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Sheriff Hunt: Growth means more deputies needed

Updated: 01/23/2007 - Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt says a booming county means growing crime rates. But he says he can win the war if the price is right. Deputy Austin Lancaster says he and fellow deputies spend a lot of time on traffic calls.

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No decision on Beck

Posted: 01/23/2007 - Augusta commissioners once again put off the decision about whether to keep Recreation and Parks Director Tom Beck around. The subcommittee investigating Beck met for two hours behind closed doors today.

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High schooler says group of men raped her

Updated: 01/23/2007 - A Cross Creek High School student says she was raped by a group of men. Her grandmother tells News 12 the 18-year-old woman, who has a mental disability, never made it home Sunday night after going to a nearby friend's house.

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On Your Side: Don't Call, Don't Write

Posted: 01/23/2007 - You've all gotten them...calls from telemarketers, junk mail, and, of course, spam email. They have one thing in common: they're annoying. But what can you do to get them out of your life?

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James Brown Birthday Bash cancelled

Updated: 01/23/2007 - There will be no James Brown Birthday Bash this year. The Coliseum Authority has yet to receive permission from Brown's estate to promote the event using Brown's name.

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Man who escaped from police in handcuffs turns self in

Updated: 01/23/2007 - Jack Cooper, who escaped from a deputy after his arrest Sunday for the armed robbery of La Escond'da Tienda in Graniteville, has turned himself in to Aiken County deputies.

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Local Update - January 23, 2007

Posted: 01/23/2007 - Man dies after naked rampage; FBI rescues kidnapped boy; man wanted in robbery escapes custody; two unsolved robberies in Augusta; bond set for woman accused of meth production; gas gauge.

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Man goes on naked rampage, dies in jail

Posted: 01/22/2007 - Investigators are still waiting for autopsy results are for a Statesboro man accused of terrorizing a south Augusta neighborhood, naked. GBI agent Gary Nicholson says drugs are a likely cause.

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Mother says robber who escaped police needs help

Posted: 01/22/2007 - Aiken County deputies are still looking for 18-year-old Jack Cooper, who escaped from a deputy's car. Deputies say he's a robber. His mother says he just needs help.

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Armed robbery suspect escapes in handcuffs

Updated: 01/22/2007 - Handcuffs are supposed to secure prisoners, but a Graniteville man is on the run after escaping from police custody. 18-year-old Jack Cooper was arrested for an armed robbery Sunday night...but now, he's on the run.

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Two arrested for spray painting downtown buildings

Updated: 01/24/2007 - Just hours after their arrest on a felony charge, a boyfriend and girlfriend teamed up to clean up what officers say they left on buildings downtown. We've all seen graffiti, but rarely do we get to meet the artists.

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Only on 12: Paper carrier helps nab suspected rapist

Posted: 01/22/2007 - Early Monday morning, a newspaper carrier who we'll call "Kim" met a man she found suspicious. Turns out, her instincts were right. That man went on to rape a 74-year-old woman in her Walton Way apartment.

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On Your Side: Carpet Caper

Posted: 01/22/2007 - Some folks say a North Augusta business called Carolina Discount Flooring took their money and then disappeared. 12 On Your Side reporter Jeff Anderson explains this carpet caper.

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Copper thieves plague churches

Posted: 01/22/2007 - Eight churches in Edgefield County are being left in the cold this week, all for a piece that's worth up to $1.50 a pound. Copper thieves are gaining more notoriety as the demand for the illustrious metal grows in the global trade market.

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Local Update - January 22, 2007

Posted: 01/22/2007 - Fire damages Popeyes in Aiken; armed robbery suspect escapes police; Peach Orchard Circle K robbed; parents of assault suspect arrested, man wanted in connection to Wrens shooting, man charged in death of baby son.

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Legal expert analyzes James Brown's will

Updated: 01/22/2007 - James Brown's last wishes, spelled out in seven pages. His last will and testament is now public. News 12's Jonathan Martin talked to a legal expert to break down the will and look at the legal challenges that may come.

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Passport law changes complicate travel plans

Updated: 01/22/2007 - If you are flying out of the country, a new homeland security law may prevent you from getting back into the United States if you don't have a passport. News 12's Lynnsey Gardner is on your side with what you need to know.

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Thieves steal SUV with checkbook inside

Updated: 01/22/2007 - A man's SUV was stolen after he gave a friend a ride across town. But the thieves took more than his ride...they also stole his bank account number. News 12 is on your side with how to keep it from happening to you.

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Dumb and Dangerous Driving - January 18, 2007

Updated: 02/06/2007 - Thursday's wet weather caused all sorts of problems for drivers, from delays to accidents. News 12's Stephanie Baker caught the day's crashes on camera and talked to deputies about why rainy roads are such a hazard.

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Legal battle set to begin over James Brown's will

Posted: 01/19/2007 - Three weeks after his death, exactly what James Brown's will says has been made public--and there is no mention of Tomi Rae or her little boy, James Brown, Jr.

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James Brown's will filed in Aiken County

Updated: 01/19/2007 - James Brown's will was filed in court today in Aiken County. His wife, Tomi Rae, and son James Brown, Jr., are nowhere to be found in the document--but it was dated before they were married.

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Local Update - January 19, 2007

Posted: 01/19/2007 - Aiken convenience store robbed; burglary suspect caught on tape turns himself in; Augusta pizza restaurant robbed; Aiken County woman wanted for forgery; James Junior left out of Brown's will; cold weather bad news for animal shelter.

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Shelter overcrowding leaves animals out in the cold

Updated: 01/18/2007 - Typically the summertime is when you hear about overcrowding in animal shelters, but the Aiken County Animal Shelter says this winter they're dealing with an unusual number of animals coming in daily.

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