Former 4H worker released
A Superior Court judge granted bond Friday to a former 4-H worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett granted a $25,000 bond to Jennifer Gayle Davenport, 26, of Augusta. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Saturday, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Davenport was arrested March 25 and charged with aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery after the victim’s mother told Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigators that she discovered Davenport “had been involved in a sexual relationship” with the 15-year-old girl, a Martinez resident, according to an incident report and Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Assistant District Attorney Melissa Marks said the victim told her mother that Davenport performed oral sex on her and asked that she reciprocate. The girl’s mother also said she found sexually-explicit text messages from Davenport on her daughter’s cell phone.
Conditions of Davenport’s bond are that she have no contact with the victim, who was an active 4H participant, or the victim’s family and no contact with minors. Davenport worked part-time with 4H for about a year and quit as a 4H program assistant about three weeks before her arrest, according to Shirley Williams, Columbia County’s 4H coordinator.
Through her job, Davenport had regular contact with children in and out of schools. More than 20 people, including some former 4Hers, appeared in court in support of Davenport.
Several plead not guilty
Several people pled not guilty to charges in a Columbia County court Friday.
Five Grovetown teens pled not guilty to charges connected to a Dec. 28 robbery in Grovetown. Anthony Blade Turner, 19; Baker Lee Brannen Cochran, 17; Larry Charles Porche, 17; Austin Tyler Love, 18; and Christopher Scott Love, 18, pled not guilt to robbery, entering an auto and criminal trespass. Porche also pled not guilty to burglary.
Authorities say the teens broke into a truck at Eagle Point apartments. The owner, armed with his firearm, chased the teens to a nearby laundromat, where he grabbed a 16-year-old. The other five teens indicted rushed the man, stole his gun and shoes and ran away.
All five teens are being held in the jail. Christopher Love and Porche are being held without bond, according to jail records.
A Grovetown woman accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy also pled not guilty at the hearing. Ashley Leigh Wood, 36, pled not guilty to aggravated child molestation.
Wood, who was a babysitter for a Grovetown family that included young children and a 14-year-old boy, is accused of offering and providing oral sex to the teen on Jan. 24. The teen said Wood talked to him in a sexually explicit manner regularly and attempted to sit on his lap as he played video games on Jan. 24.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Employee sent fake check
A new employee of an online company said Friday that he was sent a fake check to get set up to work at home.
The 44-year-old man said he applied for a job online with AEG Online Services on April 1 and was hired after speaking for several minutes to a company representative by instant messenger. The company then sent the man a $1,955 check to purchase a computer and software for the job. After receiving the check on Thursday, the man tried to cash it at his bank. A teller told the man the check was fraudulent, so he called authorities. The man said a company representative was supposed to travel to his home and help get him set up the computer and software. He hadn’t seen or heard form the business as of Friday. When the man asked where the company was located, the representative said it was classified.
The deputy called the bank listed on the check and a representative confirmed it was counterfeit.
Intoxicated man tries breaking into house
An intoxicated Martinez man was arrested early Saturday after he tried to break into a home that wasn’t his.
Jay Krenz, 24, of High Chaparral Drive, was charged with public drunkeness. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Saturday after posting a $500 bond, according to jailers.
Deputies found Krenz on the front porch of a home just after 2 a.m. A woman inside the home said she was watching television when she heard scratching at the door and her dogs started barking. The woman and her 80-year-old mother told deputies they heard a loud banging at the door. The older woman, who was asleep when the noises began, saw Krenz outside the door.
The women went upstairs and said they saw Krenz try to break in the door.
Deputies arrived and arrested Krenz, who appeared extremely intoxicated and didn’t know where he was.
Two vehicles vandalized
Two Columbia County residents told authorities last week that someone vandalized their vehicles.
A 49-year-old man said Friday that someone damaged his son’s vehicle the previous night.
Someone threw a cinder block through the windshield of the car, which was parked in the driveway of their Newland Circle home. Deep scratches ran down the entire driver’s side of the car and words were scratched into the driver’s door and hood.
A 22-year-old man told deputies Saturday that his vehicle was similarly vandalized overnight. Someone threw eggs on the right side of the vehicle and scratched several deep cuts down the left side. The phrase, “I’m gay,” was carved into the driver’s door.
Columbia County Fire Rescue weekly fire report, March 31-April 6:
Medical calls, 29; activated fire alarms, nine; vehicle wrecks, seven; structure fires, five; wood/brush/grass fires, four; CPR in progress, four; mutual aid/public service assistance, three; assist citizens, two; ruptured gas lines, one; and vehicle fire, one.