The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Man reportedly stabbed by wife
A Martinez man called authorities Thursday and said his wife stabbed him as he slept.
The 24-year-old man said he was sleeping on the sofa at about 8:30 p.m. when he woke with a sharp pain in his arm. He found a bleeding wound on his arm.
The man said his wife stabbed him with a kitchen knife. He ran into the bathroom to get away from her. Once his wife calmed down, the man said he came out of the bathroom and drove to his mother’s house where he called 911.
When the man returned, he said his wife was trying to leave. She got into her car, but the man said he blocked the driveway. His wife backed into a tree trying to get away.
A deputy saw a wound on the man’s upper arm. He also found blood in several rooms of the house and a knife on the kitchen floor.
Teens arrested for burglary
Two Martinez teens were arrested Thursday after police say they broke into and damaged a vacant home.
Nicholas Alexander Padgett, 19, of Lenox Drive, and Brent James Wall, 19, of Flowing Wells Road, were charged with burglary. Both were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Friday on $10,100 bonds, according to jail records.
A witness called authorities after seeing two teens, later identified as Padgett and Wall, jump the back fence of the house on Ashley Circle in Martinez at about 2:15 p.m.
A sheriff’s office investigator found the pair a few streets away. They admitted to damaging the inside of the house. The witness positively identified the teens as the one he saw jumping the fence.
A deputy found extensive damage throughout the home including broken doors, mirrors, fixtures and badly damaged walls.
Tax scammer calls woman
A Martinez woman told deputies Thursday that a caller she didn’t know tried to convince her to pay $3,000 in past-due taxes.
The 43-year-old woman said she got a call from someone claiming to be with the Federal Enforcement Department. The caller said the woman needed to pay $3,000 in taxes or a bench warrant would be issued for her arrest.
The woman said she refused to give the caller any personal information or credit card numbers.
Men report account fraud
Two men told authorities that someone used their personal information to open utility accounts.
An 85-year-old Grovetown man said Wednesday that he started receiving bills from Georgia Natural Gas in May. He said he called and told them he wasn’t a customer and asked that they prove he owed $189. After getting calls from a collection agency in December, he again called the utility and learned that someone used his name, address, Social Security number and meter number to open the account.
Another man said Thursday that someone used his personal information to open a Comcast account. The 32-year-old man said he got a call saying he owed $186.22.
The man called Comcast and learned someone used his name to open an account at a home that wasn’t his.