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Police blotter

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pedestrian killed when struck by car

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An Augusta man died after being struck by a vehicle Thursday night.

William Jacobs, 64, of Belair Road, died at Doctors Hospital about 9:30 p.m., said Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison. The cause of death appears to be blunt force trauma, but an autopsy was to be conducted Friday at the Augusta Crime Lab, she said.

Jacobs and his wife were visiting friends on Roswell Drive in Martinez when he was struck.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is investigating the collision. Charges could be brought against the driver, the deputy coroner said.

Sex offender pleads guilty, is sentenced

An Augusta man whose 2005 statutory rape sentence recently was reinstated pleaded guilty Wednesday in Brunswick, Ga., to child molestation and was sentenced to prison.

William Archer Stulb, 24, formerly of Lombardy Court, was sentenced to a five-year prison term followed by 10 years of probation by Superior Court Judge E.M. Wilkes III, of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, said Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Miller.

Previously convicted of statutory rape, Stulb was charged with child molestation in June. He was accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl on Sea Island, Ga., on June 22.

In May, Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale rescinded the sentence he had imposed on Stulb after his December 2005 conviction. That sentence included a year in jail followed by nine years on probation, 300 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine. The law didn't require Stulb to register as a sex offender at the time because of his age. When the law changed in 2006, Stulb was required to register.

In early June, Wheale resentenced Stulb under the First Offender Act, which eliminated his requirement to register. The Augusta district attorney's office appealed the recension and resentencing.

The Georgia Court of Appeals agreed last month with the district attorney's office, ruling that Wheale did not have the authority to resentence Stulb as a first offender.

The appellate court's decision reinstated Stulb's original sentence, including the requirement to register as a sex offender.

Woman, son to face hearing Thursday

A bond hearing for two Columbia County residents accused in the fatal beating of a Grovetown woman has been set for Thursday.

Last month, authorities charged Rebecca Sears, 41, and her son Christopher Bowers, 19, in the death of Laverne "Kay" Parsons, 41, in her Orchard Hill subdivision home.

Sheriff's deputies found Parsons on March 25 lying on her garage floor next to a claw hammer and a baseball bat, the weapons that authorities believe were used to kill her. She died the next day.

Bowers, of the 4000 block of Briarwood Drive, Martinez, and Sears, of 227 Hot Springs Drive, Grovetown, are facing murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges in the death of Sears' next-door neighbor.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 29 in Magistrate Court, but probably would be waived if Bowers or Sears receive and post bond, said Sears' attorney, Victor Hawk.

The hearing would become unnecessary if the district attorney's office presents its evidence to a grand jury for indictment beforehand. District Attorney Ashley Wright would not say Wednesday when she plans to present evidence to a grand jury.

Police and prosecutors have refused to discuss the motive for the murder.

The bond hearing will be at 10 a.m. in the Columbia County Justice Center in Evans. Sears and Bowers are being held without bond in Columbia County Detention Center.

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

Masters parking passes stolen

A Martinez man told police Tuesday that someone stole four Masters Tournament parking passes from his vehicle.

The 64-year-old said that between 12:30 and 5:40 a.m. someone broke the passenger window of his Ford Mustang at a Martinez apartment complex.

He said the passes, worth about $200, a leather jacket and $40 worth of miscellaneous items were stolen.

Man reports golf balls hit his home

A Martinez man told police Wednesday that someone damaged his home by hitting it with golf balls.

He said that between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the balls caused $400 damage to his wooden siding and gutters.

Evans mailbox shot

A 61-year-old Evans man told police Wednesday that someone shot his metal mailbox between 1 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday, leaving two holes in it.

The following account was taken from a report from the Grovetown Department of Public Safety:

Man won't charge friend after fight

A Grovetown man said last week that he does not want to press charges against a friend who hit him in the face with a beer bottle.

The man said they fought over alcohol as they were watching television and drinking at his Grovetown home April 3. The victim was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.



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