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Area armed robberies up 40%

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Crime is on the rise across the nation, a trend that's reflected here at home. A preliminary report from the FBI shows that violent crimes increased last year for the first time since 2001.

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Tommy Moore votes

Updated: 06/13/2006 - Tommy Moore and his wife have spent thirty years in the political spotlight, and now the Aiken County legislator hopes to take on the entire state. After months of campaigning, Senator Tommy Moore and his wife Dale "made their vote count" in the race for governor.

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Gunther's Lounge site of three more shootings

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Suspects in a downtown triple shooting are still on the loose. Three men were shot at Gunther's Lounge, 2238 Milledgeville Road, early Saturday morning, June 10. This is not the first shooting this bar has seen.

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City audit reveals $4 million in unaccounted-for taxpayer money

Updated: 06/16/2006 - A $5 million budget deficit is the talk of the town, and it's taking up a good bit of city commissioners' time. Today there are concerns over an audit, which leaders are counting on to tell them where cuts are possible.

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Investigation ongoing into stolen money orders

Posted: 06/12/2006 - An investigation is ongoing as to why one of the organizers of the James Brown Music Festival was found in a hotel room with stolen money orders. Anthony Page was arrested the final day of the festival, May 28, on Gordon Highway.

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Teenage accused murderer, armed robber captured in NC

Posted: 06/12/2006 - An anonymous tip brought down a teenager wanted for murder and armed robbery Sunday, June 11. 15-year-old Antoine Thaxton was captured Friday afternoon at his grandmother's house in Milton, North Carolina, about 300 miles from Augusta.

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Airport progress comes at a price for travelers

Posted: 06/12/2006 - If you haven't been to the airport yet, you'll want to read carefully. New changes were made this past weekend, and some familiar stops are no longer there. News 12's Diane Cho is on your side with a look at what you can expect to see the next time you fly out.

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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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