The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Police arrest theft suspect
Authorities arrested an Augusta man early Friday they think is connected to several recent cigarette thefts from area drugstores.
Ricky Ricardo Cannida, 47, of Old Savannah Road, was charged with theft and giving false information.
A deputy said he saw a green Toyota Corolla drive into the parking lot of Walgreens on Washington Road at Bobby Jones at about 4 a.m. A man, later identified as Cannida, entered the store and was inside about three minutes before walking quickly back to the car. He left and drove west on Washington Road.
The deputy followed the car and checked the license plate, which revealed the registration was suspended. When the deputy pulled the car over, the driver said he gave Cannida a ride to the Walgreens.
Cannida reached under the passenger seat. The deputy ordered him to put his hands on the dashboard, but Cannida ignored the deputy and reached farther under the seat. The deputy ordered Cannida to the ground and handcuffed him.
Cannida said he didn’t have identification on him and provided a false name and date of birth to the deputy. The deputy saw 17 packs of Newport cigarettes under the seat and discovered Cannida had a warrant for his arrest.
The store’s video surveillance footage showed Cannida stealing cigarettes from behind the counter.
Authorities think Cannida is connected to a string of cigarette thefts from area stores. He’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $3,200 bond and a warrant for shoplifting in Richmond County, according to jail records.
Customer at drive-through exposes himself
A clerk at a take-out pizza restaurant in Martinez told authorities Thursday that a customer exposed himself in the drive-through.
The 18-year-old clerk at Little Caesars Pizza said a man in a red truck placed an order at the drive-through window of the restaurant on Columbia Road at about 8:30 p.m. When she returned to the window with his order, the clerk said the customer had his pants open and his genitalia exposed.
Authorities searched the area, but were not able to locate the truck.
Man intoxicated at football game
A Hephzibah man was arrested Friday night for being intoxicated at a high school football game.
Aaron Gonzalo Gonzalez, 34, of Bassford Drive, was charged with public drunkeness. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Saturday after posting a $500 bond, according to jailers.
A Grovetown High School assistant principal told authorities that Gonzalez smelled of alcohol at the high school stadium and he saw him holding a bottle. When the assistant principal asked to smell the bottle, Gonzalez walked away toward the bathroom.
The assistant principal alerted a deputy, who found Gonzalez in the restroom pouring the contents of the bottle into a toilet. The bottle contained alcohol and the deputy said Gonzalez appeared to be extremely intoxicated.
Teens cited for drinking
Three teens were charged Saturday with underage drinking.
A deputy went to a home on Magnolia Lane in Evans after a complaint of loud noise. As he approached, several people ran into nearby woods. Four people who didn’t run said they were attending a party. All four – including Tanner Bryce Chapman, 20, of McDowell Street in Augusta – admitted they had been drinking.
After several minutes, three people who had run into the woods emerged. Two of them – Ryan Wayne Fulcher, 20, of Magnolia Lane, in Evans, and Sara Pate, 20, of Bluffton, S.C., – also admitted drinking.
All three minors tested positive for alcohol and were issued county ordinance violations for being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Neighbor dumps basketball goal
A Martinez woman called authorities Friday to report a neighbor had thrown away her children’s basketball goal.
The 42-year-old woman said she noticed Friday that the basketball goal, which had been in her cul de sac for more than two years, was missing. When she talked to neighbors, they said a neighbor who lives across the street threw it in a trash dumpster. The garbage company emptied the dumpster before the woman realized the goal was gone.
The woman’s brother-in-law, the owner of the house, asked the neighbor about the goal. The neighbor admitted he threw the goal away because it was “junk and an eye sore in the neighborhood.” He refused to replace the basketball goal.
The neighbor told a deputy that he considered the goal trash and abandoned property and threw it away without consulting his neighbors. Other neighbors saw him throw the goal into the dumpster.
The woman said the goal wasn’t trash and that she’d just put a new backboard and net on it.
Road rage at Halloween store
A man called authorities Friday after he said a woman followed him into a parking lot and pointed a gun at him.
The 37-year-old man said he pulled into the parking lot of the Spirit Halloween store on Bobby Jones Expressway at about 5 p.m. A woman followed him into the lot and pulled up next to him. He approached her vehicle and noticed she was pointing a pistol at him.
The man said he yelled at the woman and called for his wife to call 911 and get the license plate number.
As the woman tried to drive away, the man said he hooked his arm in the woman’s car door and lifted his feet so he didn’t get trapped between the vehicles. He yelled for her to stop, which she finally did. The man ran back to his wife.
The woman said the man had cut her off in traffic on the way to the store. She passed him but then pulled into the lot behind him because she planned to go into the same store. She said the man slammed on brakes, causing her to nearly hit his vehicle. The woman said both doors flew open and the man approached her.
The woman said she pulled out her handgun, set it on the armrest and told the man to get back in his car. The man told her, “You’re going to jail. I’m a Marine.” She said the man hooked his arm in her window as she drove away and she told him to let go. He finally let go before she left the lot.
A deputy explained to the man and woman the procedures for filing a warrant.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Oct. 21-27:
Medical calls, 35; vehicle wrecks, 13; activated fire alarms, 11; investigations, 10; structure fires, five; vehicle fires, three; wood/brush/grass fires, three; CPR in progress, two; interior natural gas leak, one; and assist citizens, one.