Columbia County Crime

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is responsible for law enforcement in the 290 square miles that make up Columbia County, Georgia. Organizational divisions include Administrative Services, the Criminal Investigative Division, Community Services, Detention Center, Professional Standards, Special Operations and Patrol Division.

Perhaps the most public face of the Sheriff's Office, the Patrol Division divides Columbia County into 10 patrol beats, and deputies are assigned a permanent beat. Consisting of dozens of certified law enforcement officers, the Patrol Division is organized into four squads, consisting of a lieutenant, staff sergeant, sergeant and 13 deputies. Officers are on duty for twelve-hour shifts, on a four days on and four days off schedule.

The Special Operations Division consists of a Crime Suppression Unit, Traffic Unit, Mountain Bike Patrol and a Vice and Narcotics Unit. A K-9 team is maintained for manhunts and drug interdiction.

Information courtesy Columbia County Sheriff's Office website.


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Man sought in Evans parking lot attack

Columbia County authorities are trying to find the man who last week reached into a vehicle window, grabbed its driver by the throat and threatened him outside an Evans Neighborhood Wal-Mart.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Former Lakeside coach arrested

Former Lakeside High football coach Jody Grooms and his wife Sharon, were arrested Tuesday on charges of theft by taking, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
By Terry Dickson | Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spa attack victim still hospitalized

The victim of a robbery and rape at a Columbia County business remains hospitalized while police search for her attacker.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Suspect sought in attack at Martinez spa

A suspect is sought after two employees of a Martinez spa were attacked Sunday afternoon.
By Doug Stutsman | Sunday, May 22, 2016

Former teacher sentenced for sex with student

Matthew Curley, 34, a former Evans High School drama teacher, was given seven years imprisonment, 13 years probation and a $100,000 fine after pleading guilty to sexual assault by a person with ...
By Abbigail Lennon | Thursday, May 19, 2016

Woman sentenced to probation in former state legislator's death

Kimberly Chere Crouch was charged with two misdemeanor offenses, second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to stop at a stop sign, each punishable by up to 12 months in jail and $1,000 fine.
By Abbigail Lennon | Thursday, May 12, 2016

Doctor denies charge in painkiller arrest

A Martinez physician accused of not being properly licensed to dispense pain medication pleaded not guilty Friday.
By Abbigail Lennon | Friday, May 6, 2016

Suspect sought after Putt Putt burglary

The Columbia County Sher­iff's Office is requesting help in locating a man who burglarized the Putt Putt Fun Center.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, May 5, 2016

Repeat offender pleads guilty to stalking

A Columbia County man with a history of harassing and stalking women pleaded guilty Monday to a third offense of stalking and was given six months in jail.
By Sandy Hodson | Monday, May 2, 2016

Authorities finish investigation on Appling shootings

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said Monday it is confident the man who committed suicide afterward was the killer.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Monday, May 2, 2016

Celebration of life held for Appling victims

Car after car, hundreds of Columbia County citizens joined in unison Wednesday on Johnson Drive. All gathered on the two-lane road for one reason: to honor five victims of Friday's shooting rampage.
By Doug Stutsman | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sheriff's office releases Appling shooting tapes

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has released three 911 calls that followed last week's shootings in Appling that claimed five victims before suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes turned the gun on himself.
By Travis Highfield | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Suspect found dead after killing 5 in Appling

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office confirmed the suspect in the shooting deaths of five people in Appling killed himself.
By Travis Highfield | Friday, April 22, 2016

4 arrested in break-ins, gun thefts

Columbia County sheriff's deputies arrested an adult and three juveniles Saturday after two break-ins on Pheasant Creek Drive and Pin Court.
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Grovetown woman to plead guilty in former state legislator's death

Kimberly Chere Crouch, 49, of Grovetown, is facing charges of homicide by vehicle in the second degree and failure to stop at a stop sign in the crash that killed Ben Joseph "Joey" Brush Jr. on ...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Police seek help in Columbia County theft

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in identifying a person and vehicle linked to a theft.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Police say man tried to enter vehicles at Salsa's

Columbia County deputies say an unidentified man tried the door handle sof vehicles at Salsa's, on Bobby Jones Expressway.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Appling man faces charges of beating pregnant wife

A Columbia County man connected to an alleged steroid scandal involving local police is in jail again, this time charged in the beating of his pregnant wife.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Monday, April 11, 2016

Appeals court overturns molestation conviction

The Georgia Court of Appeals said Faron Alday's conviction must be reversed because Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. made comments that the jury could have perceived as offering an opinion about the ...
By Sandy Hodson | Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Jury acquits man of child molestation

David Riffe was accused of fondling a 7-year-old in October 2014.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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