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Copy of Mason 911 call indicates distress

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 6:43 PM
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 12:07 AM
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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.

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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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RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/28/11 - 08:47 pm
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I see the Augusta Chronicle

I see the Augusta Chronicle just will not let this one be. Nothing like seeing your family matters played out on the internet and TV for all to see.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/28/11 - 08:51 pm
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Unfortunately, it is news

Unfortunately, it is news when it is a public figure in question. I hope everything works out for the best for all concerned; but it is very difficult for it to in these types of allegations, public figure or not. I hope the Augusta Chronicle and its readers will show as much consideration as is reasonable for the circumstances. It is preferable to save a family than destroy one.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/28/11 - 09:52 pm
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With a previous marriage

With a previous marriage under his belt and already choking on this one I'd say he isn't too concerned with saving his family(s). Anyway, family situation aside, this incident should at least serve as a reminder that he is not in, shall we say, the mayor league.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/28/11 - 10:01 pm
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Death penalty. All men are

Death penalty.
All men are automatically guilty of domestic violence on the slightest will-'o-the-wisp charge; no need for a trial.
Never mind that half of all domestic violence victims are MEN!!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/28/11 - 10:52 pm
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dichotomy, I usually agree

dichotomy, I usually agree with most of your comments, but on this one, I don't. There are great assumptions based on no facts or evidence.

We have absolutely no knowledge as to what led to the disolution of Mr. Mason's first marriage...who left who, and why. Regarding mayor league, you assume incorrectly Mason's actions would top those of former mayors.

As to the charges, I think we will soon learn there was more to the story than what has been reported. I don't know, but since all the guessing and conclusion jumpings, I will venture this was likely a family holiday brawl and others are involved and should share part of the responsibility.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/28/11 - 10:56 pm
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Yeah, we had this one mayor

Yeah, we had this one mayor who.... But you know he was actually one of our best mayors. He got Augusta through a critical time although his actions were greatly criticized. Really there's nothing else he could have done to save the city. I was a bigger fan of Mason before he started going Costco size angry at Commission meetings.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/28/11 - 11:56 pm
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It bothers me that his wife
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It bothers me that his wife felt the need to call 911, and when they responded there were indications of force used on her. I've been mad enough at my wife to pinch her head off at times, but I've never felt compelled to put my hands on her in anger. You just don't do that.

reba530
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reba530 12/29/11 - 12:03 am
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Imagine that Alvin. Now why
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Imagine that Alvin. Now why would your wife lie about this. She seems pretty upset on the phone call to 911. Was that an act???? I dont think so

Dipshot
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Dipshot 12/29/11 - 12:18 am
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Well until we know all of the

Well until we know all of the information of exactly what transpired, I do not want to jump to conclusions and convict Mason of anything. We have a justice system that will sort this out. But I must say, based on this new information, it just doesn't look good for mason. I realize that in a marriage there are arguments.. often heated.. that's normal. What is not normal and should never be considered a "normal" part of a domestic relationship is crossing that threshold of putting your hands on and physically injuring your spouse. That's crossing a line that should never be crossed. It demonstrates a lack of self control and a violent nature. Now I am not saying that Mason crossed that line. I will wait to hear his side. But I am saying that domestic violence should never be rationalized away. It is an irrational act by it's nature. Until we get clear answers that paint a different scenario from what we have heard so far, then this most definitely will harm Mr Mason's political career. And I am someone who has had a lot of respect for him and what he has been trying to do on the commission.. but if all of this is true, I am am extremely disappointed.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/29/11 - 12:39 am
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Nice post, Dipshot.

Nice post, Dipshot.

copperhead
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copperhead 12/29/11 - 12:50 am
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Why did they even bother to

Why did they even bother to have him turn himself in? Silly ain't it?

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/29/11 - 01:12 am
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Interesting how the call

Interesting how the call ended. I wonder if he grabbed the phone from her and hung it up. To me, if this happened, I would be inclined to believe that he did put his hands on her. If my wife was screaming into the phone that I hit her, and I didn't, I would have either called back or at least waited outside until the police arrived. And I still question his response after the arrest.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/29/11 - 07:36 am
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Augusta Chronicle folks, can

Augusta Chronicle folks, can we please move on. I am sure we can do better than this. This person and his families life is about to change for the worst and all we can do is joke about it.

blues550
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blues550 12/29/11 - 08:48 am
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I think the true Alvin the
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I think the true Alvin the Mayor prospects are surfacing. We currently have a mayor competing in Iron Man. This is getting old. With Chokin' All as mayor he could climb into the ring when wrasslin' comes to town. Think of the PR possibilities.

Cirroc2012
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Cirroc2012 12/29/11 - 08:54 am
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I am just going to wait to

I am just going to wait to see the results of it on Divorce court. On a better note it is time for me to do my five second exercise on my 360 XBOX. Five second is all you need if you are out of shape. Have a wonderful day everyone.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/29/11 - 08:55 am
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Sorry gang, that does not

Sorry gang, that does not sound like a woman being beaten, it sounds like my niece screaming that her cousin is "TOUCHING ME...HE IS TOUCHING ME..." My niece and her cousin (my son) are both 3 years old.

In the meantime, Al Mason has given extensive comments to Chris Thomas at Channel 12...and Minnesota Fatz and Cher Best at Kiss 96 (Give credit where credit is DUE please Chronicle)...and THAT tells me he wants minority media making his case for him and he doesn't care about anything else. Not a bad move at this point...

blues550
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blues550 12/29/11 - 09:36 am
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Austin & Alvin sitting in a
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Austin & Alvin sitting in a tree
K I S S I N G

Good grief!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 12/29/11 - 10:19 am
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Hitting your spouse for any

Hitting your spouse for any reason should never happen. Why would she call 911 and then state in an interview later she still wants contact with him? My wife always knows when I am mad because I go pick weeds in the yard. I can fus at them and they don't fuss back. To me that seems logical to take your anger out on something that will not hurt another and also be useful.

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/29/11 - 10:20 am
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Austin just announced he will
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Austin just announced he will be on the air today to "set people straight" about what happens when LE arrive at a domestic. this should be good...coming from someone that has no clue. funny he is defending this guy with everything he's got because they are friends, but he goes on the attack if it's someone else. say's a lot about his "reporting." answer this Austin, if he was "protecting" her like he's saying, why did she say what she said? is she just crazy? or did he actually do what he's accused of? where were all of the "witnesses" that he claims were there? did they just not speak up when deputies arrived? the FACT is he had NO right to put his hands her for any reason, especially around her neck. if i had to restrain my wife for some reason, i could certainly do it without choking her. get a clue buddy...you're out there.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/29/11 - 10:25 am
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OnlyInAmerica wrote: Austin

OnlyInAmerica wrote:

Austin just announced he will be on the air today to "set people straight" about what happens when LE arrive at a domestic. this should be good...coming from someone that has no clue.

How do you know he has no clue?

David Parker
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David Parker 12/29/11 - 10:30 am
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adults involved in domestic

adults involved in domestic conflict that results in physical traces of injury, even in the slightest, is not as innocent as 3 year olds Austin. C'mon, why are you downplaying something before it gets to court. Just like the comments above about not convicting before the trial. If there is a degree of physicality to the arguement, a crime occurred. Not my law, the law. Whether the fellow is a violent man or not? I don't know him, can't say. Some people comment that he went violent during a commish meeting. Is that accurate? If so, it's relevant and makes me think he is capable of losing it for a split second and committing a crime.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/29/11 - 10:32 am
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Austin, do you really equate

Austin, do you really equate her call to a child yelling, "HE'S TOUCHING ME"? REALLY???? If someone had their hands around your neck, you wouldn't really consider that a problem or that big of a deal? This is much, much different than pushing someone out of your face. But she alleges that he grabbed her by the neck, and you say, "it sounds like my niece screaming that her cousin is "TOUCHING ME...HE IS TOUCHING ME..." My niece and her cousin (my son) are both 3 years old."???

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/29/11 - 10:41 am
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FBH...you mean what she said

FBH...you mean what she said then, or what she is saying NOW?

The phone call does not sound like a woman afraid...it sounds like a woman hacked off.

...and no...Mason has never gotten violent at a meeting...loud, yes...violent no.

Mason said on the radio yesterday that others were involved (they all scattered before the cops arrived) and that he was acting as a "protector". Sounds like he was pulling her away from, or apart from someone else, or another conflict. Let's ALL wait to hear the full story before hanging the man from a tree...shall we?

stillamazed
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stillamazed 12/29/11 - 10:48 am
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I don't think she was beaten

I don't think she was beaten but based on what has been reported she was grabbed by the throat and marks were left. My first instinct when I get angry is not to grab my husband or my children by the throat! He is playing all his cards and talking the talk to save face and it will probably work. And of course all of the minority media will back him up, I would not expect less from them, it's always about race in this area on both sides. It is not ok, to beat your spouse or to put your hands around their throat and leave marks and scare them to death. I listened to the 911 call and she sounded terrified and very distraught so they can sugar it up all they want and make excuses for what happened but I don't buy it. Money talks folks and if you have enough money to have a team or lawyers then you can bet you will get out of whatever it is.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/29/11 - 10:51 am
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Austin, we all know that

Austin, we all know that victims almost never change their stories, right?

David Parker
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David Parker 12/29/11 - 10:57 am
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So his defense is that all

So his defense is that all this is a big misunderstanding and his spouse was "confused" when the call to 911 was made? Yet he was still arrested and charged even after several days pass and the "confusion" is clarified. I guess I can believe that. MEH... why not?

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/29/11 - 11:25 am
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All the witnesses

All the witnesses scattered...how convenient.

takecharge2
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takecharge2 12/29/11 - 01:47 pm
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This goes to show everyone

This goes to show everyone that there are different standards for certain people. If that was me, I would be handcuffed and taken to jail. I would stay in jail until I appear before the judge for a bail hearing. I would also had a "MUG" shot taken in something other than a white shirt and jacket. He has an arrogant smile on his face.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/29/11 - 03:28 pm
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Based on what has been

Based on what has been presented, the truth is not evident. Let the law sort it out.

ProudAFL
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ProudAFL 12/29/11 - 04:01 pm
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If this incident had happened

If this incident had happened in Lincoln County with some of Mr. Rhodes' most disliked he would already have them hanging from the nearest tree or at least have them under the jail.

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