12-year-old arrested for writing bomb threat
Columbia County authorities arrested a 12-year-old girl Friday for writing a bomb threat in a Columbia Middle School bathroom stall.
The girl was charged with making terroristic threats or acts and disrupting a public school, both felonies, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
At a detention hearing Friday afternoon, Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan ordered the girl to be booked into the Columbia County Detention Center, then released to her parents. She’s not allowed to attend any Columbia County school until a school system tribunal hearing.
At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a sixth-grader told school officials about the threat written on the wall of the sixth-grade girls bathroom. The note said its author was “going to blow up the school,” Morris said.
The note wasn’t on the wall when the bathroom was cleaned earlier that afternoon.
It was written in pencil in small handwriting, Columbia Middle School Principal Steven Cummings said Thursday.
“During our investigation, we received a tip,” Morris said of how investigators identified the girl.
Video surveillance footage also helped, he said.
Cummings said Thursday that the pupil would be immediately suspended and then face expulsion before the school system hearing officer.
This latest event is similar to a recent Evans High School incident.
Two notes threatening violence were found in bathroom stalls at Evans High on March 1. One of the notes was written by someone threatening personal harm. The second note, found in a girls’ bathroom, alluded to a shooting at the school on March 2.
The school was placed on lockdown and deputies searched pupils as they entered.
Authors of the threatening notes can be charged with terroristic threats and acts as well as disrupting a public school, Morris has said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Burglar squeezes in through doggie door
An Evans man said Thursday that a burglar got into his house through a doggie door.
The 23-year-old said he returned to his La Vista Drive home at about 5 p.m. and found it in disarray. It appeared a burglar got into his house through a dog access door.
The only missing items were a $700 watch, a $200 ring, a $100 jewelry box and two pictures.
Woman locked in Family Y by accident
A woman called deputies Saturday and said she was in the sauna when Family Y employees locked up the gym and left.
The 60-year-old said she lost track of time in an upstairs sauna at the Marshall Family Y on Belair Road in Evans. When she emerged and went downstairs at about 5 p.m., the gym was closed and the employees had left and locked her inside the building, the woman said.
The woman said she unlocked the door to leave and called authorities.
Deputies couldn’t reach a Family Y representative to lock the door. So they cleared the building, where nothing appeared to be disturbed, then locked the gym doors.
Man returns home
to discover burglary
An Evans man told deputies Saturday evening that someone broke into his house while he ran some quick errands.
The 49-year-old said he left his Glennwood Drive home at about 9 p.m. to go to the grocery store and pick up his son from a friend’s house. When he returned an hour later, the man found the back door had been forced open.
Deputies discovered damage to the back door and the door frame.
The man said more than $4,000 worth of items were stolen from his home, including a $3,000 Lenovo ThinkPad, a $500 Samsung Notebook computer and a purse.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for March 4-10:
Medical calls, 26; activated fire alarms, 11; vehicle wrecks, eight; investigations, six; vehicle fires, four; structure fires, three; mutual aid/public safety assistance, three; CPR in progress, three; electrical incidents, two; interior natural gas leak, two; wood/brush/grass fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; and activated carbon monoxide detector, one.