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Maintenance, less aggressive driving keys to saving gas

Posted: 04/26/2006 - Gas prices are down a little today, but they're still putting a pinch on people's wallets. Today, gas prices around town are averaging about $2.85 a gallon. News 12 is On Your Side with some ways to get the most of your money at the pump.

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Children recovered from filthy Aiken home

Posted: 04/26/2006 - Eight children have been removed from an Aiken home after officers say they found them living in filthy conditions. Officers investigated a Hampton Avenue home after finding a 2 to 3 year old child playing in the road.

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Aiken County fire damages two businesses

Posted: 04/26/2006 - A fire at Carolina Woodcrafters on Belvedere-Clearwater Road on April 26 damaged some machinery and scrap lumber at that business. It also caused minor smoke damage to the business next door, according to the Belvedere-Clearwater Fire Department.

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Edgefield County man allegedly strikes daughter's softball coach

Posted: 04/26/2006 - A father is not allowed back on the property of his daughter's school after allegations that he hit his daughter's softball coach in the face. It's supposed to be competitive fun, but according to an incident report, one parent is accused of throwing the wrong type of pitch.

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Car chase in Richmond and Burke counties

Posted: 04/26/2006 - Two men are still on the loose after a multi-city car chase. News 12 was on scene shooting another story when we noticed this chase. It's a story you'll see Only on 12.

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Perdue signs tougher sexual predator legislation

Updated: 06/21/2006 - Today Georgia governor Sonny Perdue signed a bill that tightens the law for sexual predators. House Bill 1059 allows for a minimum 25 year sentence, with no parole and probation for life.

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Man dead in Millen home invasion; killer at large

Posted: 04/26/2006 - The Jenkins County coroner says a 33-year-old man is dead after a home invasion in Millen. Coroner Henry Young tells News 12 Steven Harley was the victim of a home invasion at around 1:00 the morning of Tuesday, April 25.

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Schrenko defense confident

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Jury selection starts up again the morning of Wednesday, April 26 in the federal trial for Linda Schrenko. The former Georgia state school superintendent is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

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Columbia County removes book from elementary schools

Posted: 04/26/2006 - A hot topic at Tuesday's Columbia County School Board meeting was a controversial book in elementary school libraries. At the meeting on April 25, parents presented a list of dirty words in a book they say is "vulgar".

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Late-night attack on west Augusta woman foiled by neighbor

Posted: 04/25/2006 - A neighborhood is on guard after a man attacked a woman coming home from work. It happened just after 1:00 a.m. Monday, April 24 on Parrish road in west Augusta, right down the street from Westside High School.

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Burmeister won't run

Updated: 06/07/2006 - After serving six years in the Georgia House of Representatives, Sue Burmeister says she will not seek another term. News 12's Jonathan Martin spoke with her.

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Local man becomes NASA astronaut

Posted: 04/25/2006 - One of NASA's newest astronauts is a local boy: Bobby Satcher. Satcher graduated from Demark-Olar High School in 1982. He went on to MIT and later became a doctor.

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4 injured in Wheeler Road accident

Posted: 04/25/2006 - Four people were taken to the hospital Tuesday, April 25 after an accident on the ramp at Wheeler Road and Interstate 20. Deputies at the scene say that the driver of the silver Jeep ran a red light and sideswiped the Ford F-350.

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Billy Cleveland case could end on plea bargain

Updated: 06/21/2006 - He was accused of child molestation, a charge that could lock the former Columbia County substitute teacher up for twenty years. But a deal with the court may keep him out of jail.

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Jury selection begins for Linda Schrenko trial

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Jury selection started Tuesday, April 25 in Linda Schrenko's federal trial. The former state school superintendent from Columbia County faces dozens of fraud, theft, and money laundering charges.

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Wanted man dies in accident on Highway 25

Posted: 04/25/2006 - 36-year-old Michael Baskett was killed in an accident on Highway 25 in Edgefield County this afternoon. Baskett had several warrants for firearms violations.

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Firefighters extinguish massive brush fire on Aiken Bypass

Posted: 04/25/2006 - A massive brush fire threatened businesses and homes in Aiken County on April 24. It happened around 4:00 p.m. on the Aiken Bypass. The windy conditions in a thick wooded area gave firefighters some problems battling the blaze.

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2 people in custody after meth bust in Beech Island

Posted: 04/25/2006 - A meth bust at around 4:30 p.m. on April 24 at 110 Camellia Drive in Beech Island resulted in two arrests. 30-year-old Jack Harrison, Jr. is charged with possession of marijuana, and attempting to manufacture meth.

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Jury selection for Schrenko trial begins

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday, April 25 in the theft and conspiracy trial for former Georgia state school superintendent Linda Schrenko. Ms. Schrenko is accused of stealing more than $600,000 in federal education money.

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Suspect in American Legion shooting turns self in

Posted: 04/24/2006 - Around 3:30 Monday afternoon Antonio Truesdale turned himself into Aiken County deputies. Investigators say he shot a man early Monday morning at an American Legion in Aiken County near North Augusta.

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Dennis Payne mourns children's death, says wife Lottie Kain is innocent

Updated: 01/18/2007 - In an interview you'll only see on News 12, a parent speaks out about the death of his children. His wife stands accused of the crime. News 12's Diane Cho spent April 23 in Warrenton, where she met Dennis Payne and Lottie Kain and learned how their lives have changed since that fateful weekend.

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