Local Update - October 24, 2007

46 Pound Woman Starves to Death; Family Charged

A 30 year-old woman is dead after being starved to death, and investigators say her own family is to blame.
Deputies also say the conditions she lived in before her death are the worst they've ever seen.
Jeanne and Buel Peterson are in jail this morning, charged with involuntary manslaughter.
The blind and deaf victim, Christine Baxter, was Jeanne's sister.
The home was covered in feces and roaches, and a 200 pound pig lived inside.
Baxter was just 46 pounds when she died.

Gang Vandalism

Investigators are still searching for more people this morning who may be involved with spraying gang related symbols and vandalizing the Crossland Park area off Highway One in Aiken.
So far, police have arrested seven people.
All but one are juveniles.
The damage comes to around five thousand dollars.

Father-Son Fight

This morning -- a man is recovering after a fight with his own son.
Richmond County deputies say a 16 year-old and his dad got into an argument.
Whis father drove off, the son threw a pipe at the truck, hitting his father in the head.
It all happened around 8:30 Tuesday night on Amarillo Circle in Hephzibah.
No word on his condition this morning.

Droght Worries

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is set to hold a press conference this afternoon about drought worries.
He is also ordering north Georgia businesses and utilities to cut water usage by ten percent.
Meanwhile, cities like Atlanta are looking toward our neck of the woods for help.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver says he's doing everything he can to keep other cities from tapping our resources.

New Name for V.A.?

A local medical center could soon have a new name.
The house voted unanimously to rename the V.A. Medical Center in Augusta after the late Congressman Charlie Norwood.
Lawmakers say they think it's a good way to honor the Augusta republican and Vietnam war veteran.
Norwood focused much of his twelve year congressional career on health care.
The bill will now go to the senate.

Operation Rudolph

You can help make troops feel a little closer to home over the holidays.
The Marine Corps League is kicking off Operation Rudolph this week, and they need your help.
Just bring magazines, toiletries, socks, t-shirts, batteries, phone cards and snacks to the Odell Weeks Activities Center parking lot on Whiskey Road in Aiken.
Volunteers will be collecting the items from 1:00 to 3:00 this Friday afternoon.

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  • by aunt Location: north augusta on Oct 26, 2007 at 07:19 AM
    Thank You Channel 12 for the report on the sons side of the story.
  • by Anonymous Location: 30815 on Oct 25, 2007 at 05:48 PM
    well i heard both of the sons sides pretty much and i was there a few mins after it happend and i just think these reporters should just leave it alone because they didnt get any side of this story. i know for a fact they didnt get the sons and theres no way they got the fathers. and btw, ur camera guy is very insensitive when he gets to the scene.
  • by aunt Location: north augusta on Oct 25, 2007 at 09:40 AM
    I know that at the time an incident takes place, the media doesnt always have the facts before reporting. So instead of just saying they dont have all the facts, they publish false information. Not once have I heard the Sons side of the story published or broadcasted. Last night I heard the update for the father/son story. I was appalled by what I heard. So I send this TO ANY REPORTER WHO IS WILLING TO HEAR AND REPORT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY.
  • by Debbie Location: Hephzibah on Oct 25, 2007 at 07:34 AM
    How can anyone not smell or notice what was coming or going on at a neighbors house!!!! The neighbors said that had not seen the lady that died in 3 years!!! Why didn't they call DSS to investigate then? When you never see a neighbor that lives near you, you should call DSS, the cops, anyone to check on them. People have to care more, get involved more with their neighbors, family and church, because the cops can not do it all, and they need our help, eyes and ears to help them do their job. It never hurts to be a concerned neighbor, it is when you are not concerned that hurts. I wonder if these neighbors can imagine the suffering this blind and deaf lady went though, praying that someone, a neighbor maybe would help. I am blessed to have neighbors that I know and care about. And I know they feel the same.
  • by Anonymous Location: 30815 on Oct 24, 2007 at 10:20 PM
    thank people should really get details before putting things on the news. like the person b 4 me said the father and son were not arguing, the boys were trying to stop their dad from leaving cuz he shouldnt have been driving it was a freak accident they both love their dad soo much and would not harm him intentionally. and as of like an hour ago he was in stable condition...
  • by Anonymous Location: 29851 on Oct 24, 2007 at 01:30 PM
    They father and son didn't get in an arguement his two sons were tryin to stop him from driving while drunk
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2007 at 12:38 PM
    Amarillo Circle is not in Hephzibah, it is in Augusta - 30906
  • by keke Location: Edgefield on Oct 24, 2007 at 08:51 AM
    I think that this world is mess. Something really do need to take place so this world would be a better place and where everyone is loved and cared for, not hated for this none sense. 15,Female Strom Thurmond High School
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