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Augusta home invaders use hot iron on victim

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Armed home invaders robbed a man and woman of more than $500 in items Sunday, at one point pressing a hot iron to the man's hand demanding information.

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Edward Speights, 31, told police that he had arrived home in the 3900 block of Union Grove Circle just before 1 a.m. when someone yelled at him to get on the ground. The man then brandished a black revolver and shot at the ground before striking Speights on the right side of the face with the pistol, the Richmond County sheriff’s report said.

A second man pulled Ash­ley Hicks, 23, out of the car. Speights and Hicks were forced to enter the home and get on their knees, the report said.

One man stood with Speights and Hicks while the other ransacked the house. Speights was taken to the back bedroom and forced to lay face down on the bed while Hicks was given a trash bag to fill with clothes.

One of the men plugged in an iron while continuing to ask, “Where’s the money and jewelry?” When Speights said he had none, the man pressed the iron against the back of his right hand, causing it to burn. Speights said the men then left. Police later learned that Hick’s wallet was stolen from her purse.

Speights was treated for his burns at the scene.

A neighbor told police that she heard gunshots that sounded like they came from across the street. A short while later, she said, she saw two black men leaving the house with full trash bags and a flat-screen television.

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fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 09/02/13 - 10:52 am
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Fiat-Lux

Do you want to be my running mate???

GeorgiaCarolina
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GeorgiaCarolina 09/02/13 - 11:21 am
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Not Animalistic

Please refrain from comparing these criminals to animals. You are giving animals a bad name. Animals basically kill for food or protecting territory. They do not wake up in the morning and decide to kill, torture or maim fellow animals. These subhumans are beneath contempt and animals.

countyman
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countyman 09/02/13 - 11:40 am
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Facts

Gargoyle.... I thought you don't even live in Richmond County, and why do you care if I want to defend the truth. Especially since you love to hear the facts without any sugar coating... The FACTS are Augusta is SAFER than the overwhelmingly of similar size cities, and larger cities...

The over 200,000 residents in Richmond County(the largest county in the CSRA) get tired of hearing Corgimom every single day portray everywhere in Augusta as being dangerous, but the crime rate of the city she resides in is even higher.

Nobody is denying the crime problem in Augusta, or that we don't have less desirable areas. The point is Augusta is similar to any other city in terms of safe and non safe parts of the city.

countyman
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countyman 09/02/13 - 11:48 am
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FACTS

Corgimom... You probably can fool some of the people on here, because they dislike Augusta anyway. They'll believe anything negative without the facts to back them up, because they already have an negative opinion of Augusta. The Augusta Chronicle gives them what they want by having this article listed twice under top headlines, but the National Tech Conference coming to Augusta is stuck at the bottom. Very similar to the opening of Michael Kors being dumped at the bottom of the website.

The FBI crime rates are based on per capita, and you can't spin the FACTS... Charlotte being larger than Augusta means absolutely nothing when comparing the crime rates per 100,000 people.

Forbes just ranked Charlotte the most dangerous city in the US back in 2009... When did Augusta EVER make any most dangerous city list?

Keep in mind the city limits of Charlotte include suburban/bedroom communities, and they still ranked 14th..

Seenitb4..... Why do you guys hate when I defend Richmond County with facts?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/02/13 - 12:08 pm
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My answer ctyman

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ga/augusta/crime/

Very interesting data...your chance of becoming a victim in Augusta..& some of the safer areas...like Evans Lock Rd area...

gargoyle
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gargoyle 09/02/13 - 12:17 pm
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Wrong again Countyman

Wrong again Countyman ,Sitting up on the hill in old city boundary over 30 years.... and I still don't care about how much crime happens in similar sized cities. Why do we settle for mediocre and why do we want to be similar with other cities . Pouring sugar on ugly don't make it go away, violent crime is a problem in our city and we need to address it . The first step is to quit dismissing the problem as acceptable. I care because the problems that are waved off as acceptable with statistics affect Me, my Family, Friends and Neighbors.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/02/13 - 01:02 pm
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I Don't Recall....

...Countyman claiming any particular level of crime was "acceptable." Maybe I missed it.

I think his point is (and has been) that while ARC does indeed have a problem with crime, it isn't out of line with other, similar sized MSAs.

I have lived in ARC for thirty-one years, four different homes. In all that time my home was burglarized once, twenty years ago (when I lived on "the hill") and one of the guns stolen in that burglary was just returned to me by the Sheriff's Department having been located in a local pawn shop.

Is there crime in Augusta? Of course. There's crime everywhere. Some on here delight in badmouthing everything about Augusta. Many/most of them don't even reside (or pay taxes) in Richmond County yet they love to hate Augusta and they love to badmouth Countyman no matter what he says. Frankly, I don't understand it.

Hang in there, Countyman. Some of us appreciate the information you bring to the group.

And for those who compare Augusta to Detroit.....I suggest you get out a little more.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 09/02/13 - 02:13 pm
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I still don't care about how

I still don't care about how much crime happens in similar sized cities . What is being done to solve issues here in Augusta concerns me. Statistics do not change that a Mugging /Home Invasion happened where the victims were Robbed and Tortured and the predators that did it need caught.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/02/13 - 02:45 pm
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"Statistics do not change....

....that a Mugging /Home Invasion happened where the victims were Robbed and Tortured and the predators that did it need caught."

Somebody said statistics were more important than crime, or that "the predators that did it" didn't "need caught?"

If so, I don't think it was Countyman.

I have my ideas as to what's the cause, you probably have yours. I see zero chance of society changing for the better anytime soon. I've learned it's better to prepare myself and my family to deal with the world as it is than to whine and wring my hands about how I might wish it was.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 09/02/13 - 03:44 pm
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I've lived in Augusta since

I've lived in Augusta since the mid-sixties. Didn't have one burglary except a stolen bike until 1988. We began to have a plague of crime in our neighborhood, and/or on our property including drug-trafficking next door and on our block, thefts of neighbor's property and ours, vandalizing, shots fired at our property and persons, etc. starting in 1999 until the present. This is unprecedented in our lives. And absolutely ridiculous. If it has driven a large number of good law enforcement officers to move out of the county or on the rural boundaries of our county, we have a problem. Which has happened. They KNOW what is going on and that it is way out of control!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/02/13 - 03:59 pm
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About Charlotte and Augusta

Suburban areas always have a much lower per capita crime rate than urban areas. Urban areas are where most of the poor and minorities live. A consolidated Augusta-Richmond County benefits with statistics because a large portion of the population is suburban due to the consolidation with the urban old city. The population density per square mile is only 279.5 people.

Charlotte has a much higher percentage of its population in the urban setting. It's not a consolidated city-county, but has grown with expansion as the population grew tremendously. The population density is 951 people per square mile. The city is 45% white and 35% black.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 09/02/13 - 04:15 pm
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Harley_52...Our ideas as to

Harley_52...Our ideas as to what's the cause's are probably closer than you think.

If I accept the levels of crime in Augusta as acceptable, then I'm accepting failure. I choose to fight all aspects of it, because as soon as I accept failure the only thing left is to leave Richmond county. How many people do you think have already made this choice?

harley_52
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harley_52 09/02/13 - 06:24 pm
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"If I accept the levels of crime in Augusta as acceptable...

...then I'm accepting failure.

First of all, nobody has called them "acceptable," have they? If they have, name the one who did it. Looks like you've built yourself a fine strawman and now delight in attacking it.

Second, they are what they are. Unacceptable, but reality.

I'm not a proponent of hand wringing, or whining.

As I said earlier, I prefer to recognize reality and deal with it, rather than creating strawmen to attack and whining. We have elected a new sheriff who seems to be on the right track. We have a judge, or two, who have chosen to be part of the problem, not the solution. Let's vote them out.

Countyman isn't the villain here.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/02/13 - 05:20 pm
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The problems are real

I agree countyman is NOT the problem but neither is he the expert on all things in Richmond county...

This is what bothers me...harley you probably live in a safe & well maintained area of town & with great neighbors....not all are lucky like that...some live in the far outskirts of town & are paying a price for that..
Nocnoc said he lived near this incident & just recently he had a visit outside his home & that was captured on video.....rebel has had intruders too....recently outside his home & they were seen in back trying to find entrance in his home...they were kind enough to leave a stolen truck in the driveway while they made their run away exit....

What I'm getting at is, either of these 2 incidents could have ended in death to our posters....just a little luck on their part & thank goodness IT DIDN'T....ALeaves has told us many times what she has endured .....even gun shots at her house....in my humble opinion this has gotten worse....it seems since the late 80s the south side has had more than its share of crime.....especially home breakins...I have friends in this area & it WORRIES the crap out of me.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/02/13 - 05:37 pm
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seenitB4.....

Did Countyman claim he was "the expert on all things in Richmond county?" If he did, I missed it.

Seems to me he offers his OPINIONS about things, just like everybody else.

Whether, or not, you become the victim of crime does indeed have an element of "luck" to it, as you suggest. But the outcome of the crime where you're victimized largely depends on how well you've prepared for the bad luck.

I'm sorry it "WORRIES the crap out of you." It concerns me too. You assume I live in a "safe" area, I don't. I understand that if I want to live in a truly "safe" place, I'll have to move to a gated community, or surround my home with steel bars, or maybe a mote with alligators.

I'll stay where I am and deal with the crime, if I'm unlucky enough to become a victim. And I'll do what I can to push the government officials to do their part in reducing crime as well.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/02/13 - 05:49 pm
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Thank you for the help harley

BTW...steel bars won't always do the trick either....my granmom put steel bars on her windows after 2 breakins...also strong bolted doors....the 3rd time they used an axe to break down the back door....Heph McBean Rd area....not recently though

goodnight--I'm tired of fighting crime today...even if it is on paper♥ ...

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 07:02 pm
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Countyman, it may thrill you

Countyman, it may thrill you to no end to have a Michael Kors shop. They sell overpriced clothing to people that already have too much. There is nothing thrilling about Michael Kors clothing. Who cares?

You are obsessed with new businesses coming to Augusta. And if that's what makes you happy, fine, but the rest of us aren't. We are more concerned that too many businesses are sinking fast in Augusta, too many of our friends and acquaintences have lost everything in businesses that they worked hard for all these years, and you go into raptures over new fast food restaurants.

And harley, ask ol' Countyman himself. He, himself, said just a few days ago that he rarely posts his personal opinions on here. So...there you have it, straight from the source.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 07:11 pm
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Harley, see my next post

The post below this is EXACTLY why Countyman has little credibility on here.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 07:13 pm
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"The over 200,000 residents

"The over 200,000 residents in Richmond County(the largest county in the CSRA) get tired of hearing Corgimom every single day portray everywhere in Augusta as being dangerous, but the crime rate of the city she resides in is even higher."

SINCE WHEN does Countyman speak for 200,000 people? He speaks for ONE, just ONE, and I personally don't care what he gets tired of.

Who would have the audacity to think that they speak for 200,000 people?

harley_52
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harley_52 09/02/13 - 07:27 pm
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I Have Never Met Countyman...

....wouldn't recognize him if he walked up and bit me.

He's entitled to his opinions, just like the rest of us.

Beyond that, I couldn't possibly care less how you "feel."

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 07:24 pm
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Countyman can post all the

Countyman can post all the statistics he wants, we all know the Augusta statistics were bogus, thanks to Ronnie Strength's "reclassification".

But Countyman has only been in Augusta a few years.

All of us long-time residents remember when Augusta WAS safe. You could go anywhere, day or night, and nobody would bother you. You didn't worry about being shot, or being mugged, or having to deal with prostitutes and drug dealers or panhandlers. Crime was low and rare.

I went anywhere and everywhere in Augusta, day or night. Everybody did. There wasn't anywhere that you couldn't go. 2 am, 5am, didn't matter. You knew that, in the very low chance that someone would bother you, somebody else would step in and help you.

You could leave things out in your yard, or carport, or shed, and nobody would steal them. Burglaries were rare, car thefts were rare, all crime was rare. Very few people had their houses broken into.

You could go to concerts at the Civic Center, get out late at night, and you didn't have to worry. You could go out to the nightclubs and not get shot, you could go afterwards to the restaurants, no problem.

You could get gas anytime you wanted to, you could go to the bank and get money out of an ATM anytime you wanted to, you didn't have to worry about being held up.

I was divorced with a small child, and I never was afraid.

That's the Augusta that I remember, that's the Augusta that many of us remember, that's the Augusta that Countyman will never know.

So when he tells me that Augusta is safe, no it's not. I lived there when it truly was. So have many others on here.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/02/13 - 08:05 pm
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Corgimom Has....

....an interesting technique of "discussion." She posts something, gets a response, then goes back and edits what she originally said, erasing her original post, and posting something entirely different.

Too hard to keep up with...

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 08:12 pm
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Countyman, I don't dislike

Countyman, I don't dislike Augusta. In fact, I love Augusta.

I dislike what has been done to the city that I consider to be my hometown.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/13 - 08:16 pm
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Harley, I edit no more, no

Harley, I edit no more, no less, than anybody else on here.

Quit trying to stir something up, I'm not buying it, neither does anybody else. It won't work.

Just keep being buddies with Countyman, I think it's great that you two are friends. How nice for both of you.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/02/13 - 08:17 pm
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Harley, interesting

Harley, interesting observation. Did Corgimom edit any comments before you responded?

harley_52
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harley_52 09/02/13 - 08:31 pm
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Not That I Noticed, RM...

Her 7:13 post used to say that I was obviously a friend of Countyman and that she had every right not to feel that way about him.

My 7:27 post responded to those points.

Later, she changed her 7:13 post to what it says now, thereby making my post illogical and nonsensical.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/02/13 - 08:37 pm
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Thanks.

Thanks. We do understand it wasn't that she changed posts after you commented.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/02/13 - 08:50 pm
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That's Exactly What She Did...

....She waited until I responded, then changed her original post.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/02/13 - 08:55 pm
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You mean when she has a post

You mean when she has a post at 7:24 and yours is at 7:27 above hers she has been doing something tricky?

harley_52
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harley_52 09/02/13 - 08:59 pm
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Back In The '50s and early '60s....

...most small and medium sized towns were VERY safe. People left their home doors unlocked, left their keys in their cars, and never worried about being assaulted, robbed, or burglarized.

Then came the "great society." We encouraged women to have illegitimate children. We encouraged fathers to live apart from their children. We discouraged good order in our public schools. We discouraged the police from doing their jobs. We made prisons comfortable for criminals. We participated in the destruction of the American family, the discipline of American children, and the destruction of American society.

No, neighborhoods aren't as "safe" as they used to be in Augusta, or anywhere else. The world has moved on, sadly, for the worse. Don't blame Countyman for the fact that Augusta isn't as "safe" as it used to be.

Neither is anyplace else.

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