News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 22, 2006

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Downtown boarding house catches fire

Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire at a boarding house in the 1000 block of James Brown Boulevard. It happened around 11 o'clock last night.

No one was hurt.

Year anniversary of Huddle House shootings

Today marks a horrible anniversary for three local families.

It was a year ago today that a shooting happened at the Huddle House in North Augusta near I-20.

One person was killed that day, and two others were injured.

The shooter is still a wanted man.

Be sure to watch News 12 at 6 o'clock tonight, when we talk to the first victim of the deadly shooting.

2 dead in Ascauga Lake Road accident

Two men are dead after an accident in Aiken County.

It happened around 8:30 last night.

Officers say a truck crossed the center line on Ascauga Lake Road, grazing a car and colliding head on with another vehicle.

Two men in the truck died: driver Higinio Orduna and Edgar Bonilla, who lived in the Graniteville area.

Another Ascauga Lake Road accident sends 1 to hospital

Traffic was tied up after another wreck on that same road last night.

It happened when the driver of a white car lost control coming around a corner and hit a tree.

She was taken to the hospital.

Richmond County still looking for 2 armed robbers

Richmond County deputies still need your help putting two armed robbery suspects behind bars.

They're searching for 2 men who robbed the SunTrust bank Friday, November 17.

It's located at 801 Broad Street downtown.

These two men walked inside the bank and demanded cash from a teller.

Death of man after fight with father ruled homicide

The death of Dennis Murray, Jr. is being ruled a homicide.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has turned the investigation over to the district attorney's office.

We brought you the story a week ago. Murray, Jr. and his father were fighting when the son collapsed and died.

Another CSRA's Most Wanted arrest

The man suspected of shooting a deputy near Columbia has been arrested...

Mark Browning is in custody in Richland County. Police had already arrested Patricia Shober.

We first showed you their pictures in the CSRA's Most Wanted segment.

The sheriff says Browning shot Deputy Corporal Larry Payne Sunday when the officer stumbled on a methamphetamine lab.

The deputy is fine and expected back at work this week.

Warrenton principal accused of soliciting sex from student

A Warren County High School student is accusing the principal of asking her for oral sex.

According to an incident report, the 15-year-old claims Principal Thomas McDonald also asked her if she could change in front of him. The teen says it happened at the school before their playoff game Saturday night.

McDonald is on paid administrative leave.

There are no formal charges against him right now

Commissioners don't pass budget

Next year's budget for Augusta is still up in the air.

Tuesday, the city administrator presented a different version of his original plan.

This one eliminates an increase in transit fares, adds funding for the Weed and Seed Program in Barton Village, and restores money for the arts.

But even with these changes, commissioners failed to pass the budget.

Holiday travel guidelines

Travel agencies predict that almost 40 million people will travel this holiday.

For those of you traveling by sky, 12 is On Your Side with important information.

The Thanksgiving holiday is the biggest travel holiday of the year.

The Transportation Security Administration wants you to remember 3-1-1 when packing.

Airline passengers can only carry 3-ounce or smaller containers of liquids and gels, a 1 quart-size clear plastic Ziploc bag, and 1 carry-on.

For more information, click here.

Sales tax holiday this weekend

The holiday shopping season is starting.

In South Carolina, there's a two-day sales tax holiday Friday and Saturday.

That means you won't have to pay the five cent state sales tax when you buy anything.

If there are local taxes, you'll have to pay them.

This is a one time deal because of the state budget surplus.

Coming Up

Get your shopping carts ready and wallets open.

Time is winding down to Black Friday.

Thursday, what you should know before pocketing those bargains.

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


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