Local Update - April 10, 2007

Accident on I-20 onramp

There was an accident this morning on the I-20 onramp off Bobby Jones Expressway. It happened around 3 o'clock.

Our crew on the scene saw a MedEvac helicopter leaving.

No word on the severity of injuries or how many people were hurt in the accident.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

Six months since Erica Bradley disappeared

Family and friends are still looking for answers six months after 17-year-old Erica Bradley disappeared.

The Allendale Sheriff's Office says it's done all it can do in the investigation.

Investigators are now waiting to eliminate any possibility Erica might still be alive.

Sheriff Tom Carter says he's issued about 320 subpoenas to all area hospitals to make sure there are no "Jane Doe", or unidentified female, patients listed.

Sheriff Carter also says he's waiting for DNA results to come back to prove whether Erica's blood was found under her boyfriend's car.

Police say he was the last person to be seen with Erica.

Payne sues city in children's deaths

News 12 has learned Dennis Payne has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Warrenton, a city employee, and a firm doing business with the city.

Dennis Payne's two children drowned in a city-owned oxidation pond near the family's home in April of 2005.

Dennis Payne's wife, Lottie Kain Payne, was convicted on 2 counts of child cruelly in their deaths.

Payne says his wife is innocent.

DA looks into school bus death

The case of a toddler hit and killed by a school bus is under review this morning.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says District Attorney Danny Craig now has the case of 2-year old Kole Ford.

The little boy was hit and killed on Wilkins Road in Grovetown on March 20.

The DA now will decide whether there should be any charges in the case.

The sheriff's department says it's not unusual for cases like this involving children to be turned over to prosecutors.

Commission won't approve south Augusta mixed-income housing

Plans for mixed income housing in south Augusta are stalled.

Augusta commissioners say they won't support the project planned off Deans Bridge Road.

Atlanta developers were in town yesterday to ask for the city's written support so it would be easier for them to get tax credits and money for the project.

City leaders say they can't support the housing because neighbors in that area have made it clear, they don't want it.

The developers say the public is misinformed. They plan to meet with city leaders and neighbors again in a couple of weeks.

They already bought the 20 acres of land for the housing.


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