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Police Blotter, July 6, 2014

Charges against former public defender dropped

Posted: July 5, 2014 - 11:01pm

Charges against former public defender dropped

Charges have been dismissed against a former public defender after she wrote a letter of apology, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Alexia Davis was arrested in February 2013 after authorities say she failed to take reasonable steps to return a ring she found in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel to its rightful owner.

Davis found the ring worth about $10,500 ring on Feb. 7. The person with Davis went inside and asked a server what to do if she found a ring. The woman left with the ring and made a comment that it’d be reported to authorities, but never was.

A Thomson woman reported the ring missing a few days later.

Morris published surveillance video from the restaurant through local media in hopes of identifying the woman Feb. 19. Later that day, Davis brought the ring to Richmond County authorities.

She was charged with theft of lost or mislaid property.

Charges against Davis, who is now a private attorney, were dropped after she wrote a letter to the victim apologizing to her, the sheriff’s office and the District Attorney’s office.

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

Man arrested for hitting elderly man

A Dearing, Ga., man was arrested early Monday after authorities say he got angry at a convenience store and hit an elderly man in the back of the head.

Eric Mandel Rolland, 42, was charged with simple battery.

The 77-year-old man said he’d stopped at the TPS at 499 Lewiston Road near Grovetown at about 6:15 a.m. to buy a case water. He put the case of water on the counter and waited for customers in line in front of him to get checked out. He said before he could pay for his water, a man in line behind him, later identified as Rolland, stepped in front of him and up the register. When the man said he was next, he said Rolland told the man he wasn’t next because he was standing next to another register. The men argued and when Rolland was finishing checking out, the man said Rolland stepped behind him and punched him in the back of the head.

Rolland, who turned himself in to authorities, said that the man cursed at him for stepping up to the counter. Rolland said he cursed back and said the man was standing at another register. He said the man made a fist and made a racial slur.

When he was finished at the register, the man said he tried to go around the man, who tried to elbow him. Rolland said he retaliated by hitting him in the back of the head.

Deputies reviewed store surveillance video footage and didn’t see any physical contact from the man.

Rolland contacted authorities and gave a statement, then turned himself in. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting an $1,100 bond, according to jailers.

Couple’s bank drafts hijacked

A Martinez couple told authorities Monday that someone hijacked several of their monthly payments that were slated to come out as automatic bank drafts.

The 56-year-old woman said she’s paid certain bills through her bank account she shares with her husband. But the money, which was removed from her account, never made it to the creditors.

The woman said she was notified that two of her mortgage payments, which are paid from the checking account automatically, were never delivered to the mortgage company.

Three car payments that were deducted from the account, also never made it to the lender.

The couple said that a certain amount of money is deposited directly into the account monthly. They have not been on vacation recently and typically only buy necessities. They closed the account.

The woman said in May, a man called the couple’s bank and pretended to be her husband. The man was able to get a $7,000 cash advance on the couple’s credit card using their information.

The woman said she doesn’t know who the man is or how he got the information.

The woman said she’s ordered items online using the credit card.

Several times she discovered items she didn’t buy charged to her account or charges that were more than the item she purchased.

The credit card was cancelled and the woman had scheduled an appointment with her bank’s manager.

McDonald’s register ruined

A McDonald’s customer who threw a soda in anger ruined a register at the Martinez restaurant.

A manager at the store on 3804 Washington Road said on Tuesday that at about 9:30 p.m. the previous evening, a customer got angry at about 9:30 p.m. and threw his soda
in the air as he walked
out.

The soda splashed on the register closest to the man. A short time later, the register locked up and quit working.

The manager said she called the company technical support to fix the machine, but it has to be replaced.

After reviewing store video surveillance footage, the manager said the man was in his early 20s with dark hair wearing black shorts, a dirty white T-shirt and a backwards black ball cap. He was with someone wearing a bright pink shirt and jeans.

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