The sheriff in Augusta say improving safety downtown should include closing a section of Riverwalk Augusta overnight, installing security cameras and creating a new tax district to increase patrols in the downtown area. Sheriff Richard Roundtree presented his recommendations to the Augusta Commission on Monday.
State officials say an unauthorized funeral escort fee the Richmond County Sheriff's Office funnels into an unaudited bank account may be illegal. The sheriff's office has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars derived from $25 fees charged to funeral homes when on-duty deputies escort funeral processions in the county.
Some Georgia schools have added security measures for a high-stakes test this month. Students statewide are taking the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state is sending test monitors into schools previously suspected in cheating scandals. Atlanta schools have the most serious charges and security.