I-20 crash kills Martinez woman
A Martinez woman was killed early Saturday in a crash on Interstate 20 near Grovetown.
Alaina Kensinger, 28, was pronounced dead at Georgia Regents University Medical Center at 9:11 a.m., said Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.
Kensinger was a passenger in a 2008 Nissan Sentra driven by Christopher Sanmiguel, 27, of Evans, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Steve Morris.
Sanmiguel was driving east on I-20 near the weigh station at about 4:30 a.m. when he is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel, Morris said. The vehicle drifted off the right side of the road, turned sideways and slid approximately 320 feet across the grass before striking a guard rail and a metal sign pole, Morris said.
Kensinger was taken to the hospital where she later died, while Sanmiguel was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Garrison said.
Witnesses described Sanmiguel’s vehicle as traveling at high speed prior to the crash, Garrison said, adding that both he and Kensinger were wearing seat belts.
Blood-alcohol test results for Sanmiguel are pending, Morris said.
Harlem woman charged with molestation
Columbia County authorities arrested a Harlem woman Friday on a child molestation charge.
Angela Melissa Staffey, 42, was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $25,100 bond, according jail records.
A boy told a school bus driver on Feb. 13 that Staffey was having “sex” with her new boyfriend and two boys, including a 12-year-old, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The bus driver notified school officials, who called the Department of Family and Children Services, who notified the sheriff’s office, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. The incident happened at Staffey’s home.
Augusta worker granted bond in sexual assault
An Augusta water works employee bonded out of jail Friday after he pled not guilty to sexual assault charges in Columbia County.
Superior Court Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. granted a $40,000 bond to Brett Bennie Langham, 33, who was indicted Feb. 13 on aggravated sexual battery by a Columbia County grand jury.
Langham, who goes by “B.B.,” was arrested Feb. 21 and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Friday after posting the $40,000 bond, according to jailers.
Assistant District Attorney Amanda Heath said at the hearing that Langham inappropriately touched a 13-year-old girl between Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, 2012, while staying the night at a Columbia County residence. The girl said Langham rubbed her tummy, then moved his hand to her pants before she stopped him, rolled back over and went to sleep. The girl said she awoke with his hand in her pants assaulting her, Heath said.
The girl told family members, who reported the incident to authorities on Nov. 26.
Langham’s attorney, David Ghazi, said that Langham touched the girl to move her up in the bed, not to assault her. Ghazi also said the girl was deceitful in the past and that she possibly made up the story.
Langham served as a whistleblower in 2010 allegations of time card fraud in the water department, where he works as a water treatment plant operator. In August, Langham, a district representative for the Richmond County Republican Party, pleaded publicly with the Augusta Commission to compensate his family for flood damage in the Hollywood subdivision
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Woman says driver attempted to assualt her
A Grovetown woman told deputies that a cab driver tried to sexually assault her early Saturday.
The 24-year-old woman said she’d been at a downtown Augusta bar until almost 3 a.m. when she asked a bar employee to call her a cab. A newer model Checker Cab arrived. She told the driver her address, then passed out in the back seat.
The woman said she woke to a loud bang and the driver was standing by her open car door. The driver put his hands under her dress and moved them up her inner thighs. The driver made a sexually suggestive remark and the woman said she shoved the driver off her. The driver got back in the drivers seat and took the woman home.
The woman called Checker Cab to tell them about the incident. The woman said the dispatcher told her that an ‘imposter” is driving around in a Checker Cab vehicle, picking up women and trying to commit sex acts with them.
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said there have been no other similar reports.
Four arrested for fake car jacking
Four Evans women were charged with lying about a reported car-jacking.
Rosa Allien Timpson, 23; De’Metria Michelle Osborne, 20; and Laquandra Sashun Fenn, 34, all of Sumter Landing Lane, and Markisha Shaundralyn Jackson, 21, of Old Evans Road, were charged with making false statements. Timpson also was charged with making a false report of a crime and Fenn also was charged with a seatbelt violation and driving on a suspended license.
Timpson and Jackson told deputies late on Feb. 25 that they stopped to help a stranded motorist, who waved them down at about 10:30 p.m. on Conn Drive near Sumter Landing subdivision. The women said they stopped the BMW Timpson was driving and found two men with an SUV with the flashers on.
The women claimed the men threatened them and one of the men stole the BMW and the other drove away in the SUV.
Authorities discovered the car-jacking never happened. Timpson and Jackson were arrested Feb. 27. Osborne and Fenn were arrested on Friday.
Jackson and Osborne were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday each on a $10,100 bond, according to jail records. Timpson was being held on an $11,700 bond and Fenn was being held on a $12,300 bond, according to jail records.
Boyfriend crawls through drive-through window
A Wendy’s employee called deputies Friday night after her boyfriend crawled through the drive-through window and wouldn’t leave.
The 33-year-old employee of the restaurant at 430 S. Belair Road said her boyfriend showed up at about 11:30 p.m. wanting to borrow money. When the woman said she didn’t have any to give him, her boyfriend got upset and cursed at her. She asked him to leave, but he wouldn’t.
When her boyfriend finally left, the woman said she locked the doors. He came back, climbed in through the drive-through window and spit in her face. The woman said she called deputies and her boyfriend ran out the back door.
Vandals damage Evans Elementary
The principal of Evans Elementary School called authorities Friday because someone damaged a storage building.
Some time between Feb. 25 and Friday, someone got into a locked storage building at the school on Gibbs Road in Evans. The principal said someone wrote vulgar language on a dry erase board, threw cat feces into the room and threw up on the floor. The vandals also messed with supplies in the room, but nothing was taken.
Columbia County Fire Rescue activity report for Feb. 24-March 2:
Medical calls, 20; vehicle wrecks, 10; activated fire alarms, five; structure fires, four; mutual aid/public safety assistance, three; CPR in progress, two; wood/brush/grass fires, two; ruptured gas line, one; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; assist citizens, one; and rescue incidents, one.
Man sees trespassers
A Martinez man said Thursday that he caught two men in his backyard.
The 20-year-old man said he let his dog into the small backyard of his Cammaron Drive home at about 10:15 a.m. After few minutes, the dog began growling and barking. He then heard the dog yelp like it had been hurt.
When the man opened the door to check on the dog, he saw two men sanding next to the back door. The men were startled and ran out the back gate of his yard. The man said he saw a third man outside the gate, possibly as a lookout.
The man said he believes the men climbed the fence to get into the yard because the back gate was latched, but not locked.
Woman finds stranger in her house
A Grovetown woman called authorities late Sunday after finding a stranger inside her home.
The 31-year-old woman said she heard the back door of her Dodge Lane home open just before midnight and thought it was her husband. When she went to greet him, the woman said she saw a strange man standing just inside the back door. The stranger walked out the door and ran away from another man who was on the porch.
Nothing was stolen from the home and deputies didn’t find the men.