News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 4, 2006

Woman loses home in fire

A woman is safe this morning, but she is without her home. It burned to the ground just before 3 o'clock this morning.

The house was located in the 3600 block of West Floyd Avenue near Wheeless Road.

It is a total loss.

No word on what caused the fire.

Man wanted in kidnapping, assault of Aiken woman

A woman is safe at home this morning after being abducted in Aiken.

Now, police are looking for her kidnapper.

Officers with Aiken Public Safety and the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office are trying to track down this man:

He's described as a white male, 5'11" to 6'0" tall, 170 to 180 pounds, in his mid-twenties or thirties. He has a shaved head and a red goatee.

This man is believed to have abducted a young woman from her home on Maple Street Thursday, assaulted her, then dumped her off in Barnwell County.

Police say the man may be armed and dangerous.

Possible bond hearing this week for Thomson murder suspect

A bond hearing may be held this week for the man charged with the murder of a McDuffie County man on Thanksgiving eve.

Michael Johnson is accused of shooting and killing Todd Brooks on Wrens Highway in Thomson.

Harlem Public Safety is continuing to take up donations for Brooks family during the holidays.

He was a husband and father of four.

High advance voting numbers for runoff

Lots of votes are in from advance voting in Richmond County for the runoff elections, but there are more to come tomorrow on the actual election day.

In the race for the superior court judge seat, attorneys David Roper is facing Bill Williams.

In the Super 9 district for the Board of Education, it's A.K. Hasan vs. Venus Cain.

The Board of Elections director says the advance runoff numbers are higher than the July primary, which brought in over 2200 votes.

About 17% voter turnout is expected tomorrow.

The final numbers in Columbia County rounded out close to 1500 votes Friday.

A 15% to 20% turnout is expected there tomorrow.

Christmas trees for troops

The National Christmas Tree Association is helping create Christmas for soldiers at Fort Gordon.

The association is donating 6,300 evergreen trees to military families, including 700 Fort Gordon troops.

Active duty military can register for a tree at their morale, welfare and recreation website,

The trees will be distributed Friday, December 8 in the parking lot next to the dinner theater.

For more information call, (706) 791-3579.

Getting gifts to troops

Today is the last day to send off packages going to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan if you want them to get there by Christmas.

For soldiers in other places overseas, the deadline is December 11.

If you get first class and priority mail to the post office by December 11, it will be there by Christmas day.

If you're mailing something within the US, you have until December 18 to get it out and you can ship by express mail up to December 23.

Oak Drive closed today; Fort Gordon traffic slowdown

Oak Drive in Augusta is closed today.

According to the Department of Transportation, storm drain pipe and drop inlets are being installed there.

You should use Camilla and Davis roads as alternative routes until Wednesday evening.

And at Fort Gordon today, crews will also begin re-striping major roads and streets.

A lot of slow moving trucks will be on the roads this morning, so allow some extra time for your commute.

Coming Up

Treats are big business this time of year. Find out the latest company to pave a financial road full of them.

It's coming up Tuesday in the Buzz on Biz, on News 12 This Morning starting at 5:30 a.m.