Columbus police arrested at least 15 people early Sunday in what they called a poker game run out of a beauty salon.
Reports state that Tony Spratt, 42, owner of Itha’s Beauty Salon, had a gambling place at his 4216 Buena Vista Road business. Several people were playing poker with money around 4:45 a.m., police said.
In addition, officers said alcohol was at the business, which doesn’t have a license to serve, and that Spratt had $50 worth of crack cocaine.
Police charged Spratt with commercial gambling, possession for sale of alcohol without a license and Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, reports state. He made his bond that day, Muscogee County Jail officials said.
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Reports state that police charged the following people with gambling: Jimmie Lee Hooks III, 34; Pedro Luis Maldonado, 43; Alan Authur Gettridge Jr., 33; Jonathan Dewayne Comer, 34; Joseph Keith Foster, 53; Melvin Braswell, 34; Eugenea Maxine Coy, 38; Carlos Keon Mathis, 23; Anthony Norman, 33; and Tamika Simmons, 28, all of Columbus.
Police also arrested Eric Flemming Tate, 47, of Phenix City; Jakeith Hodo, 33, of Box Springs, Ga.; Ranzell C. Mackie, 35, of Mobile, Ala.; and Frederick Ellis, 38, of Lumpkin, Ga.
Tate had an outstanding warrant with Columbus police. Foster had an outstanding warrant with the sheriff’s office, police said.