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of Public Safety

A gunman robbed a fast-food restaurant at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Employees at the Cookout on John C. Calhoun Drive reported that the gunman waited in line behind three customers. When his turn arrived, he ordered a double burger tray.

He then shattered the glass of the walk-up window, pointed the gun at a cashier and demanded that she give him money.

The manager handed an undetermined amount of cash over to the gunman, who then left the scene.

The manager and the cashier described the gunman as a dark-skinned black male, standing about 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing black pants, a black skull hat and a gray long-sleeved shirt with a neon green T-shirt underneath it.

Call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC if you have any information about the robbery.



Sheriff’s Office

An Orangeburg woman received stitches to the back of her head after her 13-year-old foster son allegedly assaulted her with a metal paper towel holder on Tuesday night, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

Deputies responded to a Penn Road residence at 8:19 p.m. where they found the foster mother holding a blood-saturated towel on the back of her head.

She told deputies that her foster son was upset with her due to an incident from a week ago when he allegedly removed her Dodge Durango without her permission, the report said.

She punished him by taking away his cellphone.

The 13-year-old became increasingly defiant toward her, she said.

On Tuesday night, she asked him to take a bath, but he refused, the report said.

She then turned her back to him and began to prepare dinner for him and another foster child when the 13-year-old allegedly picked up the paper towel holder and struck her in the back of her head.

Deputies claim the teen told them, “She was getting smart with me and I wanted to do that for a long time now.”

Medics transported the foster mother to the Regional Medical Center, where she received stitches for her injury.

Deputies released the 13-year-old to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

In other reports:

  • A Muna Avenue woman called deputies at 7:22 a.m. Tuesday when she realized someone stole her 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier coupe, which she left running idle in front of her residence for 30 minutes.

She said the vehicle is valued at $3,000.

  • The owner of Bells Marina called law enforcement on Tuesday morning when he discovered money was missing from the bank deposit he made the previous afternoon, according to an incident report.

He said a local bank reported that the amount of money he listed on a deposit slip didn’t match the amount of money in the deposit bag.

Nearly $1,200 was missing from the bag.

He explained to deputies that he counted the money and completed the deposit form and left it in his office for about 20 minutes on Monday afternoon. He then returned to his office, grabbed the deposit bag and went to the bank.

Once the bank notified him of the discrepancy, he reviewed video footage from the office.

He told deputies the video showed someone went to his office during the 20 minutes he was away from it, the report said.

Deputies said they watched the video and saw the person sitting at the owner’s desk and retrieving items nearby.

After the person sat at the desk for a few minutes, they stood up, placed something in their pocket and left as the owner walked in, according to deputies.


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