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Man charged with rape

Posted: August 18, 2015 - 11:23pm  |  Updated: August 19, 2015 - 1:06am
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The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

 

Man charged with rape

A Martinez man was charged with rape early Thursday after a woman said he kidnapped her and forced her into his home.

Dane Walter Lewless, 53, of Almon Drive, was charged with rape, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A 48-year-old woman called authorities to the parking lot of the Circle K on Washington Road at Columbia Road just before 7 a.m. A deputy found the woman inside the store. She told the deputy that she’d been drinking at the Finish Line Cafe just after 2 a.m. and Lewless offered her a ride home. On the way, he told the woman he needed to stop by his house to pay the babysitter. He left the woman in his vehicle before she said he dragged her into the home and raped her.

The woman said she escaped, grabbed her things and ran. She said Lewless chased her, but she found a rock and smashed the back window of his car, which allowed her to run down the street. She got to the store and told patrons what happened before Lewless drove into the parking lot.

Two witnesses said they saw the woman run up to the store yelling she’d been raped. A few minutes later, they said a burgundy Ford Taurus pulled up and the driver stepped out looking for the woman. When he was told that authorities were on the way, he ran away across Columbia Road. A third patron called 911, but did not see Lewless at the store.

Lewless’s car was found parked at a gas pump with a broken rear window and a large rock sitting on the back deck.

The woman was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for a sexual assault kit.

Lewless is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

 

Man’s ID used in car wreck

A Martinez man said Thursday that someone used his identity during a traffic collision.

The 46-year-old man said he went to the Department of Driver Services to get a copy of his driving history when he found a Jan. 2. wreck. The driver in the wreck on Washington Road near Hightower Drive was cited for following too closely and provided authorities with the man’s information. Because of a medical condition, the man said he knows he wasn’t driving at the time. The man in the wreck was driving a 2011 Lincoln.

The man’s record showed the case was disposed of on Feb. 11, when the ticket was paid for by a mailed money order with his name and information.

 

Woman says she was scammed

A Martinez woman told authorities Thursday that she was scammed by someone through an online dating site.

The woman said she met a man who identified himself as “Douglas Moore” through an online dating service. After meeting him, the man asked the woman to send him $2,000. She said she didn’t have $2,000.

A week later, the woman said he asked her for her savings account number, which she provided. She said “Moore” then deposited $4,950 to her account using a wire transfer. He then requested the woman send him $250, which she did.

A deputy told the woman it was likely some type of fraud. He encouraged her to contact her bank and to avoid all contact with the man.

 

Bank discovers fake checks

A security employee of a local bank chain said Friday that someone cashed nearly $30,000 in fraudulent checks from the account of a Martinez business.

The employee said she was notified that three men cashed counterfeit payroll checks from a Martinez civil engineering, land surveying and planning firm. The first check for $9,695 was cashed at a branch on Ronald Reagan Drive on Aug. 11. The second check was cashed the next day for $8,956.45 at a branch on Furys Ferry Road and the third check for $8,858.11 was cashed at the Columbia Road branch on Thursday

In all cases, the employee said the tellers verified the accounts by calling the person listed as the proper party on the account. They said a man with the same name answered the phone and confirmed the accounts and checks. But when the employee contacted the company, a company representative confirmed the checks were counterfeit and that a fraudulent phone number must have been given to the banks.

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