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Local Update - January 25, 2007

Posted: 01/25/2007 - House fire in Bath; Langley man arrested in Warrenville armed robbery; seventh grader brings unloaded gun to school; Holland gets tough on abandoned buildings.

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District 5 commissioner gets tough on old buildings

Updated: 01/24/2007 - Augusta Commissioner Calvin Holland says old dumpy buildings in his district have been an eyesore for too long. Now he's personally taking on violators. "We're going to call it Operation Cleanup," he said.

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Would-be thieves break into 15 cars

Updated: 01/24/2007 - If you park your car outside, look out. Thieves have broken into more than a dozen cars across the area, going straight for the switch that starts the engine. But so far, that's all they've done.

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On Your Side: Grocery Wars

Updated: 01/24/2007 - When it comes to buying groceries, most people go to the store that's closest to them or the one they think has the best deals. But do you really know who's charging the most for your milk and bread?

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Aiken teen fights off sexual assault

Updated: 01/24/2007 - An Aiken teenager fought off an attacker after she says he exposed himself while she was walking down the road. News 12's Diane Cho talked to this amazing young woman.

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Harlem Middle student arrested for bringing gun to school

Updated: 01/24/2007 - Columbia County deputies are investigating a case after a Harlem Middle School student was arrested for having a gun at school around lunchtime. The seventh-grader was taken to the Youth Detention Center.

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James Brown's children want will trustees removed

Updated: 01/24/2007 - Atlanta attorney David Yount filed papers today in Aiken County on behalf of James Brown's six children, requesting the removal of Brown's trustees and a full accounting of the estate.

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Local Update - January 24, 2007

Posted: 01/24/2007 - Downtown house fire; Columbia County chooses new school superintendent; GBI awaits toxicology report on man who went on naked rampage; escaped robbery suspect back in custody; road lane closures.

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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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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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