The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Man accused of siccing dogs on sheriff's deputy
A Martinez man was arrested Sunday after authorities say he ordered two dogs to attack a Columbia County sheriff's deputy.
Karl William Knick, 21, of the 4200 block of Green Ivy Lane, was arrested Sunday after deputies responded to a call just before 8:30 a.m. in which Knick was beating his pickup with a baseball bat.
Deputy Danny McNeal arrived at the home where, he said, Knick tried to use his pit bull terrier as a weapon by ordering it to attack him. Knick's father secured the dog and asked to speak with him. During the conversation, Knick ran toward the back gate, opened it and ordered a white husky dog to attack the deputy.
Knick's father secured the second dog, and Knick was arrested and charged with felony obstruction or hindering a law enforcement official, according to police records. Knick was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Sunday afternoon after posting a $10,100 bond, according to jail records.
Thefts reported from Martinez grocery store
The manager of a Martinez grocery store told police Saturday that someone climbed through the business' ceiling space and stole more than $1,500.
The manager of the Bi-Lo at 4480 Columbia Road said that between 11 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. Saturday, with employees inside the store, someone stole $1,579.14 from two of the store's self-scan machines and went into an unlocked office and climbed into the ceiling by removing a tile.
The burglar dropped down through another ceiling tile into a locked office and removed and replaced a videotape from a recorder, the report stated. A second tape, which was locked in a second recorder, was sprayed with a liquid that damaged it.
At the time, the store was closed and locked with the alarm set, the report stated. A sheriff's office investigator was called to the scene and the videotapes, a videotape box, a spray bottle, six cash bins and a crowbar were taken as evidence.
Woman deceived into giving stranger $1,200
A Martinez woman told police Friday she lost $1,200 to a man who offered to pay her for the serial numbers off $100 bills.
The 65-year-old woman said that between noon and 1 p.m., a man approached her in the Wal-Mart parking lot at 260 Bobby Jones Expressway and asked her to go to the bank and get some $100 bills so he could use the serial numbers to put on some other $100 bills. She said she drove with the man to a SuntTrust Bank in Richmond County and withdrew $1,200 in $100 bills. The woman said she gave the man the cash and he left, saying he would return with her money. She told police she agreed to get the money because the man offered to pay her $30,000 for doing it. The man never returned.
Grovetown man reports fire damage to his truck
A Grovetown man called police Thursday, saying someone set fire to the inside of his truck.
The 32-year-old man told police that between midnight and 8:45 a.m. Thursday, someone set fire to the inside of the truck cab, which deputies said smelled strongly of gasoline. The truck was moderately damaged by the fire, and a crime scene investigator was called to process the scene.
Appling woman suspects salespeople of taking cash
An Appling homemaker told police May 3 that two people posing as flooring salespeople stole $750 from her home.
The 92-year-old woman said a man and a woman came to her home selling flooring and began to display what the homeowner described as tile. The pair held up the tile between the doorway at the kitchen blocking the homeowner's view of both of the strangers. They left the home in a red car, the report stated.
The resident said she checked a dresser drawer and realized $750 was missing from it. She told police she never saw either of the salespeople take the money but believes they are responsible for the theft.
Martinez-Columbia Fire and Rescue Activity Report for the week of April 30-May 6:
Structure fires, two; vehicle fire, one; woods fire, one; grass fires, two; trash bin fire, one; unauthorized burning, three; fire alarms, seven; carbon monoxide, one; medical calls, 24; rescue calls, 11; investigations, four; public service, one; and public safety assistance, one.
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