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Woman pulled from burning home dies

Posted: November 7, 2012 - 1:01am
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Photo by Jim Blaylock  Firefighters battle a blaze in a home on Sir Galahad in Evans.
Photo by Jim Blaylock Firefighters battle a blaze in a home on Sir Galahad in Evans.

Woman pulled from burning home dies

A woman pulled from a burning home Thursday died Friday night.

Agatha Murphy, 79, died at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at 11:07 p.m. Friday from complications of smoke inhalation, according to Harriett Garrison, Columbia County’s deputy coroner.

Martinez-Columbia Fire rescue personnel pulled Murphy from the burning home on Sir Galahad Drive on Thursday afternoon after a neighbor reported the blaze around 1:30 p.m. Murphy shared the home with her son-in-law, Richard Thigpen. Thigpen is a Savannah River Site firefighter and board member, volunteer and chaplain for Martinez-Columbia, its spokesman Jeremy Wallen said.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting from the roof of the two-story house, Wallen said.

The fire took nearly two hours to contain. Officials believe the fire started in the downstairs den but the cause has not been determined, Wallen said. The state fire marshal’s office will continue to investigate, which is protocol when a firefighter’s home is involved, he said.

The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Man arrested at Evans restaurant

Deputies arrested a Grovetown man early Friday after he refused to leave a restaurant when asked by a manager.

Taylor Carl Davis, 28, of Griese Lane, was charged with disorderly conduct.

A manager of Pizza Joint at 4301 Washington Road said that just after midnight Davis was using vulgar language toward employees. She asked Davis to leave. As he walked out the door Davis slapped a customer on the back of the head.

A deputy found Davis stumbling in the parking lot and he smelled of alcohol. Davis handed over his identification card and admitted to having two drinks.

As the deputy explained that Davis needed to go back inside the restaurant to settle his bar tab, Davis kept asking for his ID back. Davis refused to go inside and kept asking for the card, which the deputy said he’d give back once the investigation was finished.

The deputy asked Davis, who continued asking for the ID, to be quiet. He demanded the ID card and refused to quiet down. When the deputy started to arrest Davis for disorderly conduct, Davis turned around and made a call on his cell phone. Davis refused to put the phone down. When the deputy took the phone from Davis, he snatched it back.

Davis was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Friday morning after posting a $500 bond, according to jailers.

Woman pulls a gun as man runs through her yard

A Grovetown woman told deputies Saturday night that she pulled a gun on a man claiming to be chasing his wife and her lover through the woman’s yard.

The 39-year-old woman said her dog began barking in the backyard just before midnight. The woman got her gun and looked into the backyard, where she saw a man climbing her fence. The woman said she stepped outside and pointed the gun at the man.

The man said he was looking for his wife and his wife’s lover, who he saw running through the yard. She asked the man, who identified himself as “Ron from two doors down,” to leave but he kept saying he was looking for his wife. The man eventually left. The woman said she saw him standing by her mailbox saying he was looking for his wife.

A neighbor said she saw the same man in her yard and he told her he was chasing two people climbing fences.

Deputies talked to the man, who said he had been in the women’s yards, but was chasing two men who came into his. He was warned to stay out of the women’s yards.

Doors kicked in at Martinez apartments

Residents of a Martinez apartment complex told deputies that someone kicked in the doors of two apartments Friday.

A resident of Petersburg Place apartments told deputies that he was climbing the steps to his apartment just before 2:30 p.m. when he saw two men kicking in a neighbor’s door. The men saw the man and ran behind the apartments. The man looked into his neighbor’s apartment confirming the door was kicked in, checked his own apartment to make sure it was secure, then informed the management and another neighbor of the situation.

The neighbor said she heard a loud banging outside her apartment. Several minutes later, the man knocked on her door and told her about the burglary. She called authorities.

The resident of the apartment that was broken into said nothing was stolen.

A resident of the same complex called deputies after coming home about 5 p.m. and discovering her door kicked in.

Several items were stolen from an entertainment center just inside the front door.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Oct. 28-Nov. 3:

Medical calls, 31; activated fire alarm, 14; investigations, 11; vehicle wrecks, seven; wood/brush/grass fires, seven; structure fires, five; controlled/unauthorized burns, five; CPR in progress, three; ruptured gas line, three; assist citizens, three; electrical incident, one; hazardous materials, one; interior natural gas leak, one; damage from inclement weather, one; and other fires, one.

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