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Augusta Utilities meter man arrested in crack case

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Authorities say they think Troy Curry had been selling crack cocaine from his Augusta Utilities truck for several years before he was caught Friday.

Augusta Utilities meter reader Troy Curry was arrested Friday on suspicion that he had been selling crack cocaine.   Special
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Augusta Utilities meter reader Troy Curry was arrested Friday on suspicion that he had been selling crack cocaine.

Capt. Scott Peebles, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, said the criminal investigation division had opened an investigation on Curry after receiving an outside tip.

The 46-year-old was stopped in his work truck at 11:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of Walton Way. He had 8 grams of crack cocaine and more than $1,600 in his possession, Peebles said. Curry, of the 1300 block of Walton Loop in Hephzibah, was charged with possession of cocaine in 2003 and again in 2005.

Tom Wiedmeier, the director of Augusta Utilities, said Curry was hired in 2007.

"I don't know what the process was back then, but now after we interview and recommend someone, human resources does a criminal background check," Wiedmeier said.

The director said several factors are considered in deciding whether to hire a candidate with a criminal past.

"I just look at how long ago it was, what the nature of the offense was," he said.

Wiedmeier said he was not involved in Curry's hiring and could give no particulars.

Augusta Utilities was not informed of the arrest beforehand.

"It's disappointing that this happened," Wiedmeier said. "It's not a reflection on the rest of the employees, though. We've got a good group here."

Curry did not have a work buddy and always worked alone.

"There's no information or suspicion at this time that there were any other employees involved or that any employees had knowledge of it," Peebles said Friday.

Curry is being charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, Peebles said.

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bettyboop
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bettyboop 07/31/10 - 08:17 am
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"It's disappointing that this

"It's disappointing that this happened," Wiedmeier said. "It's not a reflection on the rest of the employees, though. We've got a good group here."...................just who are you trying to convince?...This is an exact reflection of what goes on in that corrupt cesspool called Augusta.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 07/31/10 - 08:42 am
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If this guy had a family,

If this guy had a family, they must suffer along side of him, with no income coming in now! Men & women that risk their jobs, and put their family's in dire situations for foolish reasons like drinking and drugs, are totally SELFISH! Drinking and DRIVING is totally selfish if you have a family or belong to one. Who is gonna take care of you and them when you lose your job and your butt is in jail? TOTALLY INCONSIDERATE AND SELFISH!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/10 - 09:12 am
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With all the problems the

With all the problems the Water Dept. has with employees, I hope at least one of them does his job straight and puts the right amount of the chemicals in the drinking water.

justus4
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justus4 07/31/10 - 09:35 am
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Notice that when a law
Unpublished

Notice that when a law enforcement individual is caught red-handed in criminal acts, there is NEVER an attempt to question their Human Resource Department to determine how that hiring took place and under what circumstances. Sure, the public would like to know how criminals are hired, but it appears that only certain individuals and certain agencies are given the question. Just an observation, so why is that?

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 07/31/10 - 10:32 am
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Not many other city

Not many other city governments offer 'home delivery'. :)

OhWell
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OhWell 07/31/10 - 10:34 am
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He has not just had 2 cocaine

He has not just had 2 cocaine convictions according the the GA Department of Corrections website he had one in 2004, 2002, 1998 and 1996. He had a weapon charge and credit card theft in 1995 and a forgery conviction in 1990. All of his convictions were in Augusta GA.

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 07/31/10 - 10:39 am
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What's wrong with being an

What's wrong with being an entrepreneur?! The city hires you, does not care about your past, gives you a vehicle, turns you lose without supervision... and he holds down two jobs [meter reading and dealing]. We will see how Deke and Fred 'spin' this!

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montega12 07/31/10 - 11:08 am
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i dont think his family is

i dont think his family is suffering too bad this man has been making some serious bank im sure he has money hidden all over his house

montega12
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montega12 07/31/10 - 11:18 am
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now with those many

now with those many convictions 6 i counted from oh well it is obvious he had a family member that helped him get that job i had a dui ten years ago and that has given me trouble getting jobs...and i mean jobs that do not require any driving at all......

mdb67
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mdb67 07/31/10 - 11:21 am
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First class service from a

First class service from a low life imbecile!!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/31/10 - 01:48 pm
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This is disappointing....so

This is disappointing....so many honest, drug-free people out there that would have appreciated a job like his.

speeding
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speeding 07/31/10 - 03:26 pm
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There was a city work truck

There was a city work truck parked by my house a few weeks ago but the dark tinting of it's windows prevented me from seeing inside the truck. It left as I was approaching to inquire why it was setting there so long.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/31/10 - 09:43 pm
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Big drug bust Thursday

Big drug bust Thursday another arrest Friday. Hope there are more. Keep talkin'! Thank you, thank you.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/10 - 12:11 am
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This thing reminds me of a

This thing reminds me of a Cheech and Chong movie.

momster59
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momster59 08/01/10 - 01:57 am
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Riverman - Dude! I've been

Riverman - Dude! I've been thinking that all day.

usafvet
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usafvet 08/01/10 - 04:01 pm
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Wonder how much tax money

Wonder how much tax money this crook will be paid to be fired? The sad part is that this is par for Augusta government. Another case of locally distibuted reparations.

hrblunt1956
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hrblunt1956 08/02/10 - 08:34 am
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who ever's responsible for

who ever's responsible for the hiring of this career thug should lose their job as a response to the indignity as well as the insult the city has delt the would be imployee who otherwise should have this job, and thus we wouldn't be commenting on this particular case involving the city of augusta's hiring practices . i myself feel outraged , a rapp sheet dating back as far as the 90's with numerous counts of offenses , how much of a red flag do human resource need to root out a monster ?! he was allowed too ,at the expence of the tax paying citizens of this city and county , to parade gas free ! vehicle free , and unabaited to make his usual drug rounds , poisioning our childrens , and the unfortunate addicts that were apparently his customers , he made sure that their addictions were on-going and constant ,feeling no fear of being caught while being paid for it , with benifits i might add not afforded other with lesser job standings. heads should roll on this one , as well as his . i personally know of a young man with whome while married , his wife would constanty pick fights with him out of jeaulousy ,because she was ensecure about their relationship . and twice he went to jail off of her lies , i have known this young man as i am a judge of good character , all of his young adult life and he is god fearing and respectable individual , but his wife is a past trouble maker , and having been shot once in her life for disorder behavior and has a bipolar disorder as a local judge has ssuggested to her grand-mother that she needed professional help , but only he went to jail . she continues to harrass him even today while they are legally separated ,make a long story short ,because of her having him incarcerated twice through lies involving their domestic violence ( wife and husband infighting ) he cannot find decent work anywhere ,because of the spousal disagreements,never has this man been incarcerated for anything other than that which was beyond his control, and was actually turned down by the city of augusta three times ,three times, and is seriously depressed as a result . so if it's the same head of human resource making the same decision to hire this monster ( TROY CURRY ) , it is scary to say the least ,again someone should be held accountable for this in the name of every decent citizen in this city and county ....get on this one mayor in the name of the decent law-abbiding citizens who should have had this job !!!!!!

hrblunt1956
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hrblunt1956 08/02/10 - 08:46 am
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and "USAFVET" let's keep it

and "USAFVET" let's keep it decent when commenting about subject matter if you are intelligent enough too . that racial statement you made is just what this forum of comments doesn't need . whites aren't the only race of people reading and commenting on this particular subject involving this maggot ( troy curry ) and i am quite sure that every white person does not agree with you . your sickness is abound in this country and try to the testament that you are no different than any other racist in this nation , facts are facts , and only troy curry commited this crime not the rest of black america ! go re-access your committment to deciency and respect as you are in great need of a sole search form within your tiny in-the-box frame of thinking .....then make a logical comment ..........

hrblunt1956
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hrblunt1956 08/02/10 - 08:54 am
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and also "USAFVET" i honestly

and also "USAFVET" i honestly do believe that when it comes to reparation , and i don't personnally know of any blacks myself asking for it , that there wouldn't be enough money left after the indians finish empting your war-chest of past genicidle deeds .only then can the other races form a line and pray that something's left for them , personally i don't want nor do i expect any ..........

hrblunt1956
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hrblunt1956 08/02/10 - 10:02 am
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mr."USAFVET" , would it be an

mr."USAFVET" , would it be an honest assessment of the inherient nature of your mental resolve to destroy anything that you do not agree with as this is a proven trail of blood left by you in the past . it is on your hands to answere GOD for the innocent blood spilled on the ground by you , you do believe in GOD don't you ? given the history of the white man in this country and around the globe one would be encline to think that satan himself was leading the charge and supporting your cause of total domination of all the world and those that inhabit it the weak and un-assumming throughout the world . you have spent trilllions of dollars
learning and creating how to destroy and kill . you manifest and fabricate reasons to attack other nations merely because they are different in their way of life and in skin color and you constantly wage on the cause for dominance . and if you precieve a stranger to be a threat to you , you justify to your war counsel to approve the per-emptive strike on an otherwise unsuspecting weakling or so-called threat to world peace and feel glorified having done so . who's the real threat , who's the real monster , who's the real satan of the world ? who ?
collateral damage of innocent blood won't be excused as your very hands , are so proud to announce your participation in the war campange having served in the air force should you have aided in the death of the innocent caught up in bomb-runs gone array and miserably
missing there target(s) , you were a pilot i presume , or just arming the wings of your war birds as they flew into the anals of yet another mission of destruction causing tremendous collateral damage of otherwise sleeping babies and old unarmed sick and crippled grand-parents who still to this day if they lived through it can't explain what's
all the death and destructions about . we citizens in this great nation are feed up with the world hateing us for those reasons . we can't go anywhere without some sick vengeful so-called sueicidle bomber trying to make his mark on his cause for revenge for so many years of humiliation at the hands of our country ,we are doomed and carry a target on our backs where-ever we should venture through-out the world . and i for one do not plan any off shore activities because of what has been a death sentence for all of us americans . but one thing is certain , if we dont' fix it soon more of our children will die for no other reason but stupidity justified by acts of violence ...
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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/02/10 - 10:34 am
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Woohooo!!!! We got us a real

Woohooo!!!! We got us a real live angry, anti-war, self-loathing, white-guilt, aging hippie! What a wealth of liberal stereotypes, all rolled into one. I'll bet there's even a balding pate sporting a ponytail and a tasteful earring to go with this rant.

Ain't freedom of speech grand! It's there even for those who haven't the dimmest clue about our history or about the rest of the world. But, God help us, they sure got opinions!

Feeling guilty there, usafvet?

(Didn't think so.)

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/02/10 - 10:25 am
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At least this particular

At least this particular criminal isn't looking smug and smiling in his mugshot.

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