The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.
Teen charged with stealing
An Evans teen was arrested Saturday evening and charged with stealing from a church choir room during the Augusta Christian Schools graduation ceremony.
Harrison Grant Lee, 19, of Woody Hill Circle, was charged with theft, theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of drug possession and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A graduate said she left her purse in the choir room of West Acres Baptist Church on Gibbs Road during the ceremony. Her iPhone and an American Express gift card were stolen from her purse during the graduation ceremony between 4 and 6 p.m.
Deputies found Lee on Old Evans Road and discovered he had 2.3 grams of marijuana, a .30-caliber rifle with a magazine and 13 bullets, and the gift card.
He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday without bond, according to jail records.
Guests accuse maid of stealing
A motel maid said Sunday that she was assaulted by two women claiming she had stolen their money.
The 31-year-old maid at the Best Western on Park West Drive said she found a wallet in one of the rooms at about noon and took it to the lobby, where she gave it to the 44-year-old owner.
The maid said she went back to the motel room, where she was confronted by the woman and her 55-year-old sister who accused her of stealing money from the wallet.
The maid said she told the women she didn’t have their money, and had only $46. She said the women took $40 from her and threw her cell phone and remaining $6 on the floor.
The maid said she refused when the women demanded she take off her clothes. They searched her pockets again and told the maid to take off her shoes.
While in the hotel hallway, the women pulled off the maid’s shirt and bra. The maid said one of the women scratched her arm and twisted it while the other tried to pull her pants down. The maid said she screamed for help.
The women left when people started coming out into the hallway.
The maid had a small scratch and minor bruises on her arm.
When deputies arrived, the 44-year-old guest told them that she got to the lobby of the hotel and realized her wallet was missing. She said the maid brought the wallet to her, but it was missing $741. The woman and her sister went back to the room, where they confronted the maid and demanded their money back.
The woman said she and her sister found $6 in the maid’s pocket and her missing money in the maid’s bra.
No one was charged in the incident.
Man charged in threat, assault
Deputies arrested an Augusta man Friday after another man said he threatened him with a gun.
Paul Nehemiah Bailey, 25, of Madison Lane, was charged with simple assault and simple battery.
A 64-year-old man said he pulled into the Fuel Express at 440 S. Belair Road with Bailey as a passenger just before 11 a.m. When he asked Bailey for some gas money, the man said Bailey got angry and punched him twice in the face.
He said Bailey threatened to get his gun, got out of the car and ran to the driver’s side.
Because he saw Bailey pull something he thought was a pistol from his waistband, the man ran into the store, yelling for someone to call 911. He ran behind the store counter and into a back room, where he closed and locked the door.
A witness saw Bailey brandishing a gun and chasing the man.
Bailey went into the store and looked for the man but didn’t find him. He left in a car parked behind the man’s.
A deputy spotted the car on South Belair Road, where the driver turned onto Holley Road and South Hickory Drive trying to avoid the deputy.
Deputies didn’t find a gun but did find a taser in the purse of Bailey’s girlfriend.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for May 13-19:
Medical calls, 24; vehicle wrecks, seven; investigations, six; activated fire alarms, five; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; ruptured gas lines, three; structure fires, three; mutual aid/public safety assistance, two; CPR in progress, two; interior natural gas leak, one; assist citizens, one; vehicle fire, one; and wood/brush/grass fire, one.