South Carolina man arrested in robbery
A New Ellenton man who robbed a Martinez Walgreens store on Wednesday was arrested early Thursday in Sumter, S.C., police said.
Police arrested Nathan James Key, 29, of the 700 block of Woodland Drive, while he was receiving treatment at a Sumter medical facility, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Police said Key had approached the Walgreens at Washington Road and Bobby Jones Expressway about 5:30 a.m. and asked a pharmacist where the bathroom was. When he came out of the bathroom, she noticed his wrist had been cut.
The pharmacist said Key pulled out a bag and demanded she fill it with OxyContin. When she questioned him, he opened his jacket and showed her the butt of a handgun.
After she gave Key the prescription painkiller, he ran out of the store.
The New Ellenton Police Department has active warrants for Key's arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred before the robbery. Morris said Key was transferred to the Aiken County Detention Center on Thursday.
School bus driver hurt in Friday morning crash
No students were on board a Columbia County school bus that collided early Friday with a tractor-trailer near Harlem.
The driver of bus No. 9121, 27-year-old Khaijah Dorsey, of Harlem, was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the 6 a.m. crash, said Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
Dorsey was driving west on Gordon Highway near Lou Lane when an east-bound tractor trailer, driven by Jamison Arrington, 24, of Keysville, crossed the center line and struck the front of the bus, Morris said.
The tractor trailer then sideswiped the bus before running off the road into woods, Morris said.
Arrington, who was not injured, was found to be at fault in the crash and was charged with failure to maintain lane, Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Couple robbed at apartment complex
Two Evans residents said they were robbed at gunpoint in an outdoor area of their apartment complex.
The 22-year-old man and 27-year-old woman said they were talking on the front steps of a building in Westwood Club Apartments on Thoroughbred Lane about 11 p.m. Monday when three men walked past them and around the building.
Two of the men returned to the front through a breezeway, while the other returned on a rear staircase, the man told police.
One man approached the couple and demanded money as he racked the slide back on a semiautomatic handgun. He stole a wallet, a $500 necklace and $120 and ran away.
3 doors are kicked in, 2 homes burglarized
Three Columbia County residents recently told police someone kicked in the doors of their homes, and some were burglarized.
A Harlem man said that between 7:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Monday, someone kicked open his front door and stole more than $4,300 worth of his belongings, including three firearms, a television, a camera, a Playstation II game console and clothing.
Police responded to a residential alarm at an Appling home just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. They found vehicle tracks in the front yard and the front door open. The owner said nothing appeared to be missing.
An Evans woman said $1,250 worth of jewelry and clothing was stolen from her home between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
She said a pearl necklace, miscellaneous jewelry and foul-weather gear were missing.
RV reported stolen from sales lot in Appling
The general manager of an Appling RV sales lot discovered Tuesday that a $15,000 recreational vehicle missing.
The manager of the Travel Country RV Center, 6441 Natures Way, said an employee told him that he was performing a morning inventory and noticed that a 2006 Coachmen Capri RV was missing.
The lock on the lot gate had been cut off and the RV taken after 5 p.m. Monday, the manager said.
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