ex-husband kidnapped, robbed her
An Evans woman called authorities early Friday and claimed her ex-husband had kidnapped her.
The 48-year-old said she came home at about 7 a.m. and found the back door kicked in. Her ex-husband jumped out of the pantry and put her in a choke hold. She said he claimed to have a gun in his pants and that he would kill her.
He took the diamond earrings she was wearing, then demanded cash. The woman said she offered to go to an ATM for cash as an excuse to leave, but her ex-husband rode with her to a bank and said he’d shoot her if she called authorities. She said she withdrew $300 and gave it to him.
The woman said her ex-husband said he’d shoot her if she called deputies. He said he’d only be held for a short time, then he’d kill her.
No arrest has yet been made in the case.
Paving scam reported by Evans man
An Evans man called deputies Sunday after realizing he’d been scammed by a paving company.
The 71-year-old man said a man named “Jimmy Carroll” of ACC Maintenance came to his Silver Lake home Friday and offered to repave his concrete driveway. The man agreed and paid the paver with a $12,500 check. The work was completed in a few hours and the paver said he’d return later to explain the warranty for his work.
The man said the driveway work initially had the appearance of concrete, but was really mostly sand. It started crumbling, caving in and breaking apart. The man said he felt deceived, so he called authorities.
The man provided an ACC business card the paver left with his name on the back, but the address in Richmond County doesn’t exist. The deputy called the phone number on the card, but got voice mail.
Boyfriend steals, crashes car
A woman called deputies Friday night after her boyfriend stole her car.
The 20-year-old woman said she was arguing with her boyfriend, William Joseph Widener, 28, while driving just after 8 p.m. and pulled into the Circle K at 4473 Columbia Road in Martinez.
The woman told Widener, of Wrightsboro Road in Augusta, to get out of her car, but he refused and took her car keys. The woman said she told Widener several times not to take her car. She attempted to disable the vehicle, but Widener drove away.
A deputy saw Widener on eastbound Columbia Road at Reed Creek Drive. He attempted to flee from the deputy, but lost control and crashed the car into a tree. He tried to run away, but a deputy caught him a short distance from the wreck.
Widener said he took the car to prevent his girlfriend from buying narcotics. He was charged with theft and is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Man arrested for trashing hotel room
A Covington, Ga., man was arrested early Friday, accused of trashing a hotel room near Interstate 20.
Skylar Gary, 24, was charged with criminal trespass and obstruction. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Friday after posting a $3,200 bond, according to jailers.
The night manager of the Quality Inn at 4073 Jimmie Dyess Parkway called deputies after hearing a loud bang that came from a room above the lobby at about 4 a.m.
A deputy investigating the sound found the door to the room open and the room in disarray. Gary was found in the bathroom.
Because the room was supposed to be unoccupied, the deputy escorted Gary to the lobby. Gary was extremely disoriented and incoherent.
The manager and a deputy went to the room to assess the damage and found blankets strewn across the floor, a mattress half off the bed, a dresser on its side and a coffee maker on the floor. A chair on the bed had been used to make a hole in a wall.
As Gary was being escorted in handcuffs out of the room, he jumped and tried to kick a deputy.
Columbia County Fire Rescue weekly fire report, March 3-9:
Mutual aid, one; alarm out of service, five; bomb threat, one; carbon monoxide detector activation, one; CPR in progress, three; electrical incidents, one; fire alarm, eight; gas line rupture, one; gas leak, one; investigations, 10; medical incidents, 23; vehicle accident, 14; controlled burn, three; assist citizens, one; weather damage, one; structure fire, three; vehicle fire, one; woods/brush/grass fire, 11.