Hit & Run: A male driver rear-ended a female driver in the north Columbia area. Instead of taking responsibility for the incident, the man got out of his vehicle and told the woman not to call the cops. The woman attempted to take a picture of the car that hit her, but the man tried to obscure his license tag and assaulted the woman before leaving the scene. Cops eventually found the suspect; he was charged not only for the accident, but also for the assault. The lesson: Keep your road rage in check, folks.
Keys in the Car: Everyone has memories of their mother or father warming up the car on cold days before driving to school. But leaving your car running while you’re away just for a few moments doesn’t seem to be the best idea these days, especially if you do it at a gas station. Two men saw an SUV with its engine running outside a gas station and they drove off in it. On a related note: Wouldn’t that be a great reality television show? Leave a car running and see who tries to take it? Then when someone tries to steal it, cameras come out. A&E, you’re welcome. The SUV hasn’t been found.
Escape Artist: A 25-year-old man was arrested for shoplifting and taken into the police station. The suspect was handcuffed to a desk in an interviewing room. (Think of every person ever arrested on Law and Order.) After being left alone for a brief moment, the suspect just … left. Cops believe he must’ve tampered with his cuffs and the door in the room, which police said was locked from the outside. Authorities searched the facility with K-9s, but he still wasn’t found. Cops eventually picked him up at Elmwood Cemetery. Adding an escape charge to a relatively minor shoplifting incident isn’t going to improve this guy’s future.
Tip of the Week: If you’re doing something illegal, you might want to keep a low profile on social media. A 30-year-old man had some run-ins with the authorities. After the man posted something incriminating on social media, the authorities were able to get a warrant; they arrested the suspect and charged him with intent to distribute. Next time you feel like posting about your illegal activities online, just resist the urge and go to a porn site like everyone else.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: