Former bail bondsman agrees to plea
A former bail bondsman will be sent to prison after he pleaded guilty to several charges Monday.
Daniel Lee Savage Sr. pleaded guilty to charges from two cases against him - two counts of criminal attempt to commit aggravated battery, solicitation of rape, threatening a witness and theft by receiving stolen property - as part of a consolidated plea agreement with the district attorney's office, Assistant District Attorney David Parks White said.
Savage, of the 6200 block of Keg Creek Drive in Appling, was accused of attempting to pay a man to harm Richard Ingram, a local lawyer, and Billy L. Morris, who lives on the same street as Savage, according to the indictment.
Savage also was accused after his May 13 arrest of attempting to pay someone to rape Morris' wife, Ethel.
The theft charge stems from Savage's possession of a stolen tractor in July 2004, authorities said.
White said though no sentence is final until a judge approves it, he said Savage has agreed to a total of 10 years in prison and 10 years of probation as part of the plea agreement. Savage is slated to go before Superior Court Judge Neal Dickert Thursday morning for sentencing.
Grovetown man pleads guilty to racketeering
A Grovetown man pleaded guilty to a charge of racketeering Monday after he and another man forged and sold identification and immigration documents, police said.
Omar Garduno, of the 700 block of Cottonwood Court, pleaded guilty Monday to racketeering as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the district attorney's office, Assistant District Attorney David Parks White said. White added that the agreement calls for Garduno to spend five years in prison followed by probation.
White said Garduno and Eniciano Garcia Solis, also of the 700 block of Cottonwood Court, developed and executed a money-making scheme in which he said they produced counterfeit Social Security cards and resident alien cards among other documents.
Solis' trial was continued Monday because he recently gained an attorney for the case. No sentence is final until approved by a judge, and Garduno is slated to be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Neal Dickert on Thursday morning.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Woman reports stolen car tire and wheel
A Martinez woman told police Saturday that she returned home and found one of her car tires and wheel missing.
The 54-year-old woman, who lives in Wedgewood Park apartments, told police she returned home from a social gathering at about 8 p.m. Saturday and noticed that the right rear tire of her Nissan Sentra was missing and the hub was left resting on a large rock. Other than telling police the theft occurred between 4:45 and 8 p.m., the woman could give no further information.
Evans convenience store robbed at gunpoint
Columbia County authorities were looking Tuesday for a man who robbed an Evans convenience store at gunpoint early Saturday morning.
The 57-year-old female clerk at the Circle K at 695 Furys Ferry Road in Evans, told police that just after 1 a.m. Saturday, a man demanded money. The clerk said the man was armed with a shotgun.
After the clerk gave the man $91.69 in cash from the register, the clerk said, the man forced her into the store's walk-in cooler, where she called the sheriff's office using a cell phone.
A sheriff's office investigator took a videotape from the store's security camera as evidence.
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of July 10-16:
Structure fires, two; vehicle fire, one; controlled burn, one; fire alarms, seven; natural gas leak, one; carbon monoxide, one; medical calls, 10; rescue calls, 10; investigations, three; public service, one; and other, one.
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