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Man saves dog, but gets arrested anyway


ATHENS, GA (WXIA) – A man saves a dog from a hot Mustang but was arrested because of how he did it. The move landed Michael Hammons behind bars.

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"I heard someone say there was a dog in distress in a hot car," he said.

Without thinking, the Desert Storm veteran jumped into action. Diane Byard says she and a group of shoppers noticed the dog in the car and were waiting on police before Hammons came.

"He says we can't let this dog die, and he starts smashing the windows.

And with his wife's wheelchair leg, he smashed the window, freeing the dog.

Athens police looking for sexual assault suspect


ATHENS, Ga. -- The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has released a composite sketch of a sexual assault suspect.

The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting a minor on Cedar Shoals Drive on Apr. 15.

Police describe the man as black, in his mid-20's, 6 feet tall and muscular, with a tattoo on his upper right arm. He may drive a black late model Dodge Charger with factory rims and tinted windows.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call Det. Chris Parker at 706-613-3888 ext. 789 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 706-613-3342.

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Athens Clarke Co. officer arrested for molesting a child


ATHENS, Ga. -- A senior officer within the Athens-Clarke County Police Department is facing a molestation charge. He was suspended on Tuesday with plans set in motion to terminate his job on May 14.

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Kristin Matthew "Kris" Ward, 26, is accused of abusing a Civil Air Patrol cadet over the course of more than a year beginning in 2010. The alleged victim was 16 or younger.

PETA to award arrested vet for saving dog in car


ATHENS, Ga. -- An army veteran who broke a car window to save an animal – and is now facing charges – will soon be receiving an award as well.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced Wednesday that the organization will be awarding Michael Hammons the Compassionate Action Award for his actions.

After finding a small dog locked inside a rapidly heating car at an Athens area shopping center, Michael Hammons made an attempt to save it.

He broke the car's window to free the dog.

Twilight Criterium rolls through Athens


ATHENS, Ga. -- The streets of Athens turned into a race track last weekend for the annual Twilight Criterium bicycle race.

The event is in its 35th year and attracts professional cycling teams from all over the country.

A team of riders from the Downtown Academy also took part in this year's race. United Healthcare donated 38 bikes so every student could participate, and St. Mary's Health Care System provided helmets for each child in the school.

Arrest made in robbery near UGA campus


ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a robbery that happened close to the University of Georgia's campus Tuesday night.

Athens-Clarke County Police say a 44-year-old woman was approached by two masked men, including one who was armed with "an AK-style rifle," as she returned to her home on Dement Street.

"She was pushed to the ground and cash was taken from her," said Athens-Clark County Police Major Mark Sizemore.

Police say the men took $375 from the woman.

On Wednesday, police arrested 23-year-old Anthony Holloway in connection with the robbery.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.