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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007

Appling man's death a homicide, autopsy finds

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An Appling man found dead in his home Jan. 13 died of two gunshot wounds, an autopsy has determined.

The autopsy results released Tuesday on Thomas Tankersley, 45, revealed that Tankersley was shot in his chest and head and determined that his death was a homicide, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.

George Anthony Reid, 40, of Appling, was arrested and was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond Thursday.

He is charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and theft by taking a motor vehicle, according to jail personnel.

Reid and seven others were arrested Jan. 13 after they were found in Richmond County with Tankersley's 2002 Toyota Sienna minivan. All except Reid were released without charges.

The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Man accused of attacking roommate with fire poker

Deputies arrested an Evans man Jan. 13 on charges that he attacked a roommate with a fireplace poker during an argument.

George Samuel Brady, 53, of the 500 block Pheasant Run Drive, was charged with aggravated assault and was released the next day from the Columbia County Detention Center on $25,100 bond.

Witnesses told deputies that an argument had broken out and that Brady had struck his 32-year-old house mate in the stomach with the poker.

Brady told deputies that after an argument the roommate had punched him in the face and that he had defended himself with the poker. Both men were treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Man charged with taking movie, cough syrup

An Evans man was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a shoplifting charge.

Michael Raymond Jones, 38, of Farmstone Court, was being held Friday on $1,100 bond and a Columbia County probation violation, according to jail records.

On Jan. 12, a manager at Kmart, on Washington Road in Martinez, told deputies he saw Jones conceal a DVD and several bottles of cough syrup in his sweatshirt and backpack.

At the register, Jones paid for a drink but failed to pay for the other goods and was detained outside the store.

Augusta man charged with theft of Mustang GT

Kevin Wayne Jones, 42, of the 3200 block of Holt Road, faces felony charges of theft by taking and failure to appear and is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

An employee of Bobby Jones Ford, on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta, told deputies Jan. 13 he spotted a red 2003 Ford Mustang GT on Old Evans Road in Martinez that looked like one that had been stolen recently off his company's lot.

When deputies examined the car in the parking lot of Harvard's Beverage on Old Evans Road, they determined it was the stolen car and noticed Jones trying to avoid them in the store

Senior conned in vinyl-painting scam

An elderly Grovetown woman told deputies Monday that two men conned her when they offered to do repair work on her mobile home.

The 70-year-old resident of the 600 block of Old South Belair Road said two men came to her home Jan. 5 and offered to spray her home with "liquid vinyl siding." She agreed to the work, and when it was completed received a bill for $1,300.

She paid $1,000 for the work, but later discovered a can of spray paint near her home and the siding of her trailer streaked with running paint.

The men were described as tall and thin. One man was in his 50s with sandy blond hair, the other was in his 20s with black hair.



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