Apartment complex riddled with crime

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Privately owned and managed, the East Boundary apartment complex where 23-year-old Angelo Daggett was killed Saturday has long posed a challenge for the Augusta Housing Authority.

"There continue to be issues there," said Jacob Oglesby, executive director for the authority, which reviews tenant eligibility at River Glen Apartments, where Daggett was killed.

Years ago, the authority issued bonds for a private company to build the 192-unit complex. Since then, the complex has changed hands multiple times, most recently to owner River Glen Investors of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and management company PK Management of Charlotte, N.C.

River Glen is unique in Augusta because its federally subsidized Section 8 rents are attached to the complex, leaving the housing authority's role only to review rental applications for eligibility, Oglesby said.

"We wish they'd return the vouchers" to the housing authority, he told authority board members Wednesday.

Now under a year-to-year contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the company has gone through five managers in three years, while the housing authority "cannot mandate" anything to them, authority Director of Administration Sirena Rogers said.

Oglesby said residents weren't necessarily the problem at River Glen, but that "outside drug people look at it as public property to congregate."

Gunfire has been prevalent at the complex at least since 1997, when residents described becoming accustomed to flying bullets to The Augusta Chronicle . In 2009, it was the scene of the killing of Jamar White and a shooting. In 2010, there were two more shootings.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 05/18/11 - 08:09 pm
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Sounds like John Barrow's

Sounds like John Barrow's office needs a call/

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 05/18/11 - 08:40 pm
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Can someone please explain to

Can someone please explain to me what AHA is doing with any Section 8 other than review rental applications for eligibility? At least in this apartment complex all the "challenges" are in one place instead of being spread out in what used to be respectable subdivisions.

mike71345
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mike71345 05/19/11 - 02:21 am
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"In east Augusta, River Glen,

"In east Augusta, River Glen, which housing officials said is 100 percent low-income, had more than 600 police calls."
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/04/06/met_123392.shtml

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 05/19/11 - 02:59 am
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I agree Amazed, don't spread

I agree Amazed, don't spread out the problems. However, at the same time, we need to do more to be pro-active. It would seem as if a complex with this much housing could fund security as well.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 05/19/11 - 07:27 am
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Mike71345...I lifted that

Mike71345...I lifted that quote, and a few more, for a piece I wrote two days ago.

Looks like when a complex has 1000 section 8 "customers" waiting for an opening with 192 units, this management company has no problem with a few dozen (or even hundred) people dying. It doesn't affect their bottom line one bit.

Vito45
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Vito45 05/19/11 - 08:40 am
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I like AR's idea of gating

I like AR's idea of gating these places with only residents having passes. You need a pass to get in the gate, and you need one to get in the building. If you open the gate for a guest that causes a disturbance, you are on the street.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 05/19/11 - 09:33 am
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Spoke with someone who has

Spoke with someone who has direct knowledge that the Housing Authority defends its thugs so they can
A. Keep things the thugs know will cost them their jobs, quiet.
B. Move so many family & friends in they can't throw them out.
C. Be paid off. Someone in the Housing authority needs to go to jail for misappropriation of funds & public endangerment for a LONG TIME.
The bottom line is these organized criminals prove what we have always known. Every time the Tax payer pays their taxes at least SOME of that money is used to destroy the very community that paid it. This is a FELONY. WHY ARE THE AUTHORITIES NOT ARRESTING THESE folk who act like FELONS running the housing authority? Are they on the TAKE too?
The only thing that will work is for a general tax payer refusal to support the continued growth of local organized crime that our tax money keeps financing. We are obligated to support our infrastructures NOT finance criminal cesspools like this. The property tax assessments you received should be labeled THUG FINANCING cause every time you pay your property taxes that IS what you ARE doing, FINANCING THUGS.

Chillen
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Chillen 05/19/11 - 09:51 am
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I heard these quotes the

I heard these quotes the other day. I plan on using them a lot. They are quite appropriate in many aspects of today's society. These quotes are from the 1930's.

“There is no genuine justice in any scheme of feeding and coddling the loafer whose only ponderable energies are devoted wholly to reproduction. Nine-tenths of the rights he bellows for are really privileges and he does nothing to deserve them.’ Despite the billions spent on an individual, ‘he can be lifted transiently but always slips back again.’ Thus the New Deal had been ‘the most stupendous digenetic enterprise ever undertaken by man …. We not only acquired a vast population of morons, we have inculcated all morons, young or old, with the doctrine that the decent and industrious people of the country are bound to support them for all time. The effects of that doctrine are bound to be disastrous soon or late.” ~H.L. Mencken~

When asked this question What would you do about them? His answer? “We could start by taking away their vote.”

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ~H.L. Mencken~

This guy was quite foward seeing and right on the money.

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 05/19/11 - 11:55 am
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@crime reports. I so agree

@crime reports. I so agree with you, thus ,"Known Drug Houses," are allowed to flourish..... Also, I believe that Federal Housing has to have on sight management. Harrisburg has Federal Housing on Broad St. in Harrisburg. I know personally the management there, and they do not put up with any bull. Management is part of the solution.

Forethought
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Forethought 05/19/11 - 12:54 pm
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Mrs. Lori Davis, I have a

Mrs. Lori Davis, I have a question for you. You stated that the management in Harrisburg does not put up with any bull, but a man was just shot on Eve St a couple of weeks ago. Also, the graffiti in the area made an Augusta Chronicle Headline. The graffitti was the representation of the Harrisburg posse which is recognized by the FBI as an organized gang. I guess my point is simply this. Crime happens everywhere. If the police can not deter crime, than what can the mgmt do? When you group people together who have low education, no job skills and drug usage and dim outlooks, then you have your recipe. A man who just got out of prison should be more concerned about making the best out of his second chance given to him vs. hanging around River Glen. That is just my thought. No offense intended to you ma'am.

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 05/19/11 - 01:27 pm
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Forethought, I agree with

Forethought, I agree with you, but we have not had issues out of the Federal Housing complex in Harrisburg. All around it, of course. According to the resident gang specialist, HBP are wannabees. If you have other information, please send it my way. I always want to be on top of things. Also, we believe that areas in Augusta are allowed to operate as they do. This is the travesty.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 05/19/11 - 01:30 pm
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Forethought; thank you for

Forethought; thank you for your respect for Lori as she has earned it.

The difference between Harrisburg and River Glen is the Augusta Housing Authority selected the ones causing 600 police calls to River Glen.

Harrisburg et al didn't select their residents and isn't paid for by tax money.

Forethought
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Forethought 05/19/11 - 02:21 pm
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Good point. I have not heard

Good point. I have not heard of major issues out of that housing project. My comments were directed to the home section neighborhood of Harrisburg. Thanks for the clarification.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 05/19/11 - 03:19 pm
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I also believe that these
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I also believe that these type complexes should be REQUIRED to have a manned police substation, gated/controlled entry, visitors have a seperate parking area and required to be out by 9pm. If they are not gone by that time the "resident" is called and made accountable and possibly loses their chance to live there. There should also be a community chore list. Residents will be REQUIRED to participate in their surroundings- grass cutting, baby sitting for single parents, community vegetable garden, etc...

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 05/19/11 - 04:48 pm
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Forethought, You are right

Forethought, You are right about other parts of the neighborhood. Can not disagree there!

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 05/19/11 - 05:44 pm
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Also, I believe anyone and

Also, I believe anyone and EVERYONE on any sort of public assistance (taxpayer monies) should be required to pass a drug test. Just as I do, to be able to hold a job that pays for their continued "mooching". This may serve to weed out those who are not serious about being law-abiding members of society.

KSL
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KSL 05/19/11 - 08:22 pm
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Make the resident on the

Make the resident on the "rental" agreement responsible for what goes on out of their apartment and those who live there. Those housing assistance programs wind up housing people who should not be there. There is no enforcement of the rules as to who has permission to reside there. Do spot checks, oust those who should not be "staying" there. This was going on in the 80's to some degree. Now it's totally out of hand. Drive the bad blood out. Make government responsible for the taxpayers money it so willing hands out.

KSL
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KSL 05/19/11 - 08:20 pm
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Corporal, while drug testing

Corporal, while drug testing is a good thing, it won't nab the grandkids or the live ins who are "staying" there. Those are the ones who need to be ousted.

madgerman
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madgerman 05/20/11 - 08:29 am
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I keep asking and no one
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I keep asking and no one seems to know - What is the 1-800 number to report violations of people who obviously cannot live in civilized society? P.S. the number of the welfare fraud telephone for people with $50 fingernail jobs using peach cards would help also.
Believe me the section 8 problems are not just centralized at River Glen.
Maybe the AC could do a story on just what the rules are for section 8 that the residents are required to comply with.

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 05/21/11 - 12:52 am
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@madgerman.... Georgia DHR

@madgerman.... Georgia DHR Office of Investigative Services
Fraud hotline: 1-800-282-4063

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/21/11 - 12:29 pm
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Who owns River Glen?

Who owns River Glen?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/21/11 - 12:36 pm
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I'll pay more property taxes

I'll pay more property taxes to finance Ronnie's putting more deputies on patrol.

But when's the last time that the RCSD, or any other governmental agency operating with the financial support of Richmond County taxpayers, was subjected to the scrutiny of an external audit which was conducted by a competent, disinterested, out-of-state organization and whose results were communicated directly to all local print and electronic media?

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also_livinginaugusta 05/25/11 - 08:28 am
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it's time for augusta, state
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it's time for augusta, state and federal govt's to get out of the public housing business. why not develop codes of conduct and immediately evict those who break the rules, it's time to empty these public housing developments whether owned publicly or privately of all roaches, ticks, fleas and other parasites, leeches and moochers

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