News 12 This Morning Local Update - September 6, 2006

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Man murdered in home

Aiken County investigators are looking for a murder suspect.

Phillip D. Morris, Jr. was found just after midnight, dead at his mobile home in the 1100 block of Horseshoe Bend Drive.

After a call from the man's girlfriend, deputies arrived to find him lying at the back door of the mobile home, shot in the stomach.

According to Morris' girlfriend, two men knocked on the back door and one shot Morris when he answered.

One of the men was wearing a multi-colored shirt and blue jeans.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. You will remain anonymous.

You can call (800) 922-9709 or call Crime Stoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559-TIPS.

You may be eligible for a cash reward.

Woman charged with homicide in stillborn death of baby

Five children are left without a mother after she's arrested for homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct toward a child.

Aiken Public Safety arrested 30-year-old Sheronda Fuller after she was pulled over for driving a stolen car.

In 2004, Sheronda gave birth to a stillborn baby. The coroner's report determined that cocaine exposure was the cause of death.

Now Fuller's mother is struggling to take care of a broken family.

Fuller had five other children. Two stay with their grandmother, another two with their grandfather, and one was given up for adoption.

Fuller was denied bond yesterday.

This is because one charge--the homicide by child abuse--carries a life sentence.

Two men robbed at gunpoint at elementary school

Two men were ambushed and robbed at gunpoint while walking across elementary school property.

It happened in the back field of Copeland Elementary around ten o'clock Monday night.

The first victim says they were cutting through the property to get home when the suspect hit his friend in the head with a semi-automatic.

After he stole several of the second victim's personal items, including a debit card, the attacker then pointed the gun at the first victim and stole his wallet.

The victims were not able to get a good look at the suspect.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Documents may prove school board knew about employee pay advances

Richmond County school superintendent Charles Larke could be off the hook.

News 12 has obtained documents that may prove members of the Richmond County School Board knew about pay advances given to employees by superintendent Dr. Charles Larke.

More than 6000 school employees, including board members, get a monthly newsletter called the Colleagues Communiqué.

Every newsletter addresses the issue of pay advances and how they are getting out of hand.

Larke talked with school administrators about the problem and says that board members authorized the pay advances.

"As a matter of fact, on a number of occasions when I denied a request because lack of documentation supporting a request, I have gotten calls from board members to reconsider," Larke said.

"It shows evidence that the practice exists and that it was practiced in public," said school board member A.K. Hasan, who has called for Larke's dismissal on other charges. "It was not something he was doing in secret."

Hasan has written a letter to board president Marion Barnes. He says he and fellow board member Barbara Pulliam would like the full board to vote to remove the allegations and charge against Dr. Larke regarding the pay advances.

They say no policy was in place and it's important to be fair.

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