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Police blotter

Posted: June 14, 2017 - 12:12am

4-year-old girl drowns in lake

A 4-year-old girl drowned at Thurmond Lake on Saturday.

Evelynn Hoskins, of Martinez, was at Wildwood Park with her parents, siblings and friends for a birthday party, according to Bonnie King, Columbia County's deputy coroner.

The child was wearing a life jacket most of the day, but took it off while the group of 20 ate cupcakes about 4:30 p.m., King said.

A little after 5 p.m., Evelynn's parents, Joseph and Erin Hoskins, noticed she was missing and hadn't been seen for about 15 minutes. The party guests and bystanders began searching, and calls were made to the park ranger and 911.

About 6:05 p.m., one of the searchers, a retired Richmond County sheriff's deputy, found the body in the lake.
Attempts to revive the girl with CPR failed, King said. Evelynn was taken by ambulance to Doctors Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m., King said.

The body will be sent to Atlanta for an autopsy, which is standard procedure, King said. An investigator from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office has been assigned to the case, also standard procedure, she said.

 

Man charged with shoplifting

A man was arrested after returning to an Evans business to shoplift after being caught for the same crime previously.

The loss prevention employee at Walmart called police after recognizing the subject from a previous incident, according to the incident report.

The employee told police that the man, later identified as Jamie Randall Weeks, 34, was seen on video surveillance with a baby stroller in his shopping cart along with a backpack that was full of items.

The employee said that at one point, Weeks walked past her and said to her "I see you."

Weeks then went to a register and bought cigarettes. When the cashier asked to see inside the bookbag, Weeks told the cashier they were items that he had already purchased.

Police arrested Weeks and he was charged with theft by shoplifting and parole violation, and booked into the Columbia County Detention Center.

 

Man charged with disorderly conduct

A man, later found to be high on narcotics, was charged with disorderly conduct after entering multiple occupied vehicles at a gas station, as well as occupied cars waiting at a red light nearby.

Police were called to the Pilot gas station on Jimmie Dyess Parkway in regards to a male harrassing customers and entering vehicles, according to the incident report.

When police asked the male what his name was, he replied "Steak and Shake." And when police further questioned him about what he was doing at the Pilot, he would scream that he needed to speak to "Mr. Larry."

Employees at the gas station said the man, later identified as Travis Lewis, 27, was seen in the parking lot attempting to take items people were holding in their hands. The employees also said they saw Lewis get into several occupied vehicles in the parking lot before being forced out by the occupants. At one point, Lewis walked to a vehicle waiting at a red light at the Park West Drive intersection and got into the passenger side of the car. The elderly woman pulled her car into the gas station parking lot and demanded Lewis exit the vehicle.

Another witness told police that Lewis approached him and attempted to open a rear door of a camper he was pulling behind his truck. The witness said he confronted Lewis each time and that Lewis replied he "wasn't looking for any trouble," according to the report.

Due to the multiple unbiased witness statements, Lewis was arrested and transported to the Columbia County Detention Center. According to the report, Lewis later confessed to taking "two bars," of narcotics prior to the incident.

 

Woman finds dent in front door, calls police

A woman called police after she found a dent in her front door and pieces of a pineapple on her front porch.

The victim told police that when she returned home, she noticed the pineapple and the dent. The victim told police that she was informed by her 7-year-old granddaughter she watched a man, identified as Laron Mickens, come by and throw an object at the door, according to the incident report.

Mickens denied throwing anything at the home and that he was never home on the date the incident occurred.

Police issued a criminal trespass warning to Mickens at the victim's request.

 

Police search for man they say shoplifted

Police are searching for a man they said concealed more than $600 worth of bed sheets from a Grovetown business.

The subject is identified as a black male wearing a gray shirt with a red Nike emblem and gray pants.

Police said the man entered the Grovetown Walmart, concealed about $650 worth of bed sheets inside a tote and then exited the store without paying.

The man left the parking lot in a silver, four-door passenger car, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria or a Mercury Grand Marquis.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Joe Baker with the Columbia County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Unit at (706) 541-8441.

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