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Police blotter

Posted: November 8, 2017 - 3:19am

Guest charged in hotel assault

A man was arrested at a Grovetown hotel on battery charges after guests heard the victim screaming for help and running away from the man, dressed only in underwear and a towel.

Police determined William Lee Franks, 38, to be the primary aggressor in the case after several witnesses heard a physical confrontation inside the room with Franks and the victim.

The witness told police she was taking her luggage into the room when she saw the victim run out into the hallway in only her underwear and a towel, according to the incident report. The witness said Franks walked out of the room wearing only boxers, ordering the victim, whom the witness called "visibly shaken" to return to the room.

The victim continued on "desperately yelling for help," the report stated. At that time, the witness ran downstairs to the lobby, where the manager called police.

After phoning police, the manager went up to the room and told police she could hear the victim yelling for help inside. The manager knocked on the door and the victim came out of the room wearing only underwear and acting confused. The manager and another guest, who also reportedly heard the victim screaming for help, took the victim to another room and provided her with clothes.

Upon arrival, police stated both Franks and the victim showed signs of intoxication, including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol.

Franks told police they had been at a friend's wedding and accused the victim of "being drunk and irrational," the report stated. Franks denied making physical contact with the victim and stated he was trying to "calm her down," adding the victim "does this every time she gets drunk."

Franks told police the victim became angry when he refused to have sex with her and began throwing things around the room and screaming, causing the other guests to come out of their rooms.

Police said Franks continued to dismiss the situation stating he "didn't do anything," the report stated.

Police observed bruising to the victim's mouth and nose and a small cut to her left cheek, along with swelling and small bleeding to both of her ears. Police said the hotel room was in disarray including small bloodstains to the bed sheets and carpet.

The victim refused to be seen by EMS and, according to police, showed signs of previous domestic abuse, after continuously apologizing for her actions and dismissing any responsibility by Franks, according to the report, which went on to state the victim was insistent on not filing charges.

Franks was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center on charges of battery family violence.

Woman picks fight

A woman was arrested after reportedly fighting with deputies after an altercation with another woman.

Police were called to Little Ceasars in the 4400 block of Columbia Road last week in regards to a fight in progress.

Upon arrival, police were told two women were fighting and began to approach one of the women, Sybil Victoria Bowles, 25, who appeared to be intoxicated, according to the incident report.

Bowles began to walk away from police, who gave her a verbal command to come back. Bowles then reportedly extended her arm toward the deputy and shouted an expletive. Police said Bowles attempted to pull away and shove the deputy when authorities attempted to place her in handcuffs, the report states.

The victim told police she observed Bowles at the back of the business and she appeared extremely intoxicated. The victim confronted Bowles, before Bowles jumped on the victim's back and began to punch and grab her shirt.

A witness at the scene told police Bowles cursed at her and the victim when confronted before jumping on the victim and grabbing her shirt.

The victim and the witness were uninjured. Bowles was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center and was cited with public drunkenness. During transport, police said Bowles began to threaten the deputy, using multiple expletives.

Unruly student suspended

An elementary school student was suspended from school for three days after pulling a rug out from under the feet of a teacher, causing the teacher to fall and hit her head.

Police were called to Greenbrier Elementary last week in reference to an unruly juvenile. According to the incident report, the juvenile was being disruptive by walking around the classroom and making noises to disrupt the other students.

The juvenile then picked up a rug from the reading area and began swinging it around acting like Superman. When the juvenile started going toward the other students, the teacher reportedly took the rug from the juvenile and put it back on the floor.

While the teacher was standing on the rug, the juvenile grabbed the rug and pulled it, making the teacher fall backwards and hit her head on the floor, the incident report stated.

The teacher told police that while she was on the ground, the juvenile also struck her on the back with his hand and laughed, while stating "See, I told you I'd get the rug."

The juvenile was turned over to his parents and disciplined with the suspension.

Counterfeiter caught

Police arrested a man who attempted to run away after being caught using a counterfeit bill at the Columbia County fair.

Jarqueze Kobe Hunter, 17, was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and first-degree forgery after a fair employee recognized the counterfeit $10 bill, according to the incident report.

Hunter reportedly gave the bill in exchange for two $5 bills. When the employee realized the $10 bill had the words "China" and "Copy" on it, he alerted deputies to stop Hunter.

When the deputy called for Hunter to stop, he fled on foot and was apprehended near High Meadows Drive and Columbia Road, according to the incident report.

Hunter immediately told police, "I'm sorry," and that he had received the bill from somebody inside the fairgrounds.

Hunter was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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