The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Nine cited for drinking party
Eight people were cited for underage drinking during a weekend party, and a Martinez man is charged with furnishing the home and alcohol for the event.
Thomas Whitney Traino Larick, 23, of the 3600 Block of Lynwood Drive, was charged with furnishing alcohol to those under 21 and with maintaining a disorderly house after deputies were called shortly after midnight Friday to investigate a noise complaint at his residence.
Deputies saw several people entering the front door and backyard of the home, and saw people drinking and heard loud noises from inside and outside the home. They were met at the door by Larick, who told them a birthday party was being held and that he wasn’t aware of any drinking.
Eight of the people at the party were found to be under 21 and in possession of alcohol. They tested positive on a portable alcohol tester. Deputies also confiscated a small amount of marijuana found beside an outdoor firepit.
The report stated that Larick had been warned several times about parties at his home, and that there have been “numerous complaints” about drug use and underage alcohol consumption at the residence.
Larick is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on bonds totalling $3,200, according to jail personnel.
Also cited for underage possession or consumption of alcohol were Joseph Ian Tupper, 19; Muoaz Masood, 19; Chelsea Renee Pittman, 19; Kara Elizabeth Lamberth, 19; Cassy Ann Glosson, 17; Dyshon Vadolle Taylor, 18; Ashley Robin Yohe, 19; and Julian Mckenzie Black, 18.
Man arrested on violence charges
A Martinez man was arrested Saturday after an altercation at his home.
Anthony Lynn Buck, 42, of the 4500 block of Shawnee Drive, was charged with simple battery/family violence and simple assault/family violence.
Deputies were called to Buck’s residence Saturday evening, where his wife, 15-year-old son and 13-year-old stepson described a protracted argument, along with shoving and threats of violence, after Buck had been drinking all day. Buck refused to submit to an alcohol test.
When deputies attempted to arrest and handcuff Buck, he “started using profanity and tensing up,” according to an incident report.
Buck refused to get into the patrol car, so two deputies picked him up and placed him in the back seat, where Buck began slamming his head into the window and cursed at the deputies.
Buck was released Monday from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting $2,200 bond.
Beating leads to battery charge
An Evans man was charged early Sunday after his girlfriend accused him of beating and biting her while keeping her locked in his room.
Matthew Ryan Lash, 19, of the 900 block of Woody Hill Circle, was charged early Saturday with one count each of battery and false imprisonment.
Deputies were called Saturday morning by the 18-year-old woman, who met them at a gas station on Jimmie Dyess Parkway to report that she had “endured a prolonged beating” from Lash.
“During the time he was assaulting her, he had locked the door to the room and he refused her efforts to leave, or the efforts of other people in the house to come to (her) aid,” the report stated, adding that the woman “bore the bruises and a bite mark that indicated she had been beaten.”
Emergency medical staff were called when the woman said she had lost consciousness during the beating, and although she refused to be taken to the hospital, she agreed to go there on her own after submitting the report.
Lash later was arrested, and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting $3,700 bond.
Golf cars stolen, one arrested
An Augusta man is being held by Richmond County authorities and will be charged in Columbia County after the weekend theft of golf cars from a Martinez business.
A Richmond County deputy on patrol early Saturday saw two golf cars traveling along Wheeler Road and suspected they were stolen when one of the drivers jumped off and ran away.
The owner of Lazar Trailers, on the 400 block of Flowing Wells Road, accompanied Columbia County deputies to the rear of his business where they found a fence had been cut and two golf cars and four tires taken. Enclosed trailers also had been broken into in attempt to steal a motorcycle.
The driver of one of the golf cars, Chazaum M. Hammond, 17, of Augusta, was taken into custody by Richmond County deputies. He was being held at the Richmond County jail and Columbia County authorities have a warrant for his arrest on a larceny charge, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Jan. 1-7:
Alarm out of service, one; carbon monoxide detector activation, two; CPR in progress, two; electrical incidents, one; activated fire alarm, 11; gas line rupture, two; interior gas leak, one; hazardous materials, one; investigate various incidents, five; medical incident, 31; vehicle accident, six; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; assist citizens, two; structure fire, eight; test, two; vehicle fire, one; wood/brush/grass fire, eight.