Two arrested in Kroger kidnapping, robbery
Columbia County authorities issued arrest warrants Wednesday for a Delaware couple in connection with a May 11 kidnapping in Evans.
Armed robbery and kidnapping warrants were issued for Eric Gootee, 28, of Seaford, Del., and Chelsey Kibler, 21, of Laurel, Del., according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
Police say the couple used a knife to kidnap a 75-year-old West Virginia man from the parking lot of Kroger and force him to withdraw money from ATMs.
They were arrested last week in Alabama after a theft there.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman says ex-boyfriend vandalized her home
A Martinez woman told police that she believes her ex-boyfriend entered and vandalized her home.
The 44-year-old said she returned home about 10:45 p.m. and found that someone had turned her heater on high and left water running in the kitchen and master bathroom sinks, causing minor flooding in both rooms.
She said she had ended the yearlong relationship three weeks earlier and had since learned he had made a key to her house without permission. He refused to relinquish the key.
He called many times after she returned home, including once when police were at the house.
School bus found damaged on final day of classes
A school public safety officer at Greenbrier High School discovered May 22 that windows in a school bus had been broken out.
Between 2:30 p.m. May 21 and 10 a.m. the last day of school, someone damaged a school bus parked at 5114 Riverwood Parkway in Evans.
Someone threw rocks through two windows and shattered the windshield. Police found two rocks inside the bus.
Backpack, drugs reported stolen from camp site
An Augusta man camping at Thurmond Lake said someone stole his backpack while he showered Monday.
The 36-year-old said he was in a facility near the main parking area of Wildwood Park about 4:40 p.m. and had placed his backpack on a hanger outside the shower.
The $50 backpack contained $30, a $20 cell phone charger and $130 worth of medications, including Soma, Xanax, Motrin and Oxycondone.
Three in car charged in drug case after crash/p>
Three Columbia County men were arrested May 24 after they evaded a traffic stop and wrecked.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 23, and Ali Abdul-Jabbar, 22, both of the 1000 block of Stevens Creek Road in Martinez, and Damien Michael Lucree, 20, of the 100 block of Woodbridge Way in Evans, were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Ali Abdul-Jabbar also was charged with larceny and financial transaction card theft.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar additionally was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device, fleeing and attempting to elude police, driving under the influence of drugs, driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain lane.
Police say that about 1 a.m. a Nissan Maxima driven by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ran a red light at Baston and Furys Ferry roads. When police tried to stop the vehicle, it sped down The Pass and wrecked at Bakers Ferry Road.
Police found a brown bottle and clear plastic wrap, both containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, on the passenger floorboard. While searching Ali Abdul-Jabbar, police found a financial transaction card in another name. Ali Abdul-Jabbar said he had found the card and planned to turn it in.
Ali Abdul-Jabbar was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on May 24 after posting a $7,800 bond, according to jailers.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also was released May 24 after posting a $7,100 bond. Lucree was released Monday after posting a $1,600 bond.
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