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Marine colonel assigned to CENTCOM busted in prostitution sting

 

Law enforcement in Florida has a pretty good track record of nabbing military men when they break up prostitution rings.  This week was no exception when Marine Col. Kevin Scott, 51, was arrested in a Polk County Sheriff’s investigation of prostitution and human trafficking.

Scott is on temporary duty assigned to CENTCOM at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He was arrested as part of “Operation No Tricks, No Treats,” in which another 277 people were  also arrested.

According to Polk County deputies, Scott, 51, approached an undercover detective shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday and asked for sex in exchange for $80.  There was no indication in their report if the undercover agent was male or female.

Scott was driving a rental car paid for by the United States government.  Deputies said, “We had to call the government and say, ‘Hey would you like to come get your leased car ’cause your colonel is on the way to the county jail.”

In an attempt to salvage his career, Col. Scott told law enforcement that he was retired and no longer with the Marines.   CENTCOM was contacted for further information but their Public Affairs Office referred all questions to the Marines.  Good strategy for CENTCOM, the military’s segment in charge of the Middle East which includes Afghanistan, Iraq, Central Asia, and parts of Northern Africa, where four U.S. Special Forces Soldiers were ambushed and killed earlier this month.

Scott was released Tuesday on $500 bond.

“Operation No Tricks, No Treats” was in play Oct.10 -16.  For anyone who missed the fun, the Polk County Sheriff’s office will have another operation in place soon.  Check Backpage.com for undercover agents posing at hookers.

 

Shaw airmen responsible for satanic symbols painted on historic church

 

Shaw Air Force command is dealing with an unusual incident of vandalizing today after law enforcement arrested four local airmen Thursday. The airmen were apprehended for defacing the historic Black River Church in Mayesville, South Carolina, with satanic graffiti on Sept. 29, 2017.

The suspects who were taken into custody by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office have been identified as Kayla Marie Eilerman, Clayre Marie Savage, Daveion Raaheim Green, and Brandon Munoz.  All were charged with malicious injury to a house of worship, criminal conspiracy and trespassing.

Sumter County Deputies released surveillance pictures of the incident, and say they immediately began receiving tips from the community. Some of those tips came from other Shaw airmen who recognized Eilerman, Savage, Green, and Munoz.

Investigators said the vandals kicked in a front door (but never entered the church), either before or after they began spray-painting “666”, the “evil eye” and other satanic symbols.

The church, officially known as the Salem Black River Presbyterian Church was founded in in 1759 by Scots-Irish settlers.  It is known locally as the “Brick Church.”  The church was put on the National Historic register in 1978.

The suspects appeared in Sumter County court Friday, and were given $15,000 bond.

It is unknown how the Air Force intends to deal with the crime, although in the past the military has found illegal behavior of any sort to be unacceptable.  The young airmen could face military punishment to include separation from the Air Force.

At this time, the motive for the vandalism is not clear.  There have been local rumors that the historic church is “haunted”.

Damage to the 250 year-old- church was initially estimated at $3,000.

 

Mandie Billhart, Citadel grad fighting for her life after horrific domestic abuse incident

 

The young woman pictured here in her Citadel dress uniform, will never be the same. Her husband took a page out of the ISIS handbook and on Sept. 19, tried to burn her alive.  Mandie Brillhart, a 2012 graduate of the Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, is fighting for her life now at the Augusta Burn Unit in Georgia.  Her husband, Charles Durell Nethercutt, 32, as of this this time, is still on the run.

Brillhart’s family friend, Doug Bridges has started a blog regarding Mandie’s tragedy.  He wrote,  

“As if brutally beating her was not enough the man poured gasoline on the mother of his child and lit a match to her. Flames covered her body and did severe damage to her feet and legs up to her knees.”

“Egregious is not a strong enough word to describe this heinous act which appears to have been premeditated.  The ‘Man’ as he self-described himself, accused the mother of his child of cheating on him … that was excuse for nearly killing the precious woman.”

Bridges has also started a fundraiser to assist the Brillhart family with expenses while Mandie is at the burn center.  Funds raised will help with the unforeseen expenses that go with a young mother who is out of work and her family that is trying desperately to cope.  Monies raised will help with ongoing day-to-day expenses and the additional ones created by Mandie’s extended stay in the hospital.

Authorities in Florence County, South Carolina, have issue a warrant for Nethercutt’s arrest on an attempted murder charge.  Other charges including criminal domestic abuse could be levied once Nethercutt is apprehended.

Nethercutt is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, 230 lbs., with tattoos on both arms.

Anyone with knowledge or information regarding the whereabouts of Nethercutt is asked to contact Florence County Investigators at (843) 665-2121, ext. 317 or Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text tip at #CRIME.  Callers do not need to reveal their identities.

If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic abuse visit  the HotLine.org.   Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224.

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