The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Mother hit on Thanksgiving
A woman cooking Thanksgiving dinner Thursday was hit in the face.
The 42-year-old said she was cooking at her daughter’s Martinez residence on Congressional Court when she accused her daughter of using illegal drugs, causing an argument.
The woman was hit in the face, causing her fever blister to burst.
The woman grabbed her grandson in an attempt to get him outside of the house.
The woman’s son tried to get in between the two women but was slapped in the neck.
He and his mother were able to get away and waited outside for deputies.
The woman’s daughter said she told her mother to leave several times.
She said the argument started because her mother wanted to take her son.
The daughter said she never struck her mother.
Deputies saw that the woman’s fever blister on her upper lip was bleeding and blood had dripped on her shirt.
The daughter was cited for disorderly conduct.
Woman’s purse snatched in car
A woman called authorities Sunday after a man snatched her purse in Martinez.
The 34-year-old woman said she was sitting in her car on Old Plantation Road at about 11:20 p.m. when a man reached into her car and grabbed her around the neck.
The woman said the man demanded everything she had.
The woman said she didn’t have anything. The man balled his fists and threatened to punch her in the face if she screamed.
The man grabbed the woman’s purse and ran away, then dropped the purse and continued running toward Kelly Park.
The woman said her assailant had light hair and blue eyes and was wearing a black hoodie with an object covering his face.
Brother attacks babysitter, 17
A teen called deputies Friday after her younger brother beat her while she was babysitting.
The 17-year-old said she was at her Martinez residence babysitting her 4-year-old nephew. At about 12:45 p.m. she asked her 15-year-old brother to pick up his dirty dishes and he responded in a derogatory manner.
The girl asked her brother not to curse at her. He then walked toward the girl, hitting her head as he backed her into a corner in the kitchen.
The girl, who had been heating a frying pan, picked it up to defend herself.
Her brother struck her arm, which caused the pan to leave a serious burn.
The boy also struck his sister several times in the face.
The siblings’ nephew witnessed the incident.
The boy was transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Augusta.
Man crashed car in police chase
A police chase in Harlem Saturday ended in a crash.
A Harlem Public Safety officer stopped a red Ford Mustang at about 12:30 p.m. and asked the driver, Robert Albright Jr., to step out of the car.
Instead, Albright put his car into gear and sped away.
Two officers pursued Albright, who was driving at 120 miles per hour and faster on County Line Road.
Albright lost control of the Mustang and crashed into a utility pole on Miles Road.
He was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer.
Teens charged with alcohol
Deputies responding to a noise complaint at a Martinez residence Saturday found several teens who had consumed alcohol.
When authorities arrived at the home in the 200 block of Indian Creek Road, they found several teens in the backyard of the residence. After smelling alcohol, deputies gave each teen a breathalyzer test.
The teens given citations for minor in possession were Havrid Skalak, 17; Coe Magruder, 17; Jesse Patterson, 19; William Kay, 17 and Ellington Jones, 17.
Three 16-year-olds also were given citations. One of the 16-year-olds also was charged with obstruction of law enforcement after he tried to run from deputies.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for Nov. 18-24:
Medical calls, 21; vehicle wrecks, eight; investigations, seven; wood/brush/grass fires, seven; activated fire alarms, seven; controlled/unauthorized burns, six; structure fires, four; vehicle fires, four; assist citizens, three; dumpster fire, one; electrical incidents, one; ruptured gas line, one; and other fires, one.