The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Man is cut during fight
A Grovetown man called deputies Monday evening, saying a friend pulled a knife on him during an argument.
The 49-year-old said he and his friend were arguing about 6:45 p.m. at a home on Goldboro Road. The man said he asked his friend to leave, but a fight ensued.
The man said his friend pulled a knife and cut him on the leg several times.
The friend said he pulled the knife in self-defense. He said he didn’t cut the man and only used his hands during the fight. The deputy noted two cuts on the man’s leg and a small cut on his face.
Woman caught stealing water
A Columbia County Water Utility employee told deputies Monday a woman was stealing water at her Martinez home.
The employee said the water was turned off at the Hill Court home on Aug. 28 for lack of payment. After discovering water was still being used at the home the employee went there on Sept. 25. He found the lock on the water meter had been removed and a “straight pipe” was illegally installed.
The employee installed a more sophisticated lock on the meter. Monday, he found that lock destroyed and the home again connected to the main water line.
When the employee knocked on the door, the son of the owner said his mother wasn’t home. After getting permission to check the home, he found the owner hiding in her bedroom.
The owner said water service was cut off Sept. 1, but was restarted over the weekend when a housemate had the water service put in his name. She said the man is planning to live in the home because she and her son are moving. She said the man transferred service to his name, but was told service couldn’t be restarted until he paid a reconnection fee.
But water service was restarted over the weekend, so she thought the county had reinstated service. The owner said she didn’t know water service was hooked up illegally and that the housemate did it without her knowledge.
The man arrived while the water employee was at the home. He denied any involvement and said he didn’t try to transfer water service to his name.
Man harassed by text messages A 40-year-old Evans man called authorities Wednesday and said someone sent him 90 cryptic text messages between 6:15 p.m. Tuesday and 6:20 a.m. Wednesday.
All except one of the messages, which came from the same cellphone number, consisted of multiple question marks. One message included a comment regarding the man’s alleged sexual activities.
Signs damaged in Martinez
Early Tuesday, several Martinez residents called 911 to complain about broken and damaged stop signs on Thomas Drive.
Overnight Monday, someone bent the pole of the stop sign on Thomas Drive at Thomas Way and Thomas Drive at Langley Street. Deputies also discovered that the pole for the stop sign on Thomas Drive at Allison Road was broken at its base.
Tires stolen from business
An employee of an Evans vehicle repair shop called deputies Monday after discovering used tires missing.
The employee of Tires Plus said he locked the back gate to the business at 6:30 p.m. the previous night. At 6:45 a.m. Monday, he found the chain to the gate had been cut and 15 used tires were missing from the storage area, he said.