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Downs to be executed for the murder of Keenan O'Mailia

Posted: 07/14/2006 - Today, Junior Downs will be put to death in Columbia for the murder of Keenan O'Mailia. The crime that got him here was a brutal rape and murder that stunned the small city of North Augusta.

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Junior Downs to be executed

Updated: 07/14/2006 - William "Junior" Downs confessed to raping and killing two little boys, and Friday, July 14, two mothers will know for sure that he'll never do it again. It's the day the two families have been waiting for.

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Commissioners call meeting, don't show up

Posted: 07/13/2006 - Claims of discrimination and harassment have swirled around Augusta's Recreation and Parks Department for years. Today, commissioners scheduled a meeting to hear from employees making the claims.

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Meth lab discovered next door to day care

Posted: 07/13/2006 - Richmond County investigators shut down another working meth lab last night at 3105 Mike Padgett Highway. In the end two people were arrested, and a child is in protective custody...while a neighboring daycare never knew the danger.

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Linda Schrenko sentenced

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Eight years in prison and nearly half a million dollars in restitution...those are the orders of a federal judge for former state school superintendent Linda Schrenko.

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Some Augusta departments turned in budget cut plan early

Posted: 07/13/2006 - Augusta department heads have just two more days to tell the city administrator how they plan to cut their budgets by 15 percent. Here's a look at some proposals that have already been submitted.

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Aiken Planning Commission says no to Sam's Club

Posted: 07/13/2006 - The City of Aiken's Planning Commission voted unanimously against letting Sam's Club develop land in the area because so many people came out against it.

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Sex offender arrested for not moving to comply with new law

Posted: 07/13/2006 - Part of Georgia's new sex offender law is still in effect, and that is the distance a sex offender can live from a church. Since the new law went into effect July 1, Richmond County has already arrested one person who failed to comply.

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Construction delayed on new Columbia Co. middle school

Posted: 07/13/2006 - A construction delay in the new Columbia County middle school means another year of overcrowding for many students. The original bid didn't fit the budget, so they're looking for a better deal and pushing the deadline back to August 2008.

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Schrenko sentenced

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Linda Schrenko led Georgia schools as superintendent for eight years...and now, as part of her plea deal, it's exactly how long she'll spend behind bars for her crimes.

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Voter ID law big topic at NAACP meeting

Posted: 07/12/2006 - A voter ID law is stirring up controversy around the state, and soon the debate may go national. With Georgia's primary just a week away, the NAACP met with some local candidates, hoping to find a solution to a political problem.

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Warren Road residents angry over construction inconsistencies

Posted: 07/11/2006 - Neighbors are confronting the city on a construction project long overdue, right off one of Augusta's busiest stretches. When improvement plans left the drawing board, they say they were left out altogether.

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Aiken DPS arrests con man for eighth time in three years

Posted: 07/11/2006 - Aiken Department of Public Safety officers say Neal is such a repeat offender that they know his name by heart. But it seems their hands are tied when it comes to keeping him off the streets and out of your pockets.

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Burned body ruled homicide; no arrests yet

Posted: 07/11/2006 - The body of 28-year-old Isaiah Selman was found Monday afternoon burning in some brush off of Old McDuffie Road. The maintenance man who found him spoke with News 12 about the discovery.

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Target practice at Savannah River has fishermen concerned

Posted: 07/11/2006 - It was target practice...and the targets were floating past the place Rotan usually casts his line. "They had a bunch of guns out there, pistols, high-powered rifles, shotguns...they had it all," he says...

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Investigators say man shot to death, then burned

Posted: 07/11/2006 - Shot to death, and then burned...that's what investigators say happened to one man in south Augusta. The body of 28-year-old Isaiah Randolph Selman II was found Monday, July 10 near a church.

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No foul play suspected in case of Lumpkin Road body

Posted: 07/11/2006 - Richmond County's deputy coroner says she doesn't think a crime is involved after a woman's body was found at a south side apartment complex. The body of 52-year-old Diane Swarmer was found at the Glenwood Apartments on Lumpkin Road.

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Two bodies found in South Augusta

Posted: 07/11/2006 - A man's body was found after a fire was cleared on Old McDuffie Road. And another body has been found in the Glenwood Apartments on Lumpkin Road.

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Four attacked, robbed after First Friday

Updated: 07/13/2006 - There was violence and fighting on Broad Street in downtown Augusta last week after First Friday events. Deputies say a group of between 30 to 50 people cornered the victims, beat them, and stole two cell phones.

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Thousands visit Healing Wall on last day

Updated: 07/10/2006 - Thousands of folks flocked to Citizens Park in Aiken Sunday, July 9 to say goodbye to a moving memorial. The Healing Wall lit up the hearts of veterans, their families and historians all weekend.

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