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Police blotter

Posted: July 23, 2017 - 12:39am

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident reports:
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Man charged with vehicular homicide

A Harlem man accused driving under the influence of drugs and striking and killing a Harlem woman, was arraigned in Columbia County.

Daniel Thomas Shaffer Jr., 22, of Harlem appeared before Columbia County Judge Carl Overstreet and entered a not guilty plea on three counts of vehicular homicide, possession of methamphetamine and no insurance.

Shaffer is charged in the death of 69-year-old Virginia Fairburn, who died from injuries sustained in the head-on collision in mid-April, in which Shaffer was believed to have been driving under the influence of methamphetamine.

Shaffer has remained in the Columbia County Detention Center since his arrest April 18.

Assault allegations are investigated

A woman told police that a man who brought her to a hospital had held her against her will along with two other men, who drugged and raped her.

Police were called the VA Hospital in Augusta to reports of rape by force, according to the incident report.

Upon arrival, police spoke with the victim, who stated that approximately two weeks ago she was "on the streets" when a man picked her up on Deans Bridge Road and brought her to a Tudor Branch location with two other men.

The victim told police she was initially there voluntarily, but began to have panic attacks after the group started using crack cocaine. The victim said the men did not like that her behavior was changing and that she wanted to leave so they raped her and refused to allow her to leave.

The victim stated that the men began dosing her against her will and that one man held a knife to her throat and forbid her to leave, according to the report.

The victim said when she continued to have panic attacks, the men would hit her to make her stop. She further stated that the man who brought her to the hospital, choked her on one occasion because she was having a panic attack and wanted to leave.

A hospital employee spoke with the man who had arrived to the hospital with the woman before it opened. The man told the employee that he was driving on Deans Bridge Road with his girlfriend when the victim jumped out in front of his car. He further stated that when he stopped to see if she was OK, he became concerned and rushed her to the hospital.

The employee stated that the victim was very clingy to the man, crying and screaming on his shoulder. Hospital police officers took the man's information and left before deputies arrived. The victim was transported to University Hospital for a rape kit.

The investigation was turned over to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division.

Man charged with simple battery

A man told police that he attempted to push a woman from his vehicle after he became angry about her questioning him about his indiscretions.

Police arrived to a residence in the 4200 block of Wheeler Road last week to reports of a domestic dispute, according to the incident report.

The victim told police that David Jordan became violent when she questioned him about an indiscretion while they were in the car. The victim said Jordan pulled her arms and clothing in an effort to remove her from the car and that she pleaded with him to stop.

The victim further stated that Jordan became more angry when he was unsuccessful in removing her from the car and grabbed her phone and slammed it on the ground, took her money out of her wallet and dumped the rest of the contents from her purse out in the parking lot.

When questioned about the events, Jordan told police that the victim was accusing him of cheating so he pulled her out of the car. Jordan denied breaking the victim's phone and stated that everything the victim has belongs to him, including the money in the victim's wallet.

Police observed items scattered and strewn around the parking lot, including a cellphone that was shattered and in pieces. Police also observed a scratch on the victim, who also had ripped pants.

During the investigation, Jordan told police that he owns everything so he could do as he pleases. Police stated that Jordan showed no signs of remorse and blamed the incident on the victim or refusing to get out of his car.

Jordan was determined to be the primary aggressor and was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center and is charged with simple battery.

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- From staff reports
Man cited with public drunkenness

A man became intoxicated and smashed the windshield of his vehicle while his wife was seated inside, in the parking lot of an Evans restaurant.

Police said the victim took the car keys after Omar Rodriguez had been drinking at Salsa's Mexican Restaurant, and was too intoxicated to drive, according to the incident report.

Rodriguez became so angry that he smashed the windshield of their car with his right hand, shattering the glass in several places and pushing it towards the dashboard, where the victim was seated.

Rodriguez was treated by Gold Cross EMS but refused to be transported to the hospital. He was arrested and cited with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Rodriguez was given an alco-sensor test on scene, which revealed his alcohol content to be .116.

The restaurant's manager told police that Rodriguez, who is a Salsa's employee, could stay inside the restaurant until he was sober.

Fraudulent checks are cashed

Columbia County's tax commissioner officer reported more than $7,000 in checks were fraudulently cashed.

An employee told police that between June and July an unknown subject cashed seven checks that were said to be from the tax commissioner's office, according to the incident report.

The checks were cashed from the Motor Vehicle bank account and totalled $7,576. The employee told police they did not know who may have cashed the checks or how they would have gotten the information.

Woman hits employee in attempt to shoplift

A woman struck an employee at an Evans business after he witnessed her removing items without paying and attempted to stop her from leaving.

Police responded to Target last week around 4:11 p.m. to reports of simple battery, according to the report.

Upon arrival, police discovered that a Target employee observed the woman, listed only as Ms. McBride, conceal items in her purse and left the store without paying.

The employee approached McBride, who then returned to the store, and all items were recovered. McBride then attempted to flee the scene on foot. The employee told police that he was able to detain McBride outside the entrance of the store, when McBride struck the employee on his wrist with her phone, in an attempt to get away from him, according to the report.

Deputies arrived and escorted McBride back to the store's loss prevention office.

Gold Cross responded to the scene in reference to a complaint from McBride, who told police she was five months pregnant and that her stomach was hurting. EMS evaluated McBride who refused to be transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

Employee gagged, bound in armed robbery

Police responded to an armed robbery call Wednesday around 8:15 a.m. at Subway on Oxbow Road, according to the incident report.

The manager told police that an unknwon male wearing all dark clothing and a mask entered the restaurant with a gun and pointed it at her demanding she open the cash register. The man then bound her with tape and placed her in the rear office before he fled the scene.

Domestic dispute triggered by texts

Police responded to the 6800 block of Elephant Way in Harlem last week to reports of simple battery, according to the incident report.

The victim told police she and Jose Martinez-Neri had gotten into a verbal argument which escalated to a physical fight, over text messages.

The victim said when she received a text message Martinez-Neri grabbed the phone and began slapping and punching her in the face. When more text messages were received on the phone, Martinez-Neri began choking and threatening the victim not to scream or he would kill her, the report states.

The victim told police that her children were in the back bedroom, but that they had not heard her scream prior to the threat.

Upon arrival, police questioned Martinez-Neri who stated that he had gotten into an argument with the victim, but that she had received her injuries for different reasons. He told police the bump on the victim's eye was caused when he attempted to hug the victim and their heads bumped.

Martinez-Neri further stated that when the victim tried to slap him, he blocked it with his forearm and punched her in the cheek. When police asked Martinez-Neri if he had choked the victim, he stated that he put his hands around her neck, but did not squeeze hard and further stated that he was simply trying to hug her. Martinez-Neri also added that he could not remember everything because things were happening so fast. He further stated he had four or five beers before returning to the residence.

The victim refused treatment for multiple visible injuries on her face. Martinez-Neri was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center and charged with simple battery.

- From staff reports

 

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