Jailer charged for contraband
A Columbia County jailer of three months was fired last week and arrested Tuesday after being accused of bringing contraband into the Columbia County Detention Center.
Kester Henry Dozier, 41, was charged Tuesday with delivering prohibited articles including food, books and a cellphone to inmates and violating his oath of office after an investigation that began Feb. 5, according to Columbia County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Steve Morris.
“To say that we are disappointed is an understatement,” a release from the department said. “As we’ve demonstrated in the past, we enforce the law no matter who is involved, and Deputy Dozier’s actions were dealt with swiftly and justly.”
Dozier was a 21-year Army veteran who began work at the detention center Nov. 21, according to the release.
Man sentenced in Ponzi scheme
An Augusta man previously involved in a Ponzi scheme was sentenced to prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to a new charge of scamming investors and sports fans.
Superior Court Judge Sheryl Jolly sentenced Rodney Wade Grubbs, 43, to two more years in prison after he pled guilty to theft Monday, according to Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms.
Grubbs was arrested in November 2011 and has been jailed since. He was accused of soliciting money from a man to buy tickets to the Southeastern Conference football championship game and forging SEC invoices.
Another man said he gave Grubbs money in June 2011 to buy, then resell, tickets to the Major League Baseball All-Star game.
Jolly also revoked Grubbs’ original 2010 sentence of 30 years’ probation and $442,500 in restitution. He pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft and three counts of forgery in 2010. Grubbs was accused of bilking three investors out of more than $500,000, starting in January 2008.
He told investors he would use their money to purchase hotel rooms and tickets to concerts and sporting events, including the Super Bowl and Masters Tournament.
Grubbs received no prison time on his original charge.
After he serves the two years on the new charge, he must continue the restitution and remaining probation.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Man accused of making threats
An Appling man turned himself in to authorities late Monday after his girlfriend said he pointed a rifle at her face and threatened to shoot her.
Jeremy Parr, 27, of Cobbham Road, was charged with aggravated assault.
Parr’s live-in girlfriend of four years called deputies just before 4 p.m. saying an argument with Parr led to him threatening to shoot her with a rifle, then hiding the gun. She said they began arguing at her Evans workplace at about 3 p.m. He left and went home, then called her. While on the phone, the woman said Parr fired a gunshot and said that could have been meant for her.
The woman went home and was talking to Parr when he grabbed a rifle from his vehicle. He pointed the rifle at the woman’s face and threatened to kill her. She talked Parr into lowering the weapon.
He walked into nearby woods, hid the gun, then agreed to let the woman take him for mental treatment.
As they drove to a medical facility, Parr said he needed to use the restroom. When they stopped at Pollard’s Corner, Parr got out and said he was going back home where he left his gun. The woman also went back home and called authorities.
Deputies saw Parr run into woods near the home. The woman led deputies to where Parr left his gun leaning against a tree. Deputies also found four boxes of ammunition in Parr’s vehicle.
A deputy called Parr’s phone and told him to come out and meet with authorities. Parr then called his girlfriend and said his phone was dying but he was still in the woods.
He turned himself in soon after.
He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Tuesday after posting a $25,100 bond, according to jailers.
Man solicits cop posing as teen
A Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigator said Monday that he made contact with a man online wanting to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.
The investigator said he was doing an undercover investigation in an online chatroom and was contacted by another user with the screen name georgia_biker57.
The user believed he was chatting with a 14-year-old girl.
The user soon began talking about meeting the investigator posing as a teen for a sexual encounter.
Parked trailer taken from store
The driver of a tractor-trailer called deputies early Tuesday when he discovered his truck and trailer were missing from the parking lot of a convenience store near Interstate 20.
The driver said he parked his truck behind the TPS at 499 Lewiston Road just before 4 p.m. Monday. When he returned at 2:30 a.m., the truck and trailer were gone. The driver said he’s parked there regularly for four years without incident.
The driver rode around trying to find his truck, which has distinctive paint colors. He told deputies he found the truck at about 4 a.m. at the Pilot station on River Watch Parkway near I-20, but the trailer was missing.