Authorities: Teen faces abuse charges as adult
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A 13-year-old accused of molesting his 4-year-old neighbor will faces charges as an adult, authorities said.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that the Richmond County sheriff's office booked Jacob Staffey this week on charges of aggravated sexual battery. Staffey, whose mother had previously been arrested for allegedly having sex with juveniles in her home, is being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center.
The teen was arrested July 12 on aggravated child molestation charges. Lt. Calvin Crew of the sheriff's office said investigators and prosecutors later opted for aggravated sexual battery charges in the adult court.
The case stems from a June incident at the alleged victim's home. An incident report states that the girl told her mother that Staffey and another boy pulled down her pants and assaulted her.
Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com
Augusta still struggling with trash collection
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An overhaul of Augusta's trash collection operation continues to cause frustration across the city.
In June, the city transitioned to once-weekly collection of garbage, yard debris, bulk waste and recycling. The Augusta Chronicle reports that problems, including thousands of missed pickups, have occurred since.
In the latest mishap, many residents went days with no garbage receptacle. City officials told the newspaper that an Alabama-based subcontractor picked up old cans too soon, before the city's environmental department could deliver new ones.
Officials didn't name the company.
City workers spent much of Friday delivering the new cans.
Commissioner Donnie Smith told the Chronicle that the city hasn't handled the changes well. The commissioner said he met with one resident who said he hadn't had garbage service in six weeks.
AUTO PLANT SAFETY
Feds probing worker safety at Ga. auto parts maker
LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities are questioning working conditions at a Georgia auto parts plant for the eighth time in four years.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an inquiry of Sewon American in LaGrange after complaints of excessive heat and the death of an employee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Teresa Pickard died May 29 after saying she was having breathing troubles at work. The state medical examiner has not released a cause of death.
The firm, which makes chassis and other parts for Kia and Hyundai, has said in a statement that Pickard's death was not work related.
Former employees told the newspaper of sweltering conditions, inadequate air conditioning and poor access to water.
Sewon has faced fines before for ignoring safety problems that threaten workers, the newspaper reports.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
I-75 work to slow weekend traffic through Ga
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Give yourself some extra time if you're driving through central Georgia on Interstate 75 this weekend.
Crews will repair guardrails on I-75 northbound in Peach County beginning Saturday morning.
Starting Saturday night, workers will close as many as three lanes from I-75 to Interstate 16 to repair bridge joints over the Ocmulgee River near Macon.
And crews will be working on I-75 northbound near Pierce Avenue in Macon all day Monday.
Created: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:15:23 EST
Updated: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:15:23 EST