Mother arrested, teens cited for drinking
A mother was sent to jail and 25 minors, mostly Lakeside High School students, were cited after Columbia County deputies broke up an after-prom party in Evans early Saturday morning.
About 1 a.m., deputies were called to the 3500 block of Greenway Drive in The Summit of Jones Creek off Furys Ferry Road in response to a noise complaint, a sheriff’s report says. When deputies arrived at the house, they saw several teens drinking in the driveway. Some of the teens ran into the garage and closed the door, while others ran behind the home toward Furys Ferry Road, according to the incident report.
Deputies found the homeowner, Rachael Sheree Arrington, 42, who said her daughter was having a prom after-party with her friends. After some investigation, deputies said it was clear that Arrington had noticed the minors drinking alcohol and even admitted she took away coolers containing alcohol, but did nothing else to “further deter the minors from consuming alcoholic beverages or ending the party.”
In an upstairs part of the home, deputies saw a sign reading that no alcohol was allowed downstairs, no loud music/noise outside and have fun, according to the report.
Arrington was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of contributing to delinquency/unruliness/deprivation of a minor and providing alcohol to any person under 21 years of age. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $3,200 bond, according to jail records.
Deputies found several teens hiding throughout the house. Zachary Thomas Hornsby, 17, of Oregon Trail in Martinez, was found hiding in a bathroom. Hornsby struggled and cursed at deputies as they tried to remove him from the bathroom.
Hornsby was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct and minor in possession. He was released from the jail Saturday morning after posting a $1,000 bond.
Authorities cited 24 other teens for underage drinking: Sydney Elizabeth Umstead, 18, of Brae Burn Drive in Martinez; Zachary Lewis Banks, 18, of Lakeside Townhomes Court in Evans; Dakota Wade Lyons, 18, of Hannah’s Crossing in Evans; Christin Duane Hall, 18, of Emerald Crossing in Evans; Brandi Victoria Smiley, 18, of Oakbrook Drive in Evans; Justin Cole Lowndes, 18, of Danielle Drive in Martinez; Ryan Gregory Burton, 17, of Park Chase Drive in Evans; Tatum Marie Brown, 17, of Winged Foot Drive in Martinez; Mary Michael Stetz, 17, of Lonesome Pine Court in Martinez; Rayna Alexis Brockman, 18, of Dixon Court in Evans; Taylor Brinson Banks, 18, of Preston Trail in Martinez; Sarah Kaitlyn Fickle, 18, of Athens, Ga.; William Reza Abolghassem, 17, of Inverness Place in Martinez, Regan Joy Askin, 18, of Spyglass Road in Martinez; Tyler Alexander Williams, 17, of Emerald Place in Evans; Alfred John Kelley, 19, of Skinner Mill Road in Augusta; Mary Caroline King, 18, of Point Comfort Road in Martinez; Tyler Douglas Popplewell, 17, of Emerald Crossing in Evans; Haley Morgan Kaylor, 17, of Ernestine Falls in Grovetown; Kara Grace Wells, 17, of Lakestone Way in Martinez; Helen Wick, 17, of Bristol Road in Evans; Amanda Marie Waters, 17, of Pebble Beach Drive in Martinez; and two 16-year-olds.
Several more teens were cited for underage drinking early Sunday after deputies responded to another loud party in Evans.
Investigating a noise complaint at a Sussex Drive home at about 3:30 a.m., deputies found open bottles of alcohol inside the house in Stratford subdivision off Hardy McManus Road. No adults were present.
The 10 teens and a 20-year-old present admitted to drinking. Those cited were Leslie R. Crandall, 18, of Sussex Drive in Evans; Cole Simmons Wasden, 20, of Ashwood Drive in North Augusta; Thomas Washer Jr., 18, of Mauldin Drive in Evans; Emmanuel Rashal Hammonds, 18, of Wythe Drive in Evans; Alexandria Lidia Motes, 18, of Bellingham Court in Evans; Qtynness Franklin, 17, of Aylesbury Drive in Evans; Cody Alexander Hamilton, 18, of Kestwick Drive West in Martinez; Daniel Steven Yanizeski, 18, of Prince George Avenue in Evans; John Lewis Bishop III, 19, of Deer Run in Evans; Charles Nicholas Sims, 17, of Wooden Branch Lane in Asheville, N.C.; and Karen Truong Tran, 18, of Spotswood Drive in Evans.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Armed robber sought
Authorities are looking for a man who robbed an employee of Rhineharts restaurant at gunpoint early Friday as she sat inside her vehicle in the restaurant parking lot.
The man, wanted for armed robbery, pulled a small handgun on the 35-year-old victim while she and another woman were sitting in her vehicle at about 12:30 a.m. after closing the Evans restaurant.
The man put the gun to the victim’s head and demanded she give him two money bags. He also made the victim give him her iPhone 4S before he ran into the woods behind the restaurant.
The women said the robber was wearing a black shirt with a grey bandana covering his face. They also described him as black with large eyes and a 2- to 3-inch afro.
A deputy spotted a man, who fit the womens’ description, walking on North Belair Road and transported him back to the Rhineharts parking lot. Charges were initially filed against the man, but Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said they were dismissed when “investigators developed doubts about his involvement.”
Man exposes himself
A Martinez man was charged with public indecency Saturday night for exposing himself to motorists on Washington Road.
Witnesses saw Booker Latangle Floyd, 34, of the 100 block of Crail Drive, with his pants down and exposing himself toward traffic on Washington Road near Baston Road. He also was seen making hand gestures and pointing up at the sky.
A deputy found Floyd walking down Washington Road toward the rear of Martinez United Methodist Church. Floyd told the officer he needed to urinate and said he was unsure if he had been exposing himself to traffic. Floyd registered a .115 on a breathalyzer test and also was charged with public drunkenness.
He remained at the Columbia County Detention Center Monday with bond set at $2,200.
An employee of Salsa’s Bar & Grill in Evans was assaulted Saturday night by another woman who claimed she was having an affair with her husband.
The 23-year-old told authorities that she was standing on the back porch of Salsa’s when a woman she didn’t know grabbed the back of her hair and threw her to the ground.
The woman, identified as Maricela Chavez-Martinez, 24, of the 500 block of Brooke Lane in Augusta, then began kicking the victim. The attack was broken up by several people. Chavez-Martinez admitted to grabbing the woman’s hair and throwing her to the ground, but denied kicking her. She said she went to Salsa’s “to find the woman who was having an affair with her husband.” Chavez-Martinez was cited for disorderly conduct.
Teen resists arrest
An Evans woman resisted arrest early Friday after deputies pulled her vehicle over to find out if she was involved in a single-vehicle wreck.
When she was stopped by authorities, Ophelia Pantera Overton, 19, of the 770 block of Laurel Springs Court, refused to get out of her vehicle. When she was out of the car, Overton then refused several times to put her cell phone on the ground.
As a deputy tried to reach for the phone, Overton pushed him away.
While she was being put on the ground and handcuffed, Overton screamed profanities, spit and tried to kick deputies. She was then carried and put in the back of the patrol car, where she kicked both rear windows off the door frame.
She continued to spit at deputies on the ride to the jail, where she had to be placed in a restraint chair.
Overton was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, interference with government property and failure to maintain lane. She was released from jail Saturday after posting bond set at $8,500.