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Police blotter

Posted: October 11, 2017 - 2:14am

Man charged with making false statements

A man with outstanding warrants in Richmond County attempted to apply for a job as a jailer at the Columbia County Detention Center, before authorities discovered the history.

Police said Michael Stinson submitted an employment application to the Columbia County Sheriff's office for a job as a deputy jailer, according to the incident report.

During an interview with Stinson, the interviewer said something seemed out of place and called for a more in depth background investigation. The report revealed that Stinson had a warrant out of Richmond County for making false statements.

Police also looked into Stinson's statements that he graduated from Tennessee State University, which police also confirmed was untrue.

Stinson was charged with making false statements in Columbia County.

Bank reports fraud

Police were called to an Evans bank regarding a suspicious situation after a woman was attempting to withdraw thousands of dollars using a fraudulent bank card.

Bank employees called police after observing Latoya Atkins attempting to withdraw $2,200 from a bank card that was later determined to be fraudulent, according to the incident report.

When questioned, Atkins told police the card belonged to her and authorities confirmed it was a fraudulent card. Police also discovered multiple other fraudulent cards in Atkins possession and in her purse.

Police said Atkins was seen on surveillance video being dropped off at the South State Bank on Ronald Reagan Drive by three black males. The subjects and the vehicle were located and searched, and police discovered more fraudulent cards and other contraband.

All four subjects, including Atkins, were arrested and transported to the Criminal Investigation Unit for further questioning.

School reports counterfeit bills

Officials at Greenbrier High School said several counterfeit bills were being used at school functions.

The counterfeit bill was passed by a 16-year-old student at the school fair, pizza counter and at the school lunchroom, according to the incident report.

A lunchroom cashier noticed the counterfeit bill and made the student take it back. The student told the cashier that his friend had played a joke on him. The transaction was caught on surveillance video.

The same student was seen at other events. A total of 10 counterfeit $10 bills were retrieved and taken as evidence. The student that passed the bills did not show up for school the following day.

Homeowner reports damage

A homeowner told police thousands of dollars worth of damage was done to a new home after its wiring was stripped but unknown subjects.

Police were called to the 4800 block of Tanner Oaks in Crawford Creek to reports of theft from buildings, according to the incident report.

The electrical wire was cut from the new home that is still under construction and caused some $5,000 worth of damage during the removal of the wire.

Woman dragged down driveway

A woman was dragged several feet down a driveway, after she and her boyfriend became involved in a verbal argument.

Police said the man was severely intoxicated when he pulled into the driveway of the residence in the 4000 block of Woodburn Street in Martinez, according to the incident report.

The woman told police when the man pulled into the driveway, she opened the driver side door to get him out, but the man then put the car in reverse and accelerated. The woman was still holding onto the door at the time was drug approximately 5 - 10 feet down the driveway.

The woman said the man then exited the vehicle and fled the scene.

EMS was notified and responded, but the woman refused to be taken to the hospital for further treatment. Police observed severe abrasions and bruising to the victim's right side arm and leg. The victim also declined to pursue charges.

When police contacted the man, he did not deny the woman's account and said he thought it would be better to leave than have the argument escalate.

 

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