South Carolina man charged as stalker
A South Carolina man was in the Columbia County jail after being arrested at a Martinez apartment complex by federal marshals Friday evening.
Moses Telford II, 39, of Columbia, is being held for the Richland County Sheriff's Department in South Carolina on stalking and harassment charges, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
Telford also faces other charges in Lexington and Richland counties and might be involved with a church burning in Orangeburg County, Richland County sheriff's Lt. Chris Cowan said.
Telford was arrested at about 7 p.m. Friday by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, consisting of federal marshals, members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Columbia Police Department and Richland County sheriff's deputies, Cowan said.
The arrest occurred "without incident" at Applecross Community Apartments in the 3500 block of Washington Road, Morris said. The task force established surveillance on the apartment where Telford was reportedly hiding.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Assault charge filed
A Blythe, Ga., man was arrested Saturday after he was accused of threatening the manager of the Evans Wal-Mart with a box cutter.
Claudell Lavert Moss Jr., 20, of the 2400 block of Hoods Chapel Road in Blythe, was charged Saturday with simple assault-simple battery and criminal trespass. He was released Monday after posting a $2,200 bond.
The manager of the Wal-Mart at 4471 Washington Road, told police just after 7 a.m., he found Moss had cut open the package of a $28.93 digital compass mirror mount. The manager told police when he asked Moss what he was doing and if he'd pay for the item, Moss came toward him, clicking open a box cutter.
The manager said he backed away from Moss, while an assistant manager snatched the box cutter from Moss. But the manager and witnesses said Moss kept coming at the manager claiming to have a second box cutter.
Witnesses, including the assistant manager, had to pull the manager away from Moss, who was taken to the jail. The box cutter was taken by deputies as evidence.
Car title stolen, pawned for $1,200
A Rembert, S.C., man told police Thursday someone he knew pawned his car title at a Martinez title pawn shop.
The 30-year-old man said a Fort Gordon woman he knows recently stole the title to his 1998 Honda Civic from his home in Rembert. The man said she then took the title to Title Pawn of Augusta at 3705 Washington Road, where she scratched out his name on the title, signed her own name to the title and pawned the car title for $1,200.
Father reports calls harassing young son
An Evans man called police Thursday after a string of harassing phone calls from a man trying to sell Viagra to his young son.
The man told police that a man with a Middle Eastern accent has been calling his home since October trying to sell prescription Viagra to his juvenile son. The man has told the caller his son doesn't need the prescriptions and not to call again, the report stated.
The man said the man trying to sell Viagra called his home again Thursday attempting to get the bank account information for his son, the report stated.
Gift cards faked
An Evans man was not arrested Saturday after he tried to pay for food at the Evans Rhinehart's Oyster Bar restaurant with fake gift certificates.
The manager of the restaurant on North Belair Road at Owens Road, said just before 4 p.m., the man paid his $68.17 tab with seven imitation Rhinehart's gift certificates, according to a sheriff's office incident report. The manager confronted the man, who said he had no idea the gift certificates were not real.
The man paid by other means and waited for sheriff's deputies. The man told police he won the gift certificates in a poker game at a party.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for the week of Feb. 12-18:
Structure fires, seven; woods, fire, one; grass fires, four; controlled burns, three; fire alarms, eight; natural gas leak, one; carbon monoxide, one; medical calls, 10; rescue calls, five; investigations, 10; public service, one; and other, one.
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