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2 wounded; 3 sought in Wednesday shooting

AIKEN -- Aiken County sheriff’s investigators are searching for three suspects in the Wednesday night shooting of two men. Around 6 p.m., Rodrecus Tolen, of Saluda, and Billy Joe Blackston, of Gilbert, were shot on Huckleberry Finn Road in Monetta, sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Myers said in a news...

12/03/09 - 3:16pm

Authorities searching for suspects in Wednesday shooting

Authorities believe three suspects are on the run after shooting two men in Monetta Wednesday evening. Around 6 p.m., Rodrecus Tolen of Saluda and Billy Joe Blackston of Gilbert were shot on Huckleberry Finn Road in Monetta, sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Myers said in a news release. Mr. Tolen was shot ...

12/03/09 - 2:18pm

McDuffie authorities arrest 7; thefts could involve many victims

THOMSON, Ga. -- McDuffie County authorities have arrested seven persons suspected in a nationwide credit card theft ring that could involve hundreds of victims. At least two of the suspects in custody have been linked to a case involving Washington State Police, according to McDuffie County Sheriff...

12/03/09 - 3:16pm

Proposed S.C. bill would make guns tax holiday permanent

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday would be made permanent if two state lawmakers have their way. Reps. Michael Pitts, R-Laurens, and W. Brian White, R-Anderson, prefiled a bill, H. 4220, this week to make the two-day sales-tax holiday for firearms as automatic as ...

12/03/09 - 2:17pm

Aiken man arrested in connection to slaying last week

AIKEN – An Aiken man was arrested Wednesday in connection to a slaying last week. Aiken County Sheriff’s Office charged Christopher Anthony Knight, 23, of Gunter Road, with accessory after the fact to a murder, Sgt. Dave Myers said in a news release. Investigators believe Mr. Knight assi...

12/03/09 - 1:54pm

"Suspicious' fire dislocates Aiken family

AIKEN – A morning fire that dislocated an Aiken family has been deemed suspicious. Aiken Department of Public Safety responded to the fire in the 800 block of Hampton Avenue about 7:30 a.m., Capt. Wendell Hall said this morning. The fire was fully involved, but fire crews were able to extingu...

12/03/09 - 11:49am

Waynesboro man gets 20 years on child pornography charges

A Waynesboro man convicted of trading child pornography in June was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 20 years in prison. Authorities found more than 2,000 child pornography pictures after seizing Roger Alan Gambrel computer, according to a press release from the office of Ed Tarver, U.S. Att...

12/03/09 - 11:43am

Georgia can't pay for services, budget expert says

Georgia is facing a budget shortfall, and cuts will need to be made in key areas such as education, health care and social services. That was the assessment of Alan Essig, the executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, in remarks today to the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce...

12/03/09 - 12:50pm

Two jailers fired after inmate injured at Webster center

Two Richmond County jailors were fired last month after a fight with an inmate in his cell. Deputies Derek Neal and Joshua Parker were let go from the sheriff’s office after an altercation with 18-year-old Charles Kellam, who refused to exit his cell at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center ...

12/03/09 - 2:28pm

Condition of apartment lands Augusta mother in jail

An Augusta mother is in jail after deputies found dog feces and trash strewn throughout the apartment where she lived with her two small children. Marjorie Nikki Stanfield, 32, of 1025 Woodsedge Drive, is charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Richmond C...

12/03/09 - 2:27pm

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Clemson halts mandatory student sex survey

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson says it has suspended a mandatory survey of students the school says was part of a review to prevent sexual discrimination, harassment and assault.
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