News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 23, 2006

Man shot during early morning downtown robbery

An act of bravery, and one man is taken to the hospital.

A couple was walking along 11th and Broad Street in downtown Augusta early this morning when they were robbed.

When a man tried to take the woman's purse, her boyfriend jumped in to fight back and was shot in the shoulder.

Deputies are still looking for two black males, about 6 feet tall, wearing baggy clothing.

Augusta man stabbed in family dispute

An Augusta man is recovering from surgery this morning after being stabbed in a family dispute.

31-year-old Steven Kerrigan was arrested and charged Sunday for stabbing James Williams, his father-in-law.

Williams' wife, Vicki Beam, says Williams wanted drug money from her son...and when he said no, a violent fight followed.

Williams suffered an eight inch stab wound to his stomach. He was taken to MCG for surgery.

Kerrigan is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigation ongoing into Friday morning fire

An Augusta fire investigation is still underway this morning.

This blaze happened early Friday morning in the 3600 block of Madrid Drive.

The fire and sheriff's departments are still looking for the owner and interviewing neighbors.

They believe this may be a case of arson.

The house was a total loss.

Augusta man says investigators aren't doing enough in son's killing

An Augusta father is still looking for answers as to why his son was killed.

He blames investigators for not doing enough.

Melvin Harris' son, 21 year old Marcus, was shot and killed last July in the 2200 block of Ramblewood Drive.

Two men, Vincent White and Marcus Martin, were originally charged with voluntary manslaughter, but those charges have since been dismissed and the two were released from jail.

"I feel if I was a prominent black man in this county they would do more, if I was a middle class white man they would do more," Melvin Harris said.

Melvin Harris has a strong feeling someone out there knows more about what happened to his son.

If that's the case, it could help bring more charges.

Teenage Years 101 speaker hosts Richmond County parenting discussion session

A local judge continues to pull parents and teenagers together, this time in Richmond County.

Judge Wade Padgett will host a session today called "Parents, We Need You Back" at the Barton Village Community Center in south Augusta.

Judge Padgett will be there to talk about how sex, drugs, and technology affect young people.

He's also expected to talk about gang violence.

Western Carolina State Fair

The fair is the big event for the week.

Lots of people have been enjoying the popcorn, funnel cakes, and all the rides in Aiken at the Western Carolina State Fair.

The Victoria Circus had kids mesmerized over the weekend, but if you didn't get a chance to get out, don't worry. The fair is sticking around until Saturday.

The gates will open today at 5 p.m., and admission is just $6.

The Victoria Circus will be going on. There's also Nick's Kids Show at 6 and 8 p.m., which features an interactive zoo and camel rides, and an arts and crafts exhibit starting at 5 o'clock.

Hardy McManus closed at railroad crossing

If you're planning to use Hardy McManus Road today, you should know part of it will be closed at the railroad crossing.

That section will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Drivers should use Washington Road, North Belair, and Fury's Ferry to get around it.

Coming Up

A former hostage hero is spurring on a Christian drug and alcohol rehab center.

Tuesday, we'll have the Buzz on how businesses are invited to a free lunch to learn more.

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