Ex-Augusta commissioner serves jail time
A former Richmond County Commission member recently began serving nearly three weeks in jail after pleading guilty to shoplifting makeup and medicine from a pharmacy on Christmas Eve.
Paul William “Bill” Hiers, 69, was sentenced to 20 days in the Columbia County Detention Center and 12 months probation on June 2 after he pled guilty to misdemeanor shoplifting. He reported to the jail Monday to begin serving the sentence.
CVS employees at 3527 Old Petersburg Road witnessed Hiers putting CoverGirl makeup and a bottle of Aleve into his pants pockets before trying to leave the store, according to an incident report.
Hiers later told police he didn’t want to stand in the long line so he decided not to pay. A woman with Hiers told police she handed him the items but was not aware he intended to steal the merchandise.
Hiers spent several hours in jail that day.
He served on the pre-consolidation Richmond County Commission from 1979-82 and was chairman in 1980.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Police question man’s report about his boat
A man said his boat sank after someone cut holes in the hull on Father’s Day weekend.
The man said he’d been drinking while on his boat at Clarks Hill Lake on June 13. Because his designated driver wasn’t comfortable towing the boat, the man said he left the boat on the locked trailer at about 8 p.m. in an open field at the end of Lincolnton Road near Sunset Drive in Appling.
When the man returned with a friend at about 6:30 a.m. Monday, he removed the trailer tongue lock and hooked it up to his truck. The man said he then noticed that a Clarion marine audio console and speakers were missing from the boat. He looked the boat over and discovered that a pair of water skis, a wakeboard, a towable tube, a ski rope and a pair of Oakley sunglasses also were stolen.
While towing the boat back to his home, the man said he and his friend decided to put the boat in the lake at Elijah Clark State Park in Lincolnton to make sure the engine wasn’t damaged. The man said he launched the boat, which began to sink. He then found 10 holes, each 3 inches in diameter, drilled into the boat’s hull. A Georgia Department of Natural Resources ranger arrived and took photos of the holes, which appear to have been made with a holesaw. There were five holes in the starboard gunnel, two holes in the transom and three holes in the port side gunnel. The ranger also found the exhaust manifold missing from the engine and two park plugs broken off in the engine block.
A sheriff’s deputy arrived and spoke with the ranger. The deputy did not find any fiberglass, wood, paint or gelcoat in the area where the man said he parked the boat. He also didn’t find any impressions or discolorations in the grass as would be expected from a large boat on a trailer parked in the same location more than 58 hours. The deputy determined the damage did not happen at the time and place the man said.
Man charged in theft of candy
A Martinez man was arrested Tuesday morning after he was caught stealing candy from a convenience store by a deputy.
Reul Williams, 29, of Boulder Creek Road, was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting.
A deputy was at the Circle K convenience store on Baston Road at Old Petersburg Road just before 11 a.m. reviewing store surveillance video footage for another case. While in the manager’s office, the deputy saw a man, later identified as Williams, by the soft drink coolers.
Williams then took a Reese’s package from inside the cooler and put it in his front pocket.
Williams left the store without paying for the candy and got into the back seat of a black car in the parking lot. The deputy was able to stop the vehicle, recover the candy and arrest Williams.
He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $1,100 bond, according to jailers.