Local Update - April 26, 2007

Man shot during home invasion

A man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest after breaking into a house just before 4 o'clock this morning at 3721 Lexington Drive in Augusta.

Deputies say a woman living there shot the man once. Then he ran across the street tossed the gun and was found later lying on a picnic table.

He is being treated at MCG.

Teens sought in assault

Richmond County deputies are looking for two teenagers involved in a red light robbery.

Investigators believe 18-year-old Robert Walker and his 19-year-old brother Santonio Walker assaulted a couple in their car at a red light at the intersection of Gordon Highway and Tubman Home Road.

Deputies say three men got out of their vehicle, attacked the couple, and robbed them.

Officers chased the suspects by car until they crashed it on Leona Street, off Gordon Highway.

They caught a 16-year-old but the other two men got away.

Court approves Tomi Rae's representative choice

James Brown, Jr. has a new person looking out for him in the courtroom.

In Aiken County, Judge Jack Early appointed a Charleston-based attorney as the five-year-old's special guardian.

This is the same attorney his mother Tomi Rae was fighting to get for her son.

The three trustees for James Brown's estate argued it was too expensive to pay him to drive back and forth to Aiken, but Tomi Rae's attorney says the boy's guardian had no intention of getting paid for the travel expenses.

The judge also scheduled another hearing for Louis Levenson, the attorney representing Brown's six adult children.

Levenson filed several motions in the last couple of weeks, including one for contempt of court for Buddy Dallas, James Brown's longtime legal advisor and trustee.

Surveillance video released of Waffle House brawl

Surveillance video from the Waffle House on Richland Avenue on the morning of March 31 shows a shocking brawl. You can see several people fighting, and some fall to the floor.

One person actually threw a chair and injured three people.

The whole thing started when a woman accused someone of taking $20.

So far, 17-year-old Antonio Alvelo has been arrested and charged with assault and battery.

Man wanted in backyard sexual assault

An Aiken woman was sexually assaulted in broad daylight in her backyard, and now investigators are looking for the man responsible.

It happened yesterday afternoon at the Summer Lakes Subdivision, located just off of Highway 1 north.

Investigators say the woman was on a ladder painting in her backyard when the man pulled her off the ladder and dragged her into a bath house near the backyard pool.

The suspect is a white male between 20 and 30 years old, about 6 feet tall, with brown hair and a goatee.

He was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a red t-shirt, and jean shorts.

If you have any information, call the police.

State money could fix school security holes

Tuesday (April 24), News 12 uncovered some possible security problems in Richmond County schools.

We learned each high school has a public safety officer and a metal detector, but the issue is how they're being used.

We found security doesn't always respond when detectors go off.

A school board member tells News 12 that's because security is stretched too thin.

News 12 tried to find a solution to the problem. We found state money could help.

"When it comes to education, what we do with the supplemental budget, it's been historically used for this purpose," State Rep. Hardie Davis said. "Augment any shortfalls where education is concerned."

He says several hundred million dollars in the supplemental budget is up for approval, and a portion of that could be available to Richmond County if leaders made a special request.

New plan for dealing with school bomb threats

Richmond County school board members have an idea on how to stop bomb threats.

They tell News 12 they could start taking voice prints. That way, when someone calls in a threat, they'll be able to match the print to the caller.

It's kind of like a fingerprint, except it uses your voice.

If caught, the student could lose their driver's license and the family could have to foot the bill for the threat. Each threat costs the school about $8000.

The state legislature has to approve this plan before it can be put in place.