Local Update - January 8, 2008


I-20 Accident

I-20 is open again after a bad accident shut down the westbound lanes this morning at Washington Road.
Dispatch says it involved an 18-wheeler and three vehicles.
There were some injuries, but dispatch isn't sure how severe they are.

Deadly Accident

Investigators say they know what caused a deadly wreck in Bamberg County on US 321 Monday.
Troopers tell News 12 one of the four tractor trailers involved lost its wheel, so the driver swerved into the opposite lane.
That eventually caused two other trucks to collide.
One driver died.
Another one was flown to MCG.

New Interstate?

A new highway could be heading right through Augusta.
It's called I-3, and the plan is to build it from Savannah to Knoxville, Tennessee to help drivers avoid the current curvy roads through the Georgia mountains.
Critics say the highway would hurt Georgia's trees and landscape, so they are pushing for it to cut through South Carolina instead.

Prostitution Arrest in Cemetery

Most people go to the cemetery to pay their respects, but not an Augusta man and woman.
Johnny Penwell and Christina Neal are both facing prostitution charges after investigators say they caught them in the act in the Magnolia Cemetery.
Deputies say Penwell told them he took her to his family plot because he felt safe there.

Gilbert Manor Moving Plans

People who live in Gilbert Manor have their moving vouchers in hand this morning.
Their eviction notice came after the housing authority agreed to sell the land to the Medical College of Georgia, but families aren't getting kicked to the curb.
75 families requested a voucher for Section 8 housing only. Another 33 wanted a voucher but also were interested in public housing.
146 requested to be considered for public housing only.


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