Local Update - December 22, 2006

2 injured in Augusta single-car accident

Two people were taken to the hospital after an early morning accident on Glenn Hills Drive.

Deputies say six people were in a car when the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled over in a nearby yard.

It happened just before 3:30.

Deputies believe alcohol may have been involved.

The two people hurt had non-life threatening injuries.

Car crashes into woods on I-20

In Aiken County, one person was trapped in a car after it crashed into the woods.

It happened on Interstate 20 at mile marker 24.

No word on the cause of that accident or the driver's injuries.

Man assaulted, robbed on way to work

An Augusta Recycling employee was targeted, overpowered, and robbed by a man on his way to work.

In the surveillance video from Wednesday morning (December 20), we see Alvin Steinberg walking in the front door when the robber tackles him and takes his money.

Two people sitting in traffic nearby came to Mr. Steinberg's rescue.

He had injuries to his head and neck.

A $1000 reward is being offered for the robber's arrest.

Call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office with any information.

Study confirms toxic chemicals in Hyde Park

A study conducted by the health department and Environmental Protection Agency confirms the beliefs of neighbors living in the Hyde Park area.

The study shows dangerously high levels of chemicals there.

Neighbors gathered on Deans Bridge Road to meet with members of the agency.

They've received complaints since the 1980's but dismissed them for lack of evidence.

Now, city leaders are looking into the problem.

Heavy metals like mercury, zinc and lead were found in the soil at Hyde Park.

The contamination is believed to have come from the nearby Goldberg Junkyard and from storm water runoff.

Pat Jones' work will continue

Her work will continue. That's what friends and fellow co-workers say about the late Pat Jones and the Augusta Youth Center.

Pat Jones started helping kids 25 years ago, and as a result, more than 2000 children have benefited from the Augusta Youth Center.

A day after her death, people stopped by the center where she spent most of her time.

Interim director Delores Brooks says she often talked to Jones about the center that has struggled to keep its doors open.

"There were times she would say, 'I don't know where I am going to get the money for this,' and she said, 'I feel a blessing will come,' and within a few days something would come through."

And as always, the community did come through recently to help the center pay the bills to stay open for the children who need it.

Just what Pat would have wanted.

James Brown's annual toy giveaway

The Godfather of Soul is at it again, spreading some Christmas joy.

James Brown's annual toy giveaway will be held today at the Imperial Theater at 11 o'clock this morning.

In the past folks have always lined up early for Mr. Brown's charity.

Last day for Express Mail for Christmas

If you still have some Christmas mail to send off, here's a quick reminder.

Today is the last day to send it out through Express Mail.

Prices to get it there overnight start at $14.40 a package.