Orangeburg Department of Public Safety
Police were initially told a woman was dead after three children reported an assault on their mother.
A concerned citizen called 911 Sunday about 6:20 p.m. to report that three children had come to the caller’s residence for help. The caller said the children said their mother was dead in their residence.
Police arrived at the residence to find the 30-year-old woman conscious and sitting up on a bed. Officers noted she had a large lump and some bruising on the side of her head. She told them she had fallen and hit her head on a bathroom fixture.
The children, ages 6, 7 and 9, had a different story. The oldest said their mother was arguing with their father about a phone. She said at one point, “he hit my mommy because she said she was going to call 911,” the report states.
The children said their father left. When the woman said she wasn’t feeling well, her children took her to bed, the report states.
“Then she fell and hit her head,” the oldest child told police. “She was laying on the floor, and we tried to wake her up but she wouldn’t wake up.”
The oldest child then sent her sister next door to call 911 from a neighbor’s house. With emergency crews on the way, the children said they still couldn’t wake their mother.
“We thought she was dead so we kept putting her on my asthma machine,” the oldest child said. “She didn’t wake up.”
The woman was transported to the Regional Medical Center to be evaluated. While there, her husband arrived, and police took him into custody.
Marcus Singleton, 30, of 2886 Lakeside Drive, Orangeburg, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
Bond was set on him Monday at $5,000 cash or surety.
In an unrelated report, a Bowman man was taken off the road on a drunk driving charge after he reportedly left the scene of a collision Saturday night, according to an ODPS incident report.
A woman called police about 8 p.m. saying she was behind a man in a blue Ford Explorer who had been in an accident. The driver of the Ford had left the scene and was traveling on Broughton Street, she said.
Police caught up with the SUV at the intersection of Old Riley and Broughton streets. Officers managed to stop the vehicle after observing the driver weave across the road and into oncoming traffic.
The driver was asked to exit his vehicle. When he was asked for his license and registration, he tried to get into an officer’s patrol car apparently believing it to be his own vehicle, the report states. He was then directed to the correct vehicle, at which time his information was retrieved.
The man was given several sobriety tests, including a Breathalyzer, which indicated his blood alcohol content was .24, the report states. The legal limit is .08.
When the man said he was ill, he was taken to the hospital where he proceeded to wet himself, the multi-page report indicates. He then passed out.
Revived somewhat and cleared at least physically for jail, the man refused to leave the hospital, the report states. He then laid down on the floor. He was then assisted to a patrol car and taken to jail.
The 54-year-old Moss Street man was charged with driving under the influence greater than .16 and also hit-and-run.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office
A nightclub security guard was treated early Sunday for an accidental gunshot wound to the leg, according to an OCSO incident report.
Deputies were sent to the Regional Medical Center about 4:30 a.m. to investigate the shooting of a security guard at a Julian Street club called the Palace.
The 27-year-old guard said he had accidentally bumped against a counter, knocking over a pistol that was lying on the counter. He said when the pistol hit the floor, it went off, striking him in the leg.
None of the security guards knew how the gun got into the club or who it belonged to, according to the report.
In other reports:
* Authorities are searching for a gunman who robbed a Benjamin Boulevard business and pistol whipped an employee Friday.
A man working at Water’s Edge Rentals said he was helping a customer at about 4:15 p.m. when a gunman wearing a green bandana over his face ran into the business demanding money. The gunman ordered the female customer to get on the floor and demanded money from the employee. He then struck the employee in the back of the head with the pistol before firing a shot into the floor.
The gunman is described as a white male standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds.
* An Indiana couple were relieved of $10,000 after being promised money in a high-stakes money game at a truck stop.
A woman told investigators she and her boyfriend were at the Pilot gas station off Interstate 26 near Bowman about 2:15 p.m. Friday where the money game was going on. She said while her boyfriend was in the store, a man approached her saying someone had just won $189 million in a game being played in the parking lot. The stranger said the gamers were giving away $100 just to play.
After the boyfriend returned to the car, he and the woman walked to a location behind a package delivery vehicle. They spoke to the gamers about the game and went back to their vehicle to retrieve $10,000.
With money in hand, they went back behind the delivery vehicle, where someone grabbed their money. The gamers, described as white males, then ran in multiple directions.