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Police blotter

Posted: May 14, 2017 - 2:01am

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

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Panhandler arrested on 2 warrants

A man begging for money, after being told not to by police, was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants.

Police said Bruce Rainey was seen standing at the intersection of South Belair Road at the I-20 off-ramp with a sign reading "Homeless, anything helps! God Bless," according to the incident report.

Police stated in the report that Rainey had been previously warned and charged before for loitering and panhandling in the area. Police stated that when asked, Rainey told them that he knew he was not supposed to be begging for money but said he needed help, so he thought he could get away with it.

Rainey had two outstanding warrants issued for his arrest. When police attempted to arrest him, police stated that he began complaining of chest pains and difficulty breathing and began banging his head against the side of the deputy's patrol vehicle.

Paramedics transported Rainey to Doctors Hospital for evaluation before booking him into the Columbia County Detetntion Center with a citation for loitering/prowling.

Man sleeping in car charged with loitering

A man found sleeping in the parking lot of an Evans business, in a running vehicle, was arrested for loitering.

Deputies observed a blue Ford Fusion parked in a parking lot on Washington Road about 3 a.m., with the vehicle running and the driver asleep in the front seat, according to the incident report.

When the deputy asked the driver, later identified as Frank Belardo, why he was parked in the parking lot, Belardo gave numerous conflicting statements and lied to police about why he was in the parking lot, according to the report.

Police stated that due to recent thefts in the area and his being uncooperative with police, Belardo was arrested and received a citation for loitering.

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