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Crime Report - Nov. 6, 2018

Cassatt man arrested for meth distribution

Posted: November 5, 2018 5:04 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.

(This is an expanded version of the Nov. 6, 2018, crime report that appeared in the print edition of the C-I on the same date.)

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

On Oct. 12, county narcotics agents arrested Larry Lee Small Jr., 32, of Providence Road, Cassatt, for a third or subsequent offense of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in connection with an investigation on Sept. 25.

According to a KCSO incident report, agents responded on Sept. 25 to a motel in Lugoff, whose address was redacted, based on a tip that someone was selling meth there. As narcotics agents looked over a list of rooms being rented out, they spotted the name of a man who has been arrested for narcotics in the past. As they walked out of the front lobby, they saw a white van pull up to pick up a woman who then sat in the lap of the man whose name they had just seen. After the van moved to the side of the building, agents spoke with them and learned he was carrying a digital scale -- covered in meth residue -- and a knife, and seized both.

Agents then turned their attention to the van and discovered that at least one of the other people inside has also been picked up for narcotics, including Small. Agents, who had received recent complaints about Small selling or distributing meth, asked him to step out of the van to talk. When he got up, an agent realized Small had been sitting on a small metal tin, but no one, including Small, would claim possession of it. Inside, agents found a blue plastic baggie containing approximately 2 grams of meth, three cotton swabs, four magnets and a razor blade. Agents also found a book bag next to the seat where Small had been sitting that contained a digital scale covered with meth residue.

At this point, agents released all the subjects, including Small, from the scene, but took all the seized material to KCSO headquarters. The next day, the substances tested positive for meth, leading to a warrant being obtained for Small’s arrest on the possession with intent to distribute meth charge.

Sometime afterward, agents learned Small was living in Richland County. On Oct. 12, Kershaw County agents met with Richland County deputies and traveled to the home where Small was believed to be living. After agents made contact with Small’s girlfriend there, Small came out and allowed himself to be arrested. Inside, after agents gained permission to conduct a search, they had Small’s girlfriend open a dresser drawer inside of which they found a meth pipe and a small amount of meth in a baggie. They soon found another baggie of meth and a digital scale, all of which Small and his girlfriend claimed were not theirs.

Outside, agents asked Small about the meth in the house and the meth sold in Kershaw County. He claimed one of the other men they encountered on Sept. 25 was the one selling the meth and that it was from that man he purchased the meth found in the tin in the van that day. They then asked to see his phone and -- in front of Small -- and had him open his Facebook Messenger account where they reportedly saw several messages between Small and other subjects was he was directly selling or arranging the sale of narcotics.

Agents then took him to the Kershaw County Detention Center, where two previous bonds have been revoked and he is being held on an additional total $33,000 bond.

In a separate case, deputies arrested Angela Suzanne Clyburn, 40, of Ashley Creek Drive, Elgin, and Amy Elizabeth Moore, 32, of Wildwood Lane, Elgin, on various drug charges following a traffic stop just before 1 p.m. Oct. 11.

Deputies charged Clyburn with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (third offense) and driving under suspension. Moore is charged with possession of marijuana, two counts possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of a Schedule I or II narcotic (second offense).

According to a KCSO incident report, deputies responded to the Dollar General in Lugoff off U.S. 1 South in reference to a woman attempting to pass a stolen credit card. Dispatchers advised the woman had gotten into a silver Honda SUV with North Carolina tags that headed left on U.S. 1 toward Lugoff. Two deputies spotted the vehicle and made a traffic stop on U.S. 1 near a counseling and wellness center. Deputies reported that Moore fit the description of the woman at the Dollar General.

After determining that Clyburn was driving under suspension, deputies had her exit the vehicle and asked if she had anything illegal in her possession. She admitted to having some meth in pocket book. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, deputies found her pocket book; inside they found a baggie wrapped in paper containing meth. Deputies also located pills and marijuana on Moore’s person. Deputies also got in touch with the owner of the stolen credit card, who declined to press charges against Moore for trying to use it. Deputies arrested both women and took them to jail.

A judge set Moore’s total bond at $9,000, which was paid Oct. 13 by a bonding company. Moore is also awaiting court dates for other pending drug charges stemming from arrests in April and September.

Clyburn is still being held at the detention center on bonds totaling more than $18,000.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Camden officers are searching for the whereabouts of two Camden men, ages 20 and 21, on a number of charges stemming from an initial call for a shoplifting incident at the Circle K on North Broad Street in Dusty Bend.

A CPD report identified the men as Xavier Tyrek Robinson, 21, of Doby Street, and Quade Tyrone Scott-Simpson, 20, of Carlos Street.

According to the report, one of the two men went behind the counter, removed a pack of cigarettes and left the store without paying. Dispatchers advised officers that their silver Ford Escape was still at one of the gas pumps. Upon arrival, an officer found the Escape still there, with the engine running and the gas pump still inside the fuel door. However, neither man was in or around the car. A witness said they saw one of them walking in the direction of the Kirkwood community, but officers were unable to find him.

When one of the officers opened the door to the Escape, they saw a black handgun in the driver’s door pocket. Above the gun were two small clear plastic bags, one of which contained what appeared to be powder cocaine, the other crack cocaine. The gun -- a black .380 caliber Cobra with five rounds in a magazine and one round in the chamber -- turned out to be stolen out of Sumter County. The officer also found a black digital scale, an iPhone and a credit card in the name of someone other than the two suspects.

Security footage of the Escape pulling up helped to identify the suspects for officers. When they are located, the CPD plans to charge Robinson and Scott-Simpson with shoplifting, possession of crack cocaine, drug equipment violations and possession of a stolen firearm.

The CPD is also searching for Terrance Demetrius Hall, 39, of Bluff Road, Cassatt, for violating probation, a third offense of driving under suspension and not stopping for blue lights. Around 10 p.m. Oct. 20, an officer spotted a vehicle one of the CPD’s detectives advised was being driven by Hall, who was a wanted subject. The officer got behind the vehicle on Gordon Street, and activated his lights and siren when Hall failed to stop.

Hall then drove the vehicle into a vacant lot on Campbell Street, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The officer -- who was able to identify Hall as the suspect -- saw him run across a field and jump a fence at the Chesnut Court Apartments. The officer called for other units and returned to the vehicle where he found Hall’s ID and paperwork for his probation violation hearing.

County deputies arrested Hall in July 2017 following a vehicle and foot chase, charging him with failing to stop for a blue light, resisting arrest, driving under suspension (second offense), possession with intent to distribute cocaine (third and/or subsequent offense) and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Hall pleaded guilty to the driving under suspension charge in September 2017 while the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office dismissed the two possession with intent to distribute charges. In December 2017, Hall pleaded guilty to the resisting arrest and failing to stop for blue lights charges and sentenced to one year in prison, suspended upon one year’s probation.

The CPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

Officers charged a 26-year-old woman with resisting arrest following what started as a domestic call at the Deluxe Inn on East DeKalb Street around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10. One officer arrived at the motel to find the woman in the parking lot. The woman said she and her fiancé had argued, ending with him going to a different room. The man came out at one point and began speaking loudly, and the woman did the same. Another officer spoke with the man, resulting in his leaving the scene. At that point, the woman began using vulgar language and -- after being asked to stop -- officers decided to arrest her for public disorderly conduct. Instead of complying, the woman tried to close her door on two of the officers, but they managed to gain entry. The woman continued to yell and began pulling away from the officers. Three officers got her turned around and ordered her to stop resisting as they placed her in handcuffs. She then ripped the body cameras off two of the officers, yelled and screamed, and threw herself to the ground, kicking one of the officers in the leg. Officers managed to get her into a patrol car; she then started slamming her head on the cage and attempted to kick out a window. Officers then managed to transport her to jail.

Officers charged a 23-year-old Camden man with resisting arrest after responding to Food for the Soul because the man had been previously trespassed from the shelter. Officers arrived around 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and found the man outside and not wearing a shirt. When an officer went to arrest him for trespassing, the man walked away toward a covered picnic area. The officer caught up and attempted to handcuff the man, he turned and faced the office in order to start arguing. He then reportedly grabbed the officer’s wrists, but the officer managed to break his hold, and delivered a palm-heel strike to chest, making him fall to the ground. The man then got up and walked away again. The officer caught up a second time and used the man’s arm to guide his body to the ground. With help from another officer, he managed to handcuff the man and even leg irons to restrict the man’s movements. According to the incident report, the officers charged him with resisting arrest, public disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Camden officers arrested Veron Nadell Bennett, 38, of Piedmont (Anderson County) around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 27 on drug and other charges while conducting a license checkpoint on South Broad Street at Ehrenclou Drive. While conducting the checkpoint, officers noticed Bennett’s vehicle pull into the center median and sit there for a moment before turning around. Several officers and county deputies pursued Bennett with blue lights, and he came to a stop in the center median again. Officers removed Bennett from the vehicle, which revealed a baggie with a white powdery substance -- which later tested positive for methamphetamine -- sitting in plain view on the driver’s seat. They also found a baggie with marijuana inside on the ground near where Bennett had turned the vehicle around near the checkpoint. Officers ultimately charged him with driving under suspension, marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Camden officers are searching for a man who allegedly stole a cellphone from Walmart by assaulting one of the sales associates on the afternoon of Oct. 27. According to a CPD report, the employee said the man came into the wireless section of the store and asked to see an iPhone X. She said she took a phone out of its case and showed it to him as another employee mentioned to him the price of the phone. At that point, the man allegedly reached across the counter, pulled on the first employee’s hair and stole the phone. Camera footage shows not only the assault and theft, but also exiting the Walmart during which he pushed open the sliding doors in such a way that one of the doors broke off its rails and became inoperable. The incident report did not describe the suspect in any way. However, the CPD may charge him with strong armed robbery, shoplifting and malicious injury to personal property.

An officer conducting a property check during the early morning hours of Oct. 31 around Camden Tire on Wylie Street noticed a dark blue Chevy Equinox behind the shop with Pennsylvania tags that came back showing the vehicle had been stolen out of Lebanon, Pa. The officer found a 22-year-old Elgin man sleeping inside the car. Another officer arrived on the scene and the two officers took the man out of the car, handcuffed him and ultimately transported him to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he is being held on one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Sometime between 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 9:50 a.m. Oct. 29, someone apparently used a BB gun to shoot out a number of windows of a Kershaw County School District bus housed across the street from Camden High School. The same subjects might also be responsible for throwing thousand island salad dressing on the windshield of a maintenance truck at the same location.

Sometime between 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and 1:40 a.m. Oct 23, someone removed a window air unit from a King Street residence in order to enter the home. Once inside the unknown suspect stole four flat screen TVs, two iPads, two carpet cleaners, two game consoles, some games, two laptops a Chromebook.

Someone broke into a Lakeview Avenue home sometime on the afternoon of Nov. 1 and stole a boy’s birthday presents, which were two gaming consoles. It appeared the burglar entered through a broken dog door.

Sometime between 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and 11 a.m. Nov. 1, someone burglarized a shed at a home on Beaufort Road and stole about garden tools and a car battery charger worth a total of about $740.

Camden officers also dealt with recent incidents involving beer/wine violations, breach of trust, communicating threats, credit/debit card fraud, defrauding a taxi, DUI (including two at near or more than twice the legal limit), driving under suspension, emergency protective custody of an adult, failure to return rental property, gas drive off, harassment, identity theft, larceny, malicious injury to property, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container, resisting arrest, runaway, second-degree assault, second-degree domestic violence, shoplifting, theft from a motor vehicle, theft of motor vehicle parts of accessories, third-degree assault, and trespassing.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

On Oct. 1, EPD officers arrested a 51-year-old Lugoff man suspected of passing forged checks with public disorderly conduct. They ended up charging him with resisting arrests, too.

According to an EPD report, an officer responded and noticed a red Dodge Ram in front of a nearby pharmacy described by an employee where the suspected forged checks had been passed. The truck’s hood was up and the officer saw two men working on it. At that point, the suspect saw the officer walking up and immediately stated he knew the officer was there about the checks.

During questioning, the man became very irate, started to yell and swing his arms violently in public view. After being warned that if he continued, he would be arrested, the man reportedly got louder and more aggressive with his swinging arms. At this point, the officer told the man he was being arrested for public disorderly conduct, to which the suspect replied that he was not under arrest.

The responding officer, with assistance from another officer, forced the man into handcuffs and took him to jail.

The EPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

Elgin officers arrested Tyler Vincent Vanthof, 32, of Draymore Lane, Elgin for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after they stopped him for speeding at 51 mph in a 35 mph zone on Smyrna Road and for driving left of center around 4:15 p.m. Oct. 20. According to an EPD report, when Vanthof removed his registration from his glove box, an officer noticed a bag of syringes and some syringes outside of the bag. Vanthof reportedly removed the syringes from the glove box and moved them to his center console in full view of the officer who then asked him to step out of the car. When he did, the officer noticed marks on his arms and hands that appeared consistent with narcotics use. The officer then had Vanthof’s 33-year-old male passenger exit the vehicle and hand them a specific syringe that had a small amount of liquid with blood in the tip. Another officer arrived on the scene, allowing the first officer to conduct a probable search of the car, during which they found a small purple container containing marijuana residue; a glass smoking pipe; a plastic bag of a glassy, rock-like substance consistent with meth; another syringe with blood in the tip; and a tube of “scar cover up cream.” After being read their Miranda rights, Vanthof reportedly admitted the meth and at least one of the syringes was his. At this point, officers arrested him for meth distribution and issued him citations for texting while driving, speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia. They also cited, but did not arrest, the passenger for possession of drug paraphernalia. Vanthof is being held at the county jail on a $40,000 bond.

An EPD officer arrested Jon W. Jarrard, 38, of Church Street, Elgin, on drug charges and resisting arrest after receiving a call from an off-duty officer that there was a man standing in an empty lot across from Dominos Pizza on Rose Street around 10:50 p.m. Oct. 2. The responding officer found the man, who appeared to be looking at a cellphone. The officer asked to speak to him and for his name. Jarrard replied with a different first name than that given on the report and said he was staying on Church Street with family. After receiving consent to a pat-down, the officer asked Jarrard about the contents in his pockets. Jarrard said one of the pockets contained cigarettes and the officer asked to see those first. While trying to get the cigarettes out of his pants pockets, the officer saw a plastic baggie that contained white glassy rocks consistent with “ice,” or methamphetamine. When the officer began to ask him about the baggie, Jarrard turned and rant, but was apprehended after a brief struggle. A further probable cause search turned up four plastic baggies of “ice.” A field test came up positive for meth. Due to the scene being within one-half mile of Blaney Baptist Daycare and Hudson’s Kids Kastle, the officer charged Jarrard with possession with intent to distribute (PWID) meth, PWID meth within proximity of a school or playground, giving false information and resisting arrest. As of Tuesday, Kershaw County Detention Center records showed him as being held on a total of $23,500 bond.

According to a separate incident report, on Oct. 3, officers went to the home Jarrard mentioned as staying at to check up on the cellphone he had been using, when he said did not actually belong to him. An officer also told one of the men, 61 years of age, that there had been previous narcotics arrests involving people who had stayed in the home during the last few months. At that point, the 61-year-old man and another man, a 43-year-old, admitted they had meth already loaded in syringes, ready to use. These syringes were in plain view, according to the report. A subsequent search also turned up numerous items of drug paraphernalia that belonged to each of the people in the home. Officers arrested the two men for meth and paraphernalia possession. They cited the woman with possession of drug paraphernalia, but did not arrest her.

Officers charged a 23-year-old Lugoff woman with second-degree domestic violence on Oct. 24 following an incident the day before during which she allegedly hit her boyfriend while he was in her car at Dollar General on Main Street and then ran over his leg. According to an EPD incident report, the couple was arguing about taxes in front of the Dollar General around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 when, as the boyfriend tried to get out of the car, the woman began slapping face. He admitted to grabbing her by the neck to push her off him, but that when he tried to get out of the car again, he grabbed him by his shirt, pulled him back in and began hitting him again. He said he broke free a second time and began to walk away on the sidewalk when she allegedly drove up on the curb, striking him in the right leg, causing an injury to his foot. She then reportedly drove off and left him at the scene. Officers reported they contacted the woman and asked her to come in; she said she would when she found a baby-sitter. Her ex-mother-in-law soon called back telling officers the young woman would not be coming in. However, according to a supplement added to the report, the woman came to the EPD, but refused to give a statement. Her mother took custody of the three young children with her. As of Monday, Oct. 29, she was being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center on a more than $10,000 bond.

Elgin officers, with assistance from county deputies, arrested a 26-year-old Lugoff man following a vehicle chase along Main, Church, Bowen streets; Highway Church Road; S.C. 12 and onto roads in Richland County 11:30 p.m. Nov. 2. At one point, the suspect eluded an Elgin officer by driving the white Kia Spectra down a dirt road and over a large mound of dirt. Deputies managed to catch up to the Kia in a wooded area near Tower Road where it had been abandoned with front and rear damage from driving over stumps and wood debris. A KCSO K9 unit successfully tracked the driver and a passenger. After arresting the man, an Elgin officer transported him to the hospital because the K9 had bitten the suspect’s hands and leg. A short time after dropping the suspect off, the officer learned that the man was being admitted to intensive care due to the effects of having ingested approximately 6 grams of meth right before being apprehended. Once he leaves the hospital, officers plan to charge the man with failing to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension (second offense), operating an uninsured vehicle, no driver’s license, seatbelt violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the overnight hours of Oct. 5 and 6, someone apparently used a piece of cement block to shatter the glass to a Pepsi cooler at the IGA gas station on Main Street and stole at least $20 worth soft drink, but causing $500 in damage.

On Oct. 27, a KCSO deputy collected three bags of prescription medication from the EPD’s drug drop off box. The weight of the three bags totaled 64 pounds of prescription medication.

Elgin officers also dealt with assault, assisting firefighters at a house fire, civil disturbance, counterfeit/forgery, DUI, driving under suspension, domestic violence, harassment, marijuana possession, methamphetamine possession, motor vehicle collision, no driver’s license, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting, speeding, trespassing, vandalism, and welfare check.

(Incident reports are provided by the Camden and Elgin police departments and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office. They 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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