2 arrested in West Lake car break-ins
The nephews of a man shot at while breaking into a car in West Lake in 2008 were arrested Thursday by police who said they tried the same thing in the same neighborhood.
Tywan Jermaine Rogers, 27, and his 19-year-old brother, Jerome, both of the 3200 block of Parker Road in Hephzibah, were arrested by deputies conducting surveillance in the area. The brothers were attempting to enter a vehicle in the subdivision, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
At least 18 vehicles in West Lake were broken into in September, Morris said. More residents called Thursday morning to report that their vehicles had been entered during the night, he said.
The charges against the Rogers brothers have not been confirmed, Morris said Thursday.
The brothers are nephews of Bobby Lee Roberson. Roberson allegedly was involved in a shootout with a Medical College of Georgia officer who found him sitting in his car in February 2008. He is being charged under the Armed Career Criminal Act as a felon in possession of a stolen firearm.
Fourth arrested in sexual misconduct
A fourth man wanted in a Columbia County sexual misconduct case has been arrested.
Tyler William Davitte, 22, of Cutter Mill Road in Martinez, turned himself in to police about noon Tuesday, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. He is charged with aggravated sexual battery and was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday without bond, according to jail records.
Three other men -- Robert Lincoln Levy Jr., 19, of Augusta; Clayton Edward Blanton, 21, of Appling; and Jason Scott Turner, 21, of Evans, have been charged with aggravated sexual battery. Blanton was also charged with unlawful surveillance. He is accused of recording sexual activities of others in a private place without the consent of everyone present.
Police received information Sept. 20 about underage drinking, drug activity and sex crimes at a Martinez home.
All four were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday without bond, according to jail records. All four had bond hearings scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Lakeside football player arrested
A Lakeside High School football player recently was arrested after police say he threw a brick through a window of an Evans home.
Benjamin Joseph Brooks, 18, of the 600 block of High Hampton Drive in Martinez, was charged with first degree criminal damage to property, a felony, on Sept. 18. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center later that day after posting a $5,100 bond, according to jail personnel.
On Sept. 18, a 17-year-old told police that at about midnight he received a call on his cell phone from someone who threatened him, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report. The caller told the teen that if he didn't step outside that he'd be killed.
The teen said he walked into his 12-year-old sister's bedroom, looked out the front window and saw Brooks, whom he recognized from school, and another person. The teen said he saw Brooks move his arm as if he was throwing something. Then a brick crashed through his sister's window.
The sister, who was sleeping in her bed nearby, was not injured. A second brick was thrown at the garage door, causing a large dent.
Man arrested at downtown club
A headlock, pepper spray and a metal baton were needed to stop a Columbia County man who reportedly attacked a Richmond County sheriff's deputy Tuesday outside a downtown Augusta nightclub.
The deputy went to Sector 7G in the 600 block of Ellis Street about 9:30 p.m. to investigate complaints about a patron, Logan Riddle. When the deputy told him to leave, Riddle threatened the deputy, so the deputy tried to arrest him, a report said.
Riddle then attacked the deputy, who twice used pepper spray to try to slow his attacker. The deputy then hit Riddle with his baton multiple times. It took two witnesses and the deputy to bring Riddle under control, according to a report.
Riddle, 23, of the 400 block of South Old Belair Road, was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and attempting to remove an officer's weapon.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Officer says student tried to run over her
A school safety officer at Greenbrier High School told police Monday that a student driver nearly ran her over in the school parking lot.
The officer said that between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. she saw the 17-year-old driving a blue Dodge Durango in the school parking lot and tried to stop the teen using hand signals. The officer said the teen sped up. The officer moved to avoid being hit.
Another Greenbrier student riding with the teen told police that the driver sped up when she saw the officer and hydroplaned but never intended to hit the officer.
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