Local Update - March 6, 2007

SUV goes over River Watch Parkway embankment

An Augusta man is lucky this morning after being thrown from his vehicle.

The accident happened just before midnight, when the driver lost control of his SUV along River Watch Parkway.

The vehicle then skid on the metal railing before going over this embankment.

The driver was taken to MCG for injuries. We're told he should be okay.

Suspected gang member wanted

Richmond County deputies are looking for an Augusta gang member.

Deputies say Tracy Barnes III is wanted on federal charges of violating probation. He's already served time in federal prison for drug and gun charges.

The CSRA Safe Streets Task Force says he's a member of the O-Dubs, a gang based in the Barton Village area.

They also say he's probably armed.

Husband and wife wanted for abusing child

Deputies are still looking for a husband and wife accused of beating a six-year-old.

James and Krystal Elam lived on Hephzibah-McBean Road, and they're wanted for felony cruelty to children.

Officers say they found injuries from repeated abuse all over a six-year-old girl in the couple's care.

The child was treated for the injuries and is now in state custody.

West Augusta bank robber on the loose

A robbery suspect is on the loose after holding up the Telco Credit Union in the Augusta West shopping center.

He was wearing a light grey colored hoodie and a dark-colored ski type mask.

He showed the clerk a gun and walked away with some cash.

The gunman was last seen running toward the back of the bank building.

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

Warren County storm victims out in the cold

Warren County is excluded from Georgia's $135 million budget estimate to fix damage from Thursday's storm.

Governor Sonny Perdue has not declared Warren County a disaster area, and that's causing problems for people who live there.

Five days after an F2 tornado ran down the middle of the county, the cleanup is making little progress.

Some storm victims tell News 12 they have yet to hear from their insurance adjustors.

Red Cross continues assisting storm victims

In Thomson, the Red Cross relief center is back up and running.

So far, volunteers have handed out more than $18,000, helping more than 130 people affected by the storm.

The Red Cross is also delivering meals and comfort kits in the affected area, and they're asking for donations at the Augusta office so they can keep the help on coming.

Hot topics on tonight's Commission agenda

Augusta commissioners will try to settle some hot topics today.

The Hyde Park subcommittee will also meet this afternoon at 1:30.

Last week, the city brought in a state expert to figure out how bad the contamination problem actually is in the neighborhood.

Commissioners are still trying to decide what to do with folks living in the contaminated area.

Another topic on the table today is the merging of pension plans from the 1977, 1998, and Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System pension plan.