News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 14, 2006

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Woman dies in Warren County mobile home fire

The GBI is still investigating a deadly mobile home fire in Warren County. It happened around 9:30 Wednesday night on West Plainview Drive. That's located off Highway 278, also known as Gordon Highway.

A woman was killed in her mobile home.

No word on what caused the blaze.

Augusta pedestrian hit by SUV

No word on the condition of a pedestrian hit by an SUV in downtown Augusta.

It happened when the driver hit a pole in front of the Sacred Heart Cultural Center and also hit the victim.

Deputies say the victim stepped from behind a street sign and the driver tried to swerve and crashed.

Aiken Marine dies during second tour in Iraq

It was his second tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom, but the family of an Aiken Marine is now having to say goodbye.

25-year-old Cpl. Matthew Dillon was killed in the line of duty in Iraq this week.

He spent time at Augusta State. On his first tour, he left Graniteville with the National Guard's 122nd Combat Engineer Company and returned in 2004.

Once back, Dillon enlisted again--this time with the Marines.

Instead of flowers, the Dillons are asking friends to make donations to Operation Helmet. It's an organization that sends US forces an insert for their helmets for extra protection.

So far that group has sent more than 29,000 inserts to our troops.

Murder victim, suspect knew each other

A suspected murderer and the victim knew each other.

Deputies say 21-year-old Seth Rouzan shot and killed Augusta city worker and acquaintance Jeffrey Labord.

Investigators say Tuesday night, Labord gave the suspect a ride to Doublegate Court.

Shots were fired around 3 o'clock, and Labord's body was later found by a paper carrier.

Labord's house was burglarized shortly after the shooting and his car turned up near Rouzan's house a little after that.

Labord spent 19 years with the city of Augusta's traffic engineering division. Almost everyone who knew him describes him as a quiet and nice man.

Seth Rouzan was arrested Tuesday night and is charged with murder, possession of a gun, and burglary.

Narcotics investigator resigns amid internal investigation

After 17 years with the Richmond County narcotics team, an investigator suddenly resigns.

Internal Affairs is now looking into his career.

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength tells News 12 Matt Phares resigned Wednesday morning, and that there is a current internal investigation into the officer.

Phares was a 17-year veteran with the narcotics team in Augusta.

Drag strip sponsor backs out

They have plans for a drag strip, but no sponsors.

Officials with the International Hot Rod Association have decided not to sponsor Augusta's planned drag strip because of the controversy surrounding it.

Over a year ago, the group told commissioners one international race would bring $30 million a year to the city in revenue, but now IHRA officials say the fighting between neighbors and city leaders is too much.

City administrator Fred Russell says he plans to move forward, but is hoping the National Hot Rod Association will help sponsor them.

Coming Up

Friday, a look at what local kids want from the man coming down the chimney. Plus your hour by hour forecast for the weekend.

That's on News 12 This Morning starting at 5:30 a.m.


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