News Channel 6 Investigates: New information About Pine View Mobile Home Park
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
New details about a family who was forced to move out of a Pine View Mobile Home this week. Friday afternoon, News Channel 6 received an email from a viewer that said the father, Tony Mathis, was a convicted sex offender in the state of Colorado.
After we did a sex offender search, we found that Mathis was convicted of attempted sexual assault on a child in 1998.
As for the family's complaints about Pine View Mobile Home Park, in 2012, Richmond County deputies found the body of a 5-month-old baby inside a trailer at the park. Investigators said the living conditions in the home were deplorable. At the time, code enforcement officials found dozens of code violations in the mobile home park, including faulty wiring and leaking raw sewage. Property management was given 30 days to correct the problems.
"We always have to give them the option to repair, but of course, within a repair, a permit has to be purchased and is overseen by our inspections division and everything is done correctly," Code Enforcement Officer Shawn Rhodes.
Pine View Property Management did end up meeting the county's requirements before the end of the deadline, however, when we visited the park this week, several tenants told us there are still plenty of problems at the mobile home park.
We asked county officials, "Has Pine View Mobile Home Park cooperated with you guys and fixed up some of the issues?"
Rhodes replied, "they have addressed some of the issues and we would like to see more. We'll probably get back out there and dig in, but they have demolished a dozen or so mobile homes and they continue to do so. They purchased a permit, probably 3 or 4 days ago, for demolition, and that's what they are trying to do, get rid of all the unsightly units out there now that are open."
Rhodes says she has a binder full of violation notices and reports from the past 2 years. She says if tenants continue to have problems at Pine View, there is something they can do.
"Call us. Immediately. Call our Augusta Cares Hotline. It's 3-1-1 or 706-821-2300 from a cell phone. We'll come out and do an inspection," she said.