Second man arrested in car break-in, chase
Michael Dewayne Ware was arrested Friday about 4 p.m. on five felony counts of entering an automobile with the intent to commit a theft.
Capt. Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office indicated in an e-mail he sent Saturday that the 25-year-old Ware, of 4011 Sibley Court in Augusta, is the partner of Charles Derrick Larke, who was arrested Wednesday.
Larke, the 28-year-old son of former Richmond County schools Superintendent Charles Larke, was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, entering an automobile with the intent to commit a theft, and several traffic charges.
Police had been searching for Larke’s accomplice since Wednesday.
Ware and Larke are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Deputy fired for DUI
A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy was fired Friday after an arrest for driving under the influence.
Former deputy Gregory Smith was arrested about 1 a.m. in Richmond County for DUI, speeding and a handlebar violation, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Smith was terminated for policy violations, specifically conduct unbecoming a law enforcement officer.
“Because of Smith’s position in law enforcement and the public trust bestowed upon him, to say that we are disappointed is an understatement,” Morris said in an e-mail Friday afternoon.
Smith, a former Richmond County sheriff’s deputy, has worked in Columbia County since March 2009.
“As we’ve demonstrated in the past, we enforce the law, and in this case enforce our policies no matter who is involved,” Morris said.
“To have an officer involved in such activity is not only a violation of the law and the public’s trust, but also a dishonor to this agency and the deputies who uphold the integrity and honor that goes along with the badge.”
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man claims he was
shot by kidnappers
A shooting victim called Columbia County authorities early Sunday claiming he was kidnapped near his Appling home, then assaulted in Richmond County.
The 41-year-old said he was at his home on Washington Road about 7 p.m. when a stranger flagged him down to get help with a tire.
The man was getting tools out of his van when the stranger pulled out a black handgun and forced him into the car. The stranger made him drive for a while before stopping to pick up two more men.
After falling asleep, the man said he woke up about 3 a.m. to the strangers beating him on Summer Street at Hopkins Street in Augusta, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The man said someone hit him in the mouth with a board. Then one of the assailants pulled out a short-barrel shotgun and shot the man in the back, according to the report.
The man was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment.
The only description he could provide of his assailants is that they are black men.
Georgia man arrested for shooting stop sign
Authorities arrested a Doraville, Ga., man late Saturday after he shot a Harlem area stop sign from the back seat of a car while intoxicated, according to a police report.
Edgar Lugo Guiterrez, 22, of Buford Highway, was charged with criminal trespass.
About 10:30 p.m., a woman living on Haverhill Drive said someone was firing gunshots from a vehicle. She heard the shots while inside her home. When she came outside, the woman said, she saw a car turning onto Harlem-Grovetown Road toward Harlem.
Another witness heard the gunshots, called 911 and followed the Lincoln Navigator he saw leaving.
On Haverhill Road, deputies found five .380 caliber shell casings, a projectile and bullet holes through a stop sign.
A Georgia State Patrol trooper found and stopped the vehicle in Thomson. The deputy met with the trooper, who detained the driver and three passengers.
The driver said she heard loud noises and saw that Guiterrez, who was seated behind her, had a gun.
She said Guiterrez, her boyfriend, likely shot the sign because he said he wanted to.
Guiterrez and another passenger who was handling the gun were too intoxicated to give a statement to deputies.
Authorities also found an empty box of Winchester .380-caliber ammunition and a bullet on the floor where Guiterrez was sitting.
Guiterrez was transferred from the Columbia County Detention Center to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on Monday and also is being held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to jailers.
Teen sees ‘kidnapping’
A teen called authorities Saturday night after witnessing what she thought might have been a fraternity initiation.
The 19-year-old said she was at Evans Towne Center Park about 10 p.m. when a man walked up to her and asked if she’d seen people wearing masks nearby. She said they were in a different area of the park.
Then, the teen said she saw several people in masks grab the man by his arms and legs, put him into a white van and leave.
Because the man didn’t seem panicked or call for help, the teen thought the “kidnapping” was some kind of fraternity initiation.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for June 3-9:
Medical calls, 18; vehicle wrecks, 11; activated fire alarms, 10; CPR in progress, five; assist citizens, four; structure fires, three; wood/brush/grass fires, two; vehicle fires, two; ruptured gas line, one; hazardous materials, one; investigation, one; damage from inclement weather, one.