Man dies after car runs into light pole
An elderly Evans man died Tuesday morning after driving his truck into a utility pole.
The crash occurred shortly before 6 a.m. in front of Evans High School when Blair LeBlanc, 74, of the 4500 block of Mulberry Creek Drive, swerved his pickup truck off Cox Road into the pole, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
LeBlanc was taken to Doctors Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly afterward, according Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.
An autopsy was scheduled for later in the afternoon Tuesday to determine a cause of death, Garrison said. While authorities initially suspected LeBlanc had suffered a heart attack, his wife said LeBlanc had no history of medical problems, Garrison said.
Man still in jail after police chase, arrest
A Louisville, Ga., man remained in jail Tuesday, more than two weeks after he ran from a traffic stop and was arrested on a variety of drug, DUI and traffic charges.
Thomas Benjamin Kelly IV, 29, was held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $22,900 bond, according to jail records. He was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, driving under the influence, open container, reckless driving, failure to use a turn signal when changing lanes, failure to maintain lane, hit-and-run, and possession of methamphetamine and alprazolam, a Schedule IV drug.
Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Chris Wright said police tried to pull Kelly over on Interstate 20 near the McDuffie County line on Jan. 5. Kelly drove a 1996 Land Cruiser into McDuffie County, where he crashed into a utility pole on Georgia Highway 150. He ran away from the wreck and called Daryl Leland Bullard, of Appling, to pick him up.
Police used canine tracking dogs and found Kelly and Bullard on Bristol Road at Blue Ridge Drive in Martinez. The men had methamphetamine and alprazolam in their possession. Also, two rifles and a shotgun were found in Bullard's vehicle. Both men were arrested.
Bullard, 40, of the 3500 block of Mistletoe Road, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule IV drug, driving under the influence, no proof of insurance and driving on a suspended registration.
He was released from jail Jan. 6 after posting $18,500 bond, jail employees said.
Molestation plea nets 20 years
An Evans man was sentenced to prison Friday after pleading guilty to molesting an 11-year-old girl.
Chin Su Pak, 48, entered pleas to two counts of child molestation and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by 15 years' probation, according to Assistant District Attorney Dana Wolk.
He had been arrested Sept. 5 and was charged with aggravated child molestation and four counts of child molestation.
Pak is accused of sexually abusing the girl in his home for about a month. His wife reported the abuse to authorities after reportedly walking in on Pak having sex with the child.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at http://www.columbiacountyso.org.
Safe, register stolen from Evans nursery
Someone burglarized an Evans plant nursery.
The owner of Springwood Nursery, 4545 Cox Road, said two employees discovered about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday that an office window had been broken and items were missing from inside.
Sometime after 8 p.m. Monday, someone broke the window and stole a cash register and a safe.
Police found blood droplets on the floor near the window.
Drugs, safe stolen while man slept
A Grovetown man told police Monday that someone stole medications and a safe from his bedroom closet while he slept.
He said he was sleeping Sunday night when someone stole a safe containing 180 Hydrocodone and 80 Xanax pills.
Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue report for Jan. 10-16:
Structure fires, three; wood/brush/grass fires, five; controlled/ unauthorized burns, five; dumpster fire, one; other fires, one; activated fire alarms, five; activated carbon monoxide detectors, two; medical incidents, 37; vehicle accidents, five; rescue incident, one; gas line rupture, one; electrical incident, one; investigate various incidents, 11; assist residents, two; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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