Local Update - April 20, 2007

Fatal accident near Calhoun Expressway

The passenger of a red Ford Mustang has died after an accident at Broad Street and Morningside Drive near Calhoun Expressway at around 2:30 this morning.

Accident with injuries on Old Waynesboro

One person was taken into custody and treated for minor injuries after an accident overnight in Augusta.

It happened around midnight in the 4100 block of Old Waynesboro Road, near Brown Road.

No word on any charges.

Ryan Clark funeral

Funeral arrangements are complete for Ryan Clark, an RA from Martinez who was shot and killed at Virginia Tech on Monday (April 16).

His service will be Monday at noon at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Laney Walker Boulevard.

Two memorial services are also being held.

The first is at noon today at Paine College in the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel.

The other is Saturday at Lakeside High School, where Ryan Clark graduated in 2002. That one is at 4 o'clock in the gymnasium, and the Marching Virginians plan to come down for that service.

North Augusta Middle student makes threats

What many feared would be a result of the shootings at Virginia Tech has already happened here.

A North Augusta Middle School student is charged with disturbing a school and making terroristic threats.

Police say the boy was about to fight another student when he said he was going to "Virginia Tech this school."

Authorities also say he sent a text message, a picture of himself holding a rifle, and violent music to another student.

The student was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia and could face more charges later.

"We're all taking it serious, and we're going to look into it...and if you've stepped over the line and violated the law, you're going to suffer the consequences," said North Augusta Public Safety Chief Lee Wetherington.

Officers aren't telling us the student's name.

Memorial for Dick Shannon

Family, friends, and fans said goodbye to Dick Shannon this morning. He passed away earlier this week.

Shannon was a DJ for WBBQ, and later worked for Beasley Broadcasting.

The memorial service was held at 10 o'clock at First Baptist Church in North Augusta.

Shannon's wife Julie told News 12 she wanted to make sure everyone was invited, because "he loved his fans. They were the most important part of his life."

Rhodes protestors to file complaint with FCC

Protestors and state leaders with the NAACP and the SCLC say they're taking their complaint to the FCC.

They want to get radio talk show host Austin Rhodes off the airwaves.

Yesterday, civil rights leaders held a news conference and protested outside of the WGAC studios. They say recent comments he's made have been disrespectful to black women.

Some of Austin's supporters were also on hand. They say he has the right to say what he wants under freedom of speech.

The leaders say they will file a complaint with the FCC and lead a boycott of Austin's sponsors until he is off the air.

Job cuts at SRS

500 workers at Savannah River Site may have to search for a new job.

In a letter from the Westinghouse Savannah River Company, employees were told the Department of Energy approved a restructuring program allowing for job cuts.

The plan calls for a voluntary self-select program.

The letter says they anticipate approximately 500 employees will take advantage of this option.


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