Local Update - February 19, 2007

Downtown fire began in closet

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in downtown Augusta.

It happened around 4:45 this morning at 1015 13th Avenue.

Firefighters say the fire started in a closet in the house.

One person lived there but they are okay this morning.

No word on the cause right now.

House fire leaves Evans family homeless

A house fire has left an Evans family homeless.

It happened around 2 o'clock this morning at a home in the 600 block of Chimney Hill Circle.

A woman and her son were able to get out before it became fully engulfed.

A neighbor says an explosion from the garage woke him up.

"I was laying in bed asleep, and I heard a real loud boom, and I wasn't sure what it was," Phillip Dixon told News 12. "I thought someone might have kicked my door in, so I got up and went through the house and didn't see anything, and I heard people outside talking, so I went out the front door and saw this lady and her son standing here in the road. Then I saw the house on fire."

EMS took both to MCG, but it was just a precaution.

No word on the cause of the fire right now.

13-year chase ends as murder suspect captured

A murder suspect is behind bars this morning, ending a 13-year cat and mouse chase. 41-year-old Joseph Hankerson was arrested at his New York home Friday morning. He's wanted for the 1994 murder of 20 year old Christopher Pollin.

Pollin was found shot twice in a graveyard behind his grandmother's home.

Joseph Hankerson escaped from Aiken and avoided capture by moving around New York.

An extradition hearing is scheduled this Friday for Hankerson.

Then, authorities will have to travel to New York and bring him back to Aiken.

Chicken breast strip recall

A South Carolina company, Carolina Culinary Food, is recalling more than 52,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer chicken breast strips with rib meat.

The recall affects all six ounce packages of Oscar Mayer/Louis Rich chicken breast strips with rib meat, grilled, fully cooked, ready to eat that bear the establishment number P19676. You can find this inside the USDA mark of inspection on the front of the package.

On the back of each package is a "use by" date of 19 APR 2007.

The food is so contaminated it can cause listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease.

Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea.

If you have eaten any of this meat you're advised to seek medical care.

If you have this meat contact Kraft Consumer Response at 1-800-871-7117.

Hillary to Columbia

South Carolina's capitol will get a big visit today. Senator Hillary Clinton is heading to Columbia as a part of her run for the White House.

News 12 will bring you live coverage throughout the day.


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