Local Update - January 30, 2007

More information on Broad Street fatal accident

A teenager is charged with drunk driving in a fatal accident that happened early Saturday in Olde Town on Broad Street.

16-year-old Sherman Meardith, the driver, now faces charges of vehicular homicide, DUI, and not having a license.

19-year-old Derrick Beard died in the crash. He was riding in the backseat when the car hit a street sign and then a tree

Another passenger and the owner of the car, 19-year-old Lionel Bynum, was not injured in the accident.

Police found alcohol in the car and say they suspect drug use.

2 dead in SUV accident on I-20

News 12 has learned more information about an accident on I-20 that killed 2 people.

It happened Sunday night near Exit 11 in South Carolina.

The driver and passenger of a Ford Explorer were ejected and killed.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the driver veered off the road and overcorrected, causing the SUV to flip.

The two victims were not wearing seat belts.

Brown estate power struggle continues

The power struggle over James Brown's estate has changed times and locations.

Brown's children are asking the court to remove the trustees who oversee the Godfather of Soul's property.

The hearing was scheduled for Thursday, but was moved from probate court to the court of common appeals.

As of this morning, that court has not set a date.

Presidential hopeful visits Aiken

Another presidential candidate takes center stage in South Carolina.

A former venture capitalist and governor of Massachusetts made a stop in Aiken Monday as a presidential hopeful.

After spending time in Utah this weekend, Republican Mitt Romney made his first stop in the Palmetto State, speaking to the Aiken Rotary Club.

The former governor talked about his ability to turn a billion dollar deficit into a surplus without cutting taxes.

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is backing the former governor and is serving on Romney's exploratory committee.

DeVaney funeral arrangements set

Funeral arrangements are set for Charles DeVaney.

Augusta's former mayor died Sunday afternoon while traveling back home after spending the weekend at Hilton Head.

He was alone in an SUV when he hit a tree on Highway 278 in Jasper County.

The coroner is waiting to learn more about DeVaney's death from an autopsy today, but it's believed he suffered a heart attack, causing the crash.

Charles DeVaney had already been in office for a decade when he sat down for an interview with us in the fall of 1994.

He talked about his biggest disappointment: that Augusta was not living up to its potential and that it wasn't growing the way it should have been.

When we asked him what his biggest accomplishment was as mayor, this is what he had to say:

"As I think back, no question, it's the riverfront. I think it's beautiful...far beyond anything we ever expected."

Funeral arrangements have been made. The service will be at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon at First Baptist Church of Augusta. The burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery in North Augusta.

A visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist.

Father, son get stuck in a well

A father and his young son are recovering after being stuck in a well. It happened on Main Street in Gibson, Georgia around 2:30 yesterday.

The Glascock County sheriff says 7-year-old Cameron Thompkins was walking across a board when it broke and he fell into a well. He fell at least 30 feet before he hit the water.

His father James jumped in to save him and also got stuck.

15 minutes later, the sheriff's department pulled them both out.

The boy and his father were released from the hospital late last night.


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