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Law Enforcement Reports - Jan. 26, 2011

JROTC instructor charged with pointing firearm at boy

Posted: January 25, 2011 4:17 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A Camden High School ROTC instructor was placed on administrative leave by the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) after being charged Jan. 19 with allegedly pointing a gun at a 12-year-old neighbor in December.

KCSD officials confirmed Timothy Loren Webb, 51, of Lugoff was suspended Jan. 20 after the charges were filed.

A Dec. 20, 2010, KCSO report listed Webb as living on Laurel Court in the Laurel Crossing subdivision; the victim and his father -- who filed the complaint -- were listed as living on Laurel Crossing Drive.

The 12-year-old said he was playing basketball when his dog started barking at Webb while the man walked out to his mailbox. His father said he heard the dog bark and told the boy to retrieve the dog. The boy said when he did so, Webb pointed a gun at the dog and then at him, stating that if the dog got onto his property, he would “shoot him.”

Webb’s attorney, Deborah Butcher, said her client is maintaining he was carrying a Maglight flashlight, when he went out to get his mail at 3 p.m. that day. She also confirmed that Webb filed a civil lawsuit against the Catoe family soon after the Dec. 20 incident.

KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan issued the following statement in response to media inquiries:

“Upon learning of the allegations, Col. Webb was immediately placed on leave to allow the district to conduct a thorough investigation. The district has also been in touch with the (KCSO) since the allegations were brought to its attention. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement while this matter is pending.”

A listing of recent bookings at the Kershaw County Detention Center showed Webb was released the day he was arrested.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 17-23:

Two male suspects, possibly juveniles, robbed the Little China restaurant in Lugoff’s Food Lion shopping center on U.S. 1 around 4:15 p.m. Jan. 17. The suspects reportedly walked in the back door. One suspect pointed a handgun at an employee while the other took $400. Another employee ran next door and called 911. The suspects were not located during a search of the area.

Deputies are searching for two men who were scared off from robbing a house when they saw the 21-year-old woman living there get her gun. Although a bloodhound team did not find anyone, a 48-year-old man was arrested during the search. The Chevy S-10 he was riding in was seen traveling slowly and touching the yellow center line. The man exited the truck and ignored commands to get back inside, becoming verbally abusive. He was arrested for threatening the life of a public official and public disorderly conduct.

A 26-year-old Camden man was arrested after he was spotted loading scrap metal into the back of an SUV from the side of the road on U.S. 521 near Camden’s Dusty Bend. A deputy questioned the man, who said he thought it would be OK to load the metal since the house there had fallen down. The deputy explained the metal still belonged to someone else, had him put the metal back and then arrested him for petit larceny and trespassing.

Someone took a gold 1998 Chevy Blazer from a home on Leslie Branham Road near Elgin. Early the next morning, a deputy patrolling around Wedgewood saw a vehicle matching the Blazer’s description turn out of the subdivision. The vehicle headed back the way it came, cutting through a woman’s yard and striking two mailboxes. It was found a short time later in woods off Trenton Drive. An 18-year-old man who has allegedly taken the Blazer before was arrested the next day.

An Elgin man was arrested on drug charges after he and his wife were seen driving away from a known drug location on Dixon Road near Elgin. During a traffic stop, the 35-year-old woman driving the car claimed her 41-year-old husband had an open can of beer in the car. A search turned up two pieces of crack cocaine. The husband was arrested for possession of crack cocaine. The wife was cited for not being in possession of a driver’s license.

A man living on Hasty Road in Camden said his son-in-law saw a pick-up truck pulling a small trailer on his property. The son-in-law confronted the suspects who then fled in the truck. The victim discovered two claw-foot bath tubs and about 20 aluminum window frames and windows were missing.

A 25-year-old Aiken man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of the road after a deputy reported seeing the Ford Explorer’s headlights coming toward him in the southbound lanes of U.S. 1 near Ridgeway Road. He also saw sparks coming from underneath the SUV. They turned out to be coming from a metal sign post stuck underneath the SUV.

Someone fired multiple gunshots at a Ridgeway Road home. Four bullet holes were found in a car parked in front of the residence. Two bullet holes were also found in the exterior front siding of the home. Inside, deputies found a freshly damaged bullet; four 9mm shell casings were found in the man’s front yard.

A 55-year-old Columbia man has been accused of taking property from and cashing checks belonging to an 81-year-old Elgin woman. A family helping to take care of the woman said the man has taken approximately $20,000 of household goods and a safe containing $10,000.

A chest filled with $5,000 in jewelry was stolen from a Fort Jackson Road, Elgin, home. Someone pried and kicked open the front door. They also stole a DVD/CD player, VHS player, laptop computer and two large flat-screen TVs.

Someone stole two 250-pound handmade metal tables, 80 pounds of rebar, two large handmade metal toolboxes, miscellaneous tools, an old dryer and a 100-foot drop cord from a Knotty Pine Road, Westville, home.

Someone broke into a McBee Highway, Jefferson, home and stole $70 in meat from a freezer.

A woman living on Barfield Road near Elgin reported finding a suspicious package on the ground by her back door when she returned from work one day. It contained a rusty cage with a dead squirrel inside it.

Someone stole three pallets of about 100 steel semi-trailer floor cross members. A semi-truck front axle tow mount was also taken from the U.S. 601 South, Lugoff, garage.

Three juveniles were turned over to their parents after one of them was caught shooting out the window of a tractor with a BB gun at the Camden Training Center.

KCSO investigators are looking in to the possibility that a 12-year-old boy forcibly fondled his 3-year-old cousin.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 13 larceny; 11 simple assault and vandalism; eight intimidation; four driving under insurance, public disorderly conduct and theft from a motor vehicle; three death, harassing or obscene phone call and swindle or scam; two no driver’s license, overdose, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and trespassing; and one ATM/credit card fraud, breach of peace, breach of trust, burglary, family offense, forgery, harassment, identity theft, incorrigible, open container, runaway, violation of a family court order, violation of an order of protection and wire fraud.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a 26-year-old Camden man after he allegedly pulled a knife on a 21-year-old woman at Fatz Café near I-20.

According to a Jan. 15 CPD report, officers were dispatched along Broad Street to watch for a gold Taurus that was following a red Alero. The victim said the occupant of the Taurus was the one who pulled the knife on her. An officer heading south on Broad Street saw the two vehicles heading north at Rhame Arena. He turned around and followed the Taurus on to King Street. The officer activated his blue lights and followed the Taurus to Church Street where it finally pulled over.

The suspect got out of the car and began to flee on foot. The deputy followed the suspect in his patrol car north on Church Street and then on to Court Street. The suspect ran into woods, but was caught by two other officers. He was charged with second degree assault and resisting a municipal officer.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 14-23:

A Camden woman was treated for stab and cut wounds after allegedly being attacked by a man while walking on Gordon Street near West Hampton Street. The woman said she had just made purchases at a West DeKalb Street store and was walking home when the man came up behind her and demanded her bag and purse. She said she was stabbed in the neck and upper abdomen and cut on her finger during a struggle. The suspect reportedly grabbed her purse and bag and fled toward a Chesnut Street laundromat.

Two men are being sought for attempting to steal more than $2,200 in merchandise from a West DeKalb Street store. They took off after an employee saw them starting to load the items into a red, older model GMC or Chevrolet truck. They succeeded in loading a pair of 25-inch flat screen TVs but left 57 other items in a shopping cart.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with three vandalism; two criminal domestic violence; and one ATM/credit card fraud, breach of trust, burglary, communicating threats, forgery, harassing or obscene phone call, identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct, shoplifting, third degree (simple) assault, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories, theft from a coin machine, theft from a motor vehicle and trespassing.

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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