Woman visiting friend is attacked
A North Augusta woman was arrested and charged with assault and battery after police said she entered another woman’s home and attacked her New Year’s Eve.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety report, Shatavia L. Head, 31, was arrested after she entered the home of Sharifa Green on Belgium Circle through an unlocked door and began an argument with Tanya Trim, 40, who was visiting the home.
Trim told police that Head attacked her, punching her repeatedly in the face. Green told police that at some point in the fight, Head grabbed a knife. Green said she was cut on her hand while trying to pull the 180-pound woman off of Trim.
Public Safety Officer Jason Ramey called Head and asked her to return to the scene, where she was arrested after being questioned. Green was taken to University Hospital to treat a laceration on her hand.
Officer shoots aggressive pit bull
A North Augusta Public Safety officer shot a pit bull after it charged a 74-year-old woman who was walking her dog through a residential neighborhood Thursday.
A woman whose cat was cornered in a tree by a white pit bull called police to her home in the 100 block of Oakland Drive. An officer responded at about 4:15 p.m. and found the cat owner distraught and crying in her car, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
The pit bull is owned by Antoinette Mealing, who lives in the 100 block of the street, according to the report.
The cat's owner told police that she tried to help her cat out of the tree when the dog approached “aggressively” and “in a threatening manner.” She got into her car and called police.
The dog had taken off by the time the officer arrived. The officer told the woman he needed to find and secure the dog. He got into his vehicle when, through the passenger-side mirror, he spotted the dog down the street.
When the officer started his vehicle, the dog ran toward a 74-year-old woman who was walking her small, black dog on the opposite side of the street, according to the report.
The officer drove his car between the woman and the pit bull but it continued toward the woman. The dog was showing its teeth and growling, the report stated.
“The dog was clearly attempting to injure the small, black dog,” the officer wrote in the report.
The officer grabbed the pit bull by the collar to allow the woman to get away.
The dog then turned its head, showed its teeth and opened its mouth, according to the report. The officer let go of the dog and fired one shot into its back. It retreated into the woods and the officer notified the public safety office of the incident.
The pit bull, which did not have proper identification on its collar, was taken to emergency care.
Charges against the dog’s owner are pending following further investigation, the report stated.
Beer drinker found inside apartment
A North Augusta man entered an unlocked apartment because he wanted to drink his beer out of the cold weather, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
Police were called to the 200 block of Groves Boulevard about 2:10 a.m. Jan. 4 regarding a possible break-in. When the officer arrived, he found Richard C. Dougherty Jr., 43, of the 1700 block of Groves Boulevard, coming out of the apartment, smelling “strongly of alcohol.” Dougherty had also urinated on himself, the report stated.
Two 20-ounce beers were found in the abandoned apartment.
Dougherty was arrested and charged with public drunkenness.
Man found drunk in station bathroom
A 26-year-old North Augusta man was arrested Thursday after he was found in a pool of water in a gas station restroom.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety report, police arrived at RaceWay service station, 5389 Jefferson Davis Highway, shortly after 8 p.m. and found Russell Chase Smith of Leigh Place lying in a pool of water in the men’s bathroom.
When Smith was asked if he was all right or if he was having a medical issue, he looked up at the officer but did not say anything. Smith smelled strongly of alcohol. When the officer asked if he was drunk, he replied, “Yes,” the report states.
The officer asked Smith to stand up, but he had problems keeping his balance. The officer noticed that Smith’s eyes were “bloodshot and glassy and his speech was slurred.” He was charged with public drunkenness.
Drunk calls lead
to police visit
A 37-year-old North Augusta man told police he was drunk when he called a woman and told her he was a male escort, according to a North Augusta Public Safety report.
According to an incident report, the 56-year-old woman stated that she received a call from a Russ Keiningham close to 11 p.m. on Dec. 30. The man told her that he was a male escort and “wanted to know if she needed his services.”
The woman told the man no and hung up. She then looked up an address for the man on the Internet using the phone number that had shown up on her caller ID.
An officer went to Keiningham’s address in the 200 block of Meridian Avenue and met with him Dec. 31. Keiningham told police that he had gotten drunk and called three random phone numbers.
The officer warned Keiningham that he would be arrested for harassment if he calls anyone again posing as a male prostitute or if he has any contact with the victim.