News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 13, 2006

Man arrested in Doublegate Court murder

A man is behind bars and charged with murder after a body was found in Augusta.

Deputies arrested 21-year-old Seth Rouzan Tuesday night at his house on McElmurray Drive.

Rouzan is also charged with possession of a gun, and burglary in the death of Jeffrey Labord.

Labord's body was found early Tuesday morning by a paper carrier at Doublegate Court and Walden Drive.

Labord had been shot to death.

His abandoned car was found near the crime scene and investigators also found his home burglarized.

Shooting at Hill liquor store

Investigators are looking for a suspect in a shooting at a liquor store in Augusta's Hill area.

Deputies say a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and scarf shot at the owner at Ace Liquor Store on Walton Way around 4:45 Tuesday evening.

The owner is okay.

Aiken cash advance business robbed

Bloodhounds were called out in Aiken after someone made off with money from a business.

Stewart Cash Advance on Silver Bluff Road was robbed around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The suspect had a gun.

Officers are still searching for the suspect.

Aiken County school board passes bullying policy

Aiken County school board members took a step toward fighting back against bullies last night.

Every school system in South Carolina will have a new bullying policy by the first of the year. The Aiken County board approved a version of the policy unanimously.

Now students will have to file a report.

There is one concern for board members. They say more incident reports will create more paperwork for school employees.

Students and teachers can remain anonymous.

Augusta fills EEO director position

A new Augusta employee returned for her third day on the job this morning.

Diana Darris filled the city's new equal employment opportunity director position. It has been vacant for six years.

Darris will address employee complaints and make sure the city's workforce has diversity.

Pressure to fill the post came after a recreation department investigation revealed dozens of employee grievances were not responded to.

Darris says one of her first duties will be to review all complaints.

"We will look into grievances and we will ensure that everyone is heard and that all complaints are looked into in a very thorough manner," she told News 12.

"If they have a grievance, they have a right to be heard," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver. "They ought to have an advocate, and this position is that advocate for them."

Darris beat out 200 applicants for the EEO job. She will be paid $66,000 a year.

The last person to hold the position was Brenda Byrd-Pelaez, Augusta's former HR director.

Aiken County won't suspend blue laws

There won't be any sales on Christmas Eve in Aiken...or at least not before 1:30 in the afternoon.

The Aiken County Council decided to keep the blue law, which does not allow the sale of non-essential items until after that time.

The council's vote came down to a tie.

Georgia may allow communities to opt out of Sunday alcohol restrictions

Beer and alcohol on Sundays? That's what Georgia legislators are talking about.

Lawmakers are trying to decide whether to allow communities to opt in or out of Sunday beer and wine sales in grocery stores and convenience stores.

If passed, liquor stores owners worry that they'll miss out on sales because they are already closed on Sundays.

Right now, many people buy enough beer on Friday nights or Saturdays since stores can't sell it on Sundays.

Lanes closed along William Few Parkway

Lanes will be closed along William Few Parkway near the entrance to Patriots Park to just north of Aspen Laurel Drive today from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The sections won't close all at one time.

Columbia County has plenty of flu shots

It's still not too late to get a flu shot. The Columbia County Health Department still has plenty due to a late arrival of the vaccine.

The flu vaccine is available to people 6 months and older.

If you have a business with 10 or more employees who want the vaccine, health officials will come to your work site.

The cost is $20.

Call 706-868-3330 for more information.

Coming Up

A former hockey great in Augusta is one of the reasons a Canadian businessman moves his company to the CSRA.

Thursday, we're putting all of our toes in the water on this.

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