Bird stops traffic on Interstate 20
Interstate 20 traffic in McDuffie County was temporarily closed Wednesday while emergency personnel worked to capture a stray emu running in the median.
Columbia County Animal Care and Control was called to assist near mile marker 170 about 11:30 a.m. They captured the bird and took it to the county animal control facility in Appling, where it was to remain while officials tried to find its owner.
If the emu's owner could not be identified, or the owner has not claimed the bird within five days of its capture, it would be put up for adoption, according to Animal Care and Control personnel.
The following accounts were taken from reports provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Meat-shoplifting suspect caught, ribs recovered
An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday after he stole ribs from a Martinez grocery store, then tried to evade police.
Demetress Glenn Howard was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and was held in the Columbia County Detention Center on an $1,100 bond, according to jail personnel.
Employees of the Kroger at 4115 Columbia Road called police about 11:15 a.m. to say a shoplifter had fled the store in a blue Oldsmobile with a white driver's door. While en route to the store, police spotted the car headed south on Flowing Wells Road. The driver, later identified as Howard, sped up and turned onto Fair Oak Road as police followed him.
Police stopped Howard's vehicle at Birchtree Drive and Fair Oaks Road. Six packages of baby back ribs were found along the road in the neighborhood.
Howard was identified as the shoplifter by three Kroger employees, and the ribs were returned to the store.
Car vandalized inside, outside with spray paint
An Evans woman called police Tuesday after she discovered someone had spray-painted the inside and outside of her car.
She said she found the damage and the theft of several items from the car, about 4 p.m.
The exterior had been sprayed with gray paint and the seats and dash had been painted with black. The seats had been cut, and the front tires were deflated.
Guns, tags are stolen during house burglary
A Martinez man told police Tuesday that someone broke into his home and stole guns and a vehicle tag.
The man said that when he returned home from work, he discovered a rear glass door broken. A neighbor told police he had heard a noise about 2:30 p.m., but did not investigate.
At least two guns and the tag from a Toyota Corolla parked at the residence were taken.
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