Three women arrested in prostitution case
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office recently arrested three people in connection to what authorities say is a prostitution ring.
Police arrested two Augusta women - Kelly Brittingham, 33, of the 4000 block of Calypso Drive, and Amber Bianca Norman, 27, of the 3700 block of Clanton Road - on March 16 on prostitution charges. They were released from the Columbia County Detention Center later that day after posting $1,600 bonds, according to jail records.
Tamikqua Deanne Lewis, 29, of the 3600 block of Gibralter Court in Hephzibah, was arrested March 16 and charged with pimping and possession of marijuana.
She was released the same day from the jail after posting a $3,700 bond, according to jail records.
Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said he would not release details of the arrests "because additional operations are ongoing."
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Grovetown man finds cheese in backyard
A Grovetown resident called police March 21 to report vandalism.
The man, who lives on South Old Belair Road, told police that someone had entered his backyard and put cheese on the back door of his home.
He also found cheese on his vinyl grill cover.
No damage was done, and the items were able to be cleaned.
Resident finds pickup, strangers at his house
A Martinez man told police Thursday that when he returned home from work, he found two men walking from behind his house.
The resident of West Port Road arrived home just after 6:30 p.m. Thursday and found a white Ford truck parked on his front lawn. As he walked up his driveway, the men walked from behind his house, got into the truck and sped off, tearing up his lawn.
The man told police the men did not enter his home and nothing was missing from the backyard.
Aiken man finds charges on card from Martinez
An Aiken man told deputies March 20 that someone had used his credit card without permission at a Martinez store.
The 66-year-old told deputies he was contacted by his card's customer service about a series of charges in Aiken and one March 4 for $103.94 at Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway.
He reported three fraudulent charges in South Carolina to Aiken authorities.
Wal-Mart officials provided deputies with a copy of surveillance video and the transaction receipt.
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