News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 2, 2006

Lottie Kain Payne to court

The mother of two Warren County children who drowned in April of last year goes to court today.

Two children, two year old Nicole and three year old Jonah, wandered away from home. Days later, their bodies were found in a nearby retention pond.

Trial starts today at the Warren County Court House in Warrenton, with jury selection at 9 o'clock.

Six armed robberies since Wednesday

There have been a total of six armed robberies in Augusta since Wednesday and still no arrests.

The victims were innocent people targeted late at night.

All six were within seven miles of one other, and all the robberies happened after 10:30 p.m.

Four of the robbers used the same weapon--a sawed off shotgun.

Officers believe that any or all of these robberies could be gang related.

Several witnesses say they saw a group of young black males driving a newer-model black Dodge Neon Wednesday night and a '95 gold Honda Accord on Thursday.

Richmond County man missing

Richmond County authorities need your help finding a missing man.

Timothy Bergfield was last seen on Tuesday.

Deputies say Bergfield may be driving a white 2004 Ford Escape with a Georgia tag of AJY 5519.

Foul play is not suspected, but deputies say his disappearance is highly suspicious.

Bergfield has high blood pressure that impairs his vision when elevated.

South Carolina sales tax on staples lowered

Buying groceries in South Carolina is now cheaper thanks to a new law that went into effect yesterday.

The new law lowers sales tax on unprepared food items such as milk and bread by 2 percent.

Items like pet food, tobacco and alcohol are not included.

South Carolina is the 46th state to approve the tax break.

To make up for the revenue, South Carolina's statewide sales tax will increase 1 percent next June.

Merry appeals Few decision

Augusta mayoral candidate Ronnie Few catches more heat as the general election draws closer.

Community activist Woody Merry is appealing the Board of Elections decision allowing Few to remain in the race.

He filed that appeal Friday afternoon.

The Board of Elections decided Few could stay in the race even though he got a tax break in Columbia County by signing a homestead exemption saying he lived there.

Few says the signature was a mistake.

Old Evans Road closure

Thru traffic between the intersections of Washington Road at Old Evans Road and Columbia Industrial Boulevard in the Evans Town Center will be closed until next Monday.

Crews will be temporarily installing a new alignment for the removal of the old roadbed.

The installation will include a new stop and go signal at the newly aligned intersection of Old Evans Road.

Coming Up

Coming up on News 12 this week, we'll profile each of Augusta's mayoral candidates.

We'll take a closer look at each of the four candidates, their platforms, and future goals for Augusta.

On Thursday night, the candidates will meet in a special forum moderated by News 12's Jonathan Martin.

And tomorrow...

Maybe the third time will be a charm for an Augusta indoor football league franchise.

Tuesday, the Buzz on the new football league...and how Augusta is smack-dab in the middle of the action.

That's on News 12 This Morning starting at 5:30.