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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. penalized $1.4 billion for deadly pipeline blast

...Transportation Safety Board and others that utilities step up their monitoring of decades old natural gas lines.This year, federal prosecutors separately indicted PG&E on 27 counts alleging the utility violated pipeline safety requirements. Another federal count...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-02/pacific-gas-electric-co-pe
Personal care home under scrutiny

...punishment for operating an unlicensed personal care home.A prosecutor can petition to have the home declared a nuisance. A first...training event in October for law enforcement officers and prosecutors, according to the Journal-Constitution story.The Department...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-09-01/personal-care-home-und
Prosecutor has several options on ethics case against House Speaker Bobby Harrell

COLUMBIA - The prosecutor who's considering ethics allegations...case to Pascoe, the Democratic chief prosecutor for Calhoun, Dorchester and Orangeburg...Chief Justice Jean Toal criticized prosecutors for talking publicly about their inquiry...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-08-25/prosecutor-has-several-option
South Carolina woman pleads guilty in kidnapping plot

...kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.Chason Renee...of Wake Forest, N.C.Prosecutors say Janssen's kidnapping...Janssen's daughter, the state prosecutor who put Melton away in 2012...young gang members who prosecutors say were in frequent cellphone...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-08-29/south-carolina-woman-p
Private expert disputes authorities' findings that SC teen killed self after police confrontation

...away, he heard a gunshot and saw Curnell was wounded. The State Law Enforcement Division investigated the shooting, and prosecutor Scarlett Wilson agreed with their findings that Curnell shot himself.Andy Savage, an attorney helping Curnell's family...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-08-30/private-expert-disputes-autho
Across the region

...multimillion-dollar paving contract.Thad Viers pleaded not guilty Thursday during his arraignment in federal court in Florence. Prosecutors said Viers, who is a lawyer, laundered money and lied to IRS agents in an attempt to hide money from the insurance company...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-08-28/across-region
3 men sentenced for killing protected hawks, owls in Jasper County

...to kill red-tail hawks and great horned owls, which eat quail. The protected birds cannot be killed without a permit.Prosecutors say killing birds of prey to improve quail hunting has become a widespread problem in the South east, and that trapping...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-08-29/3-men-sentenced-killin
'A naked abuse of power'

...spectrum, who liken a Texas county prosecutor's farcical charges to banana-republic...There's an old saying that a relentless prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham...partisan-minded state and federal prosecutors to obtain trumped-up indictments by...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-08-22/naked-abuse-power
Buttocks injection death trial begins

...Miss. - Opening arguments were scheduled Tuesday in the trial of a woman charged giving unlicensed buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed two women. Attorneys Tuesday morning completed choosing jurors in Hinds County Circuit Court, where Tracey Lynn...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-08-26/buttocks-injection-death-tri
Charges dismissed against 3 suspected in February armed robbery, shooting at Richmond Villa complex

...and Darrell F. Hill Jr., 23, had been scheduled to stand trial this week in Richmond County Superior Court, but the prosecutor dismissed charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and weapon violations.Tyrell McKie testified Monday he couldn't...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-08-25/charges-against-3-men-