News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 29, 2006

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Man stabbed at Augusta motel

A man could face criminal charges after a stabbing at an Augusta motel.

It happened Monday night after an argument between 30-year-old Leonard Anthony and 39-year-old Johnny Dunn at the Adams Super Inn, also called the Augusta Super Inn, on Gordon Highway.

Investigators say Dunn stabbed Anthony in the back about four times.

Deputies do not plan to arrest Dunn, because they think he acted out of self defense.

The district attorney's office will decide if he should be charged.

Suspect still on the loose after manhunt

A suspect remains on the run in Columbia County. The search put some local schools on lockdown yesterday.

Deputies are looking for 24-year-old Michael Ciechan. He's 5'10" and weighs about 150 pounds.

Around 6 a.m. Tuesday, deputies got a call of two men breaking into cars near South Columbia Elementary. They say Ciechan was one of them.

The sheriff's department put the school on lockdown, and the board of education locked down three more nearby schools.

22-year-old Nicholas Brigham was taken into custody. He's charged with entering an auto. He's also wanted by Richmond County for aggravated battery.

Deputies used dogs and even a helicopter in the search for Ciechan while the four schools remained locked down.

The news created a big concern for parents.

"Either way we are going to panic," said Shelonda West. "As a parent we are going to panic."

A bond hearing for Brigham is set for later today.

Grandmother arrested in newborn's death

Another arrest was made yesterday in the death of a two month old boy.

The grandmother, Catherine Day, is charged with obstructing justice. Deputies say she lied to them about where the newborn died.

The parents, Ardythe Matthews and Crystal Tindal, are charged with homicide by child abuse.

An autopsy showed their son died of a severe head injury.

Augusta golf course audit reveals substantial money missing

A new audit of Augusta's city-owned golf course is raising questions.

A CPA firm presented an audit of the Municipal Golf Course filled with 21 big findings to city leaders Tuesday.

It includes violations of purchasing policies, missing beer receipts, missing petty cash, and untraceable deposits.

Auditors aren't giving a dollar amount, but say there's a substantial amount of money missing---enough to have the Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigate.

Old Louisville Road closed until 5 p.m. today

For those of you on the roads in Columbia County today, here's a heads up about taking a different route.

Old Louisville Road, at the new fire station property between Young Drive and Greenbrier Drive, is closed this morning and will remain that way until 5 o'clock this evening.

Crews will be installing a water line.


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