Local Update - May 4, 2007

1 hospitalized in shooting

Investigators are looking for a suspect from an Augusta shooting this morning. It happened just before 3 o'clock on Grand Boulevard.

One person was taken to the hospital. No word on that person's condition.

3 hour standoff overnight

Augusta SWAT was called to a standoff for nearly three hours overnight. Deputies say retired Vietnam vet CJ Mokey barricaded himself in his apartment with a gun.

It started around 11 o'clock at the Center West Villa Apartments on Bertram Road off Washington Road.

Deputies originally responded to a call for loud music, then later found a long rifle and 12 gauge shot gun in Mokey's home.

SWAT used tear gas to arrest Mokey after he stepped out on his balcony at around 1:30 this morning.

No one was hurt.

Mokey faces gun and terroristic threat charges.

One dead in Aiken house fire

Aiken Public Safety and SLED are investigating a deadly fire at a house in the 1200 block of Hahn Avenue.

It happened around 11 o'clock last night.

One person was killed in that fire. The coroner hasn't identified the victim.

Man hit by vehicle in Augusta

A man is recovering at MCG after being struck by a vehicle in Augusta.

It happened shortly before 9 o'clock last night at the intersection of Gordon Highway and Milledgeville Road.

No word on the man's condition, but we're told he was alert while being transported to the hospital.

Funky First Friday

It's a holiday in Augusta: Funky First Friday, all in honor of James Brown.

His band, the Soul Generals, was out last night in front of Brown's statue downtown for the Godfather of Soul's birthday.

The band has been practicing all week for the free concert at the Augusta Common tonight.

The Soul Generals will take the stage at 9 o'clock. Lauren Hartley will also play.

There's also entertainment at 10th and Broad all night, and they'll cut a giant birthday cake for James Brown at 8:30.

His children Deanna and Daryl will be there.

Funky First Friday starts at 5.


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