Juvenile charged in Grovetown robbery remains in custody
A judge decided at a detention hearing Friday that a 16-year-old arrested for a Grovetown robbery will remain in custody until his case is heard.
The 16-year-old is one of six teens charged in a Dec. 28 robbery and assault of a Grovetown man.
“No bond,” Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan said. “Lock him up. Take him away. The court finds him a danger to the community.”
The teen was charged Thursday with aggravated assault, robbery, entering an auto, criminal attempt to commit robbery and possession of a firearm by someone under 18.
The prosecutor from the District Attorney’s Office can request the case be transferred to Superior Court, Flanagan said.
Five others also were arrested since the Dec. 28 incident – Anthony Blade Turner, 18; Bakerlee Brannen Cochran, 17; Larry Charles Porche, 17; Austin Tyler Love, 17; and Christopher Scott Love, 18, all of Grovetown. They all face the same charges.
The teens are accused of breaking into a vehicle at Eagle Point apartments on Whiskey Road at about 7 p.m. on Dec. 28. The owner of the vehicle, armed with his firearm, chased the teens to a nearby laundromat, where he grabbed the 16-year-old, Juvenile Court Probation Officer Rodney Brown said at the hearing. The other teens rushed the man, stole his gun and shoes and ran away. The teens also got a bag of tools from the man’s vehicle.
Grovetown investigators arrested Porche on Dec. 29, Austin Love on Dec. 31, and Christopher Love on Jan. 2.
Turner and Cochran were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday, each on an $81,500 bond. Porche, Austin Love and Christopher Love are being held in the jail without bond, according to jail records.
The 16-year-old will remain at the Regional Youth Detention Center until his case is resolved.
Man charged in shooting
A Grovetown man is in jail Friday, charged with shooting his wife during an early morning argument.
Zachariah Eason McRee, 32, of Grove Landing Circle, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
At about 3 a.m., Zachariah McRee and his estranged wife, Heather, were arguing at their home over their pending divorce, according to Grovetown Department of Public Safety Chief Gary Owens. Zachariah McRee called 911 after he shot his wife in the left arm with a .45 caliber handgun.
Zachariah McRee, who is in the Army, told dispatchers that he accidentally shot his wife. He’d filed for divorce and said she showed up at his house threatening to kill herself. He said he took the gun from his wife and it accidentally discharged as he tried to push her out the door.
Heather McRee said she came home and found her husband with his girlfriend and another female friend, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident report. The women sat in their car for 45 minutes while Zachariah and Heather McRee argued. The women went back inside to get their belongings to leave and were confronted by Heather McRee.
Zacharaiah McRee left and returned a short time later with one hand clinched into a fist and a gun in the other. He went to the garage where the three women were and pointed the gun at his wife, according to the report. Zachariah told his wife to get out and she responded, “Just shoot me.”
Zachariah McRee’s girlfriend and friend ran upstairs to get their belongings and heard a gunshot.
They ran downstairs and found Heather McRee with a gunshot wound to her arm and screaming for help. Zachariah McRee was still holding the gun and told them to leave, and they returned when deputies arrived.
Heather McRee’s three juvenile children were home and were turned over to a neighbor while she was taken to the hospital. She was treated and released from the Georgia Regents Medical Center Friday, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Zachariah McRee was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday on a $30,200 bond, according to jail records.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Woman buys stolen iPod from CraigsList
A woman told deputies she unknowingly bought a stolen iPod from a man on CraigsList.
The 38-year-old woman said Sunday that her son saw an ad on www.craigslist.com for an iPod. The woman contacted the seller and agreed to meet in Martinez Sunday to handle the transaction. The woman said she talked the seller into lowering the price from $200 to $165.
The woman paid cash and didn’t ask the seller for a receipt.
The boy played with the iPod all afternoon until he tried to access the Internet. A message came up stating the iPod was stolen and to call a phone number. The woman called the number and spoke to a woman who claimed the iPod was stolen from her daughter.
The mother said her daughter set the iPod down in the toy section of Walmart. She didn’t report the iPod missing because she hoped someone would return it.
The woman who bought the iPod turned it over to deputies.
Cat burglar robs house twice
A Martinez man called authorities Friday morning after he said a woman crawled into his house through a second-floor window.
The 64-year-old man said late Jan. 20 or early Jan. 21, someone came into his Green Ivy Circle home and stole a television from his bedroom and golf clubs from the back porch.
At about 3 a.m. Friday, the man said he woke to his roommate screaming. The man’s roommate said a woman climbed into the home through an upstairs bathroom window. The woman left before the man came out of his bedroom, but she stole his cell phone.
The man said he found an extension ladder leaning against the back of his house.
Ex-boyfriend accused of attacking woman
A Harlem woman said her ex-boyfriend broke into her home and assaulted her early Saturday.
The 46-year-old woman said she came home at about 12:45 a.m. and found her ex inside her home. When she asked him to leave, the woman said they argued. He kicked her between the legs, hit her in the face, then spat in her face.
The woman said her ex then ran away with her purse, which held her birth certificate, cell phone and four packs of cigarettes. A deputy didn’t find visible injuries on the woman, but her clothes were wet.
The deputy called the woman’s ex, but he refused to cooperate.
Marshal’s car damaged at apartment complex
A Richmond County marshal called Columbia County authorities Saturday after discovering someone had damaged his patrol car.
The marshal said his patrol car was parked at Shenandoah Ridge apartments on Blue Ridge Drive overnight Friday. He found Saturday morning that someone had kicked in the windshield.
A deputy noticed the damage and noted there were shoe prints on the hood and fingerprints near the driver’s door handle.
Columbia County Fire Rescue activity report for Jan. 20-26:
Medical calls, 20; activated fire alarms, 11; controlled/unauthorized burns, eight; vehicle wrecks, six; structure fires, five; investigations, five; CPR in progress, three; vehicle fires, two; wood/brush/grass fires, two; assist citizens, one; and rescue incidents, one.