Dean, another, plead not guilty to burglary
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean’s adopted daughter and another woman pled not guilty to burglary charges Friday.
Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Martinez, pled not guilty to burglary and theft by receiving stolen property. She’s accused of stealing jewelry from her adoptive mother and selling it. Eva Lopez-Macais Nevarez pled not guilty to burglary in connection to the incident.
Dean was arrested July 21 in Harlem. A judge refused to grant bond for Dean at an Aug. 14 preliminary hearing, saying she posed a significant flight risk. She’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center.
Dean’s adoptive mother said she was out of town for five days and returned home July 20. She reported about $26,000 worth of jewelry had been taken from her North Hicks Street home in Harlem.
Nevarez told authorities she took Dean to a Martinez pawn shop where she pawned some of the jewelry.
The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Woman attacked in Walmart lot
An Evans woman told deputies Friday night that a man armed with a knife attacked and tried to rob her in a Walmart parking lot.
The 21-year-old said she was walking to her car at about 8:20 p.m. at the store on Washington Road in Evans when a man approached her and demanded her purse. When the woman refused, the man punched her in the mouth and she pushed back.
During the fight, the woman said her attacker slammed her face into the side of her car and she fell to the ground. He then used a knife to slash her face, nick her chin and slice her arm through her jacket sleeve.
The woman said she yelled for help during the attack and got the attention of other people who yelled at the man, who then ran away. The woman said she didn’t get a good look at her attacker so she went home, where her boyfriend convinced her to call authorities. A deputy reviewed store surveillance tape but was not able to view the attack or anyone reacting to the attack.
The woman described her attacker as wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up on his head, dark pants and a black mask over his face.
Man arrested after fighting with deputies
A deputy was injured and a Martinez man arrested early Saturday after he ran from and fought with authorities.
Bradley Kenneth Simons, 21, was charged with two counts of willful obstruction of law enforcement. He was being held Monday in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $10,200 bond and a hold for another agency, according to jail records.
Simons’s roommate called authorities at about 1:15 a.m. and said Simons, who was intoxicated, was fighting with his girlfriend and threatened to fight her and his roommate. .
Simons ran away when a deputy arrived, and the deputy chased Simons until he tripped and fell. Simons tried to punch the deputy, who sprayed Simons with pepper spray. Simons ran away again, and when he turned to look back the pursuing deputy sprayed him with pepper spray again. Simons continued running into the back yard of a nearby home until a fence stopped him.
Ignoring the deputy’s commands, Simons charged the deputy, who sprayed him with pepper spray a third time. Simons screamed profanities while still trying to attack the deputy. A second deputy arrived and during a scuffle hit Simons four times in the shoulder and face. They were then able to handcuff and arrest Simons. The second deputy suffered a broken hand.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Oct. 14-20:
Medical calls, 30; vehicle wrecks, 14; activated fire alarms, 11; investigations, five; structure fires, four; assist citizens, three; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; bomb threat, one; CPR in progress, one; natural gas leak, one; and rescue incident, one.