The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Woman reports abduction, rape
A Dearing woman told deputies Sunday she’d been abducted and raped the previous night.
The 19-year-old woman said she was walking to the Ramada Inn in downtown Augusta at about 7 p.m. when a man driving a dark-colored sport utility vehicle approached her. He unsuccessfully tried to persuade her to get in the vehicle. When she wouldn’t get in, he stopped the vehicle, got out and forced her into the back seat.
The woman said they drove to a home near Old Wheeler and Wrightsboro roads, where he forced her into a bedroom. The man, she said, pushed her on the bed, pulled off her shorts and sexually assaulted her.
The man left in his SUV and, once he was gone, the woman said she ran from the house and called 911.
The woman admitted she was intoxicated during the incident. She described her attacker as a white or Hispanic man with dark parted hair and a birthmark under his left eye.
Woman home when burglar broke in
A Martinez woman called authorities Thursday afternoon and said she was inside her Ridge Crossing apartment when a burglar walked in.
The 28-year-old woman said she was in the bathroom preparing to take a shower at about 4 p.m. when she heard someone, who she thought was her boyfriend, walk into the apartment. The man then walked into the bedroom and sounded like he was looking around.
When the man went to open the bathroom door, the woman said she realized it wasn’t her boyfriend. She was startled when the door started to open and the woman said she yelled. The burglar slammed the bathroom door closed and ran out of the apartment. The woman locked the bathroom door and waited a few minutes before calling her parents and her boyfriend.
The woman confirmed with property management that no maintenance people were scheduled to be in her apartment or that any had entered by accident.
The key used by apartment maintenance people was still in the lock box where it is stored.
When the woman’s boyfriend arrived, he confirmed he had not been inside the apartment. The woman said she is 100 percent positive that she locked the door before she went to take a shower. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was missing from the apartment.
Teen brought drugs to school A Grovetown High School student was arrested Thursday after she brought prescription drugs to school.
During the school day the 16-year-old student was found to have seven Vyvanse and five Metadate pills, both used to treat ADHD; six Doxycycline Hydrate antibiotics pills and five Oxcarbazepine pills, an anti-convulsant.
The student also had two pieces of paper including a price list for several types of pills.
Deputies charged the student with possession of Schedule II drugs with intent to distribute. She was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and released to her parents.
Wanted man fled deputies
An Augusta man was arrested early Saturday morning after he fled from police.
Timothy James Abernathy, 43, of Evergreen Drive, was charged with obstruction, driving under the influence, open container, failure to maintain lane and driving on a suspended license.
A Grovetown woman called deputies at about 4 a.m. and said that Abernathy harasses her routinely. He sends her text messages and shows up at her home uninvited, and she’s made previous complaints with the sheriff’s office.
A deputy on the way to the woman’s house saw a car on the 4900 block of Wrightsboro Road matching the description of the one Abernathy drove away from the woman’s home.
The deputy turned around to follow the car and watched it leave the lane of travel and almost hit three cars head-on. The deputy turned on his lights and siren to pull the car over, but it continued east on Wrightsboro Road for nearly a mile before stopping.
As deputies approached the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Abernathy, looked at deputies over both shoulders, then put his car in drive and sped away. Deputies pursued him about a quarter of a mile before he stopped again and was arrested.
Deputies warned Abernathy that continuing to harass the woman or trespassing on her property could get him arrested. Abernathy was released from the Columbia County detention center Monday after posting a $7,000 bond, according to jailers.
Man identifies peeping tom
A Grovetown man called deputies Saturday after discovering the identity of a man he said peeped into his windows a week earlier.
The 23-year-old man said he was inside his Wrightsboro Road home at about 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 when he saw a man looking into his kitchen window. He made eye contact with the man looking through the window, who ran away. The man said he didn’t know the man, but knew he’d seen him in the area.
On Oct. 8, the man said he saw the suspect walking down the road and checked with the trailer park management and confirmed his identity.
Deputies informed the man of pre-warrant procedures if he wanted to prosecute.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Oct. 7-13:
Medical calls, 37; activated fire alarms, nine; vehicle wrecks, nine; assist citizens, five; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; investigations, four; CPR in progress, two; ruptured gas lines, two; structure fires, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; wood/brush/grass fire, one; and vehicle fire, one.