Smoke from fire closes road
Heavy smoke from a woods fire near Patriot’s Park closed Columbia Road for several hours Saturday.
The fire was reported about 12:45 p.m. and caused smoke to cloud Columbia Road between William Few Parkway and the Ivy Falls subdivision, Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker said in an e-mail.
Responding to the fire were 10 units from Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue. The Georgia Forestry Commission also sent a tractor and plane to help extinguish the fire.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man at home as burglar enters
A Martinez man told deputies that he was in his kitchen early Friday when he saw a man walk into his home.
The 36-year-old said he was in the kitchen of his Morehead Drive home at about 1:45 a.m., when he heard the door leading from the backyard to the sunroom open. He looked up and saw a man open the unlocked door from the sunroom into the kitchen.
The man said the intruder saw him, turned and left. After getting a gun, the man said he went to the backyard, where he heard someone running from the backyard, alongside the house toward the front. The man said the intruder ran away north on Morehead Drive.
Mastercard used for fraudulent purchases
A Martinez woman called authorities Thursday after discovering someone used her credit card to buy North Face gear.
The 66-year-old said she received a package Thursday from North Face and returned it because she didn’t order anything. When she contacted her bank, the woman discovered someone had used her credit card to spend $108.60 at www.northface.com on Dec. 27 and $105.93 on Dec. 29.
A North Face representative told the woman that the packages were sent to a woman in Atlanta and provided the address.
A deputy contacted the Atlanta Police Department, which had that resident listed as a victim in a report from 2007. The report included an address matching the one the packages were shipped to.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Jan. 8-14:
Medical calls, 16; activated fire alarms, 14; structure fires, four; vehicle wrecks, four; controlled/unauthorized burns, three; ruptured gas lines, three; wood/brush/grass fires, two; vehicle fire, one; inclement weather damage, one; electrical incident, one; and activated carbon monoxide detector, one.