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Project leaders request funding

...sales pitch day in the Augusta Commission's chamber for Augusta's public library, the Augusta-Richmond County Detention Center on Phinizy Road and the city's technology department. Officials from all three hoped to be included in the city's...
Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
Sheriff objects to prison cuts

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said he and other sheriffs with overcrowded county jails would resist a state plan to cut prison space and shift inmates to local custody.
Guard shortage raises risk

Richmond County sheriff's Deputy David Copeland's job shows on his face: right under his left eye where the cut was sewn up. Earlier this year, an unruly inmate blind-sided Deputy Copeland when he entered a fourth-floor common area in the jail at the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way. That came after the break-up of his marriage a year earlier, a divorce he blames on the odd hours and job stress. "(The job) probably had something to do with it," he said.
Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
Across the area

The Richmond County Detention Center inmate who escaped Christmas Eve was caught by deputies and investigators Saturday.
Metro | Columbia County Board of Education | Augusta State University
Jurors propose merging facilities

...officials and taxpayers. The lawsuit was closed in February 1998, thanks to the opening of the Augusta-Richmond County Detention Center on Phinizy Road, which ended overcrowding. However, within a year the jails were nearly full and more space was...
Unpaid hours are business as usual for sheriff's office

...At the Walton Way jail, workers are owed 8,233 hours of comp time, Mr. Toole said. At the Richmond County Detention Center on Phinizy Road, 3,900 hours are owed. On the road patrol, 10,000 hours of comp time have accumulated, Col...
Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
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Wiladean Myers opened a suitcase and pulled her old accordion onto the kitchen table in her Harrisburg house. People like to hear hymns on an accordion because it reminds them of an organ, she said, sitting down. She took the instrument with her when she ministered to men in the Richmond County jail on Fourth Street and later in the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way. "I started with Sister Casey (in 1962 at the Milledge Road stockade). She passed away, and I continued to carry on," said the Rev. Myers, 75, pastor of Holiness Deliverance Tabernacle.
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City freed from lawsuit

...cleaned and repaired. In November, the overcrowding ended with the opening of the 566-bed Augusta-Richmond County Detention Center on Phinizy Road. Monday, county attorney Jim Wall asked Judge Bowen to close the case. The county has signed a...
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Grovetown mankilled in crash A Grovetown man was killed in a car crash Friday after a suspected drunken driver struck him head-on, police said. Fred Brian Stallings Jr., 41, of Greenbriar Drive in Grovetown was killed just after 5 a.m. when the Chevrolet Cavalier he was driving in the 1200 block of Gordon Highway was hit head-on by 29-year-old Dion Lamar Watson of Missouri, who was driving a Dodge pickup, said Richmond County sheriff's Capt. P.A. Williams.
Year kicks off with escape of inmates

JANUARY Jan. 1: For the third time in nine months, inmates escape from the Columbia County Detention Center. Adrian Lamont Smith and Patrick Bernard Demons were recaptured the next day, but the incident further embarrassed Sheriff Clay Whittle and his beleaguered jailers.
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