The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org.
Martinez man charged with aggravated assault
A Martinez man was arrested early Thursday for beating his girlfriend and threatening authorities with a knife.
When deputies arrived at the home on the 3900 block of Fox Hill Court in Martinez, they heard William Corbett Smith Jr., 29, yelling in the back bathroom.
They found he had locked the door with his girlfriend inside.
When they forced their way into the bathroom, Police saw Smith’s girlfriend in the shower bleeding from facial injuries.
Deputies tried to arrest Smith but he resisted and pulled a knife. He began lunging at deputies with the knife, telling them to “kill me now.”
An officer pulled out his weapon and told Smith to drop the knife, but he refused.
A deputy was able to knock the knife out of Smith’s hand with a baton and he was pinned against the wall.
Smith then grabbed the baton, but the deputy got it back.
While Smith was handcuffed, he continued to fight.
Smith’s girlfriend, who had deep cuts and large knots on her face, said he threatened to slit her throat with the knife. He hit her his fists and struck her on the back of the head with the knife handle.
The woman was taken to Doctors Hospital for treatment.
Smith, charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, is being jailed without bond.
Teen’s toe sucked by man at Walmart
A teen called deputies Tuesday after a man sucked her toe at the Grovetown Walmart and told her it was for a TV show.
An 18-year-old girl said she was shopping at Walmart when a man, who looked to be in his late 30s or early 40s, walked up to her, asking if her toenails were painted.
After replying yes and questioning why he wanted to know, the teen was asked if she’d watched America’s Funniest Home Videos.
The man told her he was with the TV show and if she complied with his requests, everything she purchased that day would be free.
She reluctantly agreed to him taking a picture of her foot.
He then asked if he could kiss her foot as part of the prank and she agreed.
The man guided her to an area behind a clothing rack, dropped to the floor, grabbed her ankle and told her, “Don’t worry. I don’t bite.”
He then started sucking on her big toe. The teen screamed at him to stop and told him to leave.
Before the man ran from the store, he told her, “It tasted so good, though.”
Man accuses stepfather of sexually abusing him
A man notified authorities Tuesday that he was sexually molested by his stepfather beginning a decade ago.
The man asserted that the abuse started at a Harlem home in 2002, when he was 12 years old, and continued through 2004.
He said his stepfather showed him pornography when he was 12 to teach him about the “birds and bees.”
A year later, the man said his stepfather played “games” with him that involved masturbation of both child and adult. During the games, his stepfather would touch him inappropriately and also forced the boy to touch him.
The games, which involved other children, were video recorded by his stepfather, the man said.
The case remains under investigation.
Man says wife struck him with vehicle
A Grovetown man was transported to the hospital Monday after claiming his wife struck him with a vehicle.
Bryon Norman, 38, said that he and his wife, Mechelle, had gotten into an argument inside their Langston Drive home and she broke their television before trying to leave in his truck.
The man said he went outside and stood behind the truck so she couldn’t leave. She almost hit him when she backed up the vehicle, he said.
She did strike him with the front fender of the truck while traveling at about 15 mph, he said. A deputy found him lying on the driveway, complaining of pain in his legs and back.
The woman said she never ran into her husband with a vehicle. She said she drove around him and saw him running behind her in the driveway. When she turned around on Langston Drive, she said she saw him lying in the driveway.
Both husband and wife were cited for disorderly conduct.
Walmart shoplifter runs from authorities
Columbia County authorities are looking for a man who ran from them after he was caught shoplifting Monday from the Evans Walmart.
A store loss prevention officer saw the man loading printer ink packages onto his shopping cart at about 7:30 p.m. He stopped the man after watching him push the cart past the front door.
When a deputy arrived, the man took off running behind the store.
The deputy was unable to stop the man, who was wearing a gray tank top and black shorts. The man also was described as having multiple tattoos on both arms.
Another man had entered Walmart with the shoplifter, but he told authorities he was unaware of the attempted theft.