Around the Region: Man Shoots Cat, Woman Threatens to Shoot Dog and Employees Fired for Charity Scam
A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.
Man Charged After Shooting Neighbor's Cat – Oconee Patch
A 50-year-old Watkinsville man was charged with cruelty to animals after shooting a neighbor's cat.
According to Watkinsville Police Chief Lee O'Dillon, the Christian Lane resident shot the cat in the subdivision with a .22 rifle on Friday, March 23. The cat had to be euthanized as a result of its injuries.
The man told police he shot at the animal because he mistook the pet for a stray cat that had been causing problems with other pets in the area.
Woman Pulls Gun After Dog Bite – Cartersville Patch
A woman whose son was bit by a pit bull pulled a gun and waved it around, threatening to kill the dog, but left the scene Sunday before authorities arrived.
Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies shortly after 2 p.m. were called to Brown Drive, where the residents said a dog had escaped a fence and bit the child. The dog's owner said the victim's mother came to the home, got out of her car and grabbed a gun. She drove off before police arrived, according to the report.
Charity Scam Leaves 11 Verizon Employees Jobless – Alpharetta Patch
Eleven Verizon employees were fired after allegedly admitting they registered as having completed 50 hours of charity work they never performed. The Verizon Foundation offers a $750 matching contribution for employees who volunteer time to charity.
In this case, the 11 employees say they agreed to enter the time on behalf of a coworker's registered charity even though they didn't perform any volunteer hours, according to the March 26 incident report. Their coworker helped those unfamiliar with the program, even entering the hours herself on their work computers.
Verizon never issued the $9,000 check to her charity that these hours would have generated if they were legitimate.