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Woman dies after being stabbed at Cherry Tree

A woman died Tuesday after being stabbed during a fight in the Cherry Tree Crossing housing project, and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said it has another woman in custody as a suspect.

Lt. Scott Peebles said Courtney Smith, 18, is facing a murder charge in the death of Melissa House, 21, of Blakeley Street. The incident occurred after 3 p.m. inside a home on the 1400 block of Tobias Court, and the victim was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital at 3:25 p.m., Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said.

"All I can tell you is she had multiple stab wounds on the left side of her body," he said.

Underwood concert sold out quickly

The May 2 Carrie Underwood performance at the James Brown Arena sold out in less than 25 minutes, according to reports presented Tuesday at Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority meeting.

"This is the fastest I've ever seen," Monty Jones, general manager of the James Brown Arena, said of the ticket sales.

About 5,700 seats were available for the concert, according to Mr. Jones.

The authority also discussed ways it could express its gratitude to the community for turnout and ticket sales.

"We need to let (the community) know that we thank them for coming out," said Cedric Johnson, the chairman of the authority.

Burglar killed; police seek man's next of kin

A man who police say was trying to break into a home on Augusta's Sixth Avenue on Tuesday was shot to death.

The dead man was tentatively identified as Charles Rodriquez Harris, 41, with no known address. The Richmond County Coroner's Office said in a statement it is trying to notify any of his next of kin.

Arrest records indicate that he might also have been known as Marquet Jones.

Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said an autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the back and abdomen.

Sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said the man was shot when he tried to break into the home in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. Police questioned and then released a person in connection with the incident, he said.

Anyone who knows a family member of the victim is asked to call the coroner's office at (706) 821-2382.

Intruders take man's flat-screen TV, Xbox

An Augusta man told Richmond County police Tuesday that he was robbed in his apartment at gunpoint after two men knocked on his door.

The incident occurred just after midnight Tuesday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's incident report. The man told authorities the men barged into his home in the 3100 block of Skinner Mill Road after knocking on the door. One man held a gun to his head while the other removed a flat-screen television and Xbox game system.

The items are valued at $2,250, according to the report.

The two were described as black and in their early 20s. They were dressed entirely in black and were wearing ski masks.

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augustapeach04
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augustapeach04 12/23/09 - 02:53 am
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This is to everyone that

This is to everyone that feels like they just have to have something to say about the death that occurred in Cherry Tree crossing this time last year: It happened and people were outraged because the cops that did the killing patrolled the area frequently and they KNEW who they were shooting at and that is why people were upset. What happened today and what happened then have nothing to do with each other. People in this world are so stupid that it's sad. I just read in the paper today that a man threw a homemade bomb into the wrong house and NO ONE commented on that story. I guess because you know that the person who did that was not black? Is that it? And before any of you go there, no I am not trying to make this about race, but when it takes 40+ people to comment on this story like it does not matter that both of these girls lost their lives is just plain out dumb to me. You need to sit back and think what if this happened to one of my family members and when you get on online to read the story that was posted about the matter you read these comments.... How would that make you feel. Stop being so insensitive... Gosh.

tired of the crap
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tired of the crap 12/23/09 - 03:25 am
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and just who the hockey

and just who the hockey sticks are you? or do you think you are? you know you want it to be about race or you would not have brought it up .

UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/23/09 - 03:30 am
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peach, there were many

peach, there were many comments on the idiot fire bomber story and NONE of us/them stuck up for him or attempted to defend his actions. You are quite correct, it's an entirely different situation but not for the reasons you suggest. Sweet Jed was of course well known to law enforcement based on his extensive criminal history. They do and need to keep a very close eye on proven career criminals for the safety of others.

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omnomnom 12/23/09 - 04:37 am
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Skinner Mill road theft most

Skinner Mill road theft most likely caused by his neighbor druggies living in Merrick Place or Woodwinds Apts. Those places are chock full of sketchy people.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/23/09 - 06:19 am
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peach, I'm thinking you are

peach, I'm thinking you are to the point that you need to stop reading the online addition, or at the very least, the comments. If you can't handle the often-times ridiculous comments that people write...which is their right to do...then you need to ignore them one way or another. Personally, I think people did write so many comments because the 2 were from that well-known neighborhood and they settled their arguement in the barbaric way that people have stereotyped those inhabitants as acting. The fact that they were black just added to it. Now, in your own words "Stop being so sensitive...Gosh"!

JohnTaurus
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JohnTaurus 12/23/09 - 07:44 am
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Yawn. Another one bites the

Yawn. Another one bites the dust. Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Both lead to confrontation and death.

robbie1
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robbie1 12/23/09 - 08:11 am
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Peach, You're the only one

Peach, You're the only one that brought up race on this one. And plenty of folks have commented on the story about the Idiotbomber...

WAG
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WAG 12/23/09 - 08:19 am
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Gosh he was a thug!

Gosh he was a thug!

WAG
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WAG 12/23/09 - 08:20 am
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Cherry Tree needs to be

Cherry Tree needs to be closed down!

oh bull
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oh bull 12/23/09 - 08:41 am
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lock the gates around that

lock the gates around that place, place gaurds around it and let it be the prison that it needs to be!

na_bboy
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na_bboy 12/23/09 - 09:07 am
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Damn, barbaric seems so

Damn, barbaric seems so strong, but actually is dead on, and that hurts me to say. I'm sure the reason for this killing was very petty, and probably began with heresay. Now go ahead and make tshirts, pour out liquor, spray paint her name on the wall.........................or how about lets really try to address the issues that create this type of climate in this neighborhood. How about it, when are the people of the community gonna step up, and make it safer for the kids!!!

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3572 12/23/09 - 09:12 am
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could everyone have a litle

could everyone have a litle respect for those that have lost a love one. these are humans god made us all please!

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/23/09 - 09:34 am
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3572: When the people of

3572: When the people of Cherry Tree begin to respect themselves, I believe they will get the respect of others.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/23/09 - 09:50 am
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augusta need to GET OUT OF

augusta need to GET OUT OF THE PUBLIC HOUSING BUSINESS...peach it's not about race..it's about those who work are paying for those who DON'T...i don't see a whole lot of gainfully employed residents of cherry tree, what is see(and i pass thru a lot) is a lot of able bodied men sitting around...let me guess they are waiting for bill gates to call them for that chairmanship position on the board of microsoft. the place should be bulldozed and made a parking lot.....

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corgimom 12/23/09 - 10:03 am
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Black genocide. Blacks spend

Black genocide. Blacks spend so much time hating white people, when black genocide is a far bigger problem.

disssman
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disssman 12/23/09 - 10:32 am
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3572 they are humans who are

3572 they are humans who are more prone to acting like animals. When is cherry tree going to tar and feather these familys that can't act like members of the HUMAN race? What is the 1-800 number to report violations of the welfare laws and what are the violations? There ought to be a law that forces all recipients of the public tit to post a sign in their yard saying so. And it ain't a black and caucasian thing it is a criminal thing that we have a problem with and both races contribute.

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Grasshopper 12/23/09 - 10:44 am
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Burglar killed.... Good Job,

Burglar killed.... Good Job, the perfection of true gun control.

KingJames
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KingJames 12/23/09 - 10:54 am
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The lack of respect here is

The lack of respect here is amazing. A life was lost, and another ruined. This same thing could have happened anywhere in Augusta, North Augusta, or Columbia County. There is no need to argue about public housing, or to mock ministers, black panthers and other probable protesters. Those who do so totally disrespect the deceased, and two grieving families. If you can't show respect toward the people of Cherry Tree Crossing, then at least show some class and dignity for yourselves by simply offering condolences. Arguing over unrest that should have been avoided last year during this unfortunate time of bereavement is inhumane and only shows insensitivity at the needless loss of life. I humbly extend my condolences to Ms. House's family. May you all find some peace through this terrible time.

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UncleStrom 12/23/09 - 10:56 am
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None of the stories have

None of the stories have mentioned how many children these ladies are leaving behind to be cared for. Does anybody know?

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/23/09 - 11:04 am
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C'mon KJ, while I agree with

C'mon KJ, while I agree with some of your sentiments, showing respect? When the residents of Cherry Tree begin to respect themselves, I believe they'll be respected. You'll not see me insulting the people involved in this heinous act. You'll not see me defend them either. Respect is earned, as I am sure you know as I've enjoyed your posts on here for years. Merry Christmas to you, brother.

KingJames
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KingJames 12/23/09 - 11:05 am
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UncleStrom, that information

UncleStrom, that information really is none of your business. If you think it is because you think the women were on welfare, then fret not. The amount that you feel you pay to those kids is still negligible. Now if you feel you want to help the kids in some way, then that's a different story altogether, and you would need to know. I truly hope the former is not your reason for asking.

UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/23/09 - 11:11 am
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KJ, it's normally part of the

KJ, it's normally part of the story in tragedies like this. I don't care if they were/are receiving aid in addition to public housing. However, I am curious why 2 legal aged adults are provided government housing if they do not have any dependents.

KingJames
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KingJames 12/23/09 - 11:22 am
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RIPA, you are almost correct

RIPA, you are almost correct about respect being earned. Wew should all respect people in positions of authority because they should have earned the position. However, some displays of respect are out of common decency. Take babies and the elderly for instance. They do nothing at all to garner respect, yet we are respectfully quiet when near a sleeping newborn. And, we are always respectfully attentive, patient, and helpful to the aged by listening when they speak or helping them open doors, carry packages, or just helping them walk. Those people are respected because they exist, not because they've done something noteworthy. I don't respect a lot of things that people do, but I always respect the dead and the dying. Death should never be a celebratory thing, but should always be solemnly respected. Merry Christmas to you as well, my friend.

KingJames
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KingJames 12/23/09 - 11:28 am
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UncleStrom, that's a valid

UncleStrom, that's a valid point you probably should have raised in your 9:56 AM post. I see both sides of the argument, though. I find myself having to tell people all the time that public housing is not luxurious by a long shot. I then flip the discussion by saying people living in public housing should desire more for themselves, and do something constructive to improve their situations.

UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/23/09 - 11:36 am
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KJ, I too respect your

KJ, I too respect your perspective and pay close attention to all of your posts. I crack (maybe too many) jokes sometimes, but I also have honest questions about things I do not know about or understand. I certainly agree with you on infants and the elderly, those are the ones I pity having to live among able-bodied folks who choose not to try and improve their station in life by legal means.

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BBSouth 12/23/09 - 12:06 pm
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Not quite sure if it the

Not quite sure if it the "Intruders take man's flat-screen TV, Xbox" was @ Merrick Place or not, but it's funny how the management tape safety warnings on our doors yesterday afternoon and last night someone gets robbed. Sounds more like someone is trying to get out of paying Rent A Center for their electronics.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 12/23/09 - 08:06 pm
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Good going whoever killed the

Good going whoever killed the Burglar.

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