The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman reports phone threats against family
A Grovetown woman told authorities Friday that a man continuously calls her husband demanding money and threatening to harm her family.
The 45-year-old woman said that for about five hours Thursday evening a man repeatedly called her husband’s cell phone, demanding money he said her husband owed him for a job he worked on. He never addressed her husband by name, but called from phone numbers belonging to her husband’s employer and supervisor.
When asked by a deputy, the man, his employer and supervisor said they’d gotten similar calls.
The caller called about 15 times while a deputy was at the couple’s home. The woman answered using the speakerphone. The caller said if he didn’t get paid he’d come to their home, rape the woman, slit her throat and slowly kill everyone in the house one by one.
When the deputy identified himself, the caller didn’t believe he was a law enforcement officer and said he’d kill him, too. He was told not to call again.
Man tries to bring brass knuckles into jail
Deputies on Thursday seized a set of brass knuckles a man attempted to bring into the jail while visiting an inmate.
A deputy working the reception desk at the Columbia County Detention Center said that at about 9:30 p.m., he signed in a man to visit an inmate. The metal detector went off as the man walked through. The man claimed he forgot his belt buckle in his pocket and asked to take it to his car.
The deputy said he’d hold the belt buckle until he was finished visiting, and the man handed him what he said was a belt buckle, but was actually a set of brass knuckles.
After visitation, the man returned to the reception desk and asked for his belt buckle. The deputy refused to return it, stating it was illegal to bring a weapon into the jail.
The man left. Authorities didn’t file charges, but they revoked the man’s visitation privileges.
Wreck stops car chase after vehicle is stolen
A Harlem man said last week he saw someone steal his car, so he flagged down a motorist and chased the thief.
The 27-year-old man said that at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday his Ford Focus was stolen from his home on G.R. Tucker Road. The man said he flagged down a passing motorists driving a Chevrolet S-10 truck and chased the stolen Ford until the thief wrecked it on Chamblin Road.
When two or three people got out of his car, the man said he called 911 and chased them down Milton Hitt Road. He lost the thieves when they jumped over a barbed wire fence.
Daughter, son-in-law suspected of burglary
A Grovetown woman claimed Thursday that her daughter and son-in-law broke into her house and stole food and a computer.
The 49-year-old said she returned home at about 7:15 p.m. and found windows in her bedroom and a spare bedroom unlocked. She checked her home and found about $25 worth of coffee and yogurt missing from the refrigerator and a $300 laptop missing from her dresser.
The woman said she suspects her daughter and son-in-law of the burglary because she found a black bag containing traffic citations written to her daughter on the front porch.
The bag was beside other property owned by her daughter and son-in-law that the woman said she’d put on the porch. The couple were recently removed from her home for manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine.