Sergeant charged in prostitution sting
Columbia County authorities arrested a Fort Gordon sergeant Thursday on charges of pimping and pandering after a search of his home, a sheriff's office spokesman said Friday.
Staff Sgt. Patrick Campbell, 29, was arrested after four police agencies searched his home in the 600 block of Lory Lane in Grovetown, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. Officers seized computers, bank records and paperwork.
Morris said he was told by Army investigators that Campbell's arrest is believed to be an isolated sting.
Campbell was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Friday after posting a $4,200 bond and was transferred to Fort Gordon, according to jail personnel.
Bond hearing set in repossession death
A bond hearing is scheduled for today for a South Carolina couple accused of running over and killing an Augusta man in the path of their tow truck.
Michael Faron Brown, 27, and Victoria Nichole Brown, 20, of Gaston, are charged with murder in the April 9 death of William Leslie Jacobs at the home of a friend in Martinez. The Browns were repossessing the friend's truck.
The hearing will be at the Columbia County Justice Center. The Browns are being held without bond in the Columbia County Detention Center, according to jail records.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Car damages fields at Lakeside High
A Lakeside High School assistant principal reported damage Friday to two of the school's fields.
The assistant principal said that between 6 and 6:20 p.m. someone drove a vehicle on the running track and practice football field, causing $200 damage to the fields.
Witnesses said the vandal was driving a dark-green Nissan car with white wheels and a loud muffler.
Vandals damage pair of vehicles
Two Columbia County residents told police last weekend that someone vandalized their vehicles.
An Evans teen called police Friday to report that someone had damaged his Ford Ranger while he was at work at Bojangles', 5142 Washington Road in Evans. The teen said that between 2:30 and 9 p.m. someone kicked his truck and poured a dark fluid on it. Police found a partial footprint on the door of the truck.
A Harlem woman said Saturday that someone poured a chemical on the roof and side of her daughter's car and on her sport utility vehicle, destroying the paint. She said the vandalism occurred between 1 and 6:40 a.m.
Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue report for April 12-18:
Structure fires, two; vehicle fires, three; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; activated fire alarms, 13; gas line ruptures, three; medical incidents, 15; vehicle accidents, seven; investigate various incidents, four; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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