Two indicted in Harlem burglary
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean’s adopted daughter and another woman have been indicted for burglarizing Dean’s wife’s home and selling jewelry stolen there, according to court documents released Thursday.
A grand jury indicted Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Ansley Court in Martinez, and Eva Lopez-Macais Nevarez on a burglary charge. Dean also was indicted on a charge of theft by receiving stolen property.
Dean was arrested July 21 in Harlem. She’s accused of stealing jewelry from her adoptive mother, Renee Meyer Dean.
A judge refused to grant bond for Marlin Dean at an Aug. 14 preliminary hearing, saying she posed a significant flight risk. She’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center.
Renee Dean said she was out of town for five days and returned home July 20. The next morning, “she awoke and found a bracelet lying on the floor alerting her to check her jewelry box,” Harlem Department of Public Safety Officer Chet Hopkins said at the August hearing.
Renee Dean called authorities and reported about $26,000 worth of jewelry missing from the bedroom of her North Hicks Street home in Harlem.
Nevarez told authorities she took Marlin Dean to a Martinez pawn shop where she pawned a 1-carat diamond engagement ring set, worth $5,000, for $750, and possibly a gold heart necklace, Hopkins said. She used her passport for identification and there is video surveillance footage of the transaction.
The ring was identified by Renee Dean and recovered as was a topaz ring Marlin Dean pawned at a shop in Augusta on May 9.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Minors charged with underage drinking at parties
More than 20 minors were charged with underage drinking at two weekend parties.
On Friday, a deputy was called to the 3500 block of Andrews Way in Martinez after someone complained about noise. The deputy found a loud party of approximately 40 people at about 11 p.m. Several ran away.
Most of the people at the party were underage. Those cited for minor in possession are: Jarred Burke, 17, William Redd, 20, Cody Hamilton, 18, Robert Rutti Jr., 18, and Taylor Bryant, 20, all of Martinez; Michael Harrington, 18, Daniel Beasley, 19, Kimberly Mettenburg, 18, Karen Tran, 18, Craig Moore, 19, and Lionel Kowacki-McGrath, 19, all of Evans; Anna Lee, 18, of Appling; Justin Steele, 18, of Grovetown; Jesse Skelton, 20, Jordin Curtis, 19, and Mario Rangel, 19, all of Augusta; James Davison, 19, of North Augusta; Samantha Parker, 19, of Blythe; and a 16-year-old.
Hamilton and Bryant were yelling, cursing and being disruptive and did not stop when told to. Both were charged with disorderly conduct.
A second party Saturday also generated a noise complaint. A deputy arrived at a home on the 800 block of Lake Royal Drive in Grovetown in the early hours Sunday morning. He found a large group of people in the backyard and alcohol cans scattered on the property.
Several people at the home were 21 or older. Five were cited for minor in possession. They are: Tyler Dylan Phares, 20, Hunter Raworth Williamson, 20, and Devin Jordan Johnson, 20, all of Martinez; Caleb Lipke, 19, of Grovetown; and Cameron Taylor Norris, 19, of Evans.
All those charged admitted drinking alcohol and tested positive for it.
Woman raped in Martinez home
A Grovetown woman called authorities early Sunday and said she had been raped by a man inside his Martinez home.
The 32-year-old woman said she went with the man to his home on Biltmore Court. She said he was intoxicated and sexually assaulted her in his bedroom.
The woman said she ran from the home as soon as she could and texted a friend to pick her up. While on the way, the woman’s friend flagged down a deputy and told him the situation. They found the woman just after 1 a.m. on Westmont Drive at Plantation Road.
The deputy said the woman was extremely upset and emotional. She was shaking, having a hard time breathing and had dried blood from scratches on her arms. She was taken to the Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center for treatment.
Deputies separated the man and his two roommates until an investigator arrived. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation.
Men arrested for shoplifting, drugs
Two Augusta men, one carrying drugs, were arrested Saturday for shoplifting from Walmart.
James Issac Reese, 23, of East Boundary, and Rodney Terryl Reese, 22, of Albany Avenue, both of Augusta, were charged with shoplifting from the Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. Turner also was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and marijuana possession.
Between 2 and 2:30 p.m., the men tried to leave the store with $287.33 worth of merchandise. Turner also had 6.2 grams of marijuana.
Turner is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $4,800 bond, according to jail records. Reese is being held on a $1,600 bond.
Lakeside student not charged for toy gun
A Lakeside High School student wasn’t charged for bringing a toy gun to school Friday.
The principal of the school at 533 Blue Ridge Drive in Martinez called deputies because the student broke school board policy by bringing a toy gun to school, though she didn’t point the gun at or threaten to harm anyone.
The student said she brought the toy gun to school so she could take it to a friend’s house after school. The principal said the student took the gun off school property before he could seize it, but he did collect a projectile consistent with an Airsoft-style gun.
The student wasn’t charged by deputies. The principal said the school would handle disciplinary action.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Sept. 23-29:
Medical calls, 21; vehicle wrecks, 10; activated fire alarms, nine; ruptured gas line, three; investigations, three; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; mutual aid/public safety, one; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; structure fire, one; and vehicle fire, one.