News 12 This Morning Local Update - September 8, 2006

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Three hospitalized after Highway 25 wreck

Lots of sirens this morning after a wreck on Highway 25.

Traffic was backed up there between Ascauga Lake Road and I-20.

The accident happened just after 7:30.

Troopers say a driver of a Ford Mustang hit two other cars, sending them into some woods.

Three people were taken to the hospital, where they are being treated now.

No word yet on who's at fault in the wreck.

Residents escape mobile home blaze

Firefighters were on the scene of a mobile home fire this morning.

It happened on Shilo Heights Road.

Aiken Public Safety says the fire was in the bedroom, but all of the residents made it out.

No word on what caused it.

1 in hospital after shooting, home invasion

Deputies are still looking for two suspects involved in an early morning shooting and home invasion.

One person was taken to MCG after being shot multiple times.

It happened at a mobile home on Old Pope Road off Vaucluse Road in Aiken around 1:30 this morning.

Deputies say the two men dressed in all black kicked down the front door.

No word on the victim's condition.

Two file Few residency complaints

Woody Merry and another challenger, Melanie Roy, both unknowingly filed residency complaints against Ronnie Few the day before the deadline at the Board of Elections.

Now the pressure's on for the Augusta mayoral candidate to prove he's qualified to run.

Last April, Few applied for a homestead exemption for a house in Evans, swearing he "actually occupied" the home.

The Board of Elections has a regular meeting on Monday. That's when they'll decide whether the challenges have merit.

If they decide they do, they would send the issue to a special hearing in front of the board, where they would decide whether Few's name can stay on the ballot.

Any registered voter can file a challenge, and more challenges could still be filed.

Behzadian sentenced

An MCG researcher is sentenced after being found guilty of driving on the wrong side of the road.

The 2003 accident killed 18-year-old Brandon Layton.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Behzadian was sentenced to one year probation for both counts: driving on wrong side of the road and second degree vehicular homicide.

The sentences will run concurrently, which means he will serve one year probation instead of two.

Behzadian was also fined $1,000.

Layton was killed instantly when Behzadian's car hit his on River Watch Parkway.

Coming Up

Tonight, Augusta's getting ready to host the big night for two southern rivalries.

Border Bash will be held on Reynolds Field, right behind Augusta's Golf and Gardens.

Georgia-Carolina vendors and other businesses will be there in addition to all the music.

Proceeds for the event will benefit several area non-profit children's organizations.

We're there with a preview of the big game on News 12 at 6 O'Clock.

And on Monday, the anniversary of September 11:

Thousands of lives taken...families shattered.

News 12 This Morning looks back to get a closer look at how so many victims are trying to regain their health five years later.


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