Six arrested for train-jumping
Six hoboes were arrested in Grovetown on Saturday after they were caught hitching a ride on a freight train to Savannah.
William Robert Jackson, 26, of Graham, Wash.; Dennis James Kist, 24, of Okeana, Ohio; Jayson Arthur Willard, 23, of Williamston, Mich.; Megan Rose Tuck, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas; Jo Ann Heilberg, 23, of Florida; and Heather Bermudez, 23, of New Hampshire, were charged with hiding on a train for the purpose of stealing a ride.
All were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on $1,100 bond each, according to jail records.
All six are listed as homeless in an incident report from the Grovetown Police Department.
They had hopped a CSX train in Atlanta with the intention of traveling to Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to the report, and were discovered aboard by a CSX police officer shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday when the train stopped in Grovetown near the 300 block of Railroad Avenue.
They were turned over to Grovetown police, and four dogs traveling with them were turned over to Columbia County Animal Services until family members or their owners can retrieve them.
A driver remained hospitalized Monday after a Saturday head-on collision in Evans.
Michael David Hooker, 32, of Roswell Drive in Martinez, was in good condition at the Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Hooker was driving his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado truck south on Owens Road near Legion Drive just before noon. A 2013 Ford Explorer, driven by Tracie Marie Broome, 32, was headed north, crossed the center line and hit the front drivers side of Hooker’s truck, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office accident report.
Broome, of Hephzibah, likely had a diabetic episode that caused her to lose control of her vehicle, according to the report.
Broome and Hooker had to extricated from their vehicles and were taken to the hospital, where Broome was treated and released. Hooker’s 7-year-old son, who was riding in the backseat of the truck, wasn’t seriously injured.
The following account was taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Juveniles suspected in apartment arson
The property manager of a Martinez apartment complex told deputies Saturday that residents saw two juveniles running away from a fire that damaged an apartment building.
The manager of The Haven at Reed Creek said two residents told her just before 6 p.m. that two juveniles started a fire near building 404. After the fire alarms went off in the building, the two residents said they looked over their balconies and saw smoke coming from the front of the building. They also saw two juveniles run from the building after the alarm went off.
One of the residents also saw the juveniles playing in the stairwell about 10 minutes before the alarm went off.
Columbia County Fire Rescue personnel extinguished a fire that burned landscaping in front of the building and damaged an apartment balcony and a drainage pipe near the stairwell.
Columbia County Fire Rescue weekly fire report, March 10-16:
Medical calls, 27; activated fire alarms, 12; wood/brush/grass fires, eight; vehicle wrecks, six; mutual aid/public safety assistance, three; assist citizens, three; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; CPR in progress, two; vehicle fire, two; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; ruptured gas line, one; hazardous materials, one; investigations, one; and structure fire, one.