Augusta, GA (WJBF)- 2021 has been full of big news in the news. In January, we saw a riot in Washington’s Capitol. The trial of three men accused of killing Derek Chauvin and Ahmed Arbery made headlines. Now, we take a look at the top 6 trending stories of NewsChannel 6 on wjbf.com.
#6- Downtown North Augusta Shootout
#6 Coming up on the shootout in North Augusta. After being chased by police, which led to the accident, the suspect, 42-year-old Thomas Arrington, opened fire at the police, injuring Lieutenant Aaron Fitri, with non-fatal injuries.
“This is one of those things that we didn’t plan for, but happened, and I’m very thankful to the officer who took a lot of patience in doing this,” said North Augusta Public Safety Chief John Thomas.
#5- Battle of Little Caesar
#5 Little Caesar had a fight on Wrightsboro Road. In the viral video, Brittany Kennedy is seen dragging Emily Broadwater by her hair and patting her on the head.
“I think it was pathetic. It is too hot to fight,” said the Shatavia chief of Augusta.
Kennedy was arrested the day after the incident.
#4- Ben Zobrist Sue former pastor affair with wife
The lawsuit filed by former MLB star Ben Zobrist is #4 on our list. He sued his pastor, Brian Yawn, for $6 million, accusing him of having an affair with his wife and defrauding their charity foundation.
#3- Meth getters
Coming to #3 – A story about meth getters. In January, police in Loreto, Tennessee, issued a petition asking residents of the area not to flush drugs down the toilet, saying they “have enough animals to deal with”. He said the drugs end up in retention ponds that feed into a creek and have no way of removing them from the water.
#2- COVID-19 Delta Variant
COVID-19 dominated the news in 2021, especially the delta version, which led to a late summer boom. The #2 trending story on our website this year was how to find out if you have the Delta variant.
#1- Gabby Petito/Bryan Laundry Saga
And #1 on the list – Gabby Pettito, The Brian Laundry story. The nation was fascinated by Petito’s disappearance, the search for his body, and the search for the laundry. The story ended in late October with the discovery of Laundry’s body in Florida … the results of the autopsy suggest that he died of gunshot wounds.
“Investigators found what appeared to be human remains, as well as personal items such as backpacks and notebooks belonging to Brian Laundry,” said Michael McPherson of the FBI.
what the audience thought
NewsChannel 6 asked viewers what they thought were the top local news stories of the year.
Will Douglas says the shooting on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta was a remarkable story.
David Peltier thinks the indictment of Sammy Sias was a top story.
And the most told story- anything to do with COVID-19.