Local Update - May 10, 2007

Possible Suspect in Custody after Arson Home Burns Again
Right Now, Richmond County Deputies have a possible suspect in custody after some fires overnight in South Augusta. It happened in the 1700 block of Watkins Street at the corner of Britt lane. The first fire broke out around 11:00 Wednesday night, but dispatchers say another one started around 6AM Thursday. Georgia Power officials had to respond to the scene after a live wire was found nearby. Firefighters are familiar with this house. Early last month, the house was set on fire intentionally in a string of arsons in the area. No word if the suspect in custody is charged with arson.

Flea Market Owner in Court Today
The owner of the South Augusta Flea Market will be in court Thursday. Firefighters say Harold Rhodes did not have enough smoke detectors or exits. Also, the exits that were in place were not fire resistant.

Flea Market Fire Latest
Meanwhile, investigators have an idea of where the fire at the massive South Augusta Flea Market may have started. Right now, evidence points to the back of the main building. Investigators don't suspect foul play.

Hard Drive Controversy
There's some confusion this morning over who has the Augusta City Administrator's computer hard drive. Commissioner Marion Williams claims a professional source gave him a copy. News 12 contacted the city's information technology department, and workers there say the office did not release any information to Commissioner Williams. They also say any other way the data was obtained would be inappropriate.

More Jobs Coming to Aiken County
B.A.E. Systems will expand its facilities at the old Avondale Distribution Center at the Sage Mill Industrial Park in Graniteville. The company has several contracts with the Department of Defense. Workers will start out manufacturing a vehicle designed to withstand bombs and small firearms.


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