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UPDATE: GBI identifies suspect in McDuffie Co. homicide

Winston Orlando Smith Jr. (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 01/28/2013 - Winston Orlando Smith Jr., 21, is now booked in the McDuffie County Jail and is charged with one count of murder. Authorities say he is accused of shooting 36-year-old Jonathan Curry Saturday night.

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Bond hearing deferred for mother accused of child cruelty

Crystal Lynne Quick (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 01/25/2013 - A neighbor says Crystal Lynne Quick's 9-year-old son told him that his mother beat and bit him. The child told the neighbor that he was worried his mother would also hurt his 3-year-old brother because she was drunk.

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Soldier arrested for allegedly shooting wife

Zachariah Mcree (WRDW-TV)

Posted: 01/25/2013 - Zachariah Mcree, 32, and Heather Mcree, 28, were arguing over their pending divorce when Zachariah allegedly shot Heather. This happened around 3 a.m. on Grove Lancing Circle.

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North Augusta officers investigating possible arson

Officers are questioning a person of interest in a North Augusta house fire. (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 01/25/2013 - A North Augusta house fire being investigated as arson. Crews showed up to a house engulfed in flames on the 1000 block of Long Leaf Court just off Five Notch Road around 1 p.m.

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Richmond Co. working to identify pawn shop theft suspect

The suspect in a theft at a pawn shop on Deans Bridge Road. (WRDW-TV)

Posted: 01/25/2013 - The incident happened at Miller Pawn Shop on Deans Bridge Road around 3 p.m. The man allegedly took a Toshiba Net Book from the counter and hiding it in his jacket before walking out of the store.

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2 wanted in connection to credit card fraud in North Augusta

Suspects in credit card fraud case. (WRDW-TV)

Posted: 01/25/2013 - The North Augusta Department of Public Safety is looking for two suspects in a credit card fraud case. Investigators say the suspects tried to use multiple cards at the North Augusta Walmart back in December.

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Local sheriff: 'I would go to jail' defending 2nd Amendment

Gun laws

Updated: 01/24/2013 - One local sheriff says he would not enforce a ban on guns if passed. News 12 spoke with Edgefield County deputies today, and they're all saying the same thing: Protect Americans' 2nd Amendment rights.

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Man ticketed for firing BB gun asks for jury to hear case

McKenzie Ussery (WRDW-TV)

Posted: 01/22/2013 - Grovetown Police fined McKenzie Ussery nearly $300 for firing three shots into a paper cup in his yard. Ussery appeared in magistrate court Tuesday afternoon, but his case will be moved to superior court.

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Ga. man sentenced to 15 years in Army militia plot

Posted: 01/22/2013 - A 22-year-old Georgia man has pleaded guilty to more than 30 charges for his involvement with a group of Army soldiers who authorities say planned acts of domestic terrorism.

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4 churches vandalized with blue spray paint

Four churches all along Old Petersburg Road and the sign to a baseball field were hit. (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 01/22/2013 - A string of churches vandalized, and tonight the pastors are speaking out, but you might be surprised by what they're saying. News 12's Christie Ethridge saw the damage for herself.

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Wagener mayor, council fight back after rash of burglaries

Updated: 01/22/2013 - Aiken County has seen a rash of break-ins and burglaries recently. That includes the Town of Wagener, too. Last week, police there made several big arrests. But now, the town council is also doing its part to help.

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