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VIDEO: Augusta Mom Regrets Calling RCSO for Help with Son’s Mental Health Crisis


Augusta mom Lasonya Grandstaff talks about her son’s arrest on two felonies after she called for help with a mental health crisis and getting him to the doctor. She says she wishes she had never called the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Our interview:

YouTube video

Deputies Benjamin White and Sandra Norman were on a call Oct. 6 on Tata Heights Circle in Augusta. Suspect Kirkland Grandstaff was being arrested for criminal trespass. But authorities say Grandstaff resisted arrest, slamming a bedroom door on Deputy Norman’s left foot and punching Deputy White in the face, a sheriff’s report says.

That knocked the officer’s glasses off his face. The officers got him under control, even as he hurled “offensive comments” at them.

Grandstaff then “spit his saliva towards Deputy Norman,” the report says.

Grandstaff, 24, of Augusta, was charged Oct. 8 with two counts of felony obstruction and criminal trespass.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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