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Law Enforcement Report - Feb. 29, 2012

One man, four incidents reports, no arrests -- yet

Posted: February 28, 2012 5:16 p.m.
Updated: February 29, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies received reports involving an 18-year-old Camden man four times in three days. In the first report, the man called his 17-year-old girlfriend -- with whom he has a 14-month-old child -- and asked her for money. When she refused, he allegedly threatened to break her neck and texted and called her continuously for the next two hours making similar threats. He allegedly showed up when she went to pick up her younger sister from school and allegedly yelled at her and banged on the vehicle, even breaking a door handle by pulling it. The man reportedly fled before deputies arrived.

Several hours later, deputies responded to a call from one of the suspect’s family members. That man said he let the suspect and a 19-year-old Camden man stay in a camper behind the house, but learned they were “cooking meth” and told them they had to leave. He said the two younger men jumped on him, with the 18-year-old allegedly hitting him in the face with a brick. The responding deputy said the man was suffering from a cut over his eye and a bleeding lip. He also said the younger men broke the glass door to his residence. An anonymous caller said they heard three gun shots come from the residence.

Family members asked deputies to return several hours later, reporting the same two young men allegedly broke out the left rear window of a Land Rover; and keyed, cut the seats and dash, and slashed one of the tires to the same victim’s Ford F-150.

All of those incidents are believed to have taken place Feb. 23. Three days later, on Sunday, deputies responded to a Haile Street, Camden, residence where a man said the 18-year-old suspect “hangs out at a burned down house” nearby. He said the suspect yelled that he would “kill everybody” and then left through a wooded area before deputies arrived.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 20-26:

With a warrant in hand for crack cocaine distribution charges, KCSO narcotics agents arrested Henry White, 52, of Mimosa Lane, Lugoff, which is off Nick Watts Road near Pine Grove Road. According to a KCSO report, agents arrived at White’s home around 5 p.m. Feb. 20 and made contact with a 50-year-old Lugoff man walking from the home toward a white Ford F-150. When he saw agents, he reportedly discarded a quantity of crack cocaine, but was detained before he could leave. He admitted to buying the crack from White for $30. Agents then went to the front door and announced their presence. White reportedly came to the door, saw the agents and tried flee into the home. Agents detained him in the living room where they found crack cocaine on the coffee table in plain view and a pistol within arm’s reach. Elsewhere in the home, agents found a quantity of marijuana in a pill bottle, two half-smoked marijuana cigarettes, three crack pipes and a functional digital scale. Agents arrested White on the two outstanding warrants for distribution of crack cocaine, an additional charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and simple possession of marijuana. Agents charged the other man with possession of crack cocaine. Agents also seized a 1998 Mercedes behind White’s home. Agents said they did so “due to the fact that Henry White has no source of legal income and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office has proven with a total of five crack distribution arrest, (White’s) income is the result of drug distribution. Furthermore, (White) has obtained at least two South Carolina drivers’ license(s) using a name of another (person) which is connected to the car.”

KCSO narcotics agents arrested two Lugoff men – one 32, the other, 34 -- Feb. 20 on drug charges after stopping the vehicle they were in for minor traffic violations while driving near the intersection of Taylor Road and Taylor Court in Lugoff off Grey Fox Road. The men reportedly ignored one of the agents’ blue lights and did not stop until arriving at one of the suspect’s home on Taylor Court. According to a KCSO report, agents seized more than 2 grams of crack cocaine and more than $1,000 from inside the car. They also indicated that, despite his official address, the second suspect was living at the Taylor Court home and that they made contact with him “as he delivered crack cocaine and marijuana back to his residence.” Agents then obtained a search warrant for the home. Inside, they found two bags of marijuana weighing more than 30 grams total. They also found two digital scales, including one with white powder residue on it; a grinder; a box of sandwich bags near one of the digital scales; one marijuana smoking pipe; and a clear roll of plastic wrap. Agents charged both with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Agents left children found at the home under other adult supervision.

Someone broke into a U.S. 1 South, Lugoff pawn shop and stole $1,500 in electronics. Deputies arrived on the scene around 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21 to find employees standing outside. As two deputies started to enter the business, they found a security camera near the door had been turned up and the power box beside it had been broken open. Once inside, deputies found several .50 caliber rifles and a bow on the floor. They also found the keypad for the alarm head been removed from the wall and thrown to the floor. When the deputies reached the store’s rear storage area, they noticed a hole in the cinder block and a pile of merchandise about 5 feet from the building. The pile included two video game consoles, drum machine, microphone, earring and necklace set. Deputies also found two power cords for laptops in a ditch at U.S. 1. Across the street, they found a speaker box containing 2 15-inch speakers. Deputies returned the recovered items, but learned that a 32-inch TV, three laptop computers, two black powder guns (.50 caliber) and a pellet gun were all missing.

A KCSO narcotics agent arrested a 32-year-old Bethune man already facing a crack distribution charge on further drug charges. The agent reported seeing the man’s white Chevrolet Caprice leave a store in the Cassatt area and turn on to U.S. 1 without using a turn signal. A short chase took place, ending on Hettie Rickett Road. The man admitted to driving under suspension and said he had just been ticketed by a female S.C. Highway Patrol trooper. The agent arrested the man for driving under suspension. He also smelled the odor of marijuana. The agent noticed loose marijuana on the front floorboard and passenger seat along with a small razor blade with what appeared to be cocaine residue on it. The agent saw what appeared to be rocks of crack cocaine on a panel hanging down from the dashboard. The agent also found a digital scale with white powder residue on the backseat. All the rock-like material tested positive for cocaine. The agent charged the man with a second offense of simple possession of marijuana and possession of crack cocaine.

A deputy cited a 19-year-old Elgin woman on drug charges after finding her with three other people parked in a car in a high school parking lot. A deputy patrolling the area found the car with its headlights on in the parking lot around 1:15 a.m. Friday. The deputy reported smelling marijuana after approaching the vehicle and obtained permission to search it. He found a pink grinder inside with approximately .1 gram of marijuana and two marijuana “roaches.” The woman admitted they had smoked marijuana earlier and that the marijuana in the car was hers. She was ticketed for the marijuana possession. Meanwhile, the deputy arrested someone else in the car on two outstanding bench warrants.

A man who called 911 ended up being the one arrested. The 46-year-old Lugoff man called 911 regarding a domestic disturbance. When deputies arrived, he complained that his 36-year-old pregnant girlfriend scratched him on his right jaw and ear. It turned out she might have done so in self defense. She and a 22-year-old woman at the scene said the man came home, began arguing with everyone, went into the bedroom to retrieve a gun and threatened to shoot his girlfriend and everyone in the house. After speaking with the man, deputies arrested him and took him to jail.

A 54-year-old Kershaw woman turned herself in to a deputy on patrol in the Old Georgetown and Fletcher roads area. She said she had been wanted by the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services since 2001. The deputy checked and found she was wanted out of Richland County. A check of online records indicate the woman pleaded guilty to breach of trust more than $5,000 in 1997 and was sentenced to 10 years in jail suspended upon five years probation. She is now in custody at Richland County’s Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

A man who said he has acted as a caretaker for a Running Fox Road, Camden, home owned by a Hilton Head couple for 30 years said he checked on the property Sunday and discovered it had been burglarized. He said a number of firearms were taken from the home including a 12 gauge single shot shotgun, .25 caliber automatic rifle, two 12 gauge automatic shotguns, a double barrel 12 gauge shotgun and a .45 caliber rifle.

A deputy arrested and charged Jonathan Lamar Mathis, 27, of Rembert, with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine after stopping the car in which Mathis was a passenger. The deputy made the stop of the driver’s 2008 Dodge Charger on I-20 at Doc Humphries Road. The deputy found him to be in possession of 8 grams of crack cocaine and $795 cash.

Deputies responded to a Jefferson Davis Highway, Bethune, home where an 86-year-old man allegedly threatened several family members with an ax in order to force them to leave the home. A deputy spoke to the man, and he admitted that was the case. He was not arrested.

Someone pried open the door to a Brevard Road, Lugoff, home and stole a $1,000 man’s gold ring, five wrist watches worth approximately $500 total and another small pocket watch attached to a small pocket knife.

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Lugoff man during a traffic stop on White Pond Road after finding him in possession of a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana.

Deputies arrested a 38-year-old Elgin woman on U.S. 1 in Elgin following a traffic stop after finding what appeared to be marijuana in her purse.

A 58-year-old quadriplegic man claimed his 57-year-old brother hurt him by jerking him by the neck.

Someone entered a Dry Branch Road, Lugoff, home and stole a pump action shotgun.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 12 simple assault; 10 larceny; eight simple possession of marijuana and vandalism; seven intimidation; three aggravated assault, burglary and DUI; two breach of trust, counterfeit/forgery, driving under suspension, harassing or obscene phone call and trespassing; and one ATM/credit card fraud, bad checks, death, identity theft, no driver’s license, public disorderly conduct, suicide and theft of a motor vehicle.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested a 52-year-old Camden man on drug charges after being called to a West DeKalb Street motel in response to a disturbance.

Officers reported learning the man had been harassing residents and that he appeared to be intoxicated when they approached him. While talking to him, the man reportedly kept putting his right hand back in his pocket claiming to be retrieving his wallet. Instead, he reportedly pulled out a crack pipe.

Officers had to forcibly remove the man’s hand from his pocket. When they did, he not only pulled out the crack pipe, but a small piece of crack cocaine. The man claimed he had just purchased it from a woman in one of the motel rooms. At that point, the man reportedly began yelling profanities at officers, the woman and her juvenile son.

An officer searched the woman’s room as a precaution but turned up nothing. Officers arrested the man and took him to jail, charging him with possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct and possession of crack cocaine.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 20-26:

Officers arrested a 43-year-old Camden woman after she allegedly attacked her husband during an argument over his obtaining a neighbor’s phone number. An officer arriving on the scene reported being able to see through a front window that the woman was attacking the man. He entered through the open front door to find them in the living room. He said the woman appeared to be extremely intoxicated, agitated and had blood on her hands and clothes. The report did not indicate what, if any, injuries the man suffered or if the woman used any kind of weapon during the attack.

The manager of a West DeKalb Street restaurant said she discovered that $200 the store usually uses to open each business day was missing. She checked with the regional manager and then discovered the rear door to the business appeared “bowed,” by possibly being pried at the top and bottom of the door. The suspect also appeared to have disconnected the cords from the closed circuit television feed. The cash registered also appeared to have been pried open.

The CPD is looking into the possibility that a 63-year-old Irmo man is taking advantage of an 83-year-old Camden man being cared for at the hospital. The report stated the man was recently moved from one part of the hospital to another. It said the man’s wife died in January. The report listed $49,000 as stolen.

Someone broke into a Chesnut Street home and stole refrigerator and two VCRs. A woman who acts as a caretaker for the home said it appeared someone had been living in the home, which is supposed to be vacant.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four third degree (simple) assault; three shoplifting; two vandalism; and one burglary, obscene or harassing phone call and public disorderly conduct.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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