Apartment complex riddled with crime

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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