The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Man arrested for heroin possession
A Martinez man was arrested Dec. 26 after authorities found him in possession of bags of heroin and dozens of pills.
Andrew James Manion, 31, of the 100 block of Dresden Drive, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of Schedule IV drugs, possession of Schedule V drugs and driving while unlicensed.
Sheriff’s Capt. Rick Whitaker said investigators, acting on a tip, saw Manion driving shortly before 5 p.m. on the 4400 block of Columbia Road and stopped his vehicle.
A search of the car turned up six plastic bags containing heroin, along with more than 75 pills including Xanax and other prescription anti-depressants.
Manion was arrested and is being held on $21,300 bond at the Columbia County Detention Center.
Ball vending machine stolen
A vending machine that dispenses bouncing balls was stolen from the lobby of the Martinez Kroger.
Deputies were called at 7 a.m. Dec. 26 to the Kroger at 4115 Columbia Road where a representative of National Entertainment Network reported the missing machine.
The vending machine dispensed superballs, the owner said, and a store representative said the area had no video surveillance.
Trailer taken from plant
Thieves made off with an empty trailer from a water bottling plant during the Christmas holidays.
Deputies were called to Southern Beverage Packers on the 6300 block of Natures Way in Appling on Dec. 26, where a representative of CKS Packaging Inc. said a 53-foot-long semi-trailer had been taken.
The trailer had been left parked, waiting to be loaded, in mid-December and was gone when a driver arrived to retrieve it.
A semiautomatic pistol was stolen overnight Dec. 26 by someone who cut into a vehicle’s roof.
A resident of Faircloth Commons townhomes on the 800 block of Faircloth Commons Road in Evans told deputies that he found the glove compartment open in his Jeep and papers dumped out of it when he left for work at 5:30 a.m. Dec. 26. He assumed his girlfriend had been looking for something.
As the owner drove away, he heard a flapping noise from a rear window. When he stopped to check, he discovered someone had cut into the soft top to gain entry and then found that his 9mm pistol had been taken from the center console.
Women hurt during brawl
Two women received minor injuries during a fight that ensued as their relationship was ending.
Deputies were called when the two residents of Walden Glen Apartments began fighting over gifts as one of them was packing her things to move out.
One of the women received cuts from a steak knife during the ensuing brawl. The other was choked and punched in the eye. Both gave conflicting statements regarding the altercation.
Investigators advised the two about available remedies and services.