Condition improves for victim of road wreck
The condition of a 2008 Greenbrier High School graduate critically injured in a single-vehicle wreck Sept. 8 near Statesboro, Ga., has improved.
John Paul Richardson, 18, of Windmill Lane in Evans, was upgraded Monday to good condition at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga., according to a hospital spokesman.
The Armstrong Atlantic State University student was driving south on U.S. Highway 25 between Millen and Statesboro. Witnesses said his Ford F-150 pickup veered into the center median, said Sgt. 1st Class J.M. Lamb, the post commander of the Georgia State Patrol office in Statesboro.
The truck flipped into trees after Richardson overcorrected, swerved across two lanes onto the right shoulder and into a ditch, Lamb said.
Richardson, who was wearing his seat belt, was pulled out of the truck. Lamb said he thinks Richardson might have fallen asleep, and said drugs or alcohol were not suspected.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Windows are broken in parked campers
A property manager for Hollywood Self Storage called police Saturday after a client reported a broken window on a camper trailer.
The employee and police noticed nine additional camper trailers with windows that had been pried open or broken.
The woman said a surveillance camera inside the Evans storage yard was not working correctly.
She will notify the owners of the trailers that were broken into and ask them to contact the Columbia County Sheriff's Office to evaluate damaged or stolen materials.
Vandals damage three Martinez mailboxes
Three residents of Martinez called police Saturday morning after discovering their mailboxes had been damaged.
A 62-year-old resident reported at 6:54 a.m. that someone had pulled his mailbox and post out of the ground at his house on Red Leaf Way. His flagpole was pulled out of the ground and bent.
A 57-year-old resident of Red Leaf Way told police at 7:08 a.m. that someone had destroyed his mailbox and post.
A resident of Crawford Drive told police at 7:23 a.m. that someone had destroyed his mailbox. The 55-year-old said the mailbox was flattened and the wooden post was broken into pieces.
Card number used in $600 purchases
A Grovetown woman told police Saturday that someone had used her debit card account number at two Wal-Marts without her knowledge.
The 33-year-old said her bank contacted her about the charges. The card was used at Wal-Mart in Union City, Ga., and Conyers, Ga., for purchases totaling more than $600. A third transaction was stopped.
The woman, who had her card in her possession, contacted her bank to place a fraud alert on her account.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for the week of Sept. 21-27
Structure fires, three; wood/brush/grass fires, three; vehicle fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; activated fire alarms, eight; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; medical incidents, 17; vehicle accidents, nine; gas line ruptures, three; electrical incident, one; weather damage, one; investigate various incidents, six; assist residents, two; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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