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Agencies raid homes and hangouts to round up dozens of suspects

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 11:17 PM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 6:55 PM
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For two days, 80 Rich­mond County sheriff’s deputies have combed Augusta streets looking for those who violated parole, dodged court appearances or failed to follow the guidelines of their probations.

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A Georgia Department of Corrections officer searches a suspect on East Boundary Road in Augusta.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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A Georgia Department of Corrections officer searches a suspect on East Boundary Road in Augusta.

Officials from several agencies joined the deputies in what they called Operation Comm­unity Impact.

By Thurs­day night, 50 people had been arrested and more arrests were expected today.

Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said deputies left no stone unturned as they went to homes, work locations and hangouts looking for repeat offenders and those with active warrants for probation and parole violations.

The Georgia Department of Corrections, the parole board and the probation office assisted in the operation.

Beginning Wednesday, parole and probation teams from across the state moved into the sheriff’s office’s command center to assist in the three-day operation targeting 100 violators.

In 2011, the operation yielded 98 arrests – 13 percent higher than predicted – and Gay said hopes are high for this year.

On the first day, about 40 arrests were made, he said.

On Wednesday, the team focused on warrants; on Thursday, high-crime areas; and today, child support and other warrants.

“We know some of these violators are causing big problems in desolate areas. If we remove that element, the neighborhoods have a fighting chance,” Gay said.

Those who are arrested will immediately enter state custody and will be only temporarily housed locally.

“It’s a win-win for us,” he said. “We get them off the streets and don’t have to house them.”

There’s more court processing with such arrests.

With probation and parole officers on the scene at the time of the arrest, the officers can directly relay what they have seen to the judge.

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Ruckus
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Ruckus 09/21/12 - 02:37 am
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Good

Good job with the operation.

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 09/21/12 - 05:00 am
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I hope this department get it

I hope this department get it together. When the sheriff's office start looking for people with minor warrant offense like child support and traffic tickets bench warrant, this is a waste of tax payer money and over crowding the jail at Phinizny Road, inmates are sleeping on the floor. They need to round up these violent criminals with arrest warrants and try to solving (30) murdered cold cases on the book in Augusta - Richmond County.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/21/12 - 06:17 am
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“We know some of these

“We know some of these violators are causing big problems in desolate areas. If we remove that element, the neighborhoods have a fighting chance,” Gay said.“It’s a win-win for us,” he said.

“We get them off the streets and don’t have to house them.”

Someone must not have read the article.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 09/21/12 - 08:13 am
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what good is arresting them
Unpublished

what good is arresting them when there is no room to put them???? they will be held for a short time, paraded in front of a judge given more probation, a stern "finger waggin" and let go. until the elected idiots in the marble palace realize this it will continue to be a "revolving door" justice system in rich cnty. he joe, i thought you said the "TEE CENTER" would solve the employment crime problem in rich cnty...how's it workin or for ya" the money used for the TEE CENTER could have been used to built bigger and more jails/prisons that is whats needed not an obsolete, outdated event center that will be given to "ole joe's" benefactor (you know the guy with the cowboy hat who gives joe his marching orders) one day when it is shown to be a boondoogle

JRC2024
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JRC2024 09/21/12 - 08:39 am
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Hay kiss, Phinizey Rd. is not

Hay kiss, Phinizey Rd. is not a state jail. They will not be there.

beboisme
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beboisme 09/21/12 - 09:07 am
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Kiss, really? I for one do

Kiss, really? I for one do not care who sleeps on the floor of an over crowded jail. People, at some point should realize this world does not go around just because their in it. Pay up or receive the penalties of not doing the right thing. This is what eventually will get people of the floor and out the door.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/21/12 - 09:29 am
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10-4 bebo

Don't like the floor? Don't be a criminal jerk and go to jail.

beboisme
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beboisme 09/21/12 - 09:41 am
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Itsanotherday1 you know the

Itsanotherday1 you know the truth of the matter is this; They all will "Be Back!" Seems they really don't mind the hard cold floor and dry sandwiches their served. They just can't get their act together. Self serving individuals who do the wrong things need a full scoop of jail whether or not their sleeping on the floor or cleaning up the roadsides, make it an everlasting memory, one you can share with your family and friends.

Hawkman0718
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Hawkman0718 09/21/12 - 12:22 pm
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Good job indeed

The Dems promised these guys free food, medical care and housing as part of the redistribution of wealth. The Republicans simply delivered on the promise. It just happens these guys are redistributed to jail.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 09/21/12 - 03:17 pm
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Put them on the chain gang

Put them on the chain gang cleaning up roads and everything else. Who givws a rat tail if they sleep on the floor. Certainly not me or any law abiding person. Just glad they are not around me.

Dudeness
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Dudeness 09/21/12 - 03:21 pm
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Criminals are lucky to have a

Criminals are lucky to have a paved/tiled floor to lie on. We need to just set up a tent city to save money.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 09/21/12 - 05:46 pm
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Amazing....criminals in jail

Amazing....criminals in jail are a waste of tax payer money....these words coming from one of the loudest voices of the 47%.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 09/21/12 - 10:52 pm
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Don't worry kiss, the new

Don't worry kiss, the new Sheriff won't lock anybody up anymore. All criminals are rewarded with a second, third, fourth chance.

KSL
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KSL 09/21/12 - 07:01 pm
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Lock up the deadbeat parents

Lock up the deadbeat parents along with the violent offenders.

KSL
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KSL 09/21/12 - 07:06 pm
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Curious as to how Kiss knows

Curious as to how Kiss knows inmates are sleeping on the floor.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/21/12 - 07:24 pm
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My take...

...I applaud the RCSO for this........I don't care if you have a bench warrant for child support or a failure to appear warrant, or you are wanted for murder. You should be rounded up and locked up. Let the court decide where you go from there.

Prison, chain gang, bond or a fine. Whatever fits the crime. The fact that there are fewer people walking the streets in my neighborhood who are "wanted" is cool by me..

As far as where they sleep while they wait to be processed?..Tough.....If soldiers can sleep in unheated or uncooled tents with no TV while they defend us, then these criminals (by definition) and those who worry about their "comfort" should reconsider their positions.....

just an opinion
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just an opinion 09/21/12 - 08:41 pm
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Roundtree Is Against These Operations

He stated in debates that all they are for is to lock people up and he is opposed to them. Ask him.

Ruckus
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Ruckus 09/24/12 - 04:35 am
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Operation Comm­unity Impact

Operation overcrowded jail next.

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