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Crime Report - July 14, 2017

Columbia man arrested after sideswiping truck

Posted: July 13, 2017 5:05 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

An Elgin police officer arrested Ronald L. McCall Jr., 36, of Whitefield Road, Columbia on several charges after McCall’s van sideswiped a truck on Main Street belonging to a man that was parked near the officer at a consignment store.

According to an EPD incident report, the officer got the van stopped a short distance away and spoke to McCall who claimed he might have fallen asleep at the wheel. However, the officer reported smelling an odor of both marijuana and alcohol coming from McCall and the vehicle. McCall agreed to a field sobriety test, for which the officer reported he had difficulty directions. At that point, the officer arrested McCall for DUI and found him to be carrying nearly $10,900 in cash, separated and wrapped in rubber bands with the amount of each bundle written on them. In the van, the officer also found a grey plastic bag with 31 grams of marijuana.

The officer transported McCall to the county jail and charged him with possession with intent to distribute marijuana in addition to DUI (due to marijuana).

The EPD also reported the following recent incidents:

Someone stole a 4 x 8 utility trailer from the yard of an Elgin Drive residence some time on July 7. It appeared the thieves had to move a weight bar and some trash on the trailer and then broke the lock. A neighbor claimed to have seen a blue SUV driving by a man went down to the home and then left with the trailer.

Elgin officers also handled incidents involving assault by intimidation, counterfeit money, family dispute, ill treatment of animals, obscene or harassing phone calls, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting and suspicious activity.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Camden police arrested and charged a 33-year-old Camden man on several charges after an officer saw his black 2017 Ford four-door car cross into the bicycle lane on West DeKalb Street while traveling east near Wylie Street around 2 a.m. Sunday. According to a CPD incident report, the officer pulled the vehicle over and, when he approached, smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. The officer had to ask the driver three times to step out of the vehicle before he complied. While that officer spoke with the driver, another officer noticed a black .45 semi-automatic handgun in the driver’s side door. A search of the vehicle also turned up some marijuana and some burnt paper containing marijuana. Officers charged the man with failing to maintain his lane, simple possession of marijuana and unlawful carry of a pistol.

Around 9:45 a.m. July 8, a woman contacted police and said she saw two young women trying to pull down the street sign at Savage Street and U.S. 521 (North Broad Street). A check of the area revealed that all the street signs were missing except for the one at the other end of Savage Street at S.C. 97. It was undetermined whether they had been taken prior to that day or immediately before the one at U.S. 521 went missing.

A woman living at an apartment on Canterbury Lane said someone stole her gold 2000 Honda Civic sometime between the night of July 4 and early the next morning.

A man living on Lakeshore Drive said someone stole a silver 2007 Nissan Versa from his yard between 11 p.m. Sunday and 6:45 a.m. Monday.

Camden police also handled incidents involving credit/debit card fraud, DUI, larceny, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana and trespassing.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

County deputies handled incidents involving breach of peace, public disorderly conduct, second-degree domestic violence, simple possession of marijuana and violation of a restraining order.

(Incident reports are provided by the Camden and Elgin police departments 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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