Authorities looking for armed robbers
Columbia County authorities are looking for two men they say robbed a Martinez insurance agency at gunpoint Thursday.
At about 3 p.m., two men, one armed with a silver revolver, walked into the Dougherty Insurance Agency at 123 Davis Road and demanded money, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
The pair left with an undisclosed amount of cash in a green older model Ford Explorer headed east on Washington Road, Morris said.
The robbers are described as black men, one wearing a camouflage hooded sweatshirt and the other wearing a light green hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the robbers should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s office at (706) 541-2800.
Augusta man sentenced for 2011 shooting
An Augusta man was sentenced Wednesday in connection with a fatal 2011 shooting.
Johndrick Lors Levert Barnes, 21, of Augusta, pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the March 19, 2011, shooting of James Sterling “Jamie” Gillette Jr., 19.
Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Barnes to five years in prison, with credit for the nearly two years he’s already served, followed by two years probation and a $1,000 fine at the hearing at the Columbia County Justice Center in Evans.
Gillette was an employee of the conference center working a 16th birthday party for one of James Brown’s granddaughters. Word of the party spread and about 200 people showed up. Fights broke out inside, so guests were ushered outside. Gillette was holding the door for people to go outside when shooting started in the parking lot.
Barnes fired a .380 pistol into the air and a bullet hit Gillette.
Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said it is clear that a bullet from Barnes’ gun killed Gillette, but he doesn’t believe the shooting was intentional.
Two teens charged with lying to police about the shooting pled guilty and were sentenced Thursday
Brandon Devon Berry, 19, and Morreio Demetrius Carswell, 19, both of Augusta, pled guilty to obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Superior Court Judge Michael Annis sentenced the teens to a year on probation, with credit for the time each served in jail. Berry served a total of about seven months and Carswell served more than two months. Deandre Tyrell Jones pled guilty in October 2011 and a 16-year-old pled guilty in Juvenile Court in July 2011.
The case against Jordan Deshawan Harrison, who is also charged with making false statements, is still pending.
Man sentenced for attacking soccer referee
A Beech Island man was sentenced Wednesday for assaulting a soccer referee in July.
Johnny Alberto Zuniga, 44, of Atomic Road, was sentenced to a year probation and a $500 fine under the First Offender Act. Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet also banned Zuniga from Columbia County parks during his probation.
Zuniga was charged with battery against a sports official July 20.
At a July 8 Augusta Amateur Soccer League match, a referee called a penalty on Zuniga, who responded by stepping on him and kicking his shins.
When the official tried twice to give him a red card, Zuniga grabbed the referee’s neck and began choking him, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.
The referee, who began coughing up blood, sought medical attention at an area hospital.
Zuniga also has been banned from the Augusta Amateur Soccer League and from any Columbia County leagues.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Man robbed at gunpoint
A man called authorities Tuesday evening stating he’d been robbed by people he thought wanted to buy his car.
The 22-year-old man said he met three men in the parking lot of a Martinez apartment complex at about 6 p.m. because he believed they wanted to buy his car. He got into the back seat of the dark blue Chevrolet Impala the men arrived in.
One of the men pulled a handgun and demanded the man’s belongings. A second man in the front seat also pulled a gun.
The man turned over what was in his pockets and was told to get out of the car. The men drove away.
Fake employee busted cashing fake check
A man claiming to be a Papa John’s employee got busted Tuesday trying to cash a fake payroll check by a real Papa John’s employee.
An employee of Food Lion on Belair Road in Martinez told deputies that a man tried to cash a Papa John’s payroll check from the same restaurant location where he also works.
The employee said the man, wearing a Papa John’s uniform and hat, brought the check into the grocery store at about 7:30 p.m. He told the man it didn’t look like any of Papa John’s payroll checks and asked which location he worked at. The man said he worked at the Furys Ferry Road location for about three weeks. The employee said he also works at that location and hadn’t seen him.
The employee retrieved his Papa John’s payroll check from his car and the checks didn’t match. He then confronted the man, who ran out of the store leaving his identification behind.
The incident was caught on the store’s video surveillance system.
Woman reports peeping Tom
A Grovetown woman told deputies Tuesday that she caught a man looking into her window.
The 23-year-old woman said she saw a man looking into the window of her Wrightsboro Road home just before 11 p.m. When she went to the window, the man, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, ran away.