Charge upgraded to homicide after bicyclist dies
A Columbia County grand jury upgraded charges against a Martinez man accused of hitting a Martinez bicyclist with his car after the bicyclist died, according to court documents released Thursday.
The jury indicted Richard Kyle Post, 25, of the 4200 block of Green Ivy Circle, on a charge of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, according to the indictment. Post was originally arrested on a charge of serious injury by vehicle after he hit Harendra Sinha , 63, of the 100 block of Springlakes Circle, on Aug. 29, police said.
Post then drove a mile with Sinha lodged in the windshield before leaving the car and Sinha behind an elementary school to go call police to report that he had been carjacked, police said.
Sinha died Sept. 19 from injuries he sustained in the accident, Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie King said.
The grand jury also indicted Post on several other charges related to the accident, including failure to stop at or return to the scene of an accident, kidnapping with bodily injury, driving under the influence and making false statements, according to the indictment.
Post will be arraigned at a hearing that has not yet been scheduled. He is being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Evans man arrested in assault with knife
Police arrested an Evans man Monday night after witnesses said the man had attacked another man with a knife at an Evans residence.
Leon Harris, 41, of Mims Road, was charged with aggravated assault and was released Wednesday evening from the Columbia County Detention Center on a $15,100 bond.
Columbia County deputies responded to an emergency call in the 600 block of Mims Road in Evans and say they found Donald James Blakely, 43, of Thomson, lying in front of a house. Blakely reportedly received cuts to this head, right side of his face, neck and right arm.
A witness told police Blakely had been stabbed by Harris. The witness said the two men had been arguing over cigarettes. Deputies went into Harris' apartment and arrested him. Harris was taken to University Hospital for treatment of lacerations to his left arm.
Vandalism reported at Jaguar dealership
Vehicles at a Washington Road auto dealership were damaged in two vandalism incidents last week.
Managers at Hank Aaron Jaguar called police Monday and Tuesday to report vandalism to vehicles that were displayed at the edge of the dealership's property, along Washington Road.
On Monday, the dealership reported damage to three vehicles parked at Washington Road and Club Car Drive. The vehicles, a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup, a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada sport utility vehicle and a 2003 Lincoln Town Car, had about $200 in damage each after being pelted with paintballs and eggs, the dealership reported.
The first incident occurred between 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and 9 a.m. Monday. On Tuesday, police responded to the dealership again on reports of seven other vehicles being pelted by yellow paintballs. No damage was reported in the second incident.
Driver charged with obstruction
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy arrested a Martinez man early Tuesday after the man struggled with him.
The incident occurred at 2:27 a.m. after a deputy pulled over Keith Mitchell Waters, 22, on Overland Cutoff. The officer said Waters had defective equipment on his vehicle and was driving too fast for conditions.
After being stopped, Waters ran toward his home at the 3000 block of Overland Cutoff. The deputy caught up with Waters at the doorstep of his home, and a struggle ensued.
Waters was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, having defective equipment on his vehicle and driving too fast for conditions.
A county magistrate also issued a warrant for Waters' arrest on obstruction charges, and he was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.
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