The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
School doors are cabled shut
A Greenbrier High School teacher told police that when he arrived at school Thursday morning he found all the school doors cabled shut.
He said that when he arrived at 6:40 he found 25 sets of double doors secured with red, purple, pink, green and yellow locking bicycle cables. .
All of the cables had to be cut off; there was no damage to the school. The cables and a compact disc found at the scene were taken as evidence.
Man arrested on stolen-car charge
A Louisiana man was in jail Monday after he drove a stolen car into the state.
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy responded to the Stuckey's Amoco at 4099 Jimmie Dyess Parkway in Martinez just before 1:30 a.m. Friday looking for a man who, authorities say, drove recklessly on Interstate 20. Deputy Chris Adcox located the 2002 Chrysler Concorde and its driver, Michael Donelle Williams, 25, of the 100 block of Jackson Street in Talullah, La., at the Amoco. The deputy asked the man whether he'd been driving on the wrong side of I-20. Williams said he made a wrong turn after getting lost.
A check of the car tag revealed that it belonged to a Lake Providence, La., man and was listed as stolen. Williams said he'd paid a man $100 to borrow the car for five hours. The owner, who was contacted by phone, said he did not know Williams and never gave him permission to use the car, saying the car was stolen between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Williams was arrested and charged with theft by bringing stolen property into the state. He was being held Tuesday monring on a $5,100 bond.
Two churches vandalized
Two Columbia County churches were vandalized during the weekend.
Someone reported graffiti in black spray paint Saturday morning on a brick wall of Greater Augusta Apostolic Church, 4406 Wrightsboro Road in Grovetown. No other damage to the church was found.
Someone also spray-painted markings on Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Frontage Road in Augusta. The damage was found Saturday afternoon.
Man charged with theft by taking, entering an auto
An Appling man was in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday after police say he broke into three cars Nov. 9 at a Martinez apartment complex.
Adam Harris Flesner, 21, of Tradewinds Marina in Appling, was charged with interference with government property, three counts of entering an auto and three counts of theft by taking.
The vehicles were broken into in the early-morning hours in the parking lot of Ridge Crossing Apartments. All had CD players stolen.
A neighbor reported two suspicious men sleeping in front of an apartment with the door ajar and went to check on the occupant. The neighbor saw two car radios on the floor.
When the occupant opened the door to police a short time later, deputies said, they saw three car radios in the home, two on a shelf and a third on a kitchen table.
Williams and a second suspect were taken into custody for questioning. Williams was the only one arrested and charged in the thefts. He was being held in the jail without bond, according to jail records.
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of Nov. 6-12:
Structure fires, four; woods fire, one; grass fires, four; controlled burn, one; fire alarms, seven; medical calls, 10; rescue calls, nine; investigations, two; and public service, one.
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