Resident shoots intruder during West Lake break-in
Authorities are seeking a man they believe was wounded during a shooting Monday outside a West Lake home.
About 6 a.m. a Medical College of Georgia police officer, Peter Barbara, found someone inside his parked Chevrolet Suburban at his home in the 3800 block of Inverness Way in Martinez, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
The man pointed a gun at Barbara, who pulled his .40-caliber Glock and fired four times, striking the intruder's weapon, Morris said.
The intruder ran, leaving behind his gun. Police tried to track him but lost his trail, Morris said.
Morris described him as black; between 5-feet-4 and 5-feet-7-inches; about 160 pounds; and in his late 20s to late 30s. He was wearing a blue flannel shirt and a hat.
Police believe the man has an injury to his right arm or right hand.
Morris said the gun used by the man was stolen earlier Monday from another car in West Lake.
The following accounts were taken from reports provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Counterfeit $50 bill lands customer in jail
A man was arrested Friday after he tried to buy food with a counterfeit $50 bill at a convenience store in Appling.
An employee of the Jet Food Store, at 6007 Clarks Hill Road, called police just before 6:30 p.m. after the man, identified as Dominick Paul Campione, tried to use the bill to buy $10.42 worth of food.
The employee said that when she swiped the bill with a counterfeit marker it turned black, indicating it was bogus. A deputy noticed the ink on the bill was running.
Campione, 38, was arrested and charged with forgery. He was held in the Columbia County Detention Center Tuesday on a $5,100 bond, according to jail personnel.
Woman says boyfriend returned damaged car
A McDuffie County woman called police Friday, saying that two weeks earlier her boyfriend had stolen her car and poured dirt into the gas tank.
The woman said that on Jan. 31, her boyfriend took her car. After she retrieved the car from his Harlem home Feb. 1, it no longer drove normally, she said.
She took it to a mechanic, who told her someone had poured dirt into the engine block.
ATV is used to damage Bartram Trail course
An employee of an Evans golf course told police Saturday that someone used a vehicle to damage the course.
Police responded to Bartram Trail Golf Course, 470 Bartram Trail Club Road, just before 7:30 a.m. after the employee said someone damaged several course greens by driving an all-terrain vehicle through the course the night before.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for Feb. 10-16:
Structure fire, one; wood/brush/grass fires, six; vehicle fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, six; other fire, one; activated fire alarms, nine; carbon monoxide detector activation, one; gas line rupture, one; medical incidents, 28; vehicle accidents, eight; assist residents, four; and other, five.
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