News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 14, 2006

One car pushes another into embankment

A woman is recovering from injuries after another car pushed hers into an embankment.

It happened sometime after 5 o'clock this morning on Georgia Avenue and West Marion Avenue.

Public Safety officers tell us that the driver of a green Buick will be charged after hitting the other car stopped at a stop sign on West Marion Avenue.

Aiken County searches for ATM card thief

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office needs your help to find a man caught on surveillance video.

He's accused of using a stolen ATM card at the South Carolina Credit Union in Warrenville.

The card was stolen during a home burglary.

Allendale teen missing for over a week

People in Allendale continue to pray for the safe return of a missing teenager.

Family and friends held a vigil Monday night for 17-year-old Erica Bradley.

She was last seen a week ago, last Monday night, after leaving her job at a Hardee's restaurant.

Investigators tell News 12 they have been searching the woods trying to find her.

They also say they don't consider Erica to be a runaway.

Investigators say she has a baby she hasn't seen since Monday, and her family says Erica argued with the baby's father the night she disappeared.

Harlem High teacher resigns amid allegations of inappropriate student relationship

A teacher at Harlem High School in Columbia County has resigned after being accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

The sheriff's department told the school board Monday about allegations against softball coach Melissa Lee Chase.

The board asked for her resignation and she's been arrested.

School board member Mike Sleeper tells News 12 there was inappropriate sexual contact at least once.

Desire Northington out of hospital

The 13-year-old girl thrown from a ride at Augusta's fair continues her recovery this morning.

In a home video taped by her grandmother, Desire Northington is very much alert.

Her family says doctors are still working to improve her memory, and they say she insisted on sending a message to everyone that she's doing okay.

Desire is expected to spend a few more days in rehab before coming home.

Desire is getting better, but investigators still want to know how she was thrown off the ride.

The district attorney and GBI are on the case, and the Department of Labor in Georgia still has an open investigation.

There are questions as to if the ride was running in the right direction.

The Orbiter ride is now in Wilmington, North Carolina while investigators look at it.

Augusta residents get new trash cans, pickup schedule

Many of you are carting out some new trash cans this morning.

On Monday, many of you received new trash carts. The Augusta-Richmond County Solid Waste Department is also starting a new pickup schedule.

Remember to roll your garbage cart out by 6 o'clock in the morning on your collection day.

You can also request a recycling bin if you want one.

There is a customer service hotline if you have questions. That number is 706-592-3200.

No official results in November elections yet

Today marks a week since the November elections, and still no official results.

The Richmond County Board of Elections counted provisional ballots Monday.

Now, the results will be sent to the Secretary of State's office for certification.

Once the ballots are certified, we'll find out when new Augusta commissioner Bernard Harper can be sworn in and if there will be a re-count in the John Barrow-Max Burns 12th District Congressional race.

Coming Up

Another coffee shop closes its doors.

The business, including equipment, is for sale for $50,000.

Find out Wednesday where it is and the Buzz on that Biz.

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