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Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Student arrested


for Facebook fake

A Lakeside High School student was charged Monday with creating a fake Facebook page that purported to show another student lied during a teacher's dismissal hearing.

Roger Corey Bonsant, 17, of the 700 block of Riverbend Drive in Martinez, surrendered at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office in Appling, said Capt. Steve Morris. Bonsant was released on $1,100 bond.

Earlier in the day, investigators obtained a warrant for a misdemeanor charge of criminal defamation, alleging that Bonsant set up a fake Facebook page "under another person's name and communicated false information which exposed another person to hatred, contempt and/or ridicule," Morris said.

Investigators pursued the charges after the guardian of 16-year-old Avery Hill filed a complaint with the sheriff's office. The complaint said the fake Facebook page, created after Hill testified during a Board of Education dismissal hearing against Lakeside teacher Margaret Mudrak, made it appear Hill had lied during his testimony.

Grovetown man stabbed in fight

A Grovetown man allegedly stabbed his neighbor Sunday during a fight.

Charges were pending against 35-year-old Donrell Gibson of the 3500 block of Gordon Highway, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said Monday.

Willis Vangelder Jr., 30, told police that at about 9 p.m. Gibson came to his home and provoked a fight. Vangelder said Gibson punched him several times in the face, stabbed him, then ran away.

Vangelder was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment of a stab wound to the abdomen. He was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesman.

The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia

Man robbed by bogus mower seller

A Martinez man said he was trying to buy a riding lawn mower on Sunday when he was robbed in a parking lot.

The 48-year-old said he had placed business cards in several area restaurants advertising that he wanted to buy a riding lawn mower. Just before 4 p.m. he met a man calling himself George, who responded to the ad, in the parking lot of Lowe's at 224 Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez.

The man said George, who was standing at the end of the shopping center, got into his vehicle and rode with him to Lowe's. They both entered the store so the man could look at paint, but George did not stay with him and met him back out in the parking lot.

George asked to be paid for the lawn mower, but the man said he refused to pay until he saw the mower.

George then pushed the man down and grabbed an envelope containing $1,100 in cash from his front pants pocket. He then ran away through the parking lot.

Preteen at home during failed theft

An Evans man said his 12-year-old daughter was home alone Saturday afternoon when three men tried to steal a car from the backyard.

The 42-year-old said he was attending a funeral down the street from his home on Sullivan Hartsfield Road when he received a call from his daughter. The girl told her father that three men knocked on the front door. The man told his daughter not to answer the door and left the funeral to come home.

As he approached his home, the man said a Buick Grand National with three men inside was speeding away. The man said he recognized the driver.

When he got home, the man discovered someone had tried to steal a locked 1980 Chevrolet Malibu parked in the backyard.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Aug. 1-7:

Structure fires, five; wood/brush/grass fires, three; vehicle fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; activated fire alarms, 20; gas line ruptures, three; electrical incident, one; medical incidents, 20; vehicle accidents, nine; rescue incident, one; and investigation of various incidents, six.


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