The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
2 arrested after fight with deputy
An Augusta couple went to jail Friday after fighting with a sheriff’s deputy at the Evans Walmart.
Matthew Ray Hernandez, 23, and Monica Raquel Hernandez, 24, both of McDowell Street, were charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement.
A manager of the Walmart called authorities about 5 p.m. to say the pair were acting belligerent, yelling and cursing in front of customers. The deputy warned them to stop, but they continued to argue, so the manager wanted them to leave.
As the deputy escorted Matthew Hernandez out of the store, he continued cursing and ran back inside. The deputy again followed him out, telling him to go to the patrol car to be arrested.
When the deputy put his hand on Matthew Hernandez’s back to escort him, he jerked away and the deputy pushed him into a wall. As the deputy tried to get him on the ground to put on handcuffs, Monica Hernandez grabbed the deputy.
The deputy held Matthew Hernandez down by the back of his neck while trying to push Monica Hernandez away. Monica Hernandez finally backed away when the deputy threatened to use pepper spray on her.
The deputy handcuffed Matthew Hernandez, and a second deputy arrived and arrested Monica Hernandez.
The deputy received a small cut on his lower lip.
Matthew Hernandez, who also faces a probation violation charge, was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday without bond. Monica Hernandez was released Saturday after posting a $5,100 bond, according to jailers.
Chicken wiped on woman’s car
A woman called authorities Saturday after discovering someone smeared chicken on her car.
The 20-year-old said her 2011 Honda Accord was parked behind the Subway on Oxbow Drive in Grovetown between 5-10:30 p.m. During that time, someone smeared the car with chicken.
The woman said the chicken is the kind sold at Subway, so she talked to Subway employees. They said they knew nothing about the car damage, but had only sold three sandwiches using that kind of chicken.
The chicken left no permanent damage to the car.
Graffiti found on couple’s vehicles
A couple called authorities late Friday to report that someone had written obscenities on their vehicles.
A 20-year-old man said when he got off work in Richmond County earlier in the evening he discovered that someone wrote obscenities on his 1996 Chevrolet C1500.
Thinking it was a joke, he cleaned off the graffiti and drove to his girlfriend’s house in Grovetown.
The man’s girlfriend came home about 11 p.m. and said she saw a pair of women’s underwear and a note hanging from the sideview mirror of the truck. The note read: “That’s for today, really needed it. We should do this again sometime. Love always.”
The couple also noticed that the girlfriend’s mother’s 2010 Ford Escape was vandalized. Someone drew a penis on it and wrote, “My PP” on the back passenger window.
The lettering wiped away without damaging the vehicle.
Glass pipe found in woman’s yard
A woman called deputies Friday morning after finding a glass pipe in her yard.
The 54-year-old said her property backs up to a motel on Belair Frontage Road, and she often finds thrown items from the inn property in her yard.
Deputies destroyed the pipe.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for April 29-May 5:
Medical calls, 27; activated fire alarms, nine; controlled/unauthorized burns, six; vehicle wrecks, five; structure fires, five; investigations, three; vehicle fires, two; wood/brush/grass fires, two; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; CPR in progress, one; and assist citizens, one.