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Law Enforcement Reports - Feb. 23, 2010

Two arrested at 'drug dealing' home

Posted: February 22, 2011 4:39 p.m.
Updated: February 23, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Two Camden men were arrested after complaints of unusual levels of traffic, drug dealing and other suspicious activity, including people entering and staying at a Woodside Drive, Camden, home without permission.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies noted surveillance had been conducted at that location and other arrests had taken place there Jan. 20. This time, on Feb. 14, the homeowner told deputies he had confronted some people at the house several weeks ago and advised them not to return.

Deputies arriving at the home reported finding a 21-year-old man relaxing on the back porch as if it were his. He claimed he was there, hanging out while his girlfriend was shopping. He was identified as one of those who had been confronted Jan. 20. The homeowner said the property had become a free place to live and use drugs. The man was searched and found to in possession of marijuana found on a fireplace mantel and marijuana cigars in the den. Deputies also confiscated more than $500. He was arrested and taken to jail.

While deputies were dealing with the first man, a second man drove up and began honking the horn. Deputies immediately noticed a digital scale on the front seat with a large open clear bag with what turned out to be 3 ounces of marijuana. The 24-year-old man was told repeatedly to put the car in park and had to be removed and restrained. An additional quantity of marijuana was found on his person and a partially smoked cigar was in the ashtray. The man initially gave a false name. Deputies also seized more than $1,100 found on his person.

He was charged with driving under suspension and held pending other charges.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 14-20:

A 33-year-old Camden man was arrested after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. The 29-year-old victim said as soon as she came home, her boyfriend started striking her in the head and torso with his fists. He allegedly continued to assault her until another person stopped him. The reporting deputy instructed two other deputies with him to arrest the man, who refused to comply with instructions to put his hands behind his back. Due to his size -- 6 feet tall and 180 pounds -- a deputy made the decision to deploy his Taser, causing the man to fall to the ground. He was then handcuffed, and transported to the county jail where he was charged with resisting arrest and criminal domestic violence.

A 45-year-old Bethune man was arrested after he was caught by surveillance cameras breaking into a Main Street, Bethune, convenience store. Bethune Police Chief Larry Davis was the first on the scene and caught the man as he exited the building. Davis told deputies the business owner actually watched the break-in take place from his home via the security system and the man he arrested matched the suspect’s description. The man tried to steal some $2,500 in undisclosed merchandise.

A 23-year-old Cassatt man with an outstanding warrant against him was arrested after deputies were alerted he would be driving a pickup truck to a Jefferson Davis Highway convenience store. Deputies observed the truck pull into the store’s parking lot and conducted a traffic stop. Deputies found four small pieces of crack cocaine in small bag inside his hat. The man was transported to the county jail where he was held pending charges for possession of crack cocaine.

A 36-year-old Camden is accused of stealing his father’s 2004 Ford Ranger and laptop; his girlfriend’s purse, containing her cell phone, keys, EBT card, driver’s license, other cards and $10 cash; and his mother’s credit card. A notation on the incident report’s summary computer screen indicated all the items had been recovered, but the report did not disclose details.

An unknown male subject attempted to rob a West DeKalb Street, Camden, motel. A woman working in the office said the man walked into the office area, pointed a small black handgun at her and demanded money. She said when she called for her husband to call 911, the suspect ran out. A search was conducted, but the suspect was not located.

A deputy responding to a driver who had run out of gas on Bishopville Highway early Sunday morning discovered the car had a stolen tag on it. The woman driving was charged with possession of stolen property, open container and public disorderly conduct. A male passenger was also charged with open container and littering.

Someone entered a Chesnut Ferry Road, Camden, house and stole a 46-inch flat screen TV. The deputy responding to the scene reported finding the family room in a state of disarray with items on the floor and that the refrigerator was pulled away from the wall in the kitchen.

Two Alabama women were sitting in the kitchen of a Bishopville Highway, Camden, home when they heard someone trying to come through the back door around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. One of the women called out that she had a gun and then heard the suspects leave.

A Lugoff man reported that he bought a Honda CBR 600 motorcycle from a Gaston man earlier this month but that when he went to register it he was advised it was stolen. Deputies were able to confirm for the man that it had been stolen from Canada.

A man living on Bradley Road was allegedly struck in the head with a pipe during a fight. The man refused to file charges against his assailant and no one was arrested.

Deputies responded to a fight in Elgin that allegedly began after the teenage daughter of one of the participants claimed she had been molested by a 32-year-old man.

Someone broke into a Mt. Pisgah Road home and stole washer and dryer, 32-inch TV, guitar, jewelry, brand new bath tub and a .22 semi-automatic rifle.

Someone wrote graffiti on the outside of an apparently vacant house on Cook Road in Lugoff and ransacked the interior.

A juvenile male was released to his mother after threatening to punch the principal at his school in the mouth.

Investigators are looking into a report that a juvenile boy has been having sex with his juvenile sister.

Someone entered a camper on Payne Pond Road in Westville and stole $1,000 in medication.

A Camden woman reported some of her late husband’s gold coins are missing

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 17 simple assault; 10 vandalism; five larceny and public disorderly conduct; three swindle; two ATM/credit card fraud, burglary, criminal domestic violence, death, harassment, theft from a motor vehicle and trespassing; and one action call, breach of peace, disturbing school, driving under suspension, intimidation, prowler, runaway, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, theft from a coin operated device and uninsured vehicle.

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A 23-year-old man arrested by the Camden Police Department (CPD) for simple possession of marijuana may also face assault charges.

Officers were dispatched to a U.S. 521 South convenience store in response to a 911 hang up call. When they arrived they spotted a suspect known to police walking around the side of the building. As they approached, they saw him throw a clear plastic bag before walking toward officers. The bag was retrieved and found to contain a small amount of marijuana. The man was arrested and placed in a patrol car.

While on the scene, officers spoke with a clerk who said an 8- to 10-year-old girl had come into the store crying and asking for a cell phone to call 911. The clerk said she gave the phone to the girl who ran back outside. The clerk said she looked out the window and saw the suspect hitting and punching a woman inside a car at one the gas pumps. When she went outside to take a better look, the suspect reportedly jumped from the vehicle and began walking away.

The clerk said the victim took her advice to leave the scene while the man was not in the car.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 14-20:

Someone stole a white flatbed Ford F-550 valued at $30,000 from an East DeKalb Street business.

A 39-year-old Camden man could face aggravated criminal domestic violence charges for allegedly assaulting his 26-year-old girlfriend after she attempted to reconcile with him. She claimed when she tried to leave he jumped on her, restrained her on the ground, hit her and pulled her hair. She said she so feared for her life that she decided to quit struggling and remained with him for the weekend, before he agreed to let her go the afternoon of Feb. 14.

A 52-year-old Cassatt man was charged with failing to stop for police and driving under suspension after he was seen turning left from West DeKalb Street into opposing traffic on Chesnut Ferry Extension. The reporting officer had to move over in order to avoid being hit. The officer activated lights and sirens and, after a very short chase, pulled the man over. The man admitted to driving under suspension and was arrested.

Someone threw a rock through a window at the Salvation Army on Broad Street. It did not appear anything was stolen. A rock was also apparently used to break down the back door to the Habitat for Humanity store further up the street. Nothing was missing.

Someone took a semi-automatic .38 caliber handgun from the glove box of a vehicle parked on the 1000 block of Broad Street.

Someone tried to pry open the side door to a West DeKalb Street cell phone store.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with seven public disorderly conduct; two forgery, larceny, shoplifting, third degree assault and trespassing; and one harassment, identity theft, illegal sale of cigarettes, motor vehicle theft 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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