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James Brown's daughter sought in North Augusta hit-and-run

Monday, July 23, 2012 5:44 PM
Last updated Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:01 AM
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James Brown’s oldest daughter is wanted by North Augusta Public Safety after she was accused of stealing a car from St. Stephen Ministries in Augusta and injuring her boss outside a bank in North Augusta when the boss tried to get the car back, authorities said.

Venisha Brown  FILE/STAFF
FILE/STAFF
Venisha Brown


Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to the intersection of West and Pine Grove avenues and found Hope Ellis Campbell, 46, of Grovetown, injured, according to an e-mail from Lt. Tim Thornton.

Campbell, executive director of St. Stephen, told officers she had spotted Venisha Brown, an employee who had stolen a gray Chevrolet Suburban from the ministry on Greene Street in Augusta.

Campbell said she reached into the car to try to take the keys, but Brown quickly accelerated, dragging Campbell into and over the hood of another vehicle parked in front of the Suburban, according to Thornton. The extent of her injuries was not released.

Brown drove away and was last seen headed into Georgia across the 13th Street Bridge.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Jimmy Young said Brown took the Suburban from the ministries’ building on Sunday and Campbell had reported the theft.

Brown is charged in warrants with possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and first degree assault and battery.

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augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/23/12 - 05:36 pm
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What?

She thought it was a good idea to reach into a stolen car and try to stop a thief? Really?

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 07/23/12 - 07:19 pm
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Didn't her Dad, Jame Brown

Didn't her Dad, Jame Brown pull sorta the stunt at that intersection way back when? NAPS nailed him then as well. Go find her before she kills someone guys! People have no concern for human life anymore.

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AutumnLeaves 07/23/12 - 09:06 pm
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Nevermind.

Nevermind.

Jake
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Jake 07/23/12 - 08:45 pm
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Shame

Not a nice way to get your name in the papers. Shame on you.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/23/12 - 09:11 pm
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why?

Why do those being sought by the law always seem to run THIS way?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/23/12 - 09:24 pm
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Well, acorns don't fall far

Well, acorns don't fall far from the tree.

allhans
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allhans 07/23/12 - 09:24 pm
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How dare anyone try to stop

How dare anyone try to stop the car...
November is coming. Vote often...

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/23/12 - 10:06 pm
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She looks so much like her

She looks so much like her father.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/23/12 - 10:10 pm
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Ouch

Ouch!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 07/23/12 - 10:18 pm
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Doesn't Ms Brown possess an
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Doesn't Ms Brown possess an automobile of her own? I would imagine that she does unless she's squandered her inheritance. So why steal this vehicle? For a thrill? Had a run-in with the owner? Doesn't make sense.

Then again, not much about that family does make sense.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/23/12 - 10:33 pm
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WB

That was the first thing I noticed too, just as I was thinking about how she behaves like him as well.

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dwb619 07/23/12 - 10:39 pm
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naugusta

It was East Martintown and Atomic. NAPD shot the tires off the front of his truck, but he still drove into Georgia, where he was arrested.

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 07/23/12 - 10:51 pm
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db619, Thanks...... Thats

db619, Thanks...... Thats right. For some reason I was thinking it was that intersection right up from the Public Safety Office. Hopefully she turns herself in and doesnt attempt to drive at an officer.....That could end terrible.

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Riverman1 07/23/12 - 11:13 pm
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Yeah, deja vu all over again.

Yeah, deja vu all over again.

faithson
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faithson 07/23/12 - 11:46 pm
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got it right riverman...

deja vu... remember well the account of the van coming across the bridge with all tires blown out... the man had talent, no doubt... but character ?? the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/24/12 - 01:47 am
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What? is right augusta citizen
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What is wrong with you to ask such a question?? Blame the victim, nice one. I'd agree, just a tad, if it were some unknown street thug, but this was someone she worked with so it probably never crossed her mind the loser would try to get her killed. No different than a parent trying to maybe take the keys from their child or a friend trying to stop a friend. It's someone you know you had a little spat with...you never see it coming in that situation. SMH!!

David Parker
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David Parker 07/24/12 - 07:15 am
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WOW. The way I read it, the

WOW. The way I read it, the incident isn't put into much context. I don't see a bill of sale or registration that shows Ms. Campbell owns the vehicle. If it was owned by the church and Ms. Brown works for the church, I don't see this as a theft. As far as someone reaching in a vehicle while someone is preparing to drive away, I call bad judgement on the person putting themselves in position to be harmed. I don't know if it was a heated arguement and one party was just ready to get away from the situation to avoid it escalating. If the other party took it upon themselves to step in and force them to stay. I might just step on the gas too.

I do see alot of presumption in the comments and my point is, I want to know "the rest of the story" (in my best Paul Harvey voice).

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rmwhitley 07/24/12 - 07:28 am
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They'll
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name a Boulervard after her.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/24/12 - 07:52 am
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David Parker, I Do Agree...

This will probably be hashed out by the parties involved. You know the church people will get together and talk this out to keep her out of trouble.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/24/12 - 08:12 am
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My one thumb downer isn't

My one thumb downer isn't interested in clarity. So predictable

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/24/12 - 08:44 am
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Executive Director

I guess if Ms. Campbell is the executive director then even though the vehicle is not registered to her she is within her rights as the director to report the truck as stolen. If Ms. Brown is innocent then she needs to come forward, turn herself in and let the law hash it all out and get to the bottom of what really happened on both sides. Maybe it was all a misunderstanding, maybe she took off because she was affraid, but she certainly is not acting like someone who is innocent.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/24/12 - 08:56 am
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Good 8:15 David.

Good 8:15 David.

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InChristLove 07/24/12 - 09:25 am
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I'm trying to practice not

I'm trying to practice not forming an opinion until both sides are examined but what concerns me is this part "but Brown quickly accelerated, dragging Campbell into and over the hood of another vehicle parked in front of the Suburban" At some point if not instantly, Ms. Brown had to have realized that she was dragging this woman across the hood of another vehicle. Did she not care she could have killed or at least severely harmed her?

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Willow Bailey 07/24/12 - 09:40 am
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Good practice ICL. I suppose

Good practice ICL. I suppose the victim could have her own interpretation. I tend to agree with stillamazed, the biggest red flag is in not coming forward and quickly.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 07/24/12 - 09:52 am
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@Parker
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If Ms Brown's use of the vehicle is entirely legitimate and innocent, then she will no doubt be only too eager to explain this to the police and will happily come forward and present herself in a timely fashion.

Hiding from the police is not wise and does nothing to advance her cause.

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bdouglas 07/24/12 - 10:33 am
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I'm trying to recreate this

I'm trying to recreate this scenario in my head. To reach in and try to grab the keys she had to be at either the driver or passenger window. If your arm or part of your body is stuck inside the window because she accelerated and is now dragging you, how does this drag you onto the hood of another vehicle parked *in front* of you?

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palmetto1008 07/24/12 - 10:59 am
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wait
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Wait for the DNA and fingerprint evidence. And the dashcam video.

pommom38
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pommom38 07/24/12 - 11:27 am
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Jailbird now

She's sitting in the jail now, so the full story will come out hopefully.
Ya'll made a lot of good points here!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/24/12 - 01:01 pm
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bdouglas, try and picture a

bdouglas, try and picture a "T" shape. If a vehicle is in a parking space or slot and Ms. Browns's vehicle is in the lane....if the victim reached in to take the keys (doesn't say she was sucessful) and Ms. Brown hit the gas, in passing in front of the parked vehicle in the parking space, the victim would have been pulled over the front of the hood of the parked vehicle (if it was backed into the space or front end was in the outgoing position.)

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David Parker 07/24/12 - 01:21 pm
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I miss James

I miss James

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