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Body of man dead in fire found seven days later

Posted: 06/15/2006 - Salley native Rodriguez Abney was killed June 6 when his uncle's Maple Street home shot up in flames. His uncle, 90-year-old Eddie Mays, was rescued...but it wasn't until June 14--seven days later--that Abney's body was discovered.

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Fallen power lines cause electrical fire at Belvedere daycare

Posted: 06/14/2006 - An electrical fire after last night's storm at a daycare in Aiken County is now raising new questions today--mainly, is the power company at fault? Just standing outside King's Kids Daycare in Belvedere, you may not be able to tell there was a storm last night, much less a fire.

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Heavy rain causes man-made lake to flood road

Posted: 06/14/2006 - Last night's rain is causing problems in Columbia County. In one Evans area neighborhood, the six hours of rain brought a man-made lake up about a foot, causing it to spill across Lake Jean Road.

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Mother speaks about husband's alleged assault on daughter

Posted: 06/14/2006 - Tracy Searles of McCormick is in jail, accused of molesting a young girl. News 12's Meredith Taylor talks to Levoria Searles about her husband. Levoria Searles is a woman desperately seeking the truth. And she has so many questions.

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Tommy Price to retire next year

Posted: 06/14/2006 - The Columbia County school superintendent is retiring. Wednesday, June 14, Tommy Price announced he is leaving his post at the end of the 2006-2007 school year.

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Armed robbery at North Augusta Circle K

Updated: 06/14/2006 - An armed robbery occurred at the Circle K Station at 226 Georgia Avenue in North Augusta shortly after midnight Wednesday morning, June 14. The suspect fled the area on foot with approximately $50 in cash to an awaiting getaway vehicle.

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Ryberg ends campaign for SC State Treasurer

Updated: 06/14/2006 - “After a good night of sleep and a careful review of yesterday’s results, I have decided it is not in the best interest of my family, myself, or my supporters that I continue my pursuit for the office of State Treasurer," Ryberg said in a statement.

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Belvedere day care center catches fire

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Firefighters were trying to tackle a blaze at Kiddie Day Care Center on Highway 25 in Belvedere Tuesday night. It appeared to be an electrical fire.

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Tommy Moore wins Democratic nomination for SC governor

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Clearwater Senator Tommy Moore has won the Democratic nomination for governor. Moore defeated Florence Mayor Frank Willis and Columbia attorney Dennis Aughtry for the right to challenge Governor Mark Sanford in November.

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Armed robbery at Food Lion on Washington Road

Posted: 06/13/2006 - An ambulance was called to the Food Lion on Washington Road after an armed robbery there. At around 9:00 p.m., a man wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun robbed the Food Lion before escaping in a white Ford Explorer.

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Sanford wins Republican nomination for SC governor

Updated: 06/13/2006 - Governor Mark Sanford tonight won the Republican nomination to seek re-election this fall. Sanford beat Doctor Oscar Lovelace, a family practice physician from Prosperity.

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Area armed robberies up 40%

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Crime is on the rise across the nation, a trend that's reflected here at home. A preliminary report from the FBI shows that violent crimes increased last year for the first time since 2001.

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Tommy Moore votes

Updated: 06/13/2006 - Tommy Moore and his wife have spent thirty years in the political spotlight, and now the Aiken County legislator hopes to take on the entire state. After months of campaigning, Senator Tommy Moore and his wife Dale "made their vote count" in the race for governor.

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Gunther's Lounge site of three more shootings

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Suspects in a downtown triple shooting are still on the loose. Three men were shot at Gunther's Lounge, 2238 Milledgeville Road, early Saturday morning, June 10. This is not the first shooting this bar has seen.

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City audit reveals $4 million in unaccounted-for taxpayer money

Updated: 06/16/2006 - A $5 million budget deficit is the talk of the town, and it's taking up a good bit of city commissioners' time. Today there are concerns over an audit, which leaders are counting on to tell them where cuts are possible.

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Investigation ongoing into stolen money orders

Posted: 06/12/2006 - An investigation is ongoing as to why one of the organizers of the James Brown Music Festival was found in a hotel room with stolen money orders. Anthony Page was arrested the final day of the festival, May 28, on Gordon Highway.

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Teenage accused murderer, armed robber captured in NC

Posted: 06/12/2006 - An anonymous tip brought down a teenager wanted for murder and armed robbery Sunday, June 11. 15-year-old Antoine Thaxton was captured Friday afternoon at his grandmother's house in Milton, North Carolina, about 300 miles from Augusta.

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Airport progress comes at a price for travelers

Posted: 06/12/2006 - If you haven't been to the airport yet, you'll want to read carefully. New changes were made this past weekend, and some familiar stops are no longer there. News 12's Diane Cho is on your side with a look at what you can expect to see the next time you fly out.

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Columbia County sheriffs nab online predator in sting operation

Posted: 06/12/2006 - A Lincoln County man is behind bars after a police set-up. Officers posed as a 14-year old girl on the Internet and lured him to a public park. 35-year old David John Riordan is charged with violating the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation acts.

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