Local Update - November 15, 2007

Operation Augusta Ink

You're waking up in a much safer city this morning thanks to Operation Augusta Ink. More than seventy people are in jail, and hundreds weapons and pounds of drugs are off our streets. Operation Augusta Ink was a part of a federal, state, and local law enforcement sixteen month investigation into Augusta's gang problem. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office, along with state and federal agents, got fifty federal arrest warrants, eighteen state arrest warrants, and seven state search warrants. Investigators targeted almost one hundred people. More arrests could come.

Suspected GA Power Imposter Arrested

A man accused of posing as a Georgia Power employee to scam people is waking up behind bars this morning. Tommy Carroll is now charged with burglary and robbery. Deputies say he and another man, Thomas Riley, tried to pull their scam on an elderly man in Grovetown. They're still looking for Riley.

Suspected Sex Offender Arrested

A suspected sex offender is off the street this morning. Dale T. Cooper is now charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and lewd acts upon a minor. Aiken County investigators say he sexually assaulted two girls between 1974 and 1988 at his home. Cooper faces more than twenty charges in the case.

James Brown Court Battle

The James Brown court battle contines today. The "Godfather of Soul's" estate saga will go to court again this morning. The hearing will be in Bamberg. A number of motions in the James Brown estate matter will be discussed.

Edgefield Super Takes Over

The Edgefield County School District will officially have a new superintendent in charge this week. Today is interim superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson's last day on the job. That'll leave Dr. Mary Crenshaw officially in charge on Friday.

Aiken County Super Search

We'll know the three finalists for the superintendent search in Aiken County today. We'll pass along that information as soon as it is released.

Lakeside Football Coach Update

An illegal play finds its way to the internet via You-Tube. Now, Lakeside High School Football Coach Jody Grooms is no longer the school's athletic director. However, he is still allowed to coach football. Columbia County's superintendent, Dr. Charles Nagle, made the decision after meeting with board members behind closed doors.

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