Two arrested on drug charges
Columbia County authorities arrested two men Thursday on drug charges.
Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators executed a search warrant Thursday on the Grovetown home of Charles Joseph Howard, 29, on Sylvan Lake Drive in Grovetown.
Authorities found more than 2 pounds of marijuana, more than a pound of hash, a small amount of mushrooms and nine bottles of Equibol, an anabolic steroid and horse feed supplement. Investigators also seized a 9-mm pistol, drug paraphernalia, $4,385 in cash, a 2005 Nissan Altima and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Howard was charged with purchase/possession/manufacture/distribution/sale of a controlled substance. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $7,600 bond, according to jail records.
As part of another investigation, deputies stopped a 2003 Honda Accord driven by Stuart Clifton Scott II on Thursday. Inside the car, deputies found about 5 ounces of marijuana and seized the car.
While searching Scott’s Crystal Creek Drive home in Martinez, investigators seized a small amount of marijuana, nearly 70 Schedule II pills, 14 Scheduled III pills, two Schedule IV pills, $3,365 in cash and a pistol.
Scott, 21, was charged with possession of Schedule II, III and IV drugs, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute. He was released from the jail after posting a $38,000 bond, according to jailers.
Woman hurt in wreck charged with DUI
A 22-year-old Evans woman has been charged with DUI and multiple traffic charges following her release from the hospital, where she had been treated from injuries in a Feb. 20 crash.
Jenna Victoria Sevigny turned herself in to the Columbia County Detention Center after toxicology tests results received from the GBI Crime Lab Friday showed her blood-alcohol level was 0.20 percent, more than double the legal limit, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
In addition to the DUI charge, Traffic Officer Mike Miller charged Sevigny with failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions and not wearing a seatbelt, Morris said.
Sevigny was injured in a violent single-vehicle crash about 3 a.m. Feb. 20 when she ran off North Belair Road near Furys Ferry Road and overcorrected. Her car swerved to the opposite side of the road, traveled about 100 feet and struck a pine tree, splitting the car in two.
Emergency workers found her partially ejected from the vehicle and took her to Georgia Health Sciences Hospital.
Sevigny recently was released from the hospital, Morris said, and was contacted by investigators after the GBI returned the blood-test results.
She was released from the detention center after posting $4,400 bond, Morris said.
Man is charged with sexual battery
Columbia County authorities arrested on Friday a Smyrna, Ga., man accused of sexually assaulting a woman outside of a Martinez grocery store in December.
James Bradley Hurley II, 26, was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.
A 24-year-old Waynesboro, Ga., woman called Columbia County sheriff’s deputies on Dec. 23 claiming Hurley assaulted her as they left Kroger in Martinez.
She said that about 10:45 p.m. she was following Hurley out of the store on Columbia Road when he stopped suddenly, according to a sheriff’s office report. The woman said the man apologized and allowed her to walk in front of him.
As she passed him, she said Hurley touched her inappropriately.
The woman said she stopped and turned around, so the man walked quickly to his vehicle. He left in a black Nissan Armada.
Hurley was released later from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting an $1,100 bond, according to jailers.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman was beaten,
dumped in ditch
A woman said she didn’t want to prosecute her boyfriend, who she said hit her and left her in a ditch as he drove off in her car.
The 20-year-old said that about 11:30 p.m. Saturday she was driving on Harlem-Grovetown Road near Old Union Road as she and her boyfriend argued. The woman said her boyfriend hit her twice in the face and turned off her car as she drove.
The woman said her boyfriend grabbed her, dragged her out of the car, threw her in a ditch and drove away in her vehicle.
After calling a family member, the woman said she went to her boyfriend’s house and found her car parked across the street. He’d taken his stereo equipment out of the car.
The woman’s boyfriend left before deputies arrived. The deputy said the woman changed her story several times and opted not to press charges.
12-year-old charged for box cutter at school
A Blue Ridge Elementary pupil was charged Friday for bringing a box cutter to school.
The principal said a 10-year-old female classmate said she took the 12-year-old boy’s pencil about 1:30 p.m. When he asked for it back, she told him to look in his book bag to distract him so she could put the pencil back on his desk.
When he noticed the pencil on his desk, the boy told the girl, “I am going to cut your face off.” He then pulled a box cutter from his book bag, extended the blade showing it to the girl. He then retracted the blade and put the box cutter back in his book bag.
The girl’s mother opted not to press charges. The boy was charged with having a weapon on school grounds. He was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center, then released to his mother.
Tools, meat taken from unlocked garage
A Martinez man called authorities early Saturday after discovering someone burglarized his garage.
The 44-year-old said that between 1:30-8:30 a.m. someone went into the unlocked garage of his West Lake Drive home. The burglar stole a leaf blower, an edger, a skateboard, sunglasses and a swim bag, all worth about $565. The burglar also stole about $400 worth of frozen meat from a freezer.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for March 18-24:
Activated fire alarms, 14; medical calls, 13; vehicle wrecks, 11; investigations, five; assist citizens, four; structure fires, four; ruptured gas lines, three; wood/brush/grass fires, three; vehicle fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; bomb threat, one; and activated carbon monoxide detector, one.