ATHENS, Ga. — An Athens man who saved a dog from a hot car has been arrested for smashing a window to free the animal.
Multiple news outlets report Michael Hammons was charged with criminal trespassing after freeing a small Pomeranian mix in distress from a hot car outside an Athens store. Witnesses say while a group of shoppers waited for police to arrive to free the dog, the Desert Storm veteran took action and smashed the window.
Deputies say the car’s owner insisted Hammons be arrested.
Don Grantham, the new chairman of Georgia’s transportation board, said Monday that something must be done to stem the increase in the state’s highway-related fatalities.
“That is totally unnecessary and uncalled for,” Grantham, a former Augusta Commission member, said at a news conference Monday announcing the Department of Transportation’s Drive Alert Arrive Alive campaign. The yearlong campaign is aimed at reducing deaths, which average an estimated 100 per month.
During the first quarter of this year, more than 400 people died on state roads.
ATLANTA — Highway fatalities in Georgia jumped 25 percent in the first three months of the year, and state officials vowed Monday to take action with a crackdown on seat belt use.
Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said the 450 automobile-related deaths puts the state on pace to lose 1,200 lives this year. It also represents a reversal of nine years of declines, although McMurry acknowledged that driving has also increased somewhat.
“We know that they are preventable because data tells us a very alarming story,” he said.
More than 700 family, friends and colleagues of former state legislator Ben “Joey” Brush Jr. filled the Sanctuary of Augusta church Monday morning to pay their respects and bid him goodbye.
Although known for his career in politics and his profession as a builder, Brush was remembered Monday as a family man with a deep connection to his faith by two pastors who worked with him for years in Christian ministry and fellowship.
Debate about the fate of two 19th-century buildings on the city government campus will continue today at a meeting of Augusta’s Public Services Committee.
Augusta accountant Jack Steinberg is not backing down from a proposal to preserve one or more of the buildings – one of which is Georgia’s oldest structure built as a synagogue – by creating a museum of Jewish history at the site.
The man convicted of stealing more than $600,000 from the Vic Hawk Law Group and its clients was back in court Monday to press his claim that the judge was wrong to seize $6,500 from his jail account.
U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. agreed with Richard Owen that except in rare circumstances Social Security benefits are not subject to garnishment. But Owen didn’t prove the money in his account was solely Social Security benefits sent to Owen by his adopted son, Bowen said.
Hanging in Jenny Dickson’s room is a painting of an owl from her first patient. It’s proof she was good at reaching people even before she graduated as a physician assistant at Georgia Regents University.
Dickson’s remarkable work during her clinical rotations earned her the $25,000 Beard Award given annually to a GRU graduating student who exemplifies compassionate care.
Deputies are searching for a suspect accused of taking $6,500 from a local business.
About 5:08 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to Christmas Tree Shops, in the 200 block of Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, and found someone had cut open the store’s money safe, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.