A Hephzibah man was released from jail Sunday, just a few days into a 60-day sentence for neglecting a swimming pool where mosquitoes were breeding.
Andre England was jailed Thursday for an environmental health violation for breeding mosquitoes in standing water. Magistrate Judge William Jennings said he was released early because a permit was issued on Friday to fill in the pool.
“Steps have been taken for Mr. England to correct the situation with his pool by filling it in,” Jennings said.
England spent the weekend in jail but was released so he could return to work Monday, Jennings said. His employer, Kendrick Paint and Body, assisted him with obtaining the work permit for the pool.
Richmond County Mosquito Control Operations Manager Fred Koehle said England was given numerous chances to return the pool to working order or fill it in. England was first advised of the problem at the rental property on Richards Road in Augusta in September 2011.
England cleaned the pool that year but the county’s mosquito control received another complaint in January. The problem persisted throughout the summer.
Koehle visited the pool on Saturday and observed initial work taking place on the swimming pool. A neglected pool could potentially produce 500,000 disease-carrying mosquitoes in a season.
England’s sentence was the stiffest punishment this year for a mosquito infraction. Koehle appears in court once or twice a month cases involving pool violations, and two people have gone to jail this year, receiving sentences of five and 10 days, respectively.
Jennings said he will set another court date for England in a few weeks to ensure the problem has been solved.
Although England got out of jail early, Jennings said he hopes other homeowners recognize the importance of maintaining swimming pools and the jail time possible for not doing so.