*Scam Alert*

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme. The criminals call the victims (who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the lnternet or by telephone) and identify themselves…

Physician’s Assistant Arrested for Prescription Fraud

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, a Physician’s Assistant in Columbia County was arrested on multiple felony charges. The Columbia County Multi Jurisdictional Task Force began an in depth investigation in the fall of 2011 regarding alleged fraudulent prescriptions. Task Force detectives believed that John Windham, P.A., was illegally writing narcotics prescriptions to himself and others.…

Volunteer Firefighter Arrested for Grand Theft

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested a Columbia County Fire Department Volunteer. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Columbia County Fire Dept on March 2, 2012 in reference to suspicious charges on a fuel card issued to a Fire Dept vehicle. Detectives and Fire Dept personnel were…

Five Arrested in Meth Lab Bust

On Monday, March 5, 2012, five Columbia County residents were arrested by deputies subsequent to a methamphetamine investigation.    Concerned citizens notified the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies of a possible clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at 3144 North U.S. 441. As the deputies approached the residence, a male subject standing at the open front door ran into…

3 Arrested for Air Conditioner Theft

On Thursday, March 1, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three persons for stealing an air conditioning unit from a Subway restaurant.  At approximately 10:00 a.m., a concerned citizen reported to CCSO that some air conditioner parts were located in a roadside ditch on Racetrack Rd near the Columbia County Fire Dept.  Sgt Mike…