Grovetown man, 19, dies in car accident
A 19-year-old Grovetown man was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle crash on westbound Bobby Jones Expressway at Glenn Hills Drive.
According to a news release from Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose, Jeffrey Baine Yates crashed about 3:15 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Yates was a 2010 graduate of Greenbrier High School.
Two Columbia County men die in wreck
Two Columbia County men died Thursday in a wreck on Bobby Jones Expressway.
Marcus Hyder, 27, of Evans, and Kyle Davis, 26, of Martinez, died after being hit by a vehicle that drifted out of the eastbound lane of Bobby Jones Expressway near Gordon Highway at 1:19 p.m., Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said.
Police said the two victims and a third man, 48-year-old Matt Taylor, were in the emergency lane adjusting furniture in a pickup bed when a car driven by Lydia Martin, 61, of Washington, D.C., drifted across the line and hit the three men.
Taylor was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with serious injuries.
Police believe Martin might have fallen asleep at the wheel. Toxicology tests have been submitted.
Martin faces charges of failure to maintain lane and two counts of second-degree homicide by vehicle.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman claims she needs exorcism
While checking out a complaint about a suspicious person Thursday evening, a deputy found a woman claiming to need an exorcism.
The deputy went to County Line Road at about 8 p.m. and found a 54-year-old woman who seemed to be disoriented.
The woman, who was in front of a home on the 700 block, told the deputy she was not well and needed an exorcism to get the demons out.
The woman was taken to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center for an evaluation.
Wanted man gets ride from deputy, arrested
A man wanted in Richmond County was arrested early Saturday after he accepted a ride from a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy.
A deputy on patrol found Curt Dexter Owsley Jr., 37, carrying numerous items while walking along Washington Road near the entrance of Wildwood Park just after 1 a.m. Owsley said he was leaving Wildwood Park and walking to a home on Oak Spring Drive.
The deputy offered Owsley a ride and he accepted. On the ride, the deputy checked Owsley for outstanding warrants and discovered he was wanted in Richmond County for a probation violation.
Owsley was arrested and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.
He was transported to a Richmond County jail, where he is being held without bond, according to jail records.
Man not charged after caught stealing reels
A Martinez man wasn’t charged Thursday after he was caught trying to take fishing reels from Walmart.
At about 10:30 p.m., someone reported a suspicious person walking in the parking lot of the store on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez.
As a deputy approached the 23-year-old man, he tossed a fishing reel under a parked vehicle.
The man admitted he stole two fishing reels and two spools of fishing line from the store.
The store manager opted not to prosecute the man, but banned him from the store.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for June 23-30:
Medical calls, 35; activated fire alarms, 15; vehicle wrecks, 11; wood/brush/grass fires, 10; investigations, nine; structure fires, five; other fires, four; vehicles fires, four; assist citizens, three; ruptured gas lines, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; bomb threat, one; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; activated fire alarm, one; interior natural gas leak, one; and controlled/unauthorized burns, one.