Local Update - April 24, 2007

Pedestrians struck in MLK Blvd. accident

Two pedestrians have been struck in an early morning accident. It happened around 3 o'clock this morning in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Two ambulances were seen leaving the scene. No word on the extent of any injuries.

One dead in south Augusta accident

An accident in south Augusta yesterday killed the driver and sent the passenger to the hospital.

Officers say the Ford Ranger was going north on Deans Bridge Road when a tire problem caused the driver to lose control. The truck flipped at least two times before stopping.

The driver's identity has not been released.

No word on the passenger's condition.

Car strikes Atomic Road overpass railing

An accident in Aiken County created a mess on the highway. A car crashed into the side railing at the Atomic Road overpass over Highway 1 around 10:30 last night.

No word on any injuries or the cause of that accident.

Guns stolen

It's hard for authorities to win in the war against crime when they keep finding more illegal weapons on the street...and that's what they're finding.

Over the weekend, someone stole 16 semi-automatic handguns from Walden's Outdoor World store off Highway 25 in south Augusta.

Federal ATF agents are working to locate the stolen guns, some of which are most likely on our streets.

"I have no reason not to believe they won't end up on the street here in Richmond County," Lt. Tony Walden with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said. "We have two scenarios and both have proven to be true. They'll sell them to people who will take them out of state and they'll keep some right here in our very own town."

Last year in Richmond County, every gun store burglary was solved, but not all the weapons have been recovered. In fact, one gun stolen about a year ago was found just last week.

Ryan Clark funeral

Friends and family of a Martinez man killed in the Virginia Tech shootings remembered him yesterday with what he loved: music.

About a thousand people packed Tabernacle Baptist Church to say goodbye to a man who had so much to live for.

Clark was weeks away from graduating from Virginia Tech with three degrees, but the 22-year-old's life was cut tragically short.

Clark was a member of the Marching Virginians, and the band was there to pay tribute to him.

Also there were his classmates from Lakeside High.

Many at the services say they didn't know Ryan personally, but they didn't have to. They consider him a son of the community, and say he could've been anyone's child

Qualifying for District 10

Today, candidates will make their running for Georgia's District 10 seat in Congress official.

Qualifying will last until noon Thursday (April 26) at the Secretary of State's office in Atlanta.

The election to fill the late congressman Charlie Norwood's seat will be June 19.

Warren County school discrimination allegations

They served their country...now some military veterans say they have to fight to get into Warren County's school system.

Several people in the community have complained that the school board is discriminating against military veterans by not hiring them.

The board says having a military background does not hurt your chances of teaching in Warren County.

In a recent board meeting, one of the members spoke out against a former Navy officer, claiming that military people did not work well in settings with children and questioning why the applicant, who had a degree in physics, even wanted to come and teach there.

The board voted last night 4 to 1 to offer that retired naval officer the teaching position.

Superintendent Carole Jean Carey says one person's opinion doesn't reflect the school board's.