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Police blotter

Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2003

The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Dryer vandalism

Someone damaged several dryers at a Martinez apartment complex between Thursday and Saturday nights.

David Gerald Hutto Jr., the vice president of Barton's Laundry Equipment, told deputies that the front of several dryers at Applecross Apartments, 300 Apple Crossing, were broken off because someone was trying to get to the change boxes inside, a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report stated.

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The light bulbs were disconnected, and a nearby office door had damage around the doorknob, the report stated.

Betty Shirley, of Channel Realty, was called and said she will prosecute if subjects are identified.

Officer reports assault

A Martinez man went to jail Sunday after an off-duty deputy witnessed him hit a woman.

Dejonnerio Tremaine Holder, 21, of Evans, was detained by off-duty Deputy Keith Warner after he was seen hitting Amanda Jane Fries, 18, of Evans, in the head with his hands at the entrance to the Glenwood subdivision on North Belair Road, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.

Warner followed Holder into the subdivision, where the officer identified himself and detained Holder until deputies could arrive, the report stated.

Holder was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center, where he was charged with simple battery and was still being held Monday on a $1,050 bond. He was also charged with a probation violation, according to jail records.

Gunshots at home

A bullet shot through a Martinez man's home in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Robert G. Fogle, of the 3900 block of Old Furys Ferry Road, Martinez, told police was awakened by five or seven gunshots in the area. He said he thought one hit his home, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.

A police investigation revealed that a bullet entered his home under the master-bedroom window and was found on the bedroom floor, the report stated.

Man charged at traffic stop

An Augusta man faces several charges including financial transaction fraud after he was pulled over for a traffic stop Thursday.

Police pulled over David John Gray, 37, of the 700 block of Hickman Street, Augusta, on the Bobby Jones Expressway and found two credit cards that belonged to someone else, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report. When they searched his car, authorities found a DVD player that was reported stolen in Harris County, Texas.

Gray was being held Monday at the Columbia County Detention Center on a $10,350 bond and was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, financial transaction fraud, expired tag, suspended license, altering a license, no proof of insurance and not meeting windshield requirements, according to jail records.

Rock-throwing damages vehicles

Three vehicles were damaged last weekend by someone throwing rocks.

John Caldwell Davis, 50, of Appling, was driving his 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood on Cobbham Road at Story Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning when someone threw rocks at the car, causing $1,000 damage to the hood and windshield, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.

Two more vehicles were hit by rocks just after 8 p.m. Sunday night. Steven Lawrence Beasley, 39, of Appling, said an object struck his 1995 Chevrolet Silverado at the same location, causing $550 damage to the right front passenger door, the report stated. He told police that he did not see who through the rocks, and a police search of the area did not turn up a suspect.

At about the same time, an unknown object hit a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Andera Denise Ring, 40, also of Appling, causing $550 damage to the left front fender and driver's door, the report stated.

Fire report

Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of Sept. 21-27:

Structure fire, one; controlled burns, two; fire alarms, six; medical calls, 20; rescue calls, five; and investigations, three.



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