Body of Harlem man found in creek
Edgefield County deputies found the body of a missing Harlem man on Wednesday in Stevens Creek, said Edgefield County Chief Deputy Coroner David Burnett.
Victor Wayne Palacios, 56, was found floating about noon in the creek off Woodlawn Road, Burnett said. Palacios was reported missing last week.
An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted on Thursday.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Woman falls for computer scam
An Evans woman told police Monday that a scammer called and convinced her to give him access to her computer.
The man identified himself to the 49-year-old as Jimmy with a company called Trikon, which he said is affiliated with Microsoft.
When Jimmy asked the woman if her computer was acting up, she told him it was "running slow" and then gave him her computer identification information, which also gave him access to banking and other personal information. However, the woman did refuse Jimmy's offer to sell her security software, nor did she volunteer her financial information.
Later, the woman said she tried to call Jimmy, but the phone line was disconnected. Once the woman's husband learned of the exchange, he called MicroSoft and was told Jimmy is a fraud.
Students caught with drugs, knives
Two Greenbrier High School students were arrested Wednesday on drug charges.
Autumn Maria Glass, 17, of 400 block of Flowing Creek Drive in Evans, was arrested for possession of marijuana and having a "smoking device" at the school on Riverwood Parkway. She was released Wednesday from the Columbia County Detention Center on a property bond of $1,100.
John Benjamin Barton, 18, of the 300 block of Barnsley Drive in Evans, was arrested for possession of a capsule of Vyvanse, a schedule II drug, at the school. He was released from jail Wednesday on a $7,600 bond.
While investigating another incident at Greenbrier High on the same day, authorities found a knife inside a locked truck box belonging a 17-year-old student. The school declined to press charges for that incident.
Also on Wednesday, two pupils at Bel Air Elementary School were caught with a pocket knife and matches. The pupils said they brought the items to school to "get rid of a root where they were digging at it."
Principal Mark Boyd told police he would handle punishing the pupils and only wanted a police report for informational purposes.
Traffic stop leads to drug arrest
A sheriff's deputy stopped Rodger Dale Woods Jr. Wednesday evening on Washington Road at Columbia Road and found drugs and several mobile phones in his vehicle.
Woods, of the 4400 block of Wrightsboro Road in Evans, had a Klonopin pill, two Prednisone pills, a partially smoked marijuana cigarette, a sunglasses case full of plastic baggies, an iPod, an iPhone, a Blackberry and three other cell phones.
The 30-year-old was charged with marijuana possession and other drug charges, DUI, hit and run, driving with a suspended license and other traffic charges. He also was wanted for an outstanding probation warrant.
No bond was set for Woods.