The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Teen charged with molesting 8-year-old
A Harlem teen was charged Thursday with molesting an 8-year-old girl.
Edwin Taylor Unruh, 17, of Brown Circle, was charged with aggravated child molestation. He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday without bond, according to jailers.
A Harlem man called authorities on Aug. 2 after his 8-year-old daughter said Unruh made her perform oral sex on him on or about July 22. The man’s 10-year-old daughter told his wife that Unruh had been at the home “a couple of weeks ago” and molested her 8-year-old sister.
When asked about the incident, the 8-year-old told her father that Unruh instructed her to perform oral sex and she did. The girl was visibly upset about the incident and thought she was in trouble.
Two targeted in scam about jury duty fees
Two Columbia County residents told authorities Sunday that they were targeted as part of a scam claiming they need to pay a fine for missing jury duty or be arrested.
A man said he got a call from Lt. Jonathan Banks who said the man failed to appear for jury duty. The caller said the man needed to pay a fine to avoid being arrested. The man gave the caller information for three different credit cards, but the caller said they were declined. The man went to Kroger, purchased a cash card and gave the card information to the caller. The man said he became skeptical and went to authorities.
A deputy called the caller, who identified himself as Lt. Banks, head of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division. The caller said his badge number was 836, then hung up.
A woman told deputies she got a similar call Sunday afternoon. The woman said to avoid arrest for failing to appear for jury duty on Aug. 5. The caller provided a case number and demanded $397 within 45 minutes to cancel the warrant for her arrest. The woman provided a debit card number to the caller, who said it wouldn’t work because of a lawsuit against Bank of America.
The caller got the woman’s cell-phone number and told her to stay on the line as she drove to a nearby CVS and purchased a Green Dot Money Pak card. She did and gave the caller the card information. The caller hung up and the woman immediately called her son.
The woman’s son cancelled a debit and a credit card and was informed by Green Dot that the money was already removed from the card.
A deputy called the caller, who identified himself as Jack and claimed he was in California and that it was a mistake the deputy called him. When the deputy asked if he was part of a scam, the caller hung up.
Road rage leads to mooning by woman
A woman told authorities Friday afternoon that road rage led to a fellow motorist mooning her at a busy Martinez intersection.
The 24-year-old woman said she turned left out of Milton Ruben Chevrolet onto Washington Road at about 4:15 p.m., when a silver Mitsubishi Lancer sped up behind her. The driver pulled up next to the woman, rolled down the window and asked if she had a problem. When the woman replied no, the female driver said the woman had pulled out in front of her and called her a name.
The woman told the driver she wasn’t displaying a Jesus-like attitude, to which the driver said she and her passenger would beat her up and take her car.
As the driver sped away, the woman took a picture of the car’s tag. When the two cars stopped at a traffic light on Washington Road at Baston Road, the woman said the passenger got out of the car and took pictures of her, so she took photos of the passenger. The passenger got into the car, but then quickly got out again.
The woman said the passenger lifted her dress, bent over and slapped her bare buttocks. The passenger got back into the car, which sped away down Columbia Road. The woman stopped at Mullins Crossing to meet a deputy. She got a photo of the passenger, but not of the passenger lifting her dress.
Woman says boyfriend struck her over drugs
A woman called deputies to a Martinez neighborhood clubhouse early Friday after she said her boyfriend assaulted her and tried to burn her car.
The 23-year-old woman said she and her boyfriend were at the Springlakes clubhouse between 1 and 2 a.m. and were arguing about him putting drugs in her car.
When the woman said she was leaving, her boyfriend hit her in the head.
The woman said her boyfriend told her to call her mother and son to tell them goodbye because “This is the end.” He then dragged the woman by her throat across the parking lot. He tried to set her car on fire, but couldn’t.
The woman’s friends arrived and took her away from the parking lot.
Teen charged for arguing with deputy
A teen caught driving a go kart on a public road Friday also was charged for arguing with deputies.
The Evans 14-year-old was charged with driving an off-road vehicle on a public roadway and unruly juvenile for “smoking a cigarette, refusal to following directions, and his disrespectful attitude and demeanor.”
A deputy responded to a complaint of juveniles riding a go-kart on Zola Drive in Evans at about 4 p.m. The deputy found the go-kart, driven by the teen who said he was trying to find his lost cellphone. He also said his mother said he could ride it. When the deputy said he wasn’t allowed to ride the go-kart on a public road, the teen argued he could ride wherever he wanted. He also said his mother had no phone and that he couldn’t remember his home phone number, but did say the street he lives on. The deputy called the teen’s mother.
While waiting for his mother to arrive, the teen lit a cigarette and refused to put it out when asked to, claiming it is illegal for him to buy cigarettes, not to smoke them. Despite repeated demands to put the cigarette out, the teen continued to smoke, so the deputy pulled the cigarette from his mouth. The teen got irate and began yelling that the deputy had no right to take his cigarette.
The teen twice refused when asked to get out of the go-kart and empty his pockets, so he was handcuffed. Another deputy emptied the teen’s pockets and found a pack of cigarettes and a lighter.
When his mother arrived, the teen told her the deputy slapped him in the face.
Juveniles caught spray-painting school tables
Three juveniles were charged Friday after they were caught spray-painting picnic tables at an Evans school.
Two 12-year-olds and a 16-year-old, all of Evans, were charged with interference with government property and were released to their parents.
A resident of Walnut Hill subdivision, which backs up to the Columbia County Alternative School on Gibbs Road, said he saw the juveniles spray-painting picnic tables on the school playground. One of the juveniles told the man that they had permission to paint the tables and that his mother was the principal. The juveniles then ran away into the neighborhood via trails through the woods.
A deputy found obscene phrases painted on two of the tables. He found the juveniles hiding in bushes on Kimberly Place. One of the juveniles had paint on his shorts and a girl said she had a can of spray paint in her purse. They all admitted to painting the tables.
Woman caught swimming in pool
A Harlem woman didn’t want to prosecute a woman she found swimming in her pool Thursday.
The 62-year-old woman said she found a woman she didn’t know swimming in her pool at about 6:15 p.m. She said the swimmer was about 50 years old with brown hair and a lower back tattoo.
When the woman told the trespasser to leave, she left in a white four-door Saturn.