Head-on crash leaves two injured
Two people were airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Monday afternoon after a three-car wreck on Washington Road.
Gregory Teasley, 48, of Faircloth Drive in Evans, and Mari Lee Stewart, 74, of Keg Creek Drive in Appling, were taken to the hospital by AirMed helicopter.
The wreck occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Washington Road at M&M Road in Appling. Police say Teasley, who was eastbound, crossed the center line and grazed a GMC truck driven by Brandon Goodwin, 28, of Grovetown. Teasley's Suzuki Reno then struck Stewart's Jeep Cherokee head-on.
Stewart was in critical condition Tuesday, and Teasley was in good condition, hospital spokeswoman Denise Parrish said. Goodwin was not hurt.
Charges against Teasley are pending, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Student remains critical after wreck
A Greenbrier High School senior is still hospitalized as the result of a single-vehicle wreck two weeks ago.
Haley Elise Van Pelt, 17, of Evans remained in critical condition Tuesday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, MCG spokeswoman Denise Parrish said.
The wreck occurred about 8:30 a.m. July 22 in the 5500 block of Hardy McManus Road. It appeared that Van Pelt's Saturn Ion ran off the edge of the road and she lost control, according to police. The car slammed sideways into a pine tree, pinning her inside.
The impact caused the driver's door to cave in, and it took emergency crews about two hours to free her.
Van Pelt is a member of Greenbrier's marching band and was headed to summer band camp at the time of the wreck.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Taco Bell robbed at gunpoint by 2 men
Police are seeking two men who robbed a Martinez Taco Bell at gunpoint Saturday.
A pedestrian flagged down a sheriff's deputy patrolling the 3600 block of Washington Road about 11:30 p.m. and reported that the restaurant at 3861 Washington Road was being robbed.
The deputy saw two men wearing all black and one with a red bandana over his face run from the restaurant.
The restaurant manager said the men had entered the store and one had brandished a handgun. The robbers ordered two employees to lie on the ground and told the manager to open the cash registers and safe.
As they pushed her to get the registers and safe, the manager said, one robber hit her in the head with the gun.
The manager said the robbers took the cash and ran out.
Two people in a sport utility vehicle that the deputy saw trying to leave the parking lot said they had been going to the restaurant drive-through and seen the men inside. They saw the robbers run from the back of the restaurant.
Man sees juveniles steal gas can
A Grovetown man saw two juveniles on a golf car steal a gas can from his home.
The man told police that about 6:45 p.m. Sunday he saw the thieves run from his home carrying his gas can and leave the area on a red golf car with a black dump bed. He said they used his neighbor's driveway on Fieldstone Road to escape to Rowland Road.
The neighbor told police she didn't see the thieves but did see two juveniles matching their descriptions using her driveway to get to Rowland Road on Saturday. She said her gas can also is missing.
Police found two juveniles on a matching golf car on Harlem-Grovetown Road at Old Louisville Road. The resident arrived and identified them as the ones he saw run across his yard.
The youths, whose names were not released because of their ages, were turned over to their parents. The gas can was not found.
Car vandalized in parking lot
A Martinez woman said someone painted her car window in the lot of an Evans hardware store Saturday.
She said she had parked her Buick Park Avenue in the lot of ACE Hardware, 4532 Washington Road, about 2:30 p.m. When she returned to the car, she found "Ya park much?" written with silver paint on the driver's window.
Police said the Buick was parked in the front row.
Cars broken into at Savannah Rapids
Three Columbia County residents told police Friday that someone broke into their vehicles at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
The vehicles were in the lot at 3300 Evans-to-Locks Road, Martinez, between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.
The victims were women who said someone broke windows of their vehicles. Their purses were stolen along with a digital camera from one car.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for July 26-Aug. 1:
Structure fires, two; wood/brush/grass fire, one; vehicle fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; other fire, one; activated fire alarms, 11; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; gas line ruptures, two; medical incidents, 14; vehicle accidents, 10; electrical incidents, three; and investigate various incidents, six.
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