News 12 This Morning Local Update - October 26, 2006


Man stripped naked, shot

Police are looking for the person responsible for stripping a man naked and shooting him in downtown Augusta.

26-year-old Frank Martin is wanted for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime.

Deputies were on Broad Street when they heard shots on Metcalf Street. One deputy flipped his patrol car while trying to get to the scene.

Upon arrival, deputies found 18-year-old Rossanno Harrison naked, shot and beaten.

Investigators are looking for Frank Martin of 211 Lockhart Lane. He's 6'1" and 175 pounds and has six gold upper teeth.

A cash reward may be offered for information leading to his capture.

Martin is considered armed and dangerous.

Witnesses say deputy assaulted man

There are two different stories as to what happened in an alleged police assault at an Augusta apartment complex.

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength says Deputy Jesse Jackson was working a special at Magnolia Park Apartments early Monday morning.

The deputy says when he asked 22-year-old Mark Watson for ID, Watson pushed him and ran.

One man who says he saw the scuffle told us the deputy assaulted Watson after Watson complied and gave the deputy the ID he asked for.

The family wants to know why the deputy hasn't been fired.

As of right now, Deputy Jackson is not on administrative leave.

City sells land to developer for riverfront condos

Augusta's skyline will have a new look come 2008.

The mayor and the Downtown Development Authority signed papers Wednesday with the Savannah-based Foxfield company to sell them more than six acres on Reynolds Street for an estimated $2 million.

The Watermark will consist of more than 180 riverfront condos.

The project is expected to bring 700 new jobs and $6 million in tax revenue.

Each condo unit will go for around $400,000.

The expected completion date is fall 2008.

Augusta candidates meet with voters

Things are getting down to the wire in Augusta's political arena.

At a political forum Wednesday, voters talked to candidates from different races about where they stand on issues involving Augusta.

Candidates for State House District 120, the Board of Education District 9, and the Augusta Commission District 4 were on hand to answer questions.

We caught up with one voter to ask what she thinks some of the big issues are.

"I think many persons in the Augusta community are concerned about our schools, and violence, and what's going on in our schools," said District 5 voter Shirley Darby.

And many were curious about budget cuts to Augusta's Weed and Seed program. It's designed to help children after school and people who need educational assistance.

Time to Scare

Tonight, News 12 and our Time to Care partners will host Time to Scare.

Children 12 and under can enjoy the fun at the Bernie Ward Community Center on Lumpkin Road.

The event starts at 6 o'clock and lasts until 8.

So get dressed up and come on out for a spooky good time.

Coming Up

It's natural for babies to cry, but sometimes there might really be something wrong.

Friday, find out what therapists say they're commonly treating babies for now.

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


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