Sheriff's officials in eastern Georgia say they're working to create a gang suppression task force to address youth violence. Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said authorities know youth violence is a major problem in the Augusta area and officials are trying to break the cycle.
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.
Richmond County sheriff's officials say traffic tickets that were issued based on incorrect speed limit signs could be dismissed. Sheriff Richard Roundtree said he met with State Court Solicitor Kellie McIntyre and they decided that all tickets that were issued based on the incorrect signs should be reviewed.
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.