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Harlem woman arrested for leaving children

Posted: March 11, 2012 - 12:03am
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Valerie Rowell

Harlem woman arrested for leaving children

Authorities arrested a Harlem woman Monday after a neighbor found two of the woman’s young children in the street.

Kaneesha Yevette Johnson, 21, of the 6400 block of Campbell’s Way, was charged with contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

A neighbor told deputies that she was driving past Johnson’s home at about 12:30 p.m. when she saw Johnson’s 1- and 2-year-old children in the street crying. She took the children to Johnson’s home, but no one was there. She also said she heard Johnson’s 8-month-old baby crying inside, so she went in and picked him up from his crib.

The neighbor said she was waiting in front of the house when Johnson arrived. She grabbed her baby and told the other two children to get inside.

Johnson claimed she hadn’t been gone long and that she was just three houses away getting a storage container, but the neighbor said she was at the house with the children for at least 20 minutes before Johnson arrived.

A case worker with the Department of Family and Children Services arrived and interviewed Johnson. The children were turned over to their grandmother.

Johnson was released from the Columbia County Detention Center later Monday after posting a $4,800 bond, according to jailers.

‘Charlie Rape Gang’ members face hearing

The five boys who called themselves the “Charlie Rape Gang” didn’t receive significant additional punishment when they appeared Wednesday at a Columbia County school disciplinary hearing, but still face charges in juvenile court.

The Lakeside Middle School pupils were accused in February of surrounding other pupils and simulating sex acts while fully clothed. All five were suspended for

the remainder of the week and referred to the school system’s hearing officer.

During their disciplinary hearings Wednesday morning, hearing officer John Padgett upheld the recommendation from Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan that two of the boys with histories of discipline problems be expelled for the remainder of the school year and the first semester of next year, said Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle.

They are allowed to attend alternative school.

The other three boys did not have histories of disciplinary problems, Nagle said, and were given additional days of in-school suspension, though he did not immediately know how many.

Each of the five boys still face a charge of simple battery in juvenile court. A court official said that a date for their hearing has not yet been set.

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

Martinez man caught during burglary

A Martinez man was arrested Monday after a couple saw him burglarizing a neighboring home under construction.

David Arthur Dunn Jr., 34, of Eagleton Drive, was charged with misdemeanor larceny, criminal damage to property and obstruction of an officer.

A couple living on River Bluff Trail in Martinez called deputies at about 9:35 p.m. and said they heard noises coming from a home under construction next door. The couple saw what appeared to be light from a flashlight inside the home.

Deputies arrived and a man, later identified as Dunn, ran out the back of the house and through the neighborhood toward Evans-to-Locks Road.

He refused to stop for deputies, who caught him after a short foot chase.

The owner of the under-construction home told deputies that about $2,500 worth of damage was done to the copper and wiring inside the house.

Traffic stop leads to trafficking arrest

Columbia County sheriff’s deputies arrested a North Carolina man for drug trafficking Tuesday after he was pulled over for failing to use his turn signal to change lanes on Interstate 20.

Michael Laverne Evans, 33, of the 100 block of Lightwood Knott Road, in Rocky Point, N.C., had nearly 15 pounds of marijuana inside his white Ford Expedition when he was stopped at about 6:15 p.m. near the Wheeler Road exit on I-20, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The deputy searched Evans’ vehicle after smelling a strong odor of marijuana as he walked up to the SUV.

In addition to marijuana, a Black & Mild cigar package, two prescriptions and 8 ounces of an unknown purple liquid were found in the vehicle. The purple liquid was sent to the crime lab for analysis.

A person is charged with trafficking if found with 10 pounds or more of marijuana.

Evans was charged with trafficking marijuana and failure to signal when changing lanes. He is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

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