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Police Blotter, Sept. 15, 2013

Man charged in killing of dog

Posted: September 15, 2013 - 12:01am

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Man charged in killing of dog

An Appling man was charged Tuesday with killing his ex-wife’s dog.

Charles C. Jones, 45, of Rance Perry Road, was arrested after not showing up for an 11 a.m. scheduled interview with a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigator, according to sheriff’s Major Rick Whitaker. Jones was charged with cruelty to animals.

Jones’ ex-wife called authorities after getting a phone call from her 12-year-old son, who was visiting his father’s Appling home, late on Sept. 1. She told the deputy that her son said Jones was rough with her Boston terrier and threw it outside, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The boy told his mother that Jones was angry because the dog urinated on the carpet at Jones’ home, Whitaker said. The boy said Jones roughly rubbed the dog’s nose in the urine, causing its eyes to bulge. Jones then threw the dog outside by its hind leg.

The woman said when she arrived, they initially couldn’t find the dog, but then found it dead in the front yard. Columbia County Animal Services took the dog to a Grovetown veterinarian for a necropsy, which determined the dog died from trauma including a fractured vertebra from excessive force, Whitaker said.

Jones told the deputies on Sept. 1 that he did rub the dog’s nose in the urine and threw it outside, but denied being rough, according to the report. He said he put the dog outside because it bit him, according to the report. The woman said the dog has never been aggressive and would only bite if it was being hurt.

Jones was released from the Columbia County Detention Center late Tuesday after posting a $1,600 bond, according to jailers.

Woman scares burglar in home

A Martinez woman told police she caught a man breaking into her home early Thursday.

The 74-year-old woman said she woke up at about 3 a.m. to the sound of a suncatcher on her kitchen window falling. She went to the kitchen of her Miramar Drive home and saw a man trying to come in through a window. She said the burglar had one leg inside and he ran away when she yelled at him.

Deputies found pry marks on the window and the latches were broken. The burglar used a ladder belonging to the woman to get to the window.

Thieves seen at hotel

An employee of an Holiday Inn near Interstate 20 called authorities Tuesday after seeing two men who tried to break into a soda machine.

The employee said she was on the third floor of the hotel at 441 Park West Drive at about 9:30 a.m., when she saw two men in the hallway acting suspiciously near a soda machine. One man was reading a newspaper and looking away from the machine while another leaned his back against the machine while talking on a cell phone. The employee said the men looked nervous, so she asked what they were doing. The men ran into the stairwell and left the hotel.

When she saw that the soda machine, owned by Coca-Cola Bottling Co., was damaged, she went downstairs and told her supervisor. After checking other floors, the employee said she found another on the fifth floor that was missing a lock and had pry marks on the side.

A man said on his way into the hotel, he heard a loud noise from the stairwell, then saw the two men run out and leave in a dark gray Nissan.

A deputy said both of the machines were missing locks and sustained damage from prying.

Burglars destroy door of Grovetown home

A 22-year-old woman said Wednesday that her home had been burglarized.

The woman said she returned to her Dodge Lane home after work at about 1:45 p.m. and discovered her front door was destroyed and her home was ransacked. The only thing missing was a 32-inch television taken from the bedroom.

Scammer took over woman’s account

A Martinez woman told deputies Wednesday that she believes she was the victim of an international scam.

The 44-year-old woman said that in April she met “Robert Williams” on Facebook and began communicating with him regularly through text messages and phone calls. The man said he’d encountered problems in Africa and asked the woman to send three money orders totaling $3,000 to him via Money Gram in Nigeria.

After providing her account information to him, the woman said she discovered counterfeit checks were being directly deposited into her account. The woman said she realized she was the victim of a scam and called authorities.

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