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Columbia County sheriffs nab online predator in sting operation

Posted: 06/12/2006 - A Lincoln County man is behind bars after a police set-up. Officers posed as a 14-year old girl on the Internet and lured him to a public park. 35-year old David John Riordan is charged with violating the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation acts.

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Augusta woman says she was raped in broad daylight

Updated: 06/21/2006 - A woman tells deputies a man raped her while she was taking out the trash. The incident was Wednesday afternoon, June 7, at Augusta Manor Apartments. That's at 3551 Mike Padgett Highway. Only on 12, the victim tells her story.

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Children build bears for charity

Posted: 06/09/2006 - The Build-A-Bear Workshop opened in Augusta Mall June 9. Some children got in a little early. Before Friday's grand opening, about two dozen Girl Scouts built bears for children at the Ronald McDonald House.

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Man found dead in Aiken park

Posted: 06/09/2006 - Aiken Public Safety officers are investigating after a man was found dead in Citizens' Park at Pine Log Road and Banks Mill Road in Aiken. They do not suspect foul play at this time.

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Richmond Co. BOE abolishes Public Information Office

Posted: 06/09/2006 - After nearly a four hour meeting Thursday night, there was a major shake-up in the Richmond County Board of Education. The school board's director of public information Mechelle Jordan has offered her resignation and her department is being abolished.

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Teacher accused of cruelty to children

Updated: 06/09/2006 - 30-year old Dr. Maurice Wallace, a teacher at Sego Middle School, was arrested June 7 on a grand jury arrest warrant. Some students say Wallace encouraged bigger kids to physically abuse others in a school closet.

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Augusta considers options to balance budget

Posted: 06/08/2006 - After years of dipping into the reserve fund, the city of Augusta is looking at making some serious cuts in services. Mayor Copenhaver is tying together a committee to solve the deficit dilemma.

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Hot, dry conditions facilitate brush fires

Posted: 06/08/2006 - Hot and dry conditions helped a few brush fires burn Thursday afternoon. A fire off Old Ridge Road in Aiken County had crews busy for a while. About the same time, the Silver Bluff Fire Department also responded to a brush fire.

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Schools offer summer courses to help students pass CRCT

Posted: 06/08/2006 - Georgia test scores show hundreds of local students are not ready to move on to the next grade level. Hundreds of students are taking summer school classes to try and pass the CRCT next month.

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Sanford signs Jessie's Law

Updated: 06/21/2006 - Thursday, June 8, Governor Mark Sanford signed Jessie's Law. The law is named after Jessica Marie Lunsford. She was the young girl murdered in Florida by registered sex offender John Couey.

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Zarqawi killed in air strike

Posted: 06/08/2006 - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaeda leader in Iraq who directed a campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages, has been taken out by the US military during an air strike north of Baghdad.

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Richmond County School Board holds community forum

Posted: 06/08/2006 - Some Richmond County parents want to see change. Questions were fired at school board members Wednesday night, June 7. It was standing room only in South Augusta, with nearly 100 parents at a community forum.

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Avondale Mills to sell Graniteville plant

Updated: 06/08/2006 - Steven Felker of Avondale Mills tells News 12 the company has agreed to sell the Townsend plant in Graniteville. He says that will save up to 250 jobs.

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5-car accident blocks Boy Scout Road traffic

Posted: 06/08/2006 - A five-car accident brought traffic to a standstill on Boy Scout Road around 7:00 Wednesday evening, June 7. Drivers had to find detours for more than 45 minutes after deputies shut down the area to clear away the wreckage.

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Teens increasingly abusing prescription drugs

Posted: 06/07/2006 - Teenagers are turning to prescription drugs to get high. News 12's Meredith Taylor looks into the dangers of this behavior and talks to a local teenager about what's really going on.

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Alleged Maple Street shooter nephew of victim

Posted: 06/07/2006 - Demetrius Roosevelt Woods was arrested and charged with murder after a shooting on Maple Street. News 12 has learned Woods is the nephew of the victim.

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