Police look for armed robbers
Columbia County authorities are looking for men they say robbed a convenience store near Interstate 20 at gunpoint Saturday and an Augusta store two days before.
At about 10:30 p.m., two men walked into the Fuel Express at 4086 Jimmie Dyess Parkway in Grovetown, drew semi-automatic pistols and demanded money from the cashier, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The cashier gave the robbers an undisclosed amount of cash and the men left through the front doors.
The robbers were described as black men wearing camouflage jackets and dark pants, hats and shoes, according to the report.
One of the robbers is confirmed to be involved in the armed robbery of the BP station at 2061 Gordon Highway in Augusta on Thursday.
Anyone with information should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.
Teen sentenced for molestation
A judge sentenced an Evans teen to prison Monday for aggravated child molestation.
Superior Court Judge J. David Roper sentenced Blake Davis Weems, 18, to 25 years in prison after he pled guilty to aggravated child molestation Monday. The sentence is the mandatory minimum for the charge.
Weems was charged June 12 for sex crimes including aggravated child molestation after a 13-year-old girl said he’d molested her for about a year beginning when she was 12. The girl said Weems forced her to have sex and commit other sex acts with him, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.
Woman gets life sentence
A Martinez woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday after being convicted of killing her roommate last year.
A Columbia County jury convicted Yvette Taylor, 47, of felony murder, but acquitted her on a malice murder charge in connection to the February 2012 death of Theodore Crew, 63.
Superior Court Judge Carl. C Brown Jr. sentenced Taylor to life in prison without the possibility of parole because he believed she is a threat to the community.
The trial began Wednesday and jurors deliberated nearly four hours before the verdict Friday afternoon.
Taylor called 911 early Feb. 11, 2012, stating her “friend was dead.”
Crew was found nude inside the bathroom of his home in Applecross Apartments. Blood was found on a chair and around it on the floor and walls in the living room and on the floor and walls down the hallway to the bathroom. The bathroom floor, where Crew was found, was wet with water and bleach, but little blood. An autopsy determined he died from sharp- and blunt-force trauma.
Police working to identify thief
Columbia County authorities are trying to identify a man they say jumped the counter of a Martinez drug store and stole cigarettes.
A CVS cashier said just after 5 p.m. Jan. 29, a man jumped over the counter at the store at 4476 Columbia Road. The cashier told the man he wasn’t allowed behind the counter, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The man grabbed three cartons of Newport cigarettes and walked out the front door. He left in a green Dodge Neon headed south on Belair Road.
Anyone with information about the man’s identity should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.
Woman wanted for shoplifting
A Wagener, S.C., woman is wanted for shoplifting Rogaine and headache powder from an Evans store last week.
Columbia County authorities have an arrest warrant for Nicole Leigh Masters, 28, of 647 Country Lane.
An assistant manager at the Publix at 4274 Washington Road said Feb. 1 that a woman, later identified as Masters, came into the store at about 5:45 p.m. the previous day and stole $311.48 worth of merchandise including four boxes of Rogaine, a bottle of Rogaine foam, 17 packs of BC powder and 10 Goody’s powder packs, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The theft was caught on store surveillance video.
Anyone with information about Masters should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Girl’s brother makes threats
A Grovetown woman called deputies Thursday stating her 11-year-old son was threatened by the older brother of his ex-girlfriend.
The woman said she got a phone call from someone identifying himself as “Emily’s older brother” just before 6 p.m. The woman said her 11-year-old son was dating the caller’s sister and the two broke up that day.
The caller told the woman to keep her son away from his sister or he would “take care of this” his way. The woman took the comment as a threat to her son.
The woman said she talked to her son, who said the break-up was mutual. The caller said the girl cut herself and for the boy to stay away from her.
A deputy called the caller’s number and went to the address associated with the number, but was not able to speak to the caller.
Woman says her identity stolen
An Appling woman told deputies Feb. 1 that someone got her personal information through a state of South Carolina security breach and used the information.
The 33-year-old woman said she checked her credit report and found discrepancies on the report. The first mistake was an order to pay $893 to an Atlanta apartment complex in December 2007. The second and third discrepancies were addresses in Atlanta and in Riverside, Calif. The woman said she’s never lived at any of the addresses listed.
A South Carolina security breach compromised many people’s tax information and Social Security numbers. The state started the Protect My Identity program for those whose information was compromised.
The woman said she called the Fulton County Magistrate’s Office and asked about the judgement to pay the $893. The court clerk told the woman to contact the attorney who handled the case.
The attorney informed the woman that the case had already gone to court and that someone showed up in her place.
Columbia County Fire Rescue activity report for Feb. 2-9:
Medical calls, 30; activated fire alarms, eight; investigations, seven; vehicle wrecks, five; vehicle fires, five; wood/brush/grass fires, five; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; structure fires, two; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; CPR in progress, one; interior natural gas leak, one; and electrical incidents, one.