Local Update - December 20, 2007

James Brown Toy Giveaway

James Brown may be gone, but his tradition will live on through the kids this morning. The James Brown annual toy giveaway kicks off this morning at 10:00 at the Imperial Theater downtown.

Reverend Al Sharpton and members of the Brown family will host the event.
This was James Brown's last public appearance before he passed away last Christmas.

Returning Home

The last of the soldiers from Fort Gordon's 15th Regimental Signal Brigade will head home for the holidays today.

More than 500 soldiers will be leaving on flights from Bush Field, just in time to celebrate Christmas with their families. They will return to base January 2nd.

Principal Recovering

A local principal will spend the first part of her winter break recovering from an injury after trying to break up a fight at school.

The principal of Cross Creek High School, Lynn Warr, got hit with some brass knuckles.

Doctors treated her for a head injury, but she is expected to be just fine.

The student who hit her is facing felony charges for bringing a weapon to school.

Students Accused of Firing at Deputy

Investigators in Aiken County are looking for suspects accused of firing shots at a deputy on December first. 16-year-old Michael Young, also known as Michael Trim, faces assault and weapons charges. He also possibly faces a burglary charge from another crime last month.

Investigators say Kinard Thomas of New Ellenton is facing assault charges from the shooting as well.

Investigators already arrested Cordell Samuels at Silver Bluff High School for the crime.

Hawes Hearing Canceled

We'll have to wait a little longer to find out the fate of the mother accused of murdering her own two children.

The bond hearing for Jeanette Michelle Hawes was canceled Wednesday afternoon.

She's facing double felony murder charges in the stabbing deaths of her young children in late November.

The public defender's office would like to see an arraignment hearing first, but the grand jury has not taken up the case yet.

Teen Recovering after Being Hit by Car

A teenager is recovering after being hit by a car Tuesday night in Columbia County.

14-year-old Timmy Weisse, who lives on Miramar where the accident happened, was as riding his bike when the car hit him.

The driver was 22-year-old Shane Sweet of Miramar Extension.

No word on whether he'll face charges.

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