Local Update - December 13, 2007

Crash in Aiken Kills Young Boy

A family is mourning the loss of a young boy after a fatal accident in Aiken County. 7-year-old Glen Adam Miller, Jr. died in the crash on Highway One near York Street and Rutland Drive around 9:00 Wednesday night. The boy was thrown from the vehicle because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Three other family members, ages 17 to 10, were in the car. Their injuries are not life threatening. This is Aiken County's 44th traffic death this year.

Survivor in Deadly Accident Improving

Doctors at MCG say the only survivor of a crash in Burke County that killed four people is doing much better this morning. 17-year-old Clarrisa Thomas is now listed in good condition. The Burke County Coroner says the teenager broke both of her legs and her left arm. Investigators will be out again today on the scene of the crash, trying to figure out what went wrong.

Faster Deputy Response Time

Columbia County deputies say they can now get to you much faster during an emergency. It's all thanks to a new system that allows dispatchers to know where all the deputies are. It uses a global positioning system to send the closest deputy to the scene of a crime when something happens. Also, in January, people will be able to report minor incidents over the phone. That will give more time to respond to serious emergency calls.

Subway Robbery

A Subway takes a hit, leaving Richmond County investigators trying to track down two suspected robbers. It happened at the restaurant on Deans Bridge road in Augusta a little after 8:00 Wednesday night. No one was hurt. If you have any information, call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Search Continues for Man Charged with Sex Crimes

Aiken and Edgefield County deputies are searching for a man charged with sex crimes against children. Investigators say 54 year old Howard Bodie, Seniot of Windsor is wanted on three counts of sex crimes with a minor. Investigators say he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy and an 8 year old girl between July and November of 2005.

Merriwether Burglaries

The Merriwether community in Edgefield County ia already dealing with vandals, but now people who live there are also worried about burglaries. Deputies say there have been at least four in the past two weeks. Investigators say it's unfortunate, burglaries are often part of the holiday season. Since all the crimes happened in about a ten mile area, investigators are working to see if they're connected.

Augusta Facelift

$125,000 is now in the Augusta city budget to get rid of run-down homes. Already, crews have demolish 40 of them, but there's another hundred on the list that still need to be torn town.
The money to pay for the demolition comes mostly from tourists through a tax on hotels and motels.

Doctors Hospital Expansion Underway

The biggest expansion project in Doctors Hospital history is now underway. Leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday afternoon for the project that will cost $55 million. Improvements include a bigger lobby and patient registration area, more space for teaching, and a bigger and better burn center.
There will also be more rooms for patients. You can expect to see the new changes in the next 21 months.

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