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Law Enforment Report - Feb. 16, 2011

Deputies, SROs deal with school incidents

Posted: February 15, 2011 5:04 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies and school resource officers (SROs) handled about 10 incidents at or  related to area schools during the past week.

Two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were involved in a “major fight” in the high school cafeteria before the first block of classes  began Feb. 7. The SRO, who was directing traffic, was unable to respond, but reported that a coach, campus security officer and an assistant principal were able to separate the two juveniles. They were both to be charged with disturbing school in family court. It was not clear if the juveniles were male or female.

That same day, a male high school student was suspended from another facility after allegedly striking a classmate in the back of the head with his fist. Also, that day, someone entered a girls middle school locker room and stole cell phones, other electronics and cash.

Also Feb. 7, a middle school student was found to be in possession of a cell phone with pornography on it. The school advised the SRO it would handle the situation with an expulsion hearing.

The following day, a 19-year-old female student was suspended pending a school hearing after she admitted to smoking marijuana while she was driving to classes.

The parents of a female high school student are pursuing criminal “bullying” charges against a girl their daughter said began threatening her on Facebook. According to the Feb. 9 report, the threats came after a series of verbal altercations that resulted in the victim and two of the subject’s friends being suspended from school.

Also Feb. 9, a partially smoked marijuana cigarette was found on the floor of a fourth-grade music room at an elementary school.

That same day, an 11-year-old middle school student said he was robbed by three male suspects while he was walking to a nearby high school to meet his mother who is a teacher. He said he was walking by a football field and was looking at a gate that went underneath the home bleachers trying to see if it was unlocked when he was accosted by the three suspects. One of the suspects hit him in the right side, making him bend over. He said that suspect and one of the others then jumped on him, with one of them grabbing his neck while the other one stood back and watched. While he was being held down, the suspects allegedly took his wallet containing a small amount of cash, Wal-Mart gift card and other items.

Finally, on Feb. 10, an SRO and a deputy with a narcotics K-9 were alerted that students had been parking at an old shopping center in an effort to avoid being searched on school property. The deputy and the K-9 unit conducted an exterior check of six different vehicles, with hits on two vehicles. The SRO went back to the high school in both cases and had the students escorted back to their cars with an assistant principal. In the first case, the student claimed another student -- who had been suspended the day before for being intoxicated with both alcohol and marijuana -- had been acting strange in their vehicle. Two “roaches” and two marijuana seeds were found in the car. Nothing was found in the second car.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 7-13:

Two men said they were robbed upon returning to their Hasty Road, Camden, home from shopping Feb. 9. They said two suspects approached them at gunpoint as they got out of their vehicle. One of the victims said they heard a suspect say “give me all your money” and then heard the sound of a gun cocking. He said the suspect then hit him in the left side of the face and told both of them to get on the ground. The suspects then stole the 32-inch flat screen TV they had just bought and went through their pockets, stealing one of the men’s wallets. A tracking team responded and followed a track toward some nearby apartments but was unable to locate the suspects.

Employees at a U.S. 1 South, Lugoff, restaurant said a man came in, grabbed the tip jar and ran back out, getting into a small dark blue truck. Employees said the man came in when the restaurant wasn’t quite ready for business and that he asked if he could go ahead and place an order. The man was told it would be about 20 minutes, gave a name and a phone number, which was later traced to a Ft. Jackson medical clinic

Deputies responded to a Brazell Road, Elgin, address in response to a 42-year-old Chapin man unlawfully entering his ex-girlfriend’s home. He allegedly grabbed the victim and threw her to the ground twice. Although the victim said she did not want to prosecute the suspect, deputies informed the woman the state would be prosecuting him on at least criminal domestic charges.

Someone stole a 1998 Ford Explorer from a Baughman Road, Lugoff, residence and later wrecked it on Fox Hill Road. A deputy was flagged down by a citizen who said a vehicle had wrecked into a tree and the suspects fled on foot. A perimeter was set up near the vehicle and a tracking team responded, but no one was found.

An Elgin man and an unknown accomplice have been accused of entering a Lugoff’s man home and stealing a shotgun, rifle and a safe. The victim contacted the suspects and said he would not press charges if they returned the guns and a safe. One of the suspects returned the safe but not the guns.

A 17-month-old child and a 70-year-old woman were taken into emergency protective custody after Department of Social Services workers and KCSO deputies discovered unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the home they shared with the child’s mother and woman’s son.

Deputies assisted the S.C. Highway Patrol in tracking down a 36-year-old man who ran from a traffic stop on I-20 at mile marker 103. Deputies were advised the man was wanted for armed robbery. A K-9 unit was brought to the area and located the suspect a short time later.

Someone stole a black dual axle trailer from a Squirrel Circle, Lugoff, home. Deputies were called back to the home later that day after it was discovered that someone also stole a 42-inch cut riding lawn mower.

A Lugoff man reported he was struck in the face and knocked unconscious while at one of the I-20 Lugoff rest stops. When he woke up, he discovered that $1,100 was missing from his wallet.

A Lugoff man said his wife, who is five months pregnant, admitted to stealing and consuming at least 15 Xanax pills. He said he was worried about his wife and their unborn child.

Deputies are investigating allegations that an 18-year-old county man had sex with a 13-year-old girl who is now five months pregnant.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with seven simple assault; five intimidation, larceny and vandalism; four harassing or obscene phone calls, public disorderly conduct and swindle; three burglary; two action call, breach of peace, incorrigible, theft from a motor vehicle and use of a motor vehicle without owner’s consent; and one attempted suicide, bad check, driving under the influence, driving under suspension, harassment, mail tampering, possession of a controlled substance, possible overdose, simple possession of marijuana, statutory rape, trespassing and violation of a court order.

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A 23-year-old Camden man eluded a Camden Police Department (CPD) officer trying to make a traffic stop on West DeKalb Street early in the afternoon of Feb. 10.

The officer saw a silver 2010 Dodge Charger drive right past CPD headquarters on Greene Street and could see the driver whose license he knew was suspended. He then saw the car make a left on Laurens Street heading back toward DeKalb Street. The officer reported he attempted to make the traffic stop at that point, but before he could turn on his blue lights, the suspect failed to stop for the traffic light at Chesnut Ferry Extension and West DeKalb Street, making a left turn on a red light.

The officer then turned on his lights and got behind the suspect who still did not stop. The suspect turned right on Kings Avenue, pulling away at a high rate of speed. He then jumped out of the vehicle and took off running.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 7-13:

A 49-year-old Rembert woman was arrested on multiple charges following a traffic stop at DeKalb and Broad streets. The woman was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, transport with broken seal and faulty equipment. A male passenger was charged with open container.

Someone broke into a Lyttleton Street home and pried open a metal file box. Stolen from inside the box were the victim’s deed and title to the home. The burglars also stole two small boxes of change.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with two harassment, liquor law violation, malicious injury to real property, public disorderly conduct, simple possession of marijuana and third degree assault; and one driving under the influence, liquor law violation, loitering and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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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