News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 20, 2006

Man charged with murder in Johnston shooting

A Johnston man is behind bars, charged with murder.

59-year-old Ollie Hall is charged with murdering Gregory Jones.

Jones was found shot to death on Aiken Avenue shortly after 6 o'clock on Saturday.

Several witnesses were inside at the time of the shooting. They say the gunman is a former law enforcement officer, a claim police will not confirm or deny.

Johnston Police Chief Chris Anson tells News 12 this is the first murder in the town in several years.

SLED is conducting this murder investigation.

Body found behind Augusta Exchange Target

The body of 36-year-old Jennifer Jarvis was found behind the Target on Robert C. Daniel Parkway.

An officer spotted her just after 8 p.m. Saturday.

Deputy Coroner Charlena Graham says Jarvis had just purchased medication from inside Target and is believed to have overdosed, but an autopsy has yet to be done.

Allendale sheriff says police didn't act fast enough

It's been almost two weeks since a missing Allendale teenager was last seen. Now the sheriff says the city police department may not have acted fast enough.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children arrived in Allendale Friday to follow up on the investigation.

Sheriff Tom Carter says 17-year-old Erica Bradley disappeared on November 6, but when the Allendale Police Department learned of it two days later, they should have done more.

"I think it was a bad judgment call to sit on it and not to do anything then," Sheriff Carter said.

"You don't just drag your feet," said Erica's grandmother, Annie Ruth Wright. "You got to move, and involve other law enforcement."

Sheriff Carter tells News 12 that on Saturday, for the first time, a helicopter was brought in to help with the search.

Investigation into Orbiter complete

The ride that threw a teenager 60 feet in the air at Augusta's fair has been cleared and the investigation is complete.

District attorney Danny Craig, the GBI, and the Georgia Department of Labor went to North Carolina Friday to inspect the Orbiter.

They said it didn't have any problems, and hadn't been altered.

They say the ride is not to blame for the accident and they released it to operate again.

13-year-old Desire Northington slipped under a lap bar and had serious head injuries, but she's now recovering at home.

Teacher accused of sex with student to court today

A former Columbia County teacher is headed to court.

Melissa Chase will appear for a bond hearing this morning.

Chase resigned from her position as softball coach and teacher at Harlem High School when a complaint was filed about her having an alleged relationship with a female student.

Absentee voting for December 5 runoff

Absentee voting begins today for the General Election Runoff on December 5.

Two school board races will be decided.

In Richmond County, A.K. Hasan faces Venus Cain in a runoff for Super District 9.

Columbia County is electing a school board chairperson for the first time. Lee Muns is facing Regina Buccafusco.

And the superior court judge's race covers several counties. J. David Roper is up against Bill Williams there.

You can vote today through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Board of Elections office.

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