Injured deputy dies
Cpl.Wesley Mack died Monday after an Interstate 20 traffic accident Sunday, a Medical College of Georgia Hospital spokeswoman said.
The Columbia County sheriffs deputy was seriously injured when a sport utility vehicle crashed into his motorcycle.
Following a traffic stop on I-20 near the Belair Road/Jimmy Dyess Parkway exit, Mack, 46, tried to merge back onto the interstate from the median when a Mazda Tribute driven James Watson, 36, of Leeland, N.C., hit him. The force of the crash threw Mack from his motorcycle.
The seven-year veteran of the sheriffs office was airlifted to MCG where he underwent emergency surgery.
Mack was deemed at fault in the accident, but no charges will be filed, said Georgia State Patrol Trooper T.W. Crafton.
Muns enters guilty plea
An Evans man who was accused of sexual assault charges involving two minors last summer will spend at least another year in confinement after pleading guilty to four charges Monday.
Superior Court Judge Bernard Mulherin Sr. sentenced Richard Chad Muns, 19, to 20 years probation, with 212 years spent at a state detention center, after pleading guilty to two counts of statutory rape, misdemeanor public indecency and misdemeanor simple battery as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the Athens District Attorneys Office. He could have received up to 42 years in prison.
Muns, son of Lee Muns, a member of the Columbia County school board and the chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party, originally was charged in July 2003 with several counts of rape, child molestation, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and statutory rape against an 18-year-old woman and two 14-year-old girls between October 2002 and May 2003.
Muns will be given credit for the year he spent in the Columbia County Detention Center while awaiting trial, Mulherin said. He also was fined $3,150, and the three victims will be informed of the results of a blood test and any changes to Muns sentence.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriffs Office.
Cursing leads to arrest
The cursing and yelling of an Evans woman in a local grocery store led to her arrest Saturday.
Police arrested JoAnn Hiott, 55, of the 4400 block of Hickory Drive, when authorities said she refused to calm down after a cursing tirade at the Kroger at 4355 Washington Road in Evans.
A deputy wrote in an incident report that he tried to calm Hiott down several times inside the store, but she continued cursing and yelling. She then went outside and started yelling at bystanders.
The deputy placed her under arrest and charged her with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
Hiotts bond was set at $1,100, but she remained in the Columbia County Detention Center on Tuesday, according to jail records.
Eviction brings arrest
An evicted Martinez man was arrested when police say he didnt leave his home Saturday.
Michael Scott Grigg, 25, of the 4000 block of Sweetbrier Drive, had been evicted when he was spotted sleeping in the home by property manager Kenneth Leroy Smith.
Smith, of Hephzibah, called police, who confirmed with the Columbia County Magistrate Court that Grigg had been evicted.
Police arrested Grigg and charged him with criminal trespass. He was released later that day on a $1,100 bond.
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of July 4-10:
Woods fire, one; grass fire, one; vehicle fires, two; controlled burn, one; fire alarms, eight; carbon monoxide, one; medical calls, 27; rescue calls, seven; investigations, three; and other, one.
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