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New map plots Richmond County homicides since 2005

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A map of Augusta plotted with the locations of homicides reveals a sad line that runs through the center of town.



Homicides have occurred in every area of Augusta since January 2005, but a cluster of nine homicides has occurred along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and continuing onto Deans Bridge Road. More killings have occurred on nearby streets.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles wrote in an e-mail that he suspects the area’s dense population is a major factor in the cluster of homicides in that area.

The Augusta Chronicle has created a map that shows the location of all homicides in the city in the past six years. Information about the victims, the suspects, the locations, motives when known and the judicial outcomes are included in the updated database at augustachronicle.com/data/homicides.

Last year was an usually high year for homicides in Augusta, with 37. There have been 25 this year. A total of 176 people have been killed in the city since January 2005, more than half of whom were black men, and most of them were young men between 18 and 25 years old.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s violent crimes investigators have been successful in arresting 245 suspects in those homicides. Only 21 remain unsolved – an 88 percent clearance rate, above the 2010 national rate of 64.8 percent.

Peebles credits the department’s success with the sheriff’s rule on homicide: “Sheriff (Ronnie) Strength has made it clear to investigators who work homicides that no one goes home until all known leads are followed immediately. Time of day or night, weekends, holidays are all irrelevant. Homicides take precedence. We stay until there’s nothing left to do.”

“We have a team of investigators who volunteer to be a part of the Major Case Squad. These are investigators who volunteer to be called in and work the homicides as a team. From the day we established the Major Case Squad in 2006, we’ve had great success with the team concept,” Peebles wrote in an e-mail.

Most homicides are committed by suspects who know the victims, and the majority of homicides, 91, took place in a residence. The most common weapon used, in 119 incidents, was a gun.

In 92 of the homicides, more than one person was charged with murder.

A total of 23 juveniles were named as suspects, and 10 of them were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The district attorney’s office did not seek indictments against 14 suspects, and another six suspects were acquitted at trial. Six suspects committed suicide, including one man who killed himself in jail while awaiting trial.

More than a third of the suspects were between the ages of 18 and 21. The youngest was 12 and the oldest was 84 years old.

In addition to the Augusta map and database of homicides, databases of the homicides in Columbia and Aiken counties are also available at augustachronicle.com/data/homicides .

RICHMOND COUNTY HOMICIDE VICTIMS

Since January 2005, 176 people, plus a baby in-vitro, have been victims of homicide in Richmond County.

• 96 black men

• 32 white men

• 27 black women

• 12 white women

• 2 Hispanic men

• 1 Asian man

• 6 race unknown

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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 11/19/11 - 09:48 pm
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Thank you for this map. I

Thank you for this map. I would like to see one going back to 1990 or 1995 if possible, a map that includes, among others: the grocer, Mr. Han, on Golden Camp Road off Deans Bridge (near the Henry Brigham Recreation Center), Mr. Selman on Old McDuffie Road, unidentified male in the new FUBU outfit behind Golden Harvest Food Bank and Mr. Dorsey at the corner of Deans Bridge Road and Cornelia Roads. I believe all of these were earlier than 2005. I would like to see these solved, too, I'm not sure, but I don't think they have been solved yet. We have excellent, albeit, overworked, investigators now, I hope they can eventually get some new info on these cold cases. Good citizens do care.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/20/11 - 12:07 am
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'a sad line that runs through

'a sad line that runs through the center of town.'
Maybe this 'line' is where they should put substations.

countyman
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countyman 11/20/11 - 02:47 am
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25 homicides this year???

25 homicides this year??? More like 20 right

specsta
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specsta 11/20/11 - 04:18 am
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Almost 100 black men, along

Almost 100 black men, along with other citizens, murdered within a 6-year period. This is absolutely sad.

Violence is an American lifestyle. Just look at Canada - 500 murders annually versus the USA - with over 15,000 murders annually. This country embraces violence and celebrates it on TV, in movies, and with our love of guns. Americans get more outraged over a nipple shown on TV than some MMA fighters beating each other to a bloody pulp - and most folks have no problem with their kids watching this violence.

The leading cause of death for black males aged 15-35 is homicide, according to the CDC. It is very dangerous to be a young black man in America. Not only are black males more likely to be victims of violence, but the criminal justice system that would protect them from violent perpetrators, has done an abysmal job of meting out any standard of equal justice.

Guns are prevalent in this country with easy access for anyone to acquire one. You can even buy a Bushmaster M4A3 Carbine rifle at Walmart. Just hand over the cash. Having the ability to kill another being is a simple thing in the US.

The fact that so many murders occur in economically depressed areas in our cities, with young black men as the victims, is an outright stain on our society. We have allowed this to happen by turning a blind eye to those that are most in need.

cityman
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cityman 11/20/11 - 07:12 am
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Riff raff killing riff raff
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Riff raff killing riff raff mostly.

hounddog
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hounddog 11/20/11 - 08:38 am
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'The leading cause of death
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'The leading cause of death for black males aged 15-35 is homicide, according to the CDC. It is very dangerous to be a young black man in America. Not only are black males more likely to be victims of violence, but the criminal justice system that would protect them from violent perpetrators, has done an abysmal job of meting out any standard of equal justice.’
This is what the liberals, democrats, leaders in black communities and black churches have created with entitlement mentality. They have destroyed black families. Over 70% of black babies are born to a single mother.
Black men/boys are killing one another along with others. When the ‘criminal justice system’ does try to crack down the black leaders and liberals cry racism.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/20/11 - 08:51 am
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specsta, So who is to blame

specsta,

So who is to blame that so many "young black men" are murdered each year? You seem to want to blame the "system" and not the individuals doing the crimes.

Also, the fact we have the right to own firearms is irrelevant to the cause of murders. Look at London and see what knives can do in the criminals hands, also, South Africa has 40 murders a day (about 15,000 per year) and they have only 55 million citizens, most with 'pangas' or machetes as you know them. So the point is that in South Africa we have a murder rate 6 times that of yours and an overwhelming number are done by pangas and knives. So, tell why you can't see that it is not what weapons are used, but the people that commit criminal acts.

Also, those guns you talk about for sale to common citizens in WalMart are used by many law abiding citizens to protect themselves and families from the criminals as well. I guess you want only the criminals to have weapons?

The guns are not the problem, criminals are.

Brad

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/20/11 - 08:43 am
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Well the map spells it out

Well the map spells it out doesn't it.....almost 100 blackmen are gone.....what say you blackleaders....can you ignore that.....stop putting your efforts in the wrong places....take your neighborhoods back from crime & drugs.......one step at the time...demand more police patrol..report-report-report.
I can't believe the black preachers can turn a blind eye to these stats.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/20/11 - 08:43 am
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Here you go, check out this

Here you go, check out this story and tell me you have it so bad in America..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15775506

The fact is, we spin politics out of crime and violence.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/20/11 - 09:08 am
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I wonder how many of these

I wonder how many of these murders are motivated by illegal drug business rivalries.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/20/11 - 10:13 am
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Well....I did notice that on

Well....I did notice that on 1 side of I-20 I see very few red dots...on the other side BOOM...loaded with red dots.....now let me think here...Columbia county area has fewer deaths.....so ....leaders in these communities ...maybe you can visit the other side of I-20 & find out what they are doing to keep crime away...duh...neighborhoods caring about each other makes a difference--a HUGE difference.
Report the crime & stop protecting the bad guys.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/20/11 - 10:22 am
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seenitb4....I really do wish

seenitb4....I really do wish the black leaders in the community would address these issues. I know they hate to see the violence in the communties, but for some reason won't speak about it or rarely do.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/20/11 - 10:30 am
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patty.....Some say it is

patty.....Some say it is hopeless...I don't think so.....the black leaders can make a huge difference....young teens need activity-jobs in the afternoon.....more $$ creating decent JOBS in South Augusta would do wonders for the community.......instead of nitpicking who is in charge in downtown....put some resources in the crime areas & give them something to do in the afternoon...they need to come down hard on the drugs/drug pushers...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/20/11 - 10:32 am
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I notice one thing. There

I notice one thing. There certainly are a lot of whites on there, too. In the past some in the media and law enforcement wanted to break it down along racial lines. The theme was they were all involved in bad lifestyles. That meant they only kill each other.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 11/20/11 - 10:34 am
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"..............plus a baby
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"..............plus a baby in-vitro"???

Uh.....what? "In vitro" means "in a test tube".

Perhaps you mean "in utero".

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/20/11 - 10:44 am
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"In addition to the Augusta

"In addition to the Augusta map and database of homicides, databases of the homicides in Columbia and Aiken counties are also available at augustachronicle.com/data/homicides."

Link in this last paragraph is invalid as of this post.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/20/11 - 11:18 am
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patty....I just had an idea

patty....I just had an idea to bring some neighborhoods closer together..what if some churches gave away a prize for the neighborhood with the best Christmas decorations....every neighbor could do something to contribute to lights-music-trees.....one way to get to know each other in the spirit of the season.
Kids grow up so fast...& this is a special time for the small ones to enjoy..

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/20/11 - 12:03 pm
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I think it would be a good

I think it would be a good idea seenit, but would have to have something like a neighborhood association and not all the neighborhoods have one.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/20/11 - 12:09 pm
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countyman....it looks like 22

countyman....it looks like 22 homicides for RC as of this morning.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/20/11 - 01:19 pm
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These ugly statistics will

These ugly statistics will not change until we pull the rug out from under single parenthood. I have no way to prove it, but if I did I would wager $10,000 that 90% of those perps were raised with no dad in their lives, and most of that 90% in the welfare system, one way or another.

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allhans 11/20/11 - 02:05 pm
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When you total the males with

When you total the males with the females of each sector you have some stunning numbers.

countyman
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countyman 11/20/11 - 03:28 pm
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Columbia County isn't doing

Columbia County isn't doing anything special when it comes to homicides.. The overall homicide numbers are equal to the total population... Richmond County over 200k, Aiken 160k, and Columbia 125k...

I-20 doesn't separate Richmond County from Columbia County.. Harlem and Grovetown are on the opposite side of I-20, and much of West Augusta is north of I-20(Stevens Creek, Furys Ferry, Riverwatch, Washington rd, Bobby Jones/I-520, etc)... Looking at the map there were hardly any homicides south of I-20 in the city limits of Hephzibah or Blythe..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/20/11 - 03:34 pm
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Countyman, Columbia County's

Countyman, Columbia County's population is 60 percent that of Richmond County. Do you think they have 60 percent the number of murders as Richmond County?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/20/11 - 03:44 pm
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countyman I think there are

countyman I think there are so many different factors to consider if comparing CC to RC.

countyman
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countyman 11/20/11 - 03:45 pm
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Is the RC map news?? I think

Is the RC map news?? I think everybody already knew West Augusta, Summerville, city limits of Hephzibah, city limits of Blythe, Mcbean, outer South Augusta(south of Tobacco rd), Belair rd/Jimmie Dyess, Forest Hills, CBD, etc would have maybe 0-5 homicides in six years...

Inner South Augusta(inside 520) and the inner city areas of Turpin Hill, Bethlehem is where the majority of working poor and poor live in the county.. South Augusta is by far the largest single area in the county..

I noticed the CBD had a total of three homicides in six years.. I find it hilarious some people still think downtown is dangerous.. Even though people similar to commissioneer Matt Aitken raise their families in the CBD.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/20/11 - 03:57 pm
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You know the facts jump out

You know the facts jump out like a red flashing light BUT some still deny the obvious...RED FLASHING DOTS!!!----I can almost smile at his posts but then I think each one represents a death-senseless crime......nothing to laugh about...the stats don't lie...we know where most crime happens. It isn't funny to the folks living in these neighborhoods.

countyman
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countyman 11/20/11 - 04:02 pm
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Nobody is comparing Richmond

Nobody is comparing Richmond County vs Columbia County... It's not a coincidence they're ranked third in homicides when considering population.. Keep in mind RC only had about 13-16 homicides in 2005 and 2006..

Who denying something? Where does most of the crime happen at?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/20/11 - 04:00 pm
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'people similar to

'people similar to commissioneer Matt Aitken raise their families in the CBD.' No comment. Not sure what your point is Countyman. lol.

I think the article is pointing out where the majority of crime is concentrated. The more densely populated, along with other factors, can determine crime levels.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/20/11 - 04:02 pm
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Patty, you got it. LOL. Matt

Patty, you got it. LOL. Matt Aitken is the standard we should all aspire to.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/20/11 - 04:03 pm
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seenit...obviously some folks

seenit...obviously some folks can't SEE the red flashing dots. Or simply choose not to see them. Who knows.

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