Local Update - January 31, 2007

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Beech Island mobile home fire

Firefighters are on the scene of a mobile home fire in the 200 block of Goodman Road in Beech Island.

That's located near Highway 125.

The flames are out now, but investigators want to know what caused them.

Right now, they think the fire started in either the utility closet or the kitchen.

No word on damage.

No one was hurt.

Warren Co. High principal resigns after indictment

The principal at Warren County High School is out of jail this morning on bond, but he won't be at school today.

Thomas McDonald resigned Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury last week on charges he asked a 15-year-old student for oral sex.

This all stems from an alleged incident that took place on school grounds.

The victim says it happened before the football game against Bowden High School on November 18.

Thomas McDonald was released on a $10,000 bond last Wednesday.

He faces charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes and solicitation of sodomy.

Cars in Family Y parking lot broken into

You'll want to keep an eye out for your car while getting your workout at the Family Y.

Reports show as many as 20 cars have been broken into there in the last 3 months.

A lot of those break-ins have happened here near west Augusta's Family Y.

Security tapes from the Y have been turned over to investigators hoping to track down the mysterious thieves.

Investigators are looking for a man, possibly riding in a light colored van.

If you know anything, call the sheriff's office.

Sheriff requests money for new patrol cars

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is getting closer to getting new patrol cars.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength is asking the Commission for $1.1 million to buy 40 new patrol cars and 2 motorcycles.

Col. Gary Powell says many of the cars are breaking down because of high mileage.

Commissioners Calvin Holland and Marion Williams say continual maintenance beats buying new cars.

The city's fleet manager says its best to replace the cars before problems develop.

The finance committee approved the purchase of the cars Monday.

The full Commission will vote next Tuesday.

Brother and sister die in SUV rollover

We know more about victims from a fatal accident on I-20 over the weekend.

They were brother and sister.

The 18-year-old driver, Martha Kelly, was a student at Cross Creek High School, and the passenger, her older brother Anthony Kelly, just returned from military duty overseas.

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

They were not wearing seat belts and were thrown out.

Remembering former mayor Charles DeVaney

The Jasper County coroner tells News 12 former Augusta mayor Charles DeVaney died due to a heart problem.

DeVaney was in an accident in Ridgeland, South Carolina on his way home to Augusta from Hilton Head. His car went off the road and hit a tree.

The coroner says DeVaney's heart was enlarged and his lungs were full of fluid.

The coroner also said there appeared to be no trauma from the accident.

DeVaney's funeral will be held Friday afternoon, February 2, at 1 o'clock.

The First Baptist Church on Walton Way Extension will host the funeral in Augusta.

His burial will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery in North Augusta.

A visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 1, at First Baptist.

To remember the death of former mayor DeVaney, Mayor Deke Copenhaver has declared Friday, February 2 a day of mourning in Augusta.

The city of Augusta's flag will be flown at half staff through sundown on Sunday, February 4.


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