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Police Blotter, April 17, 2013

Couple duped in Masters badge purchase

Posted: April 16, 2013 - 11:12pm

The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s office:

Couple duped in Masters badge purchase

A Canadian couple told deputies Saturday that they purchased a travel package they believed included Masters Tournament badges, but never receved the tickets.

The couple, who stayed at a hotel on Jimmie Dyess Parkway near Interstate 20, said they purchased a travel package from a company called Travel Masters and confirmed their purchase on April 9. The $5,700 package was supposed to include Masters Tournament badges for Saturday and Sunday.

The couple arrived in town from Ontario on Saturday and tried to pick up their tickets, but they were told there were no tickets for them and their money would not be refunded.

Golf cars stolen from West Lake Country Club

Authorities recovered two golf cars stolen from West Lake Country Club early Saturday.

Deputies were called at about 3:30 a.m., when a man saw two people wearing all black with their faces covered driving two black golf cars away from the club with the lights off. Witnesses said they saw the thieves drive the golf cars out of the neighborhood and across Fury’s Ferry Road, into Forest Creek subdivision. Deputies found the cars in front of a Villa Lane home.

Deputies checked the club and found about 30 golf cars, leased to the club for Masters Week, chained in the back of the property. An employee confirmed the chain was cut and two cars were missing. Authorities found a third golf car nearby with spray paint on the seat. All three golf cars were recovered.

Intoxicated concert-goer arrested

An Ohio man was arrested at the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert Friday for fighting with fellow concert-goers.

Daniel Joseph Parker, 33, was charged with public drunkenness. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Saturday after posting a $500 bond, according to jailers.

A deputy working a special assignment at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion said he saw Parker arguing with other guests.

He appeared extremely intoxicated as he had trouble standing and walking and smelled of alcohol.

The deputy previously warned Parker several times to calm down and leave others alone.

About 10 minutes after the first warning, the deputy saw Parker trying to start a fight with several other concert-goers.

Two beaten up leaving Lynyrd Skynyrd concert

Two Martinez men told deputies Friday that they got beat up for talking to a couple of girls as they left the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.

The two 20-year-olds said they were leaving the Lady Antebellum Pavilion at about 10:30 p.m.

They asked some women, who also were leaving the concert, how much they enjoyed the show. Men who were with the women got angry and punched the men and attacked one man’s girlfriend.

The men jumped into the car with a friend, who saw the attack.

One of the men had scratches on his face and a bloody mouth and his friend sustained a broken nose and a few cuts.

Both men refused medical assistance and refused to prosecute.

House guest vandalized home

A Grovetown woman called authorities Sunday after discovering her home vandalized.

The 32-year-old woman said she left Saturday night and when she returned at 7 a.m. Sunday, she found the front door open and her sofa in the front yard. Inside, the woman said an antique doll and her cable box was broken.

Food from the refrigerator was scattered throughout the house.

The kitchen wall and wall and door in the bathroom also were damaged.

The woman said her clothes were in the bathtub and all her shampoo was in the toilet.

The woman said a man, who she let stay with her for a few days, damaged her home after an argument between them.

He did not have permission to be in the home when the woman wasn’t home.

There was no forced entry and nothing appeared to be missing.

Columbia County Fire Rescue weekly fire, April 7-13:

Medical calls, 34; vehicle wrecks, 13; investigations, nine; activated fire alarms, six; wood/brush/grass fires, five; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; assist citizens, two; structure fires, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; dumpster fire, one; ruptured gas
line, one; and vehicle fire, one.

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