Only one of 10 stores fails to ID young buyer
Only one store failed to properly ID an underage alcohol buyer Thursday during the latest series of compliance checks at Columbia County Stores.
David Martin Ross, 24, a clerk at the Sprint store at 424 S. Belair Road in Martinez was cited after selling alcohol to an underage customer, according to a news release from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
The citation is for a county ordinance violation and will be adjudicated in Magistrate’s Court.
The attempted purchases were conducted by a 20-year-old female undercover sheriff’s deputy, said Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Nine other stores in the sweep asked the customer for identification and turned her away when it was determined she was underage. Those stores are:
• TPS, 4390 Evans-to-Locks Road, Evans;
• Evans Package Shop, 4115 Columbia Road, Martinez;
• Circle K, 4473 Columbia Road, Martinez;
• 16 Penny Liquor Store, 806 Lewiston Road, Grovetown;
• Vinyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans-to-Locks Road, Evans;
• BP, 4317 Washington Road, Evans;
• Liquor and More, 3821 Washington Road, Martinez;
• Pilot Gas, 4091 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, Grovetown; and,
• Golden Package Shop, 218 S. Belair Road, Martinez.
Driver who caused Harlem wreck sought
Authorities are looking for a motorist who caused a wreck near Harlem Tuesday and drove away.
The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Gordon Highway at White Road and required Johnny Eugene Green, of Dearing, to be airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Green was listed in fair condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Christen Carter.
The driver at fault was in a white, late-model Pontiac Trans Am last seen traveling west on Gordon Highway toward Harlem, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
A witness said she was driving behind Green’s Ford Explorer, which was forced to swerve to avoid the Trans Am. The Trans Am had crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.
Green drove into a ditch, tried to overcorrect and overturned the Explorer.
Emergency personnel extricated Green from the vehicle. Three other passengers in the Explorer also were injured, with one taken to an area hospital and two others treated at the scene.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Woman claims robbery in bad drug deal
No charges were filed against a couple who admitted they were attempting a drug deal when the buyer robbed them instead.
A night manager at Red Roof Inn and Suites told officers that at about 6 a.m. Monday, she received a call from a woman who said she’d just been robbed in her room.
When the manager went upstairs, she saw a man leaving the motel on Belair Frontage Road in a silver Chevrolet Camaro.
When deputies arrived, the 17-year-old occupant first told them that she met the man who came to her hotel room through Facebook. She said he arrived about 5 a.m. and the two talked for about 30 minutes before he became agitated and rude to her. She said she told him to leave and walked to the bathroom with her purse when he pushed open the bathroom door and robbed her of $40 at gunpoint.
A man standing outside the motel said he saw a man leave in a silver Camaro but didn’t know anything else about the incident.
The man and woman later admitted lying, and said they were robbed after the man asked to buy marijuana.
They said the man had left to get money. When he returned and knocked on their door, the man pulled out a gun, stealing $40 and about $600 worth of marijuana from them.
Woman cited with public drunkenness
A Evans woman was cited with public drunkenness Tuesday night after an altercation with employees of a fast-food restaurant.
Helen Lavern Turner, 53, walked into Hardee’s on Washington Road at about 7:30 p.m., and ordered chicken. An employee told her it would take several minutes to cook and gave Turner part of her meal.
Turner became irate while waiting and started calling the employee “ignorant” and claiming the employee was “treating her badly because of her race.”
When the food was ready, Turner walked up to the front of the restaurant and threw the chicken on the counter. She began banging on the counter and insulting other employees.
When deputies arrived, Turner admitted she had been drinking. She tried to walk away before she was given the citation.
Evans man charged with making meth
An Evans man was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday after authorities found him with the drug and materials associated with making it.
Jeremy Andrew Johnson, 38, also was charged with possession of a schedule II drug for having four Dolophine pills.
Coastal Plains Environmental was called to the home on the 400 block of Evans Mill Drive, to clear the home of any drug manufacturing materials.
Johnson is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.
Two people arrested after shoplifting
Two Columbia County teens were arrested on various charges Wednesday after they were caught shoplifting from Uptown Cheapskate in Evans.
Darby Cudd, 17, of Martinez, and Robert Mackelburg, 19, of Evans, were accused of stealing apparel from the store and running to a silver SUV, which later was pulled over by deputies in The Haven at Reed Creek apartment complex.
Authorities found Cudd with 15 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia. She was charged with theft by shoplifting and marijuana possession of less than an ounce. Cudd was in jail Thursday on $3,200 bond.
Mackelburg had a .380 semi-automatic pistol that was reported stolen in Richmond County. He was charged with theft by shoplifting, theft by receiving stolen property and firearm possession by a convicted felon. Mackelburg remained in jail Thursday on a $6,800 bond.