News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 6, 2006

Deputy accused of raping inmate

Warren County Deputy Dewayne Wood is accused of raping a female inmate while transporting her to the McDuffie County Jail back in August.

During an initial GBI investigation, Sheriff Joe Peebles said there was not enough evidence to prove the allegations, so Wood was not terminated from his position.

But in a news conference Tuesday, GBI investigators announced there was enough scientific evidence to issue an arrest warrant.

Many we talked to said they were shocked and thought that Wood should've been put on administrative leave as soon as the allegations were made.

"When you're supposed to be serving the public and protecting the public, and something like this comes up, you should be taken off the street until an investigation has proven differently, whatever the case," said Warren County resident Jessie Price.

Roper defeats Williams for superior court judgeship

Attorney David Roper will now oversee the three-county district.

Roper defeated William "Bill" Williams with over half the vote Tuesday night.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Roper won with 64 percent. Williams had 36 percent of the vote.

David Roper will replace Judge Fleming when he retires this year.

Cain defeats Hasan for BOE Super District 9

A newcomer will take charge over the Super 9 district on Richmond County's school board.

Venus Cain beat A.K. Hasan, who's held the seat since last year.

Hasan lost to Cain by nearly 1200 votes.

Cain credits her family and supporters for the win. She swept one of the larger school districts - District 4.

Hasan says he's not yet decided whether he'll run for the seat again.

Cain will take over next year.

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

You'll probably hear bells if you're out and about today.

Our Time to Care partners and the Salvation Army of Augusta and Aiken will be out collecting donations at the Ashley Furniture Homestore of Augusta on Robert C. Daniel Parkway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They will also be at the Wal-Mart off Whiskey Road in Aiken from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

News 12, Ashley Furniture Homestore of Augusta, Aiken Regional Medical Center, and Taylor Toyota will sponsor the bell ringing.

Fury's Ferry lane closure

Part of Fury's Ferry Road will be closed near the Augusta-Richmond County and Columbia County line today.

Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Coming Up

Oy, momma mia...what happened to Bella Cuccina?

Thursday, the Buzz on the restaurant Biz going on in Aiken. Also, a special report on gift cards.

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