Local Update - October 22, 2007

Overnight Fire

The fire is out at an abandoned bar at the intersection of Carolina Springs Road and Old Aiken Road in North Augusta.

The call came in as a brush fire, but when crews got there, they found part of a fence and the back wall of the empty building on fire.

The bar, again, is abandoned, but it was called Kazuddi's when it was in business.

Investigators don't suspect foul play.

Right now, they think it was probably caused by a cigarette.

No one was hurt.

Ramps Closed

The two Bobby Jones ramps you've been using for years to get on and off I-20 are shut down.

Traffic will be diverted to the new Davis Road/Walton Way interchange.

A detour is set up via Davis road.

Drivers Arrested at Road Check

A road check in Augusta lands drivers in jail for a laundry list of charges.

Deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office checked more than 700 vehicles on Tobacco Road over the weekend. They arrested three drivers for D.U.I. and four people on drug charges.

A dozen people got tickets for not wearing their seat belts.

There were also some other charges.

Deputy Recovering

A Richmond County deputy is recovering this morning after an accident Sunday night on Gordon Highway.

The victim's supervisor says the deputy was trying to pull over three motorcyclists who were driving recklessly, but the motorcyclists tried to get away. The deputy followed them, but a Toyota pulled into his lane, causing him to hit a guard rail.

His injuries are minor.

Waffle House Bomb Scare

Jefferson Davis Highway is back open after a bomb scare shut it down last night. It all started a little before 7:00 at the Waffle House at 4390 Jefferson Davis Highway.

Aiken County deputies, however, never found anything.

Home Invasion

Richmond County investigators need your help identifying two men who broke into a home last night. It happened at 3549 Garden Brook Drive.

The homeowner received minor injuries and was treated at the house.

Deputies are still trying to find the suspects.

Water Fight

The record drought across the Southeast has Alabama, Georgia, and Florida fighting over water supplies.

Georgia governor Sonny Perdue says the northern third of the state of Georgia is in a state of emergency. Now, he wants President Bush to declare the region a major disaster area.

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