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 beating girlfriend after bar fight
A Martinez man was arrested Saturday morning after his girlfriend told police he beat her up after a bar fight.
The 38-year-old woman called officers to the Maywood Drive home of Daniel Paul Harper about 4 a.m. and told him he had been in a bar fight that night and had beat her up later because he blamed her for the fight.
Police found Harper, 28, yelling in a bathroom and the woman with a bruise on her forehead, both eyes red and swollen and a bleeding lip, and holding her arm in pain. An emergency room physician confirmed that her arm was broken.
Harper told police that his girlfriend was injured in the bar fight he had had with six men.
She said that he fought with one man at the bar, and that they were kicked out for fighting. When they returned to Harper's home, he blamed her and hit her in the car in his driveway. She said she tried to get away but Harper caught her in the yard and hit her again. She ran to a neighbor's house, but no one was home. She tried to leave, she said, but Harper caught her again, threw her to the ground, and kicked and hit her several times.
Harper ran away while police interviewed the woman but later was captured. He was charged with aggravated battery and obstruction of a police officer. He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday on a $26,700 bond, according to jail records.
Woman interrupts home burglar, who runs away
A Martinez woman interrupted a burglar in her home Thursday.
She said that when she returned to her Plantation Road home about 12:45 p.m., she found a computer monitor, from a spare bedroom, on the laundry room floor, and two laptop computers from her bedroom on the kitchen counter.
The wires to a large flat-screen TV in the bedroom were disconnected, and a cell phone was missing from the bedroom.
Two witnesses told police they saw a man run from the front of the house and down the street. Police believe the burglar went out the front door as the resident went inside through the side door.
Woman reports assault
by her former boyfriend
A Grovetown woman said Friday that her ex-boyfriend sexually assaulted her in her home.
The 30-year-old said the man went to her Chamblin Road home about 11 p.m., wanting to reconcile. When she asked him to leave, he went inside and pulled her into the bedroom.
He threw the woman on the bed and attempted to force himself on her, she said. When she screamed and told him she couldn't breathe, he got up and left.
Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue report for Jan. 17-23, 2010:
Structure fires, five; wood/brush/grass fire, one; vehicle fires, three; activated fire alarms, eight; activated carbon monoxide detectors, two; gas line ruptures, two; medical incidents, 21; vehicle accidents, three; investigate various incidents, four; and assist residents, two.
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