Local Update - February 15, 2007

Norwood memorial service today

A memorial service will be held today for Congressman Charlie Norwood. Congressman Norwood died at his Columbia County home Tuesday from lung cancer.

The memorial will be at the First Baptist Church of Augusta, starting at 2 o'clock.

12 is on your side if you can't make it there. We will carry the funeral in its entirety on our sister station, my12. That's channel 21 on Comcast digital cable, and on Knology and GForce it's channel 7.

This morning the Georgia House of Representatives convened to honor Congressman Norwood.

Some lawmakers paid their respects early Wednesday at Norwood's public visitation.

Among some of the attendees were former congressman Max Burns, former Augusta commissioner Barbara Sims, and Norwood's longtime friend Roy Simpkins.

All in attendance agreed that things just won't be the same without Charlie.

Men watch as friend attacked, robbed

It was a case of friendship gone wrong for an Augusta man. He says his own buddies robbed and beat him.

Investigators believe Andre Brown and Gregory Humphrey are responsible for the crime that happened at the Budget Inn motel on Broad Street.

Authorities say Brown and Humphrey stood by and watched when another man pistol whipped Clifton Mitchell and robbed him of more than $2000.

Investigators say Mitchell was friends with Brown and Humphrey.

Humphrey and Brown are wanted for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and for armed robbery.

If you have any information, call the sheriff's office.

Teen wanted for shooting man with pellet rifle

Aiken County deputies are looking for a 15-year-old. They say he shot 54-year-old Leroy Jenkins in the neck with a pellet rifle.

The shooting happened at 142 Nappier Lane in North Augusta.

Deputies say the 15-year-old grabbed the pellet rifle from another boy and started shooting at a kitchen window.

Deputies say Jenkins walked outside to investigate, and when he started to walk back inside, the teen shot him in the neck.

The victim was taken to University Hospital. No word on his condition.

Jailer jailed

A Richmond County deputy jailer is on the other side of his old job. He's now behind bars.

Bond is set at $11,100 for Joseph Kennedy Smalls.

He was arrested Tuesday night (February 13), accused of sexually assaulting a male inmate at the Charles Webster Detention Center.

The inmate claims Smalls touched him inappropriately and kissed him against his will.

The victim says the incident happened February 5, somewhere between the inmate's cell and the common area.

Smalls had been with the sheriff's office since October 2006.

Heart Health Fair tonight

University Hospital is holding another heart health fair today. The theme is "Know your risk factors".

It's being held at Abilene Baptist Church from 5:30 to 6:45 tonight. A free dinner will be provided.

To make reservations call (706) 828-2502.