Local Update - January 10, 2008

January 10, 2008; News 12 This Morning

ANIMAL CRUELTY

13 dogs are in the custody of animal control officers after a case of possible animal cruelty. Five dogs had to be put to sleep.
Investigators say the dogs show signs of possible dog fighting.
A tip led them to a home at 1933 Old Savannah Road, where they made the discovery.
No charges have been filed yet.

LIQUOR LICENSE QUESTION

A downtown bar could be forced to stop selling alcohol because of a fight on New Year's allegedly involving one of the bar's owners.
33-year-old Mike Guthrie's name is on the liquor license for 1102 Bar and Grill.
He is now charged with aggravated battery, accused of attacking a man so badly he needed hours of surgery on his face.
The Augusta Commission will now review the club's liquor license.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office will recommend the license be suspended or revoked.

FORT GORDON SOLDIER COURT-MARSHALED

A Fort Gordon soldier will now spend the next four years in a military prison because he used debit cards that did not belong to him.
30-year-old Specialist William Bland took the cards when he worked as a mail clerk for the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade.
He was court-martialed Monday.

HARBIN'S HEARING

A state representative from Columbia County will have to wait a little longer to face a judge for drunk driving charges.
Ben Harbin's court date has been pushed back for the seventh time.
Representative Harbin's next date is set for April 29th.
Atlanta police say Harbin hit a utility pole back in May.
Harbin told police he braked to avoid a pedestrian, but he refused to take a blood test.

BROUN IN TOWN

Congressman Paul Broun will be in Augusta today, ready to get down to the bottom of issues affecting the 10th district..
He'll be speaking at noon today at the Old Boathouse in Augusta.

FIRE DESTROYS HOME

An Augusta man is homeless this morning after a fire rips through his house.
It started around 8:00 Wednesday night at 2425 Turkey Trail.
When firefighters got there, more than half of the house was engulfed in flames.
The home owner was sleeping when the started.
He was able to get out uninjured, but the house is badly damaged.
Firefighters say the fire appears to be accidental.

AUCTION FOR BROWN'S BELONGINGS?

You could have the chance to own more than just the Godfather of Soul's records.
The trustees, assigned by Judge Jack Early, say they are hoping to sign a contract with Christie's, an auction house, to sell James Brown's possessions.
The trustees say Brown's adult children and Tomi Rae will be able to make a list of things they would like to save.
The next hearing is scheduled for February 7th in the Aiken County Courthouse.

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  • by Angie Location: Augusta Ga on Jan 10, 2008 at 07:12 PM
    I come home from work and someone told me that a sex offender was reported in my street.I can't seem to find this info.Could you please show it again or tell me how to locate it??I was told it was on the 6 o'clock news today.
  • by Terry Location: home on Jan 10, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    Thanks for putting a stop to the animal abuse at that location. Keep your eyes open in 30906, for similar problems. I overheard a young man bragging to another about the wounds on his pitbull from a fight, "you gotta see it!" he said. This was a few months ago. He was backlit, so I couldn't see the young man well enough to recognize him, so I don't know where the dog was housed, so I couldn't report it, not enough information. Or so I thought. Is there anything I could or should do about it? His statement really made me ill. Too his credit, the fellow he was talking to, wasn't exactly excited about the prospect, he kind of wobbled a little, which made me think the whole idea made him a bit queasy, too, because I think HIS pitbulls are simply pets. Hope so.
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