Man is sentenced in 1992 murder case
A Lincolnton, Ga., man was sentenced to prison Friday in a 16-year-old Columbia County murder case.
Superior Court Judge Jim Blanchard sentenced Douglas Wayne Toney, 35, to 25 years after he pleaded guilty to concealing the death of another, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Toney was charged in 2007 with murder in the death of Faxton Lamar Powell Jr., who was found shot near Pumpkin Center on Sept. 27, 1992.
Pupil threatened to shoot two teachers
An Evans Middle School pupil was arrested Wednesday after he reportedly threatened to shoot two teachers.
After his teacher told him to complete his assigned work, the eighth-grader became angry, according to a police report. He told his teacher, "I hate all language arts teachers and I want to shoot them in the head."
The 14-year-old was taken to the principal's office after he threatened to shoot another teacher, the report stated.
The teen was taken to the Richmond County Youth Detention Center and was charged with making terroristic threats, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
He was later released to his parents' custody, Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Tractor stolen from construction site
The owner of Tony Caruso Clearing and Grading reported that a tractor was missing from his Grovetown construction site.
He said that between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday, someone took a Takeuchi tractor worth $47,000.
He said the machinery's tracks were visible on the street, where he suspects it was loaded onto a trailer.
Police accuse man of thefts at Kohl's
A Martinez man was arrested Thursday while trying to shoplift at Kohl's, where police found him carrying brass knuckles.
Marcus Andrew Jones, 23, was charged with shoplifting and carrying a concealed weapon, according to records at the Columbia County Detention Center. He was still in jail Monday morning.
A Kohl's loss-prevention officer said he saw Jones put a bracelet into his front pocket before trying to take a pair of earrings, cologne and clothing.
As he was trying to leave, the officer and police arrested Jones.
Pumpkins are used to hit 5 mailboxes
Several mailboxes were reportedly found damaged Thursday morning around Evans and Grovetown.
At 5:29 a.m., a man called police after he found his mailbox damaged on Long Creek Falls near Grovetown. The mailbox had been knocked off the post and was lying next to a smashed pumpkin.
At 5:47 a.m., a man told police that his mailbox on Long Creek Falls was damaged. Again, a smashed pumpkin was on the ground in addition to the mailbox.
At 6:13 a.m., police found a smashed pumpkin in the road near a damaged mailbox on Rivershyre Drive.
Three minutes later, police noticed a smashed pumpkin and downed mailbox at a residence on Long Creek Falls.
At 8:33 a.m., a woman told police that her mailbox on Fairington Drive in Evans was damaged by a pumpkin.
Police find man in road, arrest him
A North Carolina man was charged with public drunkenness after he was found by police Thursday wandering in the middle of a Martinez road.
Police received reports that Maris Brutus Boros, 62, of Camerson, N.C., had been in the front yard of homes along Ridge Cliff Drive.
When police arrived, Boros was walking in a zigzag and was stumbling forward in the middle of the road.
Boros, who was bleeding from his face and ear, said he had walked from Fort Gordon but could not provide an exact location of where he was staying.
Boros was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center,. He was released Friday after posting $500 bond.
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