Lakeside High graduate injured in SUV wreck
A 2005 Lakeside High School graduate was seriously injured Tuesday night after her car rolled over on Stevens Creek Road.
Courtney E. Claxton, 22, of Evans, was in fair condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Police say Claxton, a student at MCG, was driving her Lexus SUV north on Stevens Creek Road near Hampstead Place just before midnight when she failed to negotiate a turn. Claxton's SUV veered across the oncoming lane and off the opposite side of the road, where it hit a culvert. The vehicle rolled over and landed on its roof.
Claxton, who was wearing her seatbelt, had to be extricated from the vehicle.
Seven arrested in Harlem meth lab bust
Seven people were arrested Wednesday after police searched a Harlem-area home and found a methamphetamine lab.
Following a month-long investigation, Columbia County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators searched a home on the 3800 block of Gordon Highway at about 5 p.m. The people involved were selling and making methamphetamine in the home, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Gregory Antoney Butts, 38, of Mahala Lane in Harlem; Cassandra Flakes Johnson, 39, of Hinton-Wilson Road in Harlem; and Kelly Shavonne Appling, 28, of Lincolnton Highway in Thomson, were charged with the manufacturing methamphetamine with intent to distribute; manufacturing/delivering/administering/sale/possession of a controlled substance; and possession of Schedule II, III and IV drugs. Angela Marie Glisson, 41, of Max Road in Harlem; Joseph Randall McCorkle, 34, of Gordon Highway in Harlem; and Shannon Mae Myrick, 30, of Gibson, Ga., were charged with two counts of manufacturing/delivering/administering/sale/possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana and Schedule II, III and IV drugs. All are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Anthony Franklin Bazemore, 28, was charged with possession of marijuana and was being held Thursday on a $1,600 bond, according to jail records.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man drags deputy who was trying to serve warrant
Police are looking for a man they say dragged a deputy with his truck, then attempted to run over two officers while they tried to serve him with a warrant.
The two officers arrived at the home on the 1200 block of Furys Ferry Road just after 4 p.m. Tuesday and found the man sitting in a truck in the driveway. When a deputy ordered him out of the truck, police say the man drove his truck down the driveway and into the backyard, dragging a deputy. The deputy let go of the vehicle, which continued down the driveway toward a wooded area behind the home.
The man then turned his truck around and drove toward the deputies. Despite giving several commands for the man to stop, the deputies had to jump out of the way of the truck.
The man turned onto Furys Ferry Road headed toward South Carolina.
Woman says burglar ran screaming from home
A Martinez woman said she saw a burglar in her home Wednesday and scared him away.
The 54-year-old said that at about 9:15 a.m. she heard a loud noise on the first floor of her home. She went downstairs and saw a black man wearing a camouflage sweatshirt, black ball cap and thick glasses inside her house.
The woman said that when the burglar saw her, he screamed and ran out the back door.
Police found damage to the rear door, a footprint on the back door and several items in the home in disarray.
Fraudulent charge made on woman's credit card
A Martinez woman told police Tuesday that someone used her credit card at Sears after she attempted to make a purchase there.
The 50-year-old said that she was in the Augusta Mall store on Dec. 3 to order Christmas gifts. The sales clerk attempted to order the merchandise several times, but was unsuccessful. Due to the number of attempts, the woman said her credit card company would not approve the transaction.
The clerk kept the woman's account information to try the order again.
The woman said she then found a $500 charge to her credit card, which she did not authorize, for a Sears virtual gift card.
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