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12 On Your Side: Tragic house fire sheds light on fire safety measures

Updated: 10/14/2013 - We're On Your Side after a house fire early Sunday morning is being ruled an accident, but fire officials say smoke detectors could have saved a man's life. 33-year old Andrew Sursson died in that fire. Officials say unattended cooking started the blaze. Officials say the tragedy could have been prevented. They say having a working smoke detector and an escape route could make the difference between life and death.

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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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12 On Your Side: Woman says used car caught fire after leaving lot

Updated: 10/11/2013 - We're On Your Side after buying a used car from a local dealer a woman says it broke down, even catching on fire days later. She called News 12 after the dealer told her there was nothing it could do for her. Joy Stanley thought that a vehicle lemon law would cover her loss even though she bought the car "as-is."

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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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12 On Your Side: Computer virus scam uses camera without your knowledge

Updated: 10/10/2013 - We're On Your Side with a warning about a computer virus that is back with a vengeance. You may have heard of the scam where con artists pretend to be from Microsoft tech support. It starts with a phone call from someone claiming your computer has a virus. While nothing may be wrong at all, if you take the bait, it could cost you your money and even your identity.

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12 On Your Side: Woman loses $600 in online payday loan scam

Updated: 10/09/2013 - We're On Your Side after an Aiken County woman says she went online looking for a payday loan and got more than she bargained for. That is because instead, she found herself paying out after being scammed. Doris Goodwin says she is on disability and just needed some quick cash to pay some bills.

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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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New homes could be coming to Olde Town, but some say don't bring them

Updated: 10/08/2013 - It's been four years in the making and on Monday a group wanting to help house people with disabilities might have jumped its last hurdle. A non-profit wants to build 7 homes in Olde Town, but neighbors there are saying wait a minute something's sneaky here. News 12 on your side with both sides of the debate.

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Cherry Tree residents still have questions about demolition

Updated: 10/06/2013 - The group the 100 Black Women of Augusta held a seminar on Saturday to help families that are still in the dark about where they will live after the demolition begins at the Cherry Tree Housing Complex next year.

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12 On Your Side: Woman hopeful online pet finder will locate her missing dogs

Updated: 10/04/2013 - We're On Your Side After losing two of her pets recently, an Aiken County woman is turning to the Internet to find them. She says she found a pet finder service that works similar to amber alerts for missing children. Of the seven missing pets listed on the website from our area, three have been found, but Sandra Edwins is hoping that success rate goes up soon.

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12 On Your Side: News 12 employee targeted by health care phone scam

Updated: 10/24/2013 - We're On Your Side with a warning about a health care scam that is targeting our area.The phone scammers are trying to convince some folks that they can get dirt cheap insurance under the Affordable Care Act. This scam hits particularly close to home as a News 12 staff member was targeted.

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S.C. Attorney General warns against 'Obamacare' scams

Updated: 10/24/2013 - They are the people you turn to to help you sign up for the right health insurance coverage under the new Affordable Care Act. But South Carolina's Attorney General says he's worried that level of access Navigators have could lead to identity theft. As News 12's Chad Mills reports, AG Alan Wilson is also concerned scammers might capitalize of confusion.

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Dogs attack woman and bite her 5 times

Updated: 10/02/2013 - A woman attacked by 2 neighborhood dogs is speaking out. It comes just days after officers in North Augusta shot and killed another dog that had gotten loose over the weekend; but in this case the victim felt like Aiken County Animal Control wasn't taking her seriously until she called News 12.

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12 On Your Side: "Young invincibles" key to funding Affordable Care Act

Updated: 10/24/2013 - We're On Your Side if you are 18 to 34 and uninsured, you could make or break the Affordable Care Act. The health care industry is calling this age group the "young invincibles". The health care industry says when these young adults are insured, they help bring down the overall cost of coverage for everyone but it may not be an easy sell for some.

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12 On Your Side: Are you exempt from the Affordable Care Act?

Updated: 10/01/2013 - We're On Your Side. At midnight, folks who are required to have health insurance coverage will be signing up. But there are lots of folks out there who are still confused about who needs to apply in the first place. So are you among the exempt?

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Parts of ObamaCare kickoff Tuesday

Updated: 09/30/2013 - In a couple of days the Affordable Care Act may take its biggest step yet. On October 1st an online health insurance exchange would be open to every state. News12 has a break down on what that means and how young women's coverage can change. On Tuesday you'll be able to compare prices and benefits you want for health insurance, and one group has a lot to gain mothers.

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12 On Your Side: Muffler shop accused of installing used exhaust; no refund

Updated: 09/27/2013 - We're On Your Side. An Augusta man says after paying hundreds of dollars for a new muffler system, he says the business installed a rusty used one instead. He says after asking for a full refund, he says the company told him no. Kevin McClendon says they have offered to repalce the used exhaust with a new one but he says he feels used and just wants his money back.

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12 On Your Side: Verve energy drink; scam or real business opportunity?

Updated: 09/26/2013 - We're On Your Side. How would you like to make money and not have to sell a single thing? If it sounds too good to be true, it may depending on who you ask. After one of our viewers emailed us concerned about the legitimacy of the energy drink company Veema, we took a closer look to see if it is on the up and up. The internet is abuzz with folks talking about this company and its energy drink called Verve.

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12 On Your Side: Burger joint owner out on bond, payroll complaints continue

Updated: 09/26/2013 - We're On Your Side A local restaurant owner is out on bond following his arrest on fraud charges. Gregory Glover turned himself last night. But today we found him back at work. Glover is still declining to comment on his arrest on a fraud charge nor about allegations from former employees that he their payroll checks have bounced.

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12 On Your Side: Business owner charged with fraud surrenders after News 12 investigation

Updated: 09/24/2013 - Less than 24 hours after a 12 On Your Side investigation, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office says the business owner they have been trying to find for weeks has turned himself in. Restaurant owner Gregory Glover surrendered to deputies after being on the lam for weeks. He surrendered just hours after reporter Jerome Collins spoke with him by phone. While Glover said very little, directing us to his attorney, a former employee and local business owner are speaking out about his business dealings.

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New credit monitoring company for SC taxpayers

Updated: 09/23/2013 - South Carolina's second contract for state-paid monitoring offers taxpayers affected by last fall's massive hacking at the Department of Revenue more identity theft services at a lower cost.

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