Local Update - March 8, 2007

Man found shot to death in driver's seat

One man is dead after a shooting in south Augusta.

21-year-old Corey Joseph was shot and killed Wednesday night while driving a car.

Deputies are looking for two other men who were riding in the car with Joseph.

It happened around 8 o'clock at the intersection of East and West Kensington Drive. Deputies responded and found the car had crashed through some fencing and into someone's storage unit.

The two passengers then fled on foot.

The victim suffered a single gun shot wound to the head, but we're not sure whether that shot was fired from inside or from outside the car.

"You know it's a shame when you got to come by and see a dead body in a car," said Jessie Davis, who lives nearby. "Then nobody know what's happening, but they does."

"I mean I'm around here, but I mean it's just sad to see that teens nowadays out here just gang-related. And just shooting and fighting," said Johnny Franklin, whose girlfriend lives nearby. "I mean when they can just settle things the normal way. I mean it's bad to see that happening."

The two passengers are described as young black males in their early 20's. If you know anything, call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Man plows SUV through Augusta Mall

A man has been arrested for DUI and driving through the Augusta Mall.

It happened Wednesday night around 10:45.

Deputies say Stephen Lowe drove his SUV through the east entrance near the American Cafe, then drove through the mall and came out the west entrance (food court).

Deputies say the man told them he was trying to find his wife because someone had her captive inside.

That story never checked out.

Deputies had to fight with Lowe to arrest him. He was taken to jail and is charged with DUI and smashing up the mall.

State of the City address today

Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver steps up to the mike today for his state of the city address.

He'll speak at the Leadership Augusta Luncheon at the Pinnacle Club.

The group will also hear from Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross and Fort Gordon's deputy commander, Brigadier General Ron Bouchard.

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