News 12 This Morning Local Update - September 14, 2006

Candidates for Augusta offices face residency questions

Some candidates running for office in Augusta continue to be questioned about their residency.

This time, Diane Moss has submitted a handwritten letter claiming Mayor Deke Copenhaver doesn't live in Augusta as his candidate forms say he does.

Moss claims Copenhaver previously had an address in North Augusta.

The Board of Elections is following the normal procedure, and will decide whether to have a hearing on the challenge.

The mayor says the claim is ridiculous.

"If they deem the challenge meets the requirement of the law, they are statutorily bound to set a date time and place for a hearing to hear evidence and testimony," director of elections Lynn Bailey told News 12.

"This is an absolute travesty, and a mockery of our justice system," said Copenhaver. "I have never lived in North Augusta, nor have I ever spent the night in North Augusta."

Moss doesn't have to provide any proof of her claim until the hearing.

The Board of Elections is already having a hearing about the residency of candidate Ronnie Few after he filed a homestead exemption in Columbia County swearing he lived there.

The board also took Keith Brown off the ballot for Augusta commissioner because of a residency challenge.

Beck says he had permission to change job descriptions

An investigation continues into hiring procedures at the Recreation and Parks Department.

Yesterday, department head Tom Beck was back before the commission subcommittee.

This time they asked why he changed several job descriptions and waived degree requirements.

Beck told them he got the okay from former city administrator George Kolb.

But the committee told Beck he violated city policy since the changes were never approved by the commission.

"You feel like there are times maybe your integrity might be questioned a little, but they have the right to ask the questions they feel need to be asked," Beck said.

Sub-committee chairman Marion Williams says there will be at least one more meeting before the investigation is complete.

This subcommittee will then present their findings to the Administrative Services Committee and they will make a recommendation to the full commission.

Westside high student dies crossing street

An early morning accident claims the life of a teenager headed to school.

It happened on the 3000 block of Deans Bridge Road near the Number One Mobile Home Park.

16 year-old Alesia Henderson lived there and was trying to cross Deans Bridge Road.

The accident happened around 7 o'clock yesterday morning. Alesia's boyfriend was with her when the accident happened.

61-year-old Sandra Chavous of Augusta was driving the car. Deputies do not expect to charge her in this accident.

One jailed, two wanted in Red Carpet Inn murder

One man is behind bars and two more are wanted for questioning in a murder Tuesday morning at the Red Carpet Inn on Gordon Highway.

22-year-old Terrance Moore of Augusta was shot and killed there.

Another man, 22-year-old Eddie Freeman, was also shot. He is being held for questioning at the Richmond County Jail.

Investigators say he went to the hotel with at least two other men to pick up a truck.

One of those men, 30-year-old Byron Elliard, is wanted for questioning.

Investigators are also looking for 18-year-old Antwan Rogers. He is also wanted for questioning.

Suspect in two shootings turns self in

A suspect in two separate shootings turned himself in to police in Aiken County.

D'Angelo Jackson is charged with murder, assault and battery with intent to kill, and burglary.

Deputies say Jackson and another man knocked on a mobile home door on Horseshoe Bend Drive on September 6 and shot and killed Phillip Morris.

Two days later, deputies say Jackson and another man kicked in the door of a mobile home on Old Pope Road, rummaged through the home, and then shot Jeffrey Battle, who survived.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Department says more arrests are likely in both cases.