Local Update - September 7, 2007

Parents Accused of Torturing Kids with Cattle Prod
Two Aiken County parents are facing serious charges after deputies say they shocked their children with a cattle prod.
Dana Smith and Kip Smith are charged with repeatedly using the device on the kids in June and July.
The victims are 12 and 14 year-old boys.

Woman Set on Fire Loses Baby
This morning, News 12 has learned the woman who's boyfriend is accused of setting her on fire has lost her baby.
Right now, 31-year-old anthony haddix is charged with aggravated battery, but he's not facing any charges having to do with the death of the fetus.

Drug Bust
Three men are in jail this morning, after Richmond County deputies make a big drug bust at an apartment complex on Broad Street.
Robert Myers, Jack Davis, and Frederick Blunt the III are charged with trafficking cocaine.
Myers is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Mayor Meets with Barbee
Augusta's mayor tells News 12, he has met with Dave Barbee, a member of the Augusta Housing Authority Board.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver asked for Barbee's resignation following a controversial and racially charged email.
The mayor says Barbee has decided not to issue any response to the call for his resignation.
However, Barbee has requested a meeting with the housing authority.
It's scheduled for two weeks from now.

Pet Sale due to Overcrowding
Today until 5 pm, the Columbia County Animal Shelter is offering dogs and cats for ten dollars and puppies and kittens for five dollars.
The reduced price is to help with overcrowding.

Daycare Closed
A Columbia County daycare will be closed today.
It's the Apple Tree Academy Number 2 in Evans on Fury's Ferry Road.
One of the children apparently hit the sprinkler system with a toy Thursday, so workers will spend the day cleaning up the water damage.

Border Bash
Get ready to show your school spirit tonight at Border Bash.
About 15-thousand people are expected at the Golf and Gardens area for the event.
It's an Augusta tradition celebrating the night before the Georgia-South Carolina game.
The proceeds go to several children's charities around town.
First Friday is also tonight downtown.

Aiken's Makin'
The party is also going on across the river in Aiken this weekend.
The annual Aiken's Makin' festival is today and tomorrow.
It features arts and crafts all through the downtown area, plus tons of food.
It kicks off with a parade at 9 this morning.
Volunteers expect up to 30-thousand visitors.
News 12 is proud to be one of the sponsors.
Don't forget.
Aiken is also hosting the Ford Trucks Equestrian America Balloon Festival this weekend.

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