Evans student arrested for bringing knife to school
A Martinez teen was arrested Thursday after bringing a knife to Evans High School.
Police charged Kendrick Dixon, 18, of the 600 block of Spencer Street, with having a weapon on school property.
Just after 8 a.m., a school media specialist confronted Dixon about possibly having electronics, which he denied. The librarian sent Dixon to the office, where the school safety officer found a 7-inch knife that fell from Dixon's pants, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $2,600 bond, according to jail personnel.
Harlem teen injured
A Harlem teen was airlifted to an Augusta hospital after he flipped his SUV Thursday evening.
Jeffrey Nathaniel Thomas, 18, of Fairview Drive, was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was listed in good condition Friday morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Police say Thomas was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee north on Louisville Road near Grant Road just before 6 p.m. when the wreck occurred, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office Accident Report.
Thomas's SUV went off the right side of the road before he over-corrected, according to the report. The Jeep veered across Louisville Road where it hit a ditch and an embankment.
The SUV flipped twice, landing upside down in the ditch.
Wreck hurts UGA student
A 22-year-old University of Georgia student from Columbia County was trapped in the wreckage of his sport utility vehicle for nearly 90 minutes Monday after he ran off U.S. Highway 78 and hit a tree in Oglethorpe County.
The crash closed the highway from about 4:45 p.m. until 7 p.m. while emergency workers cut Peyton Marsh, of Martinez, from the vehicle. A helicopter flew from Augusta to take him to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said EMS Director James Mathews.
Marsh was driving toward Athens, ran off the side of the road about five miles east of Lexington and crashed into a pine tree, Mathews said. A driver heading east from Athens had to take evasive action, said Trooper Patrick Brantley, of the Georgia State Patrol's Washington post.
Marsh will face traffic charges, including failure to maintain his lane, Brantley said. He was treated at MCG and later released.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Grovetown Department of Public Safety:
Alabamians held in assault
Three Alabama men were charged Wednesday after an assault they told police they were paid to commit.
An Augusta man staying at a hotel near Interstate 20 told police that about 11:45 a.m. he was approached by two men in the parking lot who asked for change for a $20 bill. After he told them he didn't have change and headed back to his room, the men punched his face and kicked him.
They left in a Cadillac DeVille driven by a third man. Police stopped the car on I-20 and found marijuana and three men inside.
The victim identified Latrenton Demorris Bowens, 21, and Victor Terrell McKenzie, 19, as the men who attacked him, and Anthony West, 40, as the driver. All three men are from Atmore, Ala.
They told investigators they had been hired by an Atmore woman known as Queen Ifa to come to Augusta and "rough up" the man. They were paid $600, they said.
The men were charged with simple battery and possession of marijuana and were released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting $4,700 bond each.
Teen charged in car theft
An Augusta 14-year-old was charged Wednesday with burglary and entering an auto after a man caught him trying to steal a truck.
The manager of Plate O Pasta, 4050 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, told police he was at the business shortly before 5 a.m. when he heard glass breaking outside. He looked outside and saw a white van next to his Chevrolet Silverado truck, and saw the teen enter and start up the truck. When he went outside to confront the teen, another man in the white van pointed a gun at him and then sped away.
The teen got out of the truck, which was still in gear, and ran away. By the time he stopped the truck, which was rolling toward the road, the teen was gone.
Richmond County police found the teen on Wrightsboro Road at Flowing Wells Road and took him back to the business for identification.
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