Columbia County investigator arrested

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 6:57 PM
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A Columbia County sheriff's investigator was arrested this afternoon on nine counts of forgery in the first degree.

Brooke Renai Kelly  Special
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Brooke Renai Kelly

Brooke Kelly has also been charged with violation of oath by a public officer and released on $28,000 bond, according to a news release from Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

The violations were brought to the attention of authorities after police say a crime victim claimed her case had been closed incorrectly and that someone had forged her name on an official document. A sheriff's office investigation determined that the document in question, a waiver of prosecution, had been forged by Ms. Kelly, the release states. The investigation also determined that Ms. Kelly had forged the names of eight other complaintants or victims on nine seperate forms, Capt. Morris stated.

Ms. Kelly was hired by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office on July, 9 2005 and was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division on January, 8 2007. She was previously employed by the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, according to the release.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/25/08 - 08:04 pm
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I'm certainly not pardoning

I'm certainly not pardoning this investigator, but her history of these violations makes me believe that she did come up with this on her own. I'm not saying someone made her do it, but so many violations gives me the impression that she's seen someone else do the same thing and get away with it. Morris and Whittle need to look deeper into this.

stevie ray
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stevie ray 10/25/08 - 09:37 pm
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Please, let's not be so naive

Please, let's not be so naive as to think this doesn't happen a lot. She is more than likely being thrown to the wolves.

jack234
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jack234 10/25/08 - 09:54 pm
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Just another example of

Just another example of republican curruption in Columbia. TOOT,TOOT.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 10/25/08 - 10:15 pm
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The blame lies on the person

The blame lies on the person who comitted the crimes and no one else. Why does everyone have to look for a scapegoate?

MR.Kojak
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MR.Kojak 10/26/08 - 12:51 am
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This is simple, she was lazy,

This is simple, she was lazy, didn't want to persue the prosecution of the criminals so she forged documents that made it appear that she was doing her job, however the victims didn't want to prosecute.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 10/26/08 - 03:24 am
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Regardless of what

Regardless of what precipitated this situation, there needs to be in place a "checks and balances" system that confirms that procedure is being followed. I don't mean a "layers of bureaucratic b.s." system, but a simple authorization check by a department head to assure adherence to policy and procedure. It would stop this type of free lance solutions from being used while making sure the department head stayed in the loop. It would also mean that administration could nip creative law enforcement in the bud and save this type of embarrassing situation from happening, or at least from becoming public.

As It Is
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As It Is 10/26/08 - 04:53 am
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First, thebestman, she

First, thebestman, she certainly was being lazy. Had the victims said their cases did not need persuing, she should have had them sign the proper paperwork or seeked permission from a supervisor to note that she verbally spoke with the complaintant and they did not wish to persue the case. Their may be other circumstances such as needing to clear cases but her actions were not only lazy but criminal in nature and she of all people knew what she was doing when she did it. To go so far as to sign a document closing a case after speaking with a complaintant that wanted the case left open was about as stupid as it gets. She also works in a department that will certainly follow up on complaints (as they should) and will act on what they find so when she signed off on the very first one, she knew that some time in the future, she would be held accountable for her actions and yet she chose to be lazy and break the law. This does however show that although there are officers that break the law, they are dealt with by other officers. This should bring about a policy change in the very least of sending a letter to any victim who closes a case for verification by the department.

As It Is
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As It Is 10/26/08 - 04:58 am
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And....as for those $10.00

And....as for those $10.00 cases that must be investigated, although you are greatly exagerating, those cases are your job and if you don't wish to do it efficiently, there are plenty of deputies in the road patrol division who will gladly trade places. People (all people) need to stop making excuses for oursleves and others when we do wrong. Everything is pretty much black and white / right or wrong and we generally make our decisions knowing the possible consequences. No excuse, with maybe the exception of being forced to do something out of fear of loosing your job or life is acceptable for most violations of rules, policies or laws so she as others needs to answer for her actions. The department and Sheriff should be commended for handling this appropriately vs. sweeping it under the rug and simply allowing her to resign as they could have easily told the complaintant that her case had be reassigned and she wouldn't have known any better.

justus4
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justus4 10/26/08 - 05:50 am
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Another example of corrupt
Unpublished

Another example of corrupt officials violating sworn oaths, but where's the speculated punishment? All kinda ideas about why, what, and if...what is going to be the punishment? Why no comparable estimated sentence for such criminals? The article gives some known facts, but avoids speculation about punishment. Why? The answer is extremely clear...

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 10/26/08 - 06:30 am
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Lazy and stupid. She thought

Lazy and stupid. She thought she wouldn't get caught. That is stupid, and in some cases, it is a sign that the person is impaired mentally, or under the influence drugs, alcohol, or even abusing prescribed medication. Her behavior makes everyone in the CCSD look bad. Too bad, because I think they do an excellent job at all levels.

disssman
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disssman 10/26/08 - 09:07 am
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My goodness, this woman knows

My goodness, this woman knows how to close out criminal cases. She was probably doing nothing more than imaginative management in the department. She was probaly trying to shake the department up and get it running right. Patricia, I gather from your post that you don't trust this conservative sheriff is running the office very well. You obviously believe he dosen't have procedures in place to check and balance operations. I believe he does, otherwise they wouldn't have caught this woman breaking the law!

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GnipGnop 10/26/08 - 07:48 pm
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Oh yes justus if she was

Oh yes justus if she was black they would have taken her out back and strung her up by now.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/26/08 - 07:50 pm
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jack#'s you are an idiot.

jack#'s you are an idiot. What happened to your independent crap? She might be a democrat or a libertarian. I still think you need to lay on the tracks and make sure those wheels on your Obama train are straight.

As It Is
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As It Is 10/26/08 - 11:33 pm
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Justus4, you must live a sad

Justus4, you must live a sad life thinking everyone hates the way you do. There is no speculated punishment because you are trying to tie an unusual case of forgery to the more normal cases listed that involve crimes against persons which every smart person no matter what color are very passionate against. Keep sticking up for muggers, thugs, gangs and violent crime offenders and maybe you will have the honor of meeting one. Dissman, there were no procedures in place according to this artilce that helped to solve the problem because she wasn't caught until a citizen called to complain her case should not have been closed and then it and others got looked into. I'm positive the Sheriff will use this as a learning tool to ensure it doesn't happen in the future as it is difficult to prepare for every circumstance often until it happens at least once. A simple letter to victims who's clases are closed verifying their signing off on the case will remedy this problem at an additional expense to the tax payers. TJH&F, if anything, this shows that deputies will follow up on complaints and even arrest one of their own as needed. Most CCSO deputies are good and hard working people.

leslie.hartley
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leslie.hartley 10/27/08 - 05:40 pm
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Wait until Columbia County

Wait until Columbia County sees what this lady has been up to the last three years. They have only just begun to see the laws she has broken. She falsely arrest people and files false police reports 2. I have proof in my room. She got me and daughter pretty good in September 2006. I wonder if she thought about us when she was sitting in jail. Ha Ha** What goes around comes around.

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