Local Update - October 9, 2007

Overnight Robbery

Investigators are looking for the person who robbed a gas station early this morning. This is the 2nd time a Circle K has been targeted since Sunday.

It happened at the one on Furys Ferry Road around 1:15 this morning. Deputies say the suspect fled on foot from the scene towards a residential area.

He's described as a white male in his mid 20's, weighing around 140 pounds.
He has short brown hair.

If you know anything, call the sheriff's office.

Murder Suspect Arrested

A murder suspect was arrested this morning. Donald Harmon was wanted for shooting and killing 20 year-old Sylvester Walker last night around 8:00 on the 2400 block of Patrick Avenue. We're told Walker and Harmon were arguing when Harmon pulled out a gun and shot the victim once in the chest.

Walker later died at the hospital.

Harmon was taken into custody shortly before 6 o'clock this morning on the 2400 block of Buffington Drive. He fled from his home and was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

Aiken Co. Narcotics Update

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has a new narcotics division on board, but it's leaving lots of questions about all of the existing warrants held by the previous investigators.

We're told between 250 and 275 pending warrants could be thrown out in Aiken County because all of those warrants are linked to at least one of the four investigators who have been fired.

Exclusive Animal Abuse Investigation Update

It's safe to say our exclusive investigation into alleged animal cruelty at the Richmond County Animal Shelter has turned some of you out there into activists.

Five women who watched our reports met at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Monday to file an incident report. They want criminal charges brought against the kennel manager and the shelter's director.

The sheriff's office has assigned an investigator to the case, but it will take a few days to determine if charges will be filed.

Super C Update

The Augusta Public Service Committee has approved a request by Super C nightclub owner Charles Cummings for a new business license. This comes after the city stripped him of his license after a deadly shooting at his club.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength and the Augusta Neighborhood Alliance all originally demanded the club be shut down.

Cummings is set to go before the Commission next Tuesday.

A New Look for Castleberry's

Castleberry's is hoping a new look will help the company rebound from its crippling nationwide recall.

Now, when you shop for Castleberry's products, you'll find distinctive labels and new UPC codes.

You can expect to see the new line, which includes canned chili, stew, hot dog chili sauce, and specialty meat items, in grocery stores this fall.

Local NAACP Awards

Folks in Augusta have some top-notch awards to be proud of this morning.
Our NAACP Chapter earned more awards than any other branch in the state.
The 2008 NAACP State Convention will be in Augusta this year.

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