Deputy's cruiser is sideswiped in wreck
A Grovetown woman sideswiped a Columbia County sheriff's deputy's car Monday morning in Martinez.
Deputy Chris Burnett was eastbound on Washington Road when his car was hit by Dawn Rogers, of the 100 block of Langston Drive, about 10:30 a.m. as she tried to turn left onto Columbia Road, according to an e-mail from Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
No one was injured, Morris wrote.
Rogers was charged with failure to yield right of way.
Man is charged in Evans bank robbery
A Dearing man wanted in Thursday's robbery of the SRP Federal Credit Union on North Belair Road was arrested Sunday.
Henry Max Rushen was arrested about 2:30 p.m. at the East Augusta Commons on East Boundary Street and charged with armed robbery, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. Rushen was held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Grovetown man's dogs are harassed
A Grovetown man told police Friday that someone had disturbed his two dogs.
Between 3:45 and 10:45 p.m., someone entered his backyard, where the dogs were in kennels on the patio. The kennels had been moved.
The intruder had placed one kennel atop a water bowl, forcing the dog to remain standing with its feet protruding through the gaps in the kennel bottom.
A bag of feces had been placed inside the other kennel. The bag was torn open and the dog was lying in the feces and torn plastic.
The resident told police that he believes a man who had written a letter about three weeks earlier was the intruder. The letter referred to his dogs as a "noise nuisance" and stated the owner needed to "immediately remedy the problem."
The dogs were uninjured.
Funeral home's vans vandalized
The tires of two vans at a Martinez funeral home were slashed Saturday.
A man told police he saw someone with a knife on the property of Elliot and Sons Funeral Home about 4:10 p.m. after he heard a noise outside his home.
He saw an old, white-haired man putting a knife into his pocket outside the funeral home, 4311 Columbia Road. After the man left, the witness said he noticed the tires on one van had been damaged.
The general manager found that all four tires of two vans had been slashed.
Police pretender leaves a message
A Martinez woman called police Saturday after receiving a call from someone claiming to be a Columbia County sheriff's deputy.
The woman said that about 3:30 p.m. she received a call from a restricted number but did not answer. The caller left a message stating he was with the "Columbia County Sheriff's Department" and he was looking for her son. The caller said her son is wanted for two rapes, three assaults and battery.
The caller said $50,000 was missing without specifying from where. The caller said, "If we see him, we will shoot him and kill him."
The woman said she believes the call possibly was meant as a joke and declined to prosecute.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for March 15-21:
Structure fire, one; vehicle fires, two; wood/brush/grass fires, two; trash bin fire, one; controlled unauthorized burns, three; activated fire alarms, seven; gas line rupture, one; medical incidents, 14; vehicle accidents, 12; rescue incident, one; investigate various incidents, six; assist residents, three; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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