Local Update - December 11, 2007

Military Homecoming

This morning, some local military families have an early Christmas present. Soldiers from the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade returned home to Fort Gordon just before midnight Tuesday morning. The Task Force Lightening Soldiers have spent the last year in Afghanistan, providing battlefield intelligence to soliders.

Free Trees to Military Familes

This Thursday, volunteers with the Christmas Spirit Foundation will provide about 700 free live evergreen trees at Fort Gordon to anyone with military identification. That includes all active, retired, reserve, or guard members. You can pick up your tree at 8:30 Thursday morning. For more information, call (706) 791-3880.

Local Gang Wiped Out

Investigators say an anonymous tip is responsible for leading investigators to eight people, accused in seven different robberies. All eight suspects are believed to be connected to the Meadowbrooke Clique Gang. After these arrests and several others last month during Operation Augusta Ink, Richmond County deputies say the gang is history. The tipster who gave investigators the information has earned a cash reward of $5,000.

Rosemary Street Shooting

A local man is undergoing mental and medical evaluations after opening fire in a Belvedere neighborhood Monday afternoon. Deputies say 56-year-old Richard Brown has a long history of mental illness. He fired more than eight shots while standing at his front door on Rosemary Street.
No one was hurt, but he did shoot out a car window.

Karate Instructor Cleared

A local karate instructor is no longer facing charges of inappropriately touching his students. It happened during Nikki Ray Smith's recent hearing. July police reports say the alleged incidents took place at his martial arts and dance studio on Egefield road. Students accused Smith of inappropriately touching one of them and having inappropriate contact with two others.

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