Case of teen shooter delayed The case against a Harlem teen accused of fatally shooting his 13-year-old friend was continued Friday morning after his attorney was injured in a car wreck.
Zachary Provance, 14, was scheduled to face charges connected to the shooting death of Eleanor Grace “Elle’” Kelly, 13, in Columbia County Juvenile Court, but his attorney, Michael Spence, was rear-ended while traveling to the Regional Youth Detention Center Thursday evening to meet with Provance, Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan said.
Provance is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a person under 18 for the March 29 shooting, which occurred when he was showing off a pistol in his Kenner Street home where unsupervised teens were preparing for a Harlem Middle School dance.
The hearing has been rescheduled to Friday.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.
Suspect found hiding in truck
Deputies arrested a Grovetown man early Wednesday morning after he lied to and hid from them.
Sean Patrick Egan, 24, of Al Dempsey Road, was charged for providing false information to authorities.
A deputy saw a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a Plymouth Road home in Martinez at about 1 a.m. A man, later identified as Egan, was looking into the open passenger door of the Toyota Corolla.
Because of a large number of complaints about thieves entering autos in the area, the deputy approached Egan and saw a woman in the passenger seat. Both refused to show identification but gave the deputy their names and dates of birth.
After checking the information, the deputy found no warrants for the woman, but Sean Brown, the name Egan gave, was not on file. As the deputy checked, Egan stepped onto the porch of the home, where the homeowner came out to see what was going on.
Egan stepped inside and ran out the back door. The deputy found Egan hiding in a truck in the backyard. He then gave the deputy his true identification. Egan, who is wanted through a Florida agency, was arrested.
He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $1,600 bond, according to jail records.
Student arrested for possession
Deputies arrested a Greenbrier High School student Wednesday for possession of prescription drugs at school.
David Arthur Ricci, 18, of Pierwood Way in Evans, was charged with possession of a Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs with intent to distribute.
Ricci had four Adderall pills and a diazapam tablet at the school.
Ricci was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday after posting a $15,200 bond, according to jailers.
Man arrested for DUI, car theft
A Martinez man was arrested Monday after he stole his sister’s car while intoxicated, then fought with deputies.
Nicholas Scott Williams, 26, of Westport Road, was charged with driving under the influence, obstruction of police, driving on a suspended license and being a habitual violator.
Williams’ 30-year-old sister called authorities about 3:30 p.m. after Williams stole her car, she said. Williams, who had no license and had been drinking, asked her to borrow her car while she was in the restroom. Though she refused, he took the car and left.
While a deputy was at the house, Williams returned in the car. When the deputy asked him to step to the back of the car and show his license, Williams claimed it was in the house and tried to walk away.
The deputy said his sister could get the license, but Williams ran into the house and locked the door. His mother opened the door, but the deputy waited for backup.
When a second deputy arrived, Williams’ mother opened the door, but he pushed the door closed and tried to keep the deputies outside. The deputies forced open the door, told Williams he was under arrest and ordered him to the floor.
Williams refused and struggled with the deputies. It took four deputies to subdue and handcuff Williams, who was belligerent and physically aggressive. He told a deputy he was on felony probation and had nothing to lose.
Deputies noted that Williams smelled of alcohol.
He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday without bond, according to jail records.
Man chased away theives with knife
A Grovetown man told authorities Monday that he chased thieves off his neighbor’s porch with a knife.
The man said about 2:30 p.m. he saw two men on his neighbor’s porch trying to open a UPS package delivered to the home. He pulled a knife on the would-be thieves and chased them away.
He said he didn’t call police right away because he wanted to wait until his neighbor returned home from work to see what she wanted to do about it. They called deputies at about 7 p.m.
The woman said she didn’t want to pursue charges, but wanted the incident documented.