Man sought in assault
Police Thursday continued looking for a registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Evans home Tuesday night.
Brian A. Scott, of Bridlewood Trail in Evans, is being sought on several warrants including aggravated assault, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment and cruelty to children in the second degree, said Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
He said that just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Scott and the woman got into an argument, with the woman's four children inside the house. Scott then forced the woman into a closet and locked the door, where he held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her, Capt. Morris said.
The woman told police that Scott forced her to have sex. She escaped and ran to a neighbor's house. Scott is a registered sex offender in Columbia County on a statutory rape conviction outside the area, Capt. Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Teachers' cars damaged
Three teachers at Evans Middle School reported that their cars were scratched with staples Tuesday.
Linda Lindsey Robinson, Barbara L. Christian and Stacey Lynne Miller all reported damage to their cars to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office after school Tuesday afternoon.
Christian also reported damage to her right front fender.
Police found staples resting on the trunks of two of the cars.
The estimated damage to the three vehicles was $800.
A Grovetown woman told police she was duped into giving away her checking account number and now is missing more than $460.
Judy Wanda Taylor reported to authorities March 26 that someone claiming to represent a company named CPI told her she had won $200 in gas coupons last month. Taylor said the person asked for her account number, so they could take out $1.95 to cover the cost of shipping the coupons.
On Feb. 13, Taylor said she contacted her bank, SouthTrust, to check on her account and discovered someone had made four purchases from her account, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
She found out that someone had cashed forged checks at a SouthTrust branch in California.
The bank closed her account and started an internal investigation, according to a police report.
A Martinez woman accused her boyfriend of stealing her car last weekend.
Cindi Denise Orozco told officers she last saw her 1998 Ford Escort at midnight on March 27.
As she went to sleep that same night she left her boyfriend watching television in the front room of her Creekview Drive home, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
When she woke up about 10:30 a.m., her boyfriend, car and her check card were gone, the report stated.
Roofer skips out
A Martinez man is out $1,000 after he said he paid a man to fix his roof, then never saw him again.
James Kenneth Bell told police he was approached by a man about putting a new roof on his Creek Ridge home.
After giving the man a down payment of $1,360, Bell said the suspect promised to begin work on the roof Jan. 29, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report. When that day arrived, Home Depot delivered $360 worth of roofing materials, but the suspect didn't start work, Bell reported.
Since then, Bell said he hasn't been able to contact the man.
Police arrested a couple last week after authorities said they lied about their involvement in a hit-and-run incident.
William Patrick Goolsby, 27, and Jennifer Suzanne Felton, 26, were arrested March 26 for reportedly trying to deceive officers about Goolsby's identity.
Deputies arrived at Sidetrack Bar and Grill, 4027 Washington Road, Martinez, about midnight looking for a Ford Explorer involved in a hit-and-run. They found Goolsby and Felton, who both claimed that Goolsby was Ryan Price, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
The couple, both of the 300 block of Brandywine Drive in Augusta, said the SUV was being driven by a David Turner, who fled, the report stated.
Deputies sent the couple inside the bar while they searched the area for Turner. When one of the deputies returned, he wrote in a report that he saw Goolsby leaving a service area of the bar. The deputy later found Goolsby's wallet hidden inside a mop bucket in the service area.
After he recovered the wallet, the deputy found a Georgia driver's license with the name Ryan Alexander Price. He reported that he also found another ID with Goolsby's name.
Goolsby admitted to lying about his name, according to the police report. Police later discovered that the Explorer belonged to him.
Felton admitted to lying about Goolsby's real name because there was a warrant for his arrest, the report stated.
She was arrested and charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer. She was released the next day after posting a $1,050 bond.
Goolsby was arrested and charged with giving a false name to law enforcement, a probation violation, failure to appear in court and six other traffic violations. As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in jail.
A Department of Family and Children Services agent responded to the scene of the couple's arrest to take custody of their infant.
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