Local Update - November 19, 2007

Overnight Fire

The fire is now out at Burton Brothers Grinding and Mulch. It started at the business near Gate One on Gordon Highway around 11:30 Sunday night. nvestigators say it could have started from overheated machinery. A witness says they saw someone running from the building, but there is no word this morning on any injuries.

James Brown Tradition Lives on Today

James Brown is no longer with us, but his memory is alive this morning. The James Brown Turkey Giveaway will go on as it has every year. The Reverend Al Sharpton will be there this morning to hand out the first turkey. It will be held at Dyess park on James Brown Boulevard. It starts at 10:00 this morning.

Thanksgiving Events

If you're not hitting the road for the holidays, there are a couple of Thanksgiving dinners planned for the community. Today, there's a Thanksgiving dinner starting at 11:00 this morning at the Garlic Clove restaurant in Evans. Our own Richard Rogers will be a celebrity server. At 11:00 tomorrow morning, there's the Aiken Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need. It's happening at 322 Gayle Avenue. Wednesday, the officers of the 35th Signal Brigade will serve dinner to soldiers and families at the Unit Dining Facility from 11:00 to 2:30.

Serial Burglar

Richmond County investigators need your help tracking down a suspected serial burglar who's targeting auto shops. Deputies say he's hit seventeen locations recently. Based on surveillance video, investigators believe the suspect is a white male, 170 pounds, and about six feet tall. He was last seen driving a late 80's model Buick or Oldsmobile.The car also has front end damage on the passenger side. If you know anything about, please call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Operation Augusta Ink Solves Other Crimes

This morning, Augusta is a much safer place after Operation Augusta Ink. Not only did last week's gang sweep get suspected criminals and gang members off our streets, but it's also helping investigators solve previous crimes. Several people are in jail this morning after deputies say they are responsible for burglaries at Shooters and Waldens. Earlier this month, almost forty guns were stolen from Waldens. They've also arrested five people in connection with yet another burglary at shooters back in December of 2006.

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