The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Two children caught setting fire at gazebo
An Evans woman called deputies Monday evening after catching two children trying to start a fire at the neighborhood gazebo.
The Summerton Circle resident said she saw two children, ages 12 and 13, trying to start a fire with a gas can just after 5:30 p.m. near the gazebo in the common area of the Jessica Creek at Knob Hill subdivision. When she came outside, the woman said the children ran back to their home, leaving the gas can and lighter behind.
A deputy found burned mulch and the gas can.
The children’s grandmother allowed the deputy to speak with them. They admitted they tried to start a fire because they were bored.
The president of the neighborhood homeowners association opted not to press charges.
Woman claims assault in pool
A Martinez woman told authorities Tuesday that someone she invited to swim attempted to drown her.
The 37-year-old woman said she invited a male friend and his friend to her home to go swimming. She said they were hanging out around the pool, drinking alcohol and swimming at about 11 p.m. when the man grabbed her from behind and dunked her underwater three times.
The woman said the third time she was dunked the man held her under so long she almost lost consciousness. The man released her and the men left without speaking to her.
The woman said she didn’t think the incident was just horseplay, but she believed he was really trying to hurt her.
Ex-wife opens phone account
An Appling man told authorities Monday that his ex-wife opened a cell-phone account in his name.
The 39-year-old man said that on June 1 he received a notice from a collection agency trying to collect $1,377.94 for Verizon Wireless. He doesn’t have a Verizon account.
While talking to a Verizon fraud specialist, the man said he discovered that the account was opened online in 2010 in his name, his ex-wife’s name and her father’s name. The man said he divorced the woman in 2007 and has had several previous issues with her.
Social Security checks stolen
An elderly man called deputies Tuesday after discovering someone was stealing his Social Security checks.
The 89-year-old Evans man said he discovered that someone opened an online bank account without his permission and was having his Social Security checks automatically deposited into the account.
The man said he hadn’t received checks for May, June and July.
A Social Security representative told him that someone changed the automatic deposit from Wells Fargo to a Meta Bank account.