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Police Blotter, July 31, 2013

Man arrested for breaking door at hotel

Posted: July 31, 2013 - 12:09am
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The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Man arrested for breaking door at hotel

A Martinez man who was arrested early Saturday is accused of breaking the doors of a hotel near Interstate 20.

Benjamin Davis Schlichter, 21, of Millhaven Road, was charged with second degree criminal damage to property and three counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday on a $4,700 bond, according to jail records.

A night clerk at the Motel 6 on Park West Drive told deputies that a man with long, curly hair wearing a blue shirt and shorts came to the hotel entrance at about 3:30 a.m. She said the man, later identified as Schlichter, banged on the door and demanded to be let in, saying he didn’t have a room and that his car had broken down.

The clerk said after he refused, Schlichter started yelling profanities and tried to get through the locked door. The clerk said he was “trying to tear the door down.” He got into the foyer, but ran away after the clerk said she was calling police.

Deputies found Schlichter running away from the area. He immediately said, “I have not done anything. Why are you stopping me?”

Police said Schlichter was noticeably intoxicated and smelled of alcohol.

When deputies told Schlichter he’d need to return to the hotel for identification, he pushed past them and tried to run away. He was captured and returned to the hotel, where the clerk identified him as the man who broke the door.

The hotel door wouldn’t close or lock and the owner said the damage was about $2,000.

Family spends counterfeit money at yard sales

Authorities received several calls Saturday about a family visiting yard sales and passing counterfeit bills.

A man, a woman and two teenagers were visiting yard sales in the Martinez area in a white Chevrolet Tahoe. They would purchase small items with $50 bills, which were later determined to be counterfeit.

A deputy told a Martinez man having a yard sale about the scam and he remembered the family visiting his Hickory Drive home about 9 a.m. The man said the family purchased a small grill and paid with a $50 bill. The deputy examined the bill and determined it was fake.

The man said after the family bought the grill, who appeared to be the father of the family quickly got his change and left. The man returned and said he’d not received enough change. After getting another $10, he left again in the Tahoe.

Woman attacks other girlfriend

An Augusta woman was arrested Saturday and accused of attacking her boyfriend’s other girlfriend inside a Martinez store.

Shara Zennara Jordan, 35, of Oakdale Drive, was charged with battery and simple battery and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Sunday after posting a $2,700 bond, according to jailers.

A female employee of the Bobby Jones Expressway Walmart said said she was walking with a colleague at about 5:15 p.m. when she saw her boyfriend shopping with another woman, later identified as Jordan. The employee said she approached the couple and she and Jordan argued. Another employee got between the women, but a fight ensued.

Jordan told deputies she was shopping with her boyfriend and her two children when the employee walked past them several times and started making vulgar comments about her and her boyfriend.

A deputy reviewed the store surveillance footage and saw the woman’s colleague get between her and Jordan. It also showed the woman was trying to leave the area when Jordan pushed the colleague out of the way and rushed the woman. They went to the ground where Jordan hit the woman several times before being separated.

The woman’s right eye was swollen.

Vehicles egged on Evans street

A teen said someone threw eggs at his vehicle as he drove on an Evans residential street early Saturday.

A 17-year-old said he was driving west on Hickory Drive at about 12:30 a.m. when he came upon an eastbound Nissan Altima. The teen said two people leaned out of the passenger side of the Nissan and threw several eggs that hit his car.

While patrolling the area, the responding deputy found egged vehicles on Rhett Drive, off Hickory Drive. One vehicle had eggs broken on the driver’s side. Another had eggs broken on the side and because the passenger window was down, eggs also were broken inside the vehicle.

A resident of Laura Lane, also off Hickory Drive, said she walked outside at about 1 a.m. and discovered eggs broken on her vehicles.

Woman finds bullet hole

A Martinez woman told deputies Thursday that she returned from vacation to find a bullet hole in her front door.

The 68-year-old woman said she returned to her Old Stevens Creek Road home after an eight-day vacation and noticed damage to one of her front doors. Taking a closer look, the woman said she determined it was a bullet hole.

The woman said she didn’t see anything suspicious on video surveillance of her home. A deputy recovered a bullet from the home.

Fake cow stolen from yard

An Evans woman called authorities Thursday after discovering a fake cow missing from her yard

The 60-year-old woman said someone stole a full-size fiberglass cow from the backyard of her Hardy McManus Road home.

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