Local Update - July 18, 2007

Broun Leads 10th District Congressional Race
This morning, the votes in the 10th District Congressional runoff are heading to a recount.
Here's a look at the latest numbers as of 7:20 Wednesday morning.
Dr. Paul Broun has 23,514 votes to Jim Whitehead's 23,120.
That's a difference of 394 votes, which triggers an automatic recount because it falls in the one percent margin of all the votes cast.
Also there are still some ballots out there.
The military and overseas ballots have until Friday to make it to the elections office.

Overnight Church Fire
Right now, Richmond County investigators are looking into the cause of an early morning fire at a church in Augusta.
The First Alliance Church went up in flames at 2801 Ingleside Drive around 1:30 this morning.
An officer spotted the fire while patroling the area.

Robbery Suspect and Witness Sought
This morning, Richmond County investigators are still looking for a suspect who held up the TPS Pumping Station early Tuesday morning.
The robber got away with cash and cigarettes.
Investigators are also looking for a customer who left before giving a statement to police.

Former GYN Sentenced
A former Augusta gynecologist will have to spend the next 20 years behind bars.
A judge sentenced Jerry Jackson Lee tuesday.
The Columbia County man is convicted of sexual battery on a 9 year-old girl, and he got the maximum penalty for that crime
Lee will have to register as a sex offender when he gets out.

New Commander at Fort Gordon
A new man is in charge at Fort Gordon this morning.
Brigadier General Randy Strong gave up command to Brigadier General Jeffrey Foley during a ceremony Tuesday.

Hephzibah Commissioner Could Be Out
There could be some quick changes of office in the city of Hephzibah.
People there are asking a judge to force out one of its commissioners.
This comes after a Richmond County grand jury indicted Peter Ciccio on theft charges.
Ciccio pleaded guilty to purchasing a stolen tractor.
He was placed on probation and ordered to pay restitution, but he refused to step down from the Hephzibah City Commission.
If a judge agrees with the motion, Ciccio would be removed from office, pending his final appeal.

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