Two drug suspects escape after chases by car, foot
Columbia County deputies are looking for two men they say escaped authorities during a car chase on Tubman Road in Appling on Thursday.
Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said deputies tried to stop the men for speeding but they fled, throwing about 164 grams of cocaine out of the car window.
Danford Tucker, 33, of Grovetown, and Alexanda Rodregus Floyd, 32, of Augusta, lost control of their Chevrolet Monte Carlo near Washington Road and crashed, Morris said. They then ran away.
The men are wanted on charges of possession of cocaine and fleeing and attempting to elude police.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Woman is arrested on shoplifting charges
A Grovetown woman spent Christmas Day in jail after she was caught trying to steal nearly $200 worth of merchandise from Kmart in Martinez.
Aleah Larayne Sheets, 25, of the 800 block of Gibb Road Extension, was arrested Dec. 24 and was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday after posting a $1,600 bond, according to jail records.
The loss-prevention manager of Kmart, 3830 Washington Road, called police about 6:30 p.m. after he saw Sheets conceal merchandise in her purse and pockets. The items included clothing, a watch set, scarf and purse.
After he confronted Sheets, she repeatedly said, "I can't believe this. This is a mistake. I haven't done this in six or seven years."
Man says ex was hit by vacuum cleaner part
An Evans man called police claiming his girlfriend got angry and tried hit him with a piece of a vacuum cleaner.
He said that just after 9 p.m. Dec. 23, she threw a piece of the machine at him, but he ducked and it hit his ex-girlfriend in the head.
He said his ex-girlfriend had come to his Glennwood Drive home, but left when no one answered the door. He told police that his girlfriend called his ex, provoking her by bragging about her relationship with him. The man said his ex-girlfriend returned to the home and after a brief confrontation, both women attacked him.
Woman says her son's girlfriend harassed her
An Evans woman called police to report harassing phone calls from her son's girlfriend.
The woman went to the Evans sheriff's office substation about 2 p.m. Dec. 26 to report that the girlfriend had come to her home after being told not to, and jad called her home and cell phone at least 50 times since Nov. 22.
Her cell phone service provider told her that the girlfriend had attempted to obtain her cell phone account information.
The woman said she might pursue a restraining order against the girlfriend.
Resident catches man trying to steal gasoline
Police were called to an Appling home after its owner reported a stranger on his property.
The man said that about 8 a.m. Dec. 23, he saw someone in the backyard near his truck. When he asked what the stranger was doing, the intruder told him he was looking for a piece of pipe. The homeowner ordered the stranger to stay, but he did not.
A police investigation revealed that the intruder was probably trying to steal gasoline from the truck; a piece of garden hose and the truck's gas cap were found on the ground.
The man said the stranger did not have a gas container with him and was not able to take any gasoline.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report, Dec. 23-29
Structure fires, five; wood/brush/grass fire, one; vehicle fires, three; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; other fire, one; activated fire alarms, five; medical incidents, 22; vehicle accidents, nine; investigate various incidents, three; and assist residents, three.
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