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Police Blotter

Man takes bath in splash pad

Posted: October 7, 2014 - 11:02pm  |  Updated: October 8, 2014 - 1:26am

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

Man takes bath in splash pad

A woman called deputies to the Columbia County amphitheater Friday morning after seeing a man bathing in the children’s splash pad.

The woman said she was jogging around the pond behind the Columbia County Government Complex on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans just before 9 a.m., when she saw a man bathing in the splash pad at the playground behind the Columbia County Library. She said he was wearing shorts, but looked suspicious and inappropriate for the location.

A deputy found the man sitting on a bench near the pond. He told the deputy he was homeless and slept near a bush in the park the previous night. When asked what he was doing in the fountain, the man said he was washing off the dirt from sleeping on the ground.

The man said he’d purchased a bus ticket and planned to leave town over the weekend.

 

Motorist drives off with nozzle

The owner of a Grove-town convenience store said a motorist drove away from a gas pump Friday morning with the gas hose and nozzle still attached to his vehicle.

The owner of Lewiston Express on Lewiston Road told deputies that at about 9:15 a.m., a woman came into the store and said a small white truck drove away with the gas pump nozzle still attached. She said she yelled at the driver to stop and told him of the situation. He yelled, “I know,” and drove away.

A witness who was also in the parking lot at the time heard the woman yell and the truck driver stop and look out of his window. She also heard the man’s response.

The owner said it didn’t appear the man initially knew the nozzle was still in the opening of his gas tank when he tried to leave.

 

Man shoots own hand

A man called authorities Friday afternoon after he said he accidentally shot himself.

The man said he was visiting his grandmother near Grovetown just before 2 p.m. It was raining, so he ran to his vehicle. His pistol fell out of his back pocket and into a mud puddle. He quickly picked up the gun and got into his vehicle.

The man said he released the magazine to clean the pistol off. He said he went to lock the slide back and forgot a round was in the chamber. The firearm went off into the man’s right palm.

He called 911 and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Caller asks for personal info

A Martinez man said Friday that someone claiming to be a computer technician tried and failed to get his personal information.

The caller ID showed the call came from a strange number – 2-389-9306.

 

Deputy’s home hit by burglars

The wife of a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy called Columbia County authorities late Thursday after discovering someone burglarized their home.

The 23-year-old woman said she remembered closing and locking the door to the house under the carport when she left at about 6 p.m. When she returned at about 9:30 p.m., the woman found the door cracked open.

She waited for her husband, a deputy in Richmond County, to come home and clear the house before she went inside.

The woman said nothing appeared to be missing and the only thing out of place was a pair of scissors left on the kitchen counter.

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