The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Man struck after refusing magazine
Columbia County authorities are looking for someone who reportedly hit a Grovetown man for not buying a magazine subscription last week.
The 62-year-old Grove-town man told police Thursday that at 4:15 p.m. a young man came to his door claiming to be a "journalist" selling magazine subscriptions to sponsor a trip to England for needy children.
The resident said the young salesman appeared legitimate, so he asked to see a copy of Car Craft and then declined to buy a subscription because the price was too high.
The man said the salesman became angry and began using profanity. When the man asked the salesman to leave, the salesman hit the man twice in the face. The man told police he kicked the salesman in the groin several times to defend himself before calling police. Deputies noted a scratch above the man's left eye and a bruise on his left cheek.
The salesman was last seen walking toward a nearby street, though a search of the area did not turn up anyone.
Motorist kidnapped, robbed; car stolen
Police are searching for two men who reportedly kidnapped an Evans man at gunpoint and stole his car Saturday afternoon.
The man told police that just after parking his Chevrolet Monte Carlo in front of his apartment building at about 3:40 p.m., he noticed a woman drive by in a gray four-door Chevrolet with three male passengers. He said two men walked down the stairwell in his building and questioned him about a woman who supposedly lived in the complex. After asking two more times, one man pointed a brown revolver at the man and ordered him to drive them out of the complex.
The man drove the two assailants in his own car out of the complex, where he was able to put the car in park and jump out, the report stated. The men drove the Monte Carlo east on Washington Road.
The man told police that he believed he saw the gray car at Circuit City in Richmond County earlier that day and the driver followed him home, where he was confronted.
Cars vandalized with used cat litter, hanging chicken
An Evans man told police Friday that someone used Vaseline and cat litter to vandalize his car.
The man said sometime Thursday night or Fridaymorning, someone smeared Vaseline on the windshield and rear window of his Saturn and spread used cat litter on the car.
The man told deputies he did not believe the vandalism damaged the car, but that he would report any damage after washing it.
Early Thursday, an Evans woman said she discovered that someone had left a dead chicken on her vehicle.
The woman said she went outside to attend to her dogs at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, when she found a dead chicken hanging on her van by a rope. The woman told police she does not own a chicken.
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of Dec. 4-10:
Structure fires, three; vehicle fire, one; controlled burn, one; fire alarms, four; natural gas leaks, four; carbon monoxide, one; medical calls, seven; rescue calls, nine; investigations, five; and public service, one.
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