Shotgun shoots Harlem man as booby trap
Authorities were looking Monday for the person they say rigged a man’s shotgun to shoot him when he came home Sunday.
Keith Eric Lyons, 43, of Harlem, called 911 just before 8 p.m. after being shot in the head by his own gun in what appeared to be a booby trap.
Lyons, who was out of state for a week, opened the back door to his South Hicks Street home and was shot by his .20-gauge shotgun. It had been mounted to the kitchen counter top, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
“He came home and opened the back door and the gun went off,” Harlem Department of Public Safety Director David Sward said. “Luckily, he got a superficial wound to the left side of his head. The rest of the rounds went over his head into the wood.”
Lyons went outside and called 911. Responding officers found him bleeding in the front yard with a head wound.
Authorities also found the shotgun, just inside the back door, mounted on the counter top. A string was attached to the trigger and to the back door.
“It was deliberately done, but not by the homeowner,” Sward said.
There were no signs of forced entry, burglary or theft according to sheriff’s office Capt. Steve Morris.
Lyons’ wife, who also was out of town, returned about 30 minutes after the incident and took her husband to a local hospital. He was treated and released, Morris said.
The incident remains under investigation.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Argument turns into food fight
An argument between a Grovetown man and woman escalated into a food fight Saturday.
Authorities responded to the couple’s Cooper Road home at about 2:45 p.m. after someone called 911 from the residence and then hung up. When they got there, deputies found a 21-year-old woman with ravioli on her back and kitty litter on her face.
The 24-year-old man said they argued. He threw the woman’s belongings, including some unopened food, on the bed and told her to leave. He said the woman threw a can of ravioli at him, but missed and made a hole in the wall. The man said he pushed her into the hallway, causing her head to make a hole in the hallway wall.
The man said the woman threw kitty litter in his face so he opened the can of ravioli and threw it at her. He pushed the woman and made her fall on her back. The man was trying to get the woman out of the house when deputies arrived.
The woman told deputies that while the man was throwing items on the bed he hit her in the head with an unopened box of snack cakes and hit her in the stomach with the ravioli can. She threw the items at the man, but missed and damaged the wall.
The woman said her boyfriend then held her face in the kitty litter and pushed her head into a wall. When the man threw ravioli on her, she tried to push him but he pushed her down.
Both had minor injuries but refused to prosecute each other for simple battery.
Woman scammed by man met on Internet
A woman called deputies Saturday and said she was scammed by a man she met on a social networking Web site.
The 24-year-old woman said she met a man on www.meetme.com who said he could get her a deal on a Walmart gift card.
The woman met the man, who said he was a Walmart employee and could get her a $200 store gift card for $100.
The man never returned with her gift card or the $100 she gave him.
Debit card reported stolen, used, returned
A Grovetown woman told deputies Friday that someone stole her debit card, used it and returned it.
The 75-year-old woman said someone used her card to withdraw money from her Regions Bank account. The woman said she doesn’t know when the card was taken, but still had the card.
The woman filed a report with the Grovetown Department of Public Safety about the fraudulent use of the card at the bank inside the city. A bank representative told the woman that the fraud couldn’t have happened without the card.
Vandals damage mailbox
A Grovetown woman told authorities Friday that she saw someone hit her mailbox with a baseball bat.
The 20-year-old woman said she was watching television just after 9 p.m. when she saw a white Chevrolet S-10 truck drive by her house on Gibbs Road South. As the truck passed, the woman said a man hung out the window and hit her mailbox with a bat.
The mailbox was knocked off its post.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Aug. 12-18:
Medical calls, 28; vehicle wrecks, 11; activated fire alarms, 10; vehicle fires, four; assist citizens, four; investigations, four; mutual aid/public safety assistance, two; CPR in progress, two; electrical incidents, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; structure fire, one; damage from inclement weather, one; and hazardous materials, one.