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Local Update - May 11, 2007

Updated: 05/11/2007 - Overnight accident, flea market owner to pay for fire violations, Pre-K controversy, Glenn Hills receives grant, job fair in Augusta.

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Grant-winning principal demoted, transferred

Updated: 05/11/2007 - Some big money is headed to an Augusta middle school. Glenn Hills Middle announced today they've been awarded a $1 million grant. But now the principal who worked to get the money won't get to see it used.

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On Your Side: Mortgage Fraud?

Updated: 05/10/2007 - It's affecting thousands of homeowners around the country. And you could be the next victim. It's called mortgage servicing fraud and it could end up costing you your home.

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Father of murdered son wants answers

Updated: 05/10/2007 - It's an unsolved murder in Richmond County stemming from October, 2005. For the last year and a half the family of Rodnick Patterson have wanted answers to who killed him and why.

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Showers Thursday help firefighters in southeast Georgia

Updated: 05/10/2007 - Calmer winds and a sprinkling of rain helped firefighters make some gains Wednesday on wildfires that have caused evacuations of hundreds of homes in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida.

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Flea market owner pleads no contest

Posted: 05/10/2007 - The owner of the South Augusta Flea Market, Harold "Dusty" Rhodes, doesn't deny there were problems with his building. That's what he told Richmond County Magistrate Court Thursday morning.

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Burglar shoots homeowner

Posted: 05/10/2007 - An Aiken County woman was wounded when she returned to her home on Bent Arrow Road off Highway 19 and found a burglar inside. Deputies say the man was armed with a shotgun he found in the home.

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Arrests in southeast Georgia wildfires

Posted: 05/10/2007 - Two juveniles have been arrested and charged in the wildfires that have been burning for weeks in southeast Georgia. One arrest came after bloodhounds found a footprint near the site where one fire started.

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Hard drive possession may violate Open Records Act

Updated: 05/10/2007 - If Commissioner Marion Williams has access to the city administrator's computer hard drive, is he breaking the law simply by having it in his possession? One local attorney says it's possible.

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Local Update - May 10, 2007

Posted: 05/10/2007 - Possible suspect in custody after arson home goes up in flames again, flea market fire update, Augusta Commission hard drive drama latest, more jobs coming to Aiken County.

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Two fires at Harrisburg home probably arson

Updated: 05/10/2007 - Investigators say arsonists are behind two fires last night at 1732 Watkins Street. It's an abandoned piece of property, and investigators say they've been to that address five times in the past two months.

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Hard drive claims raise city security concerns

Updated: 05/09/2007 - The controversy continues over city administrator Fred Russell's computer hard drive. Commissioner Marion Williams claims to have a copy of it, and now there are questions about how he got it and whether it was done legally.

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SC law enforcement teams up against gangs

Updated: 05/09/2007 - Police departments from the state capitol along with FBI agents came together at USC Aiken Wednesday to share tactics on how to gather intelligence on gangs. No matter where the gangs are, officers say the problems are the same.

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On Your Side: Renters Insurance

Posted: 05/09/2007 - Many of the business owners who rented out space in the flea market building that burned to the ground Monday are scrambling right now because they did not have insurance.

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No foul play in flea market fire

Updated: 05/09/2007 - After three days of investigating, officials say no foul play was involved in the devastating fire that destroyed the 700 foot main building of the South Augusta Flea Market.

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Augusta employment rate looking up

Updated: 05/10/2007 - Augusta's unemployment rate may soon be taking a dip down. Entry level jobs aren't always high-paying, but ADP and T-Mobile are changing that, making it easier for those with little experience.

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Manufacturer brings jobs to Graniteville

Posted: 05/09/2007 - There are new jobs coming to Aiken County. BAE systems will expand its facilities into the old Avondale distribution center at the Sage Mill Industrial Park in Graniteville. BAE has contracts with the Department of Defense.

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Movie filmed in Aiken comes out in July

Posted: 05/09/2007 - You may remember when crews were in Aiken filming the movie Who's Your Caddy?, about a rapper from Atlanta who tries to join a conservative country club in the Carolinas. Now we know the release date.

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Teen makes threats at Wagener-Salley High School

Updated: 05/09/2007 - A 15-year-old Salley teenager was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office for making threats at Wagener-Salley High School, in Wagener. She is charged with two counts of threatening a school official.

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Richmond County discusses bomb threat policy

Updated: 05/09/2007 - Richmond County schools have seen more than 120 bomb threats this school year. Now leaders and parents are trying to figure out what they can do. Tuesday, they held a public meeting to discuss the options.

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Local Update - May 9, 2007

Updated: 05/09/2007 - Bomb threats cost you, City Attorney gets the boot, murdered Aiken teacher's daughter charged.

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Neighbor says daughter threatened slain teacher

Updated: 05/08/2007 - Police say 21-year-old Christina Mavris killed her mother, 56-year-old Aiken middle school teacher Dana Davis. Mavris was arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant. Until now, officers had called her only a witness.

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Commission asks for city attorney's resignation

Updated: 05/08/2007 - Only four months after hiring him, Augusta commissioners have asked the new city attorney to resign. While the mayor wouldn't comment on Eugene Jessup's performance, he did say it was clear things just weren't working out.

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Williams says he has copy of Russell's hard drive

Posted: 05/08/2007 - Commissioner Marion Williams says he now has a copy of the city administrator's hard drive. Some leaders are accusing Fred Russell of doing personal business on the city computer.

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