Augusta teens charged with armed robbery
Two Augusta teens were arrested early Tuesday after authorities say one robbed a Martinez convenience store at gunpoint and then led deputies on a brief chase.
James Eric Gibbons, 17, of Sasser Lane, and Evan terry Ramsey, 17, of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, were charged with armed robbery and are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
The clerk of the Circle K at 403 S. Belair Road told authorities that a man, later identified as Gibbons, came into the store at about 1:40 a.m., produced handgun and demanded all of the money from the register, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The clerk gave the robber the money and he left.
As deputies were en route to the store, one spotted a Honda Civic with no tag leaving the store. The driver, later identified as Ramsey, led deputies on a brief chase, which ended on Casa Linda Drive where deputies used spike strips to stop the car, Morris said.
Ramsey was arrested but Gibbons ran. A sheriff’s office canine found him hiding under a nearby porch, Morris said.
A Ruger .22-caliber handgun and cash were found on the passenger floorboard of the Honda, which was reported stolen from North Augusta on April 19, Morris said.
In addition to armed robbery, Gibbons is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by receiving stolen property. Ramsey also faces charges of theft by receiving, driving without a license, reckless driving and fleeing and attempting to elude, Morris said.
Harlem woman charged with hiding death
A Harlem woman was arrested Sunday for hiding her mother’s death.
Denise Marie Chinnery, 45, was charged with concealing the death of another and cruelty to a person 65 years or older. She was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $15,200 bond, according to jail records.
Chinnery’s sister called authorities to the Mahala Lane home Chinnery shared with her 74-year-old mother, Catherine Simmons, at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Her sister told deputies that Chinnery was inside with their mother’s dead body and refused to let her in, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident report. The sister and others said they could smell a strong odor of decomposition coming from inside the mobile home.
Chinnery’s brother-in-law forced open the door and saw Simmons’ body seated in a living room chair, according to the report.
Two deputies later forced Chinnery outside.
Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins estimated Simmons had been dead at least a week. Her body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta to determine the cause of death, Collins said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s office:
Gunman robs man, Pizza Hut workers
An armed man robbed a man and two Pizza Hut employees late Friday.
A man said he pulled into the parking lot of Regions Bank on Columbia Road in Martinez at about 9 p.m. A man with a gun and shirt over his face emerged from behind a transformer and demanded money. The man gave up his money and the robber ordered him to walk into the Pizza Hut restaurant next door at 4127 Columbia Road. The robber put a handgun into his back and followed the man into the restaurant.
A Pizza Hut employee said the robber – wearing black jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a white T-shirt across his face – walked in behind the man. She said the robber was carrying a silver handgun and demanded money. The employee handed over the nightly cash deposit she’d just finished counting. The robber then left.
Shoplifter leads deputies on chase
A shoplifting suspect was arrested Saturday evening while fleeing from an Evans store.
Tony Anthony Fair, 27, of River Watch Parkway, was charged with shoplifting, obstruction, fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain lane, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to stop upon striking a fixture. He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday on a $13,300 bond, according to jail records.
An employee of Walmart saw a man, later identified as Fair, put several items in a shopping cart and leave the store just after 7 p.m. When the employee approached Fair, he abandoned the cart and left in a Dodge Intrepid. A deputy saw the car on Washington Road and turn onto Evans to Locks Road. The deputy was behind the car when Fair failed to stop at the stop sign at Evans Towne Center Boulevard.
The deputy turned on his lights and siren to stop Fair, who continued and veered into oncoming traffic, nearly causing a wreck. Fair then drove onto the sidewalk on Evans-to-Locks Road where his car hit a fire hydrant and landed in a ditch.
Fair got out and ran until deputies tackled him. He continued to fight the deputies until handcuffed and placed in the patrol car.
Deputies found several items in Fair’s car, including a pack of Hanes boxer shorts, two fishing reels and hair straightener.
Woman finds urine in kitchen cabinet
An Evans woman called authorities Friday after finding urine in her kitchen cabinet.
The 32-year-old woman said she found a sealed container inside the cabinet. She remembered washing the container, putting on the lid and putting it in the cabinet. When she opened the cabinet Friday evening, it contained a yellow liquid with a strong urine smell.
The woman said her windows and doors stay locked.
Columbia County Fire Rescue weekly fire, April 21-27:
Medical calls, 33; controlled/unauthorized burns, nine; vehicle wrecks, eight; investigations, seven; wood/brush/grass fires, five; activated fire alarms, four; vehicle fires, three; CPR in progress, three; assist citizens, two; structure fires, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; ruptured gas line, one; interior natural gas leak, one; hazardous materials, one; and other fires, one.