Man injured in blast gets probation, fine
A Martinez man has been sentenced to probation for manufacturing an explosive device after a small blast at his home injured him in January.
Chad Wells, 38, of the 300 block of Salley Drive, was sentenced Nov. 20 to five years' probation under the First Offender Act. Wells was ordered to pay a $750 fine by Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard, who also ordered him not to possess any item that could be used to make explosives.
On Jan. 17, police went to Wells' home after he had lost some fingers in a small explosion a few days earlier.
Explosive materials such as triacetone triperoxide were found at the residence.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Motorist reports run-in with driver
An Augusta woman driving on Furys Ferry Road called police Tuesday after a driver yelled obscenities at her and waved a handgun in his car.
She told police that about 11 a.m. she made a U-turn onto Furys Ferry at Evans to Locks Road when the left-turn arrow turned green.
At the same time, a man driving a dark-green Jeep Grand Cherokee was trying to turn right onto Furys Ferry. He stopped in the middle of the road, yelled obscenities at her and told her she needed to learn how to drive.
The man then reached down to the floorboard and waved a black handgun in his car but didn't point it at anyone.
Man accused of sex advance on worker
An Augusta woman told police Monday that a man whose home she was cleaning made sexual advances toward her.
She said that as she was leaving the Appling residence on Keg Creek Drive, he grabbed and pulled her toward him. He told her she could stay and "make love to him for the rest of the day." She said she pushed him away and left.
Ring, checks are stolen at yard sale
An Evans man noticed items were missing from his home after he held a moving sale.
He said that he was selling items at his home Nov. 21 when a woman with three young children asked to go inside to look at his refrigerator.
The man, who had blocked off the upstairs, went inside to check on the group and saw them coming down the stairs.
He later realized that a wedding ring and two checks worth $135 were missing from the upstairs master bedroom.
Church bus struck with spit cup
Someone threw a plastic foam cup at a West Acres Baptist Church bus on North Belair Road on Tuesday.
The driver said the cup hit the right side of the windshield of the 1992 UNK Crusader and caused a hole. The cup appeared to have been full of tobacco spit. Pieces of the cup were found scattered in the vehicle.
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