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Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Unarmed man robs Fifth Third Bank


Columbia County authorities searched Tuesday for a man who robbed a Martinez bank.

The masked man entered the Fifth Third Bank on South Belair Road at Wheeler Road about 3:30 p.m. He did not show a weapon but demanded money, Columbia County sheriff's Lt. Andy Shedd said. After employees gave him cash, he fled on foot toward Ridge Crossing apartments.

The robber was described as black, wearing a brown jacket with several patches, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, gloves and a stocking mask.

10 are arrested in gambling raid

Ten people were charged with gambling after Columbia County officers searched a Martinez home Friday.

After a complaint from a confidential source about potential illegal activity, including gambling, at 220 McKay Road, police searched the residence late Friday night, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Ten people were arrested and charged with gambling: Harold Julian Huffman III, of the 700 block of Knox Road in Harlem; Steve Wayne Hodges, 45, and Deborah Kellett Hodges, 42, both of the 4400 block of Oak Road in Martinez; Lindsey Nicole Schleenbaker, 23, of the 3900 block of Harden Street in Martinez; Nicholas Christian Young, 20, of the 100 block of Montebello Lane in Augusta; Robert Joseph Mazur, 20, of the 500 block of Laniers Way in Evans; Robert Sutton, 42, of the 3800 block of Mike Padgett Highway in Augusta; and Joseph Anthony Henson, 41, Chad Joseph Breaux, 30, and Mary Alisa Henson, 46, all of the 200 block of McKay Road in Martinez.

Young and Mazur also were charged with underage possession of alcohol, and Mary Henson was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, Morris said. All except Wilson, who is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $3,200 bond and holds from Richmond County, have been released after posting bonds, according to jail records.

Gambling warrants have been issued for seven others, all of whom have made arrangements to surrender to authorities this week, Morris said.

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

Martinez teen is charged in burglary

A Martinez teenager was arrested Sunday after police reportedly found him at a car wash in possession of items stolen from a nearby house.

Travis Mitchell Webb, 17, of the 300 block of Park Avenue, was charged with burglary and four counts of obstruction of police officers. He was held Monday in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $30,100 bond, according to jail records.

A Martinez woman told police she returned home about 7:20 p.m. Sunday and found that her home had been burglarized. She said three packs of cigarettes were missing, along with five cans of beer and a bottle of Dr Pepper from her refrigerator. Two knives, one with a picture of an eagle on it, a multimedia player, a bottle of Tylenol 3 and a purple backpack had been taken from her daughter's room.

While at the house, a deputy was dispatched to a car wash about a mile away on a report that a man with a purple backpack was selling drugs. The suspect, later identified as Webb, gave police permission to search the backpack. Police found all of the items taken from the woman's home.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for March 1-7:

Structure fires, nine; wood/brush/grass fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; fire alarms, seven, carbon monoxide detector, one; gas-line ruptures, two; medical, 21; vehicle accidents, eight; various incidents, eight; assist residents, two; and mutual aid/public safety, one.


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