The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Woman tells police husband beat her
An Evans woman called police on Saturday claiming her husband beat her, kicked her puppy and damaged items in their home.
The 47-year-old said that at about 6 p.m. she was using her computer and asked her husband to come look at photos. She said her 54-year-old husband got agitated and refused, so she went back into the room where she was working.
The woman said she smelled something cooking and realized her husband had made grilled cheese sandwiches. She told police she sarcastically said, "Thanks for making me one." Her husband then threw an unopened can of soda, hitting her arm, and destroyed items in the house.
The man kicked the puppy because it barked at him, then continued eating, she said.
The woman said when she got her cell phone to call a friend, her husband charged her and hit her several times on the head and face. The man fled the home when he discovered his wife had called police.
Deputies noticed the woman had a few large bruises and swelling above her ear and saw that several items in the home had been thrown to the floor.
Two report stolen holiday decorations
Two residents called police Friday to report thefts of Christmas decorations during the night.
A 71-year-old Harlem woman told police that when she woke up Friday morning about $2,000 worth of holiday decorations were missing from the yard of her home on Peri Leigh Road.
A 68-year-old Grovetown man told police that on Thursday evening or early Friday morning someone stole a holiday inflatable snow globe from his yard. It was worth about $100 and contained Santa Claus and a Christmas tree.
Beer thief returns goods, apologizes
The clerk of an Evans convenience store told police a man she caught stealing beer on Friday gave it back and apologized.
The clerk of the Circle K at 4403 Washington Road said that at about 1:25 a.m. she was working in the back of the store when she heard the door bell chime, alerting her that a customer had entered the store. She walked into the public area and told the man she saw standing by the beer cooler that she'd be right back to help him.
The clerk went to the back, turned off running water, and returned in time to see the man walk out of the store and put something into a red Chevrolet Blazer. The clerk went outside, told the man that she saw what he did and that he needed to return what he had stolen.
The man grabbed a 24-ounce Budweiser beer out of the vehicle and handed it back to the clerk. He then apologized for attempting to steal the beer and drove away with a female passenger.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Nov. 28-Dec. 4:
Medical incidents, 17; vehicle wrecks, 12; activated fire alarms, nine; structure fires, five; mutual aid/assist public safety, two; activated carbon monoxide detector, two; investigations, two; electrical incidents, one; assist citizens, one; damage from inclement weather, one; and vehicle fires, one.
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