The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.
Cat death reported
A Grovetown woman told police Sunday a neighbor killed her cat with an ax after offering to kill the pet a few days earlier.
Tracie Barret Kitchens, of the 700 block of Laurel Place, told police a man living on her street said Sunday he killed her cat with an ax, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
Kitchens said she joked about getting rid of her cat when she and the neighbor spoke earlier in the week. She said the man offered to dispose of it for her, but she declined the offer.
Kitchens said the man approached her Sunday at about 8 p.m., saying he found her cat on his porch. Kitchens said the man told her the cat appeared very ill, so he chopped off its head to put it out of its misery, the report stated. Police said they would arrest the man if Kitchens wanted to press charges.
A Sumter, S.C., woman told deputies a truck driver deserted her Sunday morning at a Columbia County gas station after asking if she wanted to buy some crack cocaine with him.
Yvonne Harris, 41, of the 900 block of Oswego Road, said she was riding with the friend, who also is from Sumter, in an 18-wheeler truck to deliver tractors to Florida. She said the friend asked her about purchasing cocaine, but she said she refused and walked inside the Pilot Truck Stop on South Belair Road in Augusta, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
When Harris exited the store, she realized her friend had left the parking lot. Harris said the man drove away with her purse, which contained $63 in cash, prescription medication and some personal items, the report stated.
An Evans woman was arrested Sunday after police say they discovered stolen items in her truck.
Elizabeth Shave Owens, 40, of the 700 block of Springbrook Circle, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and driving on a suspended license.
Owens was pulled over by police at William Few Parkway and Washington Road after police matched the description of her 2003 gray Dodge Ram to one used in recent McCormick, S.C., thefts, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
Police discovered Owens' drivers license was suspended, the report states. They also reportedly found a large number of CDs, a digital camera and two rolls of quarters under the driver's seat in her truck. According to the report, the items were stolen in McCormick.
Owens was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Sunday night after posting a combined $3,700 bond.
A Grovetown man told police on Sunday a motorist threatened to shoot him.
Robert Bookman, 48, of the 800 block of Lake Royal Drive, told police the incident occurred just after 2 p.m. when he made a gesture to a passing motorist to slow down, a sheriff's office report states.
Bookman said the car, a Mitsubishi Lancer, stopped about 20 feet away from him. He said a young man exited the car, approached him and threatened to beat him up and then shoot him, the report stated.
The same man returned on a blue sports bike five or 10 minutes later, Bookman said. He told police the man stopped about 50 yards away and then sped off, leaving a 10-foot skid mark, the report stated.
Deputies contacted the man, who admitted he was at Bookman's property and threatened him, according to the report. However, he told police he only threatened to fight Bookman, not shoot him.
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of August 8-14:
Grass fires, two; vehicle fires, two; controlled burn, one; fire alarms, four; natural gas leaks, two; HAZMAT, one; medical calls, 28; rescue calls, nine; investigations, four; and public service, three.
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