Student brought drugs to school, ran, police say
A Grovetown High School student was arrested Thursday after he ran from school officials and police.
Tre Pierre Jenkins, 18, of Lake Forest Drive in Grovetown, was charged with simple battery, obstruction of a police officer and disruption or interferrenc with the operation of a public school, according to Columbia County jail records. He was being held on bonds totalling $3,300.
Just before 10 a.m., school officials were trying to determine whether Jenkins had drugs when he hit a counselor and assistant principal and ran from the school, said sheriff's office Capt. Steve Morris. Jenkins ran into a nearby neighborhood, where police found him in the woods behind a home on Sylvan Lake Drive.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man arrested for soliciting two women for sex
A Texas man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he harassed two women by offering them money for sex at a Columbia County gas station.
Horacio Amaya, 53, of Houston, was charged with two counts of simple battery.
A 20-year-old Grovetown woman told police that Amaya approached her about 11:40 a.m. as she was getting her daughter out of the car at the Pilot at 4091 Jimmie Dyess Parkway near Interstate 20. She said he pulled out money and told her, "I will pay for sex." The woman refused, but she said Amaya grabbed her and wrapped his arms around her.
The woman said she shoved him off, got into her car and locked the doors.
A 25-year-old female employee of the Dairy Queen, inside the Pilot, said Amaya then came inside and ordered food. The employee said Amaya then grabbed her hand, wouldn't let go and said, "I will be back later, when you get off today. I will give you $100 for sex." The employee told him, "I don't do that."
Police found Amaya inside the store eating. He denied the allegations.
Amaya was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon after posting a $2,200 bond, according to jail personnel.
Women steal seafood from Evans store, speed away
The manager of an Evans grocery store told police Monday that two women stole seafood from the store.
The manager of the Publix at 4274 Washington Road said the women came into the store just before 4 p.m. and got $20 worth of shrimp and crab legs from the seafood counter. The women concealed the seafood in a purse and left.
The manager said that when he approached the women in the parking lot they sped away in a blue Dodge Neon.
Thief cuts through fence, steals copper and tools
A thief cut through a privacy fence late Tuesday or early Wednesday and stole tools and copper from two businesses.
A Gold Mech Inc. supervisor told police that just before 8:30 a.m. he discovered that someone had cut through a privacy fence to get to a 2.5-acre lot used to store supplies at 4171 Wheeler Road in Martinez. The supervisor said someone cut a lock off a container and stole copper from inside. A similar theft occurred Sept. 6, he said.
An employee of a neighboring business, Busy Bee Plumbing, 4167 Wheeler Road, said during the same period someone entered two trucks on the property. Hand tools worth about $70 were missing.
The thief also got inside a storage garage through a window and stole pieces of copper, he said.
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