Motorcyclist killed in Evans crash Monday
An Evans man was killed Monday night when he crashed his motorcycle near his home.
Gregory Boyd Earle, 49, of 4241 Anderson Circle, was traveling east on his street on a 1967 Honda three-wheeled motorcycle when he drifted off the roadway and crashed, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Earle, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken by ambulance to Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Morris said.
Three arrested in home invasion
Columbia County authorities on Saturday arrested three suspected accomplices of Justin Anthony Stephens, who was shot and killed while attempting to burglarize an apartment.
Edward Albert Brown III, 19, of Bridgeton Road in Augusta; Jose Lopez-Gamero, 21, of North Belair Road in Evans; and Leonard Jamal Walton, 18, of Maywood Drive in Martinez; are being held at Columbia County Detention Center without bond.
Investigators said that about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 Stephens and Walton, both dressed in black and wearing bandanas over their faces, knocked on a Petersburg Square apartment door and forced their way inside.
A sheriff’s office report said the men attacked Bruce Randell Barrett, 42, when he answered the door. His 15-year-old son ran into Barrett’s bedroom, retrieved a rifle and fired twice at the intruders.
Stephens was struck both times and was pronounced dead at the scene by Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.
Brown was waiting outside and Lopez-Gamero was in a car on the street, Morris said.
All three men are being charged with burglary. Brown and Walton are also charged with simple battery and Brown has an added charge of criminal attempt to commit a felony, according to the jail’s Web site.
Barrett’s son will not be charged.
Funeral services for Stephens, a graduate of Westside High School, are set for Thursday in Augusta.
Evans High lockdown after shooting threat
Evans High School was placed on soft lockdown Friday after a note threatening a school shooting was written Thursday in a bathroom stall.
The message, found in the girls bathroom, alluded to a school shooting Friday, said Evans High Principal Don Brigdon.
At least eight Columbia County sheriff’s deputies were on campus when the high school opened Friday morning and more than 380 students were absent from school at 10 a.m., Brigdon said.
A second note also was found Thursday in a different bathroom at the school by someone threatening personal harm, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
Columbia County authorities are investigating to determine who wrote the initial note. That person will likely face charges of terroristic threats and acts as well as disrupting a public school, Morris said.
The author of the note also will be suspended from school for a minimum of four days and might be sent to a hearing for further punishment, Brigdon said.
During the lockdown, students weren’t allowed to leave their classrooms when class was in session except for an emergency. Students also were not allowed outside unless they were attending physical education classes or walking to portables, Brigdon said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
by jealous wife
A Martinez woman called authorities Saturday claiming the jealous wife of a man hit her and accused her husband of cheating.
The 25-year-old said she was walking to the grocery store about 11 a.m. Saturday and saw the man outside his Samarya Lane house. She asked the man for a cigarette, which he said were in his bedroom. He asked her to come inside.
The woman said she followed the man into his bedroom, where he closed and locked the door and turned off the lights. The man’s wife started hitting the door, so the man pushed the woman into the closet.
The man’s wife got into the bedroom, screamed and hit her multiple times. The woman said she went home, but didn’t immediately call authorities.
The man’s wife told deputies that he caught the woman in her bedroom with the lights off and believed they were about to have sex. She believed her husband hid the woman in the closet because he was cheating. She admitted getting upset and hitting the woman.
Burglary reported at Grovetown home
A Grovetown woman told deputies Sunday that someone stole more than $4,000 worth of collectibles, jewelry and weapons from her home during the weekend.
The 47-year-old said she stayed with a friend in Belvedere, S.C., Friday and Saturday. When she returned to her VFW Road home at about 10 p.m. Sunday, she found money on her front porch and a crow bar sitting on the living room sofa.
Upon searching her home, the woman discovered numerous items worth $4,275, and $1,235 in cash, missing. Two rifles, a pistol, a muzzle loader, a compound bow, about 200 knives, two pearl necklaces, $985 in rolled change and $250 in cash were missing from the woman’s unlocked safe. Masters Tournament badges, sterling silver utensils, marbles and rare coins were taken from a cigar box in the living room, and numerous bracelets, earrings and necklaces were stolen from jewelry boxes in her bedroom.
Ex-boyfriend accused of home break-in
A Grovetown woman told authorities Sunday that her ex-boyfriend broke into her house.
The 21-year-old said she’d received numerous calls from her ex wanting to meet her somewhere. She told him to stop calling. When she refused to answer a call at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, the woman said her ex-boyfriend left a voicemail describing items inside her bedroom.
The woman said she saw items in her bedroom and dresser drawers had been disturbed.
She also said on Feb. 24 that the man called her 41 times after being told not to. He also sent her numerous text messages stating he’d kill her, break into and destroy her home and kill her pets.
A neighbor told deputies that at just before 5:30 p.m. he saw a silver Suzuki sport utility vehicle, which appeared to be packed full of items, leaving the woman’s driveway.
Deputies found a broken window screen tossed over the woman’s back fence.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Feb. 26-March 4:
Medical calls, 21; vehicle wrecks, nine; activated fire alarms, six; investigations, six; controlled/unauthorized burns, three; structure fires, three; wood/brush/grass fires, two; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; electrical incident, one; and assist citizens, one.