Local Update - March 27, 2007

Man flees scene after causing accident

Investigators are looking for a driver in a hit-and-run accident that sent four people to the hospital.

It happened on the 3900 block of Mike Padgett Highway.

Deputies say a brown dodge pick-up rear ended a blazer, forcing it into oncoming traffic where it hit two other vehicles.

Now investigators want to find the driver of the pick-up, who left the scene.

The suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 20 and 30.

We're told the four people hurt in the accident will be just fine.

Warren County principal accused of sex crimes makes plea deal

A former Warren County principal admits to asking one of his students for sex.

Thomas McDonald pleaded guilty to the crime and will serve one year probation and have his teaching license revoked.

A 15-year-old student says the principal asked her for oral sex at school in November.

The DA's office tells News 12 the plea deal means McDonald officially admitted to one count of solicitation of sodomy.

Three sex offenders wanted

Aiken County deputies are looking for three wanted sex offenders in the area.

Jerry Johnson was convicted of committing a lewd act upon a child on in 2002.

Bobby Morrison was convicted of aggravated rape in Texas in 1978. Morrison first registered with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office on May 11, 2004, but failed to return for his annual registration.

Finally there's Calvin Tyler, who was convicted on October 13, 2003 of peeping, voyeurism or aggravated voyeurism.

South Carolina requires sex offenders to register in the county where they intend to live within 24 hours of their release from prison and then annually for life.

Also, offenders have ten days to notify the sheriff in writing of any change of address.

If you know where any of these men are, call the police.

Funeral for Deputy Eric Sikes

Family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers will say their last goodbyes today to a deputy who lost his life in a car accident.

The funeral for Richmond County Deputy Eric Sikes will be held today at 11 am at Warren Baptist Church on Washington Road.

Deputy Sikes died last week at MCG after his patrol car went off the road and got pinned between two trees.

His family allowed his organs to be donated. Among those recipients is Deputy David James, who received a kidney from Sikes.

Cause of fire that killed Grovetown couple still unknown

Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a fire that killed a Grovetown couple.

David Inglett and his girlfriend Elizabeth Davis died Sunday morning (March 25) when their mobile home on Whiskey Road caught fire.

Neighbors report hearing several explosions early that morning.

Some of couple's family members tell News 12 it took firefighters 15 minutes to get there when they say the fire department is only 2 miles away.

Grovetown's fire chief says records show fire crews arrived after 7 minutes, not 15.

Autopsies on Inglett and Davis are scheduled for this morning.

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