Dean daughter is sentenced
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean’s adopted daughter was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to a July theft.
Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Augusta, pled guilty to burglary at her sentencing hearing in Columbia County. She’s accused of stealing jewelry from her adoptive mother and selling it at pawn shops. She was indicted on burglary and theft by receiving charges in September, and Eva Lopez-Macais Nevarez was indicted for burglary.
Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Dean to seven years probation, with credit for time served since her July 21 arrest, under the First Offender Act. Dean also must pay $17,100 in restitution and a $500 fine.
Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said charges likely will be dropped against Nevarez.
Dean was arrested in Harlem and a judge refused to grant a bond at an Aug. 14 preliminary hearing.
Her adoptive mother was out of town for five days and returned home July 20. She reported about $26,000 worth of jewelry missing from the bedroom of her North Hicks Street home in Harlem.
Nevarez told authorities she took Dean to a Martinez pawn shop where she pawned the jewelry.
The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Yard sale leads to argument
An Evans woman called deputies Saturday after a woman who bought a sofa at a yard sale became irate when the owner sold it to someone else.
The 23-year-old resident of Arlington Road said she was having a yard sale and sold a sofa to a woman for $10 at about 10 a.m. The buyer paid for the sofa and said she’d be back before 5 p.m. with a truck to pick it up.
Because of a miscommunication, someone helping with the yard sale didn’t realize the sofa was sold and sold it to someone else. That buyer took the sofa and left.
The resident said she realized the error when the buyer returned to pick up the sofa at about 2:20 p.m. The resident was very apologetic and offered the buyer a $10 refund. The buyer got angry and aggressive, stating the resident owed her a couch.
The buyer continued to be disorderly after deputies arrived. She refused to accept the refund and said she was going to sue the homeowner because she was being discriminated against based on her race.
Two deputies tried repeatedly to get the woman to accept the refund, but she refused, stating “she would get more out of it from suing them in court.”
Woman alleges harassment
A Grovetown woman told deputies Saturday that a man she met through an online dating site harassed her via text.
The 57-year-old woman said she’s been receiving numerous text messages from a man she knows as “James Mark,” who she met on an online dating site. The woman said she’s never spoken to the man and only communicated with him through e-mail and text messages.
The woman said she never gave the man any personal information such as her last name or address. The pair wrote back and forth for more than two months before the man professed his love. The woman told him it was “too much, too fast.” The woman recently told the man to slow down and back off, which is when she said he began sending her many more text messages.
She said the man sends her up to five texts a day and has started asking for money for his charity program, which the woman believes is a scam. He repeatedly asks her to send money via Western Union.
Man says wife, friend planned
to kill him
An Appling man called deputies Saturday and said his estranged wife and a friend were plotting to kill him.
The 41-year-old man said he is going through a divorce and is in a custody dispute with his estranged wife. A woman told him that his wife and her friend were going to kill him. She said the pair told her about their plans at her Richmond County home about three weeks prior to the man calling police. She said the man’s wife and her friend said they were going to hang him up in the woods “and leave him out for the animals.”
The woman said the pair also told her they knew people who would kill him and had driven one man by the house.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Nov. 25-Dec. 1:
Medical calls, 35; vehicle wrecks, 14; structure fires, 14; activated fire alarms, six; investigations, five; activated carbon monoxide detector, four; CPR in progress, two; hazardous materials, one; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; assist citizens, one; vehicle fire, one; wood/brush/grass fire, one; and other fires, one.