Local Update - March 14, 2007

Sex offender tips police about missing boy

A convicted child molester has told Brunswick police he played a role in the case of missing six-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios.

His tip led Glynn County police to a wooded field and canal in Brunswick yesterday.

More than 200 officers and volunteers searched for the boy in the field and canal near Barrios' home.

So far, they haven't found any sign of the boy.

The police chief did say a search of the sex offender's trailer turned up a piece of evidence related to the disappearance.

Barrios disappeared last Thursday (March 8).

Two sex offenders wanted

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding two sex offenders.

Charles Anthony Raines, who also goes by the name Tony, is wanted for criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. His last known address was Camp Long Road in Aiken.

Edgefield deputies say he may be driving a light colored van with the name of Raines Construction on the side.

20 year-old Charles Dozier is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. He lives on Bouknight Road in Johnston, South Carolina.

Dozier was convicted in September of 2004 for criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree.

If you have any information about either of these men, call the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office at 803-637-5337.

Proposed public housing worries south Augusta residents

Augusta's Housing Authority is trying to make room for people on a growing list of public housing candidates. They're thinking about adding public housing off Dean's Bridge Road near Bobby Jones Expressway.

But some neighbors worry it would bring down their property values and drive up crime.

The Housing Authority says they would only build 130 housing units, and only 30 percent those would be public housing. The rest would be mixed income.

Augusta Commissioner Calvin Holland says he's concerned. He is holding a meeting about the issue tonight at 6 o'clock in the Henry Brigham Center.

He's invited the housing authority to answer your questions.

Autistic child left on school bus

An Aiken County bus driver may be in hot water after leaving a seven-year-old autistic boy on the bus alone for hours.

James Stephens was found wandering alone in a busy parking lot five hours after he boarded his school bus.

Today, we'll find out if the bus driver will keep her job.

Chukker Creek Elementary School principal Peggy Trevaris says it never should've happened, and that it is protocol for school bus drivers to check their buses before leaving the school.

Trevaris says the investigation into what happened was supposed to wrap up yesterday afternoon. No word yet on what happened.

As far as that bus driver is concerned, she could be fired based on what the investigation finds.

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