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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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Piperpig
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Piperpig 07/01/11 - 09:54 am
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GeorgiaSouthern: When I

GeorgiaSouthern: When I lived in Charleston, there were two malls and both were plagued with problems. My mall (Citadel--anchored by a Target, JC Penny, and Belk's) wasn't as bad as Northwoods, but I remember the thug element there whenever you went at night (strangely it was always really nice in Target but when you wandered into the mall . . . .). I seem to recall one incident where FBI agents were staked out in the mall parking lot getting information on some gang or drug dealers (can't quite remember) when gunfire suddenly broke out in the parking lot and the FBI agents got into a firefight with some other drug dealer/gangbangers. This was completely unrelated to the reason these FBI guys were there. That was wild. It was also in the middle of the day.

But I never really felt that unsafe at Citadel (especially in the day). It's not a bad mall. Things like that happened on a daily basis in Charleston (as they do in Augusta and everywhere else in America--no where is safe anymore).

I will say three more things:

1. Whenever terrible things happen in Augusta many posters act as though Augusta is the only place in America where bad things happen on a regular basis. That's unfair. Google Carter Strange. That happened in Five Points, one of Columbia's most celebrated areas. If that happened on the Hill or downtown Augusta there would be mass panic.
2. Having said that, these posters on here who pretend Richmond County is the greatest thing since sliced bread are dillusional. (For instance, Countyman claiming that RC could support a Whole Foods is empty talk because it's mere speculation. Show me where Whole Foods is considering RC for a new store and it'll make more sense). I grew up in Richmond County. I'm relatively young (30). I feel less safe here than I did ten years ago.
3. And I know this isn't about a baseball stadium, but I have to say this last one: Instead of a baseball stadium, let's just hire some more police officers. A stadium on Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta would destroy downtown. It would create a dead zone around the actual stadium area on nights when it wasn't in use. It would make young professionals (I guess I'm still a young professional hehe) LESS LIKELY to go to that area of downtown. It is not the highest and best use. Want to make Augusta cooler? Hire more police and bring more good jobs here. Mayor Deke's support of the stadium using cities like Charleston and Greenville is comparing apples to oranges to what he wants to do here. Charleston's baseball stadium is on the Pennsinsula, but it's on the OTHER side of the Crosstown and no where near downtown. Greenville's stadium is also to the north of downtown. So, yes, let's be like Charleston and Greenville and build our stadium just a mile or two north of downtown--oh wait, we alreay have that; it's called Lake Olmstead Stadium.

iLove
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iLove 07/01/11 - 10:38 am
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Compare the size of Aiken
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Compare the size of Aiken (not Aiken County) to the size of Augusta. . . .that sure was a weak argument.

countyman
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countyman 07/01/11 - 11:06 am
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Corgimom... RC lost some

Corgimom... RC lost some population between 2000-2005, but the 2010 census of RC is still higher than the 2000 census.... Deke became the Mayor at the end of 2005 and the rest is history.. The population estimate was 195k in 2006 and the official census was 200,549 in July 2010.. If nobody goes downtown then why is the biggest firework event by far in the metro area held along the Riverwalk tomorrow..

I wannakno... How did Aiken County have 13 murders from 2001 to 2009? The county had 10 in 2009 alone lol... Murder is one type of crime and Aiken County had more aggravated assaults than Richmond County did in 2008 and 2009.. Richmond County has 40k more people compared to Aiken County...

Piperpig... Whole Foods is intrested in coming to the Augusta area..

countyman
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countyman 07/01/11 - 11:10 am
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P.S. Richmond County leads

P.S. Richmond County leads the CSRA in commercial permits and we can tell where the growth is located at in 2011...

I bet if the crime rate in Columbia or Aiken Counties show an decrease by the end of 2011.. Nobody is going bring up how less crimes being reported or investigated doesn't mean the crime rate is down...

eagle
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eagle 07/01/11 - 11:07 am
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Crime is going to happen
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Crime is going to happen everywhere until (and unless) "we the people" demand stricter law enforcement and sentences for these thugs. Yes, the teens in this instance are thugs. Don't have enough jail cells? No problem. Time to set up some tents and give them plenty of community service/fines and let them sweat it out. I'm sure there is enough trash to be picked up or lots to be cleaned that it will keep them busy for a few weeks.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 11:09 am
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"but the 2010 census of RC is

"but the 2010 census of RC is still higher than the 2000 census."

I wonder how Augusta is going to find room for all those people who moved here over the last decade?

imdstuf
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imdstuf 07/01/11 - 11:11 am
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another Regency Mall? Who

another Regency Mall? Who says that? You people who have not actually been to Augusta Mall or most anywhere else in 20 years because you are old and afraid of everything? The Augusta Mall is still very nice. Unfortunately this type of incident could happen at any large indoor or outdoor gathering place. Get over it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/01/11 - 11:12 am
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eagle....I agree but some

eagle....I agree but some can't see the forest for the trees...

We have crops in south Ga.that need picking---with all the energy these kids have.....they could knock it out in a few weeks.

countyman
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countyman 07/01/11 - 11:16 am
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Piperpig.... Sephora, Apple,

Piperpig.... Sephora, Apple, Tutti Frutti, Buy Buy Baby, Williams Sonoma, Pandora, Bare Escentuals, PF Changs, Jared Galleria, Chop House, etc don't exist in the state of Georgia except for in Atlanta and Augusta...

The Costco at the Villlage at Riverwatch is another retailer with locations in Augusta and Atlanta... The VAR is a few short miles from the Augusta mall, Augusta Exchange, and Surrey Center.. Several of the stores and restaurants will be new to the Augusta market...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 11:21 am
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I won't bury my head in the

I won't bury my head in the sand. Augusta Mall is nice and the new additions are fantastic. However, I've been to the mall a lot and have a very close friend who has a store there. She complains at night kids simply walk around making trouble for sales people and not buying anything. I'd charge a five dollar admission to the mall that would be returned to you when you made a purchase....or something like that. Something has to be done to keep the young people who are just looking for trouble out.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/01/11 - 11:21 am
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Old & afraid of everything???

Old & afraid of everything??? nah...don't think so....older & wise to the ways of life....some of the oldies on here would probably surprise you in soo many ways ----their education-wealth--charitable giving--intelligence--travel experience---etc.
I respect my elders----learned a lot by listening......some of my best memories were spent with my grandparents........I would give anything to relive some of those moments again...so sorry if you don't have that kind of memory in your life.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/01/11 - 11:30 am
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Nice post corgi.

Nice post corgi.

Piperpig
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Piperpig 07/01/11 - 12:15 pm
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Countyman: I appreciate your

Countyman: I appreciate your enthusiasm, but how do you know Whole Foods is interesting in coming to Augusta? Did the CEO send you a letter or something? I haven't seen it in the papers. And let's be honest, if it wasn't for the affluence in Columbia County and somewhat Aiken County, we wouldn't have a Costco, Earth Fare, or even a Fresh Market. To be sure, you could argue that those places only exist in their current state because of Augusta but it's still a fact that Richmond County does not have the numbers of high income shoppers to support most of these new stores.

By the way, I think it's great that we have a Costco. Okay, actually I don't care, but it's nice that we have an upscale Sam's club here. But it doesn't change the fact that other cities in South Carolina and North Carolina are getting companies relocating and expanding left and right and we're getting left behind. Excuse me for not getting excited about a new call center when FedEx recently built a new terminal in Greensboro. Why aren't we ever in the running for anything big?

I also don't care that we're the only metro area in Georgia outside of Atlanta that has a PF Chang's or a Costco. With the exception of Savannah and metro Atlanta, the majority of Georgia is basically Mississippi with a tie on.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 07/01/11 - 12:48 pm
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Countyman ignore my posts if
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Countyman ignore my posts if you don't want to read them but do not tell me where I can and cannot post and I got my figures from internet sources just like you. I even tried to defend you but no more. You must a CVB employee and you are biased. I can skip over your posts now because it's the same garbage time after time. I'm not so blind I can't admit that Aiken has bad areas but when we call the police they respond. When I lived in ARC I had my house being attempted to be broken into, my neighbor called the police and they never came. I see others post the same on here. I will say it again. Augusta has wonderful places and people but has huge crime infested areas. You can admit it or not but everyone knows it's true.

countyman
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countyman 07/01/11 - 01:14 pm
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Piperpig... Site Selection

Piperpig... Site Selection ranks each city in terms of the number of corporate expansions in the year 2010... The magazine separates the metros into three diffrent categories.. Cities with metros populations over 1 million, 200k to 1 million, and less than 200k...
Top Metros of 2010: A City With an Edge:

1. Baton Rouge, LA 78
2. Dayton, OH 29
3. Spartanburg, SC 29
4. Shreveport, LA 26
5. Houma, LA 25
6. Harrisburg, PA 24
7. Allenton, PA 23
7. Greensboro, NC 23
9. Augusta, GA 21
10. Charleston, SC 20

countyman
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countyman 07/01/11 - 01:24 pm
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I thought the Chronicle only

I thought the Chronicle only holds my comments when they inlcude links... My other comment shows how Augusta ranked 9th in the US in terms of coporate expansions in the year 2010(mid size cities)..

This year the IT company Rural Sourcing downtown is hiring.. The multi million Algae facility in South Augusta is hiring 200 people.. The $40 million ADP facility in West Augusta won't stop hiring until they reach 1000 employees(had 450 in 2010).. Bennett International and Augusta Newsprint are both expanding... Electrolux is renovating the old Dillards on Washington road.. PCS Nitrogen is building a 80k sq. ft. building on their East Augusta campus..

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 07/01/11 - 01:27 pm
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countyman, the spam filter

countyman, the spam filter also looks for key words. Business names can also trigger it. It's a computer program. It's far from perfect.

countyman
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countyman 07/01/11 - 01:37 pm
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RLM Communications opened the

RLM Communications opened the first(7,300 sq. ft.) Technology & Cyber Training Center (TCTC) in the CSRA.... The building is located in Southwest Augusta off Jimmie Dyess Parkway on Madeline Drive(near the Zaxbys)... The corporate headquarters is located in Spring Lake, NC and the Program Management Office is located in Augusta...
http://www.rlm-communications.com/index.php

Cardinal Health opened their first cyclotron facility(Central Avenue) in state of Georgia right here in Augusta.. The facility is located near the existing nuclear pharmacy(Harper street) in Augusta..
http://www.cardinal.com/

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/01/11 - 02:45 pm
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SEAN! Come on man, you KNOW

SEAN! Come on man, you KNOW that was very funny...

In fact, even though it is gone, I am now laughing again...HAHAHAHAHA

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 02:50 pm
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Brad, I have no doubt he was

Brad, I have no doubt he was laughing as he hit the delete button. LOL

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/01/11 - 02:58 pm
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I'm not laughing at all.

I'm not laughing at all. Well I sure hope the malls in Miami don't have this type of stuff happening because that's where I'll be spending my money for the next few days.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 03:00 pm
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SeenItB4 and Brad, have you

SeenItB4 and Brad, have you heard the radio commercial where the guy finds out who owns his old car, calls him up and offers to wash it for him? Kind of that same weird feeling, isn't it?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 03:02 pm
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Patty P, Miami lets you wear

Patty P, Miami lets you wear swimsuits in their malls you know. Dress appropriately.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/01/11 - 03:04 pm
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I most certainly will

I most certainly will Riverman. :)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 03:06 pm
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Send Bill Kirby a

Send Bill Kirby a personalized postcard dressed in a swimsuit (okay, building up courage here...bikini).

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/01/11 - 03:16 pm
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Have fun in Miami Patty-P

Have fun in Miami Patty-P

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/01/11 - 03:17 pm
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Riverman...yeah, right.

Riverman...yeah, right. Thanks very much Brad.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/01/11 - 03:18 pm
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Now I wonder why that

Now I wonder why that funnnnie post was removed.....hahahah....you can't wiipe the smile off ......

Some think Augusta will be a regional shopping town----nowthat is another chuckle........We have many great attractions in the CSRA but shopping?? NOPE----btw......many come to the Mall of Ga.to shop(from the csra).....

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/01/11 - 03:34 pm
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RM1, when I am home, it IS a

RM1, when I am home, it IS a great feeling to have RC under me..I must admit..

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