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Worker dies after injury

Posted: November 13, 2011 - 1:01am

Worker dies after injury

An Augusta man burned last month while working at a Martinez glass business died Monday.

Jesse James Crosby, 40, was severely burned on his head, arms and torso Oct. 26 as he worked at O’Brien’s Glass at 3842 Washington Road.

Owner Dave O’Brien said Cosby was working on laminated glass using denatured alcohol and a flame. The can of alcohol exploded. Cosby ran through the shop until a colleague used a fire extinguisher.

Cosby was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, where he died Monday from complications from the burn and respiratory injuries he received in the explosion, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said Thursday.

The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

Grovetown hotel nearly robbed

A hotel clerk called authorities early Wednesday claiming two armed and disguised men tried to get into the hotel office.

The night clerk called 911 after seeing two men try to get into the office of the Red Roof Inn on Belair Frontage Road near Interstate 20.

The clerk said that just before midnight Tuesday two men with their faces covered with black cloths or shirts tried to get into the lobby of the hotel. They were unable to get in because the second set of doors is kept locked at night.

When the clerk realized the men were armed, he said he reached over the counter for the phone and called 911. The men ran back outside and behind the Econo Lodge next door.

Another hotel employee told deputies that she saw a third man – a white man wearing a green ski mask.

The hotel manager said she has video surveillance footage of the attempted robbery.

Sheriff’s deputies were unable to track the men using a canine tracking team.

Gunshot fired into apartment

An Evans woman called 911 late Wednesday after hearing a gunshot outside her apartment, and an Augusta man later was arrested on weapons and drug charges.

The 31-year-old said she was in her Thoroughbred Lane apartment at about 11:20 p.m. when she heard a gunshot. She checked to ensure the front door was still locked, grabbed her son and ran into her daughter’s room, where she called for help.

A sheriff’s deputy found a gunshot hole in the master bathroom wall and the wall of the shower stall. A hole in the exterior wall appeared to have been made by the slug from a shotgun. Deputies found remnants of the slug in the shower and on the bathroom floor.

On Wheeler Road, deputies stopped a vehicle they suspected was driven by someone involved in the shooting. Inside the vehicle, driven by Darrien Anderson Birt, deputies found a 12-gauge shotgun.

After Birt, 18, of Crawfordville Drive in Augusta, was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center, the transporting deputy found five small bags of marijuana in the backseat of his patrol car.

Birt was charged with criminal damage to property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of marijuana and purchase/possession/manufacturing/distribution/sale of a controlled substance.

He’s being held on a $19,400 bond, according to jail records.

Dodge Charger left on blocks

An Evans man told deputies early Thursday that someone stole his rims and tires, and left the car on blocks.

The 33-year-old said he parked his 2007 Dodge Charger at his apartment complex at 473 Old Evans Road at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

As he was leaving for work at about 4 a.m., the man said he found his car on blocks. Four chrome rims and tires, worth about $2,500, were missing. The wheels had locking lug nuts, which were apparently broken. The man said a truck had been backed into the space next to his car, but he’s unsure if the owner of the truck is involved in the theft.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Oct. 30-Nov. 5:

Medical calls, 25; activated fire alarms, 15; investigations, six; vehicle wrecks, six; ruptured gas lines, five; controlled/unauthorized burns, five; activated carbon monoxide detector, four; assisted citizens, four; CPR in progress, three; wood/brush/grass fires, two; interior natural gas leak, one; structure fire, one; and vehicle fire, one.

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