Local Update - December 19, 2005

House Fire

Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire at a home on the 3200 block of Lake Forest Drive.
It started around 4:30 this morning.
Two people were inside at the time, but firefighters on the scene tell News 12, both got out safely.
Firefighters are also trying to determine how much damage the fire caused.

Mother Accused of Stabbing Kids in Court Today

The 22-year-old mother accused of murdering her own two children is heading to court today.
A judge will determine if there can be bond in this case.
Investigators say Jeanette Michelle Hawes stabbed her daughter Shakayla and her son Jordan to death in a gas station bathroom. She is facing two counts of felony murder charges.

Unsolved Murder Arrest

Richmond County deputies say they know who's responsible for the county's only unsolved homicide this year. 22-year-old Bernard Rayfield Ellison is now charged with the murder of 22-year-old Robert Love.
Love was murdered at the Washington on the Greens apartment complex, where he lived.
The investigation is far from over this morning.
Investigators are still working on a motive, and they say there could be another suspect in the case.

Escaped Convict

An Edgefield County inmate is still on the run this morning. 26-year-old Johnny Moore escaped from the Trenton Correctional Facility late Sunday evening. He was serving a ten year sentence for burglary and had only been in prison a few months. Authorities believe he is near Greenville because he has family there.

Honoring Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy will lie in state at the state capitol on Friday. He died Monday after complications from a stroke three years earlier.
He was the longest serving house speaker in the nation's history when he was defeated in 2002. Murphy was 83-years old.

Republican Voter Deadline

The South Carolina Presidential Primaries are just a few weeks away, and today is the last day republicans can register to vote ahead of their January 19th primary.
The democratic primary is one week later, so that registration deadline is the day after Christmas.

Returning Home

More than four thousand soldiers in training will leave Fort Gordon and Augusta tonight, just in time to be with family for Christmas.
They'll get to ring in the new year with loved ones too.
The soldiers will return January 2nd.

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