Woman given probation for holding house party
A Martinez woman was sentenced to five years' probation Wednesday in Columbia County Superior Court on charges she provided alcohol to minors during a party at her home in May.
Jeanine Helen Burack, 43, of the 4100 block of Knollcrest Circle, pleaded guilty to five counts and received a $5,000 fine, according to Superior Court documents. Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. also sentenced Burack to serve 40 days in jail, to be served on weekends, according to court documents.
Burack was charged along with her 18-year-old son, Bryan Michael Burack, whose trial is scheduled for later. Twelve minors between the ages of 17 and 20 were cited for a county ordinance violation of minors in possession of alcohol after police responded May 13 to a noise complaint at the party in the Springlakes subdivision.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Harlem woman reports relative sat down on her
A Harlem woman called deputies to her home Monday after an argument with her sister-in-law turned violent.
The 36-year-old resident of the 900 block of Haverhill Drive told deputies her 44-year-old relative, who is also a neighbor, had come to her home and started an argument about testimony in a court case.
The 135-pound woman told deputies the 400-pound visitor shoved her down into a toy box and then sat on her.
The resident suffered scratches to her back and chest. No charges had been filed as of Friday.
On Tuesday, deputies responded to the same street after the 44-year-old reported that the resident had been harassing her by phone for more than a week.
Augusta woman charged in shoplifting of plants
An Augusta woman was charged with shoplifting Tuesday after she left a Martinez store without paying for a dozen shrubs.
Eleanor Elizabeth Tanner, 64, of the 1000 block of Alden Drive, was released early Wednesday from the Columbia County Detention Center on $1,100 bond.
An employee of Kmart on Washington Road told deputies he witnessed Tanner pay for three shrubs. Outside the store, she loaded many more than the number of plants he saw her purchase.
The employee followed Tanner's vehicle until police pulled her over along Scott Nixon Memorial Drive. Deputies reported finding 15 shrubs in the car and a receipt indicating that only three had been purchased.
Deputies reported that Tanner said she was returning to the store to purchase the plants when she was stopped.
Grovetown man reports fraudulent purchases
A Grovetown man told deputies Tuesday a former employee was fraudulently using a purchase order number to buy electrical supplies.
The 27-year-old subcontractor from Reynolds Farm Road said he discovered that the employee had used his personal purchase order number to buy electrical supplies from several area companies. The subcontractor said he was notified of the fraud when his 19-year-old former employee, of Augusta, had been stopped at an Augusta supplier.
The subcontractor said he discovered a $3,000 purchase of copper wire at one supplier in Martinez.
Martinez man reports thefts from his account
A Martinez man told deputies Tuesday that someone had emptied his bank account of several thousand dollars.
The 27-year-old from Holiday Drive said an automated teller machine at CSRA Federal Credit Union indicated his account had a zero balance. When the man looked up his bank records, he discovered several unauthorized purchases since July 8.
The man said someone must have stolen his bank card number. More than $5,000 was taken from his account.
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