Authorities drop weapons charges
Weapons charges have been dropped against an Evans man whose girlfriend Columbia County authorities say committed suicide on Oct. 21 using the man's gun at his Rivershyre home.
Authorities dismissed the Oct. 22 warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon against Ervin L. Gunter, 54, of Edenton Trail, because Gunter had been pardoned in 1985 for felony drug conviction in West Columbia, S.C., in 1972, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris announced Thursday.
Morris said within days of Gunter's arrest on Oct. 22 that authorities were trying to verify the man's claim he had been pardoned for the prior conviction. Gunter's girlfriend, 32-year-old June Harris of Savannah, killed herself Oct. 21 on the porch of Gunter's home, authorities said.
Suspects sought in scamming of elderly
Columbia County authorities are seeking two men in connection with a scam targeting the elderly.
They say Thomas Anthony Riley and Tommy Martin Carroll have been posing as Georgia Power, cable or utility employees or offering painting or paving services. One scammer tries to lure residents outside while another robs the home, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Riley and Carroll were last seen driving a gray 1999 Dodge Dakota extended-cab pickup with South Carolina tag 715 VKF, or possibly a white Thomas Auto Sales dealer tag with red lettering, according to a sheriff's office news release.
Anyone with information is asked to call Staff Sgt. Mike Cullinan at (706) 541-4024 or (706) 541-2800.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Man claims assault by girlfriend's dad
A Martinez man told deputies his girlfriend's father assaulted him early Tuesday at the father's home on Merrymont Drive.
The 20-year-old Point Comfort Lane man said he was visiting his 17-year-old girlfriend when her father pinned him to the ground and whispered threats in his ear. The man said he broke free but that the confrontation continued when the father tried to punch him.
The boyfriend said that as he tried to leave, the father threatened to kill him. He also said that as he tried to drive away, the father tried to pull him from the vehicle.
No charges were immediately filed.
Grovetown woman fights with neighbor
A Grovetown woman told deputies a neighbor accosted her Monday night outside his home as she walked her dog with a friend.
The Sylvan Lake Drive resident, 45, told deputies she was walking along Stirling Bridge Road when the 35-year-old neighbor shouted at her and demanded that she get off his property.
She said she got into an argument with the man. She said he pushed her before his wife came and led him away. The man denied the accusations. No charges were filed.
Martinez woman's information stolen
A Martinez woman told deputies Tuesday that someone used her personal information to apply for a loan to purchase property in an Atlanta suburb.
The 27-year-old Hillside Court resident said she received a letter from her bank Monday concerning a loan application. The woman said a bank representative told her someone used the woman's information under a different name to obtain a $70,000 loan to purchase property in Union City, Ga.
Harlem home burglarized again
A Harlem family was the victim of a burglary Tuesday for a second time.
A 42-year-old woman from the 800 block of Appling-Harlem Road told deputies that someone entered her home through a door on the porch. An electric guitar, amplifier and video games were taken. The woman said her home also was burglarized Sept. 23.
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