Local Update - August 30, 2007

Dogfighting Ring
8 people have been arrested so far for a suspected dogfighting operation on Lucky and Kent Streets in Augusta.
Investigators found neglected dogs and treadmills, both signs of suspected dogfighting.
14 pitbulls are now at the Richmond County Animal Control Center.

Driver in Hit and Run Arrested
This morning the driver, who officers say hit a 5 year-old girl with his car Tuesday night, is officially facing charges.
Richmond County investigators arrested Jimmy Lee Chapman and charged him with going too fast for conditions, hit and run, and having a suspended license.
Officers say Chapman slammed into the child on Fairhope Street Tuesday evening.
Right now, the girl is at MCG.
No word on her condition.

Sheriff Dies in Accident
This morning, Jasper County deputies are mourning their sheriff.
Investigators say Sheriff Ben Riley died Wednesday after an accident near Erhardt in Bamberg County.
The coroner says Riley was not wearing his seat belt.

11 year-old Found
The missing 11 year-old boy we told you about earlier this week from Appling is now home, safe and sound.
Kyle Morris had been missing since Tuesday morning when he never made it onto his Columbia County school bus.
His grandmother says he snuck in her house Tuesday night and slept in the basement.

Missing Augusta Girl
Another Augusta girl is still missing this morning.
15 year-old Ashley Wheeler was last seen on Monte Carlo Drive in the Pepperridge area last week.
Deputies say she's no stranger to running away.
She's known for leaving for long periods of time.
Please call your local police department if you've seen her.

Spinach Recall
There's yet another food recall for bagged fresh spinach because of a positive test for salmonella.
The product was sold in retail and food service packages.
The recall is for the Metz Fresh brand 10 and 16 ounce bags.
it also covers the 4 pound cartons and the cartons that contain 4, 2.5 lb bags with the following tracking codes: 12208114, 12208214, and 12208314.


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