Richmond County deputy run over; man arrested

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 11:43 AM
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A deputy was taken to the hospital Thursday night after he was run over during a traffic stop.

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According to Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser, deputies saw a man at Smart Grocery, 3221 Wrighsboro Road, behaving suspiciously about 10 p.m. and stopped their vehicles behind the man’s Chevrolet Impala.

The driver, identified as 29-year-old Kimmie Gresham Jr., put the vehicle in reverse. Dresser said the Impala knocked Deputy Dale Roberts to the ground and ran over his legs.

The car left the scene, dragging passenger Michael Cheatham 10 to 15 feet, and then hit two cruisers before crashing into a bush at Magnolia Drive and Pine Needle Road near an entrance to Forest Hills Golf Club.

Gresham continued on foot but was soon apprehended. Officers found he had marijuana at the time of the arrest.

Roberts was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and was released without injuries.

Gresham was booked into the Richmond County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, two counts of interference with government property, driving while license suspended or revoked, suspended vehicle registration, reckless driving, and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

Cheatham was booked on charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana but has been released on bond.

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Farmboy
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Farmboy 01/20/12 - 12:56 pm
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The police don't get paid

The police don't get paid enough to do what they do. It's almost a sin.

reba530
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reba530 01/20/12 - 01:03 pm
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I hope they sock it to this
Unpublished

I hope they sock it to this low life loser. Its a shame that these poor men and women that try and protect us have to deal with such stupid worthless human beings such as this nutcase. Make an example out of this """" LOSER""""

Farmboy
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Farmboy 01/20/12 - 01:02 pm
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I think a police officer

I think a police officer going out there doing what these guys do should make at least $50,000.00 a year. At least.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/20/12 - 01:19 pm
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It is a shame that someone

It is a shame that someone with a uniform didn't get a shot to the head on Gresham. Hope Deputy Roberts is OK!!

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/20/12 - 01:24 pm
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This guy has a long history

This guy has a long history (over 10 years) of traffic tickets and arrests, as well as drug, alcohol and firearm possession arrests. And unless the county failed to enter the "Jr" on his record a few times, his dad has the same sort of record himself. Why this guy was still on the streets is beyond me.

The latest arrest (before this one):
1 40-6-48 FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE 5/8/2011
2 40-5-121 DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED/REVOKED LICENSE 5/8/2011
3 40-6-253 VIOLATION OF OPEN CONTAINER 5/8/2011
4 40-6-391(A)(4) DUI OF ALCOHOL & DRUGS 5/8/2011
5 40-6-391(l) ENDANGERING A CHILD BY DUI 5/8/2011
6 40-6-391(l) ENDANGERING A CHILD BY DUI 5/8/2011
7 40-8-76 CHILD RESTRAINT VIOLATION 5/8/2011
8 40-8-76 CHILD RESTRAINT VIOLATION 5/8/2011
9 16-13-2(b) POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA 2/12/2011

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 01/20/12 - 01:23 pm
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Hearing this makes me a

Hearing this makes me a little worried. Son was sworn in to RCSD yesterday. Something he wants to do. I can not tell him what to do.

woofman
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woofman 01/20/12 - 01:25 pm
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They need to make the
Unpublished

They need to make the penalties a lot harsher for any violent crime. They just do a few days; get three hots and a cot; hang out with the hommies, and then they're right back out on the street. It's just a thang. Charge them for what it really is: attempted murder, and keep him for a very long time.....

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/20/12 - 01:48 pm
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Thank God this officer was

Thank God this officer was not injured. There have been far too many assults on LEO's; time to make an example of one of them. Hope he's charged with attempted murder, assault with a motor vehicle, fleeing the scene of an accident, obstruction of justice, possession of drugs, ugly hair, and stupidity.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/20/12 - 01:57 pm
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Lack of accountability for

Lack of accountability for his actions all of his life. Zero respect for others, authority figures, or our justice system. Why on earth is a person like this allowed to continue to be an active member of our society?

Violent criminals MUST be put and kept behind bars. I would like to know the stats on the criminal arrests for all major crimes in our area that are committed by repeat felony offenders. The cops are doing their jobs so now it it time for the legislatures, prosecutors and judges to do theirs.

Stop placing our law abiding citizens and police officers to be placed in harms way unnecessarily by allowing repeat violent offenders to use our revolving door in-justice system.

Farm boy, they would be ecstatic with 50k but the reality is that many don't even make $30,000.00, have deplorable benefits and also are having to deal with furlough days taking away more money from them. RCSO Deputies have effectively taken a PAY CUT every year for the past 3 years due to no raises combined with increased deductions for medical insurance and furlough days - It is pathetic that our commissioners have allowed and continue to allow this to happen while on a daily basis talking about spending millions on new ball fields and other items.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/20/12 - 07:43 pm
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Prayers to Deputy Dale

Prayers to Deputy Dale Roberts for a speedy recovery.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/20/12 - 02:31 pm
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How about taking that hundred

How about taking that hundred grand that is to be spent on a "collaboration center" and spend it on giving as many officers as possible a small bump in their pay?

BamaMan
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BamaMan 01/20/12 - 02:46 pm
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Our illustrious senators,

Our illustrious senators, governors, etc need a HUGE cut in pay and pass it along to our law enforcement personnel. It's just absurd that the ones that protect and serve aren't compensated as such.

BennyS
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BennyS 01/20/12 - 02:52 pm
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I disagree Farmboy, these

I disagree Farmboy, these officers do put their lives on the line everyday, however, they new what the job paid when they were hired and knew the danger envolved.

raul
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raul 01/20/12 - 02:57 pm
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@Willow. LOL. Definitely hard

@Willow. LOL. Definitely hard evidence on the ugly hair and stupidity charge.

dsolvtec
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dsolvtec 01/20/12 - 04:32 pm
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@BennyS Sure our LEO's know

@BennyS
Sure our LEO's know the pay, and possible dangers that accompany the job. What others are saying is touching on a HUGE idea that we should reward members of society who do the RIGHT things. We have Hollywood actors who make millions for a two hour film. Congressmen and legislators who rake in funds for part time jobs that favor the ideas of the highest bidder. What if we as Americans decided to reward Nobel peace price winners, or outstanding citizens who work from the heart with funds that would obviously continue to fuel the genuine efforts to rebuild a broken country. Just a thought...

Regarding the outrage of repeat offenders being released to continue their detrimental actions to society, we should consider releasing the non violent drug offenders that are helping over populate the jails. Making room for keeping offenders like this idiot.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/20/12 - 04:34 pm
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"How about taking that

"How about taking that hundred grand that is to be spent on a "collaboration center" and spend it on giving as many officers as possible a small bump in their pay?"

Sweet idea, except that you are taking everybody's money and using it to benefit a minute portion of the population. As deserving as it may be, you cannot say this person deserves to be paid their worth and this one doesn't, not when using tax money.

Better idea, use everybody's money to work toward creating jobs that everyone will have opportunity to apply for and land. See, no exclusion. Oh wait, that's the premise of the Collaboration Center.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 01/20/12 - 05:15 pm
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It wouldn't have been that

It wouldn't have been that bad of a crime had he not pulled the bonehead move which will get him a long jail sentence.
As I've heard here before...you just can't fix stupid.

Whim
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Whim 01/21/12 - 03:34 am
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..

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citizen0226
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citizen0226 01/20/12 - 07:27 pm
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Pay increases? Um no. Take a

Pay increases? Um no. Take a look at our government deficits.
If you want to make big bucks, don't get into law enforcement.
If you don't want to risk your life dealing with the scum of society, don't get into law enforcement.
It's quite simple...if you have no other prospects in life, get into law enforcement.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/20/12 - 07:55 pm
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BennyS, sorry but you are

BennyS, sorry but you are incorrect. Richmond County deputies DID NOT KNOW that approximately $1,000.00 or more dollars would be removed from their pay each year when they were hired due to furlough days. They did not anticipate nor should they have to worry about pay decreases due to their contribution in insurance going up each year with no assistance from the county.

These officers are not asking for great pay but pay cuts every year for the past three years while more and more are injured or even killed....absurd!

And, citizen0026, no on is asking for big bucks for LEO's - it will never be that way and everyone in that professions knows it. However, when they pay at McDonalds begins to surpass the pay as a deputy, Houston we have a major problem.

The problem does not exist in all law enforcement agencies. Columbia County has decent salaries, received a raise this year and are compensated for various training levels as well as college unlike the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. They also do not have to deal with multiple furlough days. The RCSO salary scale simply does not match that of similar size / type agencies and therefore the department has turnover issues and hiring issues...all of which end up costing the taxpayers more than if the commissioners would simply do what is right to begin with.

It takes about 4 years of service based on the expense of training and equipping a deputy without it having a negative impact on your budget if they leave. Therefore, every deputy that leaves for greener pastures because the Richmond County Commission will not simply do what is right ends up costing us tax dollars that could have been spent on paying them properly to begin with.

They may not need big bucks but they certainly deserve a fair and just salary comparable to other south eastern agencies of similar size and demographics...it is quite simple...they need to be paid a fair salary and furlough days need to end within the Sheriff's Office.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/21/12 - 12:16 am
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citizen0226, your comments

citizen0226, your comments regarding law enforcement are disrespectful. If the day comes, they all find "better prospects", you'll wish they had not.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/21/12 - 12:19 am
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Agreed, Asitisinaug, no more

Agreed, Asitisinaug, no more furlough days for RC LEO's and a salary equal to a living wage. Shame on RC politics.

thewayitis
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thewayitis 01/21/12 - 01:00 am
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"Pay increases? Um no. Take a

"Pay increases? Um no. Take a look at our government deficits.
If you want to make big bucks, don't get into law enforcement.
If you don't want to risk your life dealing with the scum of society, don't get into law enforcement.
It's quite simple...if you have no other prospects in life, get into law enforcement."

Really? Do you know anything about the vetting process to become a cop. Do you know the huge responsibilty that goes along with that. Are so many people so driven by money that they cannot fathom highly qualified and honest individuals going into a less lucrative profession? Nearly all officers do what they do because they love their jobs. Most high paying jobs in the private sector do not even come close to the screening process for law enforcement agencies. Many highly educated professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and successful business people with advanced degrees would not make it past stage one to get into law enforcement. The process is on par with what the U.S. government requires for a top secret security clearance. Fingerprint background check, driving record check, and drug test is nothing. That only scratches the surface. Now let's add a polygraph examination and an extensive BI using developed references from given references. Interviews of acquaintances and friends of acquaintances for years back. And if you mess up in law enforcement in any serious way your career is done and you will likely be charged criminally. Do the same in the private sector and you get a slap on the wrist.

thewayitis
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thewayitis 01/21/12 - 01:04 am
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Citizen 0226: You are wrong.

Citizen 0226: You are wrong. The vetting process to become a cop is far more rigorous than virtually anything in the private sector. These are highly qualifed and professional people who chose a less lucrative career because they love it. Even "sensitive" private sector jobs only require a background check and drug test. Now lets add a polygraph examination and extensive BI similar in scope to what is required for a top secret security clearance for the federal govt. Including interviews of references and developed references going many years back.

augustarookie
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augustarookie 01/21/12 - 01:08 am
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Perhaps those law enforcement

Perhaps those law enforcement officers whose pay is reduced should consider another occupation.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/21/12 - 02:14 am
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AugustaRookie, many have not

AugustaRookie, many have not to mention that many positions are going unfilled within the RCSO as pointed out in more than 2 Augusta Chronicle articles in the past year. Because they are leaving, it actually costs the taxpayers more money (training, uniforms, etc.) and because the pay is so low combined with furlough days, etc. positions remain unfilled which hurts the entire community. It is also hard to get well trained officers to come to RCSO because there is no pay change for previous experience, college, etc. as there is with the majority of departments across the country, even in GA where police are paid very poorly.

My point is that many are considering other careers and we are losing MANY good cops. Not because they don't love it, not because they aren't good cops and not because the salary is bad but because it isn't even livable. The young cops take the job, think things will get better, work special duty assignments 3 or 4 days a week to make ends meet, etc. but at some point many realize that they can't make ends meet and they leave for another agency or career - either way, it is the citizens of Richmond County who lose in the long run because the commissioners of Richmond County are failing to provide for the Public Safety needs of this community.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/21/12 - 02:23 am
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Asitis, I'm curious. Are the

Asitis, I'm curious. Are the positions not filled because there is no money to hire people or are there no applicants? I'd think there are many applicants for jobs these days.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/21/12 - 02:27 am
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According to the last article

According to the last article written, Colonel Powell was quoted as saying that it has become more and more difficult to fill the positions due to the stringent requirements compared to low pay & benefits along with the furlough days. The best answer I can give is that no qualified persons are applying. There are applications but if you hire a non-certified deputy it costs you thousands to get him/her trained and you have to pay them to attend training as well as their uniforms, etc. and if they don't work out (stay for 4 or more years) you fail to recoup your initial investment.

RCSO is short many deputies for 3 reasons. First, over 40 positions have been de-funded in the past few years by the commission. Second, the furlough days account for losing approximately 17 full time deputies year round. And finally, because there are not qualified individuals applying for the 17-22 currently unfilled positions within the department.

There probably are many applicants Riverman but qualified applicants can make more money as a BOE officer, Columbia County Officer and many other departments with far less risk. Columbia County just approved new positions, issued raises, etc. whereas Richmond County has slashed budgets, cut positions and made it difficult to get qualified applicants due to low pay, poor benefits and specifically due to the furlough days. From your past posts, I know you aren't a huge fan of the Sheriff but the Sheriff has made it clear to the commission he needs more officers and what is needed in order to acomplish that task as was also noted in an article around 4 months ago - there response so far has been to cut another 1.5 million from the jail budget on the negative side and to cut 1 furlough day on the positive side.

Abbynoll
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Abbynoll 01/21/12 - 06:29 am
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having underpaid and

having underpaid and understaffed Deputies is the county equivalent of the country having underpaid and understaffed military personnel. For those who are saying they should just seek alternate employment... stop and think about the consequences for a minute. These guys and gals do this job because they want to. They aren't expecting to get rich from it, but I think it would be mighty nice for them to live above the poverty level, even if it's just a little bit.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/21/12 - 09:50 am
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@Riverman, there are plenty

@Riverman, there are plenty of applicants.....just not enough QUALIFIED applicants.

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