Local Update - January 25, 2007

House fire in Bath

Fire broke out this morning at a house on Keystone Court in Bath, off Cherry Street, off Augusta Road. That's in the area of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

We're told the Price family owns the home, but we're not sure if anyone was home at the time the fire broke out.

No word on any injuries or a cause.

Langley man arrested in Warrenville armed robbery

Aiken County deputies have arrested a Langley man for the armed robbery of the Kangaroo Express near Gurley's Supermarket in the 1100 block of Augusta Road in Warrenville.

Joshua A. Busbee is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

He was arrested at 8 o'clock this morning near the intersection of Arbute and Main Street in Graniteville and is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Seventh grader brings unloaded gun to school

A seventh grader won't be in school this morning after he brought a gun to school yesterday.

It happened at Harlem Middle. Fortunately, the gun wasn't loaded, and no one was hurt.

Law enforcement took the student into custody after he apparently showed off the handgun to classmates on school grounds.

The seventh grader was taken to the Youth Detention Center.

The boy is not allowed back at Harlem Middle until he goes before a district hearing. That will happen within the next 48 to 72 hours.

Holland gets tough on abandoned buildings

10 days notice before demolition.

That's what one Augusta commissioner is telling owners of abandoned buildings in his district.

Calvin Holland wants to clean up overgrown lots in the downtown area. He's asking authorities to demolish the property.

So far, four abandoned buildings have been torn down on Milledgeville Road.

Commissioner Holland says the clean up will make the community safer and attract potential investors.

If violators don't clean up the lots in 10 days, the city will, through the marshal's and license and inspection office. A judge will also have a final say on whether the property is demolished.