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Police blotter

Posted: February 22, 2017 - 12:49am

Man charged with battery

A Harlem man was arrested for battery after reportedly punching his girlfriend in the face when he became angry she did not fill up water buckets.

Police charged Daniel Gibson Jr., 43, with battery/family violence and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, according to the incident report.

Police said Gibson's girlfriend, 31, had been living with him for eight months. The woman told police Gibson became upset with her because she did not fill up the water buckets. When Gibson saw that she did not do what she was asked, he punched her in the face, causing swelling.

Gibson began yelling that he wanted the woman out of the house and started dragging her outside by her hair, causing lacerations to her knee from falling while he dragged her.

Police arrived and called EMS to the scene to treat the woman's wounds.

Gibson resisted arrest after police attempted to handcuff him for battery. Police stated that Gibson smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. Once placed inside the patrol car, Gibson attempted to kick out a window.

2 sought in gift card scheme

Two people are wanted in connection with using reprogrammed gift cards at local Wal-Marts.

Between Dec. 31 and Feb. 10, the unidentified criminals used gift cards reprogrammed with stolen debit/credit card numbers to make purchases. According to Columbia County sheriff's Maj. Steve Morris, the criminals have struck at Wal-Mart stores in Columbia and Richmond counties.

They use only self-service terminals and have discovered how to defeat the embedded chips the original cards have, Morris said. The targeted bank cards so far have been SRP Federal Credit Union, Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union, VAH Bank and Security Federal.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Randy Chambers at (706) 541- 3901 or Sgt. Ken Summers at (706) 541-1044.

 

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