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Slaying is second homicide linked to home invasion this year in Richmond County

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 9:32 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 7:47 PM
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A man affectionately known in his neighborhood as “Uncle Ronnie” died at home early Tuesday morning after being shot during a home invasion.

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Deputies found the front door of a home in the 2300 block of Naples Drive forced open early Tuesday. The homeowner, Ronald Irvin, 47, was shot and killed.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Deputies found the front door of a home in the 2300 block of Naples Drive forced open early Tuesday. The homeowner, Ronald Irvin, 47, was shot and killed.


“I can’t tell you how shocked I am about this,” next-door neighbor Melvenia Howard said. “He would give anybody anything, so why would they do this?”

Shortly after midnight, authorities were called to the home in the 2300 block of Naples Drive, where 47-year-old Ronald Irvin had lived for more than 25 years, after his sister called for help.

The woman told authorities she had been in a back bedroom when she heard someone kick in the front door and start shooting, said Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew. Irvin was shot in his upper body; he was pronounced dead at 1 a.m.

Another man in the house was taken to the hospital after being hit in the head. Authorities said he is a person of interest, but his name is not being released.

The incident was at least the second homicide of the 24 this year in Richmond County that occurred during a home invasion, although “home invasion” is a general term used by law enforcement to define “a burglary combined with a violent crime,” Sgt. Dan Carrier said.

In many cases, Carrier said, he finds home invasions are planned for times when people will be home, but in other cases, it’s a result of burglars thinking the home was vacant.

Authorities are not discussing a motive for the attack. Chew said it was not evident whether anything was stolen.

Howard was in her bedroom when she heard three shots. She didn’t realize the shots came from next door until police arrived.

She had come to love her longtime neighbor, who helped take in her groceries and cut her grass. When she was hospitalized, he kept watch over her house. When she was released from the hospital, he went over to check on her while her husband was at work.

“He was good to everybody who knocked on that door,” she said.

A lot of people were knocking on that door Tuesday. One was Benjamin Ready.

“He took care of a lot of people in Barton Village. He let people stay in his house,” Ready said.

“Uncle Ronnie,” who retired from the Army after serving two tours in Iraq, had a reputation for helping people in the neighborhood find jobs and get back on their feet, neighbor Tonya Felton said. If they needed it, Irvin would take them back and forth from their job.

Neighbors said Irvin was disabled because of an injury at his last job.

Eight of this year’s 24 homicides remain unsolved.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/13/11 - 09:45 am
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Well let's see if someone

Well let's see if someone will step up to the plate & tell what they saw....

You want to curb the crime----if you see something---say something!

drivenslow
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drivenslow 12/13/11 - 11:09 am
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theres no way we awere just
Unpublished

theres no way we awere just told by scott peebles in the jail report crime is waaaay down

allhans
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allhans 12/13/11 - 12:23 pm
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The police received a report

The police received a report then they should have a phone number and have gained information by now.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/13/11 - 02:31 pm
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I hear there was another

I hear there was another person transported to the hospital. Hopefully they will update if that is the case.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/13/11 - 03:56 pm
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allhans, that only works on

allhans, that only works on TV. In the real world, crimes cannot generally be solved in an hour.

BevBoudreaux
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BevBoudreaux 12/13/11 - 04:25 pm
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I thought countyman was just

I thought countyman was just recently telling us that violent crime was down in Richmond county.

countyman
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countyman 12/13/11 - 04:39 pm
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The recently printed Augusta

The recently printed Augusta Chronicle article told you that.. The sheriff's website will tell you the same thing.. Please stop trying to bring up my name in order to fit your agenda..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/13/11 - 04:54 pm
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ctyman--they say that

ctyman--they say that becauseYOU DO SAY IT---you saidthison Dec8*

Don't people get tired of being haters.. The crime rate is down this year in Augusta, and you guys have to deal with it..

Patty P... I glad you know the crime rate of Augusta is lower compared to the majority of similar size cities..

Cobalt.. Shootings and homicides definitely don't happen every single day in South Augusta

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/13/11 - 04:55 pm
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Maybe shootings happen every

Maybe shootings happen every other day...

countyman
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countyman 12/13/11 - 05:29 pm
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The three comments you posted

The three comments you posted were seven days after the Chronicle printed this article below on December 1st.. The last two comments don't even mention anything about the crime rate being down..
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2011-12-01/overall-crime-...

Before the day of December 1st, I seriously doubt I said crime was down numerous times.. I already knew the crime rate was down, but if I had commented on here.. The same few people would have told me I have my head in the sand, I'm wearing rose colored glasses, etc... I didn't even waste my time, and let the Chronicle print the article first...

P.S Their are over 100k people in South Augusta, and shootings don't happen every other day either.. A company wouldn't be investing $115 million into the area if that was the case..

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/13/11 - 06:07 pm
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Where's Copperhead?? Okay,

Where's Copperhead?? Okay, I'll sub for him. Augusta is safe, don't say it's not, get off the computer and pay your taxes!!!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/13/11 - 06:17 pm
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countyman....I really don't

countyman....I really don't think all crimes are reported. Even YOU have said that in the past.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/13/11 - 06:23 pm
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Patty-P, distinction,

Patty-P, distinction, Countyman only thinks crimes in Columbia and Aiken county are not reported.

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 12/13/11 - 07:37 pm
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The worst of the worst,

The worst of the worst, Sheriff Ronnie Strength and his team of investigators are rank last in the state when it come solving homicide cases. Why Richmond County Sheriff's Dept investigators can't solve homicide cases? There too many recently unsolved homicide cases in Richmond County with no arrest. Investigators can't sit on their lazy butt and wait for the public to speak out, hit the beat.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/13/11 - 07:45 pm
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Kissofdeath, how do you know

Kissofdeath, how do you know they are ranked last in the state in solving homicides? I'm not doubting you, but that would be an interesting link.

Will
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Will 12/13/11 - 07:46 pm
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He shoulda been armed. Kill
Unpublished

He shoulda been armed. Kill or be killed.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/13/11 - 07:58 pm
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kissofdeath....what makes you

kissofdeath....what makes you think they rank last?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/13/11 - 08:00 pm
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They could've hired me....I'd

They could've hired me....I'd solve all of the crimes...the perps are all the repeat offenders passing thru the revolving doors that the judges leave WIDE open. I know from experience.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 12/13/11 - 08:50 pm
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What a shame about Mr. Irvin.

What a shame about Mr. Irvin. Sounded like he was a good man. Only one question though. 8 out of 23 homicides not solved this year? That's a 33% failure rate. Is that normal for a city our size? Just asking....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/13/11 - 08:55 pm
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I looked up the murder

I looked up the murder clearance rate as it is called. Nationwide Augusta is about par. It was 65% in 2010.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/13/11 - 09:29 pm
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Actually I think 33% unsolved

Actually I think 33% unsolved is not a bad number for a city the size of Augusta.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/13/11 - 09:36 pm
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Patty, that's what I meant,

Patty, that's what I meant, too. However, the 65% rate is skewed by the fact big cities have very low solve rates. The smaller the city the higher the homicide clearance rate.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/14/11 - 12:35 am
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Considering that the

Considering that the investigative force for this size city should be twice the size that it is, the solve rate is actually commendable. Kudos to RCSO. I hope they one day have the manpower they need for this city. Was this man once a deputy?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/14/11 - 03:51 am
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I'm so sick and tired of

I'm so sick and tired of thugs with no morals preying on law abiding citizens. If someone tries to break into my house when I'm home my big dog will distract them while I take thier head of with a baseball bat. You can bet I'll be swinging for the fences too!

curly123053
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curly123053 12/14/11 - 06:09 am
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If someone tries to break

If someone tries to break into my house when I'm home my 2 dogs will keep them busy while I get my gun to take them down. There are to many people who think they are entitled to everything, even if they did not work for it. Another problem is that Augusta-Richmond County has to many judges who give the criminals more breaks than the criminal gave their victim. If I had my way there are judges in Augusta I would lock up for contempt of justice, and the same thing goes for at least 1 Aiken County magistrate. When the wheels of justice start dealing with criminals in a heavy handed way, just maybe this crap will slow down some. My prayers are with the family and friends of Uncle Ronnie.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/14/11 - 06:09 am
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I have to agree with Autumn

I have to agree with Autumn Leaves 12:35am comment.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/14/11 - 06:11 am
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AutumnLeaves, you make a good

AutumnLeaves, you make a good point, we need to add staff and money to our law enforcement. They probably do really well with what they have to work with.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/14/11 - 06:25 am
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countyman could I interest

countyman could I interest you in a rental at Hy 1 & Wheeless???

Cheap....only 4 breakins there in 3 years....of course the neighbors have left so you will be all alone---ALL ALONE...

ADAMS
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ADAMS 12/14/11 - 09:43 am
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Still NO arrest for the two

Still NO arrest for the two teen girls body found by the railroad track adjacent to Allen Holmes Housing Project off Laney Walker Blvd. Richmond County need a new sheriff who will focus on getting unsolved cold case murders off the street before they kill again.

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