Woman charged with murder
A Martinez woman was charged with murder Saturday after her roommate was found dead in their apartment.
Yvette Taylor, 46, is being held without bond in the Columbia County Detention Center.
Deputies responded to the apartment in the 300 block of Applecross Drive in Martinez, where they found Crew dead in the bathroom and blood in the living room, according to an incident report.
Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins ruled Crew’s death a homicide after an autopsy Sunday morning. The cause of death was blunt force trauma. The murder weapon was not disclosed because the investigation is ongoing.
Taylor told sheriff’s investigators that she left the apartment around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and returned about seven hours later to find Crew, 63, lying on the bathroom floor. She said she then called 911.
According to the report, Taylor said she left because Crew was speaking “foolishness.” She said she initially went to a neighbor’s apartment, but spent the rest of the night at her mother’s apartment, which is in the same complex.
According to the state Department of Corrections, she had previously been jailed for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of her brother in Richmond County.
In February 1991, police found Taylor, then 25, kneeling over her brother’s body in the kitchen. She told deputies that she had been fighting with him over a gun and it “accidentally” went off, according to Augusta Chronicle archives.
Jerry Taylor, 22, had been “shot three times in the right eye,” according to a police report.
She was sentenced to 10 years, but the state Web site says she served from 1993-96, and from 1998 to 2002.
Details on why she was incarcerated twice were not immediately available.
Man arrested after dog is shot
An Appling man was charged with cruelty to animals Thursday after someone saw him shoot a dog with a rifle.
The witness told authorities that about 5:30 p.m. he noticed a GMC Envoy stopped on Keg Creek Drive near the boat ramp, and he saw the driver shoot a brown dog and then drive away, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.
When deputies arrived, they found large pools of blood and a blood trail leading into the woods, where the dog had died.
The dog’s owner, Wanda Reese, was notified. The dog, a Labrador mix named Dee, was wearing a collar.
John Wesley York, 68, was arrested after deputies found the SUV parked at a nearby residence.
York admitted to shooting the 10-year-old dog. He said it was barking at him and trying to jump on the golf car he was towing.
York was also charged with discharging a firearm on or near a public road.
He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday on a $4,200 bond, according to jail officials.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org.
Playground, pool house vandalized
Deputies were called to an Evans subdivision Sunday after someone spray-painted profanity on the property.
The black paint was used on playground equipment and pool house at Sumter Landing. The man who called authorities believes juveniles in the neighborhood are responsible.
Bag of feces left at man’s door
An Evans man found a brown paper bag containing feces next to his front door Sunday night.
The 55-year-old said last week he saw three boys, approximately 13 years old, hanging out in front of his yard on the 400 block of Keeling Lane. When he opened his door, they ran toward Gastonbury Drive.
On Sunday at about 9:45 p.m., his dog started barking. When the man opened the door, he saw the bag. The man could not identify the boys.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Feb. 5-11:
Alarm out of service, two; burn permit, one; carbon dioxide detector activated; one; CPR in progress, two; electrical incident, one; activated fire alarm, nine; other fires, one; gasline rupture, one; interior natural gas leak, one; investigations, four; medical incident, 22; vehicle accident, three; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; assist citizen, one; structure fire, three; vehicle fire, one; wood/brush/grass fire, four.