Two people were charged in a Thursday afternoon accident in Evans, though no one received life-threatening injuries.
Zebulon Switzer of Martinez was attempting to make a left turn from Old Evans Road onto Washington Road when he hit a motorcycle, throwing the driver, according to Columbia County sheriff's Lt. Andy Shedd. He said Switzer told police he never saw the 2003 Harley Davidson, driven by Joseph Owens.
No one reported life-threatening injuries. Switzer was charged with failing to yield the right of way, and his passenger was arrested on an existing warrant, Shedd said.
Owens was charged with driving without a motorcycle license.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.
Vehicles belonging to three Evans residents were burglarized Wednesday night.
Jeffrey Lynn Hartley, of the 4600 block of Walnut Hill Drive, told police that someone stole a leather briefcase from the back seat of his 1994 Jeep Cherokee while it was parked in his driveway, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
When he entered the vehicle about 7 a.m. Thursday, Hartley noticed the passenger door ajar and the smell of cigarette smoke though none of his family or passengers smoke, the report stated.
Charles F. Boggs, also of the 4600 block of Walnut Hill Drive, found the back window of his 2003 Ford van shattered just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday, the report stated. He told police that an unknown number of checks, $180 in cash and a $450 air compressor were missing.
A $1,200 pipe saw and an $800 pipe horn were also reported missing from an unlocked tool box in the bed of a 1993 Chevy 2500 pick-up owned by Wendell Carey Underwood, of the 4700 block of Hereford Farm Road. Underwood told police the truck was parked at his home when the theft occurred.
Threats found at school
Another threatening message was found March 23 in a bathroom at Columbia Middle School.
John Leroy Padgett, a Columbia County Board of Education public safety officer, told police that between 7 and 8:30 a.m., someone wrote a "hit list" on a toilet-paper dispenser in the eighth-grade girls' restroom, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
Padget told police the list contained seven girls' names, and it read, "you must die," the report stated.
As of Friday afternoon, no suspects have been identified in the incident, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
Two pupils at the school recently have been arrested in connection with written messages threatening other pupils.
An Evans man told police Thursday that someone had written checks on a closed account that belonged to his deceased mother.
James Allen Johnson, of the 600 block of Kimberly Place, said he received notice that six checks totaling $701.05 were written on his mother's account at the IGA in Harlem between March 6 and 8, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
Johnson's mother, Gertrude Johnson, passed away, and he closed the account shortly after that. He told police that her home at the 2700 block of Rose Lane, Martinez, had burned down, but there was a storage shed behind the house that the checkbook could have ben in, the report stated.
A Grovetown man noticed a damaged front door of a residence on Old Appling Harlem Road on March 24 as he passed by to visit a friend.
Robert Bruce Moore, of the 5800 block of Old Harlem-Grovetown Road, told police that as he passed the residence, he saw the damaged front door, and a suspicious vehicle caught his attention, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
The owner of the property, Allen Lavar Hankinson, of the 300 block of Marshall St., Martinez, arrived shortly after Moore reported the damage, and he confirmed a burglary had occurred, the report stated.
Hankinson said the suspect stole three ceiling fans. The responding deputy, Erick Jessee, said the door, which was damaged when it was forced open, was also the exit point.
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