The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man found on road median
A man who police found unconscious on a road median Tuesday was released from an area hospital.
A deputy found a 62-year-old man lying in the center median of Jimmie Dyess Parkway at Park West Drive just after midnight. The man supposedly was not breathing and he had abrasions on his right knee and right arm.
He was taken to Doctors Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Deputies found a key to a room at the nearby Econo Lodge, where authorities found the man’s personal items, medications and a Ruger P95 handgun.
Couple steals credit card
An Evans man called authorities Wednesday after discovering a couple for whom he bought gas stole and used his debit card.
The 53-year-old said he was at the Circle K at 4649 Washington Road in Evans at about 10 p.m. Tuesday when a woman asked him to buy her $5 of gas to get home. He offered to buy $10 worth of gas.
He used his debit card and entered his PIN at the pump for the car, driven by a man. The woman was standing beside him and as they talked, the man said he left his card on top of the pump.
On Wednesday, he realized the card was missing. The man said there was nothing left in his bank account, which had about $100 in it.
The man went to the store and reviewed the video surveillance footage with the manager. The footage showed the couple he’d bought gas for come into the store and use the ATM.
They removed cash from the machine, then purchased a 12-pack of beer and $20 worth of gas.
Evans football field vandalized
Someone used spray paint to vandalize the football stadium at Evans High School Tuesday night.
A school public safety officer called authorities before 8 a.m. Wednesday when he discovered that someone used black and green spray paint to draw obscene words and pictures on the football field.
The vandals also painted the word “Evans” on the hillside above the field and a soccer goalpost green.
Deputies found Walmart shopping bags on the property.
Couple tries to use forged check
The manager of a Martinez appliance store called authorities Monday when a woman tried to purchase a washer and dryer set with a forged check.
The manager of Appliance Land, 3855 Washington Road, said at about 10:45 a.m. a woman was on her way to the store to buy a washer and dryer. She was with a man who recently purchased a washer and dryer set with a check, then stopped payment on it.
The manager said he believed the woman was going to pay with a check and stop payment like the man did.
Deputies met the woman in the parking lot. She claimed she was buying the set for an Atlanta-area woman who was on her way to the store. She provided a USAA check with the Atlanta woman’s birthday and Social Security number.
She then said the woman she was buying the set for was on her way from Savannah to Augusta, but couldn’t provide a cell phone number for her.
The deputy called the Kennesaw Police Department, who found the woman. She said she doesn’t have a USAA checking account and gave no one permission to open one. The check was confiscated.
Three bulldogs thought stolen
An Evans woman told deputies Wednesday that her three English bulldogs were missing and possibly stolen.
The 55-year-old said the three dogs, worth $5,500, were missing from her back porch at about 6 p.m. The woman said it appears the dogs might have gotten loose.
A witness said he saw two men, one driving a silver Mercedes and another in a dark work van with ladders, with the dogs by the road. The witness is unsure if either of the men took the dogs.