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Police Blotter

Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fish tank burns at medical center

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A medical center in Columbia County was damaged Saturday morning after a fish tank caught fire.

Firefighters responded to a 10:20 a.m. alarm inside the Center for Primary Care at Crossroads, off Jimmie Dyess Parkway.

The sprinkler system above the tank had extinguished most of the fire, said Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Capt. Ray Blessing.

The building received minimal fire damage, but there was substantial water damage to a first-floor waiting area where the tank sat, he said.

The cause of the fire was unknown, Blessing said. No one was in the building at the time, he said.

The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

Truck stolen from Martinez home

A Martinez man told police Saturday morning that someone stole a truck from his front yard.

The 52-year-old said he was doing body work on an Augusta man's 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, which was valued at $15,000. The doors were locked and no key was inside.

Pupil charged with making threats

A Lakeside Middle School pupil was taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center on Friday afternoon after a fight with another pupil.

A school employee told police that the pupil threatened another pupil with an object. The employee questioned the pupil and found a 2-inch switchblade knife in the pupil's shoe and a folded red bandanna.

The pupil said that he had forgotten the knife was in his pocket and had worn the bandanna while sleeping the night before.

The employee said the school intends to prosecute the pupil.

Grovetown teen is arrested at store

An employee of Academy Sports told police Friday evening that he detained a teenager on charges of stealing a Gerber knife from the store.

The employee said the 17-year-old Grovetown resident took the knife out of a package and concealed it in his shorts.

The teen admitted to police stealing a pair of sunglasses that were on the top of his head. He also said that he opened the package of a Gamo CO2 pistol, which he left in the men's bathroom.

He was charged with shoplifting and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center. He was released Saturday on a $1,600 bond.

Juveniles caught breaking into cars

Deputies patrolling the Oak Brook subdivision just after midnight Saturday caught three juveniles suspected of car break-ins in the area.

One Columbia County youth told police that he and two others had walked down two streets in the subdivision to find unlocked vehicles. The stolen items included a pair of sunglasses and a decorative sign from a residence.

Both items were returned to their owners.

The juveniles, who were found hiding behind parked cars, were taken to the Columbia County Detention Center for booking and released to their parents. They were charged with entering a vehicle to commit theft and theft by taking.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for the week of Sept. 14-20:

Structure fire, three; wood/brush/grass fires, two; vehicle fires, four; controlled/unauthorized burn, two; activated fire alarms, nine; medical incidents, 13; vehicle accidents, eight; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.



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