Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office
A Bill Salley Road resident called law enforcement Wednesday to report her estranged husband had thrown a Molotov Cocktail into her yard.
Deputies arrived at the scene just before 1 a.m. where they found a “cocktail gas bomb” in the yard about 35 feet from the house. The gas bomb only burned a small amount of grass, according to the OCSO incident report.
The woman said she and her 37-year-old husband have been separated for about six months. He had been calling her cell phone “all night long” and went to her place of work just before the incident, she said.
She advised deputies she didn’t want to file attempted arson charges against her estranged spouse but did want him placed on a no trespassing notice.
State troopers stopped the man on Charleston Highway, and he was warned not to go back to the woman’s house.
In other reports:
* The Bonanza Club was cleared out early Saturday morning after shots were reportedly fired inside and outside of the establishment.
Deputies arrived at the Jordan Street nightclub just after 3 a.m., where the owner said a Rowesville man had fired six shots in her club “and she had witnesses,” the report said. She pointed out a white van in the parking lot, saying the shooter was inside the van.
Deputies spoke with the van’s occupants. They denied being involved in a shooting and allowed the officers to search the van.
Others standing around the incident location told officers someone had fired a weapon, but it wasn’t the Rowesville man. They said a big fight had broken out, and the club owner had done nothing to stop it.
The officers noted the club owner bristled at that bit of information. She then became evasive, the report said.
When questioned again, she said the shooter fired the weapon outside the club. When deputies asked her if any shots had been fired inside the club, she said shots were fired once inside and five times outside.
She then said she was related to the shooter and didn’t want him at her club, the report said.
The officers didn’t buy the woman’s story. They noticed people were having to knock on locked doors to get back into the club.
When the owner said she wanted the shooter placed on a no trespass notice, deputies cleared everyone from the club.
* Deputies checking on the welfare of animals near Elloree got an earful of “harassment” allegations Sunday.
Officers patrolling Tee Vee Road spotted a goat tied off in an empty field with no food nor water. Further inspection turned up a horse standing in the rain and several caged turkeys also exposed to the elements.
The officers went back on Monday when the weather had cleared up. They found several bones from dead animals and three dozen chickens running loose, the report said.
The property and animal owner said the presence of the officers was harassment. She said she is from up north and it doesn’t get cold in South Carolina.
She went on to say she hates city people because they “just go to the store and buy food,” and “this is my food!”
Deputies warned the woman that if the animals weren’t cared for properly, she could be cited.
The woman then fired off a quote from a Charles Dickens’ novel, saying, “Oliver Twist was right; the law is a (sic) ass,” the report said.
* A Saturn Way man is missing two laser levels worth about $4,400.
He said Monday someone came onto his property Monday and removed the two yellow Topcon levels, two Husqvarna chain saws, a Sears tool set and a Stihl concrete saw. The tools are worth about $7,250.
* A Ridgeville man was captured in Orangeburg last week in connection with a fatal shooting in Berkeley County.
Ishmel Rivers, 19, of 1159 Gaddist St., was taken into custody Nov. 10 at a Presidential Drive residence in Roosevelt Gardens.
Rivers has since been charged with murder in the shooting death of Dijuan Jacques Smith. Berkeley County Investigators said the shooting took place at 123 Yellowstone Lane in Ridgeville around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 9.
Rivers is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner.
Orangeburg Department of Public Safety
Police are looking for the occupants of a champagne-colored Lexus after an apparent break-in at a Goff Avenue residence.
A concerned citizen called police around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday saying he tried to block the Lexus at a neighbor’s property until police arrived. However, the Lexus driver went around his vehicle, he said.
The citizen said he saw someone run from his neighbor’s residence with something in his hands. That subject either got in the car or jumped a fence, he said. The driver of the Lexus then proceeded to leave, managing to drive around the citizen’s car.
Police found several doors to the neighbor’s residence had been kicked open.
The concerned citizen gave police a description of the two suspects as well as the license plate number on the Lexus.