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Police Blotter, Feb. 2, 2014

Electric Medic owner charged

Posted: February 2, 2014 - 12:09am

Electric Medic owner charged

The owner of a Martinez electronics repair store was arrested late Wednesday, his third arrested in two weeks.

Perry Clark Bower, 54, of Martinez, is the owner of Electric Medic in La Petite Plaza in Martinez. He was charged late Wednesday with hit-and-run, making an improper U-turn and driving a vehicle with an expired tag.

At about 3:30 p.m., Bower was trying to make a U-turn in the cul de sac at the end of Miramar Drive. He didn’t see a Toyota Tundra parked on the curb in front of a home and hit it with his Chevrolet Silverado truck. He then left, but was later located at his nearby home.

Bower was first arrested Jan. 16 on two counts of theft by deception. He was charged with two additional counts on Jan. 23 after a hearing to evict him for not paying rent on the property his business occupied for 17 years.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said more than 50 people have made complaints against Bower and the business. Customers reported they left a television for repair and a deposit but can’t reach Bower by phone. Others say he hasn’t repaired their electronics, mostly televisions, or repaid their deposits.

Bower was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday on a $3,300 bond, according to jail records.

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

Fornicating couple warned

A sheriff’s deputy warned a couple he said he caught fornicating in a car in a gas station parking lot on Monday.

The clerk of the Pilot Gas at 4091 Jimmie Dyess Parkway called authorities at about 8:15 p.m. to report two people were having sex in the backseat of a car parked on the side of the building. The deputy approached the car, which had fogged up windows, and saw a partially dressed man and woman in the backseat. He told them to get dressed and get out of the car. He spoke to the man and woman separately; both admitted they were having consensual sex.

The clerk said she didn’t want to prosecute but wanted them banned from the property. The deputy warned the couple that their behavior was inappropriate and they were no longer welcome at the business.

Teen reports harassing calls

An Evans teen told police Monday that she was receiving harassing voice mail messages.

The 18-year-old said she got a call from a blocked number at about 5:20 p.m. The male caller left a message stating he’d be “waiting in the bushes” and he was “going to get that butt.”

The teen said she didn’t recognize the caller’s voice but wants to press charges.

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