Girl, 12, dies after being struck by SUV
Funeral services were held Tuesday for a 12-year-old Evans Middle School pupil who died Friday after being hit by a vehicle on Washington Road in Evans.
About 4:30 p.m., MaKenna Arildsen stepped into the path of a 2003 Cadillac Escalade going west on Washington Road, just past the Evans Walmart, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
“She darted out into traffic,” he said.
MaKenna was taken by helicopter to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8 p.m.
MaKenna, who played in the Evans Middle School band, was walking near the Chimney Hill subdivision when she was hit.
The neighborhood is across the street from where MaKenna lived in Country Place, Morris said.
Charges will not be filed against the driver, Juanita Benjamin, 54, of Hephzibah, Morris said.
Judge drops charge in plot to kill student
A Superior Court judge has dropped charges against a McDuffie County teen accused of conspiring to kill a Greenbrier High School classmate last year.
Christian Annis, 18, was indicted in February for conspiracy to commit murder, according to the indictment.
Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet agreed to quash the indictment in an order filed Sept. 12 in Columbia County Superior Court.
Annis’ attorney, Travis Saul, filed a motion to quash the indictment in April. The conspiracy charge requires that Annis “discussed a future criminal act” with another and committed “an overt act to effect the object of the conspiracy.”
When he was arrested on Oct. 28, 2011, Annis told deputies that his 15-year-old girlfriend asked him to help kill another student. He told the girl on Oct. 21 that he’d provide the vehicle and the guns to complete the murder, according to the indictment. Another Greenbrier student enlisted to help in the plot informed school officials, who called police.
The Evans 15-year-old was charged as a juvenile with criminal solicitation for planning and enlisting help with the plot. Her charge later was reduced in juvenile court.
“There was no real criminal intent,” said Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan.
Saul alleged in the brief that the prosecution deemed the first conversation as the “discussion” and the second conversation as the “overt act.”
That logic was “completely arbitrary and vague and fails to provide proper notice of what conduct is prohibited,” according to the brief.
Trial of former teacher delayed
The trial of a former Harlem High School JROTC instructor accused of having sex with a student has been delayed, probably until next year.
Mitchell Sivas, a Thomson resident who resigned in March after he was confronted about the relationship with a then-17-year-old Harlem senior, was charged in April with sexual assault with a person in custody.
The charge refers to any teacher who has sex with a student who attends the same school. The law does not allow the student’s consent as a defense. The student has since graduated from Harlem.
Sivas’ case was scheduled for Monday morning in McDuffie County Superior Court, but the case was continued due to the illness of Sivas’ attorney, K. Emerson Gilliard.
The next term of felony jury trials in McDuffie County aren’t scheduled until 2013.
Sivas remains free on $10,000 bond.
Lakeside Middle student charged in sexual battery
A Lakeside Middle School pupil accused last week of inappropriately touching female classmates was charged Tuesday.
The 13-year-old boy was charged with sexual battery, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
The resource officer for the school in Martinez called deputies Thursday morning after five 12-year-old girls complained that the boy made “uninvited contact with their intimate body parts,” according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The girls said the boy slapped at them or poked at them with his hands.
The case has been turned over to the Columbia County Juvenile Court for further prosecution, Morris said.
Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle said the boy is being sent to the system’s hearing officer with a recommendation for long-term suspension.
In addition, two of the girls involved also will face a disciplinary hearing because witnesses saw them touch the boy inappropriately, Nagle said.
Another Lakeside Middle boy is being sent to the tribunal in a separate case for similar acts, but on a second offense, Nagle said. No charges have been filed in that case.
Three arrested for laundry room armed robbery
Three Columbia County men were arrested early Friday and charged with robbing a man in a Martinez apartment complex laundry room earlier in September.
Terry Odell Dumas Jr., 20, of Grovetown, Trey Victor Greaves, 18, of Grovetown and Troy Colin Greaves, 23, of Evans, were charged with armed robbery and are being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
A man told authorities he was doing laundry in Ridge Crossing Apartments on Sept. 2 when he was robbed of his wallet, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The 31-year-old said he walked into the laundry room at 9 p.m. to remove his clothes from the washer and two men told him to give them his wallet.
One of the men reached in his pocket and showed him a knife.
The victim tried to run but another man was waiting outside and blocked the door. He was thrown to the ground and pinned down while one man took his wallet, which contained $800 and his ID card. He said the men ran off after taking his wallet.
Man sought for store burglary
Columbia County authorities are looking for a man they say broke into a Martinez convenience store Saturday.
The alarm at Sprint Foods at 3701 Washington Road went off at about 1:15 a.m. The front glass door was broken, but deputies didn’t find anyone inside, according to an incident report.
The store supervisor reviewed video surveillance footage, which showed a man in a yellow collared shirt and khaki pants throw a rock through the glass door. The video shows the man walk around the cashiers desk, put about 40 packs of Newport cigarettes in a plastic bag and leave through the broken door, according to the report.
Anyone with information about the man’s identity or whereabouts should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
at cars in Evans
Two drivers told deputies Thursday evening that someone threw rocks at their vehicles.
A woman said she was driving on Blue Ridge Drive near the entrance to Blue Ridge Commons at about 9:30 p.m. when someone threw a rock at her rented 2012 Chrysler Town and Country van. The rock broke a rear window, hitting one passenger and cutting the hand of another.
Another woman said she was driving near the same location at about 10:15 p.m. when she saw a boy behind the Blue Ridge Commons sign throw numerous rocks at her vehicle. The rocks, about the size of a fist, hit the drivers side of her car.
The woman said she stopped the car and the boy ran off.
Pond vandalized with detergent
An Evans man called deputies Friday morning after discovering someone had vandalized his decorative pond with laundry detergent.
The 53-year-old man said he walked out his front door at about 10:20 a.m. and saw the top of the pond in his front yard covered with foam. He said someone poured Era laundry detergent into the pond, killing several fish. The detergent bottle was left floating on the pond.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Sept. 9-15:
Medical calls, 37; activated fire alarms, 17; vehicle wrecks, eight; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; investigations, four; CPR in progress, two; rescue incidents, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; assist citizens, one; structure fire, one; vehicle fire, one; and wood/brush/grass fire, one.