Middle-schooler arrested with knife
Police on Monday arrested a Grovetown Middle School pupil after he threatened school officials while brandishing a kitchen knife.
The 11-year old boy was in the school office on a discipline referral stemming from a bus incident when he decided to leave the campus, Superintendent Charles Nagle said.
Principal Tom Smallwood followed the sixth-grader on foot, but the boy ran when a school safety officer arrived.
The pupil then returned to the school with a kitchen knife and made more threats, Nagle said.
"He apparently tried to make a break for it down the hallway, but school Safety Officer (Tim) Perry caught up with him when he tried to get in a classroom, but couldn't get in," Nagle said.
School officials had initiated a hard lockdown of the school, meaning that the hallways were cleared of students and all classrooms were locked.
No one was hurt during the incident, Nagle said.
Officers with the Grovetown Department of Public Safety arrested the pupil and confiscated his knife. He was transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center, according to Grovetown police Capt. Gary Owens.
The boy is charged with aggravated assault, possessing a weapon on school grounds and making terroristic threats, Owens said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Woman flees after Walgreens robbery
A Walgreens clerk said Sunday that she attempted to stop a woman who demanded cash from the register.
At about 10 a.m., the clerk at the Walgreens at 3900 Washington Road, Martinez, said a woman came to the register asking to buy cigarettes. The woman handed the clerk cash and when the register drawer was open, the woman said, "This is a stick-up." The clerk said the woman grabbed cash from the open drawer.
The clerk said she grabbed the woman's arms as she tried to leave. Though she never showed a weapon, the woman threatened to shoot the clerk if she didn't let go.
The clerk followed the woman as she ran out of the store and got into a white four-door Jeep Cherokee.
The robber was described by the clerk as a white woman, about 45 years old, 5-foot-4, weighing 160 pounds.
Two teens harassed with text messages
Two Columbia County teens were harassed via text messages last week.
A 17-year-old Grovetown High School student told police Saturday that she'd given her cell phone number to a guy she knew only as "T." The teen said that between 8 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, she received numerous vulgar text messages from him and asked him to stop.
The messages included a nude photo of himself. Police called the man, who agreed to leave the teen alone and delete her number from his phone.
A Harlem man called police Thursday claiming his 15-year-old son received more than 200 text messages while in school.
The man said he picked his son up from Grovetown High School about 3 p.m. When his son turned his cell phone on, he had 217 obscene and threatening text messages and a voicemail. The student said he doesn't know who sent them.
Car stolen from K-Mart parking lot
A Hephzibah man said his wife's car was stolen while he was inside the Martinez K-Mart on Thursday.
The 53-year-old said he'd just picked up his wife's Nissan Sentra from Discount Tire Warehouse on Washington Road in Martinez about 12:40 p.m. when he headed to K-Mart at 3830 Washington Road.
The man said when he came out of the store less than 15 minutes later, the car was missing. He left the car unlocked.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Aug. 22-28:
Medical calls, 28; activated fire alarms, 10; vehicle wrecks, five; assisting citizens, five; electrical incidents, two; gas line ruptures, three; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; structure fires, two; vehicle fires, two; investigations, one; alarm out of service, one; CPR in progress, one; rescue incidents, one; and other fires, two.
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