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Police Blotter, Aug. 3, 2014

Intoxicated man arrested

Posted: August 2, 2014 - 11:13pm

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

Intoxicated man arrested

A Evans man was arrested Monday for being intoxicated and causing a disturbance in an Evans business.

William Joseph Norman, 28, of Vineyard Way, was charged with disorderly conduct and released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $500 bond, according to jailers.

The owner of Big Frog Custom T-shirts and More in Mullins Crossing told authorities that Norman came into his business at about 4:45 p.m. and appeared to be heavily intoxicated. He walked up to the counter and tried to place an order. The owner said he couldn’t help Norman because he was drunk.

The owner said Norman became irate, yelled and cursed and knocked over a clothes rack and a frog statue. Norman also urinated on himself and on the floor, the owner’s said.

Norman was uncooperative with authorities.

Woman saved from scam

An Evans woman told authorities Wednesday that a store cashier prevented her from being scammed.

The woman said she got a call at about 8:45 p.m. from someone with an foreign accent who stated, “This is the IRS. You owe us money.” The woman said she wasn’t the one the caller asked for and that she’d pass along a message to call him back at a phone number with a 202 area code. She called the number about 30 minutes later and the same man answered.

The caller told the woman she owed several thousand dollars, but that he’d settle for $500 that evening. He told the woman to put money on a Green Dot cash card and someone would be coming to her house to retrieve the card.

The woman drove to an ATM machine, withdrew $500 and drove to an Evans Walgreens store with the caller on the phone giving instructions. The woman explained to the Walgreens cashier why she needed the money. The caller said it would cost $4.99, but the cashier said it was $20.

The woman gave the phone to the cashier and the caller hung up. The cashier told the woman she was being scammed and refused to sell her the Green Dot card. The woman called her daughter, then authorities. The woman said she didn’t give the caller any personal information and still has the $500 she withdrew from the ATM.

Fraud prevents man from renewing license

Bogus criminal charges prevented an Evans man from renewing his driver’s license Wednesday.

The 50-year-old said he went to the Department of Driver Services office at about 8 a.m. to renew his expired driver’s license. He was told they were unable to renew it because of license suspensions from traffic citations in Tennessee and California. He said he’s never had a license from either state.

The man called the DDS in Tennessee and was told his license was suspended because of fines and fees associated with two criminal charges against him. He said he’s never been charged with any crimes in Tennessee. That DDS employee wasn’t able to provide the man with any information other that a license was issued to someone using his name and birth date and a North Carolina address, but no photo.

Puppies bought with counterfeit cash

A man told authorities Monday that someone used counterfeit cash to buy bulldog puppies from him.

The man said two men answered his ad in the Iwanta for English bulldog puppies for sale. The men both had South Carolina phone numbers and agreed to meet at a CVS in Grovetown at 10 p.m. on July 25 to make the sale.

The potential buyers arrived in a gold Ford Explorer being driven by a woman. They appeared to county out 16 $100 bills, gave the money to the man and took the puppies.

Over the weekend, the man said he counted the money and only found 15 bills. He tried to contact the men who bought the puppies, but they didn’t respond. The man said he then went to the Grovetown Walmart store and discovered that all of the cash was counterfeit.

Woman called to verify lottery ticket

A woman called authorities Monday after someone called her cell phone to verify a lottery ticket.

The woman said she got a call from the Georgia Lottery on her personal cell phone at about 3:30 p.m. being asked to verify a lottery ticket for a man. The caller asked the woman if she worked for Circle K and if she verified a winning ticket for a man.

The woman said she’s never worked for Circle K and called Circle K to find out how they got her cell phone number. While on the phone with the Circle K store, a man matching the Georgia Lottery’s description of the holder of the “winning” lottery ticket came into the store. She was able to get the man’s name, but doesn’t know the man or how he got her cell phone number.

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