Greenbrier seniors arrested, won’t march
Four Greenbrier High School girls jailed last week for squirting super glue into door locks as a senior prank won’t be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies on Saturday.
Columbia County schools Superintendent Charles Nagle said Tuesday that the girls also won’t get their high school diplomas until they pay the more than $5,100 cost to repair the locks at the school.
Columbia County authorities on Friday arrested Brooklyn Leigh Bella, 17; Elizabeth Sutton Metz, 17; Dynisha Antoinette Clemons, 17; and Kristin Arey Tannehill, 18; with second degree criminal damage to property, a felony, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Three of the seniors allegedly squirted super glue onto 43 exterior locks at the school Thursday evening, said sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris in an email.
The fourth girl helped plan the prank, Morris said, but didn’t specify which one.
The vandalism was discovered Friday morning as school opened.
School officials offered a reward and suspended senior privileges until tips provided to deputies uncovered the four charged, Morris said.
All four teens were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and released after each posted $2,600 bonds, Morris said.
In addition to their arrests, Nagle said the girls were suspended for the rest of the school year, which concludes Friday.
However, Nagle said the girls are being allowed back into the school to take their final exams. Any exam exemptions the seniors might have earned with good grades and attendance were lost when they were suspended.
When six Lakeside High School seniors committed the same prank in June 1993, they too were charged with second degree criminal damage to property, were suspended from school and barred from taking part in graduation ceremonies. Those students also had to pay restitution before receiving their diplomas.
Charlie Rape gang members sentenced
Members of Lakeside Middle School’s “Charlie Rape Gang” received additional punishment Friday by a Columbia County Juvenile Court judge.
All five boys, two 12-year-olds and three 13-year-olds, were sentenced to 12 months probation and varying terms of community service.
The boys were accused in February of surrounding other pupils at Lakeside Middle and simulating sex acts while fully clothed, resulting in their suspensions from school.
Two of the boys had previous discipline problems and were expelled from the school at a March school disciplinary hearing. The other three boys did not have histories of disciplinary issues, but were given additional days of in-school suspension.
During the juvenile court hearing, Columbia County sheriff’s Investigator Brian Jones said the “gang” seemed to have started as a joke between the boys.
The game started after one of the boys had a dog named Charlie rub on his leg at a ballpark.
The incidents happened mostly in locker rooms and bathrooms, but also in hallways and classrooms.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Teens report being robbed at gunpoint
Two Columbia County teens told authorities late Saturday that they were robbed at gunpoint near a Martinez convenience store.
The 17-year-olds said that as they walked to the Circle K gas station on Old Evans Road just after 11 p.m., two men approached them. The robbers pointed a chrome handgun at the teens and demanded their possessions.
When one of the teens said his pockets were empty, the man told him to run away, which he did.
The gun-wielding robber then pointed a gun at the other teen, who handed over his cell phone, $25 in cash and a pack of cigarettes. The robber had the teen show him how to work the phone, then the pair ran away toward Old Petersburg Road.
The teens described their assailants as black men. The one wearing a black T-shirt and blue shorts had the gun and the other man wore a gray shirt.
Someone pried the doors open of several Martinez businesses early Sunday morning.
At about 4:45 a.m., deputies responded to a commercial alarm at a building on the 100 block of Old Evans Road that housed three businesses – Don Brandenburg’s State Farm office, Gaskins & Co., and the Augusta Center for Behavioral Health.
The deputies found the outside door pried open and the interior doors to each business pried open. In the State Farm office, three checks totaling $1,242.66 and $546 in cash were missing from a money box. A computer inside the Gaskin & Co. office was unplugged, but not taken.
At about 4:15 a.m., business alarms went off at a Nationwide Insurance office on Blackburn Drive and at Dr. Ben Timmerman’s office on Fury’s Ferry Road. Doors to both buildings were pried open, but nothing appeared to be missing.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for May 6-12: Medical calls, 25; activated fire alarms, 11; vehicle wrecks, 10; wood/brush/grass fires, seven; investigations, seven; ruptured gas lines, five; CPR in progress, one; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; assist citizen, one; rescue incident, one; structure fire, one; and vehicle fire, one.