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Grovetown woman charged after passenger dies in wreck

Posted: August 18, 2012 - 11:01pm
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Grovetown woman charged after passenger dies in wreck

A 20-year-old Grovetown woman was charged with failure to yield and second degree vehicular homicide after her passenger died from injuries sustained in a crash Aug. 12 on Gordon Highway.

Samantha Presley was booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday after her release from the hospital. Police said Presley tried to make a left turn off Gordon Highway onto Newmantown Road about 2 p.m. Sunday and hit another vehicle. Her passenger, Shem Rider, 22, of Grovetown, was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was not seriously injured.

Judge denies bond for Dean’s daughter

A judge refused at a Tuesday hearing to grant a bond for the oldest adopted daughter of former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, who was convicted of child molestation last year.

Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Ansley Court in Augusta, was arrested July 21 in Harlem. She is accused of stealing jewelry from her adoptive mother, Renee Meyer Dean.

“She poses a significant risk of flight,” Associate Magistrate Judge Jason R. Troiano said at the preliminary hearing.

During the investigation into her adoptive father, Marlin Dean fled to Mexico and it took a long time and great effort to get her to come back, Assistant District Attorney Madonna Little said.

Renee Dean said she returned from a trip July 20. The next morning, “she awoke and found a bracelet lying on the floor alerting her to check her jewelry box,” Harlem Department of Public Safety Officer Chet Hopkins said at the hearing.

She called authorities and reported about $26,000 worth of jewelry missing from the bedroom of her North Hicks Street home in Harlem.

Marlin Dean was charged with burglary and theft by receiving stolen property. Troiano said there was sufficient evidence to bind the theft charge over to Superior Court for further prosecution. He refused to bind over the burglary charge because, he said, there wasn’t enough evidence to prove she entered the home illegally.

A friend told authorities that she took Marlin Dean to a Martinez pawn shop where she pawned a 1-carat diamond engagement ring set, worth $5,000, for $750 and possibly a gold heart necklace, Hopkins said. She used her passport for identification, and there is video surveillance footage of the transaction.

The ring was identified by Renee Dean and recovered along with a topaz ring Marlin Dean pawned at a shop in Augusta on May 9.

Although Troiano didn’t bind the burglary case over for further prosecution, he said the grand jury could indict Marlin Dean on the charge.

Marlin Dean’s adopted father, Scott Dean, was convicted in December of molesting another of his adopted daughters. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in February and denied a new trial in June.

Marlin Dean is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Customer tried to kiss clerk

A clerk at a Martinez convenience store called authorities Monday after she said a customer tried to force her to kiss him.

The 26-year-old clerk at the Circle K on Columbia Road at Belair Road said at about 12:30 p.m., a customer, nicknamed “Bear,” bought a lottery ticket. He asked for a hug for luck; she patted him on the back.

A few minutes later, the clerk said she went outside to smoke a cigarette and the customer followed her. The customer asked the clerk where she lives and if he could come over. When she declined his offer, the clerk said the man asked for a kiss. She said the customer then grabbed her face and tried to force a kiss on her, but she was able to turn her head and push him away.

The customer then went through the store to the other side of the parking lot, got into a small red truck and left.

The deputy responding recognized the man by the description the clerk gave of him. The man had not charged as of Friday.

Man finds debris piled on vehicle

A Martinez man told deputies Monday afternoon that someone piled sticks and leaves on his car.

The 24-year-old man said he went outside his Old Petersburg Road home at about 3 p.m. and discovered that someone piled the debris on the hood of his car, scratching the paint.

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