The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
A Martinez teen said she was attacked when she refused to go to a funeral with another local teen.
David Thomas Castle, 19, was arrested and charged with battery Jan. 25 after the reported attack on 17-year-old Meryl Elizabeth Franklin on Jan. 23, said police.
Franklin told police she visited Castle's house on the 3600 block of Westhampton Drive in Martinez, where they started arguing about what her plans were. During the argument, Castle took Franklin's car keys and ID to prevent her from leaving, stated a police report.
He then told Franklin he was going to take her home so she could get ready to go with him to his aunt's funeral, she said.
Castle forced her into his truck and started driving her home when he started hitting her in the side of the head, Franklin told deputies. She said Castle then turned around and went back to his house, where he began ramming her head against the windshield of his truck.
After apologizing for hitting her, Castle then told Franklin he would return her keys and ID if she would go to the funeral home with him, she told deputies.
Franklin went to the bathroom to clean up, and Castle followed her and assaulted her again, she said. When she again refused to go to the funeral home, she said Castle knocked her down and started to kick her.
Castle apologized again, threw Franklin's keys and ID at her and told her that he never wanted to see her again, she said.
Deputies noted in an incident report that Franklin had bumps on her head, bruises on her left arm and both legs, and bite marks on both thumbs and right index finger.
Castle was released on a $1,050 bond Monday.
A Grovetown man's dog was shot after an anonymous warning.
Edward Calvin Inglett, 5700 block of Keron Lane, told officers he let his 1-year-old female boxer/Labrador mix outside about 10 p.m. Jan. 24. About five minutes later, he said he heard a gunshot.
Inglett said he searched for the dog, but wasn't able to find it. The next day, about noon, Inglett found her in his front yard with several gunshot wounds.
The wounds appeared to have come from a small-gauge shotgun round, said an incident report.
Three weeks ago, Inglett said he found an anonymous note in his mailbox that read, "If you don't want your dog shot, you need to keep it on your chain and out of my yard."
One injury, two stories
What was reported as an aggravated battery Monday may have simply been an Appling man punching out a window.
Tonya Lavann Shanks, 6500 block of Cobbham Road in Appling, said she arrived home about 9:30 p.m. and saw a window on her front door broken. She told police she entered and found Tyree Jomere McCladdie lying on the floor of the hallway bleeding.
Shanks said McCladdie told her that he had been stabbed.
A 911 operator told investigators that a male caller at the incident location had called police saying a black male had stabbed him and run away. The caller then hung up.
McCladdie later told police that he got the cut on his forearm when he broke the window. He said he lives at the house, but didn't have a key. He said the front door normally is unlocked, but wasn't that day.
McCladdie was taken by ambulance to Doctors Hospital to be treated for his laceration.
Someone posing as a Canadian law enforcement officer tried to swindle a Martinez man.
Alfred Joseph Sirard, 100 block of Anneswood Road, told police he received a call on Tuesday from a man identifying himself as Lt. Lawrence of the Canadian Border Patrol.
Lawrence told Sirard that he had two checks in the amount of $50,000 for Sirard for his lottery winnings, Sirard said. The man said he needed Sirard to send him 2.5 percent of the winnings to cover the duty fee to mail the checks.
Sirard called the sheriff's office instead.
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