Appling resident is stabbed in a fight
A Hephzibah man was arrested Thursday night and charged with the Wednesday stabbing of an Appling man at an Evans park.
A fight between two men broke out at about 11:30 p.m. at Riverside Park off Hardy-McManus Road, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
When William Chad Drummond, 20, of Yelton Road, attempted to break up the scuffle, one of the men stabbed him in the forearm.
Drummond punched the man, and then was stabbed in the upper right torso.
Drummond was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, said Morris.
The suspect fled in a Ford F-150 pickup, and a witness followed the truck and provided the tag number to police.
Jesse Ray Kenneth Burnett, 20, of Pyes Court, Hephzibah, was arrested Thursday evening at his home and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a knife during commission of a crime, Morris said.
Burnett is being held without bond in the Columbia County Detention Center.
Man is accused of stalking teen star
An Appling man claiming to be engaged to Miley Cyrus was arrested in Tybee Island, Ga., on the set of Cyrus' latest film.
Tybee Island police arrested Mark McLeod, 53, after they said he made inappropriate comments to young girls during the filming of Disney's The Last Song in June. Police say McLeod resisted arrest by screaming obscenities and head-butting an officer.
McLeod was released from the Chatham County jail and a court date was set for Sept. 1. Police discovered after McLeod's release that his presence at the Tybee Island film set violated a court order from Los Angeles County.
Police said that during his arrest, McLeod talked about his perceived year-and-a-half long relationship with Cyrus. He claimed their eyes met an a concert, which began the relationship, and that he intended to marry her.
The New York Daily News published a video clip of Cyrus at a book signing in Manhattan. In the March 6 video, McLeod professed his love for Cyrus.
The following account was taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Video records man stealing laptops
A Wal-Mart assistant manager told police Wednesday that someone stole three laptops by sliding them under the fence of the store's garden center.
The manager told police that at about 3 a.m. he found a $600 HP laptop in the parking lot in front of the garden center at 4469 Washington Road in Evans.
He checked the security surveillance footage and saw a man break into a locked computer cabinet in the electronics department and remove three laptop computers. The man then took the laptops to the garden center, where he slid them under the exterior fence, then left through the front entrance of the store.
The man drove a motorcycle with saddle bags to the garden center, loaded the computers into the bags, then drove away. The manager said the laptop he found fell out of the saddle bag as the man left the parking lot.
Man says vandals have struck again
A Martinez man told police Wednesday that someone vandalized his home for the second time.
The 81-year-old said that between 1 and 1:15 a.m., someone knocked down a shelf in his carport and sprayed expandable foam on his door. Police found the shelf and its contents on the floor, and other items from the carport thrown into the yard. Foam was on the center and doorknob of the door leading into the home.
The man said someone threw paint on his house during a previous incident.
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