Local Update - March 16, 2007

Missing Brunswick boy found dead

The weeklong search for a six-year-old boy in Brunswick has ended in tragedy.

Police found the body of Christopher Michael Barrios, Jr. yesterday near the Brunswick airport, wrapped in a trash bag.

The Glynn County Police chief says the four people they've questioned in the case will probably be charged with murder.

Suspected bank robbers arrested

Three suspected bank robbers are in jail.

Brothers-in-law Juwan Beard and Anthony Emetu of Wrens and Shannon Lezenby are all charged with bank robbery.

Both surrendered after a multi-county manhunt overnight Wednesday (March 14).

Police say they robbed the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Lincolnton Wednesday, then ran to Wrens.

That's where deputies from three sheriff's offices and agents from the FBI and GBI surrounded Emetu's home on Fleming Street.

"You don't want to put an officer's or anybody's life in jeopardy and you want to try to take the suspect in, best way you can," Wrens police chief David Hannah said.

Emetu turned himself into police yesterday in south Augusta. Beard and Lazenby were arrested Wednesday.

They are all being held at the Lincoln County Jail, charged with armed robbery.

Soldiers reunite with loved ones "virtually" at the Imperial

Some Fort Gordon soldiers thousands of miles away were comforted with family here at home.

Thursday night families got to see their loved ones overseas at the Imperial Theatre on a giant screen. It was a part of the Salute to Our Soldiers event presented by the Augusta in Army Boots alumni members.

It was an event very much needed for soldiers stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Belize.

Federal judge puts DBE on hold

A federal judge is getting involved in Augusta's business affairs.

U.S. District Judge Edenfield ruled to temporarily stop the program designed to help certain small businesses.

In his ten page ruling, Judge Edenfield says the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program unfairly used race as a factor when awarding contracts.

He goes on to say the DBE used an outdated study as their guide to giving minority businesses favoritism when awarding city contracts.

The DBE program's on hold for now. It will take another ruling from Judge Edenfield to shut it down completely.

Of course, the decision can be appealed.

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