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Man shot to death on Reynolds Street

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A 56-year-old mechanic for the Salvation Army was shot to death Saturday in the parking lot of the old train depot on Reynolds Street.

Carl Bush Sr. was found dead on the 500 block of Reynolds Street about 3:30 a.m., investigators wrote in an e-mail. No other details were released.

Carl Bush Jr. described his father as a kind man who doted on his three grandchildren in the same manner he showed affection toward his only son.

He said the family is still puzzled about why Bush was downtown at that hour.

"It's kind of sketchy right now," he said.

Richmond County investigators did not return calls Saturday.

Bush raised his son in Johnston, S.C., before moving to Augusta. The younger Bush has fond memories of visiting amusement parks with his father as a child and learning to hunt and fish.

Bush always enjoyed fixing cars and was currently working as a mechanic on cars that the Salvation Army auctions.

Bush said he "didn't always see eye-to-eye" with his father, but they still had a loving relationship. His father would often fix his car for free and enjoyed coming over and playing with his young grandchildren.

"He was my dad no matter what," Bush said.

Killings in Augusta area since June

The 18 homicide victims since June 19 and an update on police efforts to catch their killers:

CALVIN DAVIS, 38

Davis was found in the Economy Inn at the 3000 block of Deans Bridge Road with numerous gunshot wounds on June 19. Timothy Gregory Cain, 30, turned himself in to authorities.

RALPH AND TRUDIE GORDON, BOTH IN THEIR 80S

The couple was found June 20 stabbed numerous times in their home on Ninth Street in Waynesboro. Tony O. Grubbs, 41, has been charged.

L.V. WILSON III, 38

Wilson was found outside a neighbor's home in the 1900 block of Haynie Drive after a 911 hang-up call on June 28. Mariah Fredrick, 18, Andre M. Jackson and Marcus Demitrius Tyler, both 29, have been charged.

JANEE JQUANDA JOHNSON

Johnson was found stabbed to death in her apartment in the 800 block of Spruce Street on July 2. Neighbors had grown concerned after not seeing her for several days. Andre Maurice Jackson and Marcus Demitrius Tyler, both 29, are being held in connection to the slaying.

DARNELL LORENZO BROWN, 19

Brown was shot in the head during a July 4 barbecue on the 1900 block of Second Avenue. Two others, ages 19 and 12, were also shot. Jerome Jerrod "Dirt" Sturgis, 22, was charged July 14.

JERAMIE ANTHONY HAMMONDS, 20, AND KAYLA MARIE WELLS, 19

The couple's bodies were found July 5 in a wooded area off Glenn Hills Drive with multiple gunshot wounds. No arrests have been made.

GENE GOODE BAILEY, 84

Bailey, who was in the final stages of dementia, was found in her home at the 3200 block of Dresden Way on July 16, suffocated with a plastic bag. Authorities labeled her death a mercy killing. Her husband, retired surgeon Henry Wright Bailey, 84, was charged.

DEANGELO RONDELLE HUDGINS, 25

Hudgins, a Fort Gordon military police officer, died after being shot in the chest on July 18 in the 5000 block of Sanctuary Drive. Erik Albert Williams Jr., 20, and Edwin Manuel Cruz Jr., 21, were charged. Five others are charged with making false statements to police.

DAVID LEE JOHNSON, 23

Johnson was found in his Sunset Villa apartment in the 1700 block of Essie McIntyre Boulevard on July 21 after being stabbed in the chest. His wife, Alicia Washington Johnson, 35, was charged. The couple had a history of domestic violence.

ERIC DALE PHILIPS, 21

Philips' body was found in Meadowlark Park on July 21 with gunshot wounds. Marcus Darnell Richardson, 26, turned himself in to authorities July 23.

MISTY WEEGAR, 41

Weegar's body was found in her home at the 300 block of High Meadows Place in Grovetown on Aug. 11. She had been beaten and stabbed several times. Michael Todd Williams, 40, was charged. Williams and Weegar had been in a relationship for about eight months.

YANA SCHENKER, 75

Schenker's body, burned beyond recognition, was found Aug. 11 in her home at the 100 block of Paddock Bend in Aiken. Franklin Wright, 55, was charged.

SHALAMAR BYRD, 38

Byrd's burned body was found after authorities responded to a brush fire Aug. 11 on Old Storm Branch Road. Franklin Wright, 55, was charged.

DONTRELL KYLER, 25

Kyler was shot to death in a car Aug. 19 at Cherry Tree Crossing. James Thurmond Daughtie was charged.

KEONTREZ DEMETRIUS SHERMAN, 2

Keontrez died Aug. 25 after suffering injuries consistent with abuse and shaken baby syndrome. His stepfather, Darian Xavier Thomas, 20, was charged with murder.

PATRICIA BURLEY, 54

Burley's body was discovered Aug. 25 in a wooded area in the 600 block of Hall Street. She had been strangled. Corey Smith, 29, was charged.

TREMELL WALKER, 27

Walker was shot to death Monday at 838 Forsythe St. Brett Palmer, 38, and Carlton Ramone Wadley, 37, were charged.

CARL BUSH SR., 56

Bush was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the old train depot on Reynolds Street early Saturday morning.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/12/10 - 04:29 am
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All, We can have the DDA

All,

We can have the DDA invite 500 people to a meeting about a ball stadium, yet they say (and do) NOTHING about the crime wave downtown.

How can we consider spending $36,000,000.00 (planning estimate so far) on something we don't need when we cannot bring safety and security downtown?

You cannot even get Mayor Deke "The Meek" Copenhaver to ADMIT that there is a crime problem here.

The Sheriff needs more resources or private business needs to band together and hire their own armed private security to patrol.

I am sure countryman/boardman will be on here today talking about how this has to be viewed in the "big picture" that all these so-called "developers" have for our town.

Without Safety and Security, NO ONE WILL COME! Just ask anyone why they stay away from downtown and I bet nine out of ten will say, "It is dangerous...CRIME!"

Where is Deke on this? I know where Lori stands....

Brad

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countyman 09/12/10 - 04:58 am
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First of all, how many people

First of all, how many people are in the vacant train depot parking lot at 3:30 am? There's really no reason for police to spend time patrolling the area. The people who are downtown at 3:30 am are on Broad street and not in a abandoned building parking lot. Second, how is there a crime wave downtown? I live downtown and haven't seen it. Out of the 23 murders in RC this year, this is the first or maybe second to actually happen downtown(CBD)...

This man was found at 3:30 am in a abandoned train depot parking lot. This was definitely not a random crime. The article said his family doesn't even know why he was there at 3:30 in the morning...

If people say there don't go downtown because of crime. Then they are probably talking to people like you. Who don't visit downtown often but know all about it. You're all the way in Africa, but yet you say there's a crime wave downtown without any proof.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 09/12/10 - 04:55 am
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Downtown Augusta could be

Downtown Augusta could be such a nice place to shop and visit..But, the folks (in the local government) refuse to step up to the plate and make any positive changes..They just drag their feet and stand around with their hand out, always asking: "What is in it for me?"

DAMY46
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DAMY46 09/12/10 - 06:19 am
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One of the keys to rebuilding

One of the keys to rebuilding downtown Augusta is to bring back families.

Questions:

Would anyone ever support building a soap box derby downtown?--No

Would anyone ever support building a petting zoo downtown?--No

Maybe Lori Davis will address issues such as these...I don't believe Deke has.

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Brad Owens 09/12/10 - 06:53 am
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countryman, You live in a

countryman,

You live in a fantasy world my freind. All you can say is, "Nothing good goes on at 3:30am?"

Also, I notice you name all the money being spent in all the ajoining areas until it comes to crime, then you don't want to call Harrisburg downtown, or Olde Town...both are OUTSIDE the Centarl Business District (CBD). You can't have it both ways.

I lived and worked downtown for over ten years 1995-2007. I worked on all these problems for years. I was elected, appointed, and vol on many boards to solve these problems.

I produced a weekly TV show for a year called "Do it Downtown" that showed off all the great parts of downtown to try to show people it was safe and good things were there.

So don't tell me what I have and have not done.

All I ran into when trying to get things moving was a small cabal of connected rich folks with self serving agendas who did not want REAL progress unless it was making a profit for them.

They didn't want government help unless it was directed to their own pockets.

If you think that you can depend on talking about the number of dollars invested by these robber barons as a way to overcome the perception that downtown is a dangerous place, you are dreaming.

That is the problem now, too many dreamers and not enough workers.

The problme for business is not getting people like you, DDA kool aide drinkers, to like dowtown, it is the people with disposable incomes that live outside of downtown to come downtown and spend money.

We need people with money to come downtown and spend some there, but right now, the perception is that downtown is dangerous.

You won't admit it, but until you have REAL security and safety that is well publicised and accepted amonsgt those who are afraid because of stories like this one, downtown will only grow with governmet dollars.

I understand you have a vested interest in all this but you need to see the forrest AND the trees my freind.

Brad

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to tell the truth1 09/12/10 - 08:14 am
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Augusta is business as usual,

Augusta is business as usual, same old, same old.. Same politicians keep getting elected over and over again and no positive changes, As large as Augusta is, there should be at lease ONE thing to draw people here.. All this money they talking about stadiums, etc.. just a waste of money that can be spent on something like amusement for children and family visits for out of towners to earn some capital for the city. I don't get it, Why can't this city grow?? Can't put it on economy, been like this since my time and I am over 50 years old...All of my children had to relocate to other cities to find gainful employment..

flipa
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flipa 09/12/10 - 08:31 am
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Checked the crime scene after

Checked the crime scene after road patrol spoiled it. There were motorcycle tracks there. It's a big long shot so please don't quote me but there is a well known VERY RUSTY houseboat at the marina overrun by outlaw bikers about that time of night when the bars let out which would put it about that time. They may have walked over the levee or come from Carolina to meet their delivery by "chopper" and this poor innocent bystander saw something he was not supposed to see. My guess is he was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time or he could have owed money. This is just based on the time this group leaves the bars and heads out, so please don’t quote me, but i am looking into it for my new show crime reports and rewards premiering this week on wbek at 9 pm Thursday.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/12/10 - 08:47 am
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to tell the truth 1, I hear

to tell the truth 1,

I hear ya. Anytime someone that is not part of the 'club' tries to run or serve, they are beat down or co-opted.

That is why I am supporting Lori Davis for Mayor. I will be home in Oct and I will for CERTAIN vote and vote against all incumbents in local elections.

Brad

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Brad Owens 09/12/10 - 08:55 am
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I guess we can take

I guess we can take countryman's advice and make downtown off limits for "decent" folks at 12midnite...

He's an idea; how about we secure the public space so that citizens can go where they please, at any hour they choose, in both safety and security?

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coco rubio 09/12/10 - 09:04 am
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there were tons of people

there were tons of people downtown this weekend, that's for sure.... not sure it's accurate to describe it as a "crime wave" either..... i'm sorry to hear about all these incidents.... but, brad, you make it seem like it is unsafe to be downtown, and that is simply not the case......

is it perfect downtown? nope, of course not....

again, looking at the details of these incidents... it appears that these crimes are happening all over the CSRA.....

hopefully, you'll see some of the positive changes that have taken place while you have been out of town....

it'll be good to have you and ryan back in the AUG.....

hopefully, we'll see you downtown.

love,
coco

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DAMY46 09/12/10 - 09:17 am
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to tell the truth1, You are

to tell the truth1,

You are so right...

They could put Augusta 'on the map'..Wiil they even try?---No.

There are all kind of ideas floating around the CSRA to help promote and increase 'foot traffic' in downtown Augusta and those fools in office won't support any of them...Why?...Because, they can't make any money off of them.

They could have a used auto auction (on Broad Street) every Saturday morning..Will they support that?---No.....

Every weekend they could have business folks dress up in Civil era clothes...They could advertise and promote something like that...Will they look at an idea like that?---No.....

The clowns won't look at anything that won't make them money...

coco rubio
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coco rubio 09/12/10 - 09:31 am
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auto auction on broad street

auto auction on broad street every saturday morning?
(i think this is done at the salvation army periodically)

business folks dressed up in civil era clothes?
(what is civil era?)
(civil war or civil rights?)

i love how people say we need more destination points in downtown to increase foot traffic, but are quick to shoot down the idea of a modern multi-use stadium on the river.....

*sigh*

MissingIt
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MissingIt 09/12/10 - 10:08 am
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I work downtown and try to

I work downtown and try to keep my business in that area....although it is tough. I get out of my vehicle to go to Riverwalk and someone pan handling. I go through the 8th Street post office to drop off mail and a man stands in front of my vehicle to stop me from leaving so he can pan handle or whatever, then gets mad when I gently pull forward to let him know that in no way shape or form am I staying put for him or anyone else. I step outside to take a breath of fresh air at work and low and behold without fail, I have someone approach me with one story or another. I have sympathy for those that are struggling, but I have become insensitive when it happens EVERY OTHER DAY!!!! and about 1/2 the time I feel threatened.....thanks for your honesty Brad.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 09/12/10 - 10:40 am
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A new stadium downtown won't

A new stadium downtown won't do jack...It will be just like the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame..ie:......A big waste of tax payers monies..

All they have to do is look at Helen, Ga. or San Antonio, Tx..

The key is family foot traffic and these fools cant' see it..

It is so simple....Promote something for the families and kids and you got a winner...

When decent families move in crime starts to fad away..

BTW, they could promote a 'wheels and deals' auction every Saturday..

ie:

autos, boats, motorcycles, law mowers, motor homes, ect, ect,

That would increase foot traffic...

WW1949
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WW1949 09/12/10 - 10:51 am
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IF you go downtown stay on

IF you go downtown stay on the upper side and not the lower side where all the tattoo parlors are except for Luigis where there is always good food. Went downtown last week and ate at The Place on Broad and had a very good meal. Can't wait to try the newly reopened resturant across the street and hope the prices are lower than the previous one that was in the building. I think it is called The Harrisburg Cafe or something like that. Never had any trouble downtown except for panhandlers and I do not pay attention to them.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 09/12/10 - 11:34 am
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Brad... when you are back in

Brad... when you are back in town, make sure to get all your family and friends out in Goshen to vote for Lori too. If you can volunteer for the campaign while you are here, would be much appreciated. You can contact the campaign at http://www.loridavisformayor.org
It's time we had a mayor ready to face these problems head on and offer solutions instead of the old head in the sand routine.

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countyman 09/12/10 - 12:23 pm
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I live downtown and come home

I live downtown and come home after 3:30 am plenty of times. There are always people walking down Broad street after 1 am(mostly age 20-33). Especially after events similar to First Friday. I jog around downtown numerously every month between 5am-8am in the morning.. Never once have I had any problems downtown.

Even if you add Harrisburg, only half of Harrisburg(where the Kroc, Martha Lester, Broad Mill Village, Eve Street Row, etc is going) is sketchy. The other half(facing the Hill/Summervile)is nice with beautiful homes. Harrisburg may only have one murder for this entire year. Olde Town is definitely much further along than Harrisburg in gentrification. I don't think Olde Town there's been a homicide probably since 2009-2008...

Augusta is ranked the 7th best economy in the nation. And has a unemployment rate lower than the national and state average. Because in a recession their is over $340 million worth of construction downtown in a 1 mile radius..

countyman
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countyman 09/12/10 - 12:21 pm
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Why do some people keep

Why do some people keep calling the Cal Ripken/Jim Jacoby proposal only a stadium? Jim Jacoby doesn't build baseball stadiums.

Getting people to come downtown who don't live downtown is not a problem. While, our downtown could be ALOT more vibrant. The downtown area in 2010 compared to 10-20 years ago is day and night.

Saturday Market on the River, Candlelight Jazz Series, Westobou, Arts in the Heart, Border Bash, Hispanic festival, gay parade, Greek festival, Southern Nationals, ESI Ironman 70.3, IMBA World Summit, Augusta Regetta, First Friday, etc...

Youtube of Saturday Market... This is a regular saturday afternoon downtown..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uR6Rxl3x8Y

Augusta is also hosting the 2011 and 2012 US cycling championships. According to University of Oregon, the championships had a $2 million impact on Bend, Oregon in 2009..

Emerydan
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Emerydan 09/12/10 - 12:18 pm
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I certianly do hope they find

I certianly do hope they find this man's killer.. He was someone's father, brother and son. As others have pointed out, the only way to get downtown to grow is to get a handle on the crime first. I know since I have lived in Augusta, that there are fewer patrols in downtown now than prior to 1995 (pre consolidation). It seems our law enforcement is spread too thin. We need city leaders who will give law enforcement the resources they need first before spending money on frills like ballparks.

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countyman 09/12/10 - 12:31 pm
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Downtown is already growing.

Downtown is already growing. I watch the changes going on downtown daily. The CADI system downtown is a great success. They patrol, clean up trash, assist visitors, pressure wash sidewalks, etc...

How exactly would the police have stop this from happening? There are no bars, restaurants, or clubs in the old train depot parking lot. The police wouldn't think anybody would be in that area anyway. Police patrol where the action is taking place... At 3:30 am the foot traffic is near the bars, clubs, etc and not in a abandoned train depot.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 09/12/10 - 12:43 pm
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Downtown grows at a glacial

Downtown grows at a glacial page.. in fact I think the glaciers are receding faster than downtown grows. The thing is, if our leaders had their priorities in order and focused on basic services and quality of life issues, then downtown would be growing at a much faster rate.

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CorporalGripweed 09/12/10 - 12:45 pm
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Countyman I agree that there

Countyman I agree that there hasn't been a murder in Olde Town in a while, but if I'm not mistaken there has been an exponential jump in other crimes (breaking and entering, car thefts, burglaries, etc) in the last few years. And it is also my understanding that Olde Town residents have been upset by this for a while but downtown leaders encourage everyone to be quiet about these issues so as not to cast a bad light on the area. I think that until this "head in the sand" approach is changed it will only get worse not better. Like the "twelve steps" you must first recognize that there is a problem in order to fix it.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 09/12/10 - 12:44 pm
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Acually all of Augusta would

Acually all of Augusta would be growing at a much faster rate. It appears than when this next census is out Augusta will have grown less than one half of 1 percent over the last 10 years. That's just not acceptable.

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countyman 09/12/10 - 01:24 pm
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Augusta had poor leadership

Augusta had poor leadership until 2005. Ever since Deke became the mayor in 2005-2006, A/RC started to growing like it should.

I'll admit .5% growth rate is unacceptable.. But I think the growth rate is going to be higher in the 2010 census.

2010-2020 is going to be much diffrent than 2000-2010. Augusta's economy is supposed to double by 2016-2017...

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/12/10 - 02:09 pm
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Coco, There is a crime wave

Coco,

There is a crime wave in Augusta and you are correct, it is not a downtown problem only. I mean 18 murders in four months?

But you know as well as I do that people outside of downtown think we are crime ridden dowthere, and no amount of bluster about TEE Centers or stadiums will change that.

Still there is no proper sheriff substation downtown.

The Dirty Deals Authority is getting ready to spend mucho bucks on lights.

Now someone is saying that downtown only started to grow when Deke was elected? Yeah, when did the Soul Bar open, Fall of 95' right?

I know you have made a big difference, but imagine if the city had given you $200,000.00 a year along with $800,000.00 in reprogrammed SPLOST monies to promote downtown? Think you could have done more with the cash than the DDA did? I do..

Sorry for sounding so negative, you know I want what is best for downtown.

Ryan will be home in a wek or so, work keeps me here for now. I will be home in Oct sometime, I will drop in to say hi when I am home.

Stay cool,

Brad

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countyman 09/12/10 - 02:31 pm
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18 murders in 4 months in

18 murders in 4 months in Augusta? That's totally FALSE, unless you mean metro Augusta...

Brad, did you even read the article? When did Waynesboro, Grovetown, and the two murders in Aiken become Augusta/Richmond County?

countyman
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countyman 09/12/10 - 02:57 pm
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Please don't change my words

Please don't change my words to fit your agenda. I never said downtown started to grow when Deke became elected. I'm fully aware of Artist Row, Clay Boardman, Coco Rubio, First Friday, Bryan Haltermann, etc. I clearly said Augusta/Richmond County did. Check the 2000-2009 total population on the census.

GA DOT is paying for majority of the new lights on Broad. And why are you complaining about lights? I thought you wanted to improve downtown.. Won't new lights make people ''feel'' more safe?

flipa
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flipa 09/12/10 - 03:07 pm
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No one has explained why the

No one has explained why the murders of the Aiken women were so different from the assault and theft from the Augusta woman yet. Wright didn't have a car and nothing was taken except that ring which was slipped onto the second woman’s finger. Aiken co has a habit of blaming Augusta criminals to harness our manpower so they don't have to work as hard as we do. Their criminals are almost always still running wild long after most of ours are behind bars. My info leads me to believe their killers may still be on the loose. Watch my show this Thursday at 9 pm for more info.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/12/10 - 03:38 pm
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countryman, Downtown has had

countryman,

Downtown has had quite a few folks who stayed or came before the ones you listed. I see you are only into recent history. That explains why a lot of your ideas are so trusting of the DDA and why you think the answers are what they are to the problems.

We have had about 200K people since we joined the county and city together.

Here is the 2000 census that shows about the same number...

http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=&_ge...

And 2010...numbers show what??? Please tell...

Now, you know good and well that all this HUGE government spending you keep spouting off about doesn't help downtown's small business people. Only corrupt big-shot developers, the attorneys who get a % of the bond , and a few land owners will get all the benefit while we get the bill.

You bore me with your non-sense,

YAWN...

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/12/10 - 03:40 pm
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P.S. I think the cost of the

P.S. I think the cost of the lights are WAY too much.

That's why I commented.

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