News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 13, 2006

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Cab driver's arm broken when woman steals cab

A woman is behind bars after a chase across two states earlier this morning.

It all started in North Augusta around 1:30 at the Circle K gas station on Georgia Avenue.

A woman outside asked a cab driver for some money as he was walking in. When he came out, she was in his cab.

The woman drove off, dragging the man with her.

He was taken to MCG with a broken arm.

Once they spotted the cab, authorities chased the woman and finally arrested her after she bailed out on Railroad Street in downtown Augusta.

So far she's being charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault.

Four teens arrested in alleged gang shooting

Four teenagers have been arrested, and investigators say it's all part of a gang shooting from last weekend.

Carrderro Dunn, Stevonn Payne, Darrell Willingham, and 16-year-old Rodriquez Hall are all charged with aggravated assault and gang activity.

Deputies say Jennings Home shooting gang-related

The sheriff's department says two rival gangs were shooting at each other last Sunday afternoon at the Jennings Home apartments in Augusta.

No one was injured, but there was some property damaged during the fire fight.

Deputies served search warrants and picked up some weapons. They say there will likely be more arrests.

Man shot in Monetta

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking into a shooting in Monetta.

It happened around 2 o'clock Friday afternoon on Old Lane.

Deputies say Darryl Williams and another man got into a fight. They say Williams grabbed a gun from the bedroom and fired three to four rounds, hitting the other man once in the rear end.

The sheriff's department is still looking for Williams.

The victim was treated at MCG.

Missing man's truck found

The flatbed truck driven by a man reported missing has been located.

The truck belonging to Don's Collision was found Friday night at a gas station at exit 39 off I-20 in Leesville, South Carolina with the keys still in the ignition.

26-year-old Jason Pinion has not yet been located.

He was last seen Tuesday afternoon in the middle of his work day.

Pinion's boss says he dispatched Pinion to a call to the intersection of highland Avenue and Wrightsboro Road, but he never made it.

Augusta Canal celebrates tenth year as National Heritage Area

Sunday was an historic day for the Augusta Canal. It was the ten year anniversary of its designation as a National Heritage Area.

The entire Augusta community celebrated the hard work to restore the Canal.

For the first time since the early 1900s, the headgates of the Canal at Savannah Rapids Park were opened for boaters and kayaks to pass through the locks and into the Savannah River.

Susan Brinkley, whose grandfather was the master mechanic for the Augusta mill, told News 12 what the event meant to her.

"It's very special. Today when I was looking down as the opened the gates, I could visualize my daddy at 12 years old going through, I could actually see him. And I felt my grandfather around me all day today, and I can see him smiling down on us."

It was the first official opening of the restored headgate lock.

Later in the day, the Canal got even more good news.

The Village at Riverwatch presented a $250,000 gift to the Augusta Canal Authority Sunday afternoon.

The Village at Riverwatch, a lifestyle center, is under development at I-20 and River Watch Parkway.

The center is set to open March 2008 and will house many stores, restaurants, and even a new movie theater.

"This is going to help support activities on the Canal," said Bob Woodhurst, chairman of the Augusta Canal Authority. "It's been a wonderful partnership."

The gift will pay for improvements to the Canal. New benches, a bridge, and a new dock are just a few of the additions planned.

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