The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
False Facebook page insulting to candidate
A fake Facebook page was created last weekend that depicted a candidate in the 12th District runoff race in an obscene manner.
Lee Anderson called the sheriff’s office Sunday and told them that someone created a false Facebook account under his name.
Anderson said a picture was posted on the page of his face on the body of another man who was engaged in sexual activity. The picture also was posted on Anderson’s campaign Web site and e-mailed to many people on his contact list.
The picture has been deleted from Facebook and Anderson’s campaign Web site.
Both Facebook and the creators of Anderson’s Web site were alerted to the incident.
Anderson will face either Rick Allen or Wright McLeod in a runoff Aug. 21.
Second man arrested in Evans shooting
Columbia County authorities have arrested a second suspect in the July 9 shooting of an Evans man.
Joquel Tre’Shon Downs, 17, of Augusta, is being held in the Richmond County Detention Center after his arrest this weekend in connection with the shooting of Julian Derrick Bell, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Robert Donnell Hobbs, 19, of Martinez, already is in custody for the shooting that started with an argument over a basketball game at Wedgewood Park Apartments.
Bell told authorities he left the complex and drove to his house on Evans-to-Lock Road, where he said Hobbs and Downs approached him and Downs fired a handgun into his car, according to a police report.
Bell was hit twice in the left thigh and once in the abdomen. He was treated at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and is now recovering, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Downs and Hobbs are charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during
Police respond to fight at track
Columbia County authorities were called to Gordon Speedway Saturday for a fight between two racing crews.
The fight started in the parking lot at about 11:30 p.m. and likely was triggered by a driver being spun out by another car during a race.
Members of one racing crew said that after the race, the driver who was spun out drove into the parking lot and spun his tires at the 14-year-old driver who caused the wreck, causing dirt to hit him in the face.
The teen’s father confronted that driver, and the fighting erupted.
The other crew said that their driver was driving his car to the trailer and was confronted by the teen’s father without provocation.
They said the two got into a heated argument and that the teen tried to pull his father away from the argument but was punched by him. The teen’s father also punched their driver in the face, they said, adding that they jumped in to break up the fight.
No arrests were made because of the conflicting statements, a lack of evidence and no impartial witnesses.
Teens plead not guilty in Greenbrier case
Four teens accused of gluing locks at Greenbrier High School in May pled not guilty to charges Friday.
Greenbrier seniors Brooklyn Leigh Bella, Dynisha Antionette Clemons, Elizabeth Sutton Metz and Kristin Arey Tannehill were indicted in July for second-degree criminal trespass. They pled not guilty to the charges at an arraignment hearing in Evans.
They were arrested May 14 after three of the seniors allegedly squirted glue into exterior locks at the school on May 11 and caused more than $4,000 in damage, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Described as a “senior prank,” the lock cylinders on 43 exterior doors – including those on portable classrooms – were disabled when someone squirted them full of Super Glue. Greenbrier staffers arriving at the school found the damage.
A 15-year-old male, whose name has not been released because of his age, was arrested May 17 in connection with the incident. His case is still pending in Columbia County Juvenile Court, Judge Doug Flanagan said.
School officials punished the teens by banning them from their high school graduation ceremony. They also demanded the girls pay to fix the locks before giving them their diplomas or releasing their second semester grades.
Metz is the only one of the four who has not paid her portion of the restitution, according to county School System Superintendent Charles Nagle.
Inactive meth lab investigated
Columbia County authorities were called to a Martinez home Friday where they found a small, inactive meth lab.
At about 4 p.m., the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was notified of possible drug materials inside the home on the 400 block of Old Anderson Road.
“Components of an inactive meth lab” were discovered inside a bedroom, said sheriff’s Investigator Johnny McDonald.
Because the case remains under investigation, McDonald would not release the resident’s name but said charges are pending.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for July 29-Aug. 4:
Medical calls, 23; activated fire alarms, nine; vehicle wrecks, eight; structure fire, four; vehicle fires, one; investigations, one; ruptured gas lines, four; CPR in progress, one; activated carbon monoxide detectors, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; assist citizens, three; alarm out of service, three; electrical incidents, one; hazardous materials, one; test, one.