DFACS removes four Dean children
Columbia County authorities removed four children from the home of county Commissioner Scott Dean on Wednesday.
At about 6 p.m., Columbia County sheriff's deputies escorted a county Division of Family and Children Services case worker to the Dean home at 320 N. Hicks St. in Harlem, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
"Four children were removed from the home and later released to a family member," Morris said.
Morris would not comment on why the children were removed and did not supply the name of the family member to whom they were returned.
Dean and his wife, Renee, have seven children, five of whom they adopted from Guatemala in 2008.
DFCS employee Pam Humphries refused to comment on the investigation.
A woman answering Dean's cell phone, who identified herself as family spokeswoman Sarah Scott, also refused to comment on the situation.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Broken down vehicle vandalized
An Evans man told police Wednesday that someone damaged his broken-down vehicle in Appling.
The 40-year-old man said at about 10 p.m. his 2004 Mercury Mountaineer broke down on Clarks Hill Road near Lake Springs Road.
He parked the vehicle off the road and had a friend pick him up.
When he returned about two hours later, the man said, someone had cut the tires on one side and had broken all the glass.
There were numerous small dents on the hood, tailgate, all four doors, both quarter panels and front fenders, and all interior seats were cut.
Man said neighbor harassed daughter
An Evans man called police Monday claiming his neighbor won't leave his 16-year-old daughter alone.
The man said the juvenile boy has repeatedly called and texted his daughter. He said the boy previously got mad because she said she didn't want contact with him. She saved the boy's phone number in her cell phone to identify and ignore his calls and texts.
The man said he has seen the boy put crickets in his mailbox.
On Monday, the man said, the boy sent a nude photo of himself to his daughter's cell phone. She showed her father, who called police.
Threat written on home's front door
A Martinez woman told police Wednesday that someone wrote a threat on the front glass door of her home.
The 34-year-old woman said that between 2 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. someone used a black marker to write a death threat on the front glass door of her Baker Woods Trail home.
The woman said she has video surveillance footage of someone she doesn't know writing the threat.
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