Driver arrested in crash that killed teenager
The man accused of driving the vehicle that killed a Martinez teenager has been charged with vehicular homicide.
Lucky Wade Jackson, 43, of the 300 block of Buxton Lane in Evans, turned himself in to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning and was charged in the Sept. 12 crash that killed 19-year-old Jordan White of Martinez, said Capt. Steve Morris.
Jackson was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failing to obey traffic control devices and failing to wear a seat belt, according to a sheriff’s office booking report. He was released after posting $13,400 bond.
Jackson was driving his 1999 Ford pickup west on Washington Road shortly before midnight Sept. 12 when he ran the red light at Ronald Reagan Drive and slammed into the driver’s side of the 2001 Honda Accord driven by White, who was turning left to head east on Washington Road, according to a sheriff’s office accident report.
White was airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital where she later died. The two passengers in her car were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities earlier said charges against Jackson were pending the return of blood-alcohol test results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.
“The investigating deputy would have waited for (the test results) if no other evidence was present,” Morris said. “In this case, probable cause existed for his arrest. Part of the investigation involved reviewing intersection cameras, which took some time.”
In addition, crash investigators interviewed White’s passengers, witnesses to the crash, emergency medical personnel and others.
“It took some time, but after reviewing all the evidence with the exception of (the test results), probable cause existed,” Morris said.
Funeral services for White were held Tuesday, as were services for 12-year-old MaKenna Arildsen, of Evans, who was killed Sept. 14 when she stepped in front of a vehicle on Washington Road less than half a mile from the site of the crash that killed White. No charges were filed.
Grovetown man arrested for multiple gropings
Columbia County authorities arrested a Grovetown man Monday who was accused of groping three women at two Walmarts.
Javantroi Perez Walden, 33, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery after three women reported being fondled Saturday morning at two Columbia County Walmart locations, according to the sheriff’s office incident reports.
A 57-year-old woman told deputies that at about 6:45 a.m., a man wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt and dark pants grabbed her breast at the Evans Walmart and fled the store. The assault was captured on surveillance video.
The man left in a dark Buick.
Two women, ages 26 and 39, shopping at the Martinez Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway said a man matching the same description grabbed their breasts less than an hour later.
One of the women said the man assaulted her as she was walking into the store. He left in a dark Buick.
Walden also was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, open alcohol container and two traffic violations. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday on a $19,700 bond, according to jail records.
This is the second time Walden has been charged with sexual battery since July.
He was arrested July 3 for grabbing the breasts of a 21-year-old woman at the Martinez Walmart and a 17-year-old server at the Martinez Sonic on Belair Road, according to incident reports.
At that time, Walden was unable to give a reason for his actions.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Man chased, assaulted by strangers
A man called deputies Monday evening and reported he had been chased and assaulted by a group of men in Appling.
The 22-year-old man said he was driving on Ray Owens Road at about 7:30 p.m. when a blue Ford Mustang came up behind him with lights flashing and the horn blowing. The man pulled over and the five men got out, ran up and started punching him, he said. They threw him to the ground and started kicking him, he added.
Four of the assailants held him down while another pulled out a box cutter and cut his arm and chest. The man called him by name and said he was going to get what was coming to him. One of the men shattered the back window of the man’s truck and kicked the side of the truck.
When the group let the man off the ground, he said he pushed the face of one of his assailants into the side of the truck bed and hit another in the face with a torque wrench.
The man went to a Martinez home where he called 911. Deputies noted the man had blood on his face, head and hands and several cuts on his arm and chest. The rear window of his truck was broken out and there was a dent in the side.
Man won’t prosecute muggers
A Martinez man opted early Thursday not to press charges against two men who robbed him at knife-point outside his apartment.
The 26-year-old man said some friends brought him home to his Applecross apartment just after 3 a.m. He was walking behind the laundromat when two men approached him from behind. The man said one of the robbers put something sharp in his back and told him to “give up everything he had.” He turned and saw one of the robbers had a knife.
When he grabbed for the knife the man cut his hand. He wrestled with the pair for a few minutes. They ran and the man said he chased them into a nearby wooded area.
The man went to his grandmother’s house and told her and his brother someone tried to rob him. A family member took the man to the hospital for the cuts.
When a deputy pressed the man for more details about the identity of his attackers, he quit cooperating and said he didn’t want to prosecute.
Two men carjacked near Grovetown
A man told deputies early Monday that he and a friend were carjacked near Grovetown.
The 24-year-old man said he and a friend were riding with a man he knew only as “Mike.” Mike was driving a car the man and his friend borrowed.
At about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Mike pulled into a construction area at the corner of Wrightsboro Road and Old Wheeler Road and the man’s friend got out of the vehicle. The man said two men approached the vehicle with handguns. Mike got out and ran away.
The armed men demanded the man and his friend drive them to Gordon Highway. As they approached a place known as JRs, the armed men forced the man and his friend out of the vehicle and drove away.
The owner of the vehicle told deputies that he gave the man and his friend permission to borrow the vehicle and the only item of value inside was his checkbook.
Caller harasses Greenbrier Elementary staff
The principal of Greenbrier Elementary School called deputies Tuesday after a man called and harassed school secretaries.
The principal said a man with a foreign accent repeatedly called the secretaries at the school on Riverwood Parkway in Evans between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
One secretary said the man called four times on Monday and 15 to 20 times Tuesday. He asked to speak to a teacher and was very hostile. She told the caller to stop calling and said the principal was calling deputies.