Local Update - January 24, 2007

Downtown house fire

This morning firefighters were working a house fire in the 2200 block of Pund Avenue, off John C. Calhoun Expressway in Augusta.

There is no word on the cause or if there are any injuries.

Columbia County chooses new school superintendent

Charles Nagle will officially take over as Columbia County school superintendent in July.

Nagle was a teacher, assistant principal, and most recently a Columbia County school administrator before accepting the position.

He will replace Tommy Price, who is retiring.

GBI awaits toxicology report on man who went on naked rampage

The autopsy is complete for a man who went on a violent rampage while naked in an Augusta neighborhood.

The GBI is not releasing those results until toxicology tests come back.

Neighbors say they saw Chris Johnson growl, crawl, and attack two people Saturday, all while naked.

He died after the Richmond County Sheriff's Office got him under control.

Escaped robbery suspect back in custody

A Graniteville teenager is back in custody after escaping out of a patrol car, handcuffs and all.

Jack Cooper was arrested for an armed robbery Sunday, but he escaped.

On Tuesday, Cooper called his mom. Then, she and his sisters picked him up from the side of a road and took him to Breezy Hill Baptist Church, where Sheriff Michael Hunt made the arrest.

Now, investigators are trying to figure out where Cooper has been the past few days.

Cooper took off when the deputy stopped the patrol car he was riding in to fix his handcuffs. That's when Cooper crawled through the window separating him from the front seat and went out the passenger side door.

Cooper's mother says he has a mental disability.

Lane closures

In Richmond County today, the inside westbound lane of I-20 will temporarily closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. That closure will begin at mile marker 196 and end at 195.

Construction crews will be removing debris from the old overpass at Davis Road.

In Columbia County, eastbound lanes will temporarily close on Washington Road at Gibbs Road.

These lanes will close from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until Monday, January 29. Crews will be milling and paving roads there.

Crews ask that you be especially careful when driving in the area.