Local Update - October 4, 2007

Animal Cruelty at Animal Control
A suspected case of animal cruelty at Richmond County Animal Control is now under investigation because of a News 12 investigation.
We have learned that two animals under the director's care, that were injured when they arrived, were neglected.
Both had to be put down.
Sources say the abuse stretchs back several months.

Harlem High Security
This morning, five juveniles are awaiting their hearing after a fight at Harlem High School Tuesday.
Extra officers have been patrolling the hallways at school since the fight, looking for anything suspicious.
Wednesday, students had to walk through metal detectors, and officers searched their belongings to make sure no weapons were brought inside the school.

City Accountant Accused of Theft
This morning, a city leader is accused of stealing a whole lot of money from the government.
Officers arrested an accountant for the Richmond County Solid Waste Department for stealing city funds.
Katrina Jones is charged with felony theft.
Investigators say she pocketed $71,000 from people who dropped off trash at the landfill.

Sheriff Wins Lawsuit
Sheriff Ronnie Strength is waking up a happy man this morning after a judge awards him more than $6 million.
Sheriff Strength sued radio personality Ryan B. and Rejoice 94.7 for statements made about him on Ryan B.'s talk show.

HEAT Gets Grant
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has a lot more money this morning to keep you safer on the roads.
The Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, known as HEAT, has been awarded another grant.
That means you'll see more traffic enforcement efforts through the next year.

Obama Visit
A man who wants to be your next president will be in our neck of the woods this weekend.
Senator Barack Obama will be at South Aiken High School this Saturday.
Doors open at 3:00.
The event is free, bit it's a good idea to register at scbarackobama.com.

HS Evening Classes
If you dropped out of high school, you can still get your diploma.
Registration for evening classes in Richmond County starts this Monday, October 8th, from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.
Registration ends the 10th.
You must have a copy of your high school transcript to register.

Jobs Coming to Aiken
One hundred new jobs area heading to Aiken this morning.
Veracity Payment Solutions will move into the old Belk at Kalmia Plaza early next year.
It'll be a call center for Veracity's customers that include businesses and banks.

Best of Augusta
The 10th annual Best of Augusta bash is today at Fort Discovery from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Tickets are just $17.00 at the door or $12.00 in advance.
You can buy them at Fort Discovery, Augusta Magazine, the Augusta Chronicle, and the Columbia County News Times.
All the money raised benefits Fort Discovery.

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