Woman wanted on accusation of terroristic threats
Columbia County authorities were looking for a woman who they say threatened to burn down a Martinez private school Aug. 8.
A felony warrant for terroristic threats or acts was issued for Jenny J. Moreland, 25, according to sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. Moreland had not been arrested as of Monday afternoon, Morris said.
The owner of the Martinez Montessori School and several witnesses told deputies that Moreland, a former employee, entered the facility on Old Petersburg Road at about 3 p.m. and made threats to employees within earshot of pupils, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
Witnesses said the woman claimed to be a CIA agent, uttered obscenities and threatened to burn the building, the report stated. She left in a black Honda Civic before deputies arrived.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Homeowner fires gun to scare peeping Tom
A Harlem man fired his gun into the air Thursday after approaching a man he saw peeping through his window.
The 51-year-old homeowner told police he caught a man from down the street peeping through his window at about midnight. The homeowner said neighbors had reported seeing the same man leaving the homeowner's property several times.
The homeowner said he and his family arrived home late Aug. 9 and he instructed his family to go inside while he waited in the car. After 30 or 45 minutes, he saw the 43-year-old man walk onto his property and peep through the window. The homeowner approached the intruder and told him not to move. The peeper ran away, so the homeowner fired three shots from his .380-caliber handgun into the air.
The man was gone by the time deputies arrived.
Shoplifting reported at Martinez store
The manager of a Martinez Dollar General store reported a shoplifting at the store Thursday.
The manager said a woman put two pairs of capri pants, a shirt, three greeting cards and a bottle of shampoo inside a large blue canvas bag and left the store at 218 Bobby Jones Expressway. She went back to the cab she had arrived in and left the items there.
The manager said that when she confronted the woman at the cab, the shoplifter ran away, leaving the bag and stolen items.
Theft-by-taking warrant issued against woman
Charges are pending against an Augusta woman who, police say, stole a car and wrecked it Sunday, sending her to the hospital.
The charge against Rebecca Paige Meacham, 20, of the 3200 block of Skinner Mill Road, will be theft by taking a motor vehicle, said Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
An Evans man told police Sunday that just after noon, as he paid for gas at the Circle K at 1045 Furys Ferry Road, he saw a young woman steal his 1986 Honda Civic and drive west on Furys Ferry.
The car was found a short time later because it was involved in a collision at the corner of Washington and Hardy McManus roads. The owner was notified and had his car towed to a body shop.
Meacham was airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and was later released. Morris said charges against her are pending.
Martinez-Columbia Fire and Rescue Activity Report for the week of Aug. 6-12:
Structure fires, six; vehicle fires, five; grass fire, one; controlled burn, one; fire alarms, eight; natural gas leak, one; medical calls, four; rescue calls, nine; investigations, five; public service, five; and other, four.
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