Motorcyclist killed in crash
A motorcyclist was killed Thursday in a crash on Columbia Road.
John Paul Heilig, 52, of Jasper, Ga., was killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV driven by Spencer Hughes, 50, of Appling, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris in an email.
Heilig was riding his 2001 Kawasaki east on Columbia Road just after 6 p.m. when he turned left onto William Few Parkway in front of Hughes’ 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, Morris said.
Heilig was killed on impact and pronounced dead at the scene by Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.
No charges will be filed, Morris said.
Man arrested for choking referee
Columbia County authorities charged a Beech Island man with assaulting a soccer referee at Patriots Park on July 8.
Johnny Alberto Zuniga, 44, of Atomic Road, was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery against a sports official on July 20, according to his arrest report.
At an Augusta Amateur Soccer League match, a referee called a penalty on Zuniga, who responded by stepping on him and kicking his shins, then grabbing the referee’s neck and choking him, according to a Columbia County incident report.
The referee, who began coughing up blood, was treated at an area hospital.
Zuniga, a citizen of Costa Rica, was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on July 21 after posting a $1,100 bond, according to a jailer.
Zuniga has been banned from the Augusta Amateur Soccer League and from any Columbia County leagues.
Burglar caught inside home
A Grovetown man charged with burglary after officers caught him burglarizing a home also was charged in connection to a recent home invasion.
James Carlton Williams, 43, of Booker Street, was charged with two counts of burglary, armed robbery, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and two counts of obstruction of law enforcement.
On July 11, a Tofiske Street resident was called by a neighbor who told authorities his dog started barking and when he looked outside, he saw a neighbor’s front porch light out, according to a Grovetown Department of Public Safety incident report. Officers found the front door kicked in and heard movement inside the house.
Officers went inside to check the home and found a man, later identified as Williams, under two mattresses in a bedroom. Williams told the officers that he lived in the home.
Officers searched Williams and found a screwdriver and a flashlight in his front pocket. They also found Williams’ Georgia Parole identification card, state ID card and his Society Security card. Williams was arrested.
The homeowner met officers at the house and said no one had permission to be inside.
After Williams’ arrest, the victims of a July 6 home invasion identified him as the man who broke into their mobile home. Investigator James Tredore said at about 10:30 p.m., Williams kicked up the door to a mobile home at 501 Katherine Street and demanded money from the couple inside at knifepoint.
The victim of a July 2 burglary also identified Williams as the man she saw standing in the doorway of her Katherine Street home. She asked who he was and Williams ran away.
Williams is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.
Loud stereo leads to pot bust
A Grovetown man was recently arrested after Grovetown officers found marijuana in his car.
Brandon Kesean Rickerson, 21, of Brian Lane, was charged with possession of marijuana and a city noise violation.
A Grovetown Department of Public Safety officer heard Rickerson’s loud car stereo at about 9:45 p.m. July 22 as he drove on East Robinson Avenue and pulled Rickerson over.
The officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car. When asked, Rickerson said he had “one blunt” and handed the officer a bag of what appeared to be marijuana. He was placed under arrest.
As two officers searched Rickerson’s car, they found four more clear bags of what was later confirmed to be marijuana hidden in an air vent, according to the report.
Rickerson was released from the city jail after posting a $665 bond, according to jail records.