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Law Enforcement Report - July 20, 2011

Teen questioned about nude pictures

Posted: July 19, 2011 4:43 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A member of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit detained and questioned a 17-year-old Evans, Ga., man after stopping the man’s vehicle on I-20 for running off the road.

The deputy noticed the driver was “extremely nervous and breathing heavy.” After having the man exit the car, the deputy noticed an iPod in his possession and asked to see it. The man turned it over but then grabbed it back and the device passed between the two until the deputy asked what it was the young man didn’t want him to see.

The driver admitted there were nude pictures on the iPod.

The man was taken to KCSO headquarters where he reportedly waived his Miranda rights and admitted he had downloaded the pictures -- mostly of nude boys under the age of 16 -- from a website but considered them to be “art,” not pornography.

After speaking with a S.C. Attorney General’s Office investigator, deputies retained the iPod but released the young man. The case is being turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for followup.

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

Deputies arrested a Camden couple on drug charges after responding to a disturbance at a West DeKalb Street motel. Management told responding deputies the couple left walking toward Chesnut Ferry Road. Deputies located the pair on Duell Street near Cureton Street and noticed the woman was bleeding from her head and other areas. She claimed nothing happened except bumping her head inside a vehicle and declined to press charges against her boyfriend. Meanwhile deputies at the motel noticed the door to a room was open and the door frame partially damaged. Deputies entered the room to see if anyone was inside and if they were injured. They found no one inside but did find a quantity of crack cocaine. The woman admitted they had been the only ones in the room for several days. Deputies arrested the man on an outstanding warrant and discovered he was in possession of the room key. They arrested the woman as well, transported the couple to jail and held them pending warrants for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Deputies arrested a man after he allegedly stole a 1973 “Jeep Bronco” from a Whiting Way Road business. A crowd formed as the deputy arrested the man on grand larceny charges. A 22-year-old man reportedly refused to leave and became loud and boisterous. Deputies arrested him for breach of peace.

Deputies turned two juvenile boys, one 16, over to the parents after they allegedly took a car from a Hermitage Street, Camden, location.

A 35-year-old man living on Lower Branch Lane near Elgin said his 31-year-old common-law wife struck him with her car as she was leaving. An Elgin Police Department officer and KCSO deputy stopped the woman who claimed she had only been trying to get away from her husband and had not hit him. The man admitted he never collided with the car but that when he went to get out of the vehicle’s path, he was forced into a fence hitting his groin. EMS arrived on the scene and transported the man to the hospital. The woman was released from the scene.

Deputies arrested a 28-year-old man for child neglect Friday after a 2-year-old boy was found walking down Jan Street in Elgin. A neighboring couple found the boy and called deputies who -- after several attempts to get someone to come to the door of the boy’s house -- located the man asleep in a bedroom. He claimed to have drunk a couple of beers and then went to rest but someone was supposed to watch the boy and his 5-year-old sibling. Family members arriving on the scene told deputies the man was the only one charged with watching the boys.

A 27-year-old man living on Baron DeKalb Road said he fired a shot at a young man he caught looking into his pickup truck. The victim said someone has been “messing” with his family’s vehicles, even using a hammer to beat on one of the vehicles.

A couple said they were walking through a Camden apartment complex parking lot when a man approached them from the rear, grabbed the back of the male victim’s pants by the belt and tried unsuccessfully to snatch the man’s gold and silver chains from his neck.

A 61-year-old Cassatt man claimed his 32-year-old nephew came into his home uninvited and either drunk or high. He said when he told him to leave, his nephew struck him in the face and shoved him into an entertainment center. The man said his nephew then emptied a number of beer cans throughout the house, ripped the phone cord out of the wall so he couldn’t call 911 and damaged a riding lawn mower.

A 20-year-old man allegedly broke out the passenger side window of a vehicle with a football on Roy Truesdale Road, causing a pregnant 21-year-old woman to suffer cuts from broken window shards. The man said the male passenger tried to run him over and that he only struck the window with the football because he jumped out of the way. Deputies did not arrest anyone at the time of the report.

A 25-year-old Kershaw man allegedly kept a woman’s purse that had been inadvertently left in his truck with $1,700 inside. The victim said she called the man and he refused to return it. She said she called the man’s girlfriend who allegedly said he had done the same thing to her.

Someone stole four air conditioning units from a Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, home. The victim said when they went inside they realized the home had been “destroyed” because the suspects had “thrown everything around” and stolen a stereo system, stove, refrigerator and 50 CDs.

Someone stole an extended cab 1996 Toyota Tacoma from a Truesdale Road, Camden, residence by running it through the property’s front gate. The victim said his .22 caliber pistol was in the truck.

Someone broke into a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, bar and stole two 32-inch flat screen TVs. They also broke into four pool tables and stole between $950 and $1,000 cash.

A Lugoff man claimed a relative forced him off the road on Spears Creek Road in Lugoff. The victim claimed this was not the first time this had happened.

Investigators are looking into allegations an 80-year-old male nursing home resident fondled a 59-year-old female resident.

Deputies are investigating allegations that a 10- to 12-year-old boy sexually assaulted a juvenile girl.

A 39-year-old Camden man allegedly threatened to blow up a house on Gary Street.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 11 vandalism; nine larceny and simple assault; eight swindle; seven public disorderly conduct; four burglary and intimidation; three missing person; two attempted suicide, harassment, harassing or obscene phone call, simple possession of marijuana, theft from a building, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and threats; and one ATM/credit card fraud, death, DUI, driving under suspension, forgery, liquor law violation, narcotics, no driver’s license, prowler, recovered stolen vehicle, speeding, trespassing, use of a motor vehicle without consent and violation of a restraining order.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested a 56-year-old Camden man after he allegedly fired a gun at his 64-year-old girlfriend when she refused his repeated requests for sex.

The woman met officers outside the home and said she had been sitting on the couch in the living while her boyfriend was on the couch. She said he had asked for sex all day and she refused. At some point, she said, he became very irate and pulled a pistol out from under the couch and pointed it at his own head.

The woman said he then started screaming at her, pointed the pistol at her, waved it around and then fired toward her, striking the couch. She said when she went to call police, he secured the pistol in his home safe.

When other officers arrived on the scene, they reported the man demonstrated violent behavior toward them by approaching them and using profane language. They asked him several times to back up but he continued to act as though he were going to strike someone. At that point, officers advised him he was under arrest but he began immediately to resist by pulling away and not allowing officers to handcuff him who had to take him to the floor to do so. Officer also had to force him into a patrol car.

Officers located a .45 caliber shell casing at the base of the couch.

Officers took the man to jail where he was held pending a warrant for first degree assault and served with a warrant for resisting arrest.

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

Officers arrested two Camden men on drug charges after an officer spotted their SUV going through a red light at Broad and York streets. The officer conducted a traffic stop on Market Street and reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana upon approaching the vehicle. The driver, a 23-year-old Camden man, said officers could search the vehicle. Both he and the passenger exited the vehicle and were searched. Officers discovered the passenger was in possession of more than $1,000. A search of the vehicle initially turned up a piece of marijuana on the floor mat in front of the driver’s seat. Then an officer found the end of a marijuana cigarette in a plastic bag in a cup holder between the front passenger seats and another piece of marijuana underneath the back passenger seat. As the officer checked the SUV’s cargo area, they reported the marijuana odor became stronger. However, officers found nothing more at that point and arrested the men on simple possession of marijuana and placed them in a patrol car. Another officer came to the scene to transport them. When the first officer opened his patrol car to transfer the suspects, he discovered a clear plastic bag beside the seat containing other bags inside it with a total of nearly 21 grams of marijuana. The second officer transported the two men to jail where they were held pending charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

An unidentified suspect stole two mini-bikes and a 26-gallon compressor from a store on Springdale Drive on July 10.

Officers arrested and charged a 26-year-old Camden man with criminal domestic violence after he allegedly struck his 22-year-old girlfriend in the chest, face and head.

CPD investigators are looking into allegations a now 16-year-old boy tried to forcibly have sex with a now 11-year-old girl during the summer of 2010.

Someone broke through the back door of a Sunnyhill Drive home and stole two video game consoles, 20- and 40-inch flat screen TVs and a shotgun.

Someone entered several buses at the school district’s York Street bus lot, removed fire extinguishers and discharged them.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four vandalism; two open container, public disorderly conduct and trespassing; and one counterfeit, criminal domestic violence, hit and run with no injury, identity theft, malicious injury to property, shoplifting, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle and third degree assault.

 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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