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Three charged in armed robbery Three Evans residents have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in which drugs and cash were taken from a home in the West Lake subdivision.

Posted: June 3, 2012 - 12:06am

Three charged in armed robbery Three Evans residents have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in which drugs and cash were taken from a home in the West Lake subdivision.

Columbia County authorities charged Joshua Lynn Westover, 23, of the 800 block of Bridgewater Lane, Woodrow Merril Meadows III, 18, of the 900 block of Deercrest Circle, and Andrew Lee Vowell, 16, of the 1400 block of Aylesbury Drive, with burglary, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

Meadows and Vowell showed up at a home on the 3700 block of Pebble Beach Drive on May 19 and asked to see the homeowner’s son, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s incident report.

The 61-year-old man allowed the teens inside, where they walked upstairs to his son’s
room.

The man went upstairs to check on the teens and saw one of them putting on a hunter’s mask, while the other was holding a rifle.

The teens ran out of the house and jumped into a car when asked what they were doing. Westover was waiting in the car, the report stated.

The man’s son was asleep during the incident.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the incident wasn’t reported until May 25 because the homeowner was uncertain a crime had taken place.

“He, at first, thought that maybe they were there just to play a prank and scare (his son),” Morris said.

An investigation revealed that cash and drugs were taken from the home, and the gun used in the crime was stolen, Morris said.

“This wasn’t a random armed robbery,” he said. “They knew one another or were acquainted at least to some degree.”

No other charges will be filed, Morris said.

All three are being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center.

Eight teens cited for underage drinking

Columbia County authorities cited eight teens for underage drinking Tuesday at a house party in Evans.

Deputies arrived at a home in the 300 block of Barnsley Drive at about 12:30 a.m. in reference to a loud party and saw several people standing outside, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

All were underage and had been drinking alcohol.

The homeowner walked outside and asked for assistance in getting the other underage drinkers out of his home.

Those issued with minor in possession of alcohol are Joseph Nye, 17; Kathleen Tatika Acs, 18; Nathan Reid Lee, 17; Aaron Loy Day, 19; Brandon Daniel Gregoire, 19; Shuntae Hodges, 19; and Paige Alison Jarrard, 18.

A juvenile complaint also was issued on a 16-year-old boy, who was released to his mother.

The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

Inmate charged with spitting
on jailer

A South Carolina woman in the Columbia County Detention Center was charged with simple battery Monday after she spit on a jailer.

Lorie Denise MacLean, 41, of Walterboro, had been arrested Monday and charged with misdemeanor shoplifting. About 9:15 p.m., a jailer said she was attempting to get MacLean showered when the inmate spit in her face.

A county Magistrate judge issued a simple battery warrant for MacLean.

She was being held in the jail Thursday on a $2,200 bond, according to jail records.

Martinez home burglarized as homeowners slept upstairs

A Martinez man called authorities Wednesday after discovering someone broke into his home overnight as he and his wife slept upstairs.

The 61-year-old said a loud noise woke him at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

When he checked downstairs, the man said he found the front door unlocked and his garage door partially open. He pushed the garage door button to close the door, which slammed down because the emergency release cord had been pulled. He locked the door to the kitchen and the front door and went back to bed.

When he woke at about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, the man said he found a set of front window blinds up and a pane of glass broken near the locking mechanism. A chair was moved from in front of a liquor cabinet.

A $900 laptop computer and four bottles of liquor were missing.

Deputies found a wooden step ladder under the front window. They also found several bags of dirt stacked in front of the garage door, where someone had climbed in through a garage door window.

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