No one injured in Evans fire Saturday
A fire Saturday caused damage to a home in the 4700 block of Canterbury Lane. No one was injured.
Firefighters were called at 6:30 p.m. by a neighbor, and flames were visible, said Honey Shore, spokeswoman for Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue. The fire was put out within 15 minutes, she said.
No one was home at the time. The family's two dogs were rescued. An exterior wall of the home, the kitchen and the attic above the kitchen had some fire damage, Shore said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Teen inmate raped by cell mate at jail
A Martinez teen said he was raped by his cell mate last week in the Columbia County Detention Center.
The 17-year-old told jailers Friday morning that during the night his 19-year-old cell mate came to his bunk, pulled his pants down and sodomized him despite pleas to stop. The teen was taken to University Hospital for a rape kit evaluation, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
The victim, serving a sentence for a shoplifting conviction and an arrest for terroristic threats and acts, was relocated within the jail to serve the remainder of his sentence, according to sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
The cell mate, an Evans man charged with driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance, is being held on a $2,200 bond.
The sheriff's office is conducting an internal investigation of the incident. If the man is able to post bond before the investigation is complete, he will be released. He can be charged and arrested later in the incident, Morris said.
Woman witnesses theft of computers
A Harlem woman saw people steal two newly purchased computers and a jacket from their truck at a restaurant near Interstate 20.
Her husband said that just before 8 p.m. he parked his Ford F-150 in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel, 460 Park West Drive. While he was inside, his wife saw a dark sport utility vehicle with three people inside park in front of the truck. A man standing next to their truck threw a box into the SUV.
When the man went to check on the truck he found two laptop computers worth $758.98 and a $100 jacket missing from the back seat. He saw the SUV leave the lot but could not get the tag number.
One of the computers, which were still in their boxes, was under a bag, and the other was on the floorboard. The jacket was in a bag behind the driver's seat.
Police found pry marks under the door handle on the driver's door. The restaurant manager said the theft was captured on surveillance video.
Stolen card used for online purchase
Someone used a Martinez woman's credit card to buy leather leggings.
She said that she discovered a $606 unauthorized transaction on her credit card account Wednesday. The purchase was made with her cell phone number and credit card with an Atlanta shipping address and an e-mail address that includes her first and last names. She said she is not connected to the e-mail or shipping address.
She said she called the online retailer and confirmed that the order was placed but never shipped.
Purse stolen during Thanksgiving meal
Someone stole an Evans woman's purse during her Thanksgiving celebration Thursday.
She said she had about 30 family members at her home for a holiday get-together. Her purse was on her bed, where guests put their coats.
She didn't realize her purse, containing $400 and several debit and credit cards, was missing until 10 a.m. Friday.
Two TV sets stolen from Walmart
Someone walked out of the Martinez Walmart with two televisions.
The loss prevention employee said that between noon and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday she saw a man put two 32-inch flat-panel televisions into a shopping cart at the store 260 Bobby Jones Expressway. The shopper left without paying for the TVs.
The employee said the shoplifter put the TVs into the bed of a dark Ford truck and left. The truck did not have a license plate.
Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue report for Nov. 22-28:
Structure fires, three; vehicle fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; activated fire alarms, seven; gas line rupture, one; medical incidents, 32; vehicle accidents, eight; investigate various incidents, five; assist residents, two; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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