Molester pleads guilty
A former 20-year-old Harlem High School junior will spend at least 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to child molestation.
Christopher Allen Hall, of the 300 block of Creekside Drive in Grovetown, was arrested May 19 and pleaded guilty to child molestation at a hearing Thursday in connection with a March incident involving a 15-year-old female student. Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Hall to 25 years - 12 years in prison and 13 on probation, said Assistant District Attorney Ashley Wright.
This was Hall's second child molestation conviction. In March 2002, he pleaded guilty to child molestation and criminal attempt to commit rape as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office. At that time, Hall was sentenced to six years probation.
At Thursday's hearing, Overstreet also revoked Hall's remaining three years, eight months and 17 days of that probation, forcing him to serve that time in prison before beginning to serve the newest sentence.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Man reports assault
A Harlem man called police Thursday night after a friend said he was assaulted.
Adrian Kent Williams, of the 400 block of Leitner Mill Road, reported that at about 11:15 p.m. he heard a knock at the door. When he looked out, Williams saw his friend, Preston Jay Barkwell Jr., also of the 400 block of Leitner Mill Road, standing on the carport covered with blood, according to a Columbia County police report.
Williams said Barkwell told him that two men broke into his home while he slept and hit him with several objects and stated that a woman sent them, the report stated. Barkwell had several cuts, bruises and possibly internal injuries so he was airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment. He was treated and released soon after, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Responding deputies went to Barkwell's home were they found the back door forced open, several items knocked over in the living room and blood on the floor, wall and sofa, the report stated.
Phony phone call
A Harlem man said he received a call last week from two men claiming to be Federal Bureau of Investigation agents asking for money.
Ronnie Darrel Love, of the 500 block of Lamkin Road, told police that between last Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon, he received a call from two unknown people claiming to be FBI agents. Love said the men requested that he send them nearly $2,000 so the agents could be sent to his home to hand over a $5 million check that Love had won, according to a police report.
Love said he would prosecute if the callers were identified, the report stated.
Car rolls into ditch
An Appling woman told police she saw her car rolling across her yard Saturday night.
Teneshia Latasha Willingham, of the 6800 block of Pecan Drive, told police that she looked out her window just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday and saw her 1995 Honda Civic moving in the front yard, according to a police report.
Willingham said she went outside and found the car in the ditch in her front yard but could not see anyone around the car because it was dark. The incident caused $1,000 damage to the car, the report stated.
Car is vandalized
A Martinez woman discovered Thursday that her car had been vandalized in more ways than one.
Brandi Avis Hinley, of the 300 block of Old Evans Road, told police Thursday that sometime that day or the night before someone keyed a derogatory name into the driver's door of her 2002 Toyota RAV4, according to a police report.
Hinley also said that some unknown sticky liquid, possibly a carbonated product, was poured over the hood, windshield and driver's door, the report stated. Hinley said she would prosecute of the offender was identified.
Martinez fire report
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of June 13-19:
Structure fires, two; vehicle fire, one; fire alarms, seven; natural gas leaks, two; medical calls, 18; rescue calls, eight; investigations, four; and other, one.
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