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Law Enforcement Reports -- Feb. 2, 2011

Posted: February 1, 2011 10:53 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies are looking for a 33-year-old Bishopville man who allegedly fired shots at a home on Elliott Hunter Road, Cassatt.

Deputies responded to a 911 call Jan. 26 from a woman who said the suspect fired shots outside her home with one striking her house. She told responding deputies that she was in a back bedroom when she heard banging outside the bedroom window and she believed it was the suspect because he had done that before, according to a KCSO incident report. When the banging stopped, she walked down the hall to the living room and looked out, where she saw the suspect walking out from behind her van. The man pulled an unidentified object out and the woman said she then heard numerous shots fired after which the suspect left the scene.

Deputies located eight spent 9 MM Luger casings about 10 feet from the house. One round struck the house, coming through the wall of the back bedroom and into the ceiling over the bed.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 24-30:

Someone entered an unlocked truck parked at a Kings Grant Road, Lugoff, home and took several items including a wallet which was later retrieved from a neighbor’s home. However, missing from the wallet were a driver’s license, debit card and concealed weapons permit. Also taken were an iPod and cell phone.

The back window of a truck on Kings Grant Road, Lugoff, was broken out and a wallet and iPod were taken.

Someone broke out the back passenger window of a vehicle parked at a Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, home. A gym bag with weight lifting gear valued at approximately $850 was taken. The front passenger side window of a car was broken out at another Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, home. A DVD/CD player valued at $400 was taken.

Two guns were taken from a truck broken into on Kings Grant Road, Lugoff. The weapons were valued at $1,000.

An SUV at a Cedar Drive, Lugoff, and address was broken into through the passenger side rear window. A purse containing a driver’s license, checkbook, debit card, cash and medication was taken.

The locks at six units at a Sumter Highway, Camden, storage facility were cut. A 52-inch flat screen projection television valued at $400 was taken from one unit. The key-holders for the other units were being notified.

A deputy who observed an SUV traveling left of center on Smyrna Road initiated a traffic stop. The license of the driver, a 40-year-old Grey Fox Road, Lugoff, man, came back clear. The deputy was given consent to search the vehicle and he discovered a plastic bag with six yellow pills believed to be Clonazepam, a Schedule 4 controlled substance. The subject told the officer he bought the pills for 50 cents each from a woman he was seeing. The man was arrested and transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC).

A Camden man reported a strange, metallic odor in his home but could not detect its source. He left the residence to get fresh air and drove around for 15 to 30 minutes, believing the smell would have dissipated when he returned. However, the odor was worse. The victim drove to the sheriff’s office, where EMS was called. The man was transported to KershawHealth and treated for toxic exposure. The victim said he has had difficulties with several neighbors, including one who works for an exterminating company.

An employee with Cassatt Water Co. discovered several laptop computers and a docking station in a creek near a bridge on Fletcher Road.

Deputies are investigating a report by a Camden-area student who said two male students in her class inappropriately touched her and made lewd remarks and three other male students made lewd gestures and comments toward her.

A 37-year-old Lugoff woman reported that 90 pills of 30 mg. Oxycodone and 40 pills of 5 mg. Oxycodone were missing from her home when she returned after being released from jail. She told deputies that she called her house while incarcerated and her brother, who was not supposed to be in her home, answered the phone.

Someone entered a home under construction on Falling Leaf Lane in Elgin and cut and removed approximately $3,000 in electrical wiring from the house.

An Elliott Hunter Road, Cassatt, woman reported that someone broke into her house and, when he saw that she was there, ran out the back door. The tracking team was called in but the suspect was not located.

A 36-year-old Elgin man who was retrieving personal items from the home he previously shared with his estranged wife attempted to take a truck without her agreement. The couple couldn’t decide who should retain possession of the truck, and a deputy who was on the scene at the request of the man suggested they speak with a magistrate about the matter. The man was removing personal items from the truck when he locked the door, started the vehicle and made a u-turn to leave the property. The man’s father stepped in the path of the vehicle and, when the truck stopped, he spread out across the hood of the vehicle. With his father on the hood, the son floored the gas pedal in reverse, speeding into the woods and down a small embankment. The younger man got out of the truck and ran off into the woods. The deputy checked on the father and then began chasing the younger man on foot. He caught up with the man and ordered him to the ground at Taserpoint. He was arrested and transported to the KCDC and charged with breach of peace.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and recorded reports including vandalism, intimidation, counterfeiting/forgery, minor in possession of alcohol, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, simple assault, trespass, burglary/breaking and entering, liquor law violation, suicide, theft of motor vehicle/parts, prowler, runaway, impersonation, drug/narcotic violation and bad checks.

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Camden Police Department officers were dispatched after a CSX Railroad employee reported following a truck with sections of stolen rail in the truck’s bed. The truck was located on Church Street and the driver, a 56-year-old Lugoff man, said a friend had given him permission to dig up the rails behind her Gordon Street home. The man was arrested for petit larceny and transported to the KCDC.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 24-30:

At least four checks for the same amount -- $338.45 – and written on another business’ account and cashed at a DeKalb Street business were found to be forged.

An employee of a DeKalb Street restaurant is suspected of embezzling by ringing up and filling orders, then voiding the transactions.

Farm equipment valued at $2,100 was reported missing from property on Dicey Ford Road.

Two women got into an argument at a Douglas Street apartment over the way one of the women disciplined the other woman’s 1-year-old son. The mother struck the other woman and they then fought back and forth until they were separated by other people in the apartment. The victim declined to press charges but asked to be checked by a doctor because she is pregnant.

A 76-year-old woman reported she received a harassing phone call from a 64-year-old Collins Circle man who has phoned her before. She said she loudly blew a whistle in the phone in an attempt to deter him from continuing to call her.

A Camden man reported he received a counterfeit $10 bill as part of his change for a haircut.

Two Camden men reported they filed their 2010 tax with a local tax service. When they returned to pick up a check, it was for less than the amount of the expected refund. The subjects said no one would give them an explanation for the discrepancy and, instead, they were handed the paperwork for a loan they said they didn’t request. The men allege their signatures were forged on the loan application.

Two bicycles valued at a total of $200 were taken from a storage building at a home on Mill Street.

A car valued at $2,500 was reported missing from a Chesnut Street address.

Officers received an anonymous call about a man in a pick-up truck who was intoxicated and driving through a Camden apartment complex yelling at children. Officers located the truck, and in speaking with the driver, a 45-year-old Camden man, an odor of alcohol was detected. The subject was asked to step out of the car and found to be unsteady on his feet. Given consent to check the truck, officers found a bottle of gin less than half full and a can of beer. The subject was arrested and transported to the KCDC and issued tickets for public disorderly conduct and open container in a vehicle.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and handled cases including recovered contraband, harassment, missing person and natural death.

 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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