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Grovetown mankilled in wreck

Posted: August 15, 2012 - 12:08am
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Grovetown man
killed in wreck

A Grovetown man was killed in a wreck in Augusta on Sunday.

Shem Rider, 22, died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital from injuries sustained in the crash, authorities said.

Shortly after 2 p.m., Samantha Presley, 20, of Grovetown, was eastbound in her Subaru on Gordon Highway. She tried to make a left turn onto Newmantown Road and collided with a 2005 Jeep Liberty, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay.

Rider, Presley’s passenger, was airlifted to MCG, where he died, said Richmond County Coroner Kenneth Boose.

Presley was taken to MCG by ambulance and was listed in critical condition, Gay said.

The driver of the Jeep, Eugene Shelley, 48, was taken to MCG for observation.

Investigator in wreck with tree

A Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigator was taken to a hospital Saturday after a tree fell into the path of his motorcycle.

About 10 a.m., Investigator Harold Clack was riding his Harley-Davidson in heavy rain on Gordon Highway near Leitner Mill Road, according to a sheriff’s office accident report.

A large tree fell across the road and Clack was unable to avoid hitting it, the report stated.

Clack, 67, of Cheryl Drive in Augusta, was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and released Saturday afternoon.

Woman drives car into lake

A Lincolnton, Ga., woman was taken to a hospital Friday morning after driving her car off the Little River Bridge into the lake.

Emily Hinson was traveling east on the Augusta Highway about 10 a.m. when her 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser left the road, hit a guardrail and went into the lake near the Lincoln County end of the bridge.

Hinson’s injuries did not appear life-threatening, Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald Lawson said at the scene.

Lawson said that although he couldn’t speculate on the cause of the wreck, he was told that Hinson managed to roll down a window and swim to shore after her car crashed into the lake.

The accident investigation was turned over to the Georgia State Patrol, Lawson said.

The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Man reports ex for harassment

A Grovetown man called authorities early Friday after he said his ex-girlfriend harassed him and his new girlfriend.

The 24-year-old man said he and his girlfriend were sleeping when they heard someone knock on the door of their South Old Belair Road home about 5:10 a.m.

The couple saw it was the man’s ex-girlfriend, Maricela Chavez-Martinez, 24, and decided not to answer.

They said Chavez-Martinez, of Brooke Lane in Augusta, knocked on all doors and windows of the home for about 20 minutes.

The man said he went outside when Chavez-Martinez began hitting his girlfriend’s car with a tire iron. Chavez-Martinez punched the man in the face.

Chavez-Martinez tried to leave, but was stopped by a deputy.

The deputy saw that the man’s eye was red and swollen and saw several deep scratches on the window and door of the vehicle.

He found the tire iron in the front seat of Chavez-Martinez’s vehicle.

Chavez-Martinez was charged with simple battery and criminal trespass. She was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday on a $3,200 bond, according to jail records.

Burglar chased away from home

A Martinez man told deputies that he heard someone open the back door to his home early Friday morning.

The 58-year-old man said that he was watching television with his wife about 12:30 a.m. when he heard the back door to his Silver Maple Road home open.

He walked to the door armed with his gun and heard someone running away.

The man said he ran to the front of his house and saw a person dressed in black, wearing a hood, jump over his side fence.

Deputies found fingerprints on the glass panes of the back door.

Man punched by date’s husband

A man called deputies Saturday after, he said, a woman’s estranged
husband punched him while he was with out with her.

The 52-year-old man said he had dinner with a woman at a restaurant on Washington Road in Evans.

The man said he was in the woman’s car talking at about 10:30 p.m. when the estranged husband approached the car and punched the man through the passenger window.

The man went inside the restaurant to see whether a deputy was working special duty.

No deputy was working at the restaurant, so he called 911.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Aug. 5-11:

Medical calls, 33, activated fire alarms, 17; investigations, 16;
damage from inclement weather, 11; structure fires, 10; vehicle wrecks, 10; electrical incidents, two; assist residents, two; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; CPR in progress, one; and vehicle fire, one.

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