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Augusta man will be featured on 'Today Show'


Jeff Kepner, of Augusta, the first patient to undergo a double hand transplant in the United States, is scheduled to be featured on NBC's Today Show this morning.

Mr. Kepner, 57, lost his hands and feet in 1999 because of a bacterial infection. He underwent transplant surgery May 4 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. After a month in the hospital, he has undergone intensive outpatient rehabilitation in Pittsburgh to gain control of his new hands.

The Today segment is scheduled to air about 7:30 a.m., but the time is subject to change, a producer said.

15-year-old charged in robbery, other sought

A 15-year-old was charged with kidnapping and armed robbery Wednesday in the armed robbery Monday of Aiken's North Side Bait and Tackle, according to Lt. David Turno, of Aiken Public Safety.

The juvenile was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

Warrants also have been issued for Trayko Marshall, 18, of Aiken, on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping.

Anyone with information on Mr. Marshall should call Aiken Public Safety at (803) 642-7620 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands, toll-free, at (888) CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward between $50 and $1,000.

Slaying suspect won't have bond reduced

A Columbia County judge refused Wednesday to reduce bond for a woman accused of running down an Augusta man with a tow truck.

Victoria Nichole Brown, 20, and her husband, Michael Faron Brown, 27, both of Gaston, S.C., are accused of running over William Jacobs with their tow truck April 9 while trying to repossess a vehicle from a Martinez home.

Both are charged with murder. Mr. Brown is also charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, and Mrs. Brown is also charged with simple battery.

Mrs. Brown is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond, and Judge James Blanchard refused to lower the bond amount at a hearing Wednesday at the Columbia County Justice Center in Evans.

Mr. Brown is being held in the jail without bond, according to jail records.

Police serve warrant, find more than 20 guns

Police serving a warrant to an Augusta man Tuesday night arrived to find the suspect with more than 20 guns.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were serving warrants to Kendall McGee, 27, at a home in the 3800 block of Belair Road about 8:30 p.m., said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Ron Sylvester.

Police took Mr. McGee into custody in connection with computer crimes committed in LaGrange, Ga. Investigators later discovered between 20 and 30 handguns and rifles, which Mr. McGee said he owned.

No charges have been filed for the weapons . Mr. McGee is being held at the Richmond County jail pending extradition, Investigator Sylvester said.

Man gets 10 months in death of fellow inmate

A South Carolina inmate charged in the death of a fellow prisoner has been sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Andrew York, 37, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Wednesday. The more than four months he has spent in the Aiken County jail is included in his sentence.

Authorities say Mr. York punched 55-year-old Dale Sengelman in April after Mr. Sengelman grabbed his buttocks. Mr. Sengelman hit his head on the concrete floor and died a day later.

Mr. Sengelman had been charged with a lewd act on a child. Mr. York was charged with breach of trust.