Local Update - May 1, 2007

Suspicious package found

A suspicious package was found at a local cereal plant last night.

Richmond County firefighters, deputies, and the bomb squad were called out to the Kellogg's plant on Highway 56.

A delivery man who was supposed to pick up some packages noticed it and called firefighters for help.

Battalion Chief Howard Willis tells News 12 there were two devices, and the secondary device possibly came loose from the primary device when the delivery man moved the package.

Investigators are examining the package.

Community speaks out about Voyager

Richmond County's reading program is getting a bad grade this morning.

Last night, the Richmond County school board heard publicly for the first time concerns over Voyager, the county's literacy program.

Some teachers are for it, but many are against it, saying it just doesn't work.

Last night's meeting was just for informational purposes only. Board members did not make any decisions on Voyager.

If you would like to see more about Voyager, click here.

Students cross dangerous intersection

Our cameras caught Richmond County students trying to get across a dangerous intersection.

Students leaving The Bungalow Road Alternative School were dangerously close to getting hit by cars on Gordon Highway.

Leaders with the school system tell News 12 it's the parents' responsibility to make sure the students have transportation to and from the school, not theirs.

"There's a problem, and we as parents need to bring them to accountability," said Greg Collier of Parents United. "After a guy gets killed, now you want to bring out a crossing guard? It's too late."

News 12 did learn the Department of Transportation plans on installing a crosswalk at the intersection of Deans Bridge and Gordon Highway.

The sheriff's office says if parents continue to complain they may consider putting a crossing guard at the intersection.

Cheek wants Holland reprimanded

An Augusta commissioner will be one of the hot topics on the agenda today.

Andy Cheek is requesting Commissioner Calvin Holland be reprimanded for ordering a city employee to search the hard drive on city administrator Fred Russell's computer.

Russell was on vacation at the time.

Holland says he suspected the administrator was doing business for his personal company on the city owned computer.

Commissioner Holland never gained access to the hard drive because the employee alerted Russell first.

Russell says he had nothing to hide, but says he works at the will of 10 commissioners, not one.

RCSO seeks murder suspect

The search continues for a murderer responsible for shooting 22-year-old Robert Love at his apartment complex.

He leaves behind an eleven-month-old son and a fiancée.

Love was last seen early Saturday morning outside his apartment when he was dropped off by a friend around 5 am.

A witness says he overheard arguing, then three gunshots. Then says he saw a man beating Love with a silver handgun.

Richmond County's Major Case Squad is now handling this murder investigation.

If you have any information, call the sheriff's office.


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