A woman called Bamberg police asking for help on Sept. 29, but when officers arrived at the residence they were not able to get anyone to answer the locked door, according to a police incident report.
After verifying the address with dispatch, officers used a screwdriver to make entry and found a 47-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son in the bathroom.
“He’s already gone.” the woman told officers.
An assault had not actually occurred, the woman said. She and the 31-year-old man, who lives at the same address, had been arguing about her estranged husband, she said.
Due to the uncooperative nature of the woman and no sign of any assault, the officers cleared the scene, the report said.
Shortly thereafter, dispatch alerted police to return to the incident location. When officers returned they found the man outside between two apartments.
He told officers that the woman was mad at him because he had locked her out of the house. The woman stated that the man had been very abusive toward her and that morning had pulled her by her hair and slammed her against the kitchen door.
Officers spoke with the child and he stated that the man, who is his father, had made the woman cry. The woman said that the abuse had been going on for some time and that last week the man had thrown her across the room causing her to fall on the floor and hurt her ribs. She also told police that the man had threatened to kill her entire family.
Emergency personnel were called to have the woman checked and she was transported to the Regional Medical Center while an officer stayed with the boy until he was picked up by his paternal grandmother.
Officers arrested the man and charged him with criminal domestic violence.
In other reports:
Police on routine patrol at 2 a.m. Sept. 28 observed a Chevrolet Equinox in a parking lot at Highway 78 and Bell Street. There was a large amount of trash under the vehicle and officers stopped to make contact with the individuals inside, who were very evasive, an incident report stated.
While checking their IDs, the officers asked about the trash and all occupants denied knowing anything about it.
Observing suspicious activity from a backseat passenger, officers asked that the back door of the car be opened whereupon they spotted a large silver knife on the floorboard under the front passenger seat. Officers removed the knife, which no one would claim.
The driver, a 21-year-old Walterboro woman, was ultimately charged with carrying a concealed weapon since she was responsible for the vehicle’s contents, the report said. The driver was also found to be wanted in Walterboro for a charge of assault and battery.
A passenger in the car, a 21-year-old Orangeburg woman, was arrested on a Charleston warrant for a charge of disorderly conduct.
Once the officers arrived at the Bamberg County Detention Center, they found a bag of marijuana which police say the driver eventually admitted was hers. She was then also charged with simple possession of marijuana.
On Oct. 4, police stopped a vehicle after the driver disregarded a traffic signal at highways 78 and 301. The 27-year-old Denmark woman was found to be wanted by the S.C. Highway Patrol for driving under suspension, first offense. Further investigation revealed that her license was suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets.
She was charged with DUS, second offense.
A 50-year-old Spartanburg man was arrested and jailed under multiple charges on Oct. 3 after he was involved in a traffic accident near the Pizza Hut. He was charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and violation of the ABC law.
On Sept. 28, police charged a 6-months-pregnant Orangeburg woman with driving under suspension first offense and violating the child restraint law.
A student at Georgia Southern was charged with having no South Carolina driver’s license on Sept. 24 after being stopped for a faulty tag light. His license had been suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets, the incident report said. He told officers that he thought his mother had taken care of the ticket.
Police stopped a car that had a bicycle hanging out of the back of the trunk on Oct. 3 as it traveled along Bridge Street just after midnight. The driver did not have his license as dispatch indicated that it had been suspended. He was charged with having no S.C. driver’s license.
Police charged a Cannon Bridge Road man with simple possession of marijuana on Oct. 2 after finding him parked on the right-of-way behind a North Street residence.
On Sept. 29, police served a warrant for fighting on an Oakdale Trailer Park woman who had allegedly been involved in an incident on Sept. 28.