Local Update - January 12, 2007

Martina's robbed

In Augusta, investigators are searching for a man who robbed Martina's Flowers and Gifts on Peach Orchard Road and locked employees in a cooler.

A man carrying a gun took money from the cash register, then ordered the employees to lay down in a walk-in flower cooler.

The man hit one of them on the head with the gun.

If you have any information, call the sheriff's department...

Dean's Bridge Wal-Mart robbed

A robber made off with merchandise instead of money at a Wal-Mart.

Richmond County deputies say a gunman robbed a cashier at the Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road around 10 o'clock yesterday morning.

"Dolly" Hearn awarded posthumous degree

An MCG dental student killed more than 16 years ago is honored.

The dental school says "Dolly" Hearn will get a posthumous professional degree.

She would have finished dental school in 1991, but she was killed in the summer of 1990.

"She was very enthusiastic about providing oral health care to her patients, and she was a very loving person. That's the kind of character we like to see in our dentists as they graduate from our program," said Connie Drisko, dean of the school of dentistry.

Plans are being made now for a special ceremony to present the diploma to her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Carlton Hearn.

The Hearns established a scholarship in their daughter's name 16 years ago.

Shepeard low on blood

The Shepeard Community Blood Center's freezer is running dangerously low--as low as two pints for some blood types.

They're hoping you'll go in and donate.

Shepeard supplies blood to all local hospitals.

Augusta woman dies of smoke inhalation

Autopsy results show that a 67-year-old Augusta woman killed in a house fire died of smoke inhalation.

Oria Sumrall lived in the back of a home in the 3000 block of Sterling Road, off River Watch Parkway.

Sumrall was overcome by smoke when a heater unit caught fire.

"I just can't believe that she's gone," said Sumrall's best friend, Mary Busby. "It's not sinking in at all. But she was good to everybody."

Ms. Sumrall's two cats also died in the fire.

Investigators say she did not have a smoke detector.

Still no arrest in rape of 74-year-old woman

Investigators got a lot of calls but no matches so far for a sketch of a man accused of raping a 74 year old woman.

They say he forced his way into the woman's apartment, stole jewelry and cash, and then raped her.

It happened early Tuesday in the 2500 block of Walton Way near Augusta State University.

If you have any information, call the sheriff's department.

James Brown's will leaves out Tomi Rae

James Brown's will was read today. It reportedly leaves out Tomi Rae and her son James, Jr.

Attorney Debra Opri tells News 12 Mr. Brown provided for all of his children without naming any of them specifically.

His belongings are to be divided equally among them.

Opri said the will provides for each of Brown's children's education up to the age of 35. She said the rest of the estate is in a trust that will be used to estsablish a museum and burial site on his Beech Island property.