Teen hurt in fall from golf car
An Appling teen was injured Wednesday after falling off the back of a golf car.
Joshua McCarty, 16, of Whiteoak Road, was listed in fair condition at Georgia Regents Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson said.
McCarty was taken to the hospital’s trauma center shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday after falling from the golf car and striking his head on the pavement, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
McCarty was standing on the back of an E-Z-Go golf car driven by Garrett DeVore, 14, as the vehicle traveled down a hill on Morris-Callaway Road near DeVore’s residence, Morris said.
“He lost his grip and landed head-first on the pavement,” Morris said.
DeVore was unhurt, as was another passenger in the front of the golf car, Morris added.
Charges are pending, Morris said.
State law prohibits unlicensed drivers from operating golf cars on roadways.
The following accounts were taken from the Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident reports:
Woman claims rape by friend
A Martinez woman refused to prosecute after she called authorities late Tuesday and said her friend raped her.
The 25-year-old woman said she went to her friend’s apartment at The Haven to talk Wednesday evening. After she’d been there a while, the woman said her friend forced himself on her.
The woman said after repeatedly denying his advances, her friend had sex with her against her will.
She went to University Hospital, where a rape test was completed, but then she refused to prosecute.
Man finds nails in driveway A Harlem man told deputies Wednesday that someone keeps putting nails in his driveway.
The 45-year-old man said that he picked up 19 nails from his driveway at about 11:15 a.m. Monday. On Tuesday, the man said he went to inspect the driveway and found 33 more nails.
The man said nothing has been damaged since he found the nails.
Home invader kicks in door
A Martinez woman called authorities early Thursday and said someone kicked in her apartment door.
The 24-year-old woman said she was sleeping in her Applecross Drive apartment at about 12:30 a.m. when she was awakened by a loud noise from the living room. She got up and realized someone had kicked in the front door. The woman couldn’t tell if anyone came inside, but nothing appeared to be missing.
The door frame was severely damaged.
Theft, damage at two schools
Staff at two Columbia County schools called authorities early this week after discovering theft and damage.
A Harlem High School teacher said Tuesday that someone stole a $9,000 Gravely lawn mower from around the football field. The theft occurred between 4 p.m. Friday, before the school’s graduation ceremony, and 9 a.m. Tuesday.
The football field was locked and there were no signs of forced entry.
The principal of Stallings Island Middle School told deputies Wednesday that someone shattered a backboard on the basketball court behind the school on Blackstone Camp Road. The damage happened between 3 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.