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Columbia County records researcher charged

Posted: June 18, 2013 - 11:16pm  |  Updated: June 19, 2013 - 2:02pm
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Vanessa Robin Waldron, 53, an employee of Augusta-based Lawyers Abstract Co., was charged with two counts of stealing or altering public documents and one count of making false statements or writings.
Vanessa Robin Waldron, 53, an employee of Augusta-based Lawyers Abstract Co., was charged with two counts of stealing or altering public documents and one count of making false statements or writings.

 

A courthouse researcher was charged with theft of public documents after records related to ownership of a storm-damaged road in Barrington subdivision vanished from the Columbia County Clerk of Superior Court’s records room.

Vanessa Robin Waldron, 53, an employee of Augusta-based Lawyers Abstract Co., was charged with two counts of stealing or altering public documents and one count of making false statements or writings, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office booking report.

Clerk of Court Cindy Mason called authorities Thursday after learning two pages had been removed from both grantor books that contain index cards used to guide researchers to original property documents.

According to a Sheriff’s Office incident report, Mason told police Waldron brought the missing pages to the attention of courthouse employees.

Mason offered to share video surveillance footage of the area with investigators, who arrested Waldron on Friday night.

Sheriff’s Office Capt. Steve Morris said only the index reference cards were missing and that all original property records are accounted for.

Waldron’s employer, Lawyers Abstract Co., was retained on behalf of the Barrington homeowners association to gather records involving a subdivision road damaged after heavy rains June 3.

A pipe beneath Lakestone Court in Barrington gave way, causing a pavement collapse that limited access to 12 homes.

The county has already begun repairs while lawyers determine who owns the road and who bears finanical responsibility for its restoration.

A document filed in the Clerk of Court’s Office in 1991 transfers to the county ownership of the road, but not the dam from the neighboring pond running under the road, from the now-defunct Waterford Development Co. and the Barrington Home Owners Association.

The same document relieves the county of responsibility for maintenance of the dam and repair of the road if it is damaged because of dam failure.

A plat also filed in the clerk’s office in 1999 transfers ownership of Lakestone Court to the county.

In an interview last week with the Columbia County News-Times, County Administrator Scott Johnson said the damaged road is a public safety issue that the county must address immediately – and that attorneys can work out ownership, responsibility and potential reimbursement later.

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Comments (6)

TimBurton

Why would a courthouse

Why would a courthouse researcher decide to steel public documents? What's in it for her? Either way her planes failed. This kind of documents are very important for any consumer debt law firm. Based on them, they will make sure that everyone who violates the their clients rights will be held responsible and pay for their actions.

Kevinosbern

I wonder why would she steal

I wonder why would she steal a public document, which is sure not going to benefit her. I think there will be some mafia or higher authorities involved in this, which may have made use of her to dissolve the files.

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Robert Harris

She has definitely committed

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Robert Harris

It is a serious offense

It is a serious offense because of the fact that such records are valuable. But sometimes people get accused despite being innocent. So if she is innocent then she should contact a good attorney like Louis J. Goodman for defending herself in the court.

Andrew Cowan

If she is innocent then she

If she is innocent then she should immediately hire a lawyer to defend herself in the court. Now one can find legal support without any hassle online, because from bankruptcy lawyers to personal injury lawyers all of them have online presence now.

Paul Ricca

They need to tighten the

They need to tighten the security arrangement in the courtroom so that they can prevent such incidents from happening. These records are important and could cause serious damage if these go to wrong hands. You should always keep all your documents in check, for example, if you have got green card through investment in Houston then keep the record safe, it might come in handy later.

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