News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 15, 2006

Autopsy today on man who died in fight with father

An autopsy scheduled this morning will help investigators determine if a father will be charged in the death of his son.

The two got in a fight at their home on Chafee Avenue in Augusta around noon Tuesday.

Dennis Murray, Sr. and his son Dennis Murray, Jr. were said to have gotten into a fight over money.

Investigators say the father pulled a knife.

Dennis Jr. called his mother, Sherry Bussey, shortly after the argument started.

"I went to reach for his arm and he fell dead in my arms," she told News 12. "I kept calling him but he wouldn't answer."

"There were attempts to resuscitate him," said Tom Johnson of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. "He was brought back a couple of times."

Dennis Murray, Sr. was taken to the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center for questioning.

His son did suffer from congestive heart failure in the last year. Investigators are looking to see what role that played in the death.

Allendale teen still missing

Allendale teenager Erica Bradley is still missing.

Law enforcement, family and friends have spent days looking for the 17 year old.

The sheriff tells us her boyfriend, Derrick Maner, is the lead suspect in her disappearance.

Searchers did find pieces of clothing and hair along bluff road where they suspect she may have been. That evidence has been sent to the SLED crime lab.

Erica has been missing since last Monday night.

Deputies in trouble over MySpace pages

Questionable postings on the popular website MySpace could mean trouble for three Richmond County deputies.

Metro Spirit reporter Cory Pein brought all of this to the attention of the sheriff's department.

One of the pages shows pictures of a deputy with a county-owned weapon.

There was also a picture of a deputy next to a patrol car with the caption "look at my fellow gang members" on the page, and a blog with a post like "I didn't realize how easily gold teeth can be removed."

"Once you put it out there, a company, an employer, can use it against you," attorney Jason Troiano told News 12.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says their policy allows anyone to have a MySpace page, but they can not discuss or post anything dealing with the department.

Deputies Philip Hambrick, Jason Izquierdo, and Colby Harrel will face a panel of their peers tomorrow to find out what punishment they may face.

PE teacher accused of sex with student awaits bond hearing

The Columbia County teacher and coach arrested after claims of an inappropriate relationship at school awaits a bond hearing in jail.

Melissa Chase, the softball coach at Harlem High School, is charged with one count of sexual assault.

A 16-year-old female student says she had a sexual relationship with Chase.

The coach resigned from the school Tuesday.

Residents protest as drag strip moves forward

Bad feelings about a drag strip in south Augusta continue to brew among the people that live there.

Commissioners gave it the green light just last week.

The idea has some residents ready to move because of noise and traffic.

Supporters say the racetrack will generate $30 million a year for the local economy, but some city leaders say the investment is a big gamble with your money.

Before plans for the drag strip are final, the city administrator has to swap or purchase the 17 acres of land from the Development Authority.

Toys for Tots begins

Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner, and there's an opportunity for you to help those less fortunate:

Today the annual Toys for Tots campaign kicks off at the Julian Smith Casino. Mayors from both sides of the river are expected to be there.

You can help by donating new and unused toys at any of the following places.

Toys for Tots Drop-Offs
Aiken Regional Medical Center
Ashley Furniture Homestore of Augusta
Taylor Toyota
Subway: Windsor Spring Rd., Fury's Ferry Rd. and Edgewood Square in North Augusta
Go Minis
Shepeard Community Blood Center
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A local art cafe is expanding into another CSRA city.

Thursday, at 6:45 a.m., we'll have the Buzz on all the flavors and colors of pastel.

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