One injured by boat propeller
A boating accident on Thurmond Lake on Saturday hospitalized an unidentified man after his leg was sliced open by a propeller blade.
Sgt. Doyle Chaffin, of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division, said the boat was pulling an inner tube occupied by the victim and another person in the Keg Creek area.
When the other rider fell, the victim began to pull himself toward the boat using the tow rope, which had become tangled in the boat’s propeller. When the driver of the boat engaged the engine, the propeller spun, pulling the victim into it and slicing his thigh open.
The victim was able to speak with emergency workers at the scene at Wildwood Park in Appling, Chaffin said.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Police catch school streaker
A teen was recently caught streaking at a Martinez elementary school early Friday.
Kane Austin Neely, 18, of Hunterdale Road, was charged with public indecency and criminal trespass.
A deputy responding to an alarm at Blue Ridge Elementary School on Blue Ridge Drive just after 6 a.m. saw Neely run toward the playground with his clothes tucked under his arm. When ordered to stop, Neely complied.
Neely told the deputy that an unknown man gave him $20 to run around the school naked. Neely said he walked from his nearby home to the front entrance of the school. He said he undressed and began to masturbate.
When he saw the patrol car pull into the school lot, Neely said he gathered his clothes and ran toward the playground area.
Neely was released from the Columbia County Detention Center later Friday after posting a $2,200 bond, according to records.
Angry driver makes threat
A woman said she was threatened by an angry motorist while in the drive-through lane at a Martinez restaurant.
The 47-year-old woman said she turned right off of Columbia Road into Zaxby’s at about 1:10 p.m. as the driver of a white Chevrolet Impala waited in the left turn lane coming from the opposite direction. The Impala followed the woman into the parking lot and around the business to the drive-through lane. The woman said she’d begun ordering when the driver of the Impala pulled beside her passenger window and said he’d shoot her if he had a gun. He then sped away west on Columbia Road.
The Zaxby’s staff also heard the threat over the ordering microphone. The woman took a photo of the Impala as it drove away, but the photo didn’t have the license plate in it.
Shots fired in residential area
A Grovetown woman called authorities Thursday afternoon after discovering someone was shooting near her home.
The 57-year-old woman said someone has been shooting firearms between her home and a neighbor’s property. The deputy and the woman found a small piece of plywood with a target drawn on it. The wood had several bullet holes in it and the deputy retrieved a bullet from a tree near where the wood was found.
The woman said the items were found on her property and said no one in her family shoots on the property.
The bullets were also shot in the direction of neighboring houses with no back-stop.
Woman falls for jailed grandson scam
An Evans woman said she was scammed by someone claiming that her grandson needed help.
The 76-year-old woman said she got a call Friday morning from someone who identified himself as Officer Newman. The caller said her grandson was jailed in Atlanta and she needed to pay $1,500 in Green Dot cash cards to bond him out.
The woman went to a local CVS store, bought the cash cards and called the stranger back with the card information.
A short time later, the woman said her grandson came to her home. She told him about the call and he said he was never in jail and she’d been scammed.