Richmond County officials offer ideas for reducing gang activity | The Augusta Chronicle

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Richmond County officials offer ideas for reducing gang activity | The Augusta Chronicle

Big news in the Augusta area last week. Bass Pro Shops is coming to Columbia County; Cabela’s is coming to Richmond County. That’s great for everybody – hunters, fisherman, campers and the tax men.

THE MORE FORCE USED TO BREAK UP GANGS, THE EASIER THE TASK WILL BE: Other big news in Augusta was police saying suspects in three recent shootings, one of which resulted in the death of a 19-year-old, were gang members. Sheriff Richard Roundtree is forming a gang task force. Mayor Deke Copenhaver and commissioners say they support the sheriff, and some have ideas for doing more.

Commissioner Bill Fennoy thinks it would help if the city could spend more on recreation and parks to engage young people.

“I don’t know why youths are attracted to gangs, but we need to find out what it is and try to fill that void,” he said. “I know all commissioners are involved and try to be role models, not only for the youth but all residents in the community.

“The sheriff has a task force, and I’m willing to do whatever I can do to support the sheriff.”

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