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Harlem man arrested in stabbing of off-duty Richmond County deputy

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An argument over a barking dog led to the stabbing of an off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy Monday night in Harlem, police say.

Charles Robert Smith  SPECIAL
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Charles Robert Smith

Charles Robert Smith, 33, of Village Run, was charged with aggravated assault.

David Sward, the director of the Harlem Department of Public Safety, said Deputy Kevin Harrell, 29, was walking with his wife and dogs near his home on Village Run about 10:20 p.m. One of the dogs started barking at Smith, who got upset and started an argument.

“They were walking their dog, and Mr. Smith got irate with them,” Sward said. “They got into a physical altercation, and Smith pulled out a knife and stabbed him.”

Harrell was cut on his back and chest and dislocated a shoulder. His wife was not injured.

Smith, a soldier at Fort Gordon, is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on a $25,100 bond.

Harrell is in fair condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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mrducks
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mrducks 10/09/12 - 10:04 am
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Editing?
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Stabbling? Solider?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 10/09/12 - 11:06 am
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gauthkj1
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gauthkj1 10/09/12 - 02:01 pm
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Charged with aggravated assault

Charged with aggravated assault, are you serious, he should be charged with assault with a deadly weapon or attempted murder!!! But I'm sure he'll claim PTSD, which in that case they should set his bond amount a lot higher than only $25,100.

specsta
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specsta 10/09/12 - 11:48 pm
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I Hate To Say It But...

Well, if your dog is barking at someone, maybe you should just leave the premises. Escalation leads to violence. There are a lot of folks that just don't like dogs, especially barking ones. And folks can snap over any little thing.

US military intelligence specialist vs Sheriff's deputy? Probably a lot of testosterone and chest puffing was going on that night...

More evidence of the culture of violence that is the USA.

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allhans 10/10/12 - 12:26 am
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My guess would be that there

My guess would be that there is much more to the story.

myfather15
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myfather15 10/10/12 - 03:57 am
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@specsta

Actually, I don't believe that you "Hate to say it". I've been on here quite some time and I've seen numerous of your posts. You will take ANY opportunity to blast and demean the USA. It's pretty sad!!

Romans 12:18 "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."

Now, why on earth would it say "if possible" and not just tell us to live peaceably with all men? Because God is pretty smart and he realizes, some people, choose with their own free to be unpeaceful. Therefore it IS NOT possible to live peaceable with all MEN.

It's just sad that you've taken an individual incident with an erratic person and used it to stero-type the USA and say we have a culture of violence. Yes, we have violence here, just as other Countries do. But I would be willing to bet I won't see you on here bashing Iran, Venezuela, Egypt, Palastine, Syria or any other Countries "Culture of violence". It seems you like to direct your demeaning comments only towards the USA. It's the exact same as when people always bring up the USA's history of racism and oppression, as if we are the only Country to have a black eye in history. EVERY Country has experienced racism and oppression, We have just done a better job of progressing away from it. People that keep "Rubbing salt into the wound" are just trying to demean America.

myfather15
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myfather15 10/10/12 - 03:43 am
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I also live in a pretty quite

I also live in a pretty quite subdivision. Neighbors walk their dogs by my house EVERY day, and I mean EVERY DAY!! Numerous neighbors walking their dogs. Its absolutely absurd to suggest that someone should have just "left the premises". I would be willing to bet the deputy didn't go onto the neighbor's "Premises". He was probably walking by, on the street, as my neighbors do. I've been outside hundreds of times doing activities with my children and had people walk by with dogs. YES, some dogs will act aggressive when they go by, but I don't go out and confront them about it. As long as their dog doesn't come onto my property and attack me or my family, I couldn't care less how it acts. They are WALKING, just give it a couple minutes and they will not be in front of your house anymore!! How much common sense does that take??

I also have reliable information the offender made inappropriate comments towards the deputy's wife while they were walking. He had been drinking alcohol and was primed for confrontation as a lot of drunks are.

myfather15
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myfather15 10/10/12 - 03:41 am
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@gauth

There is no charge in the State of Georgia for assault with a deadly weapon or attempted murder. The charge for those two is Aggravated Assault. Aggravated Assault covers that in the narrative, which I will provide here;

O.C.G.A 16-5-21;

(a) A person commits the offense of aggravated assault when he or she assaults:

(1) With intent to murder, to rape, or to rob;

(2) With a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury; or

(3) A person or persons without legal justification by discharging a firearm from within a motor vehicle toward a person or persons.

(b) Except as provided in subsections (c) through (i) of this Code section, a person convicted of the offense of aggravated assault shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years.

Google, OCGA Aggravated Assault and read the rest for yourself.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 10/10/12 - 07:14 am
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People have problems and some

People have problems and some act out in different ways. If someone is confrontational leave them standing there and keep going your way. An argument with someone drinking never ends and there is no winner.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 10/10/12 - 08:14 am
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gauth

Apparently, you don't understand PTSD - that comment was below the belt!

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MarinerMan 10/10/12 - 11:20 am
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Culture of Violence
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@specsta - I'm not real sure that I concur with your statement. However, if you don't like it here -- Delta is ready when you are, so leave. I do believe that if convicted, this soldier's military career is toast. All because of a dog barking, really? Hopefully, the police will investigate both men. Whoever started the escalation should be punished.

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palmetto1008 10/10/12 - 07:20 pm
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MarinerMan, I'm sure the
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MarinerMan, I'm sure the United States is just as much Specsta's born and raised home as it it yours. The Delta thing is getting really old and it has always been a juvenile knee-jerk reaction to those who point out less than desireable qualities that some people would like to ignore...whether it stems from blind patriotism, as myfather15 so eloquently displays, or for whatever reason.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 10/10/12 - 01:56 pm
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No, "pull my finger", is old. Having this escalate to the point where a knife is pulled, and used, you are d$%^ straight is a "quality" that most of us find undesirable. As I said, find out who started the escalation, and you will find the culture. Deputy Harrell is the one who got the short end of the stick -- two stab wounds, and dislocated shoulder. And he's the one in the hospital.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 10/10/12 - 07:14 pm
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That's the "culture of
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That's the "culture of violence" that Specsta was talking about.

specsta
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specsta 10/10/12 - 04:56 pm
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@myfather15

If there was ever an issue that will destroy the US, it is the level to which we accept and embrace violence.

The great President Abraham Lincoln said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

Violence permeates everything from our entertainment, to our need for violent "vengeance" when wronged, to our investment in weapons of death - and even to how law enforcement deals with the innocent general public on a daily basis. In America, a simple encounter with the police can leave an innocent individual riddled with 9mm bullets.

For a US citizen to declare that we can do better, that we MUST do better and not accept this culture of violence, is an act of true patriotism and demonstrates a love for this country.

The US has committed atrocities that makes one wonder about our humanity. The deliberate exposure of smallpox to Native Americans, human slavery, the Middle Passage, the Tuskegee human experimentation, the imprisonment of US citizens of Japanese ethnicity, the failure to address that AIDS epidemic when people were dying left and right, and cluster-bombing civilians in Afghanistan are just a few of the actions in the history of this country that has destroyed innocent lives.

Let's face it - we live in a country that thinks a fist-fight to settle a dispute is normal behavior. IT ISN'T.

If every citizen took a stand against guns, violence, Gestapo police tactics, and the sanctioned violence against entire nations, the US would be a stronger nation. Unfortunately, right now, there is more righteous indignation and organized protest over a woman's nipple shown on TV, than a citizen gunned down in cold blood on a city street. That really says something about what is wrong here...

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/10/12 - 05:18 pm
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Unbelievable how some hate

Unbelievable how some hate America so much.....

myfather15
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myfather15 10/10/12 - 07:45 pm
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I see specsta still didn't

I see specsta still didn't address the violence that plagues other Countries, only continues to demean the USA. Didn't list a single incident by any other Country of their genocide, ect. There are so many, I won't bother to list them. Everyone here has a computer, google it and learn about it yourself. Nope, Nope, Nope, according to some people, the good ol USA is the only country to have committed atrocities.

I don't disagree that we have to way to much violence in entertainment. Movies such as "Hostel" is a perfect example. It has no entertainment value unless you like to see human beings mutilated. It's disgusting. But THIS incident of a person walking their dog and a confrontation occurring is NOT because of the culture of violence. It's because one person decided to act like a moron and be UNPEACEFUL!! Stop with the collective stuff and realize and individual incident when you see one. All I've asked for if fairness, if your going to point out our atrocities, do so with other Countries. There is NO COUNTRY better than the USA. Yes, we have our faults, because we have 317 million people in this Country. We will always have some idiots who won't be peaceful. Maybe you should go visit Iran and report back on how they handle their disputes. Or, maybe you should go to Mexico and tell the Mexican Govt and cartels they need to denounce violence. Just make sure you have a good Will in place before you buy your ticket. At least in America, when a person spouts their hatred, their head isn't cut off for it.

You said "If every citizen took a stand against guns, violence, Gestapo police tactics, and the sanctioned violence against entire nations, the US would be a stronger nation."

Please explain in detail what you would call taking a stance?? Please tell me this isn't just another liberal tactic to denounce guns. Was a gun used in this situation? Maybe we should also take a stance against knives, right? I worked a murder years ago where a man was beaten with a baseball bat. Maybe we should take a stance against baseball bats. How dare we allow our children to possess such items during sporting events. It could teach them to be violent to strike a ball with a bat!! I've also worked several incident where people used VEHICLES to run over people. Lets take a stance against vehicles, ban them all!! I worked a scene where a bowling ball was used to bash someones head in, lets ban bowling balls as well.

You will NEVER get 317 million people to NOT be violent. You may keep dreaming if you want, but it won't happen. I suggest you live in reality and not in some liberal fantasy world where everyone walks around with stuffed pink unicorn animals.

On the other side, We SHALL have a world of Peace. It shall happen and God shall provide it to those who are deserving. Because he will completely destroy anyone who would harm another person. THAT is the only way we shall have a peaceful world, is to get rid of those who cause problems!! They better change of their own free will soon, its coming!!!

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specsta 10/10/12 - 08:12 pm
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myfather15 wrote: "I see specsta still didn't address the violence that plagues other Countries, only continues to demean the USA. Didn't list a single incident by any other Country of their genocide, ect."

I have no voice in those other countries that have committed atrocities. But I do have a voice in the USA - both as a citizen and as a voter.

That's a problem - we get so caught up in what other countries are doing, that we can't see the mess in our own.

Taking a stand against violence means just that. People duplicate what they see. If Mommy and Daddy get into physical fights, then that is normal to a child. And violence passes down to the next generation.

If it's okay to watch movies where individuals are tortured for entertainment, then for a US soldier to torture a prisoner of war is mere imitation of what has been observed.

If it's okay to give little concern to the 80,000 people who suffer gunshot wounds every year in this country, while morally bankrupt organizations like the NRA tout "guns for all", then it's normal to settle a dispute with a full-metal jacket. By comparison, Britain averages 58 murders by firearm a year, in contrast to the 9000 murders by firearm in the US.

It actually may be too late for us. The gun culture, the violent movies and video games, the "fight" mentality that is taught to our children may be too entrenched in American society. A complete meltdown of society might be the only catalyst where people say "enough". Unfortunately, that realization of "enough" will come after we have literally destroyed ourselves.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 10/10/12 - 08:13 pm
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The u.s. has the highest
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The u.s. has the highest violent crime rate, especially murder, among the countries most like ours (western democracies). It has nothing to do with gun control. If you subtract all the homicides in the the U.S. committed by firearms and leave the rest, we still come out on top in the rate of homicide compared to those countries most like us. It's not guns, it's the culture of violence....that's what we're talking about, Myfather.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/10/12 - 08:57 pm
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So using Specsta's argument,

So using Specsta's argument, of the 2.4 million deaths in the United States for 2009 there were 9000 murders attributed to firearms....hmmm that would indicate about a 00.375% chance of your death being attributed to murder by firearm.

I wonder how that compares to say....death by heart disease?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 10/10/12 - 09:42 pm
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Ok gage. You win the prize
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Ok gage. You win the prize for the most specious argument of the day. You feel better?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/10/12 - 09:54 pm
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Palmetto...only if I have

Palmetto...only if I have succeeded in trivializing something you seem to hold dear...MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

What better way to break down a "morally bankrupt" argument?

myfather15
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myfather15 10/10/12 - 11:38 pm
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That's the hypocrisy of the

That's the hypocrisy of the left. They take every opportunity to blast the USA of their past atrocities, yet zip their mouths when it comes to civil rights violations in other Countries. Why? Because it wouldn't further their agenda of hating God through hating America. America is an example of God's way. Freedom with rules and regulations. They don't like God's rules therefore they rebel and will take any opportunity to demean America, to make other Countries systems seem better. When the TRUTH is, they aren't even close.

Yes, I can see this Country has problems. It starts with our "Leaders". You and NO OTHER PERSON will ever be able to legistlate people to being decent human beings. It WON'T HAPPEN, EVER!!! This collective/socialist mindset fails, every time. As long as their are billions of individuals existing in this world, there will be bad people. Therefore I will continue to possess firearms to protect myself from these people. None of my firearms have ever taken a human life, because [I] have not taken a human life.

You said "If it's okay to watch movies where individuals are tortured for entertainment, then for a US soldier to torture a prisoner of war is mere imitation of what has been observed."

Bla, Bla, Bla, nothing but liberal talking points blather, Not even worthy of a response.

AxeMeIfICare
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AxeMeIfICare 10/11/12 - 11:05 am
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What would you do

What would you do if you were walking your dog down your neighborhood street and a neighbor was in the street having an argumentative phone conversation? Your dog sensed something about this person and starts barking because of the aggressive nature of the neighbor’s phone conversation. Because this person is already irate he begins to take his frustrations out on you, threatening you, what would you do? The comment about PTSD someone made may have been below the belt, I’m pretty sure this guy didn’t/doesn’t want to seek help or admit he has PTSD because he may lose his security clearance to work in Military Intelligence.

The part of the story that was missed, at his hearing, he was also charged with Cruelty to Animals. He allegedly picked up the dog belonging to the couple and slammed it to the ground. That is when the two men began their altercation. The dog was only barking, it didn’t attack him, it was on a leash and under the control of the owner at all times. It was only a fist fight/altercation until the irate neighbor pulls a knife and starts to use it on the unsuspecting person who happen to be an off duty police officer.

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