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Police Blotter, March 16, 2014

Man dies in single-car crash

Posted: March 15, 2014 - 11:09pm

Man dies in single-car crash

An Appling man died Wednesday in a single-car wreck on Ray Owens Road.

Danny Keith Baird, 54, of Michele Drive, ran off the right side of Ray Owens Road near Bennett Road just before 4 p.m., according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Baird over-corrected, crossed the road and hit several trees.

Baird was transported to the Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie Holloway.

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Delivery man professes love with furniture

A woman said Monday that a man who delivered her furniture order professed his love to her through text messages and gifts of furniture.

The 33-year-old woman said she bought furniture from a downtown Augusta store and it was delivered on March 5. The woman said she and the delivery man talked about him building a headboard for a bed and exchanged phone numbers.

Since then, the woman said, the man has left numerous pieces of furniture she didn’t order at her house when she wasn’t home. The woman also said she’s received several text messages from the man, who stated that he believed it was God’s will that they be together.

Deputies told the man not to contact the woman again.

Man arrested
in stabbing

A Martinez man was arrested early Tuesday after another man said he stabbed him.

Troy Steven Lanier, 51, of Belair-Frontage Road, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

The 43-year-old man said he picked up Lanier from the Pilot station on Jimmie Dyess Parkway at about 12:30 a.m. He said they drove around to a few places in Richmond County before stopping at Spring Foods at 3701 Washington Road in Martinez to put air in the tires. The man said Lanier asked him to drive him to get drugs. When he refused, he said Lanier stabbed him in the upper left chest.

Lanier then demanded that the man drive him home, which he said he did. He dropped Lanier back at the Pilot and he walked to the red Roof Inn, where he had a room. Deputies found him in the parking lot. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was being held Thursday on a $30,200 bond, according to jail records.

Burglar drinks beer at home

A Martinez man said someone broke into his home and drank his beer.

The 27-year-old man said he’d been out of town and returned home on Tuesday to discover the burglary. The man said the house had been checked two days prior and it was secure. The man said the burglar broke in through a kitchen window and unlocked the front door. The burglar also drank six beers from the refrigerator and broke two security cameras.

A deputy found a window above the kitchen sink broken and the glass in the sink. Both cameras were ripped off their wall mounts and were not recording at the time of the burglary.

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Comments (2)


Why was the car wreck victim transported "past" three closer

hospitals to get to GRU? Would this person have gone to Ron Cross Memorial Hospital on Ronald Reagan Drive? NO. And it won't happen with a CC hospital super structure of 100+ beds.

Sweet son


The man was 'flown' to GRU a Level 3 Trauma Center. And, yes patients will continue to bypass facilities unable to take care of the patient's needs. Whatever is built in CC probably won't be designated a Trauma Center since GRU and Doctors already are. GRU is just a higher level than Doctors.

Wouldn't you want to be taken to the facility where you have the best chance for survival?