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Police Blotter

Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2009

The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. More reports are available at


Man charged with shooting cheerleaders' photographs

A man watching an Evans High School basketball game Tuesday evening was seen taking videos of the school's cheerleaders and was issued a criminal trespass warning for Columbia County schools.

The 44-year-old man, who said he was a traveling sales representative, was seen sitting below the cheerleaders and taking images of the squad. School administrators were then notified.

The man became nervous and upset when asked about the incident. He said the images on his phone were of his children, but a small video recorder was seen in his shirt pocket.

He admitted that he took videos of the cheerleaders for "personal use and self-gratification." Because he was traveling, he said he came to the game so he wouldn't be alone in his hotel room.

Police did not find any additional information when they searched his vehicle. The man was issued a criminal trespass warning for all Columbia County schools.

A similar incident occurred in November. Bernhard Henry Perchinski, 60, of Grovetown, was arrested on a peeping Tom charge for taking inappropriate photographs of Lakeside High School female athletes during a volleyball match.

Cell phone, bottle of liquor become part of argument

An Evans man told police that his cell phone was smashed Wednesday as the result of an argument between his wife and a man concerning missing alcohol.

Steven Clay Trogdon, 40, of the 100 block of Laura Lane, Martinez, was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center, where he was charged with disorderly conduct.

The argument started when Trogdon claimed that the 53-year-old Evans man's wife had stolen a liquor bottle. He left to walk to a liquor store for more alcohol.

After receiving a call from his wife, the husband later found Trogdon walking on Glenora Lane. They argued, and then Trogdon threw the husband's phone to the ground, breaking it.

When police spoke to Trogdon, they noticed that is speech was slurred and that his breath smelled of alcohol.

Trogdon as being held Friday morning on $500 bond.

Restaurant fight involves gun, vehicle hitting wall

Two Augusta men were charged with aggravated assault Tuesday evening after one pulled a handgun on an employee at Poblanos Mexican Grill and then backed into the Evans restaurant with his vehicle.

Tomas Rosales-Magana, 21, and Gabino Rosales-Dia, 28, were arrested and taken to Columbia County Detention Center.

An employee said the men entered the back door of the building, 7005 Evans Town Center Blvd., about 7 p.m. Rosales-Magana pulled the handgun and stuck it in the neck of an employee, who started fighting with Rosales-Magana for the gun. Rosales-Dia hit the employee when another employee joined the fight and was able to take the gun from Rosales-Magana and force the men out of the building.

As the two men were leaving the restaurant, Rosales-Magana struck the business's rear door with his Mitsubishi. The men were stopped by police.

Police also charged Rosales-Magana with DUI and other traffic violations.

Both men are being held without bond.

Woman is charged with shoplifting $800 at Kohl's

An Evans woman was charged with shoplifting more than $800 worth of merchandise Monday from Kohl's in Evans.

Shannon Leanne Strickland, 39, of the 500 block of Fairfield Way, tried to take 38 items valued at $803, including cosmetic products, clothing and household goods.

Strickland was being held at the Columbia County Detention Center Friday morning on $2,600 bond.


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