Local Update - March 9, 2007

T-Mobile announces new Augusta call center

The job boom continues this morning as city leaders get ready for another big job announcement in Augusta.

Today, Walter Sprouse will announce 750 jobs are heading to Augusta through a T-Mobile customer service center.

The west coast company was looking mostly at west coast cities.

In fact, Augusta was the only city east of the Mississippi in the running.

Deputies searching for 2 men in shooting death

Deputies are looking for two men who were last seen with a 21-year-old who is now dead.

Richmond County investigators say 21-year-old Cory Joseph was found shot in the head, still sitting behind the wheel of his car.

He crashed into a storage shed on Kensington Drive.

There were two teenagers in the car with him at the time, but officers don't know yet if they're the ones who pulled the trigger.

Cory's family tells News 12 not only did his killer take away Cory's life, but also a part of each of them.

"I'll carry on. I know I will, because I know that's what Cory would want me to do," said Cory's mother, Von Daniels.

"Whoever did this, we're not going to stop until we find out," Cory's aunt Nancy Hamp said. "This will not be an unsolved murder in Augusta. Someone will pay."

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

Most wanted felon surrenders

One of the CSRA's Most Wanted is off the streets this morning.

Tracy barns III surrendered at the Augusta Federal Courthouse Thursday.

He was wanted for violating his federal probation for drug and gun convictions.

The FBI says Barnes belongs to a Barton Village-based street gang.

Aiken Cash-To-Go robbed

A robber is on the run in Aiken County.

Public Safety officers are looking for a man who held up the Cash-To-Go store at 1031 Richland Avenue West.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety says they think this is the same person who robbed the First American Cash Advance on Whiskey Road.

If you have any information on this suspect, call the police.

Richmond County school bus drivers protest

Richmond County school bus drivers protested against the school board yesterday. They say management is driving them mad.

The drivers accused their bosses of intimidation, harassment, unfair wages, discrimination, and unfair labor practices.

They say morale is at an all-time low and that it's putting the brakes on new drivers coming in.

"The only message that they're sending to new drivers is 'Hey, we don't want to work here. We don't want to work in a place like this.' Because management definitely do not have a good rapport with the employees," driver L.A. Green said.

Green would like to see every driver put on a permanent pay schedule.

He'd also like some bus routes to be cut, because he says some drivers are forced to speed in order to be on time.


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