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Gangs linked to teen's shooting

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Richmond County authorities have arrested three youths and charged them with gang activity that they hold responsible for Tuesday morning's shooting death of Augusta teen Brandon Desean Taylor.

The shooting and arrests are now part of a larger investigation that has identified at least 50 people who could face charges for gang-related activity, Lt. Scott Peebles said. He said two gangs are being looked at: Georgia Deadly Boys and P-Town.

Charged Wednesday with aggravated assault and unlawful street gang activity were: Treshawn Cummings, 17, of Augusta; Kenneth Anderson, 18, of Augusta; and an unidentified juvenile, Peebles said.

Investigators think Taylor's shooting on Monte Carlo Drive was retaliation for gunfire the night before. Two men were charged earlier this week in that death.

Brandon Ira Le'Keith Helm, 18, of Hephzibah, and Darian Deandre Postell, 19, of Hephzibah were charged with one count each of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Helm, who has been identified as Taylor's shooter by police, and a juvenile were walking through the Pepperidge subdivision Monday night when they were chased and shot at because they were recognized as rival gang members, Peebles said.

"It has been learned that Helm believed that Taylor was one of the individuals who shot at him, and revenge for this incident was the motive for Taylor's murder several hours later," Peebles said.

"It's (Pepperidge subdivision) not necessarily a gang haven, but they do have a gang problem just like other areas in Richmond County have," he said.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/29/10 - 05:55 am
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I agree patrickq. This

I agree patrickq. This problem has been growing for 46 years and the unintended consequences have led to children killing children. None of them have reached the age of responsibility and still they have guns and must be held responsible. The social engineering act of 1964 and the subsidy acts that have followed have created a deadly subculture that will be very difficult to fix. Until the root cause is addressed, though, no improvement will ever be made. Will this "voting block" ever be allowed to heal? I don't see it beginning in the near future.

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55 F-100 01/29/10 - 07:12 am
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If they want to act like

If they want to act like hood-rat thug gangsta's then treat them like hood-rat thug gangsta's. Throw them in big-boy's prison and let them find out how their idol's live after they've been caught doing the "gang" thing. They will either grow up or become the object of Bubba's affection.

All About Me
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All About Me 01/29/10 - 08:51 am
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I find it awfully sad that

I find it awfully sad that these people find the need to kill each other. Just for walking in a neighborhood and being of a different group. That is what these kids consider reason enough to kill each other in COLD BLOOD. I don't have any children of my own, but I have nieces and nephews and I try to spend as much time with them as I can and make sure that they know no matter what they can talk to me. I hope that I can keep them from a road of darkness. May God be with all his children.

disssman
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disssman 01/29/10 - 09:21 am
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This is the first time that I

This is the first time that I would disagree with Lt. Peoples. For his info Pepperidge is probably equal to or right behind Fairington as the number 1 gang area for south augusta. But never fear we are close to both of them and folks here (mamas and daddy, when known) are being blind about juniors activities so we should be equal to Pepperidge by the summer. I wish Don Grantham cared as much about funding safety as he does about funding the private clubs for jis friends, and if he did maybe we would see a cruiser periodically driving down the street.

StillaGOP
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StillaGOP 01/29/10 - 09:43 am
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It's a well know fact that we

It's a well know fact that we all look for belong and acceptance, if we can not get it a home, then we get it where we can. Acceptance can be in the form of joining a gang, a booze guzzler, or someone who hangs out at adult book stores.

deekster
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deekster 01/29/10 - 10:37 am
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Is this Detroit? Uganda?

Is this Detroit? Uganda? No, it is Augusta GA. The home of the prestigious "Masters Golf Tournament". A city of "class and academia". Rock on!!! Let the good times roll !!!!

deekster
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deekster 01/29/10 - 10:41 am
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Just wait until our public

Just wait until our public schools complete their "Haitian History" class next month. What a wealth of information. The next revolution is only a few machetes away. Rich white people taking advantage of impoverished black people is a hate crime. Augusta-Richmond-Detroit-Georgia could see the next "just revolution".

corgimom
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corgimom 01/29/10 - 08:11 pm
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Who says gangbangers aren't

Who says gangbangers aren't accepted at home? Who says they aren't part of a family unit? It's an excuse, and a poor one at best. How about it's a major problem in our US culture, and it is wrong. Why isn't every poor child in a gang? Why isn't everybody who has family problems in a gang? How about they live in a bizarre, amoral subculture that views their criminal antisocial behavior as normal?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/30/10 - 08:17 pm
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Gangs have been here in

Gangs have been here in Richmond County for over 10 years. They're just spreading and getting noticed for what they really are once in a while now.

anotherlook
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anotherlook 02/02/10 - 08:17 pm
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First of all, the discussion

First of all, the discussion of the causes of gangs really is the same as that regarding urban blight. Conditions exist that lead to the development of undesirable outcomes for individuals, families, organizations, institutions, and the community. Those conditions are: low educational attainment, joblessness, destabilization of the family structure, and hopelessness. Upon that most of us can agree. But the real question is: How do we choose to deal with our gang problem? Will we capitulate and run from it, or ignore it and hope that one of our friends or loved ones is not affected by it, or put bars on our windows and live like prisioners in our own homes hoping that the violence will not come to us? Will we decide to go on the offensive, make the hard choices, and commit ourselves to helping Augusta truly become the "Garden City?" Now normally, I maintain a fiscally conservative view of things. But I can see the "hand writing on the wall" as it were. I know that choosing the later will mean dedicating substantially more resources to law enforcement to help them deal with the gangs in our community. A solution is not going to come cheap.

If the GBI training I received some years ago still serves to be true, the approach to "Gang Abatement" is similar to techniques used by the FBI and ATF to deal with the mob or so called "organized crime." You increase Law enforcement resources and attack Gang resources. Gang resources are: (1) Leadership; (2) Membership recruitment; (3) Location; and (4) Funding sources. Just as adult gang leadership comes from the prisons, juvenile gang leadership has involvement with the Juvenile Justice System. Increasing the level of supervision on Juvenile offenders suspected of gang involvement will do much to cut the proverbial "head off of the snake." I think that membership recruitment and location problems can be addressed jointly: remove graffiti, demolish condemned houses, shut down so called "teen clubs," increase stings on merchants that sell alcohol to minors, toughen sentencing, strictly enforce truancy, loitering, curfew, unruly juvenile, disorderly conduct/house, noise, trespassing, and driving without a license laws and ordinances. Given the sentencing of the individuals involved in the recent school violence, I think that we are already headed in that direction. Lastly, in order to cut off gang financial resources, we have got to attack the problem of stolen property, illicit drugs sales, and illegal weapon sales. We can approach this problem by implementing upon conviction a minimum of 90 day detention in boot camps, with 6 months intensive probation (ankle monitor) upon release, mandatory alternative school attendance, with 6 months supervision and restitution a mandatory minimum. Just as with adult offenders, juvenile offenders in possesion of a weapon would receive more severe penalties. And for those with possession of even small amounts of illegal substances, (which includes alcohol for minors), upon conviction they would be ordered to attend drug treatment and rehabilitation programs at the cost of their parents.

The further funding of law enforcement should go toward expanding the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) program and reviving the old Police Athletic League (PAL). This would give police a supportive presence in every neighborhood community center and a way to build trust in the community. We have to take the long view on this one people. Augusta is growing; but so are its problems. They're not going away and our inertia isn't going to help.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/03/10 - 02:37 pm
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How about this. You see a

How about this. You see a crime, or are a victim of a crime, REPORT THEM! That may still backfire, but it's just going to get worse if you don't do something. You can't leave it up to everybody else.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 02/03/10 - 10:13 pm
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Neighborhood watch and hire

Neighborhood watch and hire more cops! Don't be afraid to dial 911. Report the little snots before they kill someone in your family!They don't know how to wipe their own nose but they're going to go kill someone's child? Over what!

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