Boy, 13, charged as an adult
A 13-year-old boy accused of molesting a 4-year-old neighbor was charged as an adult, authorities said.
The boy, Jacob Staffey, was booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday on a charge of aggravated sexual battery, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew. He is being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center.
Staffey was arrested July 12 during a hearing in Columbia County Juvenile Court at the request of Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine. Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan ordered sheriff’s deputies to take Staffey into custody to aggravated child molestation charges related to a June incident in Richmond County.
After reviewing the case with the District Attorneys office, Chew said they decided the aggravated sexual battery charge better fit the allegations against Staffey.
According to a sheriff’s office report, Staffey and another boy are accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl on June 7 in the backyard of a home on Highview Court. The child’s mother told police her daughter came to her complaining that her genital area was hurting and eventually told her the boys pulled down her pants and molested her. The mother said she had repeatedly warned the two boys to stay away from her home.
Aggravated sexual battery is one of the so-called “seven deadly sins” in Georgia that allow authorities to charge children as young as 13 as adults. A Superior Court judge has the discretion to order the case returned to Juvenile Court, under that law.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident reports:
Someone stole the barber pole from outside a Martinez barber shop last week.
A employee at Lou’s Barber Shop called deputies at about 10 a.m. Monday after discovering the barber pole missing from the front of the shop at 112 Davis Road.
The pole, worth about $350, was last seen two days before attached to the wall outside the front door of the shop.
A woman called authorities Monday after realizing someone stole her purse at a Savannah Rapids Pavilion playground.
The 33-year-old woman said she parked her car the previous day about 20 feet from a playground at the Martinez park where her children were playing. She left the car unlocked and someone stole her purse from inside. Even though she was parked close by, the woman said she was watching her children.
The purse contained her drivers license, debit card and checks.
Man uses fraudulent check
A Target employee told deputies Monday that a man used a fraudulent check to buy merchandise in the Evans Target store.
The employee said that two days prior, a man came into the store and asked the cashier to process his check as a traveler’s check instead of a personal check as payment for $323.98 worth of merchandise. He also said he had another set of merchandise to purchase with another check.
The cashier had problems with the transaction and called the manager, who approved the first transaction. They couldn’t process the second check.
The man, described as a black man in a white T-shirt and blue jeans, left with his merchandise in a gray sport utility vehicle.
Driver damages grass
A deputy discovered damage to the grass at the entrance to a Grovetown subdivision on Monday.
Someone in a vehicle with all-terrain tires drove through the grass at the main entrance to Canterbury Farms subdivision and the entrance to Bridgewater at Canterbury Farms the previous day.
The vehicle made several passes at the entrance to Bridgewater, causing severe damage to the grass.