Animal owner complies with order, pays fines
An Appling woman who had several animals taken from her home in late December was deemed to be complying with court orders at a status hearing Thursday.
Magistrate Court Judge Bobby Christine ordered Darlene Martin to build proper enclosures and pay $5,280 in restitution to Columbia County Animal Care and Control before the animals could be returned to her. Those animals were seven dogs, a horse and four goats, including two kids born at the Appling center Jan. 12.
The enclosures, including two dog pens, fencing and an outdoor shelter, have been constructed, and Martin paid the accumulated fees Thursday morning. Because Christine placed a limit on the number of animals Martin can have, she opted to leave one Labrador retriever and three puppies at Animal Control to be adopted.
The remaining animals will be returned to Martin when Animal Control approves the property and Martin pays any additional fees, Christine said.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Burglar steals jewelry, rearranges Amish dolls
A Martinez woman told deputies Monday that she discovered her home had been burglarized and a doll collection arranged in an obscene manner.
The 53-year-old resident from the 3600 block of Point Comfort Landing said someone had stolen a 2-carat diamond and platinum wedding ring set, a Celtic ring and a collection of state-theme quarters between Jan. 26 and Jan. 28.
She discovered that her collection of Amish dolls had been undressed and arranged in explicit positions. She found a black stretch cap in her lingerie drawer that might have belonged to the burglar.
Deputies reported that the home's alarm had been manipulated and that they found no sign of forced entry.
Portable classrooms vandalized at school
Portable classrooms at a Martinez elementary school were reported vandalized Monday with condoms.
The principal of Stevens Creek Elementary School told deputies she discovered the condoms covering the door handles of several portable buildings. Condoms were found hanging from pink plastic flamingos arranged around the trailers.
The incident occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. Jan 26 and early Monday.
1960s cars, antiques stolen from unoccupied house
An Augusta man told deputies Monday that someone stole cars, tools and antiques from an unoccupied house he owns in Evans.
The 62-year-old from Royal Street told deputies that a yellow 1964 Pontiac sedan, a white 1968 Pontiac sedan, an antique wood stove, a clock and tools were taken between Jan. 8 and Jan. 26.
The man told deputies that he unlocked the gate Jan. 8 for land developers to survey the property, and that when he returned Jan. 26, the items were missing.
Man buys parts on eBay but never received them
A Martinez man told deputies Tuesday that automotive equipment he purchased over the Internet more than a month ago had not arrived.
The 22-year-old from the 4500 block of Dewey Drive said he purchased an engine, transmission and hoses Dec. 21 for $2,820 from a Houma, La., company through the online bidding Web site eBay.
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