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Police Reports for Jan. 5, 2011

Mother accuses student of dealing drugs

Posted: January 4, 2011 5:15 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The mother of a high school student has accused another student of providing her son drugs that landed him in the hospital.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies met with the boy’s mother at KershawHealth where he was being treated for psychotic effects from drugs he ingested. She said her son told her he obtained the drugs from a female student. She also told deputies the girl was advertising and selling the drugs on a social media website.

Deputies contacted the school’s resource officer so they could be aware of the situation.

The girl had not been arrested as of Dec. 30.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 22-28:

A 39-year-old east Camden man was taken to jail and then to the hospital after he allegedly attacked family members. One of the victims said they heard a noise in the house and saw the suspect in his father’s room assaulting him. He said he pulled the suspect off his father, only to have the man hit him in the back of the head. The man’s father said he was sleeping and was awakened by a noise. He said the suspect jumped on top of him and began hitting him in the head. He said he tried to get up, but the man pushed him into the bedroom window, causing it to break. The man was arrested and taken to the county jail where a hold was placed on him for first-degree burglary and two counts of assault and battery. However, jail personnel said they could not accept the prisoner due to a head injury he apparently suffered while committing the crime. EMS was summoned to the jail, but could not determine the extent of his injuries. The man, who was incoherent, was taken to KershawHealth where he was treated and later returned to jail.

A 51-year-old Cassatt man was arrested after a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy saw the green van he was in as it “disregard(ed) the intersection” of Park and Cheraw roads. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on Pine Tree Lane where, he reported, the passenger became hostile toward him. Dispatch confirmed the passenger had an outstanding warrant and the deputy arrested him. After being placed in the rear of the deputy’s patrol car, the man began beating on the rear window with his forearm. The deputy rolled down a window and began trying to control the subject; another deputy handed him Capstun and the deputy sprayed the man for one second, bringing him under control. At the county jail, the man tried to strike the deputy after his handcuffs were removed for processing. Correctional officers were able to stop him and place him in a cell. After the incident was cleared, deputies learned the driver of the car -- a 38-year-old Camden man -- should have been arrested for driving under suspension.

A 50-year-old Lugoff man arrested for public disorderly conduct is also being accused of breaking into a Yorkshire Drive home and stealing medication and a jar of change. A woman at the home said she smelled something burning when she came home from work. She went into her bedroom and found a candle had been lit and realized the change jar was missing. She also reported that several items of food were scattered on the kitchen floor and several pieces of makeup, soap and feminine items had been taken from the bathroom. The items from the bathroom were found in a plastic bag in the kitchen. The woman said the suspect may have been responsible because he had been repeatedly calling and bothering her. He was arrested the following day when the woman called back saying that he tried to enter her house by removing a rear window screen. He was located, found to be drunk and arrested.

An employee of a Jefferson Davis Highway convenience store said several men -- at least one of which was wearing a black mask -- drove up in a black Ford Crown Victoria with chrome wheels. The store employee told deputies the car moved through the parking lot as if they were casing the store. A short time after the vehicle left, the employee said he received a phone call from someone asking him why the police were following him. A short time after that, he said, the vehicle returned and one of the men briefly entered the store and then left.

A woman who is moving out of a Stagecoach Road home said she and her mother arrived to get things out of the house when they heard a noise and saw the back door had been kicked down. They called deputies, who secured the home, but did not find anyone inside. However, someone had ripped the alarm controls from the wall. A safe in the back bedroom had been beaten on, the handle broken off and the door partially wedged open, but the suspect did not appear to have gained entry. A small heater was also missing.

Deputies responding to an alarm at a Bethune Road home met with the victims and learned someone kicked in the back door. A jewelry box containing $200 in jewelry was stolen. Deputies were dispatched to two other homes on Bethune Road on the same day, including one where someone forced their way through the front door and stole a 20-gauge shotgun.

Someone broke into a currently vacant house and shed on Lockhart Road near Kershaw and stole two 30-pound propane tanks. The victim also showed deputies where nearly every room in the house had suffered burn marks, as if someone had built fires on the floor. She estimated it would cost $5,600 to replace the floors.

Someone broke out the glass to sliding carport doors at a Mary Lane, Camden, home and stole jewelry and a bucket filled with $500 in change. The victims and a deputy noticed a smell of gas coming from the carport and discovered gas had been poured on the doormat.

A medical office at the West Wateree Medical Center in Lugoff reported that four new prescription pads were missing. Employees noted that the pads are usually filled out by computer, not handwritten, and that they contain a security watermark.

Someone removed an approximately 4-foot-wide section of a garage wall on Guion Drive in Lugoff. Once inside, the burglars stole two 600-amp car batteries and a 8-by-6 ramp with trailer.

A Stagecoach Road man said he found a .357 handgun with 2-inch barrel in the back seat of his truck. He did not know who had placed it there or when.

Someone kicked in the side door to a Baynard Boykin Road, Rembert, home and stole a television, DVD player and all but one of the children’s Christmas gifts.

The owners of a Lugoff business said he believed a family member stole company checks from a printer and used them to obtain $800.

Someone pried open the back door to a McCord Ferry Road, Lugoff, home and stole a 42-inch flat screen TV, VCR and computer hard drive.

A Old Stagecoach Road woman reported that a man opened her front door, walked in, took her purse and ran out.

An Elgin woman reported that two men hacked her computer, stealing poetry and children’s book files.

Investigators are looking into a rape accusation made in the West Wateree portion of the county.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with seven vandalism; six larceny; five simple assault; four intimidation; three burglary and theft from a motor vehicle; two driving under suspension and public disorderly conduct; and one ATM/credit card fraud, breach of trust, death, missing person, shoplifting, theft from a building and trespassing.


A 46-year-old Camden man was arrested on multiple charges by the Camden Police Department (CPD) after a clerk at a North Broad Street convenience store called about a suspicious person.

Officers arriving at the scene said the man had been in the store for 15 minutes asking about beer and then went out to sit in his car for another 10 minutes. The officer went to the vehicle, which had heavily tinted windows, and knocked on the window but got no answer.

The officer moved to the other side of the car and was able to see in and reported the man appeared to be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol and was unresponsive. He then went back to the driver’s side door and was able to open it. He said the man just stared at him and -- when he asked if he was OK -- reportedly said he was waiting for the doors to open.

When the officer asked for him to step out of the vehicle, he tried to close the door instead. The officer was able to keep the door open and helped the man out of the vehicle. At that point the man became combative to the point that, even after the arrival of another officer, a Taser had to be used twice to bring him under control.

The man was then taken to jail. An inventory of his car turned up a half-smoked marijuana cigarette. The man was charged with resisting a municipal officer and simple possession of marijuana, and issued a trespass notice from the convenience store.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 27 - Jan. 2:

A Rembert woman said she went to a West DeKalb Street motel to confront her boyfriend. When he opened the door, he allegedly struck her on the left side of the head, cutting her. He fled the scene before officers arrived. They determined, however, that the woman had two outstanding Lexington County warrants and arrested her.

A Camden man and his girlfriend were both arrested after they were involved in an argument that turned physical. The girl said the man punched her in the face, choked her and kicked her. The man said his girlfriend punched him in the face. The fight allegedly was over the man’s desire to go to the hospital to see his newborn child by another woman.

A Cassatt woman who gave birth to a child Dec. 30 at KershawHealth said the child’s father came to the hospital, took her car keys and used them to take her car. The car was recovered in the hospital parking lot Sunday after being located by a LoJack system.

A Camden man said he went to a store with a friend in a rented vehicle. He said he went inside, leaving the keys in the car with the passenger in the back seat. When he came out the passenger -- and the car -- were gone.

A Camden man allegedly broke out his girlfriend’s windshield with a brick after she refused to take him home. He also allegedly forced his way into her house, causing damage to a bedroom door.

Someone broke open the back door to a Hasty Road apartment and stole a TV, computer, video game console and $2,000 worth of jewelry.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with two family offense and larceny; and one burglary, confidence game, counterfeit, driving under suspension, liquor law violation, motor vehicle theft, public disorderly conduct and third degree (simple) assault.

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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