Greenbrier grad killed in wreck
A Greenbrier High School graduate was killed in a motorcycle crash near Atlanta on Monday. His passenger was being treated in an Atlanta hospital.
Roy Joseph Kerlegan III, 20, a 2007 graduate, was riding his Suzuki sport bike Monday evening when a BMW turned in front of the motorcycle on Mount Zion Parkway in Stockbridge, said Capt. Jason Bolton, a Henry County Police Department spokesman.
His passenger, Lindsey Smith, 20, was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Charges against the other driver are pending, Bolton said.
Kerlegan, the son of Shirley and Roy Kerlegan Jr., of Evans, was attending Georgia State University, where he studied business and was a member of the Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, a coed professional business fraternity.
The funeral was to be held Saturday at Platt's Funeral Home in Evans.
Ex-player charged in Charleston heists
Former Greenbrier High School and The Citadel football player Reggie Rice and Citadel quarterback Miguel Starks are facing additional charges after their arrests for a Feb. 27 armed robbery in Charleston, S.C.
Detectives said Rice and Starks, along with two College of Charleston students, were arrested Feb. 27 in connection with a holdup after Citadel football assistant coach Joshua Harpe told police three men forced him into his apartment at gunpoint, bound him with duct tape and stole electronics and other items.
Rice was charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
The men and woman also are being investigated in connection with a Feb. 24 home invasion.
While at Greenbrier, Rice pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of felony statutory rape after a September 2005 incident involving three teen girls. He was sentenced in Juvenile Court to 24 months of probation and 56 hours of community service.
Martinez man gets 18 years for drugs
A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced a Martinez man to more than 18 years in prison on drug and firearm charges.
On Tuesday, Antonio Marcellus Johnson, 29, was sentenced for crack cocaine trafficking, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.
His prison term will be followed by five years of supervised release, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice's Southern District of Georgia.
A jury convicted Johnson in September. The prosecution presented evidence that on one occasion in 2008 Johnson was stopped by Richmond County investigators and found to have four loaded firearms. Also in 2008, he was found to be in possession of 23 grams of crack cocaine, according to the release.
McDonald's worker robbed at gunpoint
A McDonald's employee was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night at the Washington Road restaurant.
The armed robbery occurred about 8 p.m., according to Columbia County Sheriff's Department spokesman Capt. Steve Morris. The employee was robbed while leaving the restaurant at 3804 Washington Road to make a bank deposit. The robber escaped with a deposit bag. The employee was not injured.
The robber was described as a short black male, between five feet one inches and five feet two inches tall, wearing a dark hoodie jacket with a green stripe.
This was the first armed robbery of the year for Columbia County, Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman charged with fighting police
A Martinez woman became violent toward police Tuesday after she was arrested on a shoplifting charge at Wal-Mart.
Brandy Alisha Ostrihon, 25, of the 4000 block of Vernon Street, was charged with shoplifting and obstructing an officer.
Police arrived at the Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway after Ostrihon tried to steal merchandise, including glitter, sequins, and other arts and crafts items.
After her arrest, Ostrihon was placed in leg straps after she was combative with officers. In the patrol car, she banged her head and spit on the Plexiglas window.
Deputies tried to calm Ostrihon, but she tried to remove her handcuffs and kicked an officer in the groin, according to the report.
Ostrihon was being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday with bond set at $6,700.
Break-ins reported in West Lake cars
Five West Lake subdivision residents told police Tuesday morning that their vehicles had been broken into.
A break-in was reported in the 3600 block of Bay Point, and four others on Pebble Beach Court and near the 3700 block of Inverness Way.
Four of the vehicles were unlocked.
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