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Crime Report - March 2, 2018

CPD arrests Hartsville man

Posted: March 1, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Updated: March 2, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Camden officers arrested Jatrell Leshanta Stephenson, 29, of Hartsville around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday on multiple charges after an officer spotted the man’s white SUV parked on Genesis Lane and learned the tag on the vehicle was suspended from a 2013 Nissan.

The officer got behind the vehicle, which was still parked, and approached the SUV. Stephenson claimed he had a driver’s license, but that he didn’t have it on him at the time. When asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle, he began to turn toward the center console, but the officer warned him not to reach for it. He then claimed there were no weapons in the SUV. He also said he had a concealed weapons permit, but again claimed there were no weapons in the vehicle.

As other officers responded to the scene, the first officer learned that Stephenson’s driver’s license had been suspended. At this point, the officers had Stephenson exit the vehicle and patted him down, finding nothing. Officers asked him repeatedly if there were any weapons or contraband in the SUV. He continued to claim there was not. However, when the first officer searched the vehicle, he found a handgun in the center console. Showing it to Stephenson and reminding him that he had claimed there were none, Stephenson then admitted there was a second one in the console and the officer retrieved it as well. A further search turned up yet a third handgun in the glove department along with a baggie of a substance that later tested positive for cocaine.

In all, the CPD seized the three handguns, along with ammunition and magazines, the narcotics and $150 cash. Although Stephenson had not yet appeared on the clerk of court’s or Kershaw County Detention Center’s online records, it appeared the CPD charged him with drug trafficking, driving under suspension, no proof of insurance and improper vehicle license. There was no mention of specific weapons charges.

The CPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

Officers arrested a 19-year-old Camden woman at the new Central Carolina Technical College around 9 a.m. Monday after being called to the campus by a security guard about a suspicious vehicle with all its windows cracked open. Upon approaching the white Toyota Camry, the officers could smell the odor of marijuana. After the security guard retrieved the woman and officers advised her they would search her vehicle, they noticed a large sum of cash in one of her pants pockets. As they went to handcuff her for detention purposes, she grabbed her keys in an apparent effort to hide them. When officers searched her car, they found a small black digital scale, a pack of sandwich baggies, a total of 69.1 grams of marijuana inside various containers or baggies, and $221 cash. Officers charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and trespassed from the college.

LifeNet flew a 36-year-old Camden man to Palmetto Health Richland for treatment after what appears to have been an accidental shooting incident just after midnight Sunday. The man’s girlfriend said he had been drinking and she saw him handling the gun and tried to get it away from him and that it went off when they struggled, striking him in the lower neck/chest area. Officers did speak to the man before he was airlifted. He said the gun went off while he was cleaning it.

Someone bashed out the passenger side rear window of a car parked at the old armory on West DeKalb Street while the owner was playing a ball game inside Sunday afternoon. The victim reported a bag with their smartphone was missing. Another victim who had kept their belongings in the car reported their bag was missing as well. In all, the CPD reported more than $1,000 worth of items missing.

Around 10 a.m. Feb. 24, a woman exited the Dancin’ On Broad studio to see an older model black truck rushing out of the lot with a slim African-American man wearing a black toboggan driving it. When she went to her vehicle, she found a window smashed out and discovered her purse with all her identity documents and two packs of cigarettes were gone.

Sometime after 10 p.m. Feb. 23, someone stole a 12-foot by 6-foot trailer from next to Off the Hook Seafood on North Broad Street in Dusty Bend. The trailer had been secured with a padlock, but the thief cut the lock. The trailer contained a chest freezer, multiple coolers, hanging scales and Christmas decorations.

Someone stole a 5-foot by 10-foot trailer with six 5-by-5 platforms with legs on it from next to the Bojangle’s administrative building on Fairlawn Drive sometime between 11 p.m. Jan. 19 and 6 a.m. the next day. It was not clear from the CPD report why the theft was only being reported on Tuesday.

Someone stole a trailer from next to Cash Man Jewelry and Pawn on Lyttleton Street just before 1 a.m. Feb. 24. Surveillance footage shows a man driving up in a dark colored pick-up truck, possible a Ford, and repositioning it in order to hook the trailer to it and then driving away.

Camden officers also dealt with recent incidents involving breach of trust, communicating threats, counterfeiting, defrauding a taxi, DUI, larceny, motor vehicle break-in, public disorderly conduct, runaway, third-degree assault, third-degree domestic violence, trespassing, and vandalism.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

An EPD officer cited a 24-year-old Blythewood woman for DUI, speeding and disregarding a traffic signal after she was caught speeding at 60 mph in a 35 mph zone on White Pond Road. The officer who determined her speed was unable to respond at that moment due to taking a trailer back to headquarters, but was soon dispatched to Main and Church streets where the woman’s Toyota 4-Runner had flipped and the engine compartment was burning. The officer spoke with the Blythewood woman who initially denied driving the SUV. However, witnesses said they saw her break out the sunroof to climb out and did not see anyone else exit the vehicle. A woman driving another vehicle at the intersection said she’d had the green light but that the 4-Runner did not stop for their red light and they collided. The officer went back to the Blythewood woman, who they said smelled strongly of alcohol, and reported that the woman refused to participate in field sobriety tests. At that point, the officer arrested her.

An Elgin officer assisted with working a traffic accident involving a school bus and a 1997 Mustang on Feb. 21. No one reported any injuries and damage to the vehicles was minor. The school bus driver said they were slowing down and came to a stop in response to an emergency vehicle moving through the area. They said the Mustang struck the rear of the vehicle. The S.C. Highway Patrol took lead on the accident. The EPD report did not indicate whether troopers charged anyone.

Elgin officers also dealt with recent cases involving breach of trust, missing persons, no driver’s license, obscene/harassing phone calls, shoplifting, and verbal family threats.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

County deputies dealt with recent cases involving abandoned vehicle, breach of peace, breach of trust, driving under suspension, marijuana possession, motor vehicle break-in, open container, public disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, shoplifting, third-degree assault and battery, third-degree domestic violence, and vandalism (including graffiti).

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