Harlem girl dies after shooting
A 13-year-old Harlem girl who was shot in the face died Friday afternoon.
Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said that Eleanor “Ellie” Kelly, of the 6200 block of Otis Way, was pronounced dead at about 3 p.m.
Kelly died from a gunshot wound to the head she received Thursday, Collins said.
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris identified the shooter as Zach Provance, 14, who lives at the Keener Street residence where the shooting occurred.
A bullet from the .38-caliber revolver used in the shooting lodged in Kelly’s brain, added Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.
An autopsy for Kelly was scheduled for Monday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta.
At about 4 p.m. Thursday, Harlem police were called to 145 Keener Street and found Kelly in the kitchen.
Authorities said Kelly and Provance were inside the home with another boy and girl preparing for a dance at Harlem Middle School, which Kelly and Provance attended, when the shooting took place.
Following Kelly’s death, authorities charged Provance with involuntary manslaughter, Morris said. The sheriff’s office initially charged him with reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a person under 18.
Provance was jailed at the Regional Youth Detention Center.
During Provance’s detention hearing Friday, prior to Kelly’s death, Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan ordered that the boy remain in custody while he undergoes a psychological evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, Flanagan said he would decide whether to release the boy to “a fit and willing relative” or into the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.
Provance’s 54-year-old father, Richard Wayne Provance, was charged with manufacture and possession of drugs and possession of a gun during commission of a crime on Thursday, according to a sheriff’s office report. The drugs and guns were uncovered during a police search of the home following the shooting.
During his son’s hearing, Provance lost custody of the boy.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Road rage leads to assaults
An apparent incidence of road rage turned physical Friday when two teens were punched in the face by another motorist.
The two 19-year-olds said they were driving on Baston Road in Martinez at about 5:15 p.m. when a blue Dodge Ram 2500 tried to cut their vehicle off.
The driver of the truck followed them to the 3700 block of Tailboard Way.
The teen driver got out of his vehicle to confront the man, who then began yelling at him and punched him in the face, knocking him unconscious.
The other teen got out of the vehicle to check on his friend and also was punched in the face by the man.
The man, described as white, about 25 to 32 years old, with a muscular build and light beard, quickly drove away from the scene.
Man charged with growing marijuana
An Evans man was arrested Friday for growing marijuana at his home.
Anthony Prescott Brown, 38, of the 500 block of Old Evans Road, was charged with possession of marijuana after authorities found nearly 40 grams of marijuana and several marijuana plant stems at his residence.
They also took as evidence magazines and books about marijuana, smoking pipes, grinders, a digital scale and several pieces of growing equipment.
Brown is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday on a $10,100 bond.
A Grovetown man sustained a knife wound Friday night after his live-in girlfriend stabbed him.
The 50-year-old said that Frances Jene Brown, 49, of the 1200 block of Klondike Drive, stabbed him in the abdomen with a steak knife at about 11:30 p.m. when the two had an argument.
The man’s shirt was ripped and he had several scratches on his neck. He was transported to Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center.
Brown had fled from the scene on foot before deputies arrived and was arrested several hours later. She was charged with aggravated assault and is being held at the jail without bond.
Man cited after cursing at cops
A Martinez man was arrested Friday night for cursing at deputies and causing a disturbance in a Martinez neighborhood.
John Oliver Lachance, 59, of the 200 block of Almon Drive, was charged with disorderly conduct when he repeatedly used vulgar language toward officers and said they couldn’t take him to jail.
Earlier that night, authorities had been notified of a man panhandling at Circle K on Columbia Road near Miramar Drive.
A deputy saw Lachance walking in the middle of Miramar Drive. He became irate when the officer approached him.
A backup unit was called for assistance and Lachance, who smelled strongly of alcohol, was taken into custody.
Lachance was released from the jail Saturday on a $500 bond.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for March 25-31:
Medical calls, 25; activated fire alarms, 12; vehicle wrecks, seven; investigations, six; controlled/unauthorized burns, five; structure fires, five; wood/brush/grass fires, three; assist citizens, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; interior natural gas leak, one; hazardous materials, one; and vehicle fire, one.