NEW! News 12 This Morning Local Update

August 30, 2006

Car overturned in accident; driver missing

North Augusta Public Safety officers are still trying to locate the driver whose car was found upside down after an accident.

They were called to the Friendly Mini Mart off east Buena Vista last night around 11:30. That's where they found the car overturned with open alcohol containers inside, but no driver.

The car has plates that don't match the vehicle and an expired registration out of Virginia.

Woman robbed at drive-thru

She stopped for something to eat, but wound up a robbery victim instead.

Janice Dukes says a man took her purse at gunpoint while she was in line at Burger King.

It happened around 9 o'clock Monday night on Gordon Highway.

Janice, her one-year-old daughter, and her mom were waiting for their food outside the window when two men came up to the car and took her purse.

Janice says with her family in the car, she wasn't worried about the money.

"I'm really shaken up," she told News 12. "I'm trying to get some sleep, and I can't really sleep cause I still see the gun in my face like that."

The sheriff's office says one of the teenagers covered his face with a black t-shirt.

Officers say the suspects are between 16 and 17 and they could be charged with armed robbery, commission of a crime with a firearm, and underage possession of a weapon.

Teenage girl stabbed on Richmond County school bus

A teenage girl was stabbed yesterday on a Richmond County school bus in route from Glenn Hills High School.

The bus was stopped when two teenage girls got into fight, and one stabbed the other.

Their names are being withheld because they're minors.

Aiken County convenience stores sold alcohol to minors

Several Aiken County convenience stores are in trouble for serving patrons too young to be sold alcohol.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division ticketed nine stores for selling beer to a minor. Employees were also cited.

Both charges are misdemeanors.

Easy Stop on Belvedere Clearwater Road and two Circle K gas stations, both located on Edgefield Road, were cited.

Officers also nabbed the Quick Pantry on Ascauga Lake Road and Dale's Convenience Store on Main Street in Graniteville; Curgin's Corner on Augusta Road in Bath; Peggy's Mint Shop also on Augusta Road in Gloverville; First Stop on Jefferson Davis Highway in Clearwater; and Number One Market on Cherokee Drive in Clearwater.

Tom Beck goes before Commission today

The head of Augusta's Recreation and Parks Department will go before commissioners today.

Employees in the department have complained about harassment, discrimination, and favoritism by Tom Beck.

He gets his chance to answer those claims in front of the Recreation Department Study Sub-Committee this morning at 10 o'clock.