Evans home burns; smoke injures two
An early morning house fire in Chimney Hill Monday sent two people to Doctors Hospital, Martinez Fire Department spokeswoman Honey Shore said.
Homeowner Lora Bollinger was treated at Doctors and released Monday, said hospital spokeswoman Julie Plummer. A second person also was transported to the hospital for evaluation, but neither Shore nor Plummer would release that person's name.
Investigators think the fire began at about 2 a.m. in the home's garage at 668 Chimney Hill Circle, but they are not sure how it started, Shore said. It does not appear that foul play was involved.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Man reports suspicious activity at his home
An Evans man called deputies on Valentine's Day to report two men who had walked onto his home's back porch without permission.
The resident of the 700 block of Michael's Creek said he returned home from work at about 3 p.m. Feb. 14 when his 91-year-old mother-in-law said two men had been out on the back porch. The man said that when he got home, his mother-in-law said the men had entered the screened-in porch with a tape measure.
The men reportedly left when the mother-in-law opened the back door and asked what they were doing. The men replied that they were measuring the porch. The man who filed the report said no one was authorized to perform work at the home.
Teens take soda machine keys
Someone tinkered with soda machines at two Evans businesses Thursday, temporarily rendering the devices unusable.
An employee of Great Wraps, 4239-7 Washington Road in Mullins Crossing, told deputies two teenage boys were eating in the restaurant when they went to the soda machine, turned it off and took the key.
The general manager of Moe's Southwest Grill, at 4239-1 Washington Road, a door down from Great Wraps, told police that between 2:10 and 2:15 p.m. two teens matching the description of those in Great Wraps entered the store, walked to the soda machine, turned it off and ran out of the store with the key.
Managers from both restaurants saw the teens leave in a burgundy Dodge Ram truck headed toward Target.
Woman reports gas theft from vehicle
A Grovetown woman told deputies Sunday night that she noticed someone stealing gas from her vehicle.
The resident of the 1000 block of Old Louisville Road said she heard a noise outside and went to investigate. The woman said that when she opened the door, she saw a man siphoning gasoline from her Ford Explorer, which was parked in her driveway.
The woman said the man yanked a hose from her vehicle, picked up a red five-gallon gas can and ran to a waiting car, which sped away.
Woman reports vandalism to car
A Martinez woman told deputies Friday that her car was vandalized.
The woman, of Crystal Creek East, said that between 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday someone put ketchup, mustard, sugar, toilet paper and syrup on her Volvo sedan.
The woman said the rear driver's side of the car also was scratched.
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of Feb. 11-17:
Structure fires, three; vehicle fires, two; woodlands fires, six; controlled burns, six; fire alarms, five; carbon monoxide alarm, one; natural gas leak, one; medical calls, 19; rescue calls, four; investigations, eight; public service assistance, two.
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