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Bluffton Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested in Georgia

(BLUFFTON, S.C.) -- Two Bluffton bank robbery suspects have been arrested in Georgia.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office reports that 41-year-old James Gable and 44-year-old John Bennett were apprehended at a motel in Pooler, Georgia on Tuesday.

Gable was charged for the August 22 robbery of Sun Trust Bank in Bluffton and the July 14 robbery of a TD Bank in Bluffton. Bennett was arrested and charged for accessory after the fact for the robbery of Sun Trust Bank.

Gable and Bennett are awaiting extradition back to South Carolina.

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Teen Arrested for Trying to Rob Food Delivery Driver 

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A teenager has been arrested for the attempted armed robbery of a Chinese food delivery driver.

According to the Charleston Police Department, the victim had been making a delivery on July 31 when a man armed with a gun approached and demanded money. When the delivery man refused, the suspect tried to grab the food.

The suspect, believed to be 19-year-old Ethan Lamont Jenkins, did not take any money or food before fleeing the scene.

Jenkins has now been arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery.

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Stray Kitten Exposes Four People to Rabies in Laurens County 

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Officials referred four people in Laurens County to health care providers after a stray kitten exposed the individuals to rabies.

The animal tested positive for the disease, state health officials announced Wednesday. It's the sixth animal to test positive in Laurens County in 2014.

"Rabies is a threat to humans, pets and wild animals," said Sandra Craig, representative with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. "All pet owners should have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated regularly as required by state law. It is extremely important to the health of your pet, your family and you that pet vaccinations are kept up-to-date."

There have been 92 confirmed cases of rabies in South Carolina this year, compared to 124 incidences in 2013.

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Police Search for Man in USC Armed Robbery

USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Police are searching for a man wanted for armed robbery on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Police say Kevin Rick Oneal approached a person walking on the USC Horseshoe, then confronted the victim with a gun and demanded money.

The suspect was last seen approaching the Five Points area of Columbia.

Oneal is described as a black man with a goatee, and was wearing a grey T-shirt, khaki pants, and green and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

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Man Wanted in Charleston Robbery

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Authorities are searching for a man wanted for robbery in Charleston.

The Charleston Police Department reports early Friday morning, a man stole several soap products from the Family Dollar at 1015 King Street.

Police say the suspect is described as a thin black man who stands at about 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 9 inches tall.

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