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Police Blotter, July 10, 2013

Dogs attack Evans woman

Posted: July 10, 2013 - 12:17am
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The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident reports:

Dogs attack Evans woman

An Evans woman was injured Saturday when she was attacked by two of her neighbor’s dogs.

The 70-year-old woman said she was walking her Pomeranian in Ashford Place subdivision just before 8 a.m. when her dog was attacked by two Labrador retriever/Pit Bull terrier mixed breed dogs. As she tried to help her dog, the dogs attacked her.

Neighbors came to the woman’s aide and the attacking dogs were eventually restrained and returned to their owner’s home.

Police said the woman sustained “severe ripping wounds” to her left forearm and elbow and had lost a lot of blood.

She was taken to Doctors Hospital, where she was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman..

Columbia County Animal Services seized the dogs and is investigating the incident. Citations will be issued and the dogs will be held until the owner’s court date, according to Animal Services Manager Linda Glasscock.

Shoplifter tried to trick deputy, arrested

A woman was arrested last week after police said she tried to scam Walmart and trick a deputy to escape.

Patricia Suzanne Mathis, 30, of Arrowhead Drive, was charged with theft by deception, shoplifting and obstruction. A loss prevention employee at the Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway called authorities at about 9:30 p.m. July 3 after he witnessed Mathis select a box of Legos and exchange the item at the Customer Service desk for a gift card. Mathis used the gift card to pay for merchandise, but not the items the employee observed her placing in her purse, which included stickers, a bra and jewelry.

As Mathis tried to leave the store, a deputy stopped her and led her to the Loss Prevention office, where 15 items, worth $186.92, were found in her purse. After the employee said he’d seen her return the Legos, Mathis apologized and begged him not to have her arrested.

Mathis asked to get feminine products from her car. The deputy escorted Mathis to her car, allowed her to sit inside the car, but prevented her from closing the door. Mathis asked the deputy to move and turn around so she could close the door and use the feminine product. He refused. As Mathis began stepping out of her car, she put the key in the ignition, cranked the car and put it in reverse. The deputy slammed his foot on the brake, put the car in park and pulled the keys from the ignition.

Mathis tried to grab for her keys and she and the deputy struggled over them. She refused to obey commands, but eventually calmed down and walked back to the store office where she was arrested.

Mathis was released Thursday from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $4,800 bond.

Deployed mother’s car vandalized

An Evans man called authorities Friday after discovering a car belonging to his deployed mother was vandalized.

The man said his 42-year-old mother’s vehicle has been parked outside his Thoroughbred Drive apartment since she was deployed to Afghanistan. When the man came home at about 1:30 p.m., he found the vehicle damaged. Someone put fingernail polish and lipstick on the paint and cut the two passenger side tires. A brick wrapped in a blue and white T-shirt was sitting on the windshield.

The man said he was waiting for deputies to arrive when a stranger came from a nearby apartment building and talked to him about the damage. The stranger grabbed the brick, unwrapped it and walked away with the T-shirt. The man said the stranger was a black man, 22-25 years old with some facial hair and a blue “do rag.”

Business vehicles vandalized

An owner of a Columbia County office supply store told deputies last week that she believes a former employee stole tires from company vehicles.

An owner of Carter-Blanchard Office Supply on Belair-Frontage Road said July 3 that someone stole three tires from a company van and left it sitting on boards. A tire also was stolen from a second van.

The owner said she believes the thief is a former employee who was fired two years ago and is trying to make the business fail.

Five caught drinking underage

A Hephzibah teen was charged with driving under the influence and his four passengers were charged with underage drinking early Sunday.

Just after midnight, a deputy pulled over a car on Belair Road near Interstate 20 for running a red light.

The deputy asked the driver, Earin O. Marcus Jones, 19, of Woodberry Drive, and his four passengers to get out of the car. The deputy found a bottle of liquor on the rear floorboard, another under the driver’s seat and four cups of alcohol.

All five teens were uncooperative when questioned and continuously denied drinking alcohol. The deputy had to repeatedly ask the teens to get off their cell phones. When questioned separately, the teens all denied drinking and that the liquor bottles were ever in their possession.

Jones was charged with driving under the influence and failure to obey a traffic control device. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Sunday after posting a $2,200 bond, according to jailers.

Jones’ passengers - Quinten Avery Williams, 17, of Crenshaw Drive in Grovetown; Marquis Jaques Leverette, 18, of Dayton Street in Augusta; Keevon Jemeal Higginbotham, 18, of Berkley Road in Augusta; and Clarence Bernard Rhaney, 18, of Sandstone Court in Hephzibah - each were charged with minor in possession of alcohol. They were released from the jail after each posted a $500 bond, according to jailers.

Pool, yard equipment stolen

A Martinez man said last week that someone stole pool and yard equipment from his home.

The 52-year-old man said he returned home at about 11:45 a.m. on July 3 to find the gate to his back yard damaged. More than $1,500 worth of equipment was missing including a pool cleaning system, a pool water monitoring system, a spot cleaning system, a Nosquito bug repellent system and a power cord.

The items were last seen on July 1.

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