Lawyer charged in bank robbery attempt
An Evans attorney was nabbed in a bank parking lot after what police say was an attempted robbery Monday afternoon.
Ronald Jin Man Pak, 47, of the 4200 block of Aerie Circle, was arrested as he was leaving the Wells Fargo Bank at 489 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Pak is an Augusta-based attorney specializing in immigration and nationality law.
Deputies responded to an alarm at the bank shortly after 2 p.m. when Morris said Pak approached a teller, said he had a gun and demanded cash.
Pak didn’t show a weapon and left without receiving any money, and was apprehended while driving out of the bank parking lot, Morris said.
Pak was charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony and is being held without bond in the Columbia County Detention Center, according to jail records.
Groom dies in car crash hours after wedding
An Augusta man who had been married earlier in the day died late Saturday in an Appling car crash, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.
Brian Allen Orzechowski, 36, was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m. after suffering blunt force trauma, Collins said. His bride, Crystal Lynn Krentler, 35, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where she was in critical condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Orzechowski and Krentler were traveling west on Washington Road when their 1995 Saturn SL1 crossed the center line and hit an eastbound 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander nearly head-on, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. The crash occurred shortly after 9 p.m.
It took rescue workers more than an hour to remove Orzechowski from the wreckage, Collins said.
Orzechowski and Krentler were on their way to a cabin at Pointes West Army Resort at Lake Thurmond, Morris said.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, Torvoy Curry, 35, was taken by ambulance to Doctors Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, Collins said.
Curry was driving on a suspended license and had an open container in the car, Morris said.
Collins said Orzechowski’s blood would undergo toxicology testing, but it could take as long as six weeks to get the results.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident reports:
Motorists fight over minor traffic accident
Two men called authorities Friday evening with each claiming the other started a fight after a minor wreck on Interstate 20.
A 28-year-old man said he was changing lanes on I-20 at about 7 p.m. when he hit the front right corner of another car. Both the man and the other motorist pulled off onto Lewiston Road.
The man said the other motorist got out of his vehicle, approached the man aggressively, then punched him in the head. The man said he fought back until someone intervened and broke up the fight. The man said the other motorist drove away before deputies arrived.
The other motorist called deputies about an hour later and said that after the wreck, the other driver attacked and punched him.
Cars broken into while parked at baseball park
Someone broke into several cars while they were parked at a Martinez Little League park.
All of the vehicles were parked at Crawford Creek Baseball Park on Collins Drive between 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Thursday.
Someone broke windows of the six vehicles and stole purses, wallets, watches, sunglasses, and other items.
Stolen credit card used to purchase porn
A Harlem woman called authorities Friday and reported someone used her credit card to buy pornography.
The 68-year-old woman said she discovered on May 22 that the Internet purchases were made between March 14 and May 22.
Man reports “sociopath” Facebook page
A Grovetown man told deputies Thursday that he discovered a Facebook page dedicated to calling him a sociopath.
The 39-year-old man said he discovered that someone set up a Facebook page that referred to him in the title as a “sociopath.”
The page included photos of the man. He provided deputies the name of someone who might have created the page.
The victim said he contacted Facebook to have the page removed.