Judge grants bond for former Harlem coach
A former Harlem High School teacher accused of sexual assault against a student was granted bond of $100,000 at a Monday hearing.
Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown granted bond to Melissa Lee Chase, 28, of the 3000 block of Spicewood Drive in Augusta.
Chase, a school softball coach, was arrested Nov. 13 and charged with sexual assault against a student enrolled in school after she had sex with a 16-year-old female student, police said.
As of Monday morning, Chase still was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center, according to jail personnel. Chase resigned from her teaching position Nov. 13, the day she was arrested.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Two residents report their dogs were shot
Police responded last week to two reports of dogs being shot.
A Harlem woman reported Nov. 15 that someone killed her 6-year-old Labrador retriever mix. She told police that she had let the dog outside at about 11 a.m. and that when it returned to the porch of the Lake Avenue home about 15 minutes later, it had a bullet hole in its neck.
The resident said that after her dog died a few minutes later, she followed a blood trail to a neighbor's property.
In the other report, an Appling man told police Friday that someone shot his dog Thursday evening. He went outside to bring his Jack Russell terrier, which was on a chain, inside the house at about 10 p.m. He said the dog jumped and ran off.
He and his son heard a gunshot, and the dog returned to the Michelle Drive home 45 minutes later bleeding from wounds. Deputies saw that the dog had small-pellet shotgun wounds to its left front leg and neck.
Copper tubing is ripped out of construction site
The owner of an Evans construction company told deputies Nov. 14 that someone stole hundreds of pounds of valuable copper tubing from an Evans con-struction site.
The owner of Holmes Construction and Development Co. said that more than 700 pounds of tubing was delivered and partially installed in a home under construction on Peninsula Crossing during Nov. 9-12. When workers returned to complete installation of the tubing Nov. 14, it had been ripped out of the walls and stolen.
Checks stolen from mailbox, used at stores
A Grovetown woman told deputies Nov. 13 that someone had stolen a box of personal checks from her mailbox and used them at area stores.
The 46-year-old from the 300 block of Sugarcreek Drive said 150 checks were stolen between Nov. 9-13. She told deputies the thief used the checks to buy more than $1,400 worth of goods at The Home Depot, Kmart and Wal-Mart stores during that time period.
Martinez teen says she was attacked at party
A Martinez teen told deputies Nov. 13 that she drank alcohol and was attacked at a party in September.
The 17-year-old from the 200 block of Old Evans Road said that on Sept. 17, she attended a party on Dewey Drive in Martinez, where she drank alcohol. The girl said that after she tried to break up a fight at the party, a woman grabbed her and ripped out handfuls of her hair, leaving a bald spot.
When the teen tried to leave the party she was accosted by a man who demanded that she get out of the house.
CDs reported stolen from Grovetown pickup
A Grovetown man told deputies Nov. 13 that someone broke into his truck and stole more than 100 CDs and other valuables.
The 25-year-old from the 4300 block of Sugarcreek Drivesaid his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado was entered sometime between Nov. 11 and 13. A pair of Oakley sunglasses and a watch also were taken from the vehicle, which he said had been locked.
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