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CCSO: Man, 55, Seeks Sex Online from Girl, 14

Erik Klaproth

Columbia County authorities arrested a 55-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly seeking sex from a 14-year-old girl during an Internet chat. Erik Klaproth is accused of contacting someone he thought was a girl on Feb. 17 and seeking sex. Instead, he was chatting with an investigator with the Columbia County Sheriff’s ...

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Augusta Store Busted for Video Gambling Payouts

C-Mart Gambling Arrests

The store owner and a clerk at an Augusta convenience store were busted Tuesday for giving cash payouts on video gambling machines. Hemant Phutane, 36, store owner of C-Mart Gas Station (left), and clerk Mukundlal Jayswal (right), 57, were jailed after a sting by the Vice Unit, sheriff’s Lt. Calvin ...

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Assistant Public Defender Charged in Ring Theft

Alexia Davis Arrest

Assistant Public Defender Alexia Davis has surrendered to Columbia County authorities on charges of theft of lost or mislaid property. Davis, 31, is accused of holding onto a $10,500 diamond ring she found in the parking lot of the Grovetown Cracker Barrel, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Sources tell ...

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Sources: Asst. Public Defender To Surrender in Ring Case


Assistant Public Defender Alexia Davis is expected to surrender Tuesday to face charges in connection with a $10,500 ring that was lost at the Cracker Barrel in Columbia County, according to several sources. The Jail Report has learned that Columbia County authorities have obtained a warrant against the attorney for ...

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Man Rapes Comatose Girlfriend at Augusta Hospital

William Harpley Jr.

A 68-year-old man has been charged with raping his girlfriend while she was in a coma at the Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta William Harpley Jr., of Wrens, Ga., is accused of raping the 69-year-old woman while visiting her last Thursday, according to a sheriff’s report. A witness told authorities ...

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Augusta Woman Beats Boy with Plastic Bat

Julia Baitmon

An Augusta woman has been charged for beating a 6-year-old boy with a plastic bat and leaving bruises, authorities said. Julia Ann Baitmon, 21, was asked by a family friend to watch the friend’s children between Friday and Tuesday. When the suspect returned the children, the 6-year-old boy was walking ...

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Aiken Police Make Quick Arrests in Robbery

Aiken Robbers

Aiken police have arrested two men in Tuesday’s armed robbery at Quick Cash at 1114 Richland Avenue West. Carlos Demetrius Williams, 21, left, and Jamaques Deundray Salley, 23, right, were each charged with armed robbery. The robbery occurred at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday when the suspects allegedly entered Quick Cash and ...

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New Jailer Smuggles Contraband Into Columbia Co. Jail

Kester Dozier

After working there just three months, Columbia County Jailer Kester Dozier was arrested today for smuggling in contraband and violating his oath of office. An inmate alerted detention officers Feb. 5 that the new jailer was bringing in “food, books and cellphones” for inmates, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. ...

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