The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Felon arrested for having gun
A convicted felon from Augusta was arrested Tuesday for carrying a gun.
Christopher David Wilmer, 23, of Garr Drive, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Just after 10 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy recognized a Chevrolet truck leaving the Martinez Walmart store on Bobby Jones Expressway. He stopped the truck, which had a brake light out, because it matched the description of a truck that was possibly involved in drug activity about an hour earlier.
The driver, Jonathan Sanders, 41, of Tanglewood Drive in Augusta, and Wilmer, who was a passenger, both seemed nervous, according to the report. Sanders shook as he handed his information to the deputy and was overly talkative. The deputy said Wilmer seemed evasive and hesitant to answer questions.
As the deputy questioned the pair, a dispatcher informed him that a caller said Wilmer might have a gun. Sanders and Wilmer both claimed no weapons were in the truck. The deputy asked both men to put their hands on the dash, but Wilmer removed his several times, reaching by his side.
Sanders was handcuffed, frisked and put in a patrol car. Wilmer claimed he had no weapons. As the deputy attempted to frisk him, Wilmer kept removing his hands off the truck and put his arms down. The deputy found a small handgun tucked in the front waistband of Wilmer’s pants. The .22-caliber pistol was loaded with two rounds and a shell casing in the cylinder.
Wilmer, who had no concealed weapons permit or identification, kept repeating that he was going back to prison and that he was on probation and had been arrested for a felony.
Wilmer’s criminal history showed several felony convictions, including a past charge for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was arrested and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center, where he remained Thursday on a $4,200 bond.
The deputy charged Sanders with driving with a broken brake light and in violation of his limited permit.
Wanted woman is arrested
An Augusta woman wanted for forgery was arrested Tuesday while trying to cash a check linked to a closed bank account.
Lucresia Shanice Brandon, 23, of Richmond Hill Road, was charged with two counts of forgery.
At about 2 p.m., Brandon presented a $250 check to be cashed at the Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union on Washington Road in Evans. The teller told police she’d been warned by her manager that Brandon had previously tried to cash three checks, totaling $590, at Augusta and Columbia County bank locations.
When the teller told Brandon the previous checks were written on a closed account, Brandon said she didn’t know it had been closed. She claimed the checks were given to her by her uncle, but signatures on the checks didn’t match.
The bank manager said that earlier the same day, Brandon attempted to open an account at a Richmond County branch using a false Social Security number.
The deputy discovered Brandon was wanted in Richmond County for fraud and she told the deputy she was on probation for deposit account fraud.
Brandon was arrested and was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday for the Richmond County warrant.
Hunter reports shots, possible threats
A man hunting near Thurmond Dam called 911 when he said someone yelled and shot at him.
The 43-year-old said he was hunting on Corps of Engineers property just below Thurmond Dam at about 7:45 a.m. Monday when he saw a vehicle drive past and briefly stop on Linder McCurdy Road.
About 15 minutes later, the man said he heard someone using an amplifier to yell, “This is family property,” and other unintelligible phrases.
He then heard as many as 30 shots from a semi-automatic, small-caliber rifle and could hear the bullets hitting nearby treetops.
The man said he wasn’t sure the comments or gunfire were directed at him, but he left and called authorities.
This is the second time in recent weeks that a hunter has reported threats and gunshots from a nearby homeowner. On Oct. 26, a hunter said he’d just parked his vehicle on Linder McCurdy Road to go onto Corps property to hunt when a man rode past on an all-terrain vehicle, then went to a nearby home and started blowing a car horn.
The man then yelled at him through a bullhorn, and the hunter said he heard several gunshots coming from that area along with a warning that the man had shot several holes in the hunter’s truck.
The hunter went to this truck, which had not been struck, and called the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies contacted the man at the home in that incident, and though he admitted using the bullhorn, he said he’d been target shooting at a steel drum in his yard.