Martinez employee remains hospitalized
An employee of a Martinez business remained hospitalized Thursday after accidentally setting himself on fire.
O’Brien’s Glass employee Jessie Cosby was in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, burn center and Doctors Hospital spokeswoman Barclay Bishop said.
Cosby received serious burns Wednesday at about 11:45 a.m. when a can of denatured alcohol exploded inside the business at 3842 Washington Road, Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Jimmie Paschal said.
Business owner Dave O’Brien said Cosby was using the alcohol and a flame to work on laminated glass. The flame reached the can, which exploded in Cosby’s face and set his torso, arms and head on fire. He ran through the shop until a colleague used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
Local man charged with child molestation
A Grovetown man was charged with aggravated child molestation Monday after authorities say he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl at an Evans park in June.
Landon “Dock” Norman, 38, started communicating with the girl at Riverside Park, where her brother and Norman’s son played on a youth baseball team, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The girl’s mother said Norman first started talking and joking with her daughter on the park’s field as the team practiced. Norman added the teen as a friend on Facebook and began communicating with her through the online social site.
The teen later told her mother that Norman had made inappropriate comments and sent nude pictures to her e-mail address, according to the report.
During a practice at Riverside Park one night in June, Norman walked with the girl to a secluded area and told her to get in his vehicle. The two were talking when Norman made advances toward her and molested her, according to the report.
After the girl told Norman to stop, he threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident, the report says. He continued to inappropriately touch the girl until leaving to pick up his son from the park, according to the report.
The girl’s mother said Norman continued to call, text and send her daughter Facebook messages. When the girl spent the night at a friend’s house, she said Norman asked both girls to sneak out.
In addition to aggravated child molestation, Norman was charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes and five counts of electronically distributing obscene material to a minor, according to jailers at the Columbia County Detention Center.
Norman is being held without bond in the Columbia County Detention Center.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man reports shooting near Corps property
A man called police Wednesday to report he was threatened by a someone firing a gun near U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property in Appling.
The 40-year-old said he parked his truck near the dead end of Linder McCurdy Road at about 5 p.m. to access Corps property to hunt. He said a man rode by on an all-terrain vehicle and looked at him. He said the stranger then went to a home at the end of the road and blew a car horn several times.
While on Corps land, the man said he heard the stranger shouting through a bullhorn. He then heard several gunshots coming from the stranger’s home.
He then heard the stranger shouting through the bullhorn, “You better move your truck. I just put four holes in it.”
Later, he heard several more gunshots and the stranger shout, “You better hurry up before there is nothing left.”
The man went to this truck and called police. While on the phone, the stranger approached on his ATV and the man was afraid the stranger would shoot him. Even though he told the stranger to stop, the man said he continued to ride up and down the road until police arrived.
The stranger, who lives at the end of the road next to the Corps property, told police he saw the truck parked on the Corps property and used the bullhorn. He said he then did target shooting at a steel drum in his yard. He denied speaking to or having contact with the man.
Martinez man catches gas can thief at house
A Martinez man told police Tuesday he caught someone stealing a gas can from his home.
The 24-year-old said that at about 4:30 p.m. he looked out the back window of his Old Trail Road East home and saw a man picking up a gas can from his carport. He went outside to confront the thief.
The thief ran to the passenger side of a dark green Saturn with tinted windows.
The man said he banged on the window of the car as the driver backed out of the driveway. The car left headed west on Old Trail Road East and north on Maywood Drive.
Drug store burglar steals oral syringes
The manager of a Martinez drug store told police early Wednesday that a burglar stole oral syringes.
Police responded to an alarm at the Rite Aid on Furys Ferry Road at about 6:30 a.m. The drive-through window had pry marks on it and a camera facing the window was damaged. The store manager said it appeared someone broke in, but didn’t leave the pharmacy area. The only items missing were about 100 oral syringes, which were in a box directly below the window. Police found several of the syringes in the parking lot behind the store.