Columbia County Crime

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Hearing for church murder suspect rescheduled

The arraignment for Daniel Nelson Robinson will be Sept. 22, pending another date change. He had been scheduled to appear in court in Duvall County, Fla. 
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

DaVitte slaying suspect still in Florida

A month after the slaying of 55-year-old Bill DaVitte, suspect Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, remains in a Jacksonville, Fla., detention facility.
By Doug Stutsman | Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Judge refuses murder suspect's guilty plea

A judge refused to accept a guilty plea Friday from a murder suspect who claimed he had nothing to do with the crime.
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Speed limit to rise to curb Harlem speeders

Harlem Department of Public Safety Chief Gary Jones is hoping to curb speeders on one stretch of city roadway by raising the speed limit.
By Valerie Rowell | Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Three-plus decades have passed in cold case

Columbia County sheriff’s investigators might never know what happened to Craig Fallaw outside a West Lake security booth Oct. 6, 1978.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

Most stolen car is a what?

The National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual report on the 10 most stolen vehicles in the country earlier this month, and some residents say they aren't surprised with what they saw.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Area to see heightened road patrol this Labor Day

Richmond County Sheriff's Office Lt. Lewis Blanchard clearly outlined the mission for the holiday weekend. "Our goal is to save lives," Blanchard said.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Military-grade equipment concerns some

Thanks to the 1033 Program, which has been run by the Defense Logistics Agency since 1995, some of the same equipment used in the Ferguson, Mo., protests is owned by law enforcement agencies in ...
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

Grovetown police chief resigns

Grovetown Department of Public Safety Director Gary Owens resigned Friday afternoon.
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, Aug 22, 2014

DaVitte family thanks community for support

Bill DaVitte, 55, was fatally shot during a carjacking Aug. 14 while he and wife, Jenny, were turning on the sprinkler system at Marvin United Methodist Church.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Roofer gets jail time for working without permits

Sean Patrick Hughes, 48, of Wrens, was brought before a magistrate judge in Columbia County on Wednesday on mutliple violations of county ordinances.
By Steve Crawford | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Charges revealed in hit-and-run, I-20 wreck

Police revealed charges Sun­day against a man they say was involved in a hit-and-run on Wash­ington Road, then caused a wreck that left two vehicles overturned on Interstate 20 on Friday.
By Travis Highfield | Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

Funeral set for Martinez man slain outside church

Services have been announced for a Martinez man fatally shot Thursday night during a carjacking in front of a local church where he and his wife had gone to turn on the sprinkler system.
By Travis Highfield | Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

Suspect caught in Martinez church shooting

A suspect has been captured in Florida after a man was fatally shot and his wife injured Thursday night outside a Martinez church.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

False police reports rare in Augusta

Police expect some embellishment when investigating a crime, but records show that false reports of a missing mountain lion in Aiken and a child abduction in Augusta this week are rare occurrences.
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

19-year-old impersonates firefighter

A 19-year-old man is accused of impersonating a firefighter after pulling over a 16-year-old girl, Columbia County sheriff's deputies say.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Aug 2, 2014

Boy, 15, shoots uncle in father's defense

A 38-year-old man was hospitalized Saturday after being shot by his nephew for choking his father, deputies say.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Aug 2, 2014

Ex-cop denies sex charges at hearing

Jon Eric Austin Stripling, 38, pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory authorities and violation of oath by a public officer.
By Valerie Rowell | Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Ex-officer accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

Jon Eric Austin Stripling, 38, of Railroad Avenue in Grovetown, surrendered Wednesday after a Columbia County grand jury indicted him on three counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory ...
By Valerie Rowell | Monday, July 28, 2014

Grovetown escapees captured

Two inmates who escaped the Grovetown Department of Public Safety Detention Center late Friday are back in police custody, officials said.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, July 26, 2014
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