Deputy involved in crash that knocks out power
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy was treated for minor injuries Saturday after he lost control of his car and struck a power pole.
Deputy Ronald Hynson, 38, was traveling south on William Few Parkway north of Knob Hill Farm Road just before 10 p.m. Saturday when his patrol car hit a large area of standing water in a curve, according to a sheriff's office accident report.
Hynson's car spun to the left side of the road, struck a power pole on the passenger side and skidded to a stop on the shoulder of the road, the report stated. Rain was a factor in the wreck, the report stated.
Electricity to 532 homes was interrupted, but power was fully restored by 4 a.m., according to a Georgia Power Co. spokeswoman.
Hynson was treated for injuries at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and was released, said Danielle Wong Moores, a hospital spokeswoman.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Explosive soda bottles found at golf course
Police responded to Jones Creek Golf Club on Thursday after an employee reported he discovered high-pressure explosive devices on the driving range.
The employee told police that at about 8 a.m. Thursday, he found two soft-drink bottles on the driving range. One of the two-liter bottles appeared to have exploded and it was surrounded by nails on the ground. The employee described the second 2-liter bottle as expanded and "hard as a rock."
The employee said the bottles were placed on the driving range between 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 8 a.m. Thursday.
Both bottles were removed from the driving range before police arrived, and the cap of the second bottle was removed to relieve pressure. The bottle contained what appeared to be a green chemical and nails.
Appling woman arrested on shoplifting charge
An Appling woman was arrested on a charge of shoplifting Thursday after she was caught drinking wine and disposing of the bottle inside an Evans store, officials said.
Christi Childers Coleman, 46, of the 5500 block of Lion Road, was charged with misdemeanor theft by shoplifting and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Friday morning after posting a $1,100 bond, according to jail records.
The manager of Kroger, 4355 Washington Road, told police that just after 5 p.m. Thursday, an employee saw Coleman drink a 6.3-ounce bottle of wine inside the store and discard the empty bottle among the potato chips. Coleman was led to the manager's office.
The manager told police he had been trying to catch whoever had been drinking wine and leaving the bottles in the store for weeks. The manager showed deputies a box containing several empty wine bottles.
Coleman admitted to drinking two of the small bottles of wine Thursday. Police said Coleman appeared to be intoxicated but reportedly refused a blood-alcohol test.
Elderly woman charged with making 911 calls
Columbia County officers arrested a 64-year-old Grovetown woman Friday after she made an excessive number of 911 calls.
Carolyn Scarboro Worley, 64, of the 5500 block of Goldsboro Road, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. She was released Friday after posting a $275 bond, according to jail records.
Police say Worley called the 911 center 11 times Thursday and Friday. At 7:30 a.m. Friday, a deputy told her that 911 is for emergency use only, after which she made two more 911 calls.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Report, Nov. 5-11:
Structure fires, two; woods fires, five; grass fires, three; vehicle fires, two; controlled burns, four; fire alarms, 15; natural gas leak, one; carbon monoxide alarm, one; medical calls, 37; rescue calls, 11; investigations, three; public service, three; public safety assistance, one; and other, three.
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