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Violence hits local hotel just in time for Masters

Updated: 04/06/2007 - Some places with Masters visitors, like the Regency Inn downtown, can be hotspots for violent crime. One couple staying there says they lost hundreds of dollars at gunpoint early Thursday morning.

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Washington Road crime down this Masters Week

Posted: 04/06/2007 - Richmond County deputies have been all over Washington Road this week, keeping a close watch. Deputies say their increased presence this Masters has meant less crime, and so far, this Masters Week has been unusually slow.

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Man wanted in shooting

Updated: 04/06/2007 - The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for 19-year-old Michael Johnson, wanted for assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. They say he fired three to five shots at 2230 Acapulco Drive.

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Man found dead at scene of fire

Updated: 04/06/2007 - Traffic on Tobacco Road was blocked for a few hours last night after Richmond County firefighters arrived at the scene of a house fire and made a disturbing discovery.

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Tobacco Road house fire apparent arson to hide murder

Updated: 04/06/2007 - Investigators have identified and charged a subject in connection to a body found at a house fire in the 1700 block of Tobacco Road. 56-year-old Paul Franklin Blevins is in custody.

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Fire investigators hunt for serial arsonist

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Richmond County fire investigators say three recent fires downtown in the Harrisburg area were no accident, and they believe the same person or group is responsible. Now they need your help.

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Tax service accused of filing fraudulent returns

Updated: 04/05/2007 - The Justice Department has filed a federal lawsuit against Atlanta-based Jackson-Hewitt franchisee Farrukh Sohail for cheating the government out of more than $70 million by making bogus deductions and false claims.

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Aiken Waffle House assault arrest

Posted: 04/04/2007 - Aiken Public Safety Investigators have arrested 17-year-old Antonio Demarco Alvelo in connection with an assault at the Richland Avenue Waffle House in Aiken on Saturday (March 31).

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Counterfeiting on the rise

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Masters Week means more business...and more chances for fake money. By Tuesday, investigators had already found fake bills at the Bobby Jones Home Depot and Sam's Club.

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Ticket scalpers risk fines, jail for profits

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Deputies are all over Washington Road this week cracking down on crime. They say Sunday and Monday are their warning days, but Tuesday they start cracking down on all illegal activity and increasing their presence.

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Freelancer skips covering Masters practice round to rob bank

Updated: 04/03/2007 - A freelance editor hired by CBS to work during the Masters is now behind bars, on charges of robbing a bank. Richmond County investigators say Michael Crane robbed the Wachovia bank on Gordon Highway Monday morning.

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Robber hits Gordon Highway bank

Updated: 04/02/2007 - The Wachovia in the 1700 block of Gordon Highway was robbed this morning. Richmond County investigators and the FBI say at around 9:15 a.m., Michael Crane passed a note to tellers demanding cash.

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DNA database helps solve Georgia cold cases

Updated: 04/02/2007 - Richmond County investigators say Georgia's DNA database is helping to solve cold cases in our area. In one example, deputies say a rash of burglaries in south Augusta from three years ago is now solved.

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Deputies say pond shooting victims "targeted"

Updated: 03/29/2007 - It's a story even investigators are calling miraculous. Two men were robbed, shot several times, then left to die. But one man lived to tell authorities what happened.

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Apparent arson possibly related to shooting

Updated: 03/29/2007 - A massive fire engulfed three homes on Broad Street early Thursday morning, and officials are saying it looks like the fire was started on purpose. Three families are now left homeless, but fortunately, no one was hurt.

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Three buildings destroyed in possible arson

Posted: 03/29/2007 - Part of the 1900 block of Broad Street in Augusta's Harrisburg area is in ruins after a big fire this morning. Gunshots were heard in the same area earlier. Three buildings, including an apartment house, are destroyed.

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Three suspects in custody in Brickyard Pond shootings

Updated: 03/30/2007 - Two men and a woman are in jail after what deputies are calling a robbery turned deadly. Ronald Banks, Antonio Jones, and Lacy Barnard are charged with murder and aggravated assault.

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Body found near retention pond

Updated: 03/28/2007 - The body of an Hispanic male with what may be a gunshot wound was found by a fisherman near the Brickyard Ponds off Foster Road in east Augusta. A second person was found nearby, still alive.

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One man in hospital, another in jail after morning shooting

Updated: 03/26/2007 - The family of 39-year-old Juan Tanksley says he had just arrived to work at the Community Grocery on 13th Avenue when he was shot twice: once in the back and once in the leg. Now they want the guns off the streets.

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Washington Road Dollar General robbed

Posted: 03/26/2007 - The Dollar General in the 2500 block of Washington Road was robbed at gunpoint at 3:24 pm. Richmond County investigators are looking for a man with a silver handgun.

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Deputies crack down on underage drinking during Steeplechase

Updated: 03/26/2007 - The 41st annual Aiken Steeplechase drew a large crowd Saturday afternoon...but it also drew a lot of underage drinkers. In an effort to stop the problem, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office was out in full force.

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Shooting on 13th Avenue

Updated: 03/26/2007 - One man has been arrested after a man was shot twice at the Community Grocery on 13th Avenue, near MLK Boulevard. 39-year-old Juan Tanksley was shot in the back and the leg at 9:26 this morning.

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