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Police Blotter

Posted: Sunday, December 26, 2010

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


Walmart employee damages patrol car during arrest

A Walmart employee resisted arrest on Tuesday after managers called police to say that the woman had used gift cards accidentally left by a customer.

A manager at the Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway told police that Veronica Lashanda Bush, 21, of the 10 block of Fox Trace in Augusta, had taken the gift cards and used them to buy a Visa gift card at another Walmart location.

As deputies arrived to arrest Bush for theft by taking, she became combative when denied a phone call. An officer was unable to handcuff Bush until she was taken to the floor.

Bush started to kick the officer in the leg when she was restrained. She was finally taken out of the store and into the patrol car.

As the deputy drove away, Bush continued to fight and started to kick the left rear window of the Ford Crown Victoria, damaging it.

On the ride to the Columbia County Detention Center, Bush made threats against the deputy and said she was in pain because of recent surgery.

Bush, who refused medical treatment, fought with jailers and was taken to a padded cell.

She was charged with theft by taking, interference with government property and obstruction. On Thursday morning she was being held on bond of $6,300.

Woman struck by son's ex-girlfriend

A Hephzibah woman told police on Tuesday that her son's ex-girlfriend ran into her with a vehicle that belonged to her son, an Army soldier.

The woman said that she went to an apartment complex on Bloedel Reserve Way in Martinez to retrieve her son's property, including a 2005 Chevrolet Impala.

The girlfriend was at the apartment when the woman and her two relatives arrived. She told the woman she needed to take items out of the car, but started to drive away once inside the vehicle.

The woman said she was struck by the vehicle and had to grab onto the car to avoid being run over.

The ex-girlfriend sped out of the complex but stopped after turning onto Washington Road.

The woman's son said he tried to contact his ex-girlfriend while he was in Afghanistan. She told him she put the car in a garage in an unknown location and didn't answer any more of his calls.

Party crasher pulls pistol on porch

Police were called to a Martinez residence early Wednesday after a man crashed a party and pulled a pistol on the front porch.

A 40-year-old Martinez man told police that two juveniles were having a party at his house in the 500 block of Stevens Creek Road on Tuesday night. He said he told two men who came to crash the party to leave.

Just after midnight, another man rang the doorbell and asked who was "messing" with his cousin. After asking the juveniles to go inside and telling the man to leave, the homeowner heard the man cock a pistol and saw him holding a semi-automatic gun.

The man then ran to a vehicle and drove away. Police were unable to locate the man or his vehicle.

Man arrested in theft of copper

An Evans man was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing copper from a residential construction site.

Reginald Jeff Sharpton III, 30, was charged with burglary after a witness said he saw him running from Watermark Drive in Evans with copper valued at about $550.

Deputies found Sharpton driving south on William Few Parkway and pulled him over in the Chastain subdivision.

He is being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center.

Kmart employee accused of theft

A loss-prevention officer at Kmart in Martinez called police on Monday to say he had seen an employee take money from a cash register.

The officer said Christina Lauren Marcum, 19, of the 100 block of Kings Chapel Road in Augusta, took $61 from the register and put it in her pocket.

He said he stopped her before she left the store.

Marcum was charged with theft by taking and released Tuesday from the Columbia County Detention Center on a $1,600 bond.


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