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Animal Rescue owner cited, stripped of license

...recently sentenced in Columbia County Magistrate Court for failing to care for animals...to care for and maintain animals in Magistrate Court on Wednesday. Columbia County...rescue license immediately. Associate Magistrate Judge Grady Blanchard also fined Leahey...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-04-17/animal-rescue-owner-ci
Mosquito complaints increased last year

...show Wishard's staff has inspected 289 abandoned or neglected pools, a violation of local ordinances that is punishable in magistrate court by a maximum fine of $1,000 and jail time.Wishard's team has also brought 246 pools into compliance with Richmond...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-04-17/mosquito-complaints-increased
Commissoners shocked by decrepit conditions at public defender's office, but options limited

...she said.The office, which serves juvenile and superior courts in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties and state and magistrate courts in Richmond, has grown in staff and caseload. In 2010 under former Public Defender Sam Sibley, it had a staff of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-04-15/commissoners-shocked-dec
Judge dismisses child molestation charges

...charges Tuesday against a man accused of asking a woman to let him spend time with her young daughters.McDuffie County Chief Magistrate Bryant Swan, who was called in to avoid conflicts of interest, ruled that there was not enough evidence to charge Chad Eric...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-03-31/judge-dismisses-child-
Owner pays steep price when dogs kill city goats

...city-maintained detention ponds has been ordered to pay more than $2,830 in fines, fees and restitution.Chief Civil and Magistrate Court Judge William D. Jennings III sentenced Michael Todd Robinson late last month to 12 months' probation, which terminated...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-04-02/owner-pays-steep-price
Overtime

...Louisiana to face charges that he drugged women in order to rape them. However that is considered a legal formality since a magistrate judge can't accept a felony guilty plea.Sharper already has pleaded guilty or no-contest to related charges in three...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/usca/2015-04-07/overtime
SC bill would change magistrate selection

...friends and campaign donors for coveted magistrate judge spots, critics say.Sen. Lee...judges in the judicial circuit where the magistrate will serve. Currently state senators...attorneys wind up practicing before a magistrate they selected."A lot of times people...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-01-19/sc-bill-would-change-m
Case continues against Augusta businessman accused of having sex with teen

...Augusta businessman accused of having sex with a teen will continue after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.A Columbia County magistrate judge ruled there is enough evidence against Randy Houston Mercer, 57, to proceed with prosecution of the case in Superior...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-03-17/case-continues-against
Government is too fat

...stand on big government. Big Brother is everywhere and involved in everything. Do we need circuit court, district court, magistrate court, family court, traffic court, criminal court, civil court and all the litigating mediation and maneuvering associated...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-03-26/government-too-fat
Augusta judges' pay could rise

...Barbara Sims, R-Augusta, each said they hadn't heard about Howard's bill.Howard said he was asked by the chief magistrate judge and the Superior Court judges for a raise."The normal way I've seen it done in the past, and we've not done...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-03-09/augusta-judges-pay-could