Robber holds knife to bank worker's throat
A Martinez credit union was robbed Thursday morning.
About 11:45 a.m., a man walked into Fort Gordon Federal Credit Union at 324 S. Belair Road near Interstate 20, produced what an employee believed was a fake gun and demanded money, said Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
The robber then held a knife to the employee's throat as he yelled instructions to other employees. No one was injured, Morris said.
The man was last seen running behind the credit union with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a short, white male wearing a camouflage jacket and a ski mask, Morris said.
Teens admit they threw eggs at cars in N. Augusta
Two Columbia County youths were among five teenagers arrested for throwing eggs at cars parked at North Augusta High School late Friday.
According to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, officers were called to the school about 10 p.m. after complaints from the owners of several egged vehicles. They later stopped a tan SUV and found five teens inside.
All admitted to the vandalism and were charged with malicious injury to personal property. They were later released to a parent or guardian.
Arrested were Mitchell Kyle O'Neal, 19, of the 3800 block of Medinah Court, Martinez; Chandler Minton Moody, 18, of the 4400 block of Dogwood Way, Evans; Brian Taylor Smith and Stefan Hunter Smith, both 17, of the 700 block of Sage Court, North Augusta; and Kent Michael Gilman, 17, of the 200 block of Blue Herron Lane, North Augusta.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman reports relative missing; later located
A Martinez woman called police Friday evening to report her father-in-law missing after she said he walked away from the home and did not return.
The 31-year-old woman said her father-in-law, who resides with her, began acting strange and said that "he was going to walk to Massachusetts." Before leaving, the woman said her 52-year-old father-in-law said she could have his dog and his son could have his vehicle.
The man then walked away from the house on what the daughter thought would be a short walk around the neighborhood. When he didn't return in an hour, the woman called police because her father-in-law has severe health problems and depression.
Columbia County sheriff's deputies, and ATV and tracking dogs canvassed the area. The man was later found at a convenience store on Dyess Parkway and returned to his home.
Shoplifter grabs watches, runs away from Walmart
A Walmart employee told police Saturday that a man stole watches and ran out of the store.
The employee of the store at 4469 Washington Road in Evans, said just after 3 p.m., a man grabbed three watches.
Police were unable to locate the shoplifter.
Garage window broken at Evans woman's home
An Evans woman called police Sunday to report that someone broke out a window of her garage door.
The 38-year-old woman said as she left for church at about 9 a.m., she saw glass on the ground inside her garage.
Police found a can of Wacky String on the ground near the garage door.
Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue report for Oct. 25-31:
Structure fires, five; wood/brush/grass fire, one; controlled/ unauthorized burns, two; activated fire alarms, 14; gas line rupture, one; medical incidents, 25; vehicle accidents, 13; investigate various incidents, four; assist citizens, three; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; and other, one.
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