News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 16, 2006

Escaped Lincoln County inmate recaptured

An inmate is back in custody this morning after escaping.

He was spotted near the Williamsview and Washington Road area early this morning.

Sheriff Gerald Lawson tells us that the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department has made a 100 percent accountability of all their inmates. The inmate was arrested by U.S. Marshals and is being held at the Columbia County Jail.

Augusta deputy crashes into pole during chase

He was in pursuit of someone when it happened, but he couldn't go far after this.

A deputy in the middle of a chase got stuck on a pole last night.

It was a sight for many people near the 3300 block of Peach Orchard and Melrose Drive.

The hang-up happened just before 11:30 and even caused some power outages.

The deputy is okay.

Two pedestrians hit, killed by SUV

South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the death of two pedestrians.

38-year-old Pedro Turcios and 52-year-old Adriana Valle were struck and killed along Highway 19 South at Partridge Bend Road Saturday night.

Turicios and Valle were walking beside the road when an SUV hit them.

The driver was not believed to have been speeding.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating and no charges have been filed.

Funeral held today for Sherry Murphy

An Augusta woman who was in a coma for months will be remembered today at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The funeral will be held this morning for Sherry Murphy, a Florida native who was found raped and severely beaten behind Augusta's Silver Bullet Lounge back in January.

For the next nine months, Murphy was in a coma while being treated at MCG. She passed away Friday morning.

Yesterday, a vigil was held for people to say goodbye.

Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She will be buried at the Alleluia Community Cemetery in Dearing.

Augusta Commission to Georgia Supreme Court

It's back to court for Augusta commissioners today, but this time they'll be headed to the Georgia Supreme Court in Atlanta.

Community activist Woody Merry will be there also, because he says a judge's ruling over commissioners being able to abstain from voting is unfair.

Merry and his attorney Joe Neal filed an appeal saying the ruling never defined what a simple majority vote is.

Merry says he wants a judge to force the Commission to elect a new mayor pro tem, and he wants the mayor to use his power anytime a commissioner abstains.

The hearing starts at 2 p.m. today.

Coming Up

A South Carolina landmark goes up for sale in our area.

Tuesday, find out how much the owners of the Sno Cap want and what's in their future.

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