Four arrested after drugs found in apartment
Four people were arrested and 44 pounds of marijuana was seized late Tuesday after sheriff’s investigators from two counties searched a Martinez apartment.
Personnel from the Columbia County and Richmond County sheriff’s offices searched Charles Potter Jr.’s apartment on Cedar Lane and two vehicles parked there. Potter, 33, originally gave investigators a false name. He was in the apartment with Tyre Dion Moton, 31; Candace Michelle Lawson, 27; and Paul Anthony McDaniel, 33.
Authorities seized 44 pounds of marijuana from Potter’s vehicle and 15 counterfeit $20 bills from his bedroom. They also seized a 20-gauge shotgun from the living room closet and 10 grams of marijuana from Moton’s bedroom.
Potter was charged with trafficking marijuana, second -degree forgery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Moton, of South Barton Drive in Augusta, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Moton, who is being held in the jail on a $4,200 bond, also faces a probation violation.
Lawson, of Old Petersburg Road in Martinez, was arrested for a Richmond County warrant and was transferred to the Augusta-Richmond County Detention Center.
McDaniel was transferred to Gwinnett County authorities for a probation violation connected to a prior involuntary manslaughter conviction in Gwinnett County.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Man charged with beating
A Grovetown man was arrested late Wednesday after beating his ex-girlfriend until she lost consciousness, police said.
George Scott Dillard, 45, of Sugar Creek Drive, was charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary and two counts of cruelty to children.
Dillard’s 25-year-old ex-girlfriend called deputies, who found her beaten and hysterical inside her Ridge Crossing apartment just after 9 p.m.
She said that just before 9 p.m., she heard a knock at the door and found her 4-year-old son outside the door crying. As she hugged him, the woman said, she heard her 2-year-old son crying and saw him in his car seat in Dillard’s truck, which was parked in front of her apartment. The woman said she smelled alcohol on Dillard, so she grabbed her son and told Dillard to leave. Dillard yelled at her, called her names and followed the woman and her children to the apartment.
As she tried to close the door, the woman said, Dillard forced his way into the apartment, shoved her down, straddled her and punched her in the face and head. After several punches, Dillard stood up, kicked her in the ribs numerous times, then stomped on her neck and head until she lost consciousness. She said she woke up to more punches to the face but got away, crawled to the bedroom and tried to call 911.
The woman said Dillard grabbed her by the throat and threw her onto the bed, where he straddled her and choked her unconscious while telling her, “I’m going to kill you right here and now.” She woke again to more punches to her face, but managed to get away from Dillard long enough to crawl to the bathroom. He forced the door open, where he choked her unconscious again. She woke to kicks in the stomach and ribs.
The woman said she ran past Dillard out of the bathroom, but he grabbed her hair and slung her back in, where he continued to punch her body. Every time she tried to escape, the woman said, Dillard would pull her by the hair back into the bathroom.
Dillard continued to punch and kick the woman until she curled up in the fetal position and covered her head and neck. She didn’t remember anything else until deputies arrived.
The property manager told deputies that Dillard was served with a warning to not trespass on the property and that he was no longer allowed there because he continually harassed the woman. The manager said she denied Dillard when he asked about renting the apartment next to the woman and reminded him not to be on the property.
Witnesses directed deputies to the apartment, where they said the screaming had stopped. When deputies knocked, the woman’s two children answered the door and pointed deputies to a bedroom, where they found Dillard bent over and backing out of the bathroom. Deputies handcuffed Dillard after he approached them with clenched fists and refused to obey commands. His knuckles were swollen and bleeding.
The woman stumbled out of the bathroom holding her arm, which was severely swollen and likely broken. She also had numerous bruises, was bleeding from her mouth, had extreme swelling of the jaw and bleeding from her ear. She also had boot-shape abrasions and bruises on her head, neck and shoulders.
Emergency medical personnel told deputies that the woman suffered a severe concussion and likely had broken bones in both arms, her jaw and ribs.
Dillard continued to shout obscenities to everyone, including his ex-girlfriend, until he was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.
Dillard is being held at the jail without bond.
Would-be thief tries to rob honor vault
A park ranger told deputies Monday that someone tried to burglarize the honor box of entry fees into a Thurmond Lake park.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ranger said someone used a cutting tool to try to break open the honor vault at the entrance to West Dam recreation area. The burglar tried to cut open the top of the vault from both sides, then started cutting the back plate but never got into the vault.
U-Haul truck parts stolen
The owner of an Evans vehicle repair shop called deputies Monday after discovering that someone stole catalytic converters from U-Haul trucks on the property.
The owner of Cliett Automotive said at about 8:30 a.m. that someone had stolen the catalytic converter from a 14-foot-long truck parked behind the business at 4448 Washington Road and from a 17-foot-long truck parked in an alley next to the business.
The deputy contacted the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, where he confirmed similar thefts from U-Haul locations on Broad Street and Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.
A Grovetown woman called deputies Tuesday after finding that someone vandalized her mailbox. The 49-year-old woman said sometime between Monday and Tuesday afternoon, someone used permanent marker to write a vulgarity on the front of her mailbox. She found the damage when she came home from work.