Lawyer's son dies in accidental shooting
A 14-year-old Martinez boy accidentally shot himself in the head Saturday night while playing with a handgun, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.
Richard Mixon, 14, of Inverness Way in the West Lake subdivision, died a little after 10 p.m., Collins said. He is the son of area attorney John L. Mixon III and Mary Mixon.
Richard would have started ninth grade at Lakeside High School on Monday. He and three friends were at his Martinez home while his parents were away, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. The boys were playing with a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber handgun.
"I don't think the young man intentionally took his life," Collins said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Girl seriously hurt in golf cart wreck
A 14-year-old Martinez girl flipped a golf cart in an Evans neighborhood Saturday night, seriously injuring a 15-year-old passenger.
The teen was driving downhill on Farmington Drive East shortly after 9 p.m. when she lost control of a blue E-Z-GO cart, which started to flip. The golf cart then struck the rear of a 2000 GMC Sierra parked in front a residence.
A 15-year-old boy and three teen girls, including the driver, were ejected from the golf cart.
As of Monday, one girl, Morgan Elizabeth Dismuke, 15, was listed in serious condition, said Medical College of Georgia Hospital spokeswoman Denise Parrish.
The driver was cited for driving without a license and driving too fast for conditions, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Police called to attempted break-in at Martinez home
A Martinez woman called police Friday after she said she saw someone attempt to get into her home through a side window.
The 45-year-old woman said that just after midnight Friday, she heard someone pull the screen off a window on the side of her home and she saw gloved hands attempting to open the window.
Responding officers searched the woman's property and patrolled the surrounding areas, but were unable to locate anyone suspicious.
Nurse reports prescription pad, cash stolen from car
An Evans nurse told police Friday that someone stole money and a prescription pad from her car.
The 55-year-old MCG nurse said that between 4:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Friday, someone entered her unlocked BMW while it was parked in her driveway. She reported that $115 and the prescription pad were stolen.
Woman reports her identity was stolen to open account
An Evans woman said Thursday that she discovered someone opened and was using a savings account under her name.
The 78-year-old said that she received two letters from SunTrust Bank on Thursday.
The first letter showed a savings account had been opened using her name and Social Security number. Someone else's name also was listed on the account.
The second letter was a certificate of deposit for $3,000 into the account, which was opened online. The woman said she doesn't know the name of the person listed on the account with her.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for the week of Aug. 3-9:
Structure fires, three; vehicle fires, three; wood/brush/grass fire, one; dumpster fire, one; activated fire alarms, 11; medical incidents, 21; vehicle accidents, nine; electrical incident, one; investigate various incidents, nine; assist citizens, six; mutual aid/public safety assistance, two; and other, one.
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