The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Three arrested for trafficking after chase
Three North Carolina residents were charged with trafficking cocaine and marijuana after being stopped on Interstate 20 early Wednesday.
A deputy stopped a Volkswagon Passat on eastbound I-20 near Belair Road just before 1 a.m. Deynae Monique Herring, 23; Tony Chevallier, 34; and Malcolm Lee Henry Jr., 19, all of Clinton, N.C., were in the car and the deputy asked them to step out for questioning.
Herring jumped into the drivers seat and sped away, leading deputies on a brief chase into Richmond County. When Herring pulled over, deputies found 499 grams of cocaine and 15.5 grams of marijuana in the car.
Herring, Chevallier and Henry were charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana. Herring also was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.
All three are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Bank employee accused of theft
After an investigation, a Martinez bank employee has been charged with stealing from a customer.
A Wells Fargo Bank security specialist told deputies Tuesday that a teller set up an account for a customer on Dec. 17, escorted the customer out, then activated an instant debit card for the customer’s account and kept it. The instant cards are usually given to customers for access to their account until a permanent debit card arrives by mail.
The specialist said on Dec. 18, the teller withdrew $3,000 from that customer’s account by presenting a withdrawal slip to another teller. When she was interviewed as part of the internal investigation, the teller said the other teller who gave her the cash knew about the scam. Twice in December, the teller used bank software to increase the amount of the debit card from $400 to $510.
On Dec. 24, the former teller used the debit card at Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway to get $300 cash.
The teller admitted to her actions and was fired. The money was refunded to the customer. Charges have not yet been filed.