Driver indicted in two-fatality wreck
The driver in a double-fatality wreck in Columbia County in May has been indicted for felony vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.
A Columbia County grand jury indicted Christopher Brandon Newman, 25, on two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide and a count of serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence, driving with excessive blood alcohol concentration, reckless driving and an open container violation, according to court documents released Thursday.
Newman, of the 6100 block of Harlem-Grovetown Road in Harlem, was driving on Harlem-Grovetown Road near Young Drive at about 3 a.m. May 13 when his Dodge pickup left the road and hit a pine tree.
Mallory Jason, 19, of Martinez, and Newman's brother, Cameron Newman, 23, were killed in the wreck. Sara Boykin, also a passenger, was injured.
Newman was arrested May 22 and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $64,700 bond, according to jail records. An arraignment hearing has not yet been scheduled.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Man reports dog shot with pellets
An Evans man told deputies Nov. 13 that someone shot his dog with a pellet gun over two days.
The 20-year-old from Calais Circle said he discovered someone had shot his Jack Russell terrier at least six times in the early hours of Nov. 13.
He said he was not present when the shooting occurred.
The dog was not on a leash, and the owner said he did not know where the shooting took place. The man told deputies the dog also had been shot once the day before.
Bus vandalized with fire extinguisher
A Lakeside High School employee reported Nov. 13 that someone had stolen a fire extinguish and used it to vandalize a school bus.
Randy Hill, a teacher and coach, told deputies someone entered bus 91 during school hours Nov. 13 and stole the extinguisher from the cab of the vehicle. The intruder sprayed the extinguisher throughout the bus.
Hill told deputies the bus was unlocked at the time of the incident.
Wal-Mart employee is arrested in theft
An employee of the Evans Wal-Mart was arrested Thursday and accused of giving a video game console to a co-worker.
Corey Allyn Gooden, 29, of the 2500 block of Dublin Drive in Augusta, was charged with theft by deception. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $2,600 bond, according to jail records.
The assistant manager of the store at 4468 Washington Road told police that Gooden sold an Xbox 360 game console to a customer and requested a duplicate of the receipt. The assistant manager said Gooden gave the duplicate receipt to a co-worker and acted as though he were selling the system to the co-worker, who then left the store without paying for it.
Auction item kept by closed business
A Martinez man called police Nov. 14 to report that an auction store kept an antique washing machine he was selling through the store.
The man said he took the $300 1962 roller washing machine to eAuction Depot at 4497 Columbia Road in Martinez on Aug. 25 for it to be sold on eBay.
The man said the store, which has closed, has not sent him money for the sale of the washer or returned the washer.
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