Local Update - May 3, 2007

1 dead in I-20 accident near Graniteville

One person is dead after an 18-wheeler and another vehicle collided on I-20 in Aiken County, causing both vehicles to catch fire. It happened around 2:40 in Graniteville.

The highway patrol says the tractor trailer was headed eastbound and struck a pickup truck that was parked on the interstate. That caused the pickup to burst into flames, killing the driver, who has not yet been identified.

The driver and a passenger in the 18-wheeler were not hurt, even though part of the vehicle also caught fire.

Another Aiken County fire

Firefighters were called out to another fire in Aiken County this morning, this one at a house at 93 Shaley Street. It happened around 3:30.

No word on any injuries or a cause in that fire.

Williams makes hard drive request

A heated debate at the Augusta Commission has sparked the interest of another commissioner.

Now, Commissioner Marion Williams is requesting the hard drive of City Administrator Fred Russell, along with those of three other employees.

Williams made the request to the city's IT director, and says he doesn't need full Commission approval for it.

Tuesday, the Commission voted to reprimand Calvin Holland for requesting to see the administrator's hard drive without the full Commission's approval.

Funky First Friday

First Friday is being called Funky First Friday this month to honor the Godfather of Soul's birthday.

We caught up with James Brown's band, the Soul Generals, back together practicing at the Ramada Wednesday.

They're set to headline a free concert at the Augusta Common tomorrow.

Brown's son Darryl says the band hasn't performed since January.

The concert at the Common is free and starts at 6 o'clock.

Locals help with south Georgia wildfires

Fires continue to rage in southeast Georgia, but firefighters are getting more help. Four Augusta firefighters are in Jesup, Georgia helping crews battle the wildfires.

Two from Martinez-Columbia also headed out to replace two others who were already there.

Two rangers from the Forestry Commission are also in south Georgia.

No charges in burglar's shooting death

A suspected burglar is dead after he was shot by a homeowner.

Authorities say 29-year-old Errol Lavar Royal broke into the home of 36-year-old Barre Bollinger in south Augusta.

When Royal returned to the home a second time, Bollinger shot him twice in the stomach.

Police searched Royal's home on Ramblewood Drive and found two of Bollinger's guns, along with more of his stolen property.

Bollinger isn't facing any charges.


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