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Shooting injures 1 at Circle K on Peach Orchard Road

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Shooting injures 1 at Circle K on Peach Orchard Road


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting on Peach Orchard Road that left one person injured.

On Sunday at 5:15 p.m., deputies responded to the Circle K at 3603 Peach Orchard Road about a shooting.

They say a male victim, who had been shot at least one time, was found at a local hospital where he was being treated for his injuries.

It was the second shooting of the weekend in the CSRA.

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One person was reportedly injured in a shooting early Sunday in Tennille, but the victim couldn’t be found.



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Students caught with real gun, toy guns, knife at 3 local schools

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Students at two Augusta schools were caught with weapons in separate incidents, and students were caught with toy guns at a Columbia County school.

At Glenn Hills High School on Tuesday, administrators learned a student may have had a gun on campus.

Richmond County School System police found the student, and a weapon was discovered, according to a letter to parents.

READ THE LETTERS TO PARENTS:

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The incident will be addressed by school district police and the code of student conduct and discipline, parents were told.

Meanwhile at McBean Elementary School, a student brought a kitchen knife to class and showed it to other students on Wednesday. Another student notified the teacher, who confiscated the item.

The incident was addressed based on the code of student conduct and discipline, parents were told.

At Grovetown High School on Wednesday, two students were caught using toy guns.

The toys were found in the students’ backpacks after administrators learned of a brief disturbance in the 600 hallway of the building before the school day started.

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The students are being held accountable according to the code of conduct and have been criminally charged, according to the Columbia County School District.



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Georgia expo gives people hands-on experience with AI tech

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – As the world of artificial intelligence continues to grow, leaders are creating new opportunities for anyone looking for a career in the industry.

The inaugural Georgia Artificial Intelligence and Manufacturing Expo took place at the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center on Wednesday, hosting organizations from across the state.

Georgia AIM is a statewide program focused on educating and employing the AI in manufacturing workforce.

“We’re also focused on underrepresented and underserved communities women, minority veterans, people without a college degree, people who want to get into the workforce, learn new skills, get a really, really good-paying job, start a career,” said co-director Donna Ennis.

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At first, multiple organizations showed up, dedicated to the same mission.

Justin Kirnon, community engagement specialist for Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs, said: “We’re exposing this to minority communities, specifically black communities, all over the state of Georgia, because of the fact that, when you look at manufacturing owners and companies, we’re not represented in that space as well as we should be.”

The goal is to create exposure through demonstrations using AI-driven software like 3D printing and virtual reality.

University of Georgia graduate research assistant Christian Garcia-Ponce, said: “A lot of people when they hear AI, they think it’s going to take over the world and people are going to lose jobs. Really, what we’re hoping to show people is we’re going to grow with it. It’s not going to grow without us and showing them how they can kind of play into that.”

One partnering organization says they start the learning process at a young age.

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“We train girls in the areas of computer programming, of course, cyber security, artificial intelligence, digital safety, robotics, drone technology and other STEM-related areas as well,” said Ebony Brown, CEO of Brown Girls Code.

They say they plan to host an expo every year with the hope they’ll keep people up to speed as AI and technology continue to grow.



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Missing woman found dead in car at Pendleton King Park

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – A missing Augusta woman’s “suspicious death” is under investigation after her body was found in a car at Pendleton King Park.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen says Quanda Ball, 43, of the 1000 block of Grasmere Drive, was reported missing to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on May 16.

Ball was found in a car at the park and was pronounced dead on the scene at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, Bowen says.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

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The discovery came hours after a man died by suicide at Pendleton King Park after he was suspected of killing a woman Walton Way.

Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Augusta Parks and Recreation Department announced Pendleton King Park was temporarily closed.

We’ve reached out to deputies for more information.



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