The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Appling resident makes numerous threats
An Appling woman was recently reported to the sheriff's office twice in one day over accusations of threatening others.
Veronica Elaine Lampkin, 27, of the 5400 block of Washington Road, Appling, reported that Cora Mae Johnson called her residence six or seven times within 30 minutes threatening harm to Lampkin and her mother, the report stated. The responding deputy saw Johnson's name and number on Lampkin's caller identification.
Johnson, 59, of the 5400 block of Washington Road, Appling, later was reported to have gotten out of a vehicle and threatened and cursed Julia Nicole Wright, 19, of McCladdie Drive, Appling, while she was outside talking to someone on McCladdie Drive. A witness backed up Wright's accusation.
Rash of vehicle burglaries
A string of vehicle burglaries have Columbia County residents guarding their cars.
Burglars broke into to vehicles at 295 Maywood Drive, Martinez, and stole stereo equipment. The homeowner, Dennis W. Townsend, 61, reported the rear sliding window of his 1993 Ford Ranger was pried open and a CD player, handbag and various CDs were taken, the report stated.
Raymond Robert Emmons, 20, of the 4000 block of Capchat Street, Hephzibah, reported the passenger window of his 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up was shattered and a CD player, car amplifier and subwoofer were taken while visiting the Martinez address.
Timothy Michael Patrick Byrne almost caught a white male breaking into his 1989 Chevrolet Blazer in the early afternoon, the report stated. Byrne saw the burglar enter the passenger window and take the faceplate off the stereo before attempting to stop him.
When Byrne attempted to stop the robbery, the burglar got into a gold-colored car driven by another white male, the report stated. As the burglar sped away, they almost hit Byrne and he kicked and dented the passenger door of the gold car.
Another Martinez resident, Aaron Paul Black, 28, found his 1993 Honda Del Sol broken into with a shattered passenger window. The burglars stole a car amplifier, bolted to the vehicle's frame, from Black's residence on the 200 block of Ashley Circle, the report stated.
Vending machines vandalized
Windmill Plantation residents will have to do without snacks and sodas at the pool for a while because their vending machines were vandalized recently.
Roger Kenneth Price, 46, of the 5100 block of Windmill Lane, reported the vandalism of the machines owned by Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling Co., North Leg Road, Augusta. The machines were side by side outside the pool's changing area.
Both had been kicked in the front display area and the soda machine was written on with a blue marker, which was left at the scene, the report stated.
The Martinez Fire Department responded to the following calls during the week of Jan. 12-Jan. 18: grass fires, two; vehicle fire, one; controlled burns, two; fire alarms, four; natural gas leak, one; carbon monoxide, three; medical calls, 23; rescue calls, three; investigations, two; public service, three; public safety assistance, one; other, one.
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