A Grove City teenager last week accidentally shot his sister in the leg with their mother's gun, Grove City police reported.
According to reports, a 17-year-old male resident of the family home in the 2700 block of Walden Bluff Court was playing around with the handgun about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12, in a bedroom with his sister, girlfriend and another friend. He believed it was unloaded when he pulled the trigger, but the gun discharged and the bullet hit his sister in the right upper thigh. The group then drove to Mount Carmel West Hospital, where the sister was treated, and police were contacted.
The 17-year-old initially told police the gun had gone off when he set a box down on the night stand, but he later admitted he had pulled the trigger. He told police he had assumed the gun was unloaded and he had not intentionally shot her.
The resident was charged with the illegal discharge of a weapon through Franklin County Juvenile Court. The gun was taken by police as evidence.
In other recent incident reports from the Grove City Division of Police:
* Between 7:56 and 9 p.m. Dec. 12, a burglary occurred at a residence in the 2900 block of Wendy Lane. Someone entered an unlocked back door and stole a television valued at $300. To get away, the suspect took the resident's Chrysler PT Cruiser, using a key from inside the house. The suspect also took another television from the front living room but left it, screen down, in the snow in the front yard.
* Between 6:20 and 7:04 p.m. Dec. 12, someone broke into an Orient man's vehicle parked in the 5900 block of Hoover Road, causing $250 worth of damage to a window, and then stole a $100 briefcase containing miscellaneous work documents and $390 worth of tools.
* At 12:40 p.m. Dec. 12, a resident of the 2500 block of Orders Road received a phone call from an automated recording stating his credit card would be frozen if he did not press 'one' and enter his card information. He hung up and called his bank, and the bank told him it was a scam and advised him to call the police. The number came from an Iowa listing, but no other information was found for it.
* Charges of domestic violence and assault were filed against a 26-year-old resident of the 3400 block of Demorest Road after his girlfriend reported he grabbed and twisted her wrist and threw her to the floor about 8 a.m. Dec. 12. According to reports, they argued the night before as well as that morning, when he had slammed the refrigerator door and broke it. He told officers he grabbed her wrist when she tried to take a picture of the damage.
Police interviewed the girlfriend at a local urgent care, and later, officers found the boyfriend at the couple's residence and arrested him.
* At 12:31 a.m. Dec. 12, an officer saw a vehicle parked at the intersection of Demorest Road and Southwest Boulevard with the driver apparently asleep at the wheel and the vehicle still running. The officer opened the door to check on the driver's well-being and shook him awake. The driver, a 32-year-old Columbus man, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated after the officer found his speech slurred and eyes bloodshot. The man also smelled strongly of alcohol, but he refused to submit to any other sobriety tests after performing poorly on a horizontal gaze test.
* Police responded to the scene of a car crash at 2:43 a.m. Dec. 11, near the intersection of Hunters Crossing and Southwest Boulevard and later, at the hospital, served a Mayor's Court summons for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, failure to control and hit-and-skip to the 22-year-old Grove City driver of the car. According to reports, the man was drinking prior to the accident and talking on his cellphone when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a light pole. The man reportedly left the scene and was driven by his mother to the hospital.