Man charged with having gun at Graniteville school
An Appling man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on firearms charges at a Graniteville, S.C., elementary school.
Lon Norville Annis, 45, was charged with disturbing schools, carrying a weapon on school property and pointing and presenting a firearm. He was being held at the Aiken County Detention Center, according to a news release from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were called about 9:30 a.m. to Byrd Elementary School to investigate a report of a man with a weapon. According to the report, Annis was sitting in a vehicle when he pointed a pistol at another man who had pointed his finger at Annis and touched him on the shoulder.
That man, identified as Steve Moore, called police. The school was locked down until deputies arrived and arrested Annis.
Moore was given a citation for simple assault and battery and released, according to the report.
Police seek bank robber
Authorities are seeking a man who robbed a Martinez bank Monday.
The robber entered Regions Bank, at 360 Furys Ferry Road, at 12:50 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money, said Anthony Russo, supervisory senior resident agent of the FBI's Augusta office.
The robber never showed a weapon.
He left with cash and ran toward River Watch Parkway.
No one was injured in the robbery.
The robber was described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9. He wore blue jeans, a hooded sweatshirt or work jacket, a white shirt with dark Greek letters, and a stocking cap.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Flat-screen TV stolen
Someone broke into an Evans home and stole a television set.
When a resident returned home about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, she noticed that a tree on the front porch had been knocked over.
Her husband came home about an hour later and saw that a 42-inch LCD television was missing from the living room. He noticed that a wreath from the front door was on the foyer floor and that the front porch tree had been knocked over.
The front door had been pried open.
L.A. card used in Martinez
A Los Angeles resident told Columbia County police Wednesday that someone used his credit card at a Martinez retailer.
He said someone from his bank told him that a suspicious purchase was made using his credit card at Kmart at 3830 Washington Road. He said he still has the card in his possession.
The man spoke to a store loss prevention officer, who said surveillance video of the purchase is available. Someone used the man's card to purchase two PSP Gold video game systems for $267.49 each.
Wallet raided at work
A Martinez woman said someone stole a credit and debit card from her wallet Monday and used them while she worked at an Evans pet store.
She said her purse was in an unlocked break room locker.
She canceled her cards, which had three charges totaling $545 for unauthorized transactions at CVS, Walgreen's and Circle K stores.
Potential buyer takes SUV
A Grovetown man said his sport utility vehicle was stolen Wednesday by a man who claimed to have purchased it.
The owner put his 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe at the edge of his property on Harlem-Grovetown Road with a "for sale" sign on it. Someone contacted his wife, who let him test-drive the SUV on Monday. The man returned the vehicle, said he was interested and would return.
On Tuesday, he returned to the owners' home where the owners agreed to finance the cost of the vehicle if he provided proof of insurance and signed a contract.
The couple's young daughter was home alone about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when the buyer returned, told her he had gotten insurance on the vehicle and made arrangements with her parents to take it. The girl said the man got several belongings out of the red truck he arrived in and drove away in the Tahoe.
The couple said they had forgotten to get the spare keys from the man after he test-drove the SUV and that he used them to steal it.
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