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Riverwalk mugging prompts public forum

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 7:44 AM
Last updated Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:40 AM
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The Downtown Augusta Alliance will be hosting a public forum at Riverwalk in the wake the brutal attack on a couple during a robbery Friday night.

The couple were robbed and beaten with metal bats or pipes while sitting on a bench on Riverwalk around 11 p.m. Friday.

The forum will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Karen Gordon Stage, located behind the levee breach past the Riverwalk fountain.

Public officials, business owners, residential occupants and anyone else interested in downtown are urged to attend.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/07/13 - 10:17 am
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8 AM, huh? Like a few hours

8 AM, huh? Like a few hours into daytime? How courageous of them. Why don't they hold it a night and tell Roundtree to keep the cops away. Have all the cops busy handing out speeding tickets on Washington road while the forum is taking place (at night).

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/07/13 - 11:55 am
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Or busy making a guy/gal who

Or busy making a guy/gal who had two glasses of wine with dinner do the roadside hokey pokey at a checkpoint to prove they are not drunk.

whyme
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whyme 05/07/13 - 12:54 pm
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Just for Show

How pathetic all around. First, the forum is set up in the area of the mugging. How comfortable will those who care about the victims, past and present, feel to come to the site of the crime? Second, 8 AM in the morning is a terrible time to meet. People who really care have actual jobs at that time and likely can't get off of work to attend this forum. Finally, what possible reassurance will the government offer those in attendance, because they likely haven't had time to come up with a viable solution, and "let's do a study or hire a consultant" is not an option. I think they're just setting this up to appease the public, knowing no one can come, and then they can say they tried but noone showed up.

David Parker
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David Parker 05/07/13 - 12:57 pm
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It is an odd date/time if

It is an odd date/time if they anticipated/wanted public input.

Darby
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Darby 05/07/13 - 01:29 pm
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One for the money....

Two for the show....

Now lets see them get off their butts and go...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/07/13 - 01:42 pm
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Donations

They'll probably pass the hat and see how many "adopt a surveillance camera" saps step up to the plate.

countyman
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countyman 05/07/13 - 01:51 pm
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Downtown the fact

Zero homicides since probably 2010?

Zero shootings since July of 2012?

Very low number of violent crimes?

How is the perception of downtown in some people's eyes so different from the reality?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/07/13 - 03:12 pm
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Downtown the fact

One sidewalk brawl in the past two weeks. Some indication it was broken up by gunfire.

One beating, robbery, and car jacking in the past two weeks.

One assault with a deadly weapon resulting in a fractured skull, beating, and robbery in the past week.

Perception IS reality. The fact of the matter is that it is a crap shoot as to what may or may not happen when you go downtown at night.

augusta now
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augusta now 05/07/13 - 04:57 pm
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Better than Doing Nothing at All

Consider it a breakfast meeting. What is worse, an early meeting or doing nothing at all? There is not a good time for everyone to be at any given meeting. Commissioners Bill Fennoy and Corey Johnson will be there. Chief Clayton will be representing the Sheriff's Department.

We have to let our leaders and community know we care enough to schedule an event to continue the proactive process of getting things done. There has to be communication to get a plan in place.

God Bless the young couple and the families who are suffering from crime. They need to know we are continuing to be involved so others don't have to suffer.

Pray for self protection and be aware of your surroundings. Take a self-defense course. Carry mace.

Call your leaders and sheriff's department and let them know we are serious about peace and protection for our City. Press them for solutions. What's the plan today, tomorrow and for the future? No more studies, let's use our common sense and efforts toward a safe Augusta.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/07/13 - 07:20 pm
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I was looking for them to go

I was looking for them to go on another retreat meeting>

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/07/13 - 09:51 pm
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Hmmm.... once again facts

Hmmm.... once again facts seem distant from countyman's recollection

2012
• Jermaine Desmond Little, 32, died Feb. 4 after he was beaten outside Paul’s IGA on Greene Street on Feb. 1. Earnest Earl Dailey Jr., 38, was charged with murder March 14 after he surrendered to police.
• William McClain, 63, died June 12 after being beaten in the head with a floor lamp at the old Days Inn, 444 Broad St. Bryant Willerson, 44, was charged with murder.
• Joseph Williams, 64, was shot Aug. 21 during a robbery in the parking lot of his First Street apartment complex. Seth Rouzan, 26, and Ronnie Pontoon, 15, were charged with murder and armed robbery
• Tim Grooms, 59, of Lincolnton, was shot twice Oct. 16 in his aunt’s seventh-floor University Hospital room. His aunt’s husband, Charles Gorrell, 85, of Aiken, has been charged with murder and possession of a handgun during the commission of a crime.
• Demetrius Moore, 21, was fatally shot Nov. 13 during an attempted robbery in a stairwell at River Glen Apartments. Rayshawn Migeal Ward, 16, and Demariye Vontrell Glover, 17, were charged with murder. Glover was also charged with criminal attempt armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/07/13 - 09:53 pm
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I will agree with one thing

I will agree with one thing countyman said... "How is the perception of downtown in some people's eyes so different from the reality?"

I guess that depends on what reality you choose...

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/07/13 - 10:32 pm
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@Countyman

Perception IS reality, as dichotomy said. Regardless of which block of the CBD you choose to use for your supporting 'facts', the REALITY is that a solid majority of people don't FEEL safe in downtown Augusta at night -- some even during the day. Whether you think it's safe or not has absolutely no bearing on the perception of others. You can rattle off your copied and pasted list of businesses who may be coming to the area in the next 5 years or who have "started" building already all you want to; but all the sand you can pound won't do a single thing about the problem that you voluntarily ignore--the one about people not feeling safe in downtown Augusta. Spout off all you want about myself and others who live in Aiken county not having the right to say these things about Augusta, but I'm in Augusta every single day. I work there. I even play a little there. I contribute to your tax coffers there. But I won't hang out after dark there. And I'm not alone in that matter by far. Start beating on the doors of the RCSO, your commissioners, your downtown business owners and your neighbors and start taking back your streets. Stop wasting your time beating on the 'doors' of the Chronicle's comment section.

"But these rose colored glasses, that I'm looking through,
Show only the beauty, cause they hide all the truth..."

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/07/13 - 11:18 pm
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Sorry Countyman but on this one

I will have to ask you to Define what you consider "Downtown"?

Gage Creed 05/07/13 - 09:51 pm points out some verified facts that contradict yours.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/08/13 - 08:32 am
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Enough said right here..thanks dichotomy

Perception IS reality. The fact of the matter is that it is a crap shoot as to what may or may not happen when you go downtown at night.

whyme
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whyme 05/08/13 - 09:13 am
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why wait?

Perhaps you are right, there have been "only" a few incidents in the last few years of significance, so whether the numbers and facts are right may depend on who is noting them. However, why should there be a certain number of them before some sort of safety measures should be instituted? Realistically you can have all of the cameras and police you want and crimes will still happen, and the public has to make their own efforts to minimize their risk. At the same time, you want to be able to assure citizens and visitors alike that a potential tourist attraction is relatively safe because certain precautions are in place. Let's not keep talking and talking about what to do, let's make a decision for once, Augusta, and act on it promptly. Might as well start with this situation.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/08/13 - 01:56 pm
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Exactly!

" However, why should there be a certain number of them before some sort of safety measures should be instituted?"

The goal is to PREVENT these things from happening, not react to them effectively. A treatment for cancer is good, but it is better to have not gotten cancer to begin with.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 05/08/13 - 02:16 pm
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No need for a forum.
Unpublished

Concealed carry. Problem solved.

The next time two dudes with pipes and/or baseball bats show up, you ventilate them.

OK, Jesse and Al will be ticked but that's too bad.

Oh and for those of you who have problem with Countyman, "downtown" is defined as the area on Broad Street between Farmhaus Burgers and the Soy Noodle House. There. No murders "downtown". Easy. Done and done.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 05/08/13 - 10:04 pm
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Gage Creed, look at the areas

Gage Creed, look at the areas where the crime occurs and the people who are doing the crime. Not the best of Augusta are they? Put plain clothes policde down there and if something happens the officer can challenge them and if they pull a weapon then take them out. I do not think anyone would care except other criminals.

oldfella
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oldfella 05/08/13 - 10:13 pm
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Public forum or dance?

This will just be a dance around that big elephant in the room. This elephant gets bigger by the day BTW. And people wonder why Columbia county is growing and Richmond County is on the skids?

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