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Law Enforcement Reports - Jan. 19, 2011

Men cited for West Wateree soccer field damage

Posted: January 18, 2011 4:58 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Four county men have been called to appear in summary court on malicious injury to property charges after allegedly tearing up the Kershaw County Recreation Department (KCRD) soccer fields at the West Wateree Sports Complex.

A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy reported seeing several vehicles pulled in the back field area in the snow around 3 p.m. Jan. 10. Two of the vehicles were together, including a white Chevy truck with a truck bed liner tied to it with a rope to act as a sled. The deputy reported there were already tire dig marks around in the field and the bed liner had mud up the sides. A third truck was pulled into the snow a short distance away.

All three men were asked for their driver’s licenses as a fourth, full-size pickup truck could be seen pulling down a hill behind the complex’s tennis courts. This truck was stopped also and all four men were informed they were being charged with malicious injury to real property. One of the men claimed he had only pulled up to watch. Two of the others told a similar story saying all the damage had been caused by the other two subjects.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 7-16:

A 51-year-old man living near Kershaw was arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman with a knife. Deputies were told everyone was drunk while playing a video game when the man started causing problems. He was asked to leave but punched one of the women there in the mouth. The suspect’s brother tried to stop him, but the man pulled out a knife and cut his brother’s right index finger. Deputies recovered a large kitchen knife with blood on it. The suspect came back to the home with bloodstains on his hands. He claimed his dog bit him, but he was arrested for breach of peace after deputies determined he was drunk. The man was released from jail the next day.

A 26-year-old Heath Springs man allegedly fired a shot at his cousin at his Newman Road home in Kershaw County. The victim told deputies his cousin pulled up and when he went out to talk to him, his cousin started yelling and then he heard a gun click followed by a gun shot. The victim said he ran inside and called for deputies. He played back a voice mail from his cousin yelling at him, but said he didn’t know why his cousin was angry. The deputy could find no evidence of a gun being fired at the time of the report. Lancaster County deputies reported locating the suspect, but released him.

Deputies are trying to determine the identity of a man who tried to rob a West DeKalb Street, Camden, motel office. An employee said the man came into the office and asked about room rates. The suspect allegedly pulled out a revolver and pushed it through a hole in the office’s security window. The employee turned and ran to the back of the office and the suspect fled on foot.

Two 53-year-old Elgin men were arrested after a deputy caught them traveling at a high rate of speed on Dixon Road. After being pulled over, they got out of their Ford Explorer and approached the deputy who ordered them to the front of his patrol car. One of the men was wanted on a criminal domestic violence charge and a marijuana cigarette was found on his person. The second man was found in possession of a pill bottle with crack cocaine inside. He was charged with possession while his friend was arrested on the outstanding warrant.

A 30-year-old Cassatt man was arrested after a deputy caught him speeding in the center of the road on U.S. 1 near Dicey Creek Road. The deputy caught up to the man at Field Street and the chase moved on to Fairfax Drive where the man’s vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant. He jumped out and ran behind a residence but deputies quickly caught up to him. He was found to be in possession of a rolled-up $1 bill with powder cocaine inside. The suspect started complaining of chest pains and was transported to KershawHealth.

A 24-year-old Elgin man was taken to the hospital after suffering an allegedly accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg. Deputies reported the man’s father was very uncooperative. Deputies found the pistol on the center arm rest of the man’s truck and blood on the ground outside the driver’s side door with a trail leading up to his home’s side door.

A man living near Ridgeway said he found the lead from a large caliber bullet in his daughter’s bedroom. He then found where the bullet had come through a window. A neighbor said he saw a silver Toyota pickup with a camper or Toyota 4-Runner stop in front of the house and thought he heard gunshots.

Someone broke into a car at Jefferson Davis Road, east Camden, auto shop. It was found rolled into the middle of the parking lot near drag marks, possibly from a trailer tail gate. The car also had several dents and marks of white paint it did not have before.

A Lugoff man said his brother tried to run him over with a bulldozer during a land dispute. The victim called again the next day to say his brother used the dozer to create a berm, blocking his cows from getting water, and in front of a gate, keeping him from getting hay to the cows.

After responding to an action call regarding illegal activity in the Koon Road/Koon Court area, deputies made several traffic stops over two days, including one arrest for driving under suspension for the fifth time and simple possession of marijuana.

Someone entered a U.S. 1 North, east Camden, bottle shop through an air conditioning duct from a vacant bar next door and stole $250 in change, assorted cigars, lighters, cigarettes, various candy and foot items.

A 55-year-old Elgin man was arrested on multiple charges after being clocked at more than 100 mph on Sessions Road. He was charged with driving under suspension, reckless driving and open container.

Someone broke into two sheds at Lonesome Pine Trail property north of Camden and stole three chain saws, an air compressor, drill, battery charger, two saddles and a pump-action shotgun.

Someone stole a 1995 Cadillac from a Roy Truesdale Road, Lugoff, location. Deputies reported the car was listed as speeding away from S.C. Highway Patrol troopers the night it was stolen.

Deputies met with Lexington County law enforcement officials at a Quail Circle, Lugoff, address where they recovered a mini-excavator stolen from a Lexington plumbing company.

Someone broke out a front window to an Ashley Creek Drive, Elgin, home and stole a 32-inch TV, video game consoles, basket of candy and a photograph of the victim and her son.

Two men were caught on video tape breaking into a Jones Road residence near Kershaw. One of the suspects was seen exiting the house with a video game console.

Someone pried open a back door to a U.S. 1 North, Cassatt, church and stole microphones and stands, a 27-inch TV with built-in DVD player and $180 cash.

Someone broke into a Saddle Club Road home near Ridgeway and stole a jewelry box with $1,000 in jewelry inside and a 32-inch flat screen TV.

Deputies recovered a car stolen from Estill Springs, Tenn., after a Lugoff man reported a Columbia man tried to sell it to him without a title.

Someone broke into a Ballfield Road, Camden, apartment and stole a laptop computer, wireless adapter, iPod Touch and cell phone.

A juvenile reported finding $85 behind a Lugoff store and wanted to turn in to law enforcement because it wasn’t his.

A woman moving out of a Watts Hill Road, Elgin, residence discovered what appeared to be bullet holes in windows.

Someone stole a .270 rifle with scope out of a truck on Grey Fox Road in Lugoff sometime between Nov. 27 and Jan. 9.

A Westville man said he went to a home on Kershaw Highway and found a .32 caliber revolver on top of the paper box.

Someone took $2,500 from a pocketbook that was hidden under a pillow at an Old Rail Road, Camden, home.

Someone stole a .45 caliber pistol from a Ginko Trail residence near Ridgeway.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 24 simple assault; 16 vandalism; 14 larceny; seven harassing or obscene phone call; six driving under suspension; five intimidation; four breach of peace, burglary and public disorderly conduct; three deaths, family offense and no driver’s license; two forgery, runaway, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana and swindle; and one action call, ATM/credit card fraud, attempted overdose, court order violation, criminal domestic violence, failure to surrender a suspended license, identity theft, purported robbery, sale of alcohol to a minor, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle, trespassing and use of a vehicle without owner’s consent.

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A 27-year-old Columbia man was arrested for first degree assault and battery by the Camden Police Department (CPD) after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at a Camden apartment complex.

The victim said her boyfriend struck her all over her upper body and then dragged her to the bedroom where he threatened to kill her. She said he got a knife from the kitchen and started stabbing a pillow. She said he then retrieved a gun, putting it to her forehead.

He was also charged with pointing and presenting a firearm.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 6-14:

A 44-year-old Camden woman said she lost control of her car and struck bushes on Monroe Street after her 47-year-old boyfriend allegedly pushed her face with his hand. He claimed she lost control because she was yelling at him during an argument and not paying attention to where she was driving. No one was arrested.

A 45-year-old Columbia man was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after allegedly urinating behind a storage building in an East DeKalb Street parking lot. He was also found to be intoxicated and was charged with public disorderly conduct and open container.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with three larceny; two shoplifting and simple assault; and one attempted suicide, harassing or obscene phone call, harassment, public disorderly conduct, sale of beer to a minor, 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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