Nine arrested in fight at Harlem High School
Nine Harlem High School students were arrested Tuesday morning after a fight broke out in the commons area of the school.
The fight started with two boys in a disagreement over a girl. Their friends eventually joined in the brawl, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
The students included Grovetown residents Reid Charles Forzley, 17, of Felmellow Drive; Rafael Jose Perez, 18, of Nantucket Circle; DeShawn Lee Shelton, 18, of Marthas Way; and Daryl Donnell Givens, 17, of Klondike Drive, according to the sheriff's office.
Five juveniles, whose names were not released, also were arrested. The nine students will be charged with two misdemeanors each: fighting in public and disrupting public school.
The adults were being held Wednesday at the Columbia County Detention Center pending a bond hearing. Four of the juveniles were detained at the Youth Detention Center, and one was released to his parents, Morris said.
School system officials said the students have been suspended from school, pending a disciplinary hearing, with a recommendation for a long-term suspension in accordance with the system's student code of conduct.
Deputy Superintendent Sandra Carraway said that depending on the outcome of the hearing, the students probably will not be able to return to school for the rest of the semester.
Morris said no weapons were involved in the incident. He said that an ambulance was called but that the students received only minor scratches and bruises.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Two men charged with returning stolen items
Two Hephzibah men were arrested Monday. Deputies say they took clothes from an Evans store and tried to return the merchandise for store credit.
Kilian Leonard Palmer, 24, of Tobacco Road, and Terriel O'Bryan Ealey, 21, of Crest Drive, are charged with shoplifting and theft by deception.
Palmer remains in the Columbia County Detention Center on a hold from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, while Ealey was released from the jail Thursday on $2,200 bond.
An employee of Kohl's at Mullins Crossing told deputies she saw Palmer leave the store with three pairs of pants and get into a car in the parking lot, where he and Ealey placed the clothes into a bag.
The men then re-entered the store, and Ealey returned the items for about $100 in store credit. Deputies arrested the men outside the store.
Jewelry reported taken from Martinez home
A Martinez man told deputies early Tuesday that some acquaintances he invited to his home might have stolen jewelry belonging to a woman who lives with him.
The 31-year-old from West Maysfield Drive said two women and a man came over late Monday night and stayed for a few hours.
Shortly after they left in the early-morning hours, the man noticed that several items of jewelry were missing.
Reported stolen were two diamond rings, a wedding band, a high school ring, a necklace and two other rings with precious stones. The value of the jewelry was cited as more than $3,000.
Deputies interviewed the two women, who said they did not know who took the jewelry. Police were unable to interview or identify the third guest at the time the report was taken.
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