlaw was last seen at her home where she left behind a note and a cell phone.