Two burglary suspects caught following chase
Authorities on Sunday arrested a North Augusta couple accused of burglary after they led deputies on a high-speed chase into South Carolina.
A Grovetown man called deputies at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday, stating they saw a man go into their neighbor’s garage and come out carrying a backpack leaf blower. The man, later identified as Jack Holt, 24, threw the blower into the trunk of a white Dodge Intrepid and sped away.
Deputies located the car and a high-speed chase ensued on Interstate 20 into South Carolina. Holt finally pulled the car over on Martintown Road in North Augusta, where he and his girlfriend, Ashley Thompson, 24, were arrested. Two children in the car – ages 1 and 3 – were turned over to a family member.
Holt is wanted in Columbia County on warrants for burglary, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless conduct, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, driving on a suspended license and failure to stop at a stop sign. Thompson also is wanted for burglary.
Both were turned over to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and await extradition.
Guilty plea in assaults brings prison sentence
A Martinez man was sentenced to prison Friday after he pled guilty to assaulting a sheriff’s deputy and several women.
Javantroi Perez Walden, 34, pled guilty to seven counts of sexual battery, simple battery, driving under the influence, fleeing and attempting to elude and obstruction at a hearing in Evans as part of a negotiated plea with the District Attorney’s Office.
Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Craig sentenced Walden to 10 years in prison followed by two years’ probation. Walden, who has been in the Columbia County Detention Center since his Dec. 23, 2012 arrest, also was fined $1,500.
Walden was charged with obstruction, fleeing, driving under the influence and sexual battery in connection with a Dec. 23 incident when he punched a deputy and crashed into a patrol. A deputy caught Walden running out of the Evans Walmart store, where he had grabbed a female shopper’s breast.
Walden is accused of grabbing the breasts of female shoppers at the Walmart stores in Evans and Martinez on Dec. 19 and 22.
Since July, Walden has been charged with groping at least four women in Walmart stores and a teenager at Sonic.
Several indicted in Columbia County
Several people were recently indicted by a Columbia County Grand Jury.
Christopher Joseph San Miguel, 27, of Evans, was indicted on a charge of vehicular homicide in connection to a March 2 wreck that killed Alaina Kensinger, 28, of Martinez, according to court documents released Friday.
Kensinger was a passenger in San Miguel’s vehicle at about 4:30 a.m. when he is believed to have fallen asleep. The vehicle drifted off the road, turned sideways, hit a guardrail, then a metal sign pole. San Miguel’s blood alcohol concentration was .165 at the time.
San Miguel was arrested March 28 and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center the same day after posting a $13,400 bond, according to jail records.
The grand jury also indicted former 4-H worker Jennifer Gayle Davenport, 26, who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Davenport was indicted on aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation.
She was arrested April 1 after the girl’s mother discovered Davenport had been in a sexual relationship with the teen. The teen told her mother she and Davenport had oral sex and shared sexually explicit text messages.
Davenport, who was a 4-H program assistant until three weeks before her arrest, was released from the jail April 6 after posting a $25,000 bond.
Two former Columbia County sheriff’s deputies also were indicted.
Former Staff Sgt. David Ronald Kitchens was charged with computer theft and violating the oath of the public officer. Kitchens was arrested March 5 after he was accused of soliciting business for personal injury attorneys and using sheriff’s office computers to print accident reports for private citizens and attorneys.
He was fired Feb. 25 and was released from the jail after posting a $10,000 bond, according to jail records.
Former sheriff’s office jailer Kester Henry Dozier was indicted on charges of violating the oath of a public officer and crossing guard lines with prohibited items.
He was arrested Feb. 19 for delivering prohibited items including food, books and cell phones to inmates in the jail.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s office:
Lakeside teens caught in sex act at school
Two Lakeside High School students were charged Thursday after they were caught having oral sex in a school storage room.
A school media specialist told authorities that she walked into a storage room near the school theater at about 1 p.m. and found a 15-year-old female student on her knees in front of a 16-year-old male student. She told an assistant principal, and school officials called the students’ parents.
The students were suspended pending a school disciplinary hearing and were charged with sodomy. They were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center before being released to their parents.
Dog subdued man who fought with deputies
A Columbia County Sheriff’s Office canine was used to subdue a North Augusta man who fought deputies after being caught in a stolen car.
Skylar Ronald Kennedy, 21, of Newcastle Avenue, was charged with obstruction and theft by receiving stolen property. He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Deputies were looking for a reported reckless driver in a black Honda, stolen from Richmond County, on Washington Road at Baston Road just after 8 p.m. Friday. Deputies found the car on Washington Road near Belair Road and the driver, later identified a Kennedy, pulled into the parking lot of Walmart in Evans. He tried to get away in the parking lot, but was blocked in by deputies.
Kennedy jumped out of a passenger window and tried to run away. Three deputies tackled Kennedy, but he continued to resist and refused to put his hands behind his back. A deputy with a canine arrived to assist. Kennedy was bitten several times on the upper arm and back during the scuffle. He finally surrendered and was arrested.
Kennedy told deputies that the Honda was “probably stolen through Richmond County.” He was taken to the Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment before being booked into the jail.
Two boys reportedly shoot at school bus
A Columbia County school bus driver called authorities Friday to report two boys shot at the bus.
The driver told deputies that between 3 and 3:45 p.m., two boys – ages 11 and 13 – were in a Steeplechase Drive yard when she stopped to let children off. As she pulled away, she saw one of the boys point a BB gun at the side of the bus and fire. She heard two or three metallic sounds.
The driver said she didn’t see the other boy fire at the bus. He laid his gun down.
The driver said she knows the boys because they ride her bus. A deputy talked to the mother of one of the boys but could not locate the other mother.
Knives appearing in yard scare woman
An Evans woman told deputies Thursday that she’s worried finding two knives in her yard is a threat against her family.
The 50-year-old woman said she found a makeshift knife in her backyard around the first of May. It appeared to be the blade of a hunting-style pocket knife with a sick wrapped around one end as a handle. The woman said she didn’t think anything of it at the time, figuring it was children who live near her.
The woman said she takes her dogs outside every morning and saw nothing suspicious in the yard Thursday morning. When she returned from work after 5 p.m., the woman said she found a large kitchen knife with an orange survey flag wrapped around the handle shoved into the ground near a tree.
The second knife incident concerned the woman who said she’s worried someone might be trying to threaten her or her family. The woman said she also set up a trail camera to get footage explaining the strange knives.