Armed robber sought
Columbia County investigators are looking for a man who robbed an Evans gas station early Tuesday.
Just after midnight, a man wearing a hooded jacket with a scarf over his face walked into the TPS station on Washington Road at William Few Parkway and pointed a pistol at the clerk, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.
The man took cash and cigarettes, and then ran from the store. He last was seen headed south on William Few Parkway. Neither the clerk nor a customer in the store were harmed during the holdup.
Investigators are looking for a slender white male, 5 feet, 10 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, wearing a black hooded jacket, white or gray pants, white and black shoes and carrying a blue sack, the report states.
Five men are arrested on drug charges
Five men were charged late Friday with selling drugs in Appling.
The arrested were made after Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed search warrants at two homes on McCladdie Drive on Friday evening.
After searching 3178 McCladdie Drive, investigators charged Floyd Curry Jr., 31, who lives at the house, with four counts of selling cocaine. Authorities seized $1,323 in cash and a pistol, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Curry is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Authorities arrested two people in connection to the warrant executed at 3194 McCladdie Drive. Gordon Latrelle McCladdie Jr., 36, of 3188 McCladdie Drive, and LaVictor Miguelle Conley, 37, of Cummings Road in Augusta, were charged.
McCladdie had 57 Methadone pills, 250.7 grams of marijuana and $1,146 cash in his possession, Morris said. He was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and selling cocaine, Morris said. He is being held in the jail without bond, according to jail records.
Conley, who had 57 Methadone pills and 277.17 grams of marijuana, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a Schedule II drug, Morris said. He was released after posting a $15,200 bond, according to jail records.
Demaris Centrell Norman, 31, of 3154 McCladdie Drive, was arrested on the 3100 block, and authorities seized $669 in cash from him. Norman was charged with two counts of selling cocaine and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Cedric Deon Curry, of 3174 McCladdie Drive, was arrested at an Evans restaurant, Morris said. He was charged with four counts of selling cocaine. Norman and Cedric Curry are being held in the jail without bond, according to jail records.
Convenience store owner, son face charges
Authorities arrested the owner of a Grovetown convenience store and his son Thursday for selling synthetic marijuana out of the store.
Atul Patel, 49, the owner of Lewiston Express at 107 Lewiston Road, and his son Kinjalkumar Patel, 26, were charged with possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed a search warrant at the store Thursday and seized 401 packages of suspected synthetic marijuana, according to Capt. Steve Morris. He said 30 packages are known to be banned synthetic marijuana, and the rest were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for analysis.
The Patels, both of Sussex Drive in Evans, were selling the drug out of the store, Morris said.
Both were released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Friday after each posted a $7,600 bond, according to jailers.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
20-year-old man tells others he is GBI agent
Authorities arrested a convicted felon Thursday after he claimed to be an agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and carried a pistol into a Martinez business.
The owner and manager of Uptown Cheapskate on Washington Road called authorities about 1 p.m. and said Matthew Lemuel Reville, 20, had come into the store several times during the past few weeks, claiming he was a GBI agent who could provide security for the store. On Thursday, Reville, of the 5500 block of Wrightsboro Road, came into the store with a gun in a holster on his side. He told employees he would work security for the store free or in exchange for clothes.
The manager said she was suspicious and called the GBI, where she learned he was not a GBI employee. She then called authorities.
A deputy confronted Reville. The gun in his holster was a revolver and a he had concealed carry badge hooked to his pants, reports said.
He was charged with impersonating a police officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Georgia Department of Corrections has no conviction history on Reville. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Repo man damaged car, made threats
A Harlem couple called authorities Sunday after a man trying to repossess a woman’s vehicle damaged the car and threatened her husband.
The 40-year-old woman said she and her husband pulled into the driveway of their Dogwood Trail home a little after 8 p.m., when a man pulled into the driveway behind them.
The stranger got out, asked the woman’s name and said he’d been looking for her to repossess her vehicle. The woman told the stranger that she had paid her car payment and had not received any notification of a problem.
The stranger couldn’t produce identification or paperwork when the woman or her husband asked.
The stranger threatened to “beat” the woman’s husband at least twice. The man said he kept telling the stranger to get out of his yard.
Before the stranger left, he got a tool from his truck and tore a valve stem from the woman’s tire. He yelled obscenities and made hand gestures at the couple as he left.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for June 17-23:
Medical calls, 25; vehicle wrecks, 13; activated fire alarms, eight; controlled/unauthorized burns, six; wood/brush/grass fires, five; structure fires, three; mutual aid/public safety assistance, two; vehicle fires, two; investigations, two; and ruptured gas line, one.