The following property thefts were reported around The T&D Region:
- 11/18/19 – Citadel Drive, Orangeburg: Seven 18-volt batteries, two green Ryobi hammer drills, two green Ryobi impact drills, multicolored electrical tools and drill bits and drivers were stolen. The stolen items are valued at $1,200.
- 11/18/19 – College Avenue, Orangeburg: A 2000 tan Ford Taurus was stolen. It is valued at $2,000.
- 11/15/19 – Sawaga Street, Orangeburg: Someone stole a 2006 silver Toyota Avalon valued at $5,500.
- 11/12/19 – Landing Way, Orangeburg: A four-foot bronze sculpture and an antique bronze cash register were stolen. They are valued at $8,000.
- 11/12/19 – Ninety Six Road, Neeses: Someone stole a 2010 gray Toyota Camry 4S, a debit card and a wallet. The value of the stolen items is $4,000.
- 11/12/19 – Bamberg Road, Orangeburg: A 2004 brown Nissan Maxima was stolen. It is valued at $2,000.
- 11/12/19 – Open Drive, Cordova: Someone stole a 2004 Dodge Durango valued at $2,000.
- 11/12/19 – Charleston Highway, Cameron: A 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen. It is valued at $2,000.
Truck driver allegedly assaults plant employee
A truck driver who was told to leave company property after running a stop sign allegedly assaulted the employee who confronted him.
On Nov. 13, an employee reported that an 18-wheel truck failed to stop for a stop sign at the DAK Americas plant in Gaston. The employee said that when he asked the driver to leave the property in accordance with company policy, the truck driver reportedly began cursing and yelling and then exited his truck and attempted to hit the employee.
When that attempt failed, the driver allegedly attacked the employee with a wooden block. The incident was captured on camera.
In other reports:
• On Nov. 13, a Swansea woman reported that while she was away, someone entered her home and took several Christmas presents. She will get back with a list and prices.
• On Nov. 11, a member of Word of Life Outreach Church in Orangeburg reported the church's white Ford van had been taken from church property. The van was valued at $5,000.
• On Nov. 8, an officer stopped a Washington, D.C., woman driving a blue Jeep who ran a red light at the intersection of U.S. 601 and Butler Street. The officer detected the odor of marijuana in the car. The woman said that a friend who was riding with her had smoked it. The woman was cited for running a red light.
• On Nov. 11, the manager of a St. Matthews boarding home reported that a resident, had accosted her verbally and threated to kill her. The woman asked the officer to remove the resident, and he told her that could only be done through a magistrate's order. When the officer asked the resident if she needed medical assistance, she said yes. EMS was called and the resident was taken to the Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
• On Nov. 14, an officer responded to an alarm at the Piggly Wiggly store, where he found the side door glass leaning against the wall. The officer called for assistance to clear the building, but the perpetrator was not found. A key holder arrived and found that an unknown amount of cigarettes was missing. The suspect was caught on the surveillance camera leaving with a bag of cigarettes. The loss was valued at $500.
Catalytic converters cut from vehicles in Orangeburg
Someone cut catalytic converters from four vehicles at an Orangeburg automotive shop.
A Neeses Highway business owner reported Wednesday that there were some holes in the perimeter of the security fence and catalytic converters were missing from four vehicles.
The four affected vehicles are a 2004 Ford F-250, a 2014 Ford F-550, a 2001 BMW and a 2008 Ford F-550.
The shop owner said that some of the vehicles are owned by businesses.
The value of the stolen catalytic converters is $5,000.
In a separate incident, a newborn was placed into emergency protective custody after the mother allegedly admitted using amphetamines, cocaine and marijuana during her pregnancy.
A Regional Medical Center nurse called the sheriff’s office on Tuesday after the mother and newborn tested positive for amphetamines, an incident report states.
A nurse also reported seeing a white powdery substance with the mother, the report said.
A S.C. Department of Social Services case worker spoke with the mother.
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A Douglas MacArthur Street man reported Tuesday night that someone broke into his home and stole a 55-inch Hisense television and two 55-inch Vizio televisions valued at a total of $1,177.
In an unrelated report, a Riverside Drive man called officers to his home at 3:46 a.m. Tuesday to report that someone stole his motorcycle.
The 2020 red, white and green KTM 500 EXC-F motorcycle is valued at $2,000.
Barnwell County man gets 20 years in prison for producing child pornography
A Barnwell County man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for producing child pornography, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Thursday.
Joshua Isiah Worthy pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor before Judge Frank R. Addy.
“All cases of child sexual abuse and child pornography are repulsive,” Wilson said. “But this one is even more so because it involved a man already on probation who abused a young girl and recorded it.”
Worthy recorded video and took still photos while he sexually abused a young girl.
Wilson said four different agencies worked together, “and took a case that appeared to be child pornography possession but instead discovered a young victim that no one would have known was a victim otherwise.”
In December 2018, the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department received a call about a cellphone containing child pornography that was left in a motel room.
They contacted the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office and the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
A witness told detectives that the phone belonged to Worthy.
Since Worthy was on probation at the time and was wearing a GPS ankle monitor, the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services was able to place him at the motel with the location data from the GPS monitor.
A search warrant executed on the phone revealed two videos of a young girl being sexually abused by an adult male, along with four still photos of the same child being sexually exploited. In the videos and photos, the man’s face is not shown.
Detectives arrested Worthy on Dec. 21, 2018. During an interview with detectives, Worthy confessed to possessing the phone.
After more closely examining the videos, detectives realized that tattoos on the arms of the man in the videos looked like Worthy’s tattoos. After getting more search warrants, detectives determined the man in the videos was Worthy and that a live child victim was possibly somewhere in South Carolina.
Using still photos of the victim’s face, detectives were able to find a potential victim. The child victim was forensically interviewed and she said she had been sexually abused by Worthy on more than one occasion, according to Wilson’s office.
Worthy was sentenced to a negotiated 20 years in prison.
Orangeburg man accused of burglarizing laundromat
An Orangeburg man is accused of breaking into a local laundromat on two separate occasions.
“This individual can’t keep his hands off other people’s property,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a release.
“He’s got other burglary charges besides the ones we arrested him on this week,” Ravenell said.
Derrick Miller, 40, has been charged with two counts each of burglary/safecracking, possession of burglary tools, malicious injury to personal property and petit larceny.
Bond was set on the Ashland Drive man at $34,750 during a hearing on Wednesday.
At the time of his arrest early Tuesday, Miller was out on a $15,000 bond on Orangeburg Department of Public Safety charges of second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools, plus a drug-related charge. Those charges were filed in May of this year.
Miller’s most recent charges stem from an early Tuesday incident.
Just before 4 a.m., Orangeburg County Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling and performing property checks in the Five Chop Road area. They reported spotting someone in a laundromat.
Without prompting, Miller allegedly blurted out that he had covered the security cameras and acted as a lookout for someone else, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Deputies said Miller had two flat bars and also a quantity of money. He admitted the money belonged to the business, the report stated.
As investigators spoke with Miller on Tuesday, they realized he could be suspect in an October incident at the same location. They allege Miller was wearing the same clothes as the previous incident.
If he’s convicted of burglary/safecracking, Miller could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison.
Woman accused of trying to burn Eutawville home with father inside
A woman is accused of trying to set fire to a Eutawville home while her father was inside.
Leah Green Lewis, 46, of Summerville, was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson and attempted murder. She’s also known as Leah Lewis Johnson.
Lewis’ 82-year-old mother reported on Nov. 3 that her daughter was very aggressive when she made an unannounced visit to the family’s Ackerly Road home, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Lewis argued about the past while walking through the house opening each door as “to let air in,” the incident report states.
Lewis’ mother looked in the kitchen and saw that a box of matches was missing from a drawer.
She assumed her daughter was going to light the stove to warm some food.
The mother had a church meeting to attend and a nurse was scheduled to arrive to tend to her husband.
Lewis insisted that her mother go on to church. Lewis said she’d wait until the nurse arrived, the report said.
On her way to church, the mother encountered another woman and said her daughter was “talking crazy again.”
The woman then went to the home. She alleges Lewis came out of the house and said she was going to burn it down to kill her parents.
The woman tried to calm Lewis, but she refused, according to the report.
The woman pushed past Lewis and entered the house. Lewis told her that she’d turned off the power to the home, the report said.
The woman asked Lewis about the location of the breaker box, but Lewis didn’t answer her. The woman said she walked through the dark home to try to find it.
The woman then smelled fumes. She noticed the stove was on and asked Lewis about the breaker box again.
Lewis pointed to it and the woman saw flames coming from it.
The woman told Lewis that they needed to get out of the house before it blew up and asked her to help get her father out, but Lewis refused, the incident report states.
The woman claimed Lewis told her she’d be fine if the house blew up with her father inside.
The woman then exited the home to call for help and saw Lewis speed past her, the report said.
When emergency responders arrived on the scene, they smelled gas-like fumes and noticed the switches in the breaker box were pushed to the side with matches stuffed between them.
An unknown liquid was also inside the breaker box, the report states.
“We also noticed a trail of matches leading from the breaker box to the kitchen where we found a box of matches alongside a bottle of lighter fluid,” the incident report states.
On Thursday morning, Orangeburg County Magistrate Don West set Lewis’ bond at $40,000 cash or surety. She’s not allowed to return to her parents’ home and can’t have indirect or direct contact with them.
Santee woman missing since Sunday
Authorities are seeking a missing Santee woman.
Tina Marie Williamson has not been seen since 6 p.m. Sunday, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Her boyfriend reported her missing at noon Monday.
He said he last saw Williamson, a 55-year-old, smoking a cigarette on the porch at the Mountaineer Motel and Campground, located at 4665 Five Chop Road, near Orangeburg.
He told authorities that she doesn’t have any medical issues.
Williamson stands 5-foot-10, weighs 160 pounds and was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and black jeans.
If anyone knows Williamson’s whereabouts, they are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or the sheriff’s office dispatch at 1-803-534-3550. Callers don’t have to give their names.
Updated: Former Orangeburg police captain charged; audit shows $17,000 missing from evidence
Former Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Capt. Carl Wayne Shultz is accused of taking $17,167.58 in confiscated money while he was employed as an officer.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged the 48-year-old Shultz with one count of misconduct in office.
A warrant accuses Shultz of removing confiscated money from the ODPS evidence room. It should have been deposited into a City of Orangeburg account.
The alleged crime took place between Sept. 6, 2018 and Dec. 5, 2018.
An internal audit in January could not account for some confiscated funds, according to a statement released by ODPS Director Mike Adams.
“The employee who was in control of these funds could not give a proper accounting of where the money was located. Further investigation into this incident revealed the employee had not followed department policy and he was terminated by the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety on Feb. 7, 2019,” Adams said.
ODPS contacted SLED and asked for an investigation.
“The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety gave full access to all components of our agency and cooperated fully in their investigation. The investigation has resulted in the arrest of a former DPS employee,” Adams said.
Shultz, a St. Matthews resident, appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus on Wednesday morning.
Doremus set Shultz’s bond at $20,000, but she allowed him to be released on his personal recognizance.
According to documents from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, a lieutenant at the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety submitted a “routine separation” notification for Shultz on Feb. 1, 2019.
The document shows that Shultz resigned from his position on Jan. 15 for a “routine separation pending outcome of SLED investigation of misconduct.”
Shultz began his law enforcement career as a volunteer reserve deputy with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, serving from June 1993 until September 1994.
He became an Orangeburg public safety officer in December 1994.
Four years later, he left ODPS for a job as an officer with the Beaufort Police Department where he worked until 2001.
The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety hired Shultz on Feb. 19, 2007.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office: Door kicked in, items stolen
A Verdall Lane resident reported Tuesday that someone kicked in the rear door of his home and stole several items.
The following items were stolen: a 60-inch RCA television, two 42-inch Vizio televisions, a 32-inch television, a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun, a 20-gauge Tristar youth model shotgun, two .243-caliber Remington shotguns, a 22-gauge shotgun and a Sony PlayStation.
The value of the stolen items is $3,131.
In a separate incident, an Edisto High School student admitted to school administrators that she had an alcoholic beverage inside of a plastic soda bottle on campus, according to an incident report.
The student allegedly told administrators that she drinks a lot of beer on the weekend, but she refused to say who provides the alcohol to her.
The school will handle the discipline issue, the report states. A copy of the incident report and her history will be forwarded to the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice for review.
Two vehicles stolen from Orangeburg couple
An Orangeburg couple’s vehicles were stolen as they let them warm up on a chilly Monday morning, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
They called law enforcement at 7:44 a.m.
The wife told deputies that they left the vehicles unattended for about 10 minutes at their Jackson Drive home.
A 2001 white Nissan Maxima and a 2016 white Infiniti were stolen
The combined total value of the vehicles is $12,000.
In other reports:
• A Gilbert man reported Monday that someone stole a homemade utility trailer from his Forrestcreek Drive property in North.
The trailer is described as having a one-inch rebar frame painted green. It also has a blue metal drop ramp/pins with a metal plate floor.
It is valued at $2,500.
• Someone removed a catalytic converter from a North church van.
A church member called deputies to Sunny Vista Church of God on Drag Strip Road about the theft on Monday morning.
The catalytic converter is valued at $600.
4 Orangeburg County shooting incidents investigated Two homes damaged by bullets
The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office is investigating four shooting incidents over the weekend. Two homes were damaged.
The first shooting incident occurred around 2:16 a.m. Saturday at the Shell/Bojangles at 110 Chestnut Street.
A man reported that when he exited the business, five males got out of a white Jeep and surrounded his vehicle.
He felt like the men were going to jump him based on their words and a prior incident, a sheriff’s office incident report says.
The man ran behind Family Dollar and then behind Howard Middle School.
After some time, the man asked an acquaintance to take him to the business so he could retrieve his vehicle.
Once he returned there, he quickly got into his car and sped away from the business, the incident report states.
As he left the business, the man heard at least one gunshot, the report states. The man was reportedly too upset to determine how many shots he heard.
At 3:34 a.m., a Whistlestop Lane woman reported she and two others were in their beds when gunfire erupted outside of their home.
They told deputies they saw projectiles striking the home.
No one was injured.
Deputies saw numerous bullet holes in the home and shell casings on the ground near the driveway.
The mailbox was also damaged by gunfire.
A Northwood Drive man called law enforcement to report a shooting incident at 3:35 a.m.
He told deputies that he, his wife and grandson went to bed around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, but awoke at 2:33 a.m. to the sound of gunfire.
He reported that numerous bullets struck the residence, but no one inside was injured.
The incident report states that the man called law enforcement after he made contact with his son, who was the man who reported hearing at least one gunshot as he left the Shell/Bojangles business on Chestnut Street.
Deputies discovered several holes in the front left side and front right side of the home, for a total of nine holes.
Inside the residence, deputies discovered three spent projectiles, the incident report states.
There were seven shell casings in in the roadway in front of the home.
The home had approximately $4,000 in damage to it.
In the fourth incident, a Holly Hill man reported that someone fired shots near his teenage daughter.
His 15-year-old daughter told him that someone in a vehicle began waving a firearm while she was at a gas station at 10993 Old Number Six Highway at 10:21 p.m. Sunday.
The person in the vehicle then drove up to her and waved the gun, the father told law enforcement.
The person with the gun then left the business, but returned moments later and fired several shots into the air, an incident report said.
Each incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.
If anyone has information about these shootings, they are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Tools stolen in hotel parking lot in Orangeburg
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office
Someone stole $1,200 in tools from an Alabama man’s truck while it was parked at the Country Inn & Suites at 731 Citadel Drive.
The man reported Sunday morning that he secured his 2011 white Chevrolet at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday.
The thief apparently used a burglary tool to open the rear hatch.
The following items were stolen: seven 18-volt batteries, two green Ryobi hammer drills, two green Ryobi impact drills, multicolored electrical tools and drill bits and drivers.
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A Quantas Drive woman reported that someone stole her 2000 tan Ford Taurus from the area of College Avenue and Magnolia Street on Oct. 24.
The vehicle is valued at $2,000.
Elloree man sentenced to 30 days for crash that left Santee man with broken bones
An Elloree man is serving a 30-day jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury.
Derrick Shivers, 55, of 1119 Harlin Street, pleaded guilty last month before Circuit Judge Ed Dickson.
Dickson sentenced him to 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
The sentence was suspended to 30 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center and a $5,100 fine.
Dickson gave Shivers credit for already serving one day in jail.
The incident happened on May 1, 2019.
Shivers’ 2001 Dodge pickup truck went through a traffic control device and struck a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 48-year-old Santee man.
The Santee man suffered broken bones as a result of the collision.
In other pleas:
• Edward Felix Carson Jr., 42, of 110 Big Oak Drive, Holly Hill, pleaded guilty to second-offense possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
Dickson sentenced him to prison for five years and gave him credit for having already served 284 days in jail.
A grand jury indicted him on the charge of third-offense possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
As a result of Carson’s plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the following charges: second-offense trafficking in methamphetamine or cocaine base, distribution of methamphetamine, third or subsequent offense of possession with intent to distribute a scheduled drug and three counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within close proximity to a school.
A judge dismissed the following charges at Carson’s preliminary hearing: first-offense trafficking in heroin, first-offense trafficking in methamphetamine or cocaine base, first-offense trafficking in cocaine, first-offense distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of first-offense possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
• Michael William Hoy, 45, of 1656 Four Holes Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods valued at $10,000 or more.
Dickson sentenced him to five years in prison, suspended to three years of probation.
He ordered Hoy to pay restitution and stipulated that his probation term may end early if he pays restitution and court fees and fines first.
Dickson stipulated that Hoy is allowed to go out of state to provide towing service.
According to his indictment, Hoy possessed a stolen 2001 Ford F350 and trailer on Oct. 19, 2018.
• Jason A. Robinson, 42, of 229 Atlantic Avenue, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to hit-and-run involving property damage.
Dickson sentenced him to time served.
• Kevonta Johnson, 20, of 275 Sellers Avenue, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a handgun.
Dickson sentenced him to time served.
• Stevie Antoine Moore, 58, of 127 Scarlet Drive, Cordova, pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic violence.
Dickson sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended to one year of probation.
He also ordered Moore to complete a batterer’s treatment program. Dickson stipulated that his probation may end early upon the completion of the treatment program.
Moore is prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition for the next three years.
• Lorenzo Lamont Demore, 35, of 2228 Russell Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense failure to register as a sex offender.
Dickson sentenced him to time served.
A grand jury indicted him on the charge of second-offense failure to register as a sex offender.
Church sign damaged in hit-and-run
Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office
A church sign in Gaston was recently damaged by a hit-and-run driver.
On Nov. 05, a Gaston woman reported that someone had run into the sign at Denny Memorial Southern Methodist Church, 1605 Old State Road, Gaston.
The perpetrator left the scene, and damage was estimated at $1,500.
In other reports:
• On Nov. 5, an employee of a Georgia-based consulting and construction firm reported that a black dump trailer had been stolen from a site on Caw Caw Highway in St. Matthews. He said there was no damage and that three terminated employees had the combination of the lock.
The trailer was valued at $7,000.
• A St. Matthews woman reported a home break-in. She said that she came home from shopping and found her door open. Nothing was missing from the home.
• A St. Matthews man reported that a golf cart and charger were stolen from property which was currently unoccupied. The items were valued at $2,500.
• A Swansea woman reported that her granddaughter and two friends took her 2012 Hyundai Veracruz SUV. The woman said she had called her granddaughter, who said she was on the way home, but the woman was unable to locate her.
Rash of catalytic converter thefts reported
Someone reportedly stole a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked at a residence.
On Nov. 1, a Bamberg deputy was dispatched to an Orange Grove Road residence in reference to possible stolen vehicle parts. Upon the deputy’s arrival, the victim stated that when he cranked his vehicle, it made a loud and unfamiliar noise. He looked under the truck and saw that the vehicle’s catalytic converter had been taken.
The victim said that three months before, he saw a blue truck occupied by three white males in his back yard. When the victim asked the men what they were doing, they said they were interested in buying the truck. The victim told the men that there was no “for sale” sign on his truck.
The victim then stated that one of the men identified himself as the son of someone he knew, so the victim did not bother to check if his truck had been tampered with. The victim believes those same men are the ones who tampered with his truck. He also said that he may have information on someone who is buying stolen converters. A report was taken and was recorded on the deputy’s body camera.
In another incident on Nov. 5, a caller to the sheriff’s department advised them that someone had stolen catalytic converters from vehicles at their business. The caller stated that between Nov. 1 and Nov. 5, catalytic converters were stolen from two vehicles at his business’ location.
Each converter is valued at $100. The sheriff’s department is asking for any information to help resolve the recent thefts.
In yet another incident on Nov. 11, an officer was dispatched in reference to someone trying to cut off a catalytic converter from one of a company’s vehicles. The officer took pictures of the cut pipe and vehicle.
The victim stated that they had been there over the weekend and it had not been that way then. Information was gathered and a report taken.
In other reports:
• On the morning of Nov. 12, a female victim went to the sheriff’s office to report a female subject trespassing on her property and sending her threats via an acquaintance of both parties. The victim said the subject has stated that she is “going to kill her when she sees her, and that she is going to burn her house down,” according to the report.
The victim stated that the subject used to be in a relationship with her son, but that relationship ended in October of 2019. The victim informed the officer that the suspect has trespassed on her property two or three times since that relationship ended and that her husband had been home at those times and saw her on their property.
The victim also stated that the subject has tried contacting her through social media, but she has blocked her and not had any contact with her. A barring notice will be completed for threats and trespassing.
• On Nov. 6, dispatch received a call in reference to a domestic disturbance at a Macedonia Church Road residence. Upon arrival, a deputy made contact with the victim who stated her husband had hit her.
The victim stated that she and her husband had been watching TV and she began to feel ill. She said that she had recently been released from a hospital, so she headed to her room to lie down. She said her husband said he was about to cook, but she declined the meal due to not feeling well.
Shortly later while she was lying down, her husband came into the room. She turned on the light, and he became irate, questioning why she turned the light on to see what he had cooked. They began arguing because it was an egg sandwich and she cannot eat them.
The husband then told the victim that she could not watch his TV and went to turn the power off in the home. A physical altercation started and at some point, the husband had dragged the woman out of the residence. After that, she got in their truck and called 911. The deputy took photos of the victim’s injuries that supported the allegations, and footage was recorded on the officer’s body camera.
• On Nov. 5, deputies responded to a residence regarding a stolen washing machine. Upon arrival, the victim stated that someone had broken out two windows at his residence and stole a washing machine that was on his front porch.
The victim took the deputies to the side porch to show them the broken window in the door to the porch. Also found was a rock wrapped in what appeared to be either a diaper or puppy pad. The victim then took the officers inside to show them where someone had used the same type weapon to break out the window in the front door.
When the deputies went outside, there was another rock wrapped in the same type material lying on the front porch. It did not appear that anyone had entered the home. The evidence was collected. The victim said that the washing machine appeared to be stolen. The owner of the residence was also present, and an officer requested that she call the office when she gets the windows fixed and give them a copy of the cost of the damages in case they are able to identify the person or persons responsible.
COURT SUMMARY: Cocaine trafficker gets 8 years
An Orangeburg man pleaded guilty to first-offense trafficking in 10 to 28 grams of crack cocaine.
Last month, Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced William Donnell Haynes, 44, of 27 Mockingbird Lane, to eight years in prison.
He credited Haynes for having already served 281 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.
His indictment accuses him of trafficking in crack cocaine on Sept. 1, 2016.
As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the charges of trafficking in heroin 28 grams or more and four counts of first-offense possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
- Jaquavian Kelly, 20, of 449 Metz Drive, North Augusta, pleaded guilty to first-offense simple possession of marijuana.
Dickson sentenced him to time served.
A grand jury indicted Kelly on the charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed Kelly’s charge of unlawful carrying of a pistol.
- Terrance Glover, 42, of 2017 Farr Road, Cope, pleaded guilty to first-offense failure to stop for blue light and first-offense driving under the influence less than .10 blood alcohol concentration.
Dickson sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended to 15 months of probation.
As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the charge of first-offense uninsured motor vehicle fee violation.
- James Eugene Taylor, 36, of 149 LaVista Lane, Holly Hill, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery.
Dickson sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended to one year of probation.
He stipulated that Taylor’s probation could end early if he completes a batterer’s treatment program or obtain his GED.
He ordered Taylor to complete both.
- Jeyaunka Williams Singleton, 36, of 867 Amelia Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to shoplifting enhancement for third or subsequent offense.
Dickson sentenced her to three years in prison, suspended to probation for one year.
He stipulated that her probation term may end after six months if her probation officer recommends it.
According to her indictment, she stole several cases of beer from Dollar General on June 8, 2019.
- Timothy Curtis Lee Pitts, 34 of 109 Jaree Drive, Cordova, pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence.
Dickson sentenced him to 90 days at the OCDC, suspended to one year of probation.
He stipulated that Pitts’ probation may end after he completes a batterer’s treatment program.
A grand jury indicted Pitts on the charge of second-degree domestic violence.
- Tokumbo Gwandoya Howell, 42, of 144 Peach Shed Road, Vance, pleaded guilty to first-offense driving under the influence, less than .10 blood alcohol concentration, second-offense driving under suspension and first-offense failure to stop for blue light.
Dickson sentenced him to two years in prison, provided that after he serves 90 days at the OCDC, the remainder of his sentence is suspended to two years of probation.
He’s allowing Howell to serve his time on weekends.
A grand jury indicted Howell on the charges of second-offense driving under the influence at less than .10 blood alcohol concentration.
- Shinique Pia Bennett, 41, of 118 Tall Pines Drive, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense resisting arrest.
Dickson sentenced her to one year in prison, suspended to nine months of probation.
- Trine Walker, 39, of 403 White Sands Road, Holly Hill, pleaded guilty to second-offense driving under the influence with a .10 blood alcohol concentration and first-offense driving under suspension.
Dickson sentenced her to five days at the OCDC and to pay a $1,000 fine.
Dickson is allowing Walker to serve her time on weekends and pay all court fines and fees on or before Jan. 31, 2020.
A grand jury indicted Walker on a charge of fifth-offense or more driving under the influence less than .10 blood alcohol concentration.
As part of her plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed her charge of habitual traffic offender.
Denmark shooting victims identified
The two men killed at a Denmark convenience store Thursday night have been identified, according to Bamberg County Coroner Billy Duncan.
Kiran Patel, 32, and Chiray Patel, 34, both of Denmark, died from gunshot wounds inside Po Boys, located at 17729 Heritage Highway.
Ashadeep Newspaper, based in Gujarat, India, acknowledged the slayings on its social media page on Friday.
Translated into English, the newspaper reported, “The sad news is that Patel Kiranbhai of Bhatasan village was shot dead in a store in South Carolina, Denmark, and his brother-in-law, Chirag's brother, was also killed. The sad news has caused a wave of mourning throughout the village.”
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating the deaths at the request of Denmark Police Chief Leroy Grimes.
Details about the incident have not yet been released and the case remains under investigation.
SLED has not announced the arrest of a suspect.
Anyone who has information about these homicides is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Report: Orangeburg teen says he’s visited drug houses with father
Someone reported at 6 p.m. Thursday that a man was smoking crack at a Whittaker Parkway home, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The caller claimed the man visits several residences to smoke crack and that several homes in the area are crack houses.
The teen son said that they don’t have any electricity or food at their home, the caller said.
The caller and one of the men’s sons claim that the man has neglected his children for about eight years, the report said.
One teen son told deputies that he’d been to several crack houses with this father, the report said.
A Department of Social Services agent is going to follow up on the allegations.
In an unrelated report, a Sawaga Street woman alleges that her ex-boyfriend stole her vehicle.
She reported Thursday afternoon that her ex came into her room, removed her keys from her pocketbook and took her 2006 silver Toyota Avalon, according to the report.
Her ex-boyfriend apologized for taking her vehicle, she said.
The woman told deputies that he never had consent to drive her vehicle.
The vehicle is valued at $5,500.
Former Tri-County chairman indicted by Calhoun County grand jury
A Calhoun County grand jury indicted former Tri-County Electric Cooperative chairman Heath Hill on five charges.
He’s facing one count of common law misconduct in office and four counts for violations of the Ethics, Government Accountability and Campaign Reform Act of 1991.
A bond hearing date has not been set.
"At this point in the process, the indictments are mere accusations," First Circuit Court Solicitor David Pascoe said Friday. "Mr. Hill is presumed innocent until proven guilty."
Pascoe declined further comment, noting South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is still investigating the matter.
An investigation was launched in August 2018 into the Tri-County Electric Cooperative board after concerns were raised about the board's conduct.
Some Tri-County employees claimed at the time that Hill interfered as the co-op attempted to restore power after major storms, directing employees to restore power to his family and friends before others.
Employees at the time also alleged that some former board members used their influence to have co-op employees clear trees and debris from private property owned by friends and install electric lines to power irrigation equipment on large farms.
The employees said they feared retaliation from the board so they did the jobs.
2 shot, killed in Denmark; SLED investigating apparent robbery
Someone shot and killed two men inside of a Denmark convenience store at 10:41 p.m. Thursday, Bamberg County Coroner Billy Duncan said.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating the apparent armed robbery that occurred at Po Boys, located at 17729 Heritage Highway.
Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg, said the deaths are heartbreaking.
“To call this a senseless tragedy is an understatement. These individuals were working hard to make an honest living, and no one deserves to be gunned down this way. Theft, robbery and murder will never be acceptable here,” he said.
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need the entire community to help not only catch the individuals responsible, but to put a stop to the violence we have seen lately. While I understand that fear often stops people from coming forward with information when crimes occur, keeping information to yourself could result in your loved one, neighbor or even yourself being the next innocent victim of criminals who deserve to be behind bars for the crimes they have committed,” Bamberg said.
SLED is investigating at the request of Denmark Police Chief Leroy Grimes, SLED spokesman Tommy Crosby said.
Details about the incident have not yet been released and the case remains under investigation.
The bodies of the two men underwent autopsies in Newberry on Friday afternoon, Duncan said.
Duncan said he was unable to release the names of the deceased on Friday night because the parents of one of the victims lives out of the state and has to be notified.
SLED has not announced the arrest of a suspect.
4-vehicle crash stalls I-95 traffic
Collisions occurred between two tractor-trailers and two vehicles on Interstate 95 northbound, blocking the right lane at mile marker 86, Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell of the S.C. Highway Patrol said.
The collision occurred at 1:05 p.m. Thursday.
One of the tractor-trailers blocked the right lane, Tidwell said.
Tidwell said no one was seriously injured.
He explained that the collisions occurred as interstate traffic began to slow down.
That’s when a tractor-trailer struck a car, he said.
The car then struck an SUV.
The tractor-trailer continued going and then it struck another tractor-trailer.
At that point, the initial tractor-trailer became disabled, Tidwell said.
Throughout the afternoon, northbound traffic was backed up about eight miles.
The right lane remained blocked into the night.
North couple thwarts burglary; husband shoots at would-be thief’s vehicle
A couple arrived at their daughter’s Waters Ferry Road residence just before noon on Wednesday only to find a suspicious vehicle in the yard of her North home.
The couple drove to the front yard and honked their horn.
Moments later, a man opened the front door, looked at them and slammed the door closed, an incident report states.
Not long after that, a man came running from behind the house and got into the mysterious green vehicle in the front yard.
As the man entered the green vehicle, the husband stood in front of it.
The man attempted to flee the scene, but the husband pulled his .380-caliber handgun and told the man not to leave.
The wife called 911 and the husband told the man he had to wait for deputies to arrive.
The man told the husband he was trying to find Gaston and begged him not to call law enforcement, the report states.
As the man drove forward, the husband stepped to the driver’s side of the green vehicle. He continued to tell the man not to leave, but the man put the vehicle in reverse and backed up quickly.
The husband then fired a shot at the man’s tire to try and stop him.
As the man continued to drive, the husband fired more shots at the vehicle.
The man got away.
A deputy and a North police officer made sure no one was inside of the home and found an open window in the rear of the house.
A deputy was able to locate evidence at the scene. It was secured.
A neighbor showed the deputy video surveillance from her home security system.
The burglary task force is investigating the incident.
If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
North man shot while feeding dogs
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office
A North man suffered a gunshot wound to his right calf when he went out to feed his dogs just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Deputies met with the injured man and his girlfriend at the Regional Medical Center.
The girlfriend said her boyfriend went outside to feed the dogs and she soon heard a single gunshot.
She ran outside and saw him holding his leg while saying, “I’ve been shot.”
The man told deputies a similar story.
He said he went out to feed his dogs and heard a single gunshot.
His leg began to burn and he looked down and saw blood coming from it.
He didn’t hear anyone say or yell anything before or after the gunshot. He told authorities he’s not a gang member and he doesn’t have any issues with anyone, the report states.
A deputy visited the Wisterwood Circle area and didn’t find any shell casing.
In other reports:
• The S.C. Department of Social Services asked the sheriff’s office to look into allegations of abuse and neglect at an Orangeburg home.
The agency alleges that a woman and her daughters use drugs around minor children, including an instance where the woman is pictured on social media smoking marijuana with her grandson.
The agency claimed that the children are sent to the drug dealer’s car to get the drugs when they arrive.
Other allegations include: the children “are beat all the time,” one of the children has been seen with a burn on his left shoulder, children are locked in their rooms so adults don’t have to deal with them, the residence has holes in the walls and floors along with wet carpet and mold.
Another allegation is that the woman and her daughters are prostitutes and they offer two of the minor children for drugs, the report states.
• A deputy reported that someone broke into his county-issued vehicle which he’d parked at The Country Inn and Suites on Citadel Road in Orangeburg around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday.
He reported that someone shattered his driver’s side window and removed cash from the glove compartment.
The deputy noted that he’d placed a key was the cup holder, but he discovered someone put it in the keyhole to the trunk.
He said that no one entered the trunk and none of his department-issued equipment was stolen or damaged.
Updated: Orangeburg mother charged with murder in teen’s death; attorney says no medical evidence of crime
An Orangeburg mother is accused of killing her 16-year-old daughter by withholding medical care. The teen’s grandmother is charged with neglect.
But the women’s attorney says the disabled child lived longer than expected and died of natural causes.
“The fact is, the child died because she was not expected to live past age 1,” attorney Lawrence Keitt said during a court hearing Wednesday.
“She was 16 when she died. She had very serious medical problems and those problems were the cause of her death,” he said. “The coroner had an autopsy done. The child was found to have died from natural causes, so they have no medical evidence that there was anything wrong with this child.”
The sheriff’s office charged Kynika Green, 32, of Beason Road with murder in the April 30 death of T’Kia Smith. Dasie Green, 64, is charged with unlawful neglect of a child.
Smith shared a home with her mother and grandmother, warrants state.
“This is a tragic, tragic situation no matter how you see it,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said.
“There were other children in the home. They lost a sister. No winners here,” he said.
Kynika Green’s warrant accuses her of “repeatedly withholding medical care” from Smith beginning on the day she was born on Nov. 22, 2002 until her death on April 30, 2019.
That alleged neglect ultimately caused Smith’s death, the warrant says.
Dasie Green’s warrant accuses her of placing her grandchild “in physical harm by neglecting her medical needs.”
Investigator Andy Hayes described the investigation as lengthy, hard and “very extensive.”
He noted that the S.C. Law Enforcement Division’s juvenile death team assisted in the investigation.
Keitt said the child was misdiagnosed.
“Trouble is, none of the doctors who misdiagnosed her condition is here, so if they really want to bring charges against anybody, they would bring it against the doctors, not the parents, but apparently that’s not the case here,” he said.
“They like to persecute the mother because on the day of the funeral they called her down to try to answer some questions so they could finish this investigation,” he said.
Keitt said officials have no medical evidence supporting their claims.
“We know they have no medical evidence because (the S.C. Department of Social Services) filed a civil suit against the mother and we requested they produce evidence. That’s been six months. They haven’t produced anything,” Keitt said.
“This investigation consists solely of them saying they did research and they could’ve done things differently,” he added.
“There’s no criminal activity here. These charges are very, very suspicious.”
Tonya James of DSS told the court, “DSS has had incidents with Ms. Green and her mother since 2013 and it started with neglect of this very child who is now deceased. Currently, the remaining children are in care as a result of their arrests yesterday.”
James said that if Dasie Green posts bond, the grandchildren would like to see her and DSS would make arrangements for visitations.
On the day of Smith’s death, EMS workers attempted life-saving measures on her. She continued to be unresponsive, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
A deputy attempted to speak with Kynika Green, but “due to her state of shock she was unable to fully communicate” with the deputy, the report states.
Dasie Green told deputies that she last saw Smith around 11 p.m. on April 29 but Kynika Green checked on Smith several times throughout the night, the report states.
Dasie Green said at 5:30 a.m., her daughter realized Smith was unresponsive.
Deputies learned then that Smith had several medical concerns.
“This deputy did not observe any medication within the residence nor did the parent advise that the juvenile took anything upon question,” the incident report states.
The report goes on to say, “Due to the nature of the incident, on-call Inv. Andy Hayes was notified. Hayes responded to the scene.”
SLED also arrived on the scene, the report notes.
Smith’s obituary with Glover’s Funeral Home says, “She came into the world as a fighter. She was a 3-pound, 5-ounce baby who decided that she was coming into this world and no one was going to tell her how to live.”
She touched many people with her smile. She loved to sing, eat and laugh, the obituary continues.
She was “full of joy and was a caretaker when it came to her younger siblings,” it says.
The mother and grandmother appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus on Wednesday afternoon.
Doremus set a $25,000 cash or surety bond, with a 10-percent pay option, on Dasie Green.
Kynika Green will remain at the Orangeburg County Detention Center. A circuit judge may consider setting her bond at a later date.
Neither of the women have criminal records.
If convicted, Kynika Green faces up to life in prison. Dasie Green faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine if she’s convicted.
Orangeburg man sought; last seen near St. Matthews on Oct. 31
Authorities are asking for the public’s help locating a 36-year-old man last seen near St. Matthews on Oct. 31.
One of Jeremy Ballew’s family members reported Monday that she hadn’t heard from him since she dropped him off at a residence on Free Moon Circle near Fall Branch Road.
A deputy spoke with the Free Moon Circle resident on Monday. The resident told the deputy she’d not seen Ballew in a couple of weeks.
She said that Ballew spent one night there and then left on foot.
Ballew, who has an Orangeburg address, is a white male, standing six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds.
He has tattoos on both arms. On his left outer bicep, he has a tattoo of a cross.
He was last seen with a black shirt, blue jeans and a gray backpack.
Officials hope someone recalls seeing him or knows where to locate him.
Anyone with information about Ballew’s whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office at 1-803-874-2741.
Orangeburg woman, girlfriend allegedly injured by ex with knife
A 32-year-old Orangeburg woman claims her ex-girlfriend threw boiling water at her and stabbed her several times, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Her current girlfriend was also injured.
The woman said she and her ex were hanging out around midnight Saturday when the woman's current girlfriend came over to gather some clothes.
The ex became upset and grabbed a pot of boiling water off the stove, the report states. She allegedly threw it at the woman.
The woman believes her ex purposely started boiling the water to throw it on her, the report states.
The three women then got into a physical altercation, with the ex allegedly jabbing a knife at the woman's current girlfriend.
The woman said she took her ex off her girlfriend.
The ex then allegedly started hitting her in the head with her fist along with stabbing her with the knife.
The woman suffered lacerations to her forehead, finger and arm and needed medical attention. Her current girlfriend suffered lacerations to her chin and forehead, according to the report.
The ex left the residence toting the knife, the report said.
Orangeburg woman: Ex shot at my vehicle
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office
An 18-year old Orangeburg woman says her ex-boyfriend shot at her vehicle Saturday evening, according to an incident report.
The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. as the woman was driving to her home.
The woman said her ex spotted a passenger in her car.
She claims he shot at her vehicle, possibly because he thought her passenger was a man.
The four to five gunshots missed the vehicle and no one was injured in the incident, the report said.
In other reports:
• A 72-year-old Orangeburg man says he’s been storing items in his car since a June fire damaged his home. Now people are stealing his stuff.
He reported a four-foot bronze sculpture valued at $6,500 and an antique bronze cash register valued at $1,500 were stolen from the rear of his 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe.
The man said the items were in the vehicle because his house was damaged in a fire.
The man has been displaced from his home due to repairs and renovations.
The man said he does not have the documentation on the value of the items as it was destroyed in the house fire.
• A Neeses man says his 2010 gray Toyota Camry 4S is missing, along with his debit card and $80 from his wallet.
The vehicle is valued at $4,000.
• A 2004 brown Nissan Maxima was reported stolen from Blewer's Automotive.
The vehicle was stolen from the Bamberg Road dealership on the morning of Oct. 28. It is valued at $2,000.
• A Cordova man had his 2004 red Dodge Durango stolen Sunday night from his Open Drive residence.
The victim said the car was open with the keys located in the car's ash tray, the incident report said.
The Durango is valued at $2,000.
• A Cameron woman took her burgundy 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee to a Charleston Highway residence for repairs on Saturday, Nov. 2. When she went back to pick her vehicle up a week later, it was gone.
The woman said she did not have the phone number of the person fixing her vehicle, but she had conducted business with him in the past.
The vehicle is valued at $2,000.
Vehicle, driver sought in Gaston hit-and-run
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the vehicle and driver involved in an apparent hit-and-run on Tuesday at 6:45 a.m. which resulted in heavy damage to a church sign.
According to an incident report, a Ford vehicle struck the brick sign of Denny Memorial Southern Methodist Church, located at 1605 Old State Road.
“Among the damaged bricks from the sign were pieces of a headlight with Ford stamped on it,” the incident report states.
The damage to the sign is estimated at $1,500.
The vehicle appears to be a tan or gold colored sedan. If anyone has information about this vehicle and driver, they are asked to contact the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department at 1-803-874-2741 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Woman accused of breach of trust; St. Matthews embezzlement charge dismissed
A St. Matthews woman is accused of using her employer’s debit card for her personal use.
Her employer says bank discrepancies exceed $18,000, according to a Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office incident report and warrant.
Tammy Waltz Carson, 49, of 719 Preference Road, is facing one count of breach of trust with fraudulent intent valued at $10,000 or more.
Carson’s arrest warrant alleges that she admitted to her employer in emails and text messages to using business funds for her own personal use.
The alleged crime took place between March 19, 2018 and Oct. 21, 2019.
The employer told the sheriff’s office that he’d employed Carson to handle administrative and financial duties for his two companies.
She was the only employee who had access to a specific company-issued debit card, the employer told the sheriff’s office.
He first thought something was amiss when he noticed a debit card transaction for a restaurant in Cayce while he was out of town, the report states.
The receipt included meals for four people.
The employer thought that someone may have fraudulently used the debit card, so he went to the Cayce restaurant to ask about the transaction.
Management there showed him the bill bearing his signature, but in Carson’s handwriting, the incident report states.
He told deputies that was when he decided to look into other financial discrepancies.
As he reviewed his two businesses’ financial records, he discovered “multiple liens against his companies including, but not limited to, S.C. and federal taxes for failure to pay payroll taxes. This was also Ms. Carson’s duty and responsibility for her position with the company,” the incident report states.
The owner reviewed his financial records and tallied total of discrepancies at $18,082.30, but the estimate continued to rise, the incident report states.
After his initial contact with the sheriff’s office, the employer contacted the office again to state he’d met with Carson and her family.
During that meeting, he accepted a restitution check of $50,000 on behalf of Carson, the report states.
The employer told the sheriff’s office that he didn’t wish to pursue any additional charges against her.
Carson turned herself in to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 1. A magistrate set her bond at $10,000 and released her on her personal recognizance.
If convicted of the felony, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine.
Carson formerly worked for the Town of St. Matthews. The S.C. Law Enforcement Division charged Carson with embezzlement of public funds of $10,000 or more in January 2018.
According to a SLED background check, Carson’s charge was dismissed at a preliminary hearing on Aug. 20, 2019.
Cameron man stopped with drugs, guns in St. Matthews
St. Matthews Police Department
A Cameron man was arrested with drugs and firearms after a traffic stop.
On Oct. 25, two officers were conducting a safety checkpoint at H. R. Huff Drive and Gressette Boulevard when they saw a gray Nissan Maxima make an illegal turn to avoid the checkpoint. One officer pursued the vehicle and stopped it. The suspect was eating in his vehicle and when he moved his plate, the officer saw a black Smith & Wesson .380 pistol.
The officer secured the vehicle and smelled the odor of marijuana. He found 3.92 grams of marijuana, an ecstasy pill and two additional firearms, both Mossberg 71P .22 caliber pistols. The firearms were valued at $1,500.
In other reports:
• On Oct. 26, a St. Matthews woman reported a break-in of her residence in which she encountered the unknown subject. The back door had been forced open.
• On Oct. 27, 2019, an officer observed a blue/gray Ford Taurus driving at 51 mph in a 30-mph zone. He stopped the driver, a St. Matthews man. Upon a search of the vehicle, the officer found 0.09 grams of marijuana and an open container that had either beer or wine in it.
Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office
• On Oct. 20, a Columbia-based contractor reported that a home owned by a client was broken into and holes were cut through the sheet rock and copper pipes cut out by an unknown suspect. The damage and loss were valued at $600.
• On Oct. 23, a Gaston woman reported that someone had attempted to break into her car. She said the attempt was unsuccessful, but the vehicle was damaged.
• On Oct. 23, an employee of a Louisiana-based company reported that a site was broken into and a Caterpillar front-end loader taken by cutting through a fence. The loss was valued at $250,500.
• On Oct. 25, a St. Matthews man reported that his lock box was broken into four times, with a total of $1,400 taken. A suspect was identified from surveillance camera footage. The total loss was valued at $1,430.
Bamberg police investigate break-ins
Bamberg police investigated two unrelated break-ins recently.
On Sept. 30, an officer was dispatched to the Second Chance Thrift Store in reference to a burglary. Upon the officer’s arrival, another officer was already at the scene and showed him a broken glass door with a hole in it large enough for someone to walk through.
The complainant told the officer that a trash can was on the opposite side of the doorway when he left the previous day, and it appeared that someone moved it to avoid detection. The complainant also stated that the only items he noticed missing were some televisions.
Photographs were taken, and follow-up with possible video footage from the business next door will be made.
In an unrelated incident on Oct. 1, an officer was dispatched to the Ness Sports Complex in reference to a break-in/burglary complaint. Upon arrival on the scene, the complainant told the officer that he had gone to the concession building and noticed the chain and two locks securing the back doors had been cut and the doors were wide open.
The complainant side that he noticed the window air-conditioning unit had been removed and numerous items were missing. The officer observed a portion of cut chain and secured it for evidence. The complainant also stated that the park had been occupied the previous evening until around 9 p.m., and everything had been secured upon leaving.
Items reported stolen included two hot dog cookers, a window air-conditioning unit, a microwave oven, two stainless steel tea urns, various food items and stainless steel pans.
In other reports:
• On the morning of Oct. 23, an officer was called to South State Bank in reference to a financial card transaction fraud. Upon the officer’s arrival, the victim stated that a subject had come into his room to use his phone to call his grandmother. When the victim woke up and went to the bank, he discovered his account had been frozen due to questionable activity, and his pocket card with his account information and his driver’s license were missing from his wallet.
The bank’s branch manager informed the officer of three different withdrawals from three different bank locations that had occurred on the victim’s account within just a little over a two-hour period. The information will be forwarded to the appropriate jurisdictions for prosecution.
• Bamberg units were dispatched to the area of Kemp’s Law Firm the morning of Oct. 31 in reference to a subject causing a disturbance and scaring employees. A county deputy was on-site and was able to direct the officer to the subject’s location.
Officers had been receiving calls from dispatch that the subject had been calling numerous times stating that people were trying to rob him, trying to shoot him, hiding out in bushes, and more. He had been calling 911 to make what seemed to be unfounded complaints.
The officer made contact with the subject, who had a pocket knife sticking out of his front right pants pocket. The officer removed the knife, placed the subject in handcuffs and advised him that he was under arrest for unlawful use of 911. The subject mentioned the snipers, people hiding in bushes and other claims to the officer.
The subject denied calling 911, saying the bank called, not him. The officer is aware 911 calls are recorded. Due to the subject disturbing employees at the law firm, he was additionally charged with disturbing the peace. Litter Control also charged him with littering.
• On the night of Nov. 2, a woman called Bamberg County Dispatch to report her car had been stolen. The victim resides within Bamberg city limits, so a city officer was dispatched.
Upon the officer’s arrival, the victim told the officer that she had laid down to rest after attending a funeral. When she awoke, she discovered her daughter had left her residence and had taken her car along with her cellphone without her permission.
The officer returned to the station and attempted to contact the victim’s daughter with no success. The officer left a message and phone number for her to contact him. Due to a lack of response from the subject, a copy of the report will be turned over to central dispatch to be entered into the National Crime Information Center database as a stolen vehicle.
• On the night of Nov. 5, officers were dispatched to a Carlisle Street location in reference a female stating her daughter was trying to leave with her mother’s keys.
At the scene, an officer asked the subject where her mother’s vehicle was. The subject said that it was at the library. The officer then arrested the subject, and another officer transported her to jail and placed a hold on her.
Upon searching to reported stolen vehicle, the officer found three blunts that are suspected to contain marijuana in the passenger’s side door handle. The evidence will be attached to the case file.