Local Update - February 12, 2007

Woman found brutally murdered in Orangeburg

Funeral services have been held for a Cordova woman found brutally murdered in Orangeburg.

31-year-old Ruby Thompson's dismembered remains were found Tuesday (February 6). She was shot at least 12 times before being mutilated and set on fire.

Orangeburg police have charged 28-year-old Oscar McDowell with her murder.

In a courtroom Friday (February 9), McDowell told the judge he didn't kill anybody, but Thompson's relatives say he did.

The victim's brother spoke only to News 12.

"He just pretty much slaughtered my sister, and they got him in jail and they're feeding him," Skeeter Rauls said. "They're feeding him every night, and he's got a bed to sleep in, and he's got clothes to wear. He's got all the luxuries, and, I mean, he don't deserve it."

This is not McDowell's first time on the wrong side of the law.

In 1994 he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

He was later arrested for failure to register as a sex offender, for fraudulent checks, and for possession of cocaine.

Augusta woman dies after being caught in high speed chase

An Augusta woman is dead this morning after being caught in the middle of high speed chase. Investigators say the man responsible will face charges for her death.

18-year-old Darrius Ware is in stable condition after leading police on a chase down in a stolen car down Gordon Highway.

The accident happened on Olive Road, where officers say Ware hit and killed 47-year-old Theodosia Mack.

She was riding her bike in the southbound lane on Olive Road when police say Ware crossed the line and hit her, killing her instantly.

Ware didn't stop until he hit a tree 30 feet away.

Now, troopers are making sure they leave no stone unturned.

"It just makes you want to do your job and not have any part of the prosecution fall because of something you did, so you want to take the extra time and the extra effort to make sure you do your job correctly," said Amelio Lampkin of the Georgia State Patrol.

Darrius Ware faces multiple felony charges for Mack's murder, the stolen car, and the high speed chase, among the many other charges stemming from this accident.

Woman killed after ejected from vehicle

Another accident in Augusta has claimed a life.

40-year-old Julie Martin of Hephzibah was killed after her vehicle veered off the road and overcorrected.

It happened around 7 o'clock Saturday night on Old Waynesboro Road.

Officers say she was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected.

Police suspect she was then hit by another vehicle, but they're still searching for that driver.

Apartment fire leaves three homeless

Three people are looking for a home after an apartment complex went up in flames.

Richmond County firefighters found Building D on fire at the Walden West Apartments off of Walden Drive Sunday night.

One unit is destroyed, and three others have structural and minor fire damage.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Firefighters say the fire started in an upstairs unit.

Commission to discuss bus overcrowding

Augusta city leaders are trying to make more room on city buses.

As News 12 found out last week, some riders say they have to stand in the aisles or sit on the floor.

Of course, that's a huge liability to the city.

The overcrowding started after routes disappeared due to budget cuts.

As a result of our story, Commissioner Don Grantham has added the issue to today's committee meeting. We'll let you know what they decide.