The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Woman charged with faking rape allegation An Evans woman is being held without bond after officials say she falsely reported being raped by a Columbia County deputy. Kelsey Alane Long, 23, was arrested early Sunday after being tackled in the front yard of a Martinez home as she attempted to flee a traffic stop on foot. Two deputies responded to Miramar Drive at about 2:10 a.m. after someone complained that eggs were being thrown from a gray or light blue car at homes and other cars. The deputies stopped the gray BMW Long was driving, and cited Long for driving on a suspended license, no insurance and suspended registration. Long also was charged with possession of Schedule 3 drugs and possession of a controlled substance after various drugs were found in the vehicle. As Long was being arrested, she broke free and ran. After a short chase, one deputy tackled Long in the front yard of a nearby home. As the two deputies tried to handcuff her, she continued thrashing, pulling on their microphone cords and grabbing at their ammunition magazines, the deputies reported.
Long then asked to talk to a supervisor because, she said, one of the deputies had raped her. In a written statement, the other deputy said Long ran, the deputy tackled her and he didn’t see the deputy touch her inappropriately.
A passenger in Long’s vehicle also told authorities that he didn’t see Long being raped.
The deputy taking Long’s complaint at the hospital, where a rape test was performed, determined that the deputy took no inappropriate action. The entire incident from when Long ran from deputies until she was handcuffed took only 30 to 45 seconds.
After the rape allegation was determined to be false, Long was charged with filing a false report of a crime and obstruction of an officer.
Two caught smoking marijuana in car with child
Two Hephzibah men were arrested Thursday after a deputy said he caught them smoking marijuana in a car with a child inside.
Roderick Bernard Holloway, 22, of Hunters Glen, and Quashawn Jahlil Garcia, 19, of Willis Foreman Road, were charged with second-degree cruelty to children. Holloway also was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug.
A deputy found Holloway and Garcia in the parking lot of Fitness Gallery, 3925 Washington Road in Martinez. A 1-year-old child also was in the car. The child was turned over to her mother.
Holloway also had crack cocaine in his possession. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $15,200 bond, according to jail records. Garcia is being held without bond.
Students caught fondling each other on camera
A teacher said she caught two Evans High School students inappropriately touching each other on video surveillance footage Friday.
The culinary arts teacher told an assistant principal that she was investigating a lost book bag by reviewing footage from the camera in her room when she saw two students fondling each other. In the video, it appeared the students were rubbing each other’s genital areas during class.
The assistant principal said she spoke to students seen behind the couple on the video and they confirmed what the video showed.
A deputy spoke to the parents of both students, and they did not want to pursue criminal charges.
Grovetown man wanted in meth lab investigation
Investigators said they found a man an operating methamphetamine lab inside his Grovetown home.
Warrants issued Thursday for Olin Brian Oliphant, of Goldsboro Road, charge him with manufacturing methamphetamine.
Columbia County sheriff’s investigators found products and ingredients used to manufacture meth inside his home on March 24. They also found two baggies with meth residue inside, an unknown liquid from two Mason jars and six Xanax pills.
Non-hazardous products and ingredients were collected as evidence. A professional company collected hazardous materials for proper disposal.
Oliphant was taken to the Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center for a self-inflicted injury. As of Monday, he had not been arrested.
Columbia County Fire Rescue weekly fire report, March 24-30:
Medical calls, 26; vehicle wrecks, 10; activated fire alarms, eight; wood/brush/grass fires, four; Controlled/unauthorized burns, three; structure fires, three; mutual aid/public safety assistance, two; CPR in progress, two; investigations, two; damage from inclement weather; and vehicle fire, one.