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Police Blotter, March 3, 2013

Ex-officer faces stalking charge

Posted: March 3, 2013 - 12:00am
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Ex-officer faces stalking charge

A former Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigator was arrested Wednesday, accused of stalking his ex-wife.

Timothy Allen Tobias, 45, of Augusta, was charged with aggravated stalking. He’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

Tobias’ 37-year-old ex-wife called deputies late Wednesday stating her ex-husband, who had previously been charged with stalking her, came to her Evans home. The woman said she thought she saw Tobias’ truck as she pulled into her driveway just after 10 p.m.

Once she was inside, there was a knock on the door, according to a Colum­bia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The woman looked outside and saw that it was her ex-husband.

When a deputy arrived, he found Tobias walking toward the back of the townhouse.

Tobias resisted, so the deputy took him to the ground and handcuffed him, according to the report. The deputy noted that he appeared to be extremely intoxicated.

Tobias’ ex-wife said a restraining order against him was a stipulation of their divorce.

She said Tobias was on probation for previously stalking her. He was arrested in January 2011 for stalking and again in April 2011 for aggravated stalking, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. He pled guilty to two counts of stalking and one count of aggravated stalking in August 2011 under the First Offender Act.

Tobias was a Richmond County sheriff’s investigator until he resigned in Oct. 2010, according to sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew.

Attorney is charged in theft

An Augusta attorney turned herself in to authorities Tuesday morning on a charge connected to a lost diamond ring.

Alexia Dawn Davis, 31, surrendered herself at Columbia County Detention Center on Tuesday on a felony charge of theft of lost or mislaid property, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Davis was booked into the jail and released after posting a $2,500 bond, Morris said.

Davis, an attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Augusta, is accused of not returning a diamond ring she found at Cracker Barrel on Feb. 7.

A Thomson woman reported the ring missing Feb. 12. She told deputies that she lost the ring, worth about $10,500, in the parking lot at about 7 p.m. Feb. 7. A server said a woman who was with Davis came inside and asked what to do if she found a ring.

“(The) woman opted not to leave it with Cracker Barrel … and made a comment that it would be reported to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office,” Morris said. “And it never was.”

Morris published surveillance video from the restaurant through local media in hopes of identifying the woman Feb. 19. Later that day, Davis brought the ring to Richmond County authorities.

A warrant was issued for Davis for theft of lost or mislaid property. The charge is a felony because the ring is worth more than $1,500, Morris said. He also said that by law, when “a person comes into control of property that they know to be lost or mislaid, they must take reasonable measures to restore the property to its owner.”

Tanya Jeffords, one of four attorneys representing Davis released a statement Tuesday stating Davis “did not appropriate the ring for her own use, which is the crime this statute is intending to cover. When she learned who the owner was … she promptly turned it in.”

Katherine Mason, the public defender for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, said she’s not allowed to comment on personnel.

Worker indicted on abuse charges

An outspoken Augusta water works employee and local Republican Party official was recently indicted on sex abuse charges by a Columbia County grand jury.

Brett Bennie Langham, 33, was indicted Feb. 13 on aggravated sexual battery and child molestation charges in connection with a November incident involving a child younger than 16, according to the indictment.

Lang­ham, who goes by “B.B.,” served as a whistleblower in 2010 allegations of time card fraud in the water department, where he works as a water treatment plant operator. He is also a district representative for the Richmond County Republican Party.

Langham, who was arrested Feb. 21, had a bond hearing scheduled Friday.

The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:

Woman’s home is burglarized

A woman called authorities Wednesday evening after discovering someone broke into her home.

The 56-year-old woman said she left her Ridge Valley home near Interstate 20 at 9:45 a.m. When she returned at about 1:30 p.m., the rear living room window broken.

A lot of jewelry was missing as was a laundry bag. Someone had opened a cabinet in her office, but nothing was stolen.

Bar patron threatens man

A man told deputies
late Tuesday that a stranger put a gun to his head during an argument outside a Martinez pool
hall.

The 22-year-old said he and a friend were at Rack & Grill on Old Petersburg Road at about 11 p.m., when his friend got into an argument with another man about them staring at each other.

The stranger, wearing a black and white dress shirt, told the man to leave or he’d “make him leave.”

The stranger walked to a GMC Jimmy, got a black handgun and put it to the man’s temple.

The man and his friend left and called 911.

The man said doesn’t know the person who threatened him, but the stranger was with his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

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