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Home invasion victims refuse to help police

An investigation into an Appling home invasion was terminated Thursday after the victim refused to cooperate with authorities.

A married couple told deputies they were robbed by two men who held them at gunpoint in their home early Tuesday.

The couple, both 27, said they were sleeping at about 3 a.m. when two men forced open the front door of their White Oak Campground Road home. The men brandished handguns. Both were wearing gloves and one man wore a mask.

The couple said the men ordered them out of bed at gunpoint and onto the floor, where they used duct tape to tie the couple’s feet together and their hands behind their backs. The intruders asked where items of value were and stole $30,000 in cash, a Ruger .380 pistol and some marijuana.

The intruders asked where the couple kept the DVR to their home security surveillance system and stole that too. They tried to break into the man’s gun safe, but were unable to.

They asked the couple to count to 30 as they left in the man’s 2005 Nissan Altima headed south toward White Oak Road.

Deputies found the car abandoned on Greenbrier Drive off White Oak Road.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Thursday that the investigation was closed because the victim refused to cooperate.

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Latest News from North Augusta Today - Tue, 4/8/2014 5:06 PM

Police said a woman shot her husband in their North Augusta Gardens apartment while their four small children were home.

North Augusta Public Safety officers were called to Apartment 1701 at the Marion Avenue complex around 10:30 a.m. and discovered Dakota Cook, 21, with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center where he died from his injuries, Coroner Tim Carlton said in a news release.

Police have charged his wife of four years, 20-year-old Terry Cook, with murder. According to a news release, the shooting appears to be the result of an ongoing domestic dispute.

The couple’s four children, ages 4 months, 1, 3 and 4, were at home at the time of the shooting but were not injured, Lt. Tim Thornton said. The children are in the custody of their grandparents.

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