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Law Enforcement Report - April 20, 2011

Two arrested, others sought in dogfighting case

Posted: April 19, 2011 5:03 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested two men and is seeking four others for their participation in a dogfight Sunday evening. A deputy stopped James Edward Nelson, 40, of Lancaster, and Willie J. Nelson, 52, of North Carolina, as they were trying to leave the scene of Sunday’s raid at a Bob Hugh Road address near Jefferson. The Nelsons relationship to each other was undetermined at press time.

Another, 35-year-old Lancaster man reportedly jumped from the van and fled on foot before the vehicle came to a complete stop.

According to the KCSO report, deputies were alerted to a dogfighting event at the residence. Several subjects started running from behind the residence as soon as deputies arrived, including the Nelsons. They tried to leave in a van, one of several vehicles that took off at high speed.

The Nelsons gave consent for the deputy to search the vehicle. Several open containers were found and the two men were subsequently charged. The deputy then noticed a brown four-door Pontiac drive by the scene and recognized it as a car that had left the scene at high speed earlier. A KCSO lieutenant stopped the car at the intersection of Mt. Pisgah and Eubanks roads. Inside were a Kershaw man and two Lancaster men -- including the man who had jumped out of the van -- who admitted to watching the dogfight. Deputies released the men after determining they had no other involvement.

Deputies also found a Lancaster woman in an abandoned vehicle. They released her from the scene as well after interviewing her.

The reporting deputy said he located one of the pit bulls involved in the dogfight walking around the yard with blood all over it. He found another pit bull, also covered in blood, in a cage on the back of a truck; a third dog, apparently unharmed, was located in another truck. Including the Nelsons’ van and the two trucks, deputies had a total of seven vehicles towed from the scene.

A Chesterfield County deputy assisted KCSO deputies.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the incident is still under investigation and that more arrests are likely.

“I believe there will be a number of arrests,” Matthews said, who also noted the dogfight’s location. “This was about as far away in the county from the sheriff’s office as it could possibly be.”

Jail records showed both men were later released on bond.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of April 11-17:

A case of three missing children led to the arrest of a 55-year-old Cassatt man April 11. The reporting deputy said he was dispatched to Fern Lane where four witnesses said the three children were playing outside. At some point, one of the children’s fathers came out and could no longer see the children. The parents of all three children then went looking through the neighborhood and found them coming out of the suspect’s mobile home. . They said that when they asked their children what they were doing, they claimed he grabbed them by the arms, forced them to go inside and would not let them leave. Otherwise, the children told their parents the man did not harm them. The parents pointed out the man, who was walking across a field toward Cheraw Road. A deputy and investigator determined the man was found to be intoxicated. The suspect claimed the children had been outside his mobile home the entire time, not inside. However, the deputy reported that descriptions of the mobile home’s interior given by the children matched what he and the investigator saw for themselves. Deputies arrested the man on an initial charge of public disorderly conduct. Jail records showed he was released on bond two days later.

Deputies arrested an 18-year-old Lugoff man and a 23-year-old Camden man on drug charges April 11 after spotting them driving down U.S. 1 through east Camden with one working headlight. A deputy noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from the car after making a traffic stop at the corner of Elizabeth and Haile streets. Both men admitted to the deputy that they had recently smoked some “weed,” but claimed they no longer had any marijuana in their possession. Despite their claims, the deputy reported both men still seemed very nervous. The deputy initially wrote a warning for the driver, but decided to ask both men for consent to search them and the vehicle. They complied and the deputy found and seized a bag of marijuana and a sock containing more than $2,700. After being handcuffed and separated, both men claimed the other was a drug dealer. Other deputies arrived on the scene and conducting a more thorough search of the car and found a bag of crack cocaine. The driver claimed his passenger was “hiding stuff everywhere” just prior to the deputy stopping them. Jail records indicated both men were released on bond two days later.

A 25-year-old Elgin woman was arrested for public disorderly conduct, open container and broken seal after she was found standing outside a vehicle that had run into a ditch at Chestnut and Smyrna roads outside Elgin. After being arrested, the woman became irate, throwing herself on the ground and yelling. After being placed in a patrol car, she allegedly began kicked at a window until it broke. Deputies reported having to use a Taser to get her to comply for even a short time and then restraining her by placing a belt around her feet and tying it to the patrol car’s floor board. A dog that was in the woman’s car took off before animal control could respond.

Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Camden man after witnesses spotted him fleeing from the scene of a Brewer Springs Road fire. A deputy spotted the man on S.C. 34 just down from Hunting Inc. Road. The deputy quickly confirmed that a watch the man was wearing had come from inside the burning house. Records from the county jail showed the man was still being held as of Tuesday afternoon.

Someone entered an Elgin Estates Drive, Elgin, residence through a bathroom window and stole approximately $500 in jewelry and $30 in quarters.

Witnesses reportedly saw a man and woman driving red Oldsmobile onto and then away from a Red Maple Road residence near Kershaw. The victim said his shed was broken into and someone stole eight video games, a video game console, four paint ball guns and a tool box full of tools.

The KCSO is investigating a Camden woman for welfare fraud after claims she allegedly placed her name on a Department of Social Services benefits account connected to her brother’s children. The woman may also have allegedly been receiving food stamp benefits on the account as well.

A Camden man may face burglary, assault and larceny charges following claims by his ex-wife that she found him inside her home when he was not supposed to be there. She claimed he assaulted her during an argument and stole her cell phone when she tried calling 911.

Two more victims reported automobile break-ins since Wednesday that appear to be connected to those perpetrated along U.S. 1, Wildwood Lane and S.C. 34. They took place on Country Lane North (GPS, compact disks, work keys and $15 in quarters) and Oak Branch Lane (charger and pocket book).

Someone entered a Hornsby Circle, Lugoff, home and stole a bottle of Vicodin, pair of earrings and 12 wrestling magazines.

A Lachicotte Road, Lugoff, business reported two 50-foot trailers and a “big rig” have gone missing in recent weeks.

Someone stole a trailer, five pitch forks and three rakes from a Fletcher Drive farm near Kershaw.

Someone stole a .22 caliber mini-revolver from a Cassatt location.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 10 simple assault; nine larceny; eight vandalism; seven public disorderly conduct; six harassing or obscene phone call and intimidation; five burglary; three driving under suspension and swindle; two motor vehicle theft and runaway; and one ATM/credit card fraud, criminal domestic violence, driving under the influence, incorrigible, liquor law violation, missing person, purse snatching, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle and trespassing.


Officers with the Camden Police Department (CPD) assisted the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in apprehending a Greenwood man wanted for attempted murder.

Officers and agents found the man at a Church Street residence and took him into custody without incident, according to a CPD report. The CPD charged the suspect with simple possession of marijuana after finding bags of marijuana and a rolled-up marijuana cigar in the home where he was staying.

SLED agents transported the man to Columbia.

Media reports out of Greenwood indicated the man had been arrested in January in connection with a shooting death. No information on his current charges or the circumstances surrounding his being in Camden was immediately available.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of April 11-17:

The owner of a Dusty Bend restaurant reported that an employee was caught on tape stealing a total of $1,500 from different cash deposit folders. According to a separate report, when officers went to serve her with a warrant for breach of trust, they additionally charged her with larceny after the restaurant owner discovered she had stolen additional $20.

CPD officers assisted S.C. Highway Patrol troopers in determining that a wrecked vehicle on I-20 had been stolen from behind a Rutledge Street restaurant. The owner claimed he had inadvertently left the keys in the gas tank door.

Someone broke into a former Camden Middle School building now owned by a church and stole copper piping and conduit from ceilings and breaker boxes, and plumbing from restrooms.

Someone stole several yard tools, rakes, pitch forks and a cast iron flower box from a stable on Carter Street.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four public disorderly conduct; three burglaries, shoplifting and vandalism; two criminal domestic violence, larceny and third degree (simple) assault; and one breach of trust, forgery, motor vehicle theft, runaway and theft from a motor vehicle.

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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