The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man charged with fleeing traffic stop, hiding in store
A Martinez man was arrested near his home Wednesday after he ran away from police during a traffic stop.
Moses Obrant McGahee, 20, of the 100 block of Shady Grove Drive, was charged with obstruction of an officer and driving without a license. He was held in Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday on a $2,200 bond, according to jail records.
A deputy said that just after noon he pulled over a Dodge truck driven by McGahee, who turned in to the Circle K convenience store at 4473 Columbia Road. McGahee went inside the store, and the deputy went inside to find him.
The clerk said McGahee entered the store, then ran out the exit on the opposite side. The passenger partially identified McGahee.
Police found McGahee running through nearby backyards and chased him on foot. He was caught and arrested behind his home.
Pupil in trouble over brass knuckles found in locker
An Evans Middle School pupil was charged Wednesday with bringing brass knuckles to school.
An assistant principal at the school on Hereford Farm Road said he received an e-mail that some pupils, including the 13-year-old, were acting as though they had marijuana on the bus Tuesday.
School officials conducted a search at the school and found the brass knuckles in the teen's locker.
The pupil told police he got the brass knuckles from his brother's house in Richmond County.
He said he brought them to school for protection against a pupil who had been bullying him.
The teen was charged with having a weapon on school grounds and was sent to the Regional Youth Detention Center.
Shoplifters drive at worker
Two women hit a store cart and nearly hit an employee while trying to escape after being caught shoplifting from the Grovetown Walmart.
A loss-prevention employee at the store said that about 3:30 p.m. Monday, he saw two women place $260 worth of merchandise into a shopping cart.
They pushed the cart into the household goods department, where they used a laundry basket to conceal the merchandise.
The women tried to leave through the garden center exit, where the employee followed and confronted them.
The women went outside, left the cart behind their vehicle, got in and tried to drive away. As the driver accelerated in reverse, the employee jumped out of the way and their car hit the cart.
The employee and police found a third woman still inside the store, who said she was shopping on her own and did not know her friends were shoplifting. The woman provided the names and contact information for the shoplifters, and police called them on their friend's cell phone. Both women claimed they didn't know about the shoplifting and would not return to the store.
Teen runs from intruder
An Evans teen called police Wednesday after someone broke into her home while she was upstairs.
The 19-year-old said she was inside her Sparkleberry Road home just after 6 p.m. when someone broke into the locked home and made noises at the bottom of the stairs. When she went downstairs, she saw a man standing in the family room.
The teen ran down the stairs and into the garage, where she got into her car. She sat in her car for a few minutes before realizing the keys were still inside the house. She moved to the front steps until police arrived.
Deputies searched the house but did not find anyone.
Nothing was missing, and all doors except the kitchen door to the garage were locked.
$2,000 stolen from account
A North Charleston, S.C., man told police Wednesday that someone stole $2,000 from his savings account.
The man, who owns a Martinez landscaping business, said he discovered that someone had used his Bank of America savings account number and personal information to take $2,000 from the account.
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