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North Augusta teen drowns

Posted: April 11, 2012 - 12:02am

North Augusta teen drowns

A North Augusta teen drowned in Clark’s Hill Lake on Sunday evening.

Uriel Diaz, 15, drowned while at West Dam Recreation Area with his cousin and a friend from Grovetown.

A Dearing couple said they saw the teen fall off his float and begin panicking when the float drifted out of reach, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

“He was not a swimmer,” Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie Holloway said. “He didn’t know how to swim. The water was not over his head. He panicked.”

Diaz’s 16-year-old cousin told the couple that he was just playing around. The couple continued walking, but stopped when they realized Diaz wasn’t playing and was yelling for help, according to the report.

The woman jumped into the water, but Diaz went under before she reached him and didn’t resurface. The woman said she couldn’t find Diaz in the area where she saw him go under.

Diaz’s cousin, who also couldn’t swim, ran to the restroom to get their 21-year-old friend, the report stated. When she returned to the beach area, Diaz had already gone under.

A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy went into the lake to assist several people already looking for Diaz.

The Columbia County Dive Rescue and Recovery Team recovered Diaz’s body about 30 feet from shore in about 14 feet of water, Holloway said.

The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.
columbiacountyso.org:

Man points gun at delivery men

A Grovetown man was arrested Friday after he pointed a gun at two furniture delivery men whose truck blocked his driveway.

William Thomas Harrigan, 64, of Davis Powell Road, was charged with criminal trespass and two counts of pointing a gun at another.

A Rooms To Go delivery man said he and his partner were delivering furniture to a home near Harrigan’s just after 6 p.m., when his son asked them to move the truck because it blocked their driveway. Before they could move the truck, the delivery men heard the truck engine start and its gears grind.

They ran to the cab and found Harrigan in the drivers seat. They said Harrigan made a comment about them moving fast once the truck started. The second delivery man pulled Harrigan from the seat onto the ground and yelled for someone to call authorities.

Both delivery men said Harrigan rolled over, pointed a gun and threatened to shoot them. The delivery man said he again called for someone to call authorities and backed away from Harrigan.

Harrigan told deputies that he returned home and found the Rooms To Go truck blocking his driveway. He sent his 39-year-old son to ask the delivery men to move it. Harrigan said the delivery men took their time playing with dogs where they delivered furniture, so he decided to try to move the truck himself.

After the delivery man pulled him to the ground, Harrigan said the man and his partner stood over him and he felt threatened, so he pulled the gun and told them to back away.

Harrigan’s son said he saw the delivery men standing over his father. He told deputies that his father must have gotten impatient and tried to move the truck himself.

The neighbor who had furniture delivered said that after being asked to move the truck, the delivery men promptly got their dolly and were headed for the truck when it started.

Harrigan was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Friday evening after posting a $4,800 bond, according to jail personnel.

Caller threatens Appling woman

An Appling woman called authorities Saturday after receiving three threatening phone calls.

The 43-year-old woman said between noon on Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, she received three anonymous, threatening phone calls. During the first call, a male caller said, “Keep quiet or your house will be emptied.”

During a second call on Friday, the male caller said, “If you don’t keep your mouth shut, you won’t be able to make a statement.”

The woman said her 10-year-old son answered the third call on Saturday. A female caller told the boy, “Tell your Mom to shut her mouth or she won’t live to tell the story.”

The woman said she doesn’t recognize the voices of the callers.

Ex-boyfriend forged checks

A Grovetown woman told deputies Friday that her ex-boyfriend stole, then wrote several of her checks.

The 31-year-old woman said on Thursday she was researching some debit card withdrawals her ex-boyfriend made and found several suspicious checks had cleared her bank account.

The woman said she requested copies of the checks. She said 13 of the 15 checks were written payable to her ex-boyfriend and the other two were written payable to Columbia County Water Utility.

The checks totaled $1,190.

The woman said her ex-boyfriend never had permission to use the checks, which were stored in a filing cabinet in her bedroom.

Man shoots at aggressive dog

A Martinez man told deputies Sunday that he shot at a dog that charged him as he walked his dog.

The 53-year-old man said he was walking his dog on Quail Springs Road just before 7 a.m., when a medium-size black dog approached him. He yelled at the dog to scare it away, but it charged at him, the man said .

The man said he was afraid, so he pulled a handgun and fired once at the dog. He thinks he missed the dog, which ran away.

Deputies couldn’t find the dog, but they did confirm the man was licensed to carry the gun.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for April 1-7:

Medical calls, 16; activated fire alarms, nine; vehicle wrecks, six; investigations, five; controlled/unauthorized burns, three; vehicle fires, three; assist citizens, two; structure fires, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; electrical incidents, one; ruptured gas line, one; wood/brush/grass fire, one.

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