News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 28, 2006

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Man dies after fight at Gordon Highway motel

We now know the name of the man killed in a late night stabbing.

Deputy coroner Charlena Graham tells News 12 30-year-old Leonard Anthony died during surgery this morning.

Richmond County investigators say he and another man were fighting in a room at the Adams Super Inn in the 1600 block of Gordon Highway just after 11 o'clock last night.

That's when Anthony was stabbed multiple times.

The other man is in custody, but at this time is only being questioned about what happened.

12-year-old dies in motorcycle accident

A Salley family is mourning the death of a 12-year-old thrown off her brother's motorcycle.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says Anna Flowers and her brother Ben were on their way home from a festival in Salley Saturday. Ben tried to pass a driver in front of him, lost control and flipped, sending his sister off the road with fatal force.

Troopers say Anna was wearing a helmet. Her brother was not.

The Aiken County coroner says she died shortly after the crash from multiple body trauma.

This investigation is ongoing, and there could be charges on the way.

Free voicemail for those in need

United way is teaming up with local agencies for a new way to help those in need...

Mayor Deke Copenhaver was on hand Monday for the launch of the CSRA Community Voicemail program.

The free service sets up voicemail for those who are homeless or without a phone.

It's a way for them to get messages from loved ones or potential employers.

"A lot of times, you lose contact with your loved ones and everything," said Donald Razor, who's been homeless for about a month. "Like during the holidays, there was no way of them contacting me."

If you'd like information on the Community Voicemail Program, call 211 or 706-826-1495.

The program is up and running, it's free, and you can keep the voicemail as long as you'd like.

This is a national program, but Augusta is the first city in Georgia to get it.

Deputy apologizes for threatening journalist over MySpace

A deputy with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department is apologizing after sending a threatening email to a Metro Spirit journalist.

Deputy Jason Brown threatened Corey Pein after Pein wrote an article about three other deputies and their MySpace pages.

The threat suggested that Pein not get caught speeding or stepping out of line.

On Monday, Brown hand-delivered a letter to Pein saying he acted prematurely, emotionally and out of place.

Thursday, a disciplinary board will decide whether Brown will be allowed to keep his job.

Coming Up

Groucho's Deli just reached its first year anniversary in Augusta...but they are not celebrating.

Tuesday at 6:45 a.m., we'll have an update on what went wrong with the restaurant.

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


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