The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
An Evans couple was charged with lying to an officer.
After being pulled over for speeding Dec. 28, Kenneth Allen Ringgold, 20, of Evans gave a deputy his brother's identification. When he discovered the ID was false, the officer gave Ringgold and his live-in girlfriend, Jennifer Lynn Riley, 20, a chance to recant their story, but they both said the ID provided was correct.
In addition to being arrested for providing false information to a law enforcement officer, Ringgold was also charged with speeding and driving on a suspended license.
Riley was charged with lying to the deputy and with allowing an unlicensed person to drive her vehicle.
Riley posted a $1,050 bond the next day, but Ringgold remained in jail Tuesday.
While on patrol Dec. 28, Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Matthew Bryan Baxley drove past a red Geo Tracker exiting the driveway of a home under construction on Ashleigh Lane in Grovetown. The car was pulling a trailer with plywood on it.
Baxley turned around to investigate, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report. Baxley stated that he later found the Geo in a driveway on Nicholas Way, abandoned with the driver's door open. He also noted that the plywood had been thrown across the driveway and into some grass.
Using the tag number, Baxley found the Tracker's listed owner, who said he recently sold the vehicle. He gave Baxley the name of the new owner, but said he did not know the person's phone number or address, the report stated.
A Grovetown woman accused a Martinez man of slapping her on Christmas Eve.
Tebbie Marie Lewis, of the 4400 block of Wrightsboro Road, told police she was arguing with a 22-year-old man at her home and he open-hand slapped her on the right side of her face.
The man said he didn't touch Lewis, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
The deputy noted in the police report that Lewis was highly intoxicated and that there were no visible signs of injury.
The man agreed to leave the residents to resolve any further problems.
Police say a couple in an Evans Publix on Dec. 23 shoplifted from the same store less than a week earlier but got away.
Publix Manager Charles Mark Mitchell, of the 4274 Washington Road location, told officers that he filed a report Dec. 17 in reference to a couple shoplifting baby formula.
He said the same couple came back to the store Dec. 23 and proceeded to the baby food aisle, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report. Although they paid for the formula this time, Mitchell detained the male suspect, Santo Martinez-Jimenez, in the store until police arrived, the report stated.
The female suspect, Amanda Florez, was picked up by a sheriff's deputy on Old Evans Road and brought back to Publix.
Mitchell identified the woman, and both were arrested.
Martinez-Jimenez later confessed to stealing baby formula on two separate occasions, according to the report.
Martinez-Jimenez and Florez each posted $2,100 bond the next day.
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