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Accused fishing pole thief may have stolen from across Southeast

Brian Lowry (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 08/08/2013 - We're learning more about an accused serial thief who's now behind bars. New evidence suggests his alleged crime spree may have spread across the Southeast. Meanwhile, deputies are returning the stolen stuff, including thousands of dollars worth of fishing poles.

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Bicycle shop, community helps repair wheelchairs

Updated: 08/09/2013 - Thanks to a local bike shop, and the community, the spirit of Augusta's wheelchair basketball team is strong. Outspokin' Bicycles is donating their time and tire tools to help get the Bulldogs' wheels back in working order for basketball season. As News 12's Christie Ethridge reports, the chain of giving has come full circle.

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Teen: Deputy wanted me to keep running so he could shoot

Updated: 08/07/2013 - The 15-year-old whose mother says he was beaten by Richmond County deputies is now facing charges. Kyvan James and his mother told News 12 that beating put him in the hospital. He says he was the victim of a crime, but News 12 has learned he's accused of one.

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Deputies cracking down on downtown to change its image

Augusta skyline

Updated: 08/07/2013 - Downtown Augusta has had its share of controversy and crime, but several recent arrests had us wondering if it's part of a new push to clean up the area. News 12's Christie Ethridge asked law enforcement, and they say it's the people in downtown who are actually making the difference.

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Teen accuses deputies of assault with flashlight

Updated: 08/07/2013 - A 15-year-old is speaking out after he says three Richmond County deputies beat him so badly it put him in the hospital. His mother also sat down with News 12 for an exclusive interview.

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Police say mother tried to smuggle drugs into prison while child was with her

Updated: 08/06/2013 - Two teenagers and a 20-year-old woman are behind bars, after prison guards say they tried to smuggle drugs past them. Anthony Gregory, Davielle Luster, and Takerra Luster were arrested in Edgefield County on Friday. We hear about contraband being smuggled into prisons, but police say the three got pretty creative, but officers were able to poke a hole in the plan before the drugs reached the inmate.

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Grand jury to rule on mysterious hunter death in Wilkes Co.

Mysterious death Wilkes County

Updated: 08/06/2013 - The mystery started last September when 35-year-old Jeffrey Gebhardt and a friend travelled from Blairsville,Ga to go on a hunting trip in Holliday Park. Gebhardt went missing, and after a lengthy search, they found his body with 18 stab wounds.

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Deadly year of pedestrian fatalities leads to road improvement partnership

Pedestrian safety

Updated: 08/06/2013 - It's a partnership that's taking steps to keep pedestrians from stepping into traffic. After one of the deadliest years for pedestrian accidents, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the city's Traffic Engineering Department. As News 12's Christie Ethridge reports, it's to make our roadways safer for people on foot.

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18 people shot within 16 days in Augusta

Updated: 08/06/2013 - In the last 24 hours, Augusta has seen 3 different shootings with multiple people injured. News 12 has a breakdown of all these shootings and what you should do if gunshots are fired around you.

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Richmond County rolling out reserve deputies for First Friday

Updated: 08/03/2013 - It's a first at First Friday tonight. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is rolling out the reserve deputies to help patrol the streets and keep you safe. Even though they're part of the reserves, as News 12's Christie Ethridge reports, you probably won't be able to tell the difference.

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