Appling runaway found; man charged
A man was charged in connection with a 16-year-old Appling runaway, who was located Friday and returned to her family.
Shelby Miranda Partridge, of Louisville Road, who has been missing since Oct. 18, was found in a motel near Savannah, Ga., with Michael Scott Terry. Shelby, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Terry was arrested and charged with interference with child custody and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Morris said. He was expected to be transferred to the Columbia County Detention Center early this week, Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at columbiacountyso.org:
17 cited for alcohol at underage party
Police investigating a loud party Saturday cited 17 teens for underage possession of alcohol.
At about 10:30 p.m., police went to a Martinez home on Prescott Drive for a complaint of a loud party. Police found numerous teenagers drinking alcohol. According to a sheriff's office incident report, 14 teens were cited for being in possession of alcohol, a county ordinance violation, in addition to four juveniles. All were released to their parents.
Those charged are: Paul Andrew Ogden, 17, of Pebble Beach Drive, Martinez; Kessler E. Matheson, 17, of Stevens Way, Martinez; Emily Ann O'Gorman, 17, of Granite Way, Martinez; John Taylor Carter, 17, of River Island Parkway, Evans; Steven Michael Drawdy, 18, of Bakers Ferry Trail, Martinez; Brennan Wren Canada, 18, of Winchester Way, Martinez; Tyler Joseph Baum, 18, of El Cordero Ranch Springs Road, Martinez; Justin Jahn, 18, of Crown Point Drive, Martinez; Jacob William Lane, 17, of Deerwood Lane, Evans; Kendal Ryan Parker, 17, of Emerald Place, Evans; Tara Elise Corley, 17, of Habersham Road, Martinez; Thomas Alan Parfenchuck, 18, of Honors Way, Martinez; and Daniel William Leonardi, 17, of Rincon Abbey Court, Martinez. Also cited as juveniles were two 16-year-olds and two 15-year-olds.
Man arrested in kidnapping, chase
A North Augusta man was charged with kidnapping after he held an Evans store employee against her will Thursday and led police on a chase.
Frank Ward Jr., 49, of 906 Todd Avenue, was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
An employee of the Greenway Store at 4336 Washington Road, called police just after noon claiming a man later identified as Ward possibly had a gun.
Deputies saw Ward leave the store and get into a Dodge Ram truck. Ward refused to stop and fled behind the nearby Home Depot and south onto North Belair Road.
Ward tried to hit a deputy with his truck as the deputy laid out spike strips in the road near Evans Town Park.
The chase continued until Ward pulled into a parking lot on Belair Road at Columbia Road, where police blocked him in. Ward hit a police car with his truck before he was arrested.
Two neighbors report burglaries
Two Martinez residents told police Saturday that someone burglarized their neighbors' homes.
A 60-year-old man called police at about 10:30 p.m. claiming he heard breaking glass at his neighbor's Amelia Drive home. Because his neighbor is out of town, the man said he went to investigate the noise and found a broken rear window. Police found a gray fleece sweater hanging from the broken window.
A 29-year-old woman told police that at about 10 p.m. she was outside her Tallman Drive home and saw flashlights moving inside her neighbor's house. The woman said she knew her neighbor was out of town, so she called police. She then heard footsteps running out of the home toward the backyard.
Police found a metal pry tool, likely used to force open the back door. The home is currently under renovation and the owner could not tell if anything was stolen.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Oct. 24-30:
Medical calls, 14; vehicle wrecks, 12; structure fires, nine; activated fire alarms, nine; investigations, four; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; gas line ruptures, two; vehicle fires; two; and wood/brush/grass fire; one.
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