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On Your Side: Consumer Protection Week

Updated: 02/08/2007 - If you don't know how to protect yourself as a consumer, now is a good time to learn. This is National Consumer Protection Week. It's all about being an educated consumer, asking questions and reading the fine print.

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17-year-old kidnapped at Aiken Mall, raped

Updated: 02/08/2007 - A Johnston man is in jail, accused of kidnapping a teenage girl from the Aiken Mall parking lot and then raping her. It happened Tuesday night, and officers say they were able to catch the man because of help from a store clerk.

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18-wheeler overturned in Columbia County

Updated: 02/08/2007 - An 18-wheeler is overturned at the intersection of Wendover Way and Columbia Road in Columbia County. The call came in to dispatch at around 5:15 this afternoon.

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Bouncer shot at Augusta nightclub

Updated: 02/12/2007 - Paul Dicks was critically injured after being shot in the parking lot of Club Dreams late Wednesday night. The people we talked to say Club Dreams isn't usually a dangerous place to be.

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On Your Side: ID Theft

Posted: 02/08/2007 - Identity theft may not be something you think about too often, but with 23,000 people becoming victims every day...maybe you should. 12 is On Your Side with how you can keep from becoming a victim.

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Local Update - February 8, 2007

Posted: 02/08/2007 - Security guard shot at Augusta nightclub; Barnwell soldier dies in Iraq; Congressman Charlie Norwood comes home.

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Barnwell soldier killed in Iraq

Posted: 02/07/2007 - A soldier from Barnwell has died in a helicopter crash in Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Jason Defrenn was supposed to come home next Friday to see the birth of his son. Now he's home for good, but it's not how his family had hoped.

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Teen shot in the foot while walking home

Posted: 02/07/2007 - A high school student is recovering after getting shot in the foot on the way home from a friend's house. A federal grant is helping the sheriff's office fight this kind of violence.

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Augusta commuters say buses overcrowded

Posted: 02/07/2007 - Some Augusta bus routes were cut last month because of budget worries. Now some passengers complain that's led to overcrowding. They say the buses are so packed sometimes that some people are sitting on the floor

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EMT killed in wreck on Highway 78

Posted: 02/07/2007 - 36-year-old Al Gunter died yesterday afternoon when his truck went off the road. He is the latest person to be killed on Aiken County's roads. These first couple of months have proven to be dangerous for some behind the wheel.

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Behind the Scenes: Wheel of Fortune in Charleston

Posted: 02/07/2007 - Seeing a game show over and over, you learn a lot about it. But it's not often you get to go behind the scenes. That's just what News 12 did when Wheel of Fortune came to South Carolina.

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Congressman Norwood comes home

Updated: 02/08/2007 - Congressman Charlie Norwood is back home in Augusta. News 12 was there when the congressman's plane landed. We also talked to one of Norwood's longtime friends about his decision to decline further treatment for lung cancer.

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Local Update - February 7, 2007

Posted: 02/07/2007 - Woman escapes rollover crash with minor injuries; former Aiken EMT trainer dies in crash; Glenn Hills High student charged with rape; answers expected in inmate's death; Hyde Park residents want proof of contamination.

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Only on 12: Burke County inmate showed no suicidal signs

Updated: 02/06/2007 - A Keysville man was found hanged in his cell in the Burke County Jail early yesterday morning. News 12 went into the Burke County Jail to find out why 54-year-old Ezumer Palmer was not on suicide watch.

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On Your Side: Taxidermy Trouble

Updated: 02/06/2007 - Customers say a popular taxidermist has vanished...and with him, their money and prize animals. The business burned down in October, but customers say the owner hasn't let them know what happened.

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1 killed in Aiken County single car accident

Updated: 02/06/2007 - An Aiken man has been confirmed dead in a single vehicle accident on Highway 78 near Fire Tower Road in Aiken County, 8 miles east of Aiken. It happened at 2:15 this afternoon.

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Elderly woman dies in house fire

Updated: 02/06/2007 - A Columbia County woman died in a fire that destroyed her home early this morning. It happened so fast there was nothing the family could do. Firefighters say the house had no working smoke detectors.

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Glenn Hills High student charged in Goody's rape

Updated: 02/07/2007 - The Goody's store off Deans Bridge Road is back open this afternoon. The store closed after a rape yesterday, and police say they think a teenager did the crime. Investigators arrested 17-year-old Michael Whitmore this morning.

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Special Assignment: The Lure of Meth

Posted: 02/06/2007 - Narcotics agents say a dangerous drug is becoming more popular where you live. News 12's Stephanie Baker talked to people who know firsthand how the lure of meth can destroy lives.

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Woman raped in department store bathroom

Posted: 02/06/2007 - A woman says she was held at gunpoint and raped in the bathroom of a popular clothing store in the middle of the day. The surveillance cameras may have captured some important clues.

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Local Update - February 6, 2007

Posted: 02/06/2007 - Man arrested for raping woman in department store; Aiken County teen dies in crash; Williams pushes to jazz up Brown statue; Aiken County Council holds smoking ban public hearing.

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On Your Side: Rapid Refund Warning

Updated: 02/06/2007 - You've all seen the signs: use your W-2 as a down payment for a new car or get your tax return refund immediately. They all sound great--but as usual, there is more to the story than those signs are telling you.

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Burke County inmate found hanged

Updated: 02/06/2007 - Ezumer Palmer was arrested Thursday after more than four pounds of cocaine, guns, and cash were found at his home in Keysville. According to reports, he took his own life while being held at the Burke County Jail.

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