Friday, December 27, 2013

Cyber Warriors Graduation

FORT GORDON, GA 12/6/2013 - The network is under attack! Cyber attacks are a daily reality and are growing in sophistication and complexity. How does the Army keep pace with this evolving threat and defend its network?

Fifteen Soldiers made history when they were awarded the newest Army military occupational specialty, 25D, cyber network defender, during a graduation ceremony Nov. 27, held in Alexander Hall at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

For GA Republicans, Christmas is a Time for Giving

Throughout the Peach State, Republican organizations worked tirelessly this Holiday Season to provide a better Christmas for the less fortunate in their community.   The Union County Republican Party donated 14,000 pounds of food to the needy (175,000 pounds total in 2013), Gwinnett County Republicans gave monogrammed duffel bags stuffed with clothes and toys to children in the DFACS system, and county parties in Atkinson and DeKalb rang bells to raise money for the Salvation Army.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Public Art Mural Unveiling

AUGUSTA, GA (Al Dallas) - The City of Augusta and The Greater Augusta Arts Council, named Public Art Agency for the City of Augusta in 2012, are pleased to announce the unveiling and completion of the public art mural on the Rosa T. Beard Memorial Bridge at the 15th Street Overpass at Wrighstboro Rd. Monday, December 23.  The community and media are invited to attend this celebration of the beautiful art produced by veteran mural artists Lucy and Jace McTier.  The McTiers began painting the mural in October of this year and were assisted by numerous area artists and volunteers.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Diversity Award for GRU

AUGUSTA, Ga (Danielle Harris)  –Georgia Regents University has been selected to receive the 2014 Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association. The award will be presented at the NCAA Convention Association Luncheon on Jan. 16 in San Diego, Calif.

Monday, December 16, 2013

23 Road Fatalities Already in 2013

UPDATE by RCSO: On Monday December 30th, 2013 at approximately 5:42 PM, The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division responded to 4200 Block of Mike Padgett Hwy regarding an accident with injuries. Upon arrival, it was learned that a 66 year old male was operating a 2003 GMC Sonoma truck and had exited the private driveway of 4278 Mike Padgett Hwy attempting to turn left to travel south on Mike Padgett Hwy. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Wanted by Richmond County Sheriff's Office

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office reports that Bobby Earl Haynes is now in police custody. Haynes was apprehended in Richmond County without incident. Haynes has been booked in the Richmond County Jail where he is being charged with the following:

Armed Robbery (1 felony Count)
Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime (1 felony Count)
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (1 felony Count)
Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (1 felony Count)

And Robbery by Force (1 felony Count) on a separate unrelated incident.

Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel SR

Friday, December 13, 2013

When soldiers rape, where do you turn?

It took Miriam Isaura López Vargas several weeks to piece together what happened to her.

On Feb. 2, 2011, the 30-year-old mother of four had just dropped three of her children off at school when two masked men forced her into a van, blindfolded her and tied her hands. The men drove her to military barracks 50 miles away.

Budget Deals Chaotic in Augusta and Capitol Hill

The US Treasury Secretary still is in office in spite that the budget bill passed by the House of Representatives yesterday have more enemies than friends. In Augusta, Georgia, meanwhile, to make the chaotic week at the national level weak, the Richmond County Commission decided Monday to fire Fred Russell because 7 of them didn’t like the budget proposal for 2014 presented by the City Administrator, among other things.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hernandez Election in Honduras

Elections marked by intense militarization, political violence, human rights abuses, fraud and harassment of election observers were held in Honduras on November 24th. Despite highly contested results and demands for a recount, extreme right, National Party candidate, Juan Orlando Hernandez has declared himself President. Hernandez, the "mano duro" candidate, created and deployed Military Police shock troops and campaigned on a pledge to "put a soldier on every corner."  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Milestone for Georgia Regents University

AUGUSTA, Ga (Danielle Harris) - The Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved today a report from a SACSCOC peer review committee which found Georgia Regents University compliant with all areas of the accrediting body’s selected 39 Principles of Accreditation. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Investigation of Veterans Deaths at VA

If you live in the area of the Charlie Norwood Veteran Administration (VA) hospital in Augusta, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the coverage of problems that led to the death of at least three veterans.  These deaths were reportedly caused by a delay in getting some veterans the care they need. We have a responsibility to provide quality health care to veterans after they serve our country, and clearly, that didn’t happen.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Policy Summit on Voting Rights Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Beryl Chong) – Marking an important milestone in fulfilling American Values First’s vision for its nationwide Voting Rights Project, a select group of legislators comprising the Project’s Task Force will convene a Policy Summit today in Washington, DC to develop a policy agenda to guide legislative efforts in all 50 states.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Tree Decoration at Sheriff's Office

AUGUSTA, GA (LT. Calvin J. Chew) - The Angel Hearts Support Group will be decorating a Christmas Tree at the Sheriff’s Office in honor of lost loved ones.  The decorating ceremony will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 5, 2013 and the media is invited to attend.

Fast Food Workers Rally in Augusta

Fast food workers are going out on another national strike this Thursday, December 5 -- this time in many more cities than ever before. They're asking us to support them at lunch break rallies across the country -- including in Augusta. Click here for locations.

This is history being made right in front of our eyes.
Don't stand on the sidelines. Be able to say you were a part of it at the beginning by signing up to attend a lunchtime rally right now in Augusta.

Georgia Regents University, Health System Contributions in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (Christen Carter) – Georgia Regents University and Health System contributed more than $400,000 in support of local community organizations, events, and fundraisers in Fiscal Year 2014.

“We strive to invest in organizations and events that align with our enterprise mission,” said Cedric Johnson, Director of Community Affairs at GRU. “We want to find ways to enhance the culture and the quality of life for the citizens of Augusta through community partnership and collaboration.”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Black Friday Augustans Left Out in the Cold

South Augusta's Plan for Revitalization

AUGUSTA, GA (Al Dallas) - Today the City of Augusta and Hull Storey Gibson Companies kicked off the redevelopment of Windsor Square shopping center by announcing the additions of Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme as part of a revitalization plan to create a new first class retail and restaurant destination for South Augusta.

Young Musicians Awarded by GMEA

Photo by GRU
AUGUSTA, GA (Kelly Jasper) – Two young musicians, including a student and recent alum of the Department of Music at Georgia Regents University, were honored in recent composition contests.

William Dukes, a senior music major at GRU, was a winner in the Georgia Music Educators Association Composition Contest in November. His piece, “Saxophone Quartet in F minor,” will be performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Savannah in January.

Monday, November 25, 2013

3 Suspects in Custody for the Charlie Davis Jr. Murder

German-American Chamber of Commerce in Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tenn., (Chanta S. Waller) — The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, Inc. (GACC South) announced on Nov. 22, the opening of their new Tennessee chapter office and appointment of its new director. The office was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and welcoming remarks from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Animals Harmed for Research versus Entertainment

By now you are aware that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has made a number of claims questioning the care and treatment of animals at Georgia Regents University (GRU).

Friday, November 22, 2013

Consulado mexicano móvil en Tennessee

Recuerde que para tramitar su pasaporte y/o matrícula tanto en Consulado General como en Consulado Sobre Ruedas, es necesario obtener una cita a través de Mexitel en cualquiera de los dos modalidades disponibles:

Tel.: 1-877-MEXITEL (639-4835) Internet:


No olvides llevar tus documentos originales para realizar tus trámites.


Acta de nacimiento original.
Identificación oficial vigente con fotografía.
Comprobante de domicilio a tu nombre.

Acta de nacimiento original.
Identificación oficial vigente con fotografía.
Dos fotografías tamaño pasaporte (4.5x3.5cm) (sin lentes, cabeza descubierta, de frente y con fondo blanco).
Si vas a tramitar algún documento para un menor, no olvides:

La presencia de ambos padres con identificación oficial vigente con fotografía.
Acta de nacimiento del menor.
Identificación con fotografía (escuela).
Menores de 6 años pueden presentar cartilla de vacunación y carta del pediatra con fotogtrafía.
*Mujeres casadas deben presentar acta de matrimonio original sólo si requieren apellido de casada en su documento.


Consulado General de México en Atlanta
1700 Chantilly Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Tel. +1 (404) 266-2233
Fax +1 (404) 266-2302

Hephzibah High Lockdown and More

UPDATE: Richmond County Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Lavarius Kentrez Beasley (Photo Attached) in relation to the Armed Robbery that occurred on 11/17/2013 in the Hephzibah High School parking lot.

Anyone with information regarding Beasley’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 706-821-1080.  Callers may remain anonymous.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to 5178 Henderson Road, Hephzibah GA 30815 in reference to a Criminal Attempt  Burglary in progress.  Upon arrival it was learned that the suspects (3 B/Ms) had left the scene travelling in a blue in color Toyota Corolla. Responding deputies in the area spotted the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.

McCallum Running for Congress District 1

Glynn County, Georgia (Wells Ellenberg) - Today, conservative businessman and community leader John McCallum announced his candidacy for Congress in Georgia's 1st District.

"I am running because we are at a tipping point between two vastly different visions for our country's future," said McCallum.  "There are two camps competing for the hearts and minds of the American people.  I believe our country's greatness rests in the power of the American people.  Our opponents believe our greatness lies in our government. These two visions are at war with each other - both cannot win - and liberty hangs in the balance.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Deportations Are Wrong, Not Only for Military Families

As the fight for immigration reform winds through Congress, the President continues to oversee 1,100 unfair deportations each day.  As the White House pushes House Republicans to act, the President has the responsibility to do everything in his power to also grant relief to those who would benefit from reform.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

12 Bands of Christmas to Light-Up Augusta Holidays

AUGUSTA, GA (AL DALLAS) - The Downtown Development Authority and City of Augusta will partner with 12 Bands of Christmas this year and bring the popular Christmas Concert to the Christmas Light-Up Spectacular Celebration December 7th at the Augusta Common.

Robbing an Elder Neighbor for Drug

On Wednesday 11/13/2013 at approximately 11:58 PM the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to 3314 Blanchard Road, Augusta GA 30906 in reference to a robbery of the resident, 78yoa W/F Janice Donaldson.  

Upon officer’s arrival it was learned that earlier during the day Latasha Rouse (B/F, 34yoa, of 2515 Georgetown Drive) an acquaintance of Donaldson’s from the neighborhood,  came by Donaldson’s residence to borrow money to pay Rouse’ s Georgia Power Bill.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Andorra Drive Deadly Incident

On 11/11/2013 at 6:39 PM the Richmond County Sheriff's Office responded to 2560 Andorra Drive in reference to shots being fired and one person, Delarrion Smith (B/M, 18YOA, 4126 S. Allendale Court, Hephzibah GA), being down. Upon arrival at the scene officers located Delarrion Smith with a gunshot wound to the chest. Delarrion Smith was transported to GRU (Georgia Regents University) for medical treatment where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Wycliffe Gordon to be Presented with Visiting Professorship

AUGUSTA, GA (Kelly Jasper) – Renowned jazz trombonist and international recording artist, composer, and arranger Wycliffe Gordon will be presented with a visiting professorship in the Department of Music at Georgia Regents University when he takes the stage with the GRU Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Augusta, the Digital City

AUGUSTA, GA (AL DALLAS) - For the fourth year in a row, the City of Augusta’s Information Technology Department ranked among the top digital city governments as announced by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program. Ten finalists were chosen in four separate population categories. 

The Information Technology Department ranked #2 in the mid-sized category for cities with a population between 125,000 to 249,999. Augusta is the only State of Georgia municipality to be recognized in this competition. 

Republicans Calling IRS on Better Georgia

(Atlanta, GA) - The budding romance between gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter and Better Georgia, a self-described "progressive values advocacy organization", has reignited curiosity throughout the Peach State regarding the legality of the group's behavior.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Funds to Expand Access to Healthcare

Funding supports new primary care sites in 236 communities to serve more than 1.25 million additional patients.

The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $150 million in awards under the Affordable Care Act to support 236 new health center sites across the country. These investments will help care for approximately 1.25 million additional patients.

"Now is not time for Atlanta liberals"

(Atlanta, GA) - Today State Senator Jason Carter announced his intentions to run for Governor of Georgia.  Following his announcement, the Georgia Republican Party issued the following statements:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

GA Women protest at the GOP headquarters

Atlanta, GA - On Thursday November 7th, dozens of women and supporters are joining together
in protest outside the headquarters of the Republican Party of Georgia, to demand that the
Republican Party stands on the right side of history, and support fair comprehensive immigration
reform now.

Women and children make up ¾ of all immigrants, and are disproportionately
impacted by the current failed immigration system, and demand that the US Republican
Representatives of Georgia to join their fellow Republican colleagues Denham, Ros-Lehtinen
and Valadao in fixing this system and keeping families together by passing fair immigration
reform before the end of the year.

Máximo tribunal con dilema divino

La Corte Suprema de Justicia de los Estados Unidos hoy apareció profundamente conflictuada sobre qué tipo de oraciones públicas podría ser aceptable en una reunión pública a la cual los jueces se enfrentan a la delicada cuestión constitucional de separación entre iglesia y estado. La discusión que se inició hoy no arrojó un fallo y se estima que el mismo podría surgir en los próximos días.

Involuntary Loss of Urine Free Seminar

AUGUSTA, GA (Denise Parrish) – Dr. Brent Parnell hears this question often: “Is it normal for me to pee a little when I laugh?”

Friday, November 1, 2013

ObamaCare Site Ready in Georgia

El sitio cibernético del Affordable Care Act (ACA) ya está disponible para los residentes de Georgia. Pulse el siguiente enlace Pre-Registration. Los residentes legales pueden registrarse para obtener seguro médico.
The Affordable Care Act website for Georgia's resident is ready. Click the Pre-Registration link to go to apply for the health insurance of your choice. Only legal residents can apply.

Victoria para cuidado de salud de hispanas

NUEVA YORK (Erin White) — Jessica González-Rojas, directora ejecutiva del Instituto Nacional de Latinas para la Salud Reproductiva, hizo la siguiente declaración en respuesta al fallo judicial del 28 de octubre, que bloqueó dos piezas clave de la controvertida ley del aborto de Texas:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Caceres from North Augusta Strucked in the Middle of the Road

 On October 29, 2013 at approximately 2121 hours, Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies answered a call to the Gordon Hwy Bridge (Near the Georgia & South Carolina state line) regarding a traffic accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle. Upon Sheriff’s Deputies arrival, it was learned that the pedestrian (Later identified as Dario Martin Caceres, 32 of North Augusta, SC) was standing in the middle of the Gordon Hwy, according to the Sheriff office report.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Republicans Going Southwest

Atlanta, GA - For the first time in recent history, the Georgia Republican Party will open regional headquarters throughout the state to enhance visibility, strengthen community ties, and drive voter turnout in targeted districts. The GAGOP will open their first regional headquarters in Southwest Georgia on Wednesday, November 6 at Noon in Albany (2516 Dawson Road, Suite D).

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Augusta 2014 Budget

Is Sanity Returning to Congress?

Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) announced that he'll become the first Republican to cosponsor H.R. 15, the immigration bill introduced by Democratic leaders in the House just a few weeks ago!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Congress Should Act to Fulfill Voting Rights

Fifty years after the March on Washington, the future of voting rights is uncertain, according to a new Economic Policy Institute paper from Lawyers’ Committee’ President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine and Voting Rights Project co-director Marcia Johnson-Blanco. In Voting Rights at a Crossroads, the authors examine the ongoing struggle for voting rights 50 years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as a part of EPI’s Unfinished March project.

Conservative Leaders to Push for Immigration Reform

ATLANTA, GA (Tim Isaacson) — With immigration reform the next big topic before Congress, evangelical leaders from the Atlanta area are joining top conservative law enforcement and business leaders and heading to Washington, D.C., next week for “Americans for Reform: Immigration Reform for our Economy, Faith and Security.”

Request to Delay Obamacare Penalty for Individuals

With the shutdown behind us, Congress can actually get back to the work you sent us here to do — like working on a long term plan to reduce our nation’s debt, and ensuring folks in the 12th District aren’t burdened by laws and regulations coming down from Washington.

Augusta Mayor to "Share Success" in Chicago

Mayor Deke Copenhaver will serve as a keynote panelist at the University of Chicago’s Cannon Design Office this Friday, October 25, 2013 in conjunction with the Harris School of Public Policy.

Job Fair Boot Camp in Aiken

There are lots of things happening with Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, so here’s a quick Friday wrap-up:

Pharmacist of the Year Named by Georgia Society

AUGUSTA, GA (Denise Parrish) – Georgia Regents Health System Pharmacist Patricia Knowles has been named Pharmacist of the Year by the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a professional society of pharmacists practicing in organized health care settings. Photo courtesy from GRU.

Celebration of Panama's Mother Country Month

On Saturday 16th of November of 2013, the Asociación Cultural Hispanoamericana will carry out at the Augusta Public Library Auditorium A/B, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., THE CELEBRATION OF PANAMA'S MOTHER COUNTRY MONTH. Members and beneficiaries of ACHA, and the public in general are invited. The Augusta Public Library is located on 823 Telfair Street Augusta, GA 30901. Click here to obtain a map.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Roadblocks Should Be Brought Down in Georgia"

In response to State Court ruling that Bibb County roadblocks violate 4th Amendment rights, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights issued the following statement: This past Monday, the Georgia State Court ruled unconstitutional Bibb County roadblock practices, on the grounds that violates 4th amendment rights.

Open Letter to Home Depot CEO by GLAHR

Dear Mr. Blake:

The undersigned, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) respectfully requests your support for a call to Congress and to the President of the United States for a just and comprehensive immigration reform and to put a moratorium on deportations and the resulting separation of families.

"Estamos mejorando"

En las últimas dos semanas y media, millones de personas que viven en Estados Unidos visitaron la página para ver sus nuevas opciones de seguro de salud de acuerdo con la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio. En ese período de tiempo, se han enviado casi medio millón de solicitudes de cobertura de todas partes del país. Este tremendo interés (hasta la fecha hay más de 19 millones de visitas individuales a confirma que las personas que viven en Estados Unidos buscan cobertura de seguro de salud de calidad y a bajo precio, y desean encontrarla en Internet. (Editor: Nos imaginamos que en la página china estará la imagen de dos latinas).

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Armed Alamo March Live

Meth Trafficking From Mexico in the CSRA

AUGUSTA, GA (SDG) - A federal indictment, unsealed in federal court, has charged 14 defendants conspiring to traffic large amounts of methamphetamine from Mexico to Richmond, Columbia, and McDuffie Counties in Georgia, and to areas of South Carolina.

The charges result from a joint investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, the DEA, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, State of Georgia Pardons and Parole Office, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Shutdown: The End of a Legislative Coup d'état?

The government shutdown is over, but turning the government back “on” after a shutdown is hardly as easy as flipping a switch. Government websites that were shuttered during the shutdown — including those for Interior Department bureaus that oversee oil and gas development — remained offline Thursday morning.

There are concerns about the impact of the federal shutdown on many states’s economies, among other aspects of public life. But until the Bureau of Labor Statistics gets back to work, it will be hard to quantify its impact on jobs.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Medicare Open Enrollment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the start of the Medicare Open Enrollment, which begins October 15th and ends December 7th.  CMS encourages people with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage options for 2014.  Medicare’s Open Enrollment is not part of the Affordable Care Act’s new Health Insurance Marketplace, and people with Medicare do not need to do anything with Marketplace plans.


Dear President Obama,

We are is excited to know that the Senate and House have reached a deal to finally re-open the government. It gives us hope that Republicans and Democrats can work together to fix pressing issues facing our country. At the same time, Dreamers and Congress are ready to get back to work to complete immigration reform and finally end record-breaking deportation numbers. Just yesterday, Barack Obama echoed the same sentiment to work on immigration the "day after” Congress re-opens the government.

Malala Told Obama Most Awkward Thing Ever

Well, that was awkward. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee meets with a Nobel peace laureate and his family, and asks him to stop killing innocent people in her country with drones.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter, Malia, meet with Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Sheriff is Seeking Public Help

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect and vehicle.  On 10/14/2013 at approximately 11:45 hours, a suspect pulled up to the gas pumps at 3309 Peach Orchard Road in what appears to be a black newer model Chevrolet Impala.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Public Information Open House for Richmond County

Central Avenue at Monte Sano Avenue Intersection Improvements
The City of Augusta will be conducting a Public Information Open House to present proposed intersection improvements for the intersection of Central Avenue with Monte Sano Avenue.  The public is encouraged to attend and provide input.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Trinity on the Hill UMC Cafeteria
1318 Monte Sano Avenue
Augusta, GA 30904

Shutting down entrance to Eloy Detention Center

ATLANTA, GA (Roberto Gutierrez) - On October 11, thirteen members of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) departed from Atlanta to join with other undocumented people, families facing deportation proceedings, day laborers, and immigrant rights organizers in a civil disobedience that will shut down the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and stop deportations from Phoenix, Arizona, for a day.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Concrete Degradation at Seabrook Nuclear Plant

(Diane Screnci) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has closed out a Confirmatory Action Letter (CAL) issued to NextEra regarding actions to be taken by the company in response to concrete degradation identified at the Seabrook nuclear power plant. A letter formalizing the CAL’s closure was issued to NextEra today.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Georgia House District 127 Race

The Augusta Richmond County Committee for Good Government endorsed Brian Prince for House of Representatives, District 127, at the end of the presentation from all three candidates. The especial election will take place November 5, 2013.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Children Family Events

Friday, October 4
10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Jessye Norman Amphitheatre
*Music and special guest performance
by Georgia Public Broadcasting’s PBS
character Woofster of Super Why!.
Hosted by Lil’ Henry from
Henry’s Corner.

Children’s Week 2013
25 Years of Empowering Children & Families
October 4 - 10, 2013

A Running Chair for Noah

As you may be aware the Richmond County Sheriff Office (RCSO) has a running team which participates in various charity runs in this area. Some of our team members are also members of another running group named Black Girls run and often participate in the same events. During an event, it was learned that Naomi Williams has a 4 year old special needs child named Noah who is pushed by different runners during these events. Because of his disability, Noah has a special wheelchair designed for his safety but is not an ideal chair for running.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Immigration Bill Introduced in Congress

Latino and Democratic leaders have broken the stalemate in the House and introduced an immigration bill with a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans! 

Over 5,000 Firearm for Sale by the Sheriff Office

Starting tomorrow, one day per week for the next four weeks, an advertisement for an Invitation to Bid entitled "Disposal of Forfeited and Abandoned Firearms" will appear in the Augusta Chronicle.  Pursuant to Ga. Law such firearms obtained by Law Enforcement must be sold at auction or stored by the individual agency.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Augusta Commission Meeting Back to 2PM

The Augusta Richmond County Commission went back to its 2 pm meeting after several months of its 5 pm session. Closed door sessions and 2 pm sessions with few public attending the meetings are perfect environments to continue the suspicions deceptions at the Marble Palace, according to many conspiracy theorists.
Minute of October 1, 2013 | VIDEO

ObamaCare Enrollment Now

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated the date of October 1, 2013 for the launch of the Healthcare Marketplace. The Healthcare Marketplace is a website where Georgians can view and shop for health insurance policies and prices.

The open enrollment period runs from October 1, 2013 until March 31, 2014. Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Hate Crime Prevention Forum

Desinformación de hispanos sobre ObamaCare

NUEVA YORK (PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE) - Univision Communications Inc. y Phoenix Marketing International, firma de investigación integral de mercado, dieron a conocer hoy los resultados de un nuevo estudio sobre la salud de los hispanos y la Ley de Asistencia Asequible (ACA, por sus siglas en inglés). Este estudio es el más reciente indicio de los esfuerzos por Univision de generar conciencia sobre la ley y son parte de la misión más extensa de la empresa de informar, entretener y aumentar el poder de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos, con énfasis especial en la salud, la participación cívica y las finanzas personales


AUGUSTA, GA (Al Dallas) - The technology sector is becoming an increasingly-present part of Augusta’s culture. The Westobou Festival “puts a spotlight on the Central Savannah River Area through a celebration of national and international talent.” Technology is being included with Westobou’s core disciplines which already include film, music, visual, dance and words.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"The Enemy Within" at GRU

Facing an internal competitor
Posted on 23 September 2013 by The Bell Ringer Editorial

Advertising is a tough business.

You have to make sure your prices are competitive with industry rivals while still maintaining a profit for your business. In the real world, it’s brutally cutthroat in the ad business – you either sink or swim. Competitors swoop in behind your back to swipe the deal you thought you had made, promising lower prices for the same ads with the possibility of better placement on the page.

Friday, September 20, 2013

CITGO acepta reducir contaminación de aire y pagar multa

WASHINGTON, DC - (Lina Younes) –El Departamento de Justicia de EE.UU. y la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de EE.UU. (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) anunciaron que la Corporación CITGO Petroleum  basada en Houston. (CITGO) ha acordado pagar una multa civil de $737,000 e implementar proyectos para reducir la contaminación atmosférica dañina, resolver alegadas violaciones a la Ley de Aire Limpio (CAA, por sus siglas en inglés) en sus instalaciones de refinamiento de petróleo localizadas en Lemont, Ill. y el Lago Charles (Westlake), LA.

Campaña de promoción del seguro médico

WASHINGTON, DC (PRNH) -   Los costos de los cuidados de la salud hoy representan el 17 por ciento de la economía y aumentan cada vez más debido a que las personas viven más largo, las tasas más altas de obesidad, enfermedad cardíaca y otras enfermedades crónicas y complicaciones. Con el fin de disminuir los costos y crear un sistema que ofrezca servicios de cuidados de salud de mayor calidad y eficacia, el Presidente Obama y el Congreso establecieron la Ley de Cuidados Asequibles (ACA) en 2010 con cambios radicales de seguros como mantener a los niños en los seguros de salud familiares hasta los 26 años y eliminar las barreras de enfermedades preexistentes de los seguros de salud y servicios de prevención, de modo que la generación más joven tenga una vida más saludable. La ACA hace un llamado para el inicio de inscripciones en el seguro de salud en toda la nación el 1ro. de octubre de 2013, dentro de dos semanas.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Apartments on Greene Street

AUGUSTA, GA (Al Dallas) - Mayor Deke Copenhaver will join the Augusta Downtown Development Authority and Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Friday September 20th at 11 am for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 834 Greene Street. The 5300 square foot Queen Ann structure has been converted into six upscale apartments by Matthew Lewis, owner of the Belgium Elephant LLC. The restoration blends the past with heart pine floors, marble mantels and stained glass window, with modern amenities such as stainless appliances, granite counter tops and subway tiled bathrooms.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

7 Undocumented Free from Jail After White House Arrests

“The only ‘no’ we’ll accept, is no more deportations,” explained Tomas Martinez, a member of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR).  “The President can’t deny he has the power and the responsibility to stop deportations. We’re being told to wait for reform but waiting is not an option when 1,200 of us are being deported each day”.  All seven undocumented migrants from across the country handcuffed themselves to the White House fence to push forward the demand the President stop deportations and tell him they won’t take ‘no’ for an answer despite his comments to Telemundo last night. They were arrested for several hours and now all walked free.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Slum Designation for Augusta

UPDATE 10-8-2013 - During a work session by four commissioners and the Mayor of Augusta, the group learned that calling slum almost 600 acres of downtown area will be beneficial for development. Slum it doesn't mean the zone is bad but that is in risk to become worst and that open a world of opportunities to get funds for many projects in downtown was the explanation. Constructions already are on the way but money still is not being allocated. Watch the building.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hispanics Snubbed by President

President Obama snubs Hispanics again. Millions of them get news from Univision and Telemundo, certainly in far greater numbers than on MSNBC or CNN or ABC, NBC, CBS and NPR.
So who did Obama’s flacks offer long interviews to before his requested national time for a massive important national speech regarding the Syria crisis? Not the Spanish-language network Univision which regularly beats the other networks in areas like Los Angeles and Miami.

Obama goes out of his way to insult and demean Hispanics at every turn and what do his Hispanic acolytes do, they bend over and grab their ankles to enjoy being screwed by this President. Not this one.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Espacios de juego a escuelas menos favorecidas

Miles de caficultores brasileros se globalizan

Belo Horizonte/Amsterdam (Mira-Bai Simon- UTZ Certified y el gobierno de Minas Gerais, Brasil  consolidaron un acuerdo de colaboración a largo plazo en el evento de aniversario de la Organización Internacional del Café realizado en Belo Horizonte. La alianza, basada en la alineación del Código de Conducta UTZ y el estándar de certificación Certifica Minas Café, un esquema de certificación de Brasil, beneficiará a más de 1800 caficultores de Minas Gerais al facilitarles el acceso a los mercados internacionales a través de la red de UTZ Certified.

Women Arrested for Blocked Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, DC (Kirin Kanakkanatt )—Approximately 100 women were arrested this morning after blockading the intersection outside the House of Representatives to protest the House’s inaction on comprehensive immigration reform that treats undocumented immigrants -- especially women and children -- fairly.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Challenge to Georgia Obstructionists to ObamaCare

WHAT:            Representatives of Protect Your Care and Americans United For Change will partner with elected officials and other community advocates to hold a press conference to discuss the recent statements of Georgia Insurance Commissioner, Ralph Hudgens.   Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ recent speech states that he will do everything he can to obstruct the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Father Bourgeois "Disturbing the Peace" in Atlanta

Father Roy Bourgeois is a Vietnam veteran, priest and peace activist. He founded the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) in 1990, after the killing of thousands of Central Americans at the hands of dictators and military forces trained by the U.S. Army at the SOA at Fort Benning. Ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1972, in recent years he has become an outspoken advocate for the ordination of women as priests. In 2012 the Vatican dismissed him from both the Maryknoll order and the priesthood for participating in the ordination of a woman.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Safety First on Labor Day on the Road

Partying may be how most people will end their summer this Labor Day, but Georgia law enforcement and their partners across state lines will be on the lookout leading up to the holiday in case motorists take that party on the road by driving impaired.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

19 Million Uninsured Young Adults and Georgia Obstructionists

HOUSTON, Texas – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Young Invincibles announced the Healthy Young America video contest in an effort to inform young people about health insurance coverage and new options under the Affordable Care Act. People can submit entries and vote for their favorite videos at

Estatus de la reforma migratoria en Atlanta

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Aseguradoras médicas competirán por 10 millones de latinos

En el mensaje de esta semana, la  Directora de Políticas de Salud Pública del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos Mayra Álvarez habla sobre la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio y cómo dicha ley ayudará a hacer la cobertura de seguro médico más asequible y de más fácil acceso para millones de personas en los Estados Unidos.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Missing Person in Augusta

"Let Freedom Ring" From Augusta

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta is joining with the King Center and the 50th Anniversary Coalition to help culminate the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with “Let Freedom Ring” bell-ringing events across the country at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on August 28th, a half-century to the minute after Dr. King delivered his historic address. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Search for Sandra Coke Ends After a Body is Found

VACAVILLE (New America Media) - The search for a missing criminal defense investigator from Oakland ended Friday as authorities found a woman's body in Vacaville. There was no confirmation that the body was that of 50-year-old Sandra Coke. But after sending dozens of local police officers and FBI agents to search lakes and open space in two cities Thursday night and Friday, authorities called everyone back once the body was found in Vacaville about 1 p.m.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Fight For Voting Rights in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA – Citing the need to fight back against nationwide efforts that have hammered away at the right to vote, the Dean of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Joseph Lowery, will join civil rights, religious, civic and labor leaders and legislators at 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, to launch a 50-state project aimed at restoring, preserving and expanding free, fair and accessible voting rights.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

TEA Party Challenger for Senator Graham

"Together we will send the Tea Party to Washington D.C. Phones have been ringing off the wall! Let's do this South Carolina!" stated Nancy Mace (photo) in her Facebook account. The Goose Creek resident officially announced her campaign to defeat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican Party primary.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Roundtable for Immigration Reform

Bibles, Badges and Business, a non-profit organization that is supportive of the comprehensive immigration reform efforts currently happening in Washington DC., is organizing at the Columbia County Library a roundtable on the issue on August 13 at 3P.M. NOTE: The organizer didn't even call the Library to let know folks that they decided to cancel the event.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Blizzard Sale to Help Children

Carter Daly of Evans, makes a Blizzard® with the help of Dairy Queen store owner Asim Momin at the DQ on Central Avenue during the 2012 Miracle Treat Day.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of every DQ Blizzard sold on Miracle Treat Day are donated to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals organization. Carter, who has Type 1 diabetes, is under the care of specialists at CHOG.

High Temperatures Can Cause Problem

According to the Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gases are trapping more heat in the Earth's atmosphere, which is causing average temperatures to rise all over the world. While temperatures in the Midwest this summer may not set any records, high temperatures can still cause major problems. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

March, Rally &Vigil for Justice for Trayvon

Where: We will march from the Lockhead Credit Union (across from the Civic Center) at 1:30PM
430 Commerce Park Drive, SE, Marietta, GA 30060. And arrive at  the Marietta Square at approximately 2:30PM where the rally and vigil will be held until 5:00PM

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Policiales/Police Report

Due to a new policy directed by the Richmond County Sheriff Office, won't be updating this page any longer. This site was providing a service to the community in this area but can't continue under the new conditions. After the new policy was communicated to the media in 2 occasions the RCSO sent the wrong picture of the suspects.   

On 7/6/2014 an arrest has been made by the Criminal Investigative Division: Brandon DeShawn Hilton, DOB: 6/28/1997
Charges: Aggravated Assault, Reckless Conduct, Criminal Damage to Property 1st Degree, Criminal Damage to Property 2nd Degree, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Crime.

Richmond County Deputies responded on 7/5/2014 to 1137 Agerton Lane at approximately 22:12 in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered a 14 yoa male shot in the abdomen. The victim was transported to GRU for non life threatening injuries.

7/5/2014: At approximately 02:10 hours, Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 3539 Jonathan Circle in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered 28 yoa B/M Nathan Simpson laying in the front yard of 3541 Jonathan Circle with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to GRU for medical treatment.

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) 7/5/2014 - On the evening of July 4th, the Richmond County Sheriff Office conducted 3 road safety check stops during a 5 hour period.  On a positive note, compared to previous nights with road checks, only 13 persons were arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Although that number still needs to continue to be lowered it is far better results than those from last year during Operation Thunder (where many nights we saw 40 persons being arrested for DUI).  However, we did notice that we continue to have a major problem with children not being placed in child safety seats. 55 citations were issued for this violation which does not take into account warnings issued for minor child seat violations.

According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2008 to 2012), 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

The RCSO along with the Georgia State Patrol and those from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety will continue with a heightened presence through Sunday evening on our roadways in an effort to prevent crashes. DNR will also be on the water, including the Savannah River, doing their best to keep boaters safe.  Typically during a 4th of July weekend over 50% of crashes are directly related to alcohol consumption.  As of Saturday, July 5th, at 3:00pm, Richmond County roadways have not had any crashes resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.

Plan Ahead, Don't Drink and Drive or allow those you love to do so.

6/19/2014 - Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 2807 Wylds Road, Virginia College, regarding a two week old male infant, Christopher Howard, left unattended in a vehicle. Upon arrival, Deputies Rollins, Scott, Green, and Grinko observed a dark gray color 2011 Toyota Forerunner with the engine turned off. The windows were only down 1-2 inches each.

Deputies observed a baby carrier in the rear cargo area of the Forerunner with Baby Christopher inside of it, covered with a white blanket.

Deputy Green took immediate action and climbed through the sunroof of the Forerunner, unlocked the doors, and took Baby Christopher out of the vehicle. EMS arrived on the scene and transported the infant to GRU for medical treatment. After Christopher was stabilized and hydrated, he was released and turned over to his maternal Grandmother.

The 20 yoa mother of the infant, B/F Alicia Manigault, was charged with Cruelty to Children, 2nd Degree. Manigault stated she left baby Christopher in the vehicle while she took final exams inside of the College for Cosmetology School. Christopher was estimated to have been in the vehicle from 30 minutes up to 1 hour. (Please see the attached booking photo).

The Department of Children and Family Services responded to GRU and launched their own investigation.

--> 5/28/2014 - The Richmond County Sheriffs Office STAR team is investigating a fatality that occurred in the parking lot of the Master Movie Theater on the 2800 Block of Washington Road. The driver of a newly purchased 2013 Harley Davidson Motorcycle was traveling south in the parking lot at a high rate of speed, from the east side of Hooters. Investigation revealed the driver lost control and struck the right side of a 2011 Toyota Tundra, which was parked facing west in the parking lot, in front of the Movie Theater. 

The female passenger on the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene at 2140 hours. The male driver of the motorcycle has been transported to Georgia Regents University in unknown conditions.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

UPDATE:  On May 29, Daniell Frank Simmons B/M (27) of the 2000k block of Lanier Road Augusta GA was taken into custody and charged with the shooting death of Curtis Lamont Carter B/M DOB: (21) of the 2400 block of Madrid Drive Augusta GA. Curtis Carter was shot multiple times on the night of 5/27/2014 at the intersection of 2nd Ave and Bolt Drive. Daniell Simmons was booked into the Charles B Webster Detention Center with Murder, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

At approximately 0032 hours, Sheriffs Deputies answered a call to the 2100 Block of 2nd Avenue in regards to gunshots being fired and a possible victim being shot. Upon deputies arrival, it was learned one male victim was located face down in front of 2105 2nd Avenue. This investigation revealed the male victim had sustained two gunshot wounds to the chest and was immediately transported to Georgia Regents University where he succumb to his injuries.
Curtis Lemont Carter B/M, 22 years old, of the 2400 Blk Madrid Dr. had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Carter was transported to GRU Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 0055 hours. Witnesses at the scene identified Daniell Frank Simmons B/M, aka Donkey, 26 years old, of the 2000 Lanier Rd, as the shooter. 
Witnesses advised that during a verbal altercation, Simmons produced a handgun and fired several times at Carter. Arrest warrants are on file for the offenses of Murder, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Crime and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Simmons should be considered Armed and Dangerous.
This is Richmond County’s 10th Homicide.
--> 5/25/2014 at approximately 11:05 PM, Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the main parking lot of the Civic Center in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered two female victims with gunshot wounds. One victim was transported to GRU by ambulance and the second victim by a personal vehicle. Both victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Suspects included two B/M’s one with a slender build and the second with a heavier build. This incident took place as the result of a private graduation party ending.

--> Shortly before 6 pm on 05/21/14, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Hephzibah Police Department responded to a body that had been found in a field on the 4400 block Wilson Road in Hephzibah.

During the ensuing investigation, Damon Terrell Prymus (27) of 1810 North Barton Drive, Augusta, GA was identified as the victim. Altaye Levelle Knight (21) also of 1810 North Barton Drive has been arrested and charged with the Murder of Prymus. This is the 9th Homicide of 2014.

5/16/2014 - In reference to the narcotics investigation last night at 3809 Fairington Dr. Hephzibah, GA,  Richmond County Narcotics Investigators have placed ROBERT RAY FULTZ, 64 years old in custody.  Pending charges against FULTZ are

-          TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA also within 1000 ft of a SCHOOL ZONE

The residence was found to be within a 1000Ft of Deer Chase Elementary school located at 1780 Deer Chase Ln. Hephzibah, GA.

Sgt. Glen Rahn

On 5/14/2014 at approximately 0738 hours, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Traffic Division responded to Skyview Drive and New Savannah Road regarding a single vehicle rollover traffic accident. Upon deputies arrival, it was learned that a Single Unit Truck carrying a crane was traveling North bound of Skyview Drive approaching New Savannah Road.

The single vehicle was being operated by the driver and had one passenger. The vehicle attempted to negotiate a left turn on to New Savannah Road and due to mechanical failure, resulted in the vehicle rolling over. The passenger (Identified as Riddle, Jordan 28 year of age) was pinned under the vehicle and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.

This traffic accident is in the beginning phases of being investigated. Drivers looking to travel in this direction should seek an alternate route due to the intersection (Skyview Drive and New Savannah Road) being closed. The intersection will be closed for five hours.

Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel SR

On 5/5/2014 at 4 PM: The Paine College campus is no longer on lockdown. However the campus is still closed to the public. Classes will resume tomorrow as scheduled at 8am.

From GRU: ALL CLEAR: The situation at Paine College has been resolved and a suspect is in custody. Operations in the medical center and on both campuses may resume as normal.


Downtown Augusta Gets SMART from AnibalShow.

On 4/28/2014 at 01:17 hours Richmond County Deputies were called to 2506 Lumpkin Road apartment J2 in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival it was learned that Nathan Mims (of the 200 block of Johnson Road in North Augusta, SC) and Naty Ortiz-Ramos (43 year old H/F who lived at 2506 Lumpkin Road) were involved in a domestic dispute when Mims began assaulting Ortiz-Ramos then began stabbing her an unspecified amount of times.  Ortiz-Ramos succumbed to her injuries and passed away. After the assault Mims stayed at the scene and surrendered to deputies.  Mims was treated for minor cuts and then booked into the Richmond County Jail for Murder and Possession of a Knife During the Commission of a Crime.  

This is Richmond County’s 8th Murder of 2014.

Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel SR

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance from the public regarding “entering autos” within Richmond County.  We are experiencing an increase of automobiles being entered illegally and items being stolen from within the vehicles.  In the majority of all cases, these vehicles are parked in neighborhoods on the street or within shopping centers and are left unlocked; often times, items of value are left visible within the vehicle. Just this past weekend, we had 10 vehicles within the Meadowbrook area and 14 in the Manchester area off of Windsor Spring Road.

Assistance is needed by taking precautionary measures such as placing your vehicle within your garage or at least within the driveway, removing valuable items from vehicles, and locking your car doors whenever exiting the vehicle.  Additional safety tips are available on

Lt. Lewis Blanchard

<-> - On Thursday April 17, 2014 at approximately 20:36 hours, Richmond County Sheriffs Deputies answered a call to the intersection of Mike Padgett Hwy and Payton Drive in regards to a traffic accident. Upon arrival, it was learned that a predistrian was attempting to cross the road when a van traveling northbound on Mike Padgett Hwy struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel SR

<-> - On Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at approximately 23:37 hours, Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies along with the Traffic Division responded to the intersection of Gordon Highway at Olive Road pertaining to a suspicious person flagging down vehicles. Prior to deputies arrival, it was learned that (2) male pedestrians were struck by a vehicle. One of the victims succumbed to their injuries. The second victim is receiving medical treatment for serious injuries at GRU.

If anyone has any information regarding this crash, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 706.821.1080.

- Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1933 Heckle Street in reference to a Methamphetamine Lab. The following persons have been charged with VGCSA Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Trafficking Methamphetamine.

W/M Mitchell Perry Pelham, 47 yoa, Martinez, GA
W/F Nancy Wood, 63 yoa, Augusta, GA
W/M James Tedder, 42 yoa, Augusta, GA

Sgt. Monica R. Belser, MSCRJ

<-> On Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at approximately 21:31 hours, Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 4500 block of Etterlee Road in reference to a Domestic Dispute. Upon arrival, Deputies observed B/M Patrick Ford standing in the road way covered in blood. Ford had been stabbed by his live-in girlfriend, Shelley Coleman, in his right hand with another laceration to his upper left chest.

Patrick Ford was transported to GRU for medical treatment. Ford’s injuries were non-life threatening.

Shelley Coleman was charged with Aggravated Assault and placed in the Richmond County Detention Center. (Please see attached booking photo).

Additional information will be provided upon availability.

<-> On today’s date at approximately 20:46 hours, Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 100 block of East Espinosa Street in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered a B/M had been shot on Japonica Avenue and was driven to his mother’s house on Espinosa. The victim was transported to GRU for medical treatment of  non-life threatening injuries. No suspects are in custody at this time.

This investigation is in the early stages. More details will be provided upon availability.

<-> On today’s date at approximately 18:30 hours, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division, responded to the 3500 block of Milledgeville Road in reference to a Traffic Accident with serious injuries. On the scene, Traffic Investigators learned that 13 yoa B/M Demonta Collins was struck by a vehicle while running from a dog. Collins ran from the dirt and grass area on the right/west side of the road into a vehicle’s path causing the vehicle to strike him. Collins was transferred to GRU for medical injuries in which he later succumbed. Dr. Hawkins of GRU pronounced the victim deceased at 19:15 hours.

The driver of the 2001 blue Acura has not been cited at this time.

W/F Robyn Gledhill, owner of the dog “Shadow”, was issued a citation for a violation of the State Leash Law.

This investigation is ongoing. More details will be provided upon availability.
—> Sgt. Monica R. Belser, MSCRJ

4/4/2014 - The Richmond County Sheriff Office and FBI task force conducted and undercover cover Sting Operation. The targets were prostitution and child predators.

Arrested were there persons for prostitution
Juanita Patrice Croft (34) of Graniteville SC
Ciera Alexis Capell (26) of Aiken SC
Shatika Monique Nicholson  of Forrest Park Ga

Arrested for Criminal Attempt Child Molestation
Russell Donald Benjamin (45) of North Augusta SC
Sarawin Nath Intakanok (36) of Lilburn Ga

All were booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.
—-> Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel SR

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a Financial Transaction Card Fraud which occurred on 07/01/2013; Monday at 1001 AM at the Family Dollar 206 Sand Bar Ferry Rd. The surveillance footage depicts the following:

An unknown Black Male wearing a black shirt with white stripes, with dark pants, and a dark in color baseball cap with Atlanta on the front, The B/M entered the business and made a purchase at the checkout counter. The B/M swiped the card to make the transaction. Anyone who can identify this unknown male is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 706-821-1020 or the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher at 706-821-1080.

Bank robbery suspect from 3120 Peach Orchard Road SRP Federal Credit Union. Further investigation revealed the black female suspect was wearing a wig at the time of the incident, which was later recovered near the Dollar General Store.

On Thursday August 1, 2013 at approximately 1430 hours Richmond County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the SRP Federal Credit Union (3120 Peach Orchard Road) in regards to a bank robbery. Upon arrival, it was learned that a short black female (standing 5'1 to 5'5 in height, wearing a red in color females style tank top, black pants, a purse, and white Tennis shoes) produced a note demanding money. The female suspect collected an undisclosed amount of cash and fled to scene on foot towards the Windsor Spring Road area.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a Financial Transaction Card Fraud which occurred on 07/17/2013; Wednesday at 2119 PM at the Wal-Mart at 3209 Deans Bridge Rd.

The surveillance footage depicts the following:
An unknown White Female, wearing a purple in color dress, and a Black Male wearing a white tank top T-shirt, a gray pair of sweat pants, with white tennis shoes. The W/F and B/M entered the business and made a purchase at the checkout counter.

The B/M swiped the card first but the transaction did not go through and then the W/F swiped the card to complete the transaction. Both the W/F and B/M are seeing leaving the Wal-Mart at 2322 hours in the video clip.

 On 07/30/2013 between 0519 hours and 0530 hours the suspect listed in the video is seen burglarizing the Broadway Bait and Tackle business located on the 1700 block of Broad Street.
The Video footages shows the suspect entering into the business at 0523 hrs. while covering his head with a life jacket and removing numerous fishing rods.  
The suspect in the video has been identified as Brian Scott Lowry, W/M, 42yoa (3073 Deans Bridge Road).  Lowry is currently being held at the Aiken County Detention center.
On May 29th, 2013, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a complaint on one of its officers, Deputy Wade Smith.  The investigation dealt with the improper handling and recovery of property seized from a defendant in a case investigated by Deputy Smith on November 2nd, 2012. During the investigation it was learned that Deputy Smith confiscated a large amount of Marijuana, money, and a handgun and did not document this in any report or recover the property correctly.  Deputy Smith advised that the narcotics were destroyed, the weapon was discarded and all of the cash was turned over to a relative of the defendant.  As a result, it was determined at a minimum that Deputy Wade Smith violated Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures and was terminated Thursday, June 4th, 2013. The entire findings were forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review. Deputy Wade Smith was hired with the Sheriff’s Office March 2nd, 2002. On Tuesday, July 30th, 2013, the case was presented to a Grand Jury who subsequently indicted Wade H. Smith on the charges of Tampering with Evidence and Violation of Oath of Office. A Grand Jury Arrest warrant was issued for Wade’s arrest. On Thursday, August1st, 2013 at approximately 0900 hours, Wade H. Smith turned himself in to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office (photo courtesy) where he was booked into the Richmond County Jail.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating an overnight shooting that occurred at 1111 11th Avenue. On Wednesday July 31 2013, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1111 11th Avenue where they found Stanley Mathew Thomas (29) of 1111 11th Avenue being treated by paramedics. During the course of this investigation, it was learned that Thomas was inside his residence when an unknown suspect (s) from outside the residence, began shooting into the residence of 1111 11th Avenue. Thomas sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and is currently being treated at GRU.
As part of a nationwide investigation 11 local people have been arrested on child exploitation and prostitution charges. This operation involved 47 FBI divisions in 76 cities across the country, which included Richmond County. Operation Cross Country VII rescued 105 children being victimized through prostitution. 
These are the defendants in connection with Operation Cross Country VII.
David Leon Morris (21) 1 count of VGCSA Possession of Marijuana and Felony Probation.
Natasha Nicole Bush (19) VGCSA Possession of Marijuana and Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution / pimp)
Kristopher Bufkin (19) Interfering with a Sheriff’s Deputy
Ashley Reshena Washington (21) Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
Betty L Key (28) Disrorderly conduct (Prostitution)
Jessica Lynn Hammond (26) Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
Casandra Kimball (22) Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
Katherine Holbert (30) Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
Katie Goetz (31) Disorderly conduct (Prostitution)
Greg Luke Green (28) Pimping
Shanikia Howard (27) Prostitution 
Over the past week, Richmond County has experienced an increase in vehicles being broken into.  The Sheriff’s Office is asking the public if they noticed any suspicious persons or activities within these areas to please notify them at 706-821-1080.
Waverly Area:
8 car break-ins occurred over night Sunday night and Monday morning. All vehicles were left unsecured and small items such as Cell phones, Ipods, and GPS units were taken.
An attempted burglary also occurred within this area during the same time frame but a nearby homeowner was able to assist in preventing this from occurring.
Forest Hills:
8 car break-ins occurred between July 17-21 which occurred overnight and were struck 2 at a time. 6 vehicles had windows broken and 2 were left unsecured.
West Wheeler:
6 car break-ins occurred overnight on July 28. 3 vehicles had windows smashed and 3 were left unsecured.
Lt. Lewis Blanchard of the Sheriff’s Office is urging safety measures such as ensuring that vehicle doors are locked and all items within a vehicle are removed from site.  Additionally, expensive items such as firearms, tablets, laptops,  and other valuables should be removed from vehicles or at the very least, locked in the trunk of the vehicle.  Please report suspicious activity immediately to 9-1-1 and provide them with as much information as possible to include descriptions and vehicle tags when possible.
On Sunday, July 28, 2013 at approximately 1824 hours, Richmond County Sheriff's Deputies and Traffic Investigators responded to the 2900 block of Ulm Rd., in reference to a Motor Vehicle Accident. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that the driver of a motorcycle loss control and struck two pedestrians and also struck a single vehicle.
Kyterian Andres Jones (25) driver of the motorcycle and pedestrian Marcus Kelly were pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident. Jerome Gilmore (A second pedestrian) sustained a broken right leg and a laceration to his left leg. Gilmore was transported to GRU for medical treatment.  
On Saturday, July 27, 2013 at approximately 10:24 pm, Richmond County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Deans Bridge Road at Old Tobacco Road in regards to a victim that had been shot. Upon arrival, Deputies found the victim, Steven Adams 20 yoa, who sustained two gun shot wounds. One wound was to the arm and the second to the leg. The victim related that he was riding with a friend in the friends car when the two of them started arguing. Adams stated that his friend produced an unknown type of handgun and shot him twice. Adams was transported to GRU for medical treatment. On 062913 at approximately 2342 hours Richmond County Deputies were called to 3300 block of Thames Place in reference to a large party and gunshots being fired.  Deputies arrived in the area and  located a large party at 3317 Thames Place.  Deputies were unable to determine the full extent of what occurred due to people who were present would not cooperate and the confusion at the scene.  
No evidence was initially located either.  Deputies were later called back to the area and located shell casings in the surrounding area.  Portions of this incident were later found to have been captured on a private citizen’s home video surveillance system.  
Investigators were able to obtain a copy of this video surveillance and observed as a group of B/M’s walk single file past the camera.  A short time later the B/M’s come back in camera view with several in the group firing firearms.  
The following morning after this incident Deputies were called back to 3313 Thames Place regarding a vehicle that was found to have been struck by the gun fire and more shell casings were recovered.  No persons ever came forward in this incident reporting they had been shot at.  
Investigators began investigating this incident and ultimately arrested the following individuals involved in this incident:
#LeDarius Donnell Montgomery, 17 years old of the 3700 block of Bansbury Place
#LaGrandes Orlando Montgomery, 19 years old of the 3700 block of Bansbury Place
#Jordan Jamal Lovett, 18 years old of the 1000 block of Country Place
#Jerome Marquise Smith, 19 years old of the 3400 block of Essex Place
#Marquise Deion Lewis, 17 years old of the 3700 block of Bansbury Place
#Dijon Cortez Abbott, 17 years old of the 4200 block of James Drive
#Nicholas Antwone Lockhart, 17 years old of the 4200 block of Beckmont Drive
#Michael DiQuez Scott, 18 years old of the 3600 block of Melbourne Drive
All suspects were charged with Reckless Conduct and Unlawful Street Gang Activity.  They were not charged with Aggravated Assault because no victims came forward.  All suspects are affiliated with the street gang called “23” / “Get Money Rock Boys” formerly known as “Georgia Deadly Boys”.  Investigators believe this incident to be a gang related dispute between “23rd” and “Six Hundred” (6Hunna), a street gang originating from East Boundary in East Augusta.
Prior to the arrest of these 8 suspects the following additional incidents occurred that some if not all were a part of or present at.
On 071813 at approximately 2355 hours Richmond County Deputies were called to a loud party and vehicles blocking the road at Cauthern Road and East Kensington Drive.  Deputies arrived and while approaching the residence at 2536 East Kensington Drive to shut the party down, gunshots erupted inside the residence and people began fleeing the house.  
Deputies located Marquez Eubanks and Jeremy Whitehead suffering from gunshot wounds.  Eubanks and Whitehead were transported to GRU ER for treatment and Eubanks died as a result of his injuries.  Investigators were able to identify Dijon Cortez Abbott as the suspect in this incident and apprehended Abbott late in the afternoon on 071913.  Abbott was charged in connection with this incident for Murder, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.  
During this investigation many of the suspects from the shooting incident on the 3300 block of Thames Place were identified as also being present and it was learned that the shooting was gang related arising from a dispute between “23rd” and “Six Hundred” (6Hunna) as both gangs were present at this incident.
On 072113 at approximately 0248 hours deputies were called to the 3600 block of Brussels Street in reference to a drive by shooting at a residence.  
It was found that a blue Chevrolet Impala occupied by Jordan Jamal Lovett and Michael DiQuez Scott drove by a residence and opened fire from the vehicle on the residence.  Deputies observed damage to the house caused by the gunfire and recovered numerous shell casings from the street.  
A resident at the house was believed to be a member or associate of Six Hundred and the suspects were members of “23rd”.  Both Lovett and Scott were charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.
No further information is being released as witnesses are still being sought in the Murder investigation and any persons present during the shooting incident on Thames are invited to come forward.
On Friday, July 26, 2013 at approximately 2351 hours, Richmond County Deputies responded to 1814 Fayetteville Drive in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies discovered 27 yoa B/M Lamar King with a gun shot wound to the chest. King was transported to GRU by Goldcross, where he later succumbed to injuries. One arrest have been made at this time. This investigation is ongoing. 
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in identifying the two male subjects featured in the attached video captures. Both subjects are wanted in reference to a break-in at 1815 Belmont Dr – Apt. 36 on 07/22/at approximately 1630 hours (Case # 13-150415).
If you recognize these persons, contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office CID: 706-821-1020 / Dispatch: 706-821-1080
(7-24-13), Richmond County Investigators arrested James Edmond Griffin in connection with four (4) vehicle break-ins where large automotive truck batteries were the target. Previously Richmond County Investigators disseminated surveillance photos to local media and social networking outlets which captured the suspect breaking into trucks at Complete Residential, located at 3307 Commerce Drive, on 6-28-13 (Case# 13-129530) and again on 7-24-13 (Case# 13-149274) in an attempt to identify the suspect.

Based on this dissemination, Richmond County Investigators received an abundance of tips from citizens identifying James Edmond Griffin and his vehicle captured in these photos. The information obtained by citizens not only assisted investigators in identifying the suspect, but quickly led to his arrest and recovery of the stolen truck batteries valued at close to $1,000 back to its original owner.
James Edmond Griffin was booked into the Richmond County Jail on four separate felony counts of Entering an Auto to Commit a Theft.
Sheriff Richard Roundtree and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the first annual Kids & Cops Camp on Monday, July 29th, from 8am until 3:30pm.  The camp will be held in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of Augusta at the W.T. Johnson Center, 1610 Hunter Street, Augusta Georgia.
We will have volunteer deputies from within all divisions assisting with the camp for the day.  Additionally, we will have demonstrations from the canine division, bomb squad and the motors from the traffic division.
At 3pm, we will have the closing ceremonies where Sheriff Roundtree will speak with all of the children regarding the need for a good education and staying away from crime, drugs and gangs.  Each child will also be given a “Junior Deputy Badge” from the Sheriff as well as a book bag with school supplies to start the school year off right.
Lt. Lewis Blanchard
Operations Division Manager
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office

On Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at approximately 0046 hours, Richmond County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 1000 block of Olreich Avenue in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies discovered victim,B/M Eli Terrell Bell, had been shot.
Bell was transported to GRU for treatment of a non life threatnening injury. The suspect is 23 year old B/M George Edward Powell.
Powell left the scene in an unknown vehicle and unknown direction of travel. Anyone with information on said subject are asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 706.821.1020.