Local Update - November 7, 2007

Election Results

News 12 has been following election results from Tuesday all night for you. There are too many to list in this local update, but be sure to check out the complete results on another section of this website.

Armed Robbery

Investigators are looking for two people this morning after an armed robbery in Richmond County. It happened around 11:45 Tuesday night at the Checkers at 3429 Wrightsboro Road. The only description of the suspects we have right now is extremely vague. All investigators will tell us is that they are two black males who were wearing dark clothing. If you have any information, please call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Embezzlement Charges

A former manager of a local lingerie store is charged with theft by taking after allegations of embezzlement. 45-year-old Cora Norton turned herself into police on Monday. Norton is accused of stealing more than $7,000 worth of items from the owner of Lucy's Love Shop on Washington Road. According to investigators, she used the business as a "late-night hangout" for her friends.

Sex Offender Arrested

A convicted sex offender is off the streets this morning. James Snellings of Grovetown turned himself in Tuesday morning. He was wanted for failing to report a change in address.The court convicted Snellings of rape in 2003.

Murder Charges

An Augusta couple is now facing murder charges. Police arrested Jeanne and Buel Peterson after finding 30-year old Christina Baxter starved to death in a filthy home. She weighed just 46 pounds. Ms. Baxter was both blind and deaf. A grand jury upgraded the charges against the couple from involuntary manslaughter to murder.

School Bus Scare

Some kids are probably a little shaken up after a scary situation Tuesday night. A power line fell on a school bus. Witnesses say a tractor-trailer knocked down a power line at Walker Street and 2nd Street in Augusta, trapping the bus. The kids had to stay put until Georgia Power crews could take care of the line.

Remembering Flint

Family and firefighters from the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department in Barnwell are remembering Bentrice Flint this morning. The 57-year-old veteran died in a fire at his home in Barnwell County Sunday. Firefighters could not save him in time. Mr. Flint was a Vietnam veteran and firefighter for 15 years.
He leaves behind three children. His funeral is Saturday at 1:00 at Union Baptist Church.

ASU Professor Remembered

Friends and family are remembering an Augusta State University professor this morning. 67-year-old Joseph Greene lost his long battle to colon cancer Monday.Mr. Greene was one of only two african-americans to serve as chairman of the University System Board of Regents. Mr. Green leaves behind his wife and two children. A wake is scheduled for 7:00 on Thursday, November 8th at Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson. Funeral services are set for 11:00 on Friday, November 9th at the church.


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