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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.

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pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 07/16/09 - 06:33 am
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Now I think it is obscene to

Now I think it is obscene to give this inmate 10 months for punching someone who grabbed his behind. I've punched a couple of guys for the same thing, he invaded his space. He was assaulted, the pervert deserved to be punched and worse. It was not his intent to kill him, if he went to court and I was on the jury he would be aquitted.

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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 08:00 am
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As the Brown case develops,

As the Brown case develops, it's obvious the police think the man was run over intentionally or negligently. The part I'm having a hard time understanding is, how were both people driving the tow truck? and, why is one on $50,000 bond and the other held without bond?

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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 08:04 am
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I understand the computer

I understand the computer crime arrest, but what's the relevance of the multiple gun ownership? Is this supposed to mean that McGee is a dangerous criminal? I know dozens of people that own many pistols and weapons. None of them are criminals. 2nd Amendment!!!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 08:08 am
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I agree panther. If the

I agree panther. If the incident went down like it's reported, then York shouldn't have even been charged. Hitting someone for a cheap feel is a reaction to an assault.

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getalife 07/16/09 - 08:10 am
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WRDW made such a big deal out

WRDW made such a big deal out of the fact the man had 20 guns and ammunition. I would think there are thousands of people in this state that have gun collections of more than 20 guns. I understand his arrest for the child porn charge. In the case of the dead inmate, one less pedophile to harm children!!

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 07/16/09 - 08:23 am
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The guns - overreaction by

The guns - overreaction by law enforcement and sensationalism by the media.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/16/09 - 09:54 am
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AC, WRDW, all part of the

AC, WRDW, all part of the liberal media and staffed by the "oh no, he had GUNS" mentality.

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:02 pm
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WRDW was just reporting the

WRDW was just reporting the news. the RC Sheriff Dept took the guns, but if it is found that he has them legally, the guns will be returned.

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:02 pm
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the story has nothing to do

the story has nothing to do with politics.

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:06 pm
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He had 50,000 rounds of ammo.

He had 50,000 rounds of ammo. [filtered word]

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:07 pm
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The ammo took up a whole room

The ammo took up a whole room in the house

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:08 pm
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He needs a mental evaluation.

He needs a mental evaluation. He is a nut case.http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/50902692.html

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:10 pm
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AC did poor reporting on this

AC did poor reporting on this story. Very poor.News 12 found a German term on his Myspace page, "Der Metzgermeister", used as his username. The phrase translates into a nickname meaning "Master Butcher", associated with a convicted German cannibal, Armin Meiwes.

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:11 pm
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A German song written about

A German song written about the killer, "Mein Teil" by Rammstein, plays on McGee's page. Also posted in German, is a saying the cannibal used to lure his victim on the internet, translated into, "Looking for a well built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered...The Master Butcher."

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:12 pm
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The cannibal met his victim

The cannibal met his victim on the internet, which is where McGee is accused of contacting minors and distributing porn. McGee also posted one photo, a hand pointing a gun, and he list guns as a hobby.

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:12 pm
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Now tell me what a nice

Now tell me what a nice person he is. Duh!

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:13 pm
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investigators say literature

investigators say literature found inside now have them looking into McGee for possible hate group ties.

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:14 pm
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And I bet much more will come

And I bet much more will come out of this.

Rose
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Rose 07/16/09 - 01:59 pm
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He was on his computer a lot.

He was on his computer a lot. Could he have posted on AC? It sure would not surprise me if he did.

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gnumbgnuts 07/16/09 - 03:00 pm
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Mrs. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

Mrs. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

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disssman 07/16/09 - 08:35 pm
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Mr sengelman should be able

Mr sengelman should be able to sue the state for millions for inadequate protection from sex perverts. If I was on the jury, I would award it to him.

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