Man released from hospital jailed
A man shot by Columbia County sheriff's deputies on River Watch Parkway is out of the hospital and in the Richmond County jail.
Jerome Aaron Stokes, 33, of Martinez, was released from the Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday and was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center on 12 moving violations, including reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude, and improper passing. He was released to Richmond County authorities after posting a $16,200 bond, according to jail records.
Stokes was taken to the Richmond County jail on Monday, where he is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of interference with government property, without bond, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said. He was later released after posting $27,600 bond.
Stokes was arrested Oct. 22 after he led Columbia County police on a chase that ended near River Watch Parkway and Stevens Creek Road, according to Columbia County authorities. Deputies shot at Stokes after he dragged a deputy into the front window, of his pickup, rammed patrol cars and tried to hit deputies, according to a Columbia County sheriff's report.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Man sought by authorities
Columbia County authorities are looking for a Harlem man who, they say, pointed a rifle at a Department of Natural Resources officer during the weekend.
The officer, Brian Hobbins, was checking a baited hunting field in an open area across from Harlem High School. He encountered William Tabb Dorsey, 31, of the 6400 block of Jamison Drive, who was armed with a scoped hunting rifle.
Hobbins asked for Dorsey's hunting license, but Dorsey ran past him, turned around and pointed the rifle at Hobbins. When Hobbins ordered him to drop the gun, Dorsey ran toward a nearby truck and pointed the rifle at Hobbins a second time. Dorsey ran east into the woods, and the officer called for assistance.
Dorsey was not found in a manhunt, but a magistrate judge signed a warrant for him on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Man reports being attacked with hammer
A Columbia County man told police Saturday that his ex-girlfriend attacked him with a hammer.
He said she arrived at his Martinez home uninvited, shattered his front door and the back window of his rented car in the yard.
The man said that when he tried to stop her from breaking anything else, she struck his lower back with the hammer.
The woman could not be found and was not arrested.
Elementary schools vandalized
Two Columbia County elementary schools were vandalized last week.
While on patrol at about 9:20 p.m. Oct. 26, Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Jerri Joly discovered the steps to the portable units behind Brookwood Elementary School wrapped in toilet paper. She also found toilet paper wrapped around every piece of playground equipment at the school, at 455 S. Old Belair Road. Nothing appeared damaged.
An assistant principal of Westmont Elementary School, 4558 Oakley Pirkle Road in Martinez, told police Thursday that she found a green flag and a multicolored pinwheel burned when she arrived at school at 6 a.m. Trash had been placed on the playground.
vandalized with paint
An Evans woman told police Thursday that someone vandalized her car with paint.
She reported that during the night, someone had gone onto her property and done $1,000 worth of damage to her 1996 Volvo by spray-painting the car and windows gold.
Jerome Aaron Stokes landed in jail on charges of several moving violations.
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