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1 dead in accident near Windsor

Updated: 12/21/2006 - One person has been confirmed dead in an accident on Highway 78 just outside Windsor. 69-year-old Ernestine Harriott of Blackville was killed when she swerved into another lane and hit a truck hauling a mobile home.

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Sheriff Strength: "I'm not going anywhere"

Posted: 12/20/2006 - As sheriff, Ronnie Strength says he expects to have critics...and there were plenty of them when he was quoted in the paper saying he couldn't wait to get out. He talked with News 12 to set the record straight.

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Special Assignment: Santa Claus, Georgia

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Take a drive through any neighborhood and you'll see the man in red. He's on lawns and porches and even inside stores. But one city is not only decorated with Santas...it's named after him.

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Fallen Aiken Marine put to rest

Updated: 12/20/2006 - It has been a somber day for many people in Aiken. Today, a Marine killed in the line of duty was laid to rest. Cpl. Matthew Dillon's family, friends, and fellow Marines gathered for the goodbye.

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Augusta Youth Center director passes away

Updated: 12/20/2006 - News 12 has learned that Pat Jones, director emeritus of the Augusta Youth Center, has passed away. Jones was well-known throughout the Augusta community for her work on the behalf of underprivileged children.

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Firefighters say abandoned house fire "suspicious"

Updated: 12/20/2006 - Fire broke out around 3 o'clock this afternoon on Door Street. The street was blocked off as firefighters continued putting out the fire. Firefighters say the cause of the fire is suspicious.

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Motorcycle Santa says alleged kidnapping was a mistake

Updated: 08/16/2010 - John Michael Barton was arrested for taking a girl away on his motorcycle from a gas station. He was released on bond. Now he says he's hanging up his Santa suit...and all he wants for Christmas is forgiveness.

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Local Update - December 20, 2006

Updated: 12/20/2006 - CITGO on Mike Padgett robbed; Santa out on bond; Columbia County looking for two sex offenders; man wanted for armed robbery; armed and dangerous felon wanted in North Augusta; more.

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Be careful with space heaters to prevent tragedy

Updated: 08/16/2010 - Today, Georgia's fire safety commissioner John Oxendine was in Augusta with the same tour he started three years ago, bringing advice that has helped fire deaths to steadily decline across the state.

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Citizens, leaders protest proposed Delta takeover

Updated: 12/20/2006 - Delta Airlines is trying to fight a takeover bid by US Airways, and they're bringing that fight right here to Augusta. More than 100 people gathered at the Delta Reservation Center along River Watch Parkway this morning.

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Commission agrees Williams can run for pro tem in 2007

Updated: 12/20/2006 - There's less than a week to go until Christmas, and it looks like someone brought some holiday cheer to the Augusta Commission. Despite some hot topics on the agenda, their final meeting of 2006 went smoothly.

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Man dressed as Santa takes girl away on motorcycle

Updated: 12/20/2006 - When you tell your kids not to talk to strangers, you don't think twice about talking to Santa Claus. But an Augusta family is learning you can't trust everyone...even if they're dressed in a red suit.

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News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 19, 2006

Posted: 12/19/2006 - Washington Road water main break; two teens die in clay pit; man wanted in downtown murder; "Santa" kidnaps child; two men wanted in Columbia County robbery; 3 men wanted in Aiken County dog fighting ring.

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Aiken cash advance business robbed

Posted: 12/18/2006 - A cash advance business behind Applebee's on Whiskey Road in Aiken was robbed at around 12:45 p.m. Aiken Public Safety is searching for a suspect who fled the scene with a Bank of America cash bag.

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Longtime friends killed in Beech Island house fire

Updated: 12/18/2006 - A house fire killed two in Aiken County this morning. The fire started just before 5:30 this morning. Yolanda Heath and Dennis Curry were killed...and tonight, their families are just left with memories.

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Williston boy survives surgery for rare disease

Updated: 01/11/2007 - A 10-year-old Williston boy was diagnosed with one of the most uncommon diseases in the world, especially for children. Now he's back at home recovering.

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Christmas stolen from Wal-Mart parking lot

Updated: 12/19/2006 - A mother was on her way home from a party when she stopped briefly at Wal-Mart. Returning to the parking lot, she found that her car--and all the presents inside--had been stolen.

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Police work to relieve holiday traffic congestion

Updated: 01/09/2007 - 'Tis the season traffic is moving at a snail's pace...especially around shopping centers. Police have been working to relieve congestion ever since Thanksgiving, and that will continue to be the goal until the day after Christmas.

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Richmond County focuses on unsolved homicides

Updated: 12/18/2006 - Homicide cases are up this year. There have been 19 of them, with just two weeks to go in 2006. Last year, 15 homicides were reported in Augusta. But this year, only two are unsolved. That's an arrest in 85 percent of cases.

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News 12 This Morning Local Update - December 18, 2006

Updated: 12/18/2006 - 2 die in mobile home fire; fire at Aiken plant; man wanted in downtown shooting; sexual predator wanted; 2 teenagers killed in clay pit; stolen car found in pond; car filled with Christmas presents stolen.

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Man wanted in downtown shooting

Posted: 12/18/2006 - Deputies are looking for 28-year-old Cornelius Wright, wanted for murder. Investigators believe Wright shot 22-year-old Mitchieano Carmichael at a mom and pop store in the 2000 block of Broad Street.

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