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Police blotter

Posted: May 28, 2017 - 1:33am

Man sought for grocery theft

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking for public help in identifying a shoplifting suspect.

According to a news release, an unknown white male recently entered Publix at 4274 Washington Road and exited with $290 worth of goods without paying.

The subject left in a white Chevrolet S10. Anyone with information can contact the sheriff's office at (706) 541-8441.

2 students attempted drug deal

Two students were caught attempting to complete a marijuana sale transaction on school grounds.

A school administrator caught the two students at Harlem High School during the transaction, according to the incident report, when one juvenile shoved the administrator against the wall, pushed past him and fled the school on foot. The juvenile was apprehended and charged with simple battery on a school official.

Both juveniles involved in the transaction were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and transaction in marijuana on school grounds.

Man arrested for shooting

A Grovetown man was arrested after a shooting, in which no one was injured. Police responded to the 1100 block of Dodge Lane in reference to the shooting. Upon arrival police discovered that a vehicle traveling north on Dodge Lane and been struck numerous times by projectiles, according to the incident report. Two victims told police that Matthew Whalen shot their vehicle and drove off. Grovetown police officers located the vehicle and made contact with Whalen.

Whalen was arrested and a crime scene investigation was established.

Man arrested for public intoxication

An intoxicated man was arrested after causing a disturbance at a Grovetown gas station. Police responded to the TPS on Lewiston Road in reference to an intoxicated man in the parking lot causing a disturbance, according to the incident report. Dispatch informed officers that the man was shouting expletives, beating on the doors of the business and attempting to start fights with truck drivers.

Upon arrival, police located the man, later identified as Mark Diaz, who was agitated and shouting profanities. Police stated that Diaz had a strong odor of alcohol when he spoke. Diaz refused to show identification. Diaz also attempted to follow deputies back into the gas station, where they went to meet with other witnesses. Police said Diaz then began shouting at the deputy, stating that he did nothing wrong, while shouting profanities.

Due to the numerous complaints, and Diaz's behavior, becoming more belligerent and agitated, police placed Diaz under arrest. Once placed inside the patrol car, Diaz continued to shout profanities and police say he spit in the patrol car.

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