Four arrested for bomb in Martinez hotel
Four people were arrested in connection to a homemade explosive device found at a Martinez hotel on Wednesday.
Amy Kathleen Dodd, 24; Anthony Doral Jones, 20; and Michael Paul Stader, 22; were each charged with possession of a destructive device and manufacturing a destructive device with intent to kill, injure or intimidate an individual, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Dodd was arrested Wednesday and Jones and Stader were charged Friday. All three live at the Georgia Inn on South Belair Road in Martinez and are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.
A fourth person, Richard Alvin Bourne Jr., 32, of Augusta, was charged with terroristic threats and acts. He was being held in the jail Friday on a $5,100 bond, according to jail records.
At about 12:45 a.m., authorities got a call about an explosive device in a room at the Georgia Inn. A woman told authorities that she was with her friends – Dodd, Jones and Stader – in room 222, when Dodd showed her a homemade explosive device, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Dodd told the woman the bomb was not intended for the hotel, but for a person in Hephzibah who killed someone. Morris would not provide more details about the plot against the intended victim.
The hotel was evacuated and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad disarmed the device, Morris said.
Three arrested for defacing campaign signs
Three people were arrested Wednesday for vandalizing Republican candidates’ campaign signs.
Angelique Bane, 29, of Crawford Drive in Martinez; Kyle Austin Hobson, 17, of Waylon Court in Martinez; and Haley Nicole Craft, 18, of Beech Lane in Grovetown, were charged with two counts of criminal trespass. Bane and Craft were released from the Columbia County Detention Center late Wednesday after each posted a $2,700 bond, according to jailers. Hobson remained in custody Friday.
The three were already in custody after being caught by a security guard for Target in Mullins Crossing shopping center as they spray-painted “sexually explicit graffiti’ on the store’s roof, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
When authorities learned of the damaged signs, they interviewed Bane, Hobson and Craft and connected them to the vandalism.
Signs were defaced at the Lee Anderson for Congress headquarters on Washington Road at Belair Road in Evans, along with signs for Anderson and presidential candidate Mitt Romney throughout the Martinez area.
The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Woman reports attack by pair
A Grovetown woman Monday said she was attacked by two people.
The 24-year-old said she followed a male friend to his Ridge Crossing home in Martinez at about 3 a.m. to make sure he made it home safely after leaving a night spot. When she got to the parking lot, she said a woman she didn’t know ran up to her car, opened the door and pulled her out.
The woman said her friend then picked her up and threw her onto the ground. She landed on her shoulder and head causing swelling and bruising.
After getting back into her car, the woman said she called 911.