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Sheriff's office celebrates opening of new south Augusta precinct

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:15 PM
Last updated Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:56 AM
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Former Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength originally thought moving the south precinct to a vacant building on Mike Padgett Highway was a bad idea, but at the grand opening Wednesday, he said, he was glad to see he was wrong.

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Sheriff Richard Roundtree (left) listens as former Sheriff Ronnie Strength speaks during the grand opening of the south precinct building. Officials said they hope the new location will be more accommodating to deputies.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Sheriff Richard Roundtree (left) listens as former Sheriff Ronnie Strength speaks during the grand opening of the south precinct building. Officials said they hope the new location will be more accommodating to deputies.

“They certainly surprised me,” he said.

Strength joined Sheriff Richard Roundtree at the new south precinct substation, 3425 Mike Padgett Highway, across from Procter & Gamble in the former DJJ facility.

The sheriff’s office bought the 15,000-square-foot building, which had been vacant for five years, from the Department of Juvenile Justice for $10 and the city budgeted up to $250,000 for renovations.

The new facility offered officers at the south precinct the opportunity to move from their old location, a former movie theater.

Strength said the Southgate facility was falling apart and in desperate need of repair when he was approached about one year ago about the potential move to the vacant DJJ building.

“I wasn’t high on it,” he said. “I’d been out here and I felt the building was going to take a tremendous amount of money.”

Strength said they persisted with ideas and price estimates he felt were “very low” until the idea was finally OK’d with approval of a budget.

“We love it,” said Capt. Steven Stickland, who has an office in the new facility. “We’re still getting things settled in, but no complaints yet.”

Officials said they hope the new location will be more accommodating to deputies of the south precinct, and expect it to provide more police visibility on Mike Padgett Highway.

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lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/20/13 - 04:26 pm
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well at least the police are
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well at least the police are closer to the rats and roaches living in apple valley

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/20/13 - 05:36 pm
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Congratulations on the move

and we here in South Richmond County hope to benefit from the new location as well.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/20/13 - 08:22 pm
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Were donuts served?

Were donuts served?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/20/13 - 08:30 pm
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would have been nice to

have shared the Grand Opening info ahead of time, with the "Little people" whose taxes paid for it. Heck I am sure many of us would
have stopped by Krispy Kreame and brought a few boxes along.

But all whining aside about being overlooked even though we paid
for the party and did not get invited.

This is a good thing for the South Side and especially being located across from Apple Valley.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/20/13 - 11:53 pm
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New Sheriff's Office

AND - prison labor was utilized for part of the renovation - a fantastic idea and should be put to use with other government projects. There are many prisoners who are qualified to perform certain work and are not the violent type.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/21/13 - 08:05 am
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Tenant vs. Landlord

The article above says that the Southgate facility was falling apart. I suppose there was a dispute about the rent and when the city would not agree to pay a higher rent, the landlord retaliated by letting the property go to seed.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/21/13 - 08:08 am
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Landlord

Is E. G. Meybohm the landlord of Southgate?

Southgate

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/21/13 - 09:21 am
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New Sheriff's Office

Prison labor will never take off - at least until it is unionized.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/21/13 - 10:22 am
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OLD SUB-STATION OWNERS:

Since 2008 and as of 3-18-13
The property is owned by Southgate LLC which
is just a Shell company.

LLC OFFICERS
Francis Greenburger CEO
John Haslach CFO
Robert Kantor Sec & Lawyer

Southgate Augusta Equities LLC is owned by Time Equities, Inc.
Check http://www.timeequities.com/
and you'll see a lot of the same names including the SouthGate Substation listing.

Or See: Southgate Property Listing
http://www.timeequities.com/listings_comm.cfm?sortby=area&city=default&l...

But 4 layers deep and no Meybohm yet.

daviddunagan
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daviddunagan 03/21/13 - 01:06 pm
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Invitation

The dedication which was heavily attended by law enforcement, politicians and government employees, was open to the public and Sheriff Roundtree specifically thanked the citizens who did attend. I agree, it probably was not advertised as well as it could have been. Maybe a Saturday open house should be considered so the public can view. This is a huge asset for Augusta. The Sheriff's Department and citizens deserve this facility. The visibility and accessibility will be a benefit to all for many years to come. DD

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 03/21/13 - 06:18 pm
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How original...

jokes about cops and donuts..Did y'all think that up all by yourselves?

truthsetmfree
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truthsetmfree 03/21/13 - 08:22 pm
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new sub-station

@ Little Lamb, there was no rent dispute with the owners of Southgate. The place was a dump that the county was sinking money into and the property owners wouldn't do their parts. The parking lot was full of 3 and 4 foot deep potholes, the roof leaked, etc. The county had a multi year lease for like 10 dollars, so that was not the issue.

No doughnuts were served. Ronnie Strenght should have stayed in Wrens, and the pimp in the blue pin stripe suit forgot his fedora....

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