Local Update - August 10, 2007

Dog and Owner Shot; Father and Son in Jail

A father and son are waking up in the Aiken County Jail this morning after investigators say a teenager kills a dog and shoots its owner in the face.
It happened in the 200 block of Muddy Branch Road.

18 year-old Derek Moore and his father, Walter Moore, are both charged with cruelty to an animal.

Officers say the Moores drove up on the dog in the street Thursday night.
That's when the teen killed the dog with a shotgun.

According to investigators, the dog's owner, Carlton Cantrell, then pulled out a handgun, and the younger Moore fired again, shooting Cantrell in the face.

3 Suspected Burglars in Jail

Three more criminals are off the streets and behind bars this morning, all accused in separate burglaries.

Officers arrested 17 year old John Kurilla, Junior for a pair of burglaries in the Wind Tree subdivision in North Augusta.

Michael Harley is charged with burglary in another case. Police say he stole tools from a garage at a house in Warrenville.

Terry Bennett is waking up behind bars this morning too. Police say he stole a riding lawnmower and two stereos from a house in Warrenville.

Han Trial Continues

The man convicted in the fatal Comfort Inn fire will have to wait a little longer before learning his fate. The jury will pick up the case again at 9:00 this morning.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

One of the victims in that Greenville fire was from North Augusta.

First Board Meeting for Richmond Co. Superintendent

Classes start Monday in Richmond County, so the board met Thursday night to kick things off. It was Dr. Dana Bedden's first meeting as superintendent.

Board members decided to leave it up to each school's principal to decide whether students shirts have to be tucked in or not.

The board will also be sending out a statement to the Augusta Commission to oppose the rezoning of the new proposed drag strip location because it's right next to McBean Elementary.

Dr. Bedden Meets with Bus Driver Union Today

Many parents in Richmond County are wondering if their kids will have a ride to school on Monday.

The bus drivers' union is threatening to strike if Dr. Bedden doesn't meet their demands.

He will meet with them today.

Drivers are threatening a sit-in for Monday, the first day of school.

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