Man pleads not guilty to child porn
An Evans man convicted in 2007 of inappropriately touching a teen girl pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 18 charges of sexual exploitation of children.
George Edward Ferrang, 59, of Shadow Oak Drive, is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond on those charges and a probation violation, jail records show.
Ferrang, a registered sex offender, was arrested in October after police reportedly found images of child pornography on his computer.
In 2007, Ferrang entered an Alford plea (allowing him to plead guilty without admitting guilt) to sexual battery on a child younger than 16. A judge sentenced him to three years' probation and a $2,000 fine and ordered him to register as a sex offender.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Teen charged with driving into teacher
An Evans teen was arrested Tuesday on charges he hit a Greenbrier High School teacher who was directing traffic after school.
The teacher, Christopher Allen Lane, 40, said he stopped Tyler Pierce Lee, 17, of Woody Hill Circle, because he was speeding while heading in the wrong direction in the parking lot.
Lane said Lee yelled and cursed at him to get out of the way and again after being told to calm down. Lee accelerated toward him, trying to get Lane to move, and he again told Lee to calm down.
Lee accelerated forward again, hitting Lane and causing him to fall over the car. Lane said he moved out of the way and grabbed another student as he tried to get into Lee's car. Lee left without his passenger.
Lane was not injured.
Lee was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Friday on a $20,100 bond, according to jail records.
Home burglar takes items worth $3,800
An Appling man discovered Tuesday that someone had stolen thousands of dollars' worth of items from his home.
He said that someone entered his Marshall Road home during the day and stole more than $3,800 worth of his belongings, including a 47-inch flat-screen television, a 38-caliber handgun, beer, a Nintendo Wii, several games, a DVD player, a cell phone, a camera and $200.
Card fraudulently used on travel site
An Evans man said Monday that someone used his credit card on an Internet travel site.
He told police that he received an e-mail from American Express stating he had a possible fraudulent charge to his account. Someone used his American Express to charge about $1,700 through a travel booking site.
He confirmed that the purchase was unauthorized and canceled the card.
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