Copy of Mason 911 call indicates distress

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"My husband just put his hands on me," Velma Mason told a 911 dispatcher at 10:12 p.m. Friday before breaking into sobs.

The 911 call, a recording of which was obtained by The Augusta Chronicle, led to Tues­day’s arrest of Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason on a family violence battery charge.

After confirming Velma Mason's location and phone number, the dispatcher asked her whether her husband was present or had any weapons.

Sounding more upset, Mason said her husband was "right here" but not armed. The connection then ended.

By the time sheriff's deputies arrived, the two-term District 4 commission member was gone, according to an incident report.

Mason was allowed to surrender to authorities Tuesday with a bond already set by a judge, and he spent no time in jail.

Chief State Court Judge Richard Slaby said he preset a $1,200 bond for Alvin Mason because Velma Mason told a victim's advocate that she wanted continued contact with her husband and that there had been no history of violence.

Reached Wednesday at the couple's home in Hephzibah, Velma Mason said she had no comment. She said her husband could be reached on his phone. Alvin Mason did not return calls to his cellphone Tuesday or Wednesday requesting comment.

The commissioner and former mayor pro tem told the news media Tuesday that the incident was "regrettable," but that his "legal team" was handling it.

The incident report says Mason grabbed his wife by the throat and pushed her against the wall. Deputies saw redness and a small cut on her neck, according to the report.

The couple were wed in Dec­ember 2009, after his divorce earlier that year from Tonia Mason.

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