News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 17, 2006

Man shot in the arm in downtown Augusta

Richmond County deputies are looking for the person who shot a man last night in downtown Augusta.

It happened around 10 o'clock on the 400 block of Forsythe Street near Greene Street.

The victim was walking down Forsythe Street when the suspect snatched his necklace, then shot at him, grazing his chest. The bullet went into his arm.

The man was taken to the hospital. No word on his condition.

Investigators searching for pickaxe roof thief

Investigators are looking for a creative thief in the area.

Sunday, a burglar used a pickaxe to break his way in to two neighboring businesses in the Cherokee shopping plaza off Deans Bridge Road.

The burglar broke into the Ace Cash Express and Clean Cuts barber shop by cutting a hole in the roof and dropping down through the ceiling.

The burglar took an empty cash box from Ace Cash Express and wound up empty-handed at the barber shop.

Civic Center renamed

The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center is no more.

The James Brown Arena sign was unveiled yesterday, and lots of folks showed up to see the new name....including the Godfather of Soul himself.

67th Signal Battalion deploys

Families of the 67th Signal Battalion said farewell this morning.

A departure ceremony was held at 10 o'clock at Fort Gordon's Barton Field.

This is the second deployment to Iraq for the unit.

The 67th deployed from January 2004 to February 2005.

Lane closures on Jimmie Dyess

The middle and outside lanes of Jimmie Dyess Parkway from Maysfield Drive to Belair Frontage Road will be closed starting this morning.

Those lanes will be closed every day from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. until next Tuesday.

Crews are putting in new sewer lines.

Augusta awaits Georgia Supreme Court decision

There is still no decision for Augusta city leaders and Woody Merry.

The two groups were represented in Georgia's highest court yesterday.

Merry is appealing an Augusta judge's decision made earlier this year.

He wants the Supreme Court to force commissioners to elect a new mayor pro tem, and he also wants to make sure commissioners can not abstain from voting on issues unless there's a financial conflict.

There's no set timeline for a decision to be made.

Coming Up

On News 12 at 6, it is services you'll see cut? Or how about higher taxes?

Today, commissioners get new plans for a budget...and talk First Friday.

And on Wednesday, some northerners are hoping they've got the right recipe for a new Southern restaurant in town.

At 6:45, we'll have the Buzz on the new slinger's Biz. That's on News 12 This Morning starting at 5:30am.