Local Update - April 11, 2007

Murder suspect on the loose

Investigators are hoping to close the book on a murder investigation.

They say Lavardes "Chicago" Lockhart shot 53 year old Freddie Jones in the 1000 block of Daniel Street.

They say he shot Jones twice in the head in front of someone else's home.

They tell us Jones ran a catering business, and he may have been in the area to deliver food to the elderly.

Now they need as many investigators as possible to find a man considered armed and dangerous.

If you know where Lockhart is, call the sheriff's office.

Doctor accused of illegally selling prescription drugs

A Wrens doctor has been arrested for selling prescription drugs illegally.

Now he's facing additional charges.

Investigators say as they were seizing evidence from Dr. In Whan Yun's office yesterday, they also found a stolen gun.

DEA agents and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office have been keeping an eye on the doctor for the last couple of years.

They say deputies were tipped off by family members of patients accusing Dr. Yun of giving his patients prescriptions and selling them drugs even though they did not need them.

"Just about anyone who came off the streets, people trying to get prescription drugs. It was easy access," Sheriff Gary Hutchins said.

Investigators say there were at least 200 patients involved in the illegal deals.

Most of the prescriptions were for hydrocodone, a popular pain killer.

Dr. Yun is facing 8 felony counts of unauthorized distribution and dispense of controlled substances.

Questions arise over Pre-K lottery

Parents trying to prepare for the next school year are running into a road block in Columbia County.

Some parents who entered a drawing for Pre-K classes at River Ridge Elementary tell News 12 they believe the results were rigged.

Because of the accusations, the school board decided to sit down with parents last night to find a solution.

As for a redrawing, the superintendent says the board is going to wait until the findings come back in the investigation.

Then they will determine if another drawing is necessary.

Downtown ballpark proposed

Downtown Augusta could soon have a new landmark.

Yesterday, Mayor Deke Copenhaver took the first step towards building a stadium for the GreenJackets downtown, and he says he knows just the place for it: the land beside the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens.

It would take six acres to build a stadium big enough for the team and the fans, so the ten acre gardens would be left intact.

GreenJackets co-owner Bill Ripken agrees having the two parks together would be a perfect fit.

The committee is expected to make a recommendation in August.

If the plan is approved, we may see a new stadium on the river in three years, with a price tag of about $20 million.


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