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Local Update - January 16, 2007

Posted: 01/16/2007 - Aiken County mobile home destroyed in fire; suspect arrested in Summerville rape case; wanted sex offender captured in semi after chase; Freedom Fund Banquet held at Augusta Towers.

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Augustans reenact King's March on Washington

Posted: 01/15/2007 - Today, the nation honors a man who died fighting for equality. Many services are being held around the area in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, Dr. King was remembered in a new way in Augusta.

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Man arrested in Summerville rape case lives near victim

Updated: 01/15/2007 - Michael Christopher Blocker is in jail, charged with the rape and robbery last week of a 74-year-old woman at her home on Walton Way. Early this morning, investigators raided Blocker's house on the 2600 block of Hazel Street.

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Local Update - January 15, 2007

Updated: 01/15/2007 - Rape suspect arrested; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; man charged in cousin's death; man allegedly shoots girlfriend in face; deputy fired for not following informant protocol.

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16-year-old charged in Lincolnton armed robbery

Posted: 01/12/2007 - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in the armed robbery at the Farmers & Merchants Bank in Lincolnton yesterday. At this time he is being charged as an adult,

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Major Case Squad on call to solve the toughest crimes

Updated: 01/12/2007 - You may not know it...but the Major Case Squad helped Richmond County solve more than 90 percent of Augusta's homicides in 2006. Now they are putting their skills to work to get a rapist off our streets.

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Clear answers in James Brown's will may be some time in coming

Updated: 01/12/2007 - James Brown's attorney says the woman claiming to be his wife, Tomi Rae, and her son, James Junior, are not included in the will. However, there could be legal grounds for her to lay claim to part of James Brown's estate.

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South Augusta woman shot in the face

Updated: 01/12/2007 - A young woman is at MCG after she was shot in the face. Investigators say Linessa Merriweather was sitting on the front steps of her home when a shot rang out, hitting her over her right eye.

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8 investigators searching for Summerville rapist

Updated: 01/12/2007 - The search is intense for a man deputies say raped an elderly woman early Tuesday. Investigators are going on little sleep after following up on dozens of leads stemming from a composite sketch.

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Local Update - January 12, 2007

Updated: 01/12/2007 - Martina's robbed; Dean's Bridge Wal-Mart robbed; "Dolly" Hearn awarded posthumous degree; Shepeard low on blood; Augusta woman dies in fire; still no arrest in rape; James Brown's will.

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James Brown, Jr. not included in will

Posted: 01/11/2007 - An attorney for James Brown says Brown's youngest son is not included in the will. Tomi Rae Brown and her young son were not at today's will reading...

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Elderly woman dies in accidental fire

Posted: 01/11/2007 - A heater is likely to blame for the fire that killed 67-year-old Oria Sumrall. Investigators say the fire that took Ms. Sumrall's life was accidental, and it all started from her trying to keep warm.

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Waynesboro woman wins $1 million

Posted: 01/11/2007 - A Waynesboro school cafeteria worker has a million more reasons to smile tonight. Daisy May Atwell is a million dollar winner in the Georgia Lottery. She won playing a $300 million Gold Rush scratch off ticket.

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Would minimum wage increase help or harm Augusta?

Posted: 01/11/2007 - The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour. The increase would raise the country's minimum wage for the first time since 1997. But the move isn't getting praise from everyone.

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For or against, Augustans seek resolution to Iraq war

Updated: 01/11/2007 - President Bush made a plea to the American people last night, saying we should finish the job in Iraq. News 12 talked to one local soldier who may see another tour. We also have local reactions and statements by our Congressmen.

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Local Update - January 11, 2007

Updated: 01/11/2007 - Woman, cats die in accidental fire; investigators still searching for Walton Way rapist; lots of unsolved armed robberies; 16-year-old charged as adult in armed robbery; Tax Advice Day.

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Richmond Hill Market armed robbers still on the loose

Posted: 01/10/2007 - It's a new year with a new string of robberies...and deputies believe different suspects are on the loose in each one. Meanwhile, victims are living with the knowledge that dangerous criminals are out there somewhere.

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Homegrown film festival draws crowds

Posted: 01/10/2007 - The Southern Fried Flicks film festival is back in Augusta for a third year. Filmmakers from all over the South are here to showcase their work. This film festival is really making a name for itself in Augusta.

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Hill residents shocked at rape of elderly woman

Updated: 01/10/2007 - A woman was attacked by a rapist as she returned to her home before dawn in one of Augusta's best neighborhoods--the Hill area. It happened early Tuesday in the 2500 block of Walton Way, near Augusta State University.

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Deputy clerk of court arrested for racketeering

Posted: 01/10/2007 - A Richmond County clerk of court has found herself on the wrong side of the law. 29-year-old Mandy Rhodes was arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing more than $21,000 from civil magistrate court.

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Woman sexually assaulted on Walton Way

Updated: 01/10/2007 - An elderly woman returning from walking her dog was attacked and raped along Walton Way in Augusta. This happened not far from Augusta State University. Investigators say there are several unusual aspects to this case.

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Local Update - January 10, 2006

Updated: 01/10/2007 - Deputy clerk of court arrested; magistrate judge arrested; serial bank robber wanted; teen wanted in drive-by shooting; Gov. Perdue pushing for higher speeding fines; pacing continues along I-20.

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GreenJackets owner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted: 01/10/2007 - He was the enduring image of major league baseball the season he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record. Now Augusta GreenJacket owner Cal Ripken is a Hall of Famer.

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