The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman used daughter to shoplift
Deputies arrested an Augusta woman Thursday after she used her daughter to shoplift from Walmart.
Holly Deer Weathers, 35, of Blanchard Road, was charged with shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
A manager of the Martinez store on Bobby Jones Expressway told authorities that Weathers, her daughter and her daughter’s 13-year-old friend came into the store at about 10 p.m. Weathers said she suffers from seizures and told her daughter and her friend to stay inside the store while she walked outside to take some medication. She said she told the girls she’d be back in a few minutes.
A few minutes later, the girls pushed their loaded shopping cart to the parking lot and started loading items into their car.
The 13-year-old told deputies that Weathers told her and her friend that she was going to put stuff in the buggy for the beach and that it was paid for. She then said Weathers told them to wait five minutes, then push the buggy to the car, where she’d be waiting.
The manager stopped them at the car. The merchandise was worth nearly $1,200.
Weathers was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Friday after posting a $3,700 bond, according to jailers.
Violence at Wildwood Park
Two people called authorities to Wildwood Park during the Memorial Day weekend claiming they were assaulted.
A 20-year-old woman said she was hit Saturday coming out of a bathroom at the park in Appling.
She said she went into the bathroom near the Point at about 10:30 p.m. When she came out, someone hit her in the back of the head. The woman said the next thing she remembered was sitting near the bathroom in the main boat trailer parking lot about 20 minutes later.
On Sunday, a man called authorities after an argument with a fellow camper led to an attack from his friend. The 24-year-old said that about 1:40 a.m. he was arguing with another camper when his 23-year-old friend tried to get the man back to his campsite.
The man said his friend kicked his legs from under him, causing him to break his leg. The man’s friend admitted he swept his legs and pushed his friend. When his friend fell, he heard his leg snap.
The man opted not to press charges against his friend, who he said didn’t intend for his leg to break.
Man steals girlfriend’s card
A Grovetown woman called the sheriff’s office early Friday claiming her boyfriend used her debit card to get cash.
The 23-year-old said she gave her 33-year-old boyfriend her debit card about 9:15 p.m. Thursday to buy drinks at a nearby gas station. When he didn’t come right back, the woman said she called her boyfriend several times to see if he was OK.
He returned to her house about four hours later and left her card and $27 in cash on a table in her front yard. He left before she could talk to him.
When she checked her bank account online, the woman discovered that $100 was taken out of her account at the Surrey Tavern while her boyfriend had her card.
The employee of a Grovetown restaurant was fooled Thursday by someone claiming to be the owner.
The 24-year-old employee of Subway on Steiner Way said someone using the name of the franchise owner called the store about 1:10 p.m. The caller said a company truck was wrecked and he needed her to send money to avoid having the truck towed.
She sent $190 from the store’s petty cash drawer to a woman in Illinois through MoneyGram. She’s since learned the incident was a scam.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for April 29-May 5:
Medical calls, 26; vehicle wrecks, 12; wood/brush/grass fires, seven; activated fire alarms, seven; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; assist citizens, three; investigations, two; vehicle fires, two; CPR in progress, one; interior natural gas leak, one; and hazardous materials, one.