Several people pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in Columbia County court Friday.
Five Grovetown teens – Anthony Blade Turner, 19; Baker Lee Brannen Cochran, 17; Larry Charles Porche, 17; Austin Tyler Love, 18; and Christopher Scott Love, 18 – pleaded not guilty to robbery, entering an auto and criminal trespass charges in connection to a Dec. 28 robbery in Grovetown. Porche also pleaded not guilty to burglary.
Authorities say the five broke into a truck at Eagle Point apartments and were chased to a laundromat by its owner, who had a gun. The owner grabbed one of the teens, and the other four then rushed him, stealing his gun and shoes and a bag of tools from his truck before fleeing, authorities say.
All five remain in jail. Christopher Love and Porche are being held without bond, according to jail records.
In a separate case, Grovetown resident Ashley Leigh Wood, 36, pleaded not guilty to an aggravated child molestation charge.
Wood, a babysitter for a Grovetown family that included young children and a 14-year-old boy, is accused of providing oral sex to the teen Jan. 24. The teen said Wood talked to him in a sexually explicit manner regularly and tried to sit on his lap as he played video games Jan. 24.