Local Update - May 24, 2007

Officers with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations are looking for a suspect from a robbery at a Waffle House restaurant on Washington Road, off I-20 in Thomson.

It happened around 5:45 a.m. No one was hurt.

Possible Kidnapper
We have a family safety alert for parents this morning. Parents say a man has tried to take several young children from their South Augusta neighborhood. Priscilla Griffen says a man in a white jeep tried to get her two daughters to get into the car with him.

They ran into the house, but she saw the jeep. She saw it again the next day when her girls were playing with her neighbor's son. The suspect is described as a black male with a bald head. Witnesses say his white jeep has a Gerald Jones Honda paper tag.

Westside Threat
An 18 year-old won't finish the school year after being arrested for having an explosive device at Westside High School. Students were forced to evacuate for three hours Wednesday, throwing off their testing schedule. No word on how they'll have to make it up. It all started when the principal searched a student's bag and found an aerosol can with a fuse. The bomb squad says it could have exploded, so Raymond Smalley is charged with having an explosive device with intent to kill, having a weapon on school property, and having a concealed weapon.

Hijacking Suspect Behind Bars
Richmond county deputies also know who's behind two armed hijackings in Augusta.

This morning, 18-year-old Matthew Roberts is charged with the crime. Deputies say he approached two people in their cars at their home over the weekend and demanded the cars at gunpoint.

Driver Charged in Deadly Accident
Columbia County investigators have determined drunk driving was the cause of a deadly accident on Harlem-Grovetown Road. The driver, Brandon Newman is charged with two counts of homicide by motor vehicle, DUI, open container, and driving too fast. His brother, Cameron Newman, and Mallory Jason died in that accident on Mother's Day.

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