The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Stranger shoots at hunter
An Appling man told authorities that someone shot at him multiple times while he was out hunting on New Year’s Eve.
The 38-year-old man said he was hunting on Corps of Engineers property, the Below Dam Quail Demonstration Area, about 2:30 p.m., when someone fired several rifle rounds toward him, hitting 20 to 40 feet ahead of him.
The hunter said the stranger then got on an ATV and drove off the property to the road and to a nearby address before firing three or four more rounds at the hunter.
The hunter said the stranger clearly made visual contact with him as he approached the road on the ATV. The stranger then rode the ATV to an elevated power line easement, where he watched the hunter from a distance.
Vandals put boulders, rocks in road
Vandals put landscape boulders and rocks in the road of a Martinez subdivision early Thursday.
A 49-year-old resident of Watervale subdivision off Stevens Creek Road said he heard a rumbling sound about 12:15 a.m.
He looked outside and saw that several landscape boulders had been pushed down a hill, out of his yard and into the street.
About an hour later, a nearby Watervale resident called authorities to report two people in dark clothing putting rocks across Wakefield Lane South.
A deputy found several large landscape rocks, taken from the yard of the man who called police, in a row across the road. The deputy cleared the rocks from the roads, but found other damage.
The deputy also found two large boulders dislodged from where they sat alongside Old Salem Drive at Watervale Road. The boulders were in the roadway.
A wooden stop sign was uprooted and found laying across the top of the largest boulder.
Deputies cleared all the rocks from the road.
Woman gets obscene texts
A Martinez woman told deputies on New Year’s Eve stating she’d received obscene text messages from a stranger.
The 53-year-old woman said that the previous day, she received two text messages that included a photo of a man exposing his penis. The first was sent around noon and the second arrived about 45 minutes later.
A deputy called the number from which the photos were sent and got the voicemail of a man named William. The woman said she’s never received photos like that and doesn’t know who would send them.
An Evans woman said someone used fireworks to blow up her mailbox.
The 57-year-old woman said that she found her mailbox damaged at about 8:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day. She found numerous fireworks inside the mailbox, which was undamaged when she went to work at 4:15 p.m. the previous evening.