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Can you keep burglars out of your home during the holidays?

Updated: 11/19/2013 - Home break-ins usually spike this time of the year because criminals know many of you are already buying Christmas gifts. TV's, game consoles, and jewelry aren't just on your wish list, crooks want them too. News 12 gives you a few ways to keep the Grinch out of your home for the holidays.

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Two proposed gun ranges shot down in Columbia County

Updated: 11/08/2013 - Neighbors have been fighting the one in Grovetown for years. About a dozen people who live near the Newmantown Gun Club showed up Thursday night to try to keep the property from being rezoned for a gun range. They say the noise is a disturbance, but the biggest issue is safety after they found bullet holes in homes nearby.

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Federal budget cuts forcing Thurmond Campgrounds to close

Updated: 11/07/2013 - Budget cuts and the end of a cooperative agreement that was allowing non profits to manage the parks left them in this situation. The number of visitors at the parks has gone from 1.1 million to under 900,000 in the past 6 years.

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On Your Side: Protecting yourself from online holiday scams

Updated: 11/06/2013 - As Christmas decorations go up around town, holiday deals go up on the internet. While many begin their holiday shopping, criminals will start doing theirs as well. Each year the scams get more sophisticated. Before you click the purchase button there's a few things you need to know to protect yourself.

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Probation officers, deputies check in on sex offenders

Updated: 11/02/2013 - It was called Operation Halloween and was a joint effort between the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and the Probation Office to make sure sex offenders follow the rules of the night.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office selling 1,400 guns

Updated: 10/25/2013 - The sheriff's office has collected almost 5,000 guns since the 1990's and with more guns coming in off the streets every day they have to make space. The 1400 weapons range from hunting rifles to vintage handguns and even retired police weapons. They fill nearly two dozen baskets and line seven walls.

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Consumers asked to prepare for winter energy costs

Winter weather

Posted: 10/23/2013 - The Georgia Public Service commission is reminding consumers to prepare for winter weather by weatherizing their households, enrolling in budget billing programs and conserving energy if possible.

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Study says No. 1 state in men killing women is South Carolina

Domestic violence

Updated: 10/20/2013 - South Carolina tops the list that many don't want to ever hear. A study shows it's the number 1 state when it comes to men killing women. With October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month some in Aiken are coming together to raise money and help those effected by violence at home. News12 tells the story of one family and how you can help make a difference.

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Crook steals TV, GPS, and kills dog

Updated: 10/16/2013 - A burglar steals hundreds of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics from an Aiken county home, but the victims say what hurt the most is that the crook killed the family dog, too.

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Low teenager turnout for DJJ town hall meeting

Updated: 10/15/2013 - Commissioner Avery Niles held a town hall meeting for teenagers hoping they would come with questions about the law and changes that affect them. News12 was at the meeting and the turn out was not what some expected.

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Early morning fire takes man life and leaves family searching for home

Updated: 10/13/2013 - An early Sunday morning house fire in Waynesboro took one man's life and leaves his family searching for a place to stay. Ashes are the only thing left of the home on Savannah Avenue. News12 spoke with a family member who tells us how the flames claimed the home and a life .

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Festivals show Augusta's diversity

Updated: 10/12/2013 - This weekend the city of Augusta is celebrating Greek and Hispanic cultures. News12 has more about the two parties and how so many different people make up one city.

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ONLY ON 12: Identity theft in the junkyard

Updated: 10/26/2013 - It's a place where some day things get lost forever, but you might want to think again. Junkyards are a breeding ground one of the countries most common crimes, identity theft. Personal information like social security numbers and bank information are accessible by anyone day in and day out. What could take seconds to steal your identity, could take years to get it back.

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Church, District Attorney team up to help offenders

Updated: 10/10/2013 - It's a program called "One Church, One Goal: A Chance to Change". They're asking local churches and community groups to help sponsor those who need a little extra help.

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Another Tuberculosis scare at a Richmond County School

Updated: 10/08/2013 - Tuesday night leaders at AR Johnson Magnet School discussed a health concern after one person tests positive for Tuberculosis. School officials aren't commenting other than saying they're following CDC protocol and any other info must come the health department. Before Tuesday nights meeting started News 12 is on your side with what doctors say you need to be aware of.

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