Local Update - February 22, 2007

Reward offered for murder suspect

Richmond County investigators are offering a reward in exchange for a murder suspect.

They say 28-year-old Maurice Roscoe shot and killed a man at Olive Road and ML King, Jr. Boulevard.

Investigators say Roscoe and another man argued over a girl at Jennings Place.

Then they say Roscoe followed the man in a car to MLK and Olive Road and shot at the passenger side, killing the man's brother.

The victim was Pierce McClattie, Jr. His family is sorting through their emotions.

"We just trusting the Lord and relying on Him," said the victim's father, Pierce McClattie, Sr. "He'll see us through."

Roscoe is already wanted for a parole violation, and four counts of aggravated assault in Grovetown.

He's considered dangerous.

The sheriff's office is offering a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.

If you know anything, call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1020 during the day or (706) 821-1080 in the evening. You can remain anonymous.

Man dies in I-20 wreck

Another person is dead after an accident in Aiken County. This one happened on eastbound I-20, near mile marker 26.

Coroner Tim Carlton says William Birchfield of Harlem was killed when he tried merge onto the interstate.

The coroner says Birchfield saw a Subaru beside him, overcorrected, and hit the vehicle.

He died at the hospital.

There's no word on the condition of the other victim.

This is the tenth traffic death of 2007 in Aiken County, and it's still only February.

Hyde Park residents can choose to stay

The decision is being left up to residents in the Hyde Park area to stay or go.

That's the word from the Augusta Brownfields Commission.

The commission has several new studies citing an above normal level of contaminants in the area.

Members suggest relocating the people who live there, but say no one will be forced to move if they don't want to.

The Augusta Commission has started a committee to come up with a budget to start the relocation process.

As of now, there is no official count on how many people want to stay or go.

Evans man who abducted son may be in Mexico

The FBI continues the search for an Evans man who abducted his one-year-old son.

Ezekiel Brown was last seen with his father, 38-year-old William Brown, on January 31. That was three weeks ago.

The FBI found Brown's car near San Antonio, Texas.

William and his wife Lois are going through a divorce.

Some evidence is lending weight to the theory he may have gone to Mexico. Recent ATM transactions in his name have also been traced to that country.