2 passengers injured in wreck remain in hospital
Two people injured in a fatal truck wreck early Sunday in Columbia County remained in the hospital Monday.
Brandon Newman, 24, a Harlem resident and driver in the single-truck crash, was listed in fair condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Passenger Sara Boykin, 16, was listed in fair condition Tuesday at MCG, according to the spokeswoman.
The wreck, which occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday on Harlem-Grovetown Road near Young Drive, took the lives of two people: the driver's brother, Cameron Newman, 23, of Harlem, and Mallory Jason, 19, of Martinez.
Authorities say the Dodge pickup was headed west on Harlem-Grovetown Road when it left the road and struck a pine tree. The wreck was still under investigation Monday, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Mother, son arrested at underage drinking party
A Martinez mother and her son were arrested Sunday after deputies say they provided alcohol to minors at a Saturday night party.
Jeanine Helen Burack, 43, of the 4100 block of Knollcrest Circle, and her son, Bryan Michael Burack, 18, were charged with furnishing alcohol to minors.
They were released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Monday morning after posting $1,100 bonds, according to jail records.
Deputies responded to a complaint of a loud party at the Buracks' Springlakes subdivision home at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Deputies arrived to find numerous teenagers in front of the residence and a loud party behind it, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. Officers also found a large amount of beer and liquor inside the home and bottled liquor and a keg in the backyard, Morris said.
Ms. Burack told police she arrived home after the party began and took liquor from teenagers inside, but was not aware of alcohol being consumed at the party, Morris said.
Authorities found teens with cups of alcoholic beverages and highly intoxicated teens inside and outside the home within clear view of Ms. Burack, Morris said.
When police arrived, many teenagers tried to elude police. Marc Andrew Bowman, 18, of Augusta, and Ethan Taylor, 18, of Evans, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and possession of alcohol by a minor. They were released after posting a $500 bond, according to jail records.
Morris said 14 teenagers were cited for minor in possession of alcohol. The party was an Augusta Prep after-prom party but included students from other area schools, Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Couple wanted in theft of phone card codes
Police are looking for a couple they say stole activation codes from prepaid mobile phone cards at an Evans office supply store Saturday.
The manager of Office Max, 4221 Washington Road, told police that a couple entered the store at about 11 a.m. and selected items, including 17 $100 T-Mobile prepaid phone cards.
The manager told police the couple brought their merchandise to the register, but when it was time to pay, the couple said they forgot their money and left the store.
The manager said that later in the day, he got a call from a T-Mobile representative, who told him that the customers tried to activate the cards.
The manager said the couple scratched off the covering of the activation codes on all 17 cards, wrote the card numbers and activation codes down and recovered the code with gray fingernail polish.
All except two of the cards were deactivated, but the T-Mobile representative was unsure whether they would be permanently blocked.
Man reports his date's father threatened him
A Martinez man said Monday that while he was on a date Sunday evening, he was threatened by his date's father.
The man said he was dining with his date at about 10 p.m. Sunday at Loco's Grill and Pub at 341 Baston Road in Martinez, when his date's father came in and sat at the bar. The father asked him outside to talk and told him to quit dating his daughter.
The father told him that if he didn't stop dating her, he would beat him up, find someone else to beat him up or "would take whatever measures necessary to make sure the relationship ended." The father then left and was unable to be contacted by police at the time the report was made at about 2:15 a.m. Monday.
The man waived prosecution for the threat, but did tell police he wanted the incident on the record.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for May 6-12:
Structure fires, two; vehicle fires, three; wood/brush/grass fire, one; controlled/unauthorized burns, three; activated fire alarms, four; carbon monoxide detector activations, two; medical incidents, 24; CPR in progress, two; vehicle accidents, 11; electrical incidents, one; investigate various incidents, three; assist citizens, one; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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