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Police Report for Sept. 22, 2010

One arrested, others sought in drug case

Posted: September 16, 2010 11:50 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2010 5:00 a.m.

A 19-year-old Camden man was arrested late Friday night and others were being sought after a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy witnessed a drug deal while on patrol.

The deputy was on foot patrol in the parking lot of a U.S. 1 South, Elgin, apartment complex due to complaints of drug activity when he saw a 2005 Chevy Impala pull into the parking lot. The engine was never turned off and no one got out. Another vehicle then pulled into the parking lot; the driver got out and approached the Impala.

The deputy reported seeing the driver of that car roll down the window and the suspect from the second car hand him a baggie. The deputy then approached the Impala which fled at a high rate of speed, causing the deputy to have to jump out of the way.

The other suspect, a 19-year-old Elgin man, fled on foot with the deputy in pursuit. He was able to catch the suspect after a short foot chase. The man had two small bags of marijuana and a half-empty bottle of liquor in his pockets. He was arrested for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and being a minor in possession of liquor.

The Impala was traced to an Elgin suspect who was being sought for questioning at the time of the report.

In a separate, unrelated incident, two 26-year-old Cassatt men were arrested on drug and other charges after a deputy on patrol Sunday on Old Georgetown Road West saw them pull off to the side of the road and turn their lights off. When the deputy approached and shined a spot light on the vehicle, it sped off at high speed. The deputy activated blue lights and pursued, watching as the occupants began throwing objects, including plastic baggies, out the window. The vehicle turned on Elliott Road and then onto Holland, Porter and Providence roads, jumping U.S. 1 violently enough to cause damage to the car's oil pan.

White smoke began coming from the rear of the vehicle at which point the suspects turned on their headlights and continued to try to evade the deputy. A felony traffic stop was eventually conducted on Scaley Bark Road off Cassatt Road. After detaining both suspects, the deputy noticed the strong odor of marijuana and found several burnt marijuana cigars. He also found a small set of scales and a marijuana grinder.

The driver was charged with driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue lights and simple possession of marijuana. The passenger was charged with simple possession of marijuana. Charges connected to the drug paraphernalia had not been filed at the time of the report.

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) also reported the following other incidents during the period of Sept. 13-19:

Someone entered a vacant home on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff being used for storage and removed several kitchen items, a bag of clothes, two bedroom dressers, other clothes and other household goods. The thieves also went into an unlocked van and stole some pots, pans and dishes.

A woman living on Watts Hill Road near Elgin returned home from her father's funeral to find someone had managed to enter the home and steal a video game console, 15 to 20 games and two controllers.

A 37-year-old Camden man was arrested after approaching a school zone on Bishopville Highway while a deputy was directing traffic. The deputy, who was standing in a lane of traffic, tried to get the man to stop, but the driver could not and entered the school property at a high rate of speed almost striking the deputy and several vehicles. The deputy quickly determined the man was driving under suspension and indicated in his report that the man appeared nervous. After gaining consent to search the man's 2000 Ford minivan, the deputy found a plastic bag containing approximately 1 gram of marijuana.The man was arrested and taken to jail where he was charged with simple possession of marijuana, driving under suspension, failure to surrender a driver's license and defective brakes.

A Camden woman reported that she received a phone call from two men claiming to be KCSO deputies. She said they claimed to have her on security footage taking items from a Camden department store. She said they told her to return the items and then became rude so she hung up the phone.

A Cassatt man has been accused of stealing and pawning his mother-in-law's diamond wedding ring set in order to pay off fines owed at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

A 55-year-old Kershaw man has been accused, for the second time, of walking around his front yard completely naked if full view of his neighbors. On Sept. 10, he allegedly did so in the presence of a 22-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter. He had not been arrested at the time the KCSO report was filed.

The KCSO is investigating the possibility that a county man was forced to perform sex acts with another man at knife point after meeting about a year ago through a support group.

KCSO investigators are looking into allegations that a county man has been exposing himself and possibly inappropriately touching two juveniles, at least one of whom is female.

A 3-year-old Elgin boy was taken to the hospital after being attacked by a dog on Cherokee Boulevard. Deputies responding to the scene found the boy's father trying to get control of the dog in the front yard. He told deputies the dog -- owned by others listed at the same address -- had bitten his son on the face. The boy was seen to have a large laceration on his left cheek and two other lacerations under his left eye, which appeared to bruising. The dog's owners claimed the boy had been taunting the dog, but weren't sure what actually caused the dog to attack the boy. They were issued citations by animal control while an amublance took the boy to the hospital.

Someone stole a 1993 GMC 3500 Vandura truck with a 16-foot box cover from a Whiting Way, Lugoff, furniture installation business. The truck's interior is painted yellow; there are large palmetto trees painted on the side of the truck. Batteries from another truck were also stolen.

A man living at a John Munn Road, Bethune, residence came home to find his dog was not inside but on the back porch, leading him to realize someone had broken in. Pry marks were found on the back door. A 30-30 rifle with black scope was stolen along with a box of 30-30 bullets. A neighbor reportedly saw a man in the victim's yard sitting in a gray van.

A man living at an East Lee Street, Camden, address said he saw three men come down the street and turn on to Field Street in a golf cart. He said they ran the golf cart into a tree and tehn started walking around a vacant residence there. The man said the suspects looked through windows and one of them walked on the porch and appeared to be doing something. When the witness asked what they were doing, the men ran to the golf cart and pushed it toward McRae Road.

Someone entered a St. Paul Church Circle, Camden, house being moved out of and stole $2,500 worth of electronics and household goods.

Someone took a door leading to a garage at a E. Lee Street, Camden, home off its hinges, pried open a tool box and stole an entire set of tools from inside it. The suspect stole two skill saws and two drills. They then pried open a door to the residence and stole a DVD/VCR combo, four bait casters and rods, telephone, climbing tree stand, $100 worth of old coins, $500 worth of jewelry and more tools.

Someone stole a pop-up camper from a Thunderwood Drive, Lugoff, address.

A young woman living on Roberts Drive near Elgin returned home from work Sunday morning to find that someone had tried to break in the front door and had successfully broken through a window to an office-like room and stole a flat screen TV.

The KCSO also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with six harassing or obscene phone call and simple assault; five burglary, larceny, public disorderly conduct and vandalism; four theft from a motor vehicle; three intimidation, theft from a motor vehicle and trespassing; two ATM/credit card fraud, driving under suspension, motor vehicle theft, simple possession of marijuana and theft from a building; and one aggravated assault, bad check, breach of peace, death, disregarding a stop sign, expired tag, family offense, harassment, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and unlawful use of telephone.

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A 41-year-old Camden man was arrested by the Camden Police Department (CPD) for criminal domestic violence after allegedly striking his wife in the face during an argument with another woman who had claimed he had come on to her.

When officers went to arrest the man later in the day, a woman who answered the door claimed he was not there and may be charged with providing false information to police. The man was also served outstanding county warrants.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Sept. 13-19:

Somebody stole a trolling motor from a boat for sale that was parked in Dusty Bend. A witness reportedly saw someone walking down the railroad tracks carrying the motor, but the suspect was not located by officers responding to the area.

Someone stole a concrete 1930s-era statue of a Labrador Retriever from the front porch of a Greene Street home.

A 46-year-old Camden man was arrested after trying to burn down a bathroom in KershawHealth's emergency department by burning a trash can. A CPD officer said by the time he arrived, the area was filled up with smoke. The man was taken to jail and held pending a warrant for arson.

Someone stole a 5,500-watt generator from a truck parked at a Lyttleton Street address. The victim said the straps securing the generator to the truck had been cut and, due to its size and weight, had to have been taken by more than one person.

Someone broke into a building at the site of a former Mill Street metal works shop. The suspect opened an old soda machine looking for change and gone through a safe in an old office, but nothing was reported stolen.

A Camden man allegedly assaulted his wife and threatened his son with a knife during an argument at their Dicey Ford Road home.

Someone entered a home being renovated on York Street and removed a 52-inch plasma TV that had been hidden behind a mattress, curtain and headboard.

The CPD also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four public disorderly conduct; two communicating threats and malicious injury to property; and one breach of trust, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, simple possession of marijuana, theft from a motor vehicle and vandalism.

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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