The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.
Grovetown man indicted
A grand jury added two more counts of child molestation last week to the already six-count indictment against Jimmie Lee Mills, 69, of the 1300 block of Old Louisville Road in Grovetown.
As part of an investigation into the accusations that Mills molested four young girls while a volunteer driver on a church bus, a fifth victim was identified, said Assistant District Attorney Todd Hughes.
Mills was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 13.
Sexual assault indictment
A Grovetown man has been indicted on sexual assault charges against a 10-year-old.
The grand jury indicted Emory Earl Epperly Jr., 30, on aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and two counts of aggravated sodomy, according to court documents released Thursday.
Epperly is accused of sexually molesting the 10-year-old for nearly three years until the victim told someone what had happened, said District Attorney Danny Craig.
Epperly was arrested July 31 and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Aug. 24 after posting a $40,000 bond, according to jail records.
Car break-ins reported
A rash of car break-ins has recently been reported in several high-end neighborhoods in eastern Columbia County.
Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2, 15 vehicles, including two Land Rovers in neighborhoods near Evans to Locks, Fury's Ferry and North Belair roads, were entered into through unlocked doors and then ransacked, according to sheriff's office incident reports.
The neighborhoods that were hit included Bridlewood, Jones Creek, The Locks and Barrington. The few who reported missing items at the time of the reports listed missing CDs, wallets, hats and sunglasses.
A Thomson couple was arrested Sept. 1 after police say they were caught leaving the Evans Wal-Mart SuperCenter without paying for nearly $400 in merchandise and meat.
Patricia Hall, 46, of the 900 block of Kennedy Circle, and Daryl Kendrick, 44, of the 600 block of Hayesline Road, were charged with felony shoplifting, according to jail records.
Willie Frank James, a loss prevention officer for the Washington Road store, told police that at about 6:30 p.m. he noticed Kendrick take several shopping bags from a register and place them in a shopping cart before adding a red jersey worth $14.78 to the cart. James said he watched as Kendrick met Hall in the store's meat department, where he says they selected 12 packages of assorted meat and seafood and put them into the bags, a sheriff's office incident report stated.
After picking up other items, police say the couple walked out of the store without paying.
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