Originally created 05/08/02

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Cruelty suspect gives herself up

A Salley woman wanted on charges of cruelty for keeping more than 180 dogs and her son in squalid conditions turned herself in to authorities Tuesday.

Kathleen M. Humes, 35, was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center, and bond was set at $100,000. She was still in jail Tuesday afternoon.

She is charged with six felonies - five counts of ill treatment of animals and one count of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Officers went last week to serve the felony warrants on Ms. Humes at her home, but she wasn't there.

Jury indicts couple over child's torture

A Richmond County grand jury indicted an Augusta woman and her live-in boyfriend Tuesday on charges that they tortured the woman's 7-year-old son.

Patrice Polite, 22, and Calvin Cook, 26, both of Belle Meade Drive, were indicted on five counts of first-degree cruelty to children. The indictments accuse the pair of torturing the child by binding him with cords, beating him with boards, immersing him in hot water, burning him with matches and failing to seek medical care for the injuries.

Police have said there were as many as 50 older and healing injuries on the child's body. The Department of Family and Children Services began investigating the case Jan. 15 after school officials noticed injuries to the child's hands.

Garbage collection contract reassigned

Augusta commissioners gave final approval Tuesday to a contract agreement that will reassign the bulk of city garbage service to a Jacksonville, Fla., collection company.

Advanced Disposal Services will take over collection routes for CSRA Waste Inc., which has controlled more than 70 percent of government-run garbage routes since August. Since late last year, the future of those routes has been uncertain, after the company's president, Kester Uzochukwu, was indicted for felony theft of services.

In March, the company filed for bankruptcy. Officials are in the process of trying to have that case dismissed, after which the sale to Advanced Disposal will be finalized.

The city already has accepted a settlement agreement of $60,000 from CSRA Waste in back landfill tipping fees. $15,093.35 of that was paid in February in an earlier settlement. The district attorney's case against CSRA Waste has not been dismissed.

Autopsy results pending in young soldier's death

Fort Gordon officials were awaiting the final autopsy results Tuesday of a soldier who suffered a heart attack Friday morning.

A preliminary autopsy stated Spc. Antonio Sharp suffered cardiopulmonary arrest during a class at Brandt Hall about 10:30 a.m. Friday, spokesman Henry Holmes said. Soldiers in the class performed CPR on Spc. Sharp after he fell out of his chair, he said.

Mr. Holmes said Spc. Sharp was taken to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, where he died.

Spc. Sharp, 23, of Longview, Texas, had been in the Army for four years, Mr. Holmes said. He arrived at Fort Gordon April 12 to complete Advanced Individual Training as a transmission systems operator, he said.

Jesup man carjacked while cleaning his car

A Wayne County man visiting Augusta was the victim of a carjacking early Tuesday while vacuuming inside his vehicle at an Amoco gas station on Walton Way, authorities said.

Steve Sikes, 48, of Jesup, Ga., told police a man approached him and asked for change for a $20 bill, but the victim said he didn't have any money, said Maj. Ken Autry of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. The suspect then pulled a gun and said he would take the man's blue 1989 Oldsmobile Calais instead.

Two men indicted in bank robberies

Two bank robbery suspects who police say are connected to three holdups were indicted Tuesday by the Richmond County grand jury.

Marvin Thomas Mims, 34, of Augusta, was indicted on two counts of robbery for the April 10 holdup at Regions Bank and the April 11 robbery at First Union. Security guards Curtis Anderson and Shawn Holm chased Mr. Mims on April 11 as he ran from First Union and cornered him at Joe's Underground. The guards held Mr. Mims for police.

Also on Tuesday, the grand jury indicted Edward Walker, 30, on a charge of robbery by intimidation in the March 16 robbery at a Wachovia bank on Wheeler Road. Police say he told the clerk during the robbery he had AIDS to scare her.

Machine fire forces Kennametal evacuation

A machine fire at Kennametal Industrial Product Group in Evans late Monday caused no injuries or structural damage, but employees were evacuated for about an hour.

The blaze at the industrial plant, on the 400 block of Old Evans Road, was reported at 11:58 p.m., said Honey Shore, public information officer for the Martinez Fire Department.

Mrs. Shore said the fire was started by a spark from a grinding machine, damaging the machine and some duct work.

Excursions scheduled to mark tourism week

The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau is celebrating National Tourism Week with their Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown program.

The program includes discounted and free admission prices at local tourist attractions, including the Cotton Exchange Welcome Center and Museum, the Morris Museum of Art, the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History.

Free tours of Enterprise Mill and the future site of the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center will be given at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. today. Free tours of The Augusta Chronicle printing press are scheduled for 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Friday. For a complete list of participating attractions, call 823-6600.

Police seek suspects in Grand Am carjacking

Police were looking for two suspects of a carjacking that occurred late Tuesday on Mount Auburn Street in Augusta.

The incident happened about 8:30 p.m., when a man and woman approached another woman and took her red 1987 Pontiac Grand Am, said Richmond County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jack Francisco.

The woman told police she was sitting on the hood of her car when the couple drove up. She said the man got out of his car and approached her with a gun, demanding her keys. The man then handed the keys to the woman in his car and told her to drive the victim's car, Lt. Francisco said.