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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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Man jailed for five months with no day in court

Posted: 03/23/2007 - It's been five months since a shootout in Augusta's Cooney Circle. Now most of the suspects are out of jail, but one of them is still behind bars...and his friends and family want him out.

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Convenience store robbed

Updated: 03/23/2007 - An early morning robbery at the PJ's convenience store on Skinner Mill Road turned into something much bigger for Richmond County investigators. Now both suspects are behind bars, and the community says they feel a little safer.

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Sex offender pleads guilty, gets house arrest instead of jail

Updated: 03/22/2007 - 43-year-old Richard Grey Mayson, Jr. has already served nine years in prison for molesting ten children in Greenville County. But now he's home, not in jail, after pleading guilty to assaulting a teenage boy three years ago.

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Four rob elderly man with sawed-off shotgun

Posted: 03/20/2007 - Four people have been arrested after Aiken Public Safety says they burst into an elderly man's home and robbed him with a sawed-off shotgun Saturday afternoon. The victim is 71 years old.

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Zaxby's near Jimmie Dyess and Belair robbed

Updated: 03/20/2007 - One suspect is in custody and another is on the loose after the Zaxby's near Jimmie Dyess Parkway and Belair Road was robbed this afternoon. Law enforcement is searching a neighborhood in the area.

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