Originally created 08/06/02

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Man says dog bit his daughter

Richmond County Animal Control officials are seeking the public's help in finding a dog that reportedly bit an Augusta woman.

Robert Stack said his 29-year-old daughter was bitten by a Rottweiler as she sat outside the Pizza Joint restaurant during First Friday last week.

Mr. Stack said his daughter did not obtain any information at the scene, but she told him the dog was on a leash and had a female owner.

He said that the dog bit his daughter's face, breaking the skin, and that the woman didn't receive medical treatment.

Officials and Mr. Stack would like to know whether the dog had the proper vaccinations. Anyone with information can call Animal Control at 790-6836.

Kolb's new assistant has first day on job

Monday marked the first day on the job for Peggy Siegler, the new assistant to City Administrator George Kolb.

Ms. Siegler left a job as director of public relations for the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau to accept the city position at a salary of $51,900.

Mr. Kolb is to formally introduce her to the Augusta Commission at its meeting this afternoon.

Her duties will include working to improve the city's electronic government operations and its image by creating communication between officials and taxpayers, Mr. Kolb said.

Boy in good condition after nearly drowning

A 15-year-old Augusta boy was listed in good condition Monday after nearly drowning two days before in a hotel pool.

Malcolm Collier had been listed in critical condition Saturday and Sunday, but his condition improved to good on Monday, said Deborah Humphrey, a spokeswoman for Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Emergency officials were called to the Howard Johnson Express Inn/Suites at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, where witnesses said Malcolm had been submerged for five to 10 minutes before they were able to pull him out of the murky water.

The witnesses said Malcolm had been swimming with friends when he went under in eight feet of water.

Repair work on dam will close fishing pier

The fishing pier at the Below Dam, S.C., section of Thurmond Dam will close today to let work crews replace and repair decking, steps, fencing and support structures.

The work is expected to take up to 30 days, during which the boat ramp and picnic areas will remain accessible to the public.

For more information, call the Army Corps of Engineers at (800) 533-3478.

Man arrested during burglary, police say

Authorities say an Augusta man being sought for a burglary was captured Sunday while trying to break into another business.

James Edward Griffin, 41, of the 2200 block of Darlington Drive, was charged with three counts of burglary and one count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

A business owner called police at 9 a.m. Sunday about a suspicious vehicle behind his building on Walden Drive, a sheriff's report states. Deputies found Mr. Griffin near the business with a large pair of wire cutters, pliers, a screwdriver and a knife.

The deputy also found damage to a building used by Johnson and Associates, a report states. Mr. Griffin was being held Monday on $47,150 bond in the Richmond County jail.

Residents invited to discuss road proposal

An informational forum at 7 tonight will allow residents of the Bayvale and Milledgeville roads area to discuss the proposed relocation of the Augusta Public Works and Utilities departments to the old Bayvale Road recreation site.

The forum, which was organized by Augusta Commissioners Bobby Hankerson and Steve Shepard, will be at Bayvale Baptist Church, 2240 Bayvale Road.

Salley woman's bond reduced after debate

Bond was reduced Monday for a Salley woman accused of keeping more than 180 dogs and her 17-year-old mentally impaired son in squalid conditions.

Circuit Judge William Keesley granted Kathleen Marie Humes' request for reduction of her $100,000 bond, making it $25,000.

Last week, an attorney for Ms. Humes, of the 1000 block of Union Hill Road, argued that the bail amount, set after her arrest three months ago, was excessive.

The judge agreed that the amount was excessive but ordered Ms. Humes, 35, to stay in South Carolina. She had wanted permission to go to Thomson, where she and her common-law husband were operating a motel.

Ms. Humes is charged with one count of unlawful conduct toward a child and five counts of ill treatment of animals.

Back-to-school event offers information

A back-to-school festival Saturday at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center in Aiken will include speech and vision screenings, nutritional tips, immunization requirements, information on child-care programs, and tips on drug, alcohol and safety awareness.

Information about school calendars, bus schedules, dance classes, sports and other recreational programs will be available.

The festival at the center, 1700 Whiskey Road, will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information, call 828-2460 or visit www.universityhealth.org.

Intruder turns empty apartment into home

Someone broke into and tampered with an empty Augusta apartment for a free night's stay, according to a police report filed Monday.

In the Old Town Apartments complex on Walker Street, someone pried the door open on the residence, tore two alarm sensors off the wall and turned on the electricity, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

A manager, who noticed the break-in at 8:50 a.m. Monday, told police that the power to the apartment previously has been shut off. The intruder had turned on the power at an outside power box and apparently slept in a rear bedroom. A witness said he saw a man wearing shorts and red-and-white Nike high-top shoes enter the residence.