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Police blotter

Hacker logs on to judicial site

Posted: June 28, 2016 - 11:02pm

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Hacker logs on to judicial site

Police say someone accessed dating websites and chat rooms while remotely hacking into the Columbia County judicial center’s website Thursday.

According to the incident report, the center’s IT employee told police the person downloaded a photo during the remote access hack but did not steal any information.

The hacker reportedly went to dating sites and chat rooms while on the server and downloaded a photo, but a suspect has not been named.

According to police, IP addresses and other computer-related information is being pulled in order to identify the hacker.

Man sought for choking woman

Police are searching for a Beech Island man captured on surveillance video choking a woman in front of a child.

Patrick Brown, 24, is wanted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for the assault reported on Thursday.

According to the incident report, the woman and her 9-year-old daughter were returning from Brown’s father’s home May 21 when the woman and Brown began arguing.

When they arrived at her friend’s house, where she had been living for the past 2-3 months, the woman said Brown became angry and yelled profanities at her to get out of the car.

The woman said that she did not move fast enough for Brown, so he told her “I know how to get you out.”

According to the report, video surveillance shows Brown running up behind the woman and child as they were walking to the front door and choking the woman. Brown then slammed the woman into the door while screaming at her.

Brown yelled at the woman demanding that she return his phone. The homeowner tried to reason with Brown and told him the woman did not have the phone, but Brown remained irate.

Video footage shows Brown attempting to barge in the front door. He was then seen trying to get into other doors in the back of the house.

The woman said she waited until Thursday to contact police because she was scared and didn’t know what to do.

Men arrested for active warrants while at work

Two men doing work at a Grovetown residence were arrested for active warrants in Richmond County.

According to the incident report, police responded Friday to a possible burglary in progress in the 200 block of Rainbow Falls in Grovetown.

According to the report, Lynell Lawrence, 23 and Tyrus D. Hammond, 19 were found at the residence doing work and told police they were working for a real estate company.

Police made contact with the real estate company and confirmed the men’s story. But both men’s names were flagged as wanted in Richmond County.

Lawrence has been charged in Richmond County with felony theft by taking. Hammond has a magistrate bench warrant and probation violation.

Both were initially transported to the Columbia County Detention Center and both are currently at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center in Augusta.

2 arrested for cashing unauthorized checks

A man and woman were arrested for cashing unauthorized checks totaling more than $400 at a Harlem grocery store.

Ashtin N. Canty, 22, and Harold M. Whitaker, 26, were arrested Sunday after being questioned for cashing several checks that did not belong to them without permission.

According to the incident report, a woman called police Friday that eight of her personal checks were taken by unknown means sometime between June 7 and June 22.

Six of the checks were reportedly cashed by an unknown person at the IGA grocery store and the other two checks made out to “Ashtin” were cashed at an uknown location.

An employee at the grocery store stated they recalled Canty brought the checks in and cashed them and was told to contact police if Canty returned to the store. Canty was seen on surveillance video cashing the unauthorized checks.

On Saturday, Canty and Whitaker came back to the same store with another check to cash. The employee contacted police who arrived and questioned the pair.

According to a second incident report, Canty told police the victim had given her checks to cash for work she and Whitaker did.

The woman denied having given Canty or Whitaker any checks or making the checks out to them.

Both Canty and Whitaker were taken to the Columbia County Detention Center on charges of exploitation and intimidation of elderly persons and identity fraud.

3 arrested for growing marijuana in backyard

Three people were arrested after marijuana plants were discovered at a Harlem residence after a domestic dispute. Police responded Friday to the 6200 block of Otis Way where a man stated he heard his cousin, Ashley Crosby, 31, was involved in an altercation with her boyfriend, Ryan Berry, 25. The man said he arrived to the Otis Way residence and found Crosby’s three children ages 10, 8 and 6 in the front yard crying.

According to the report, the man stated he saw damage had been done to the residence when he went to check on Crosby and was told by one of the children that Berry had thrown a rock through the window. The man also told police the juvenile told him Berry and Crosby were growing marijuana in the backyard.

Crosby reportedly told police she estimated the damages to items inside the house from the rock Berry had thrown to be $10,000 and that he had committed the act in front of her children.

Crosby gave police permission to search the back of the house where they had found three fresh holes near a fence at the back of the house and one marijuana plant nearby.

Crosby stated she did know Berry was growing the plants in the backyard and Robert Holt, 18, also reportedly told police he had pulled the other plants out and thrown them over the fence and that he was “proud of it.”

Police found the plants thrown over the fence as Holt had described.

Crosby, Berry and Holt were each transported to the Columbia County Detention Center and charged with the possession of the marijuana plants. Crosby was additionaly charged with possession of a firearm or knife during commission of a crime. Berry was also charged with criminal damage to property and possession of a firearm or a knife during the commission or attempt of a crime.

– From staff reports

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