Soldier jailed after stabbing off-duty deputy
A Harlem man was in jail Tuesday morning after police say he fought with and stabbed an off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy late Monday.
Charles Robert Smith, 33, of Village Run, was charged with aggravated assault.
Harlem Department of Public Safety Director David Sward said off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy Kevin Harrell, 29, was walking with his wife and dogs near his home on Village Run in Harlem at about 10:20 p.m. One of the dogs started barking at Smith, who got upset and started an argument.
“They were walking their dog and Mr. Smith got irate with them,” Sward said. “They got into a physical altercation and Smith pulled out a knife and stabbed him.”
Harrell sustained lacerations to his back and chest and a dislocated shoulder. His wife was not injured.
Smith, a soldier at Fort Gordon, is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on $25,100 bond, according to jailers.
Woman again charged with drunken driving
A 22-year-old Evans woman injured in a violent alcohol-related crash in February has again been charged with driving under the influence.
Jenna Victoria Sevigny was arrested early Oct. 3 and charged with DUI and failing to dim her headlights, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Just before 4 a.m. Oct. 3,, Deputy J.A. Brogdanow pulled Sevigny over on Evans-to-Locks Road near Blue Ridge Drive when she failed to dim her headlights for oncoming traffic, said Capt. Steve Morris.
Brogdanow suspected Sevigny had been drinking, but she refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, Morris said. She was charged with DUI-less safe and booked into the Columbia County Detention Center, where she was released the next day after posting $2,200 bond.
Charges, including DUI, are still pending against Sevigny in Columbia County Probate Court related to a violent single-vehicle crash less than eight months ago that sent her to the hospital with multiple injuries.
That crash, about 3 a.m. Feb. 20, occurred when Sevigny’s vehicle ran off North Belair Road near Furys Ferry Road and slammed into a pine tree, splitting the car in two.
Sevigny, who was partially ejected from the vehicle, was treated at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and charged after her release with DUI, failing to wear a seat belt, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and speeding.
She was released from jail on those charges after posting $4,400 bond.
Pedestrian killed Saturday not yet identified
A man hit and killed by a car Saturday night near Harlem had not yet been positively identified Tuesday.
A woman, who authorities did not identify, was driving on Gordon Highway near Sheryl Drive when the man stepped out in front of her vehicle, Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. She will not be charged, he said.
Deputies found the man’s body in a nearby ditch. He was carrying no identification. His body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s lab in Atlanta for an autopsy, slated for Tuesday, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.
Collins said he hopes the victim can be identified by fingerprints.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Teens facing alcohol charges
A Grovetown teen was charged with underage drinking Thursday after he came to school drunk.
A Grovetown High School assistant principal said the 15-year-old student was intoxicated at the school and registered a .144 blood alcohol level between 8-8:20 a.m. When a deputy arrived, the teen registered a .140 on a field alcohol sensor.
The teen, from Grovetown, was charged with minor in possession of alcohol and was released to his mother.
Three teens also were charged with minor in possession after they were found drinking at a party late Friday. A deputy went to a home on Lariat Circle in Evans just before midnight for an underage drinking complaint.
The deputy found vomit at the top of a stairway. He also found four males at the bottom of the stairs as well as an open bottle of alcohol and a bag of marijuana.
One of the males was 21 and was released. Three teens – Chance Michael Welker, 18, Hunter Scott Blake, 18, and Robin Nikolas McAlarney, 17, all of Martinez – tested positive for alcohol and were charged with minor in possession of alcohol and released to their parents.
Man calls police from bathroom to escape wife
A Martinez man called deputies from his bathroom, where he was trapped trying to escape his angry wife.
The 39-year-old man said he and his wife, Tuere Dawn Jackson, argued and she swung at him at about 3:30 a.m. Friday. He locked himself and their 11-month-old baby inside the master bedroom bathroom. He said his wife beat on the bedroom door with what he thought was a hammer and got into the bedroom. The man said Jackson destroyed items in the bedroom and tried to get into the bathroom.
Deputies said Jackson was initially confrontational and uncooperative and refused to allow deputies inside the house. Eventually she moved from the doorway, allowing deputies inside.
Deputies found the man trapped inside the bathroom because of damage to the door lock.
During questioning, Jackson became irate and stopped cooperating. As they attempted to arrest her, Jackson repeatedly pulled away from deputies. She was handcuffed and escorted out.
Jackson was charged with simple assault-family violence and two counts of obstruction of police officers. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Friday after posting a $4,800 bond, according to jailers.
Woman attacks husband with knife, hammer
An Evans man called deputies Friday, saying his wife came at him with a hammer and a knife during an argument.
The 31-year-old man said he and his wife were arguing about his infidelity at about 4:30 p.m. The woman said her husband hit her in the eye.
The man said he’d recently cheated on his wife and they were working out some issues. His wife found calls to another woman on his cell phone and they argued.
His wife then came at him wielding a knife and a hammer. When she got close to him he pushed her away, the man said.
The man said he was packing personal items because he was leaving.
Deputies did not charge anyone in the incident because they could not determine who was the primary aggressor.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report Sept. 30-Oct. 6:
Medical calls, 38; activated fire alarms, nine; vehicle wrecks, eight; investigations, six; structure fires, three; vehicle fires, three; wood/brush/grass fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; other fires, one; electrical incidents, one; CPR in progress, one; and burn permits, one.