The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Man arrested after threat to blow up license office
An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday after he threatened to blow up the Department of Driver Services.
Anthony Dale Garrett, 48, of Village Court South, was charged with making terroristic threats and is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $42,600 bond, according to jail records.
An employee of Drivers Services at 4408 Evans-to-Locks Road said she was helping Garrett about 9:30 a.m. as he was asking to reinstate his license. The employee said Garrett became irate when she told him he needed one more class before she could reinstate his license.
Garrett said he “ought to come back and blow up the building.” When he left, the woman called authorities.
Two other Drivers Services employees overheard the threat.
A Magistrate Court judge issued a warrant for Garrett’s arrest and deputies picked him up at his home.
Man chases home invader
A Martinez man chased a burglar he said broke into his apartment early Thursday morning.
The 25-year-old man and his wife were in bed at about 1:30 a.m., when the man heard the door to his Bloedel Reserve apartment open. The man got out of bed and told his wife to stay down because he thought someone was in the apartment.
As the man came out of the bedroom, he saw a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and ski mask in the apartment. When confronted, the home invader ran out. The man chased the would-be burglar to woods near the apartment complex.
Vandals damage Appling home
An Appling woman called authorities Monday after discovering someone had been in her home and damaged it.
The 28-year-old woman returned to her Deercrest Drive house at about 2 p.m. and realized someone had come in through an unlocked door.
Nothing was stolen, but the woman said someone poured milk, eggs and ketchup on the floor throughout the house. The sheets also were pulled off her bed and several boxes of miscellaneous items from a linen closet were thrown onto the floor.
Obscene texts sent to Evans woman’s phone
An Evans woman told deputies Monday that someone sent her obscene text messages.
The 50-year-old woman said she received 13 calls from an anonymous caller between 9:25 and 10 p.m. She told the caller to stop calling, but the calls continued.
The woman said someone then sent photos to her phone, including pictures of a penis and of cartoon characters performing oral sex.
The woman said she doesn’t know who sent the photos.
Noisy would-be burglar wakes homeowner
An Evans woman said Monday that she heard someone trying to break into her home.
The 36-year-old said she was awakened by a loud banging on her garage door and her dog barking just after midnight Jan. 13. The banging stopped when the woman turned on the front porch light and she could see her garage door was still closed.
When the woman returned home at about 4:45 p.m. Monday, she saw pry marks on the side of the garage door. Nothing was stolen.