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Police blotter

Posted: November 1, 2017 - 1:10am

200 pounds of drugs collected

Law enforcement collected nearly 200 pounds of drugs during the annual Drug Takeback Event Saturday.

According to Columbia County Sheriff's Maj. Steve Morris, a total of 167 pounds were turned in at Walgreens in Evans and at the sheriff's substation on Ronald Reagan Drive.

Man charged with threats

A Columbia County man made empty threats to "blow up" a neighborhood after he said he was mad at his girlfriend.

Police said the call came into Columbia County dispatchers by a man who said his name was James. The man told dispatchers he was ex-military and built a bomb inside his residence, and was going to "blow up" the neighborhood. The man stated his address was in the 2700 block of Vernon Street in Richmond County.

Richmond County dispatchers told Columbia County dispatchers the call was showing through GPS in the area of the 200 block of N. Belair Road. Deputies made no contact at the address. Police were unable to make contact at a non-existent address the number was pinged at in the 4300 block of Roswell Drive, according to the incident report.

The hunt lead police to the cellphone owner's location in the 4400 block of Branchwood Drive. Deputies made contact with a woman who did not recognize the phone number, but told police her grandson, James, lived three houses down.

Deputies made contact with James Ellison who police said "was obviously nervous," when they arrived, the report stated. Ellison denied any knowledge of the phone call and further stated no one was in the residence. After questioning, Ellison stated his sister was inside the residence with her husband.

Police linked the phone number to Ellison's brother-in-law. Ellison soon admitted to police he used the phone to make the call because his cellphone was dead and that he made the call because he was mad at his girlfriend.

Ellison was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts, and was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center.

Man charged with battery

A man was arrested after hitting his pregnant girlfriend with a closed fist while she was driving.

Police arrested Joshua Redman for simple battery family violence after admitting to police he began to hit the victim because she sent his ex-wife a Snapchat picture, according to the incident report.

Redman told police he and the victim got into a verbal argument and lost control, and began striking the victim. Redman said he was unsure how many times he struck the victim, and that he slapped and then punched her with a closed fist, the report stated.

Police responding to the incident stated they observed blood on one of Redman's knuckles, which he stated was blood from hitting the victim.

Redman was arrested and transpoted to the Columbia County Detention Center.

In a separate incident, Redman met police at the Evans substation in regards to the victim stalking him.

According to a separate incident report, Redman told police the victim called a cab to pick him up from the detention center after his mother posted his bond.

Redman told police he had a conditional no contact order for the victim and he was unaware she had called the cab for him, until she called the cab driver's phone and asked to speak to Redman, according to the report. Redman said he refused to speak to her.

The victim told the cab driver to take Redman to Patriot's Park so she could pay for the cab, but Redman insisted the cab driver take him to the justice center in Evans.

When questioned, the victim told police she was at the justice center to see her uncle, Judge Wade Padgett, to have the order changed to a no violent contact order, and insisted she was not stalking Redman.

But Redman told police he believed she was only trying to get him in further trouble. Redman said he wanted to press charges for stalking against the victim.

Woman hits man, is arrested

A Martinez woman struck a man with a chair after he accused her of cheating on him.

Police said Zabreena Bradley, 34, was arrested and charged with battery family violence after an argument with her boyfriend, according to the incident report. The couple has two children together, have been living together for two months and were celebrating Bradley's birthday, according to the incident report.

Bradley told police the victim began to accuse her of cheating on him and a verbal argument started. Bradley picked up a plastic lawn chair and struck the victim under his eye, causing a laceration and swelling.

Bradley was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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