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Grovetown Police Catch Group Hiding on Train


Grovetown police intercepted six homeless people and four dogs Saturday as they were trying to catch a free train ride from Atlanta to Savannah.

According to reports, a Grovetown officer caught the group trespassing on a CSX Railroad train along Railroad Avenue in Grovetown about 4:45 p.m. Saturday. One of the suspects was unconscious and appeared to be intoxicated, a report says. That suspect was checked out by a paramedic and released to police.

The group’s four dogs were seized and taken to Animal Control, and all six suspects were charged with “hiding on a train for purpose of stealing a ride.” They will get their dogs back, a report says.

The suspects are from five different cities and most have criminal records that include previous trespassing arrests.

From left (top row), Jayson Willard, 23, of Williamston, Mich.; Megan Rose Tuck, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas; William R. Jackson, 26, of Graham, Wash.; (bottom row), Dennis Kist, 24, of Okeana, Ohio; Jo Ann Heilberg, 23, of Rochester, N.H., and Heather Bermudez, 22, of Rochester, N.H

They each remain in the Columbia County Jail under a $1,100 bond.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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