Local Update - November 26, 2007

Body of Thomson Middle Teacher Found

Grief Counselors will be at Thomson Middle School today to help students and staff deal with the loss of a sixth grade language arts teacher. The Warren County coroner says investigators found the body of 58-year-old Mary Beth Newsome in some woods Friday afternoon. Investigators don't suspect foul play, but they have scheduled an autopsy at the crime lab in Atlanta.

Escaped Inmate Back In Jail

An escaped inmate is back behind bars in McDuffie County this morning. Deputies arrested 29-year-old William Busbee after two days on the run. They caught him Saturday evening in Thomson near the intersection of Margaret and White Oak Roads. Sheriff Logan Marshall says a man saw Busbee by the road, wearing his orange jumpsuit. He then called the police.

Stabbing Suspect Sought

A stabbing suspect is on the loose this morning. Investigators tell News 12, a man stabbed 38-year-old Ralph Monroe during a fight at Club Blaze in Aiken early Saturday morning. The suspect is a black male, between 28 and 35-years-old, is around 5'5," and weighs 160 pounds. He goes by the names "Buff" and "Jermaine."

Car Repair Shooting

An Augusta man is recovering after being shot at work by a customer. It happened Friday at Titan Auto Shop on Riverwatch Parkway. Investigators say the suspect, Darnell Luchie, was unhappy with the work done on his car. After an argument, investigators say he shot Marcus Sparks in the chest. Sparks is in stable condition this morning. Luchie is at the Richmond County Detention Center, charged with aggravated assault.

Robbery Arrest

Two people are waking up behind bars this morning, charged in connection with two robberies. Richmond County investigators say Marcus Thomas, Freddie Brown, and Melissa Thomas robbed the BP on Skinner Mill Road and the Subway on Wrightsboro Road last Monday. They say the two men went into both businesses, and Marcus Thomas was armed with a gun. Melissa Thomas is accused of going in the Subway and of being the get-away driver for the BP robbery.

Road Swallows Fire Truck

It's certainly not something you see every day. Over the weekend, the road literally swallowed a fire truck in downtown Augusta. It happened when a water main broke beneath the road, creating a sink hole. Crews shut down 12th Street while they worked to free the truck. Firefighters were not in the truck when the street collapsed, and no one was injured.


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