The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Mom charged with faking doctor’s excuse
A Grovetown woman was arrested Tuesday after authorities say she faked her daughter’s doctor’s excuse at school and lived in unsanitary conditions.
Starlet Leandra Redfern, 26, of Gulkana Court, was charged with contributing to the delinquency/unruliness/deprivation of a minor. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center the same day after posting an $1,100 bond, according to jail personnel.
The principal of Baker Place Elementary, where Redfern’s 5-year-old daughter was a pupil, called authorities on March 14 after discovering Redfern provided a fake medical excuse for her daughter’s 24 unexcused absences and five excused absences. She said Redfern presented the excuse from pediatrician Dr. Margaret Renew’s office on March 12. The principal said school personnel called the doctor’s office to verify the note and discovered that Redfern’s daughter was not a patient of the office.
Authorities went to Redfern’s home, where she and her daughter were found living in “deplorable” and “unsanitary conditions, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. The mobile home contained a large amount of garbage, debris and roaches, he said.
Redfern told deputies she was still adjusting to her recent move to the home, Morris said.
Amputee suspected for shoplifting in two counties
A loss prevention employee at the Martinez Wal-Mart store told deputies Tuesday that an amputee suspected in several shopliftings stole from the store.
The employee of the store at 260 Bobby Jones Expressway said he watched store surveillance video footage and saw a man with an amputated arm and a prosthetic leg wearing a black shirt and jeans come into the store just before 10 a.m. He selected several items, placed them in a shopping cart and left without paying for the merchandise.
The employee said loss prevention employees have seen him shoplifting from several area Walmart stores.
The video caught the tag number of the vehicle the man left in and he’s been identified.
Someone mowed part of man’s large yard
A Harlem man called authorities Tuesday after discovering that someone used his tractor to mow a small portion of his land.
The 40-year-old man said he returned to his 90-acre property at about 5 p.m. and noticed that someone had mowed about an eighth of an acre of his land. The mystery mower then parked the 1993 John Deere tractor with a 6-foot bush hog attachment in a different spot under the shed.
The man said nothing appeared stolen or damaged.
More than a month prior, the man said he saw two young men riding a dune buggy on his property. He said the young men stopped briefly at the shed before speeding away toward the main road.
Man is scammed into buying wrong tires
A Grovetown man said Tuesday that a high school friend scammed him into buying tires.
The 40-year-old man said a man he knows from high school approached him at his home and pointed out that his truck needed new tires. The man said he has no idea why his old friend stopped by.
The man said his friend then showed him a set of tires that he swore would fit the truck. The man’s friend said he worked for a tire installation business and that he was absolutely certain the tires would fit the truck. He offered the man the tires for a “cheap” price of $240. The man said he felt pushed to buy the tires, so he paid his old friend.
When the man took the tires to be installed, he was told they were too small for his vehicle.
He tried to call his old friend for a refund, but his friend refused stating the tires were no longer his problem.
The man said he wanted a refund and would prosecute his high school friend.