Already in jail, man charged with molestation
Columbia County authorities charged a Martinez man Wednesday with sex crimes against a young girl over several years.
Alton Henry Rau III, 23, of Loblolly Trail, allegedly molested the now 19-year-old victim on numerous occasions when she was between the ages of 6 and 12, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The incidents happened at homes in Martinez and Grovetown, according to the report.
Rau is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
He was already jailed before the child molestation charge and was awaiting trial on charges of drug possession and financial transaction card theft for incidents that occurred in March.
Rau also was arrested in May for possession of a Schedule IV drug and possession of marijuana, according to the report.
Evans teen arrested for rape, child molestation
Columbia County authorities arrested an Evans teen Tuesday on charges of rape and aggravated child molestation.
Blake Davis Weems, 17, of the 4100 block of Quinn Drive, was arrested after a 13-year-old girl told her parents that he raped and molested her. The parents then called the sheriff’s office.
The girl said Weems forced her to have sex and commit other sex acts with him, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Weems is being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center.
Police arrest man for shooting
Columbia County authorities arrested on Thursday one of two men they believe are connected to the Monday shooting of an Evans man.
Robert Donnell Hobbs, 19, of Old Evans Road in Martinez, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and aggravated assault for the shooting of Julian Derrick Bell outside his home on Evans to Locks Road, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Still at large Friday morning for the same incident was Joquel Tre’Shon Downs, 17, of Vandivere Road in Augusta, Morris said.
Bell told authorities he was playing basketball Monday evening at Wedgewood Park Apartments in Evans when he got into an argument with two men. Bell said he went home about 10:45 p.m., before the argument escalated, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Once Bell parked at his house, he said two men believed to be Hobbs and Downs approached him and fired a handgun into his car, according to the report.
Bell was shot twice in the left thigh and once in the abdomen. He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he underwent surgery Tuesday morning and is recovering, Morris said.
Downs is considered armed and dangerous. He is black, 5-foot-8 and weighs 130 pounds.
Anyone with information about Downs’ whereabouts should call the sheriff’s office at (706) 541-2800.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man attacks pregnant woman
A pregnant teen called deputies early Tuesday claiming the father of her unborn child hit her.
The 19-year-old said that at about 2:30 a.m., she and Termaine Montrell Duggan, 19, argued at Duggan’s Ginko Lane home about text messages on her phone. She said he punched and slapped her face and head. She got away and called authorities.
Duggan admitted to authorities that he did what she claimed. Deputies saw a small scratch on her nose and felt a large knot on the right side of her head.
Duggan was arrested and charged with simple battery. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center later Tuesday after posting an $1,100 bond, according to jailers.
Woman finds men under mobile home
A Harlem woman called authorities early Wednesday after finding three men under her mobile home.
The 45-year-old said that about 2 a.m. her boyfriend chased three men found under her Carlene Drive mobile home into some nearby woods to Haverhill Drive. The trespassers got into a small truck and left.
Deputies discovered that under-siding of the home was removed and there were several small holes dug beneath the home. The insulation and vents on the underside of the mobile home also were torn loose.