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.
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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.
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.