Summer school pupils charged in drug use
Three teens attending summer school at Evans High School were charged with marijuana possession Wednesday morning.
The students, a 13-year-old Grovetown boy, a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy from Harlem, were arrested at about 9:30 a.m., Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Deputies determined the students had smoked marijuana before school, and once there, concealed a small amount of the drug in the ceiling of the boys' bathroom, Morris said.
The boys, who attend Harlem Middle School during the school year, were arrested and taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center pending the outcome of detention hearings, Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Suspicious situation nets auto theft arrests
A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who noticed a suspicious situation at a Grovetown gas station helped Columbia County authorities arrest two Selma, N.C., men on auto theft charges late Tuesday .
Anthony James Peterkin, 43, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property from another state and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer and was being held Friday morning at the Columbia County Detention Center on $6,200 bond.
Wesley Stevenson Smith, 32, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property from another state, open container of alcohol in a vehicle and driving with a suspended license. He was being held at the Columbia County jail Friday morning on $7,300 bond.
The ATF agent told Columbia County sheriff's deputies that Smith began acting in a nervous manner when the agent offered assistance after noticing Smith examining the maroon 1995 Mitsubishi Galant he was driving, according to a Columbia County sheriff's incident report.
A check of Smith's driver's license came back suspended and the vehicle was reported stolen out of North Carolina, according to the incident report. Peterkin, who did not present identification, repeatedly gave a false name to authorities, according to the incident report.
Man arrested after hailing deputy
A Grovetown man with an outstanding warrant was arrested Monday evening for allegedly driving a stolen car after he flagged down a deputy for roadside assistance.
Benjamin William Douglas, 22, of the 1000 block of Fieldstone Road, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and was being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on an outstanding warrant for strong armed robbery out of Aiken County.
A deputy said Douglas flagged him down at the corner of Furys Ferry Road at Bridlewood Trail and stated the red 2000 Chevrolet Blazer he was driving ran out of gas, according to a police incident report.
Douglas told the deputy he was borrowing the vehicle from a friend, but a check of the truck's license plate revealed it was reported stolen in Cedartown, Ga., according to the incident report.
Shots fired at Harlem home
A Harlem man told deputies late June 25 that someone fired shots at his home.
The 64-year-old retiree told deputies he was home at the time when a shotgun and handgun were fired toward his home at about 11 p.m., according to a police incident report. No damage to the house or shell casings were found, according to the incident report. The retiree from the 6100 block of Old Augusta Highway told deputies that two Grovetown men, whom he knew, pointed guns at him earlier in the evening as they drove by in a maroon Nissan pickup, according to the incident report.
When deputies found two men nearby, the men agreed to a search of their vehicle, which uncovered a .38-caliber handgun, according to the incident report. Deputies also found a 20-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle in a nearby ditch, according to the incident report.
The Grovetown men refused to give a statement to deputies and no arrests had been made in the case as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the incident report.
Harlem man shot accidentally
A Harlem man told deputies he suffered an inadvertent gunshot wound June 25 after a ricocheted bullet struck him in the forehead.
Jason Ray Sullivent, 31, of the 800 block of Haverhill Drive, told deputies he and his father were shooting rifles at a snake in the father's back yard in the 6600 block of Green Plantation Road, when a bullet struck a brick, ricocheted and lodged under the skin of the son's forehead, according to a police incident report.
Sullivent told deputies he managed to drive himself to University Hospital where he was treated and released, according to the incident report. No charges were filed.
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