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Two jump in water to flee officers in separate incidences

Man who jumped in Augusta canal is still at large

Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 4:47 PM
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Columbia County Deputy B.J. Radford had to use a boat to arrest Kelsey Megan Beverlin, 20, on a probation violation. Beverlin ran from the arresting officers and jumped into the 9.5-acre lake.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Columbia County Deputy B.J. Radford had to use a boat to arrest Kelsey Megan Beverlin, 20, on a probation violation. Beverlin ran from the arresting officers and jumped into the 9.5-acre lake.


An Evans woman found that out Thursday, and a Hephzibah man soon will.

Kelsey Megan Beverlin, 20, tried to escape Columbia County sheriff’s deputies Thursday by diving into a neighborhood lake. After a 45-minute swim, she was fished out by deputies and charged with obstruction.

Nicholas Bradley Adams, 28, got pulled over by Richmond County deputies early Wednesday but eluded them by swimming across the Augusta Canal.

He left behind his registered SUV and his passenger.

In the Columbia County case, Beverlin was accused of trying to skip out on probation she had received for theft and financial transaction card fraud charges in 2011.

When a probation officer and deputy arrived to serve a warrant at her home on Taft Drive in Idylwilde about 12:20 p.m., she jumped into the nearby 9½-acre lake, according to sheriff’s Lt. Andy Shedd.

Beverlin spent about 45 minutes swimming around the lake while deputies stationed themselves along the banks. Finally, a sheriff’s investigator and a deputy borrowed a small boat and paddled after Beverlin, who was brought to shore.

She now faces obstruction charges in addition to probation violations, Shedd said.

In the Richmond County case, a deputy pulled over a 2002 Ford Explorer about 12:30 a.m., intending to write a ticket charging the driver with running a red light at Broad and 13th streets, according to an incident report.

The driver, later identified by police as Adams, pulled into Circle K at 306 13th St., jumped out of the SUV and ran toward Ellis Street. Adams then jumped into the canal and swam across.

Instead of pursuing, deputies returned to his vehicle, where they found several empty capsules, a small plastic bag of marijuana and a clear bag with a white powdery substance.

Officers identified Adams, of the 1100 block of Fox Den Road in Hephzibah, by running his license tag, pulling a previous jail photo and talking to his passenger.

He faces charges of obstruction of law enforcement, failure to obey a traffic control light, driving with a suspended license and open container.

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corgimom
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corgimom 08/08/13 - 04:38 pm
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She still hasn't learned to

She still hasn't learned to stay out of trouble.

Maybe someday she will, looks like she's going to prison.

millymilly
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millymilly 08/08/13 - 04:50 pm
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wow

Now that's the perfect Facebook profile pic! lol (Did she actually think the officers were just going to leave. This was not a well thought out escape plan.)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/08/13 - 05:00 pm
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Symbols

Some I.T. geek needs to teach Valerie Rowell how to use the special symbols to make the one-half symbol display in HTML.

The browser displays the text as 91/2-acre lake.

What she meant to display was 9½-acre lake.

On second thought, if Steve Crawford approves, I'll be glad to drive up to the office and show her how myself. I'm not an I.T. geek, but I'm some kind of geek.

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Riverman1 08/08/13 - 05:23 pm
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½ or 1/2

LOL, in the big scheme of things ½ or 1/2 doesn’t bother me too much. Heck, I would have just said a 10 acre lake. Note to the swimmer, if you’re trying to get away from the cops find a bigger lake or river. If they come after me, I could swim to another state.

juantez
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juantez 08/08/13 - 05:22 pm
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Make her mom & dad proud....
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Make her mom & dad proud.... meth head

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/08/13 - 06:44 pm
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Geeks

Hey, someone at The Chronicle fixed the HTML above. The story now correctly displays "9½-acre lake." I'd still like to meet Ms. Rowell someday, though.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/08/13 - 07:13 pm
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Imagined conversation....

Imagined conversation....

Officer 1: LT? What do you think she's doing out there in the lake?

LT: The backstroke...

Rimshot...

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Barry Paschal 08/08/13 - 09:39 pm
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HTML

Reporters log stories with a text tool, not HTML. They don't have access to those symbols.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/08/13 - 09:43 pm
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HTML

Glad you set them straight - Barry.

Cadence
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Cadence 08/09/13 - 03:57 am
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I knew what they meant

I can read well enough to understand the story despite misspellings, typos, wrong symbols and such. Just give me the news and I will work it out as needed.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/09/13 - 06:41 am
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llamb

Strange way of meeting women....:):) (geek)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/09/13 - 06:47 am
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Yes, SeenIt

But you do what you gotta do. :-) I can show Ms. Rowell how to insert those symbols into a plain text editor, as well.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/09/13 - 07:08 am
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9-1/2 acres lake? 9.5 acre lake? Big pond?
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9-1/2 acres lake? 9.5 acre lake? Big pond?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/09/13 - 07:10 am
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Outcome based education. Specifics of puntuation, no mas.
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Outcome based education. Specifics of punctuation, no mas.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/09/13 - 07:10 am
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the "b" done jumped in some big water to flee the fuzz, dog.
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the "b" done jumped in some big water to flee the fuzz, dog.

urright
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urright 08/09/13 - 07:27 am
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Too funny--

Maybe she wasn't running--she was just hot and decided to take a dip.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/09/13 - 09:28 am
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Villa Rica

Maybe Mr. Adams is on his way to Villa Rica.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/09/13 - 09:36 am
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urright

That's what I was thinking. Maybe she was just really hot, knew she was going to jail and wanted to take a dip before incarceration!! You going to charge her with obstruction for that?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/09/13 - 10:50 am
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@Little Lamb

I am pretty sure that Valerie is exclusively CC News Times. Their office is next to the Publix in Evans. Call sometime and see if she is there and then go meet her. Those folks are good and the would be happy to meet their readers.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/09/13 - 10:51 am
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Noticed this woman was doing some sort of a backstroke.

It you are in any kind of shape and take your time like Riverman said you could swim to another State.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/09/13 - 12:48 pm
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Swimming

That arresting officer might be doing some sort of a breaststroke.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/09/13 - 01:04 pm
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Lady its a Pond

That means you are swimming in a circle not escaping.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/09/13 - 01:59 pm
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20 years old. When I was 20 I

20 years old. When I was 20 I was on my 2nd tour in Vietnam. Ms. Beverlin is 20 and confirming for the 2nd time that she is a not too bright spoiled little brat.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/09/13 - 06:28 pm
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Criminals aren't real smart,

Criminals aren't real smart, where did she think she was going to swim to, Florida?

Darby
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Darby 08/09/13 - 09:20 pm
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Did the judges give her any

points for style?

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