Evans man killed in Interstate crash
A 27-year-old Evans man was killed Friday morning when he was ejected from his sport utility vehicle on Interstate 20 and struck by two cars.
Paul Robert Williams Jr., of the 100 block of Jamaica Court, was pronounced dead at 7 a.m. by Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie King, said Coroner Vernon Collins.
Williams was traveling west on I-20 just west of the Belair Road exit in a Chevrolet Blazer when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a guardrail on the right side of the road, Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Williams' vehicle then bounced back across the road and into the center median, where it struck the cable barrier and overturned. Williams was ejected and landed in the eastbound lane, where he was hit by two vehicles, Collins said.
Morris said Williams was not wearing a seat belt.
Collins said toxicology tests will be performed on Williams.
Bible is among items taken in car break-ins
Authorities are seeking two people they believe were behind a string of vehicle break-ins last week in Grovetown.
Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, five vehicles -- four at Augusta Sportswear and one at Cracker Barrel -- were broken into. Both of the businesses are in the 400 block of Park West Drive.
From blurry surveillance footage, police determined that one of the thieves is a white man, but have no description for the driver of a white Chevrolet Astro van used in the thefts, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Items stolen in the thefts include credit cards, cash, compact discs and a Bible.
Anyone with information concerning the incidents are asked to call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at (706) 541-2800.
The following accounts were taken from reports provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Equipment stolen from revenue office
A janitor called police Tuesday after discovering that the Georgia Department of Revenue office she was about to clean had been burglarized.
She told police that she had arrived at the office at 130 Davis Road in Martinez about 8:20 p.m., unlocked the door and disarmed the alarm system as usual. As she entered from the side entrance of the building, she heard strange noises from an office.
After entering the office, the janitor noticed that a desk had been moved and more than $4,000 worth of office equipment had been stolen.
Generator stolen from school board office
The manager of a Harlem electric company told police Monday that someone had stolen a generator from a Columbia County Board of Education office.
The manager said that about 9:40 a.m. Monday he found that someone had stolen a $3,000 generator from the former board administrative headquarters building at 6430 Pollards Pond Road in Appling.
The building houses the school system's technology department.
Man is robbed while passed out on sofa
An Evans man told police Wednesday that someone emptied his wallet while he was passed out on a friend's sofa.
The 22-year-old said friends picked him up from a party Tuesday night and took him to a Martinez home, where he fell asleep on the sofa.
When he awoke about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, he found his wallet under the sofa cushions, but his debit and credit cards, $60, his car keys and Social Security card were missing.
Police questioned everyone at the home, and all denied knowing about the missing items.
The homeowner refused to sign a consent form for police to search the residence.
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