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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