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Posted: February 12, 2012 - 1:08am  |  Updated: February 12, 2012 - 5:50am
Varquis Elbert Lewis
Varquis Elbert Lewis

Dean sent to Savannah prison

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office released Scott Dean to the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections on Thursday.

Dean, convicted in December on two counts of child molestation, was sent to Coastal State Prison in Savannah, according to an e-mail from sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Coastal State Prison is one of two diagnostic centers in Georgia where convicted felons are evaluated, then given a permanent prison assignment.

Convicted of molesting and exposing himself to his adopted daughter, Dean was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison followed by 20 years on probation.

Dean formerly served on the Columbia County Commission and as mayor of Harlem.

 

Man sought in bank fraud

Columbia County authorities are seeking a man who defrauded an Evans bank by claiming a church affiliation.

The sheriff’s office recently issued an arrest warrant for Varquis Elbert Lewis, charging theft by deception.

Lewis, 30, secured a $10,000 loan from Security Federal Bank on Evans Town Center Boulevard by telling the manager he needed to purchase furniture and equipment for Union Baptist Church on Greene Street in Augusta.

After weeks of non-payments, the bank manager contacted a church deacon, who told him no one by Lewis’ name worked there.

Lewis also provided false tax and financial records to the bank, according to authorities.

Lewis is black, 5-foot-9, and weighs 245 pounds. Anyone with information on Lewis and his whereabouts should call the sheriff’s office at (706) 541-2800.

 

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

Man attacked after car wreck

After getting into a car wreck Tuesday evening in Evans, a woman in one of the vehicles attacked the man in the other vehicle as they exited the cars.

The man told deputies that Amy Melissa Lewis, 34, “slapped him in the face and pushed him several times.”

A resident near the accident site on Eagle Nest Drive said he heard Lewis yelling and swearing, then looked outside to witness her pushing the man.

Deputies at the scene noted that Lewis “was heavily intoxicated and uncooperative.”

Deputies also had to chase down Lewis when she slipped out of handcuffs and tried to run away.

Lewis was charged with simple battery, DUI, willful obstruction of law enforcement and improper backing. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Wednesday on $5,400 bond.

 

Teen girls fight at gas station

A fight broke out between two 17-year-old girls Tuesday at an Evans convenience store.

One girl said the other approached her in the parking lot of the TPS on Washington Road, cursed at her, then punched her in the face. The attacker was upset about a previous incident at Greenbrier High School, the girl said.

A man pumping gas at the time told deputies he heard the argument and saw the punch. He then broke up the fight.

Allison Daniel Marshall was arrested on a charge of simple battery. She was released the same day on a $1,600 bond.

 

Arrest made after alleged kidnapping

A Harlem woman told the clerk at a Grovetown gas station early Wednesday that two people tried to kidnap her.

Douglas Rickerson, 44, of Wagon Wheel Road in Warrenton, Ga., was arrested at Golden Pantry on Wrightsboro Road, but not for kidnapping, according to the Grovetown Department of Public Safety. He was arrested on outstanding warrants in Grovetown, Columbia County and Richmond County.

The 25-year-old woman said she was picked up at her home by Rickerson and a woman named Angie, who told her they were going to her friend’s house to get money to buy cigarettes. After getting the money, the two said they wanted to go to Grovetown. The woman told them she didn’t want to go and when they stopped at the convenience store, told the clerk she had been kidnapped.

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