Man killed in wreck identified
A man killed Sunday evening in a motorcycle wreck has been identified as Russell Casey Boyles of Martinez.
According to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald, Boyles, 24, was traveling east on Skinner Mill Road about 8:30 p.m. when his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle crossed the double yellow line and struck a 2011 Toyota Camry.
The motorcycle then hit a sound barrier wall on the right shoulder of the road.
Boyles was ejected from the motorcycle and died of blunt force trauma.
The driver of the Camry was not injured.
Dean trial to start next month
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean likely will go to trial in December to face charges of child molestation.
During a calendar call hearing held Monday in Evans, Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. agreed to continue the case. It now is slated to be heard next month during a jury trial.
Assistant District Attorney Parks White and Dean defense attorney Pete Theodocion were not present at the hearing to elaborate on the reason for the continuance.
Deputies seek driver who fled
Columbia County deputies were looking Monday for a driver who fled from a wreck with a patrol car on Furys Ferry Road early Saturday.
A 28-year-old Columbia County sheriff’s deputy said he’d stopped his patrol car in the southbound left turn lane of Furys Ferry Road at Oakbrook Drive at about 3:15 a.m. when the wreck occurred.
The deputy said a silver Honda CRV, traveling south in the inside through-lane, drifted into the turn lane and hit the back of his sheriff’s office Ford Crown Victoria.
The driver of the CRV then sped away.
The deputy was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital, sheriff’s office Capt. Steve Morris said.
Anyone with information about the driver’s identity or whereabouts should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.
Sex offender arrested Friday
A sex offender wanted in Columbia County for not properly registering a legal address turned himself in late Thursday.
George Rexford Donovan Jr., 27, was wanted for violating the sex offender law, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. He’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
In 1997, Donovan was convicted of indecency with child sexual contact in Kerr County, Texas. He also is on probation, Morris said.
In October, he was living in a room at the Econo Lodge on Belair Frontage Road but was told he had 72 hours to relocate because that site also violated the Sex Offender Law.
Donovan was last known to be living in Wildwood Park on Dogwood Lane at site 49.
Donovan disappeared and deputies believed he might have returned to Texas.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman finds bullet hole in wall
An Evans woman called authorities Saturday evening after she discovered a bullet hole in her home.
The 49-year-old said that just after 6 p.m. she heard what sounded like a marble rolling down the stairs in her Knob Hill Farm Road home. She found a small metal ball, which appeared to be lead shot from a shotgun shell.
The woman said she noticed a hole in the wall leading from the stairwell to her son’s bedroom. She found a hole in her son’s window frame and bedroom door. The woman and her son, who was not in his room at the time, said they didn’t hear anything like a gunshot.
Deputies contacted the neighbor across the street.
Woman reports underwear theft
A woman called 911 Saturday evening after discovering that someone broke into her home and stole a pair of panties.
The 31-year-old said she returned to her West Maysfield Road apartment off Jimmie Dyess Parkway at about 5 p.m. and found a message on her bedroom dresser mirror. Someone stole a pair of her black panties and wrote on a mirror “I want you. You will be mine.”
The woman said that before leaving for church at 12:15 p.m. she had taken the garbage out and inadvertently left the sliding glass door of her apartment unlocked.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Nov. 6-12:
Medical calls, 26; activated fire alarms, 22; vehicle wrecks, 13; structure fires, seven; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; assist citizens, three; CPR in progress, two; investigations, two; electrical incidents, one; ruptured gas line, one; vehicle fire, one; and wood/brush/grass fire, one.