The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports.
Couple faces cruelty charges
A Grovetown couple is facing child cruelty charges in connection with the brutal beating of their 10-year-old son.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to Euchee Creek Elementary School on Wednesday after the boy complained to school officials that his stepfather beat him with an electrical cord for failing to bring home his homework. The school nurse examined the child and found lacerations on his arms, legs, back and buttocks. The boy was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment. Sheriff’s officers charged his stepfather, Wilford E. Petersen Jr., 57, and mother, Shavoya T. Davis, 25, of 5429 Wrightsboro Road, with cruelty to children. They were being held Friday without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center. The boy was turned over to the Department of Family and Children Services.
Guns, ammo reported stolen
The owners of a Harlem gun store told deputies that a man assigned to do community service by the court stole handguns and ammunition from his business on Nov. 30. The owner of Birds ’n Bullets, 612 Byrd Drive, told police the 18-year-old suspect told him he took the items to go hunting. The estimated value of the missing items was more than $1,500.
A Harlem man reported that he suspected that a former employee took money from his business bank account with Georgia Bank & Trust. The man said he noticed unusual transactions last month and contacted the bank to investigate. He found 15 payments between April 12 and Oct. 11 to ABC Loan Co. in Martinez totaling more than $5,100. He told police that an employee who was fired March 29 had an automobile loan with ABC Loan. An investigation also found numerous fradualent transactions conducted through Verizon Wireless.