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Juveniles charged for mall brawl

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:36 AM
Last updated Thursday, June 30, 2011 2:05 AM
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Video of a teen fight in the Augusta Mall over the weekend has gained attention after a cell phone video hit YouTube.

According to Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay, the fight involving multiple 15- and 16-year-olds stemmed from an ongoing Facebook feud and escalated while the girls were in the food court of the mall around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Security and deputies stepped in and eventually stopped the fray but not before a glass hanging over food at Sbarro was broken, Gay said.

The juveniles were charged with second degree criminal damage to property and affray.

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sassylassie
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sassylassie 06/29/11 - 11:39 pm
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ASITIS: Your 5:57 post was

ASITIS: Your 5:57 post was dead on. TOTAL agreement there with everything you said. Until we, a the PAYING public who shops at the mall, or tries to do so, demands that mall management create a curfew with individuals under the age of 18 having a guardian (NOT friend) with them at the mall, nothing will change. I tell my 21 year old not to go there at night! It's ridiculous that thugs, no matter what race or sex, will act this way in public and risk harming innocent children or elderly people who may have been nearby. And as for those "boosting up" the fight, they should be charged AS WELL. Until we get strict and start throwing these folks in jail as adults, nothing will change. ENOUGH.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 06/29/11 - 11:43 pm
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And some parents still don't

And some parents still don't learn that public places such as the mall are NOT babysitting areas where kids can run free. That includes movie theaters. TAKE your kids and stay with them. Then other parents like myself won't have to step in when your kids are making bad decisions, embarassing you, while you're not there. Being a mom myself, I think we all have responsibility to help our kids make sure they are behaving appropriately, and if that means stepping in when another parent doesn't and the child is risking his/her health or well being, then so be it. Parenting is a full time job. Dropping off kids at the mall isn't parenting. It's asking for trouble.

georgiasouthern
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georgiasouthern 06/30/11 - 01:23 am
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There is a reason why

There is a reason why Lifestyle Centers are replacing malls now.

Also for all of you pointless Augusta bashers that worship Greenville and Charleston like they are Heaven. Heres some articles to keep you busy.

http://www2.wspa.com/news/2011/jun/23/similiar-robbery-incidents-occur-h...

http://www.newsradioword.com/Police-Investigate-Robberies-Outside-Haywoo...

http://www.topix.com/city/greenville-nc/2011/06/greenville-police-invest...

So even progressive Greenville is just as overrun with thugs as Augusta. If you dont want to deal with crime in your town then just move to sleepy Dublin, GA and shop at their mall and you MIGHT NOT have these type of problems however the shopping is crappy there.

CABoatright
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CABoatright 06/30/11 - 06:16 am
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The title of this article
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The title of this article should have read, "Juvenile DELINQUENTS charged..."

sassylassie
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sassylassie 06/30/11 - 07:01 am
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Perhaps a hefty fine, being

Perhaps a hefty fine, being banned from the mall, and some serious community service is in order. I mean, now that it's really hot outside, how about that parking lot at the mall being cleaned? Or perhaps our animal shelters or another publicly funded operation which needs some dirty work done? Hope the judge isn't soft about the punishment.

Sentinel
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Sentinel 06/30/11 - 08:09 am
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It looks like some of the

It looks like some of the little brats involved in the fight took off their shoes prior to the hair snatching... not the smartest thing to do when you're going to break a little glass, huh?

As for any of the bystanders jumping in to help instead of cheering them on? If you're not smart enough to pull your pants up where they belong, you probably don't have enough sense to help someone else avoid trouble.

The situation at the mall is ridiculous. I (and my disposable income) will continue to shop elsewhere.

noway
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noway 06/30/11 - 08:52 am
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I think it's funny that

I think it's funny that people just want to move the mall to Columbia County - as if nothing bad ever happens there. Give me a break.

TK3
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TK3 06/30/11 - 09:00 am
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If parents will not be held

If parents will not be held actually responsible for their brood then it is time to LOWER the age were a teen can be charged as an adult !
These male/females age 15-19 are NOT what was once consider "teens" anymore folks.

ConcernedGeorgian
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ConcernedGeorgian 06/30/11 - 10:20 am
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This is absolutely

This is absolutely ridiculous. I know some malls enforce time periods where juveniles cannot be in the mall without a guardian. Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia calls it the Parental Involvement Program. Security will and has escorted juveniles out of the mall if they are unaccompanied by an adult. It is obvious that the Augusta Mall needs this type of policy in place.

iLove
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iLove 06/30/11 - 11:54 am
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Fact is that the Augusta Mall
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Fact is that the Augusta Mall needs to step up its security.
For instance, no more than 3 people walking in a group. Any teen under a certain age cannot enter the mall without a adult. Hold adults responsible, heck, they are still children.

When teens in your area have NOTHING TO DO, this is one result. This happens EVERYWHERE, just the Augusta Bashers seem to think that Augsta Ga is immune to any type of behavior that is presently happening across the country.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 06/30/11 - 12:50 pm
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This happened back in 1997

This happened back in 1997 and of course the mall "studied" the issue with no positive changes.

Look at what the courts did to the offenders....basically nothing. Until our judges get out from behind their ivory towers and go into the public areas with these thugs they will never understand why tough punishments must be issued each and every time.

Originally created 10/03/97

Brawl participants sentenced at hearing

Nine people arrested after a brawl that drew more than 300 spectators and shut down Augusta Mall in August were fined Thursday in Magistrate Court or ordered to perform community service.

Two of the men pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct, and seven others were found guilty after a trial before Chief Magistrate Judge William D. Jennings.

Two more men were found not guilty because officers couldn't positively identify them or didn't have sufficient evidence that they participated in the fighting.

Police officers and mall officials described bedlam at the upper-level food court during the Saturday-night incident Aug. 9 when a crowd stomped hard enough to shake the floor and chanted "Hell, no, we won't go" as officers arrested participants. Other patrons fled as officers wrestled offenders to the floor and into flower beds after fistfights broke out and one man was hit in the head with a "Wet Floor" sign, the officers testified.

The brawl began after two men, Chance Rahkee Shannon, 17, of Central Avenue, and Ronald Clay Parker, 18, of Old Waynesboro Road in Hephzibah, were arrested for fighting. Mr. Parker testified that he hit Mr. Shannon after Mr. Shannon poked him in the head as he walked by. Mr. Parker denied poking him.

"Based on the evidence, I'm going to find both defendants guilty of disorderly conduct, as well as being stupid," Judge Jennings said after hearing their stories and asking why neither walked away instead of fighting.

Also found guilty were Marcus Antonio Johnson, 21, of Pate Avenue; Ladre Rodquize Robertson, 19, and Lmonte Robertson, 17, both of Walden Drive; Sharone Lamar Simmons, 18, of Bennock Mill Road; and Cornelius Cordale White, 19, of Travis Road. Most argued in court that they were attacked and unwillingly drawn into the conflict.

Arlo David Fleming, 17, and Morrison Lee Brandon Jr., 20, both of Morrisville, N.C., pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct.

All of the men were ordered to stay away from the mall and Judge Jennings ordered fines ranging from $50 to $150 for the men who had jobs. Others were ordered to perform community service.

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Craig Spinks 06/30/11 - 01:31 pm
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From the domiciles to the

From the domiciles to the streets; from the streets to the schools; from the schools to the malls; and from the malls...?

displacedyankee
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displacedyankee 06/30/11 - 01:37 pm
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Honestly, as the mother of 3

Honestly, as the mother of 3 teenagers and a preschooler I am absolutely sickened that anyone's response to this is "well, it happens in Columbia County too" or "there are tons of businesses opening in Richmond County" or my personal fave "FBI statistics show that violent crime is down in Richmond County." How can we as human beings be ok when this happens one time, let alone often? When we accept that this "happens all the time," shame on us. And before I get flamed for not being from the South and for being a yankee: PLEASE. I am here and I work and I pay taxes and I care about where I live. If you sit back and accept this, you should get on a plane--not me.

CarlA
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CarlA 06/30/11 - 01:49 pm
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Looks like a bunch of caged

Looks like a bunch of caged animals to me!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/30/11 - 02:06 pm
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displaced.....you might be a

displaced.....you might be a yankee but you are sooo right in your posting....right on target.....thanks...we will keep you...

Just a reminder to my friends on here..I think tonight is the night Gone With The Wind program comes on at 9pm on public broadcasting......when you said yankee that reminded me...lol

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/30/11 - 02:31 pm
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I understand Countyman loves
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I understand Countyman loves Augusta but every time he posts all these positives and fails to admit that lots of areas of Augusta are not safe and need to be addressed, it makes all his others posts look one sided. There are great things about Augusta but I see Augusta Mall headed down the same path as Regency Mall. I might add that 20 years ago that part of town was not lower middle class. When the lawbreakers move in a majority of those that obey the law move elsewhere.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/30/11 - 02:34 pm
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displacedyankee, I don't care
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displacedyankee, I don't care where you came from if you want a safe place to live and consider this as unacceptable you can be my neighbor anytime!!

countyman
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countyman 06/30/11 - 03:28 pm
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Iwannakno... There are lots

Iwannakno... There are lots of areas in Aiken county that are not safe and need to be addressed.. When do you ever admit anything about the county you actually live in??

I always notice you rush to comment on the crimes articles on Augusta.. For once try commenting on the crime in your own county..

hounddog
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hounddog 06/30/11 - 03:19 pm
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sassylasie, ‘And some parents
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sassylasie, ‘And some parents still don't learn that public places such as the mall are NOT babysitting areas where kids can run free.’
Do you truly believe the parents really care where these kids are at? This is the world liberals, progressives, democrats and black leaders have created and it is only going to get worse.

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countyman 06/30/11 - 04:40 pm
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Asitisinaug, I wasn't

Asitisinaug, I wasn't completely deceitful in none of my post from yesterday.. The city did hire 25 road patrol officers in the year 2010..

Your statement claiming crime is up without any facts is deceitful and was proved wrong(as of April 2011)..

countyman
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countyman 06/30/11 - 04:37 pm
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From the Sheriff...

From the Sheriff... Burglaries continued to rise in Richmond County as other major crimes dipped in 2010, according to annual crime numbers released Friday.

''Strength said he was glad only two major crime categories increased in 2010. "We're definitely pleased to see those (numbers) down," he said. ''

countyman
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countyman 06/30/11 - 05:01 pm
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The Sherrif has now updated

The Sherrif has now updated the site to May 2011... I know a certain group of people won't like this news I'm about to share..

There were 599 less total cases as of Jan-April 2011 compared to the same perod in 2010.. Now they're are 1,001 less cases as of Jan-May 2011 compared to 2010..

Homcides, Rapes, Aggravated Assaults, and Armed Robberies were all down compared to 2010...

countyman
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countyman 06/30/11 - 05:26 pm
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Why did the AC end up

Why did the AC end up removing AsitisinAug comment?? I wouldn't have never made the last three comments..

corgimom
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corgimom 06/30/11 - 09:15 pm
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Certain people won't like it?

Certain people won't like it? I like it just fine.

Because it proves what we have been saying all along.

ONE of out five cases result in arrests. ONLY ONE OUT OF FIVE.

That is why crime is running rampant. If a criminal knows that they have a 4 out 5 chance of not even getting arrested, and even if they do get arrested, could plead it down or get it thrown out, why WOULDN"T they commit crimes?

ONE OUT OF FIVE.

So, you ask yourself, why is that? Because there aren't enough officers and there isn't enough jail space or court space.

This is why people are leaving Augusta, this is why people don't want to come downtown, this is why Columbia County grew and Augusta didn't.

It's plain and simple.

And if you look at the numbers of theft by taking and burglary, those two crimes alone account for 40% of the cases. Since those criminals are rarely caught, that means citizens are reporting huge numbers of thefts and burglaries, with no recourse. And that doesn't include the large number of people that don't even report it, because they know it's pointless and they won't get anything from their insurance company.

While most people don't experience violent crimes- the majority of violent crime victims involve other criminals or people engaged in edgy or illegal activities- we ALL know of people who have been burglarized. That's the one that hits all of us- ourselves, family, friends, neighbors, and makes people feel unsafe in their own homes.

Live in Augusta, expect that sooner or later, you'll be burglarized.

And that is what makes people move away and makes neighborhoods decline. People understand that if they live quiet, decent lives, their risk of being a victim of violent crime is very low. Burglary, however, can happen anywhere.

Countyman, you can spin this 6 ways to Sunday. What you fail to realize is that your viewpoint is in the minority.

If you assume the crime rate will continue at its present pace until the end of the year, and divide the total by 200,000 residents, 14% of the per capita citizens will be the victim of a crime, or 1 out of every 7 residents.

That doesn't sound safe to me.

raul
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raul 06/30/11 - 11:03 pm
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@Countyman. Spew all the

@Countyman. Spew all the facts you want. Perception is reality.

raul
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raul 06/30/11 - 11:03 pm
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@Countyman. Spew all the

@Countyman. Spew all the facts you want. Perception is reality.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/30/11 - 11:54 pm
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Lol countyman I can comment
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Lol countyman I can comment on whatever post I want and I pay taxes in ARC so thank you very little.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 07/01/11 - 12:14 am
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Oh and by the by...Aiken
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Oh and by the by...Aiken county had 13 murders from 2001 to 2009 yep it is way unsafe...how many did Augusta have? From 2001 to 2007 there were 130 murders in ARC. In fact from 2001 to 2007 you didn't have a single year with less than 13 murders. So yes Aiken has bad areas...Augusta has war zones!!

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Brad Owens 07/01/11 - 08:04 am
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Asitisinaug, I appreciate you

Asitisinaug,

I appreciate you taking the time to counter the misinformation and propaganda that was put out about the deputies.

The fact is, a net loss is still a loss.

Fewer reported or investigated crimes doesn't mean there is less crime.

Brad

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/01/11 - 08:17 am
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Thank you corgi.......you

Thank you corgi.......you always put the dot at the end of the story!!!

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