Cop charged with rape
A Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigator accused of sexual assault was released from jail Tuesday on a $25,000 bond.
David T. Dutton, 35, of Martinez, had been held in the Columbia County Detention Center since Nov. 20 on charges of rape, aggravated sexual battery, illegal surveillance and false statements.
A Martinez woman filed a complaint Nov. 12 saying Dutton used his phone to take pictures during a sexual encounter that occurred while she was unconscious.
Dutton has been suspended from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office without pay pending a hearing before the review board.
The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Hotel guest scammed
A guest at a hotel near Interstate 20 called deputies early Monday, reporting she unwittingly gave a credit card number to a scam artist.
A woman staying at the Hawthorn Suites, 4049 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, said someone claiming to be a hotel employee called her room at about 4 a.m. The caller said she needed the credit card number used to check into the hotel to rerun it or she would have to leave.
The woman said she gave the caller the number of the credit card, which belongs to her boyfriend. She later discovered the caller wasn’t from the hotel front desk and the card number was illegally used.
Steak `N Shake manager says man threatens to use violence
The manager of the recently-opened Steak `N Shake told authorities Monday that someone repeatedly calls and threatens to “shoot up” the restaurant.
The manager said a man has called the restaurant on Belair Frontage Road numerous times during the previous week making racial slurs and threatening to shoot the business up with a shotgun. The caller made the same threats to several employees.
The caller ID shows the calls coming from a private number.
Domesticated goats killed
A Grovetown man called authorities Wednesday after discovering someone had killed his goats.
The 65-year-old man said that someone shot his three goats in their necks Tuesday night. The goats were inside a fence behind the man’s Old Augusta Highway home.
The man said he didn’t hear gunshots during the night.