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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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

Grovetown man who ran over motorcycle rider to serve prison time

Dawson J. Graham, 23, pleaded guilty in Columbia County Superior Court on March 17 to serious injury by vehicle, driving with excessive blood alcohol concentration, driving too fast for conditions ...
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Federal habeas petition claims Dean unlawfully imprisoned

The federal habeas petition seeks former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean's release based on a claim of actual innocence.
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, March 24, 2016

Arrests made in massive morning drug sweep

Arrests were made this morning involving a street gang, drug-trafficking operations in Augusta's Sand Hills neighbors, police say.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

2 students arrested in recent bomb threats at Evans school

According to incident reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, three bomb threats have been made at the Evans school during the past four weeks – two of which resulted in the ...
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, March 18, 2016

Armed standoff suspect formally charged

The man involved earlier this month in a 15-hour police standoff near Harlem High School, was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center Wednesday night.
By Abby Lennon | Thursday, March 17, 2016

Navy linguist sentenced for spying on girl

A Navy linguist specialist assigned to Fort Gordon was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday for spying on a 12-year-old girl getting out of the shower.
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, March 10, 2016

Man charged in child solicitation case

A 35-year-old Evans man has been jailed in Jasper County, Ga., for arranging a meeting with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Monday, March 7, 2016

Police standoff near Harlem ends

According to a Columbia County sheriff's office report, Randall Edward Seaton, 27, is retired military and has PTSD. He surrendered to deputies about 8:30 a.m. Monday.
By Abbigail Lennon | Monday, March 7, 2016

'Ferguson effect' not seen in national study, local crime

A recent study exploring the theory that the "Ferguson effect" - heavy social media coverage after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. - caused a ...
By Travis Highfield | Friday, March 4, 2016

Stepson, 23, fatally shot near Appling

Columbia County sheriff's deputies say a 23-year-old man was killed early Thursday after a dispute with his stepfather.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Thursday, March 3, 2016
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