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by | January 11, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: January 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Business robbed
The Walterboro Police Department is investigating the armed robbery of a Robertson Boulevard business on the evening of Jan. 9.
Members of the police department were sent to the Family Dollar at 3206 Robertson Blvd. on Jan. 9 after two gunmen entered the store at approximately 8:45 p.m.
The store employees told police the men entered the store, pointed weapons at the two store employees, demanded they give them the cash from the cash registers and open the safe.
They left the store with cash and store merchandise they also grabbed.
Investigators are asking that if anyone has any information regarding this robbery to please contact the Walterboro Police Department at 843-549-1811.
Speeder faces drug charges
A Walterboro police officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop the evening of Jan. 10 that led to a motorist facing multiple drug charges.
The officer was on Robertson Boulevard at North Lemacks Street conducting a stationary radar enforcement effort, when he spotted the motorist reportedly driving 58 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone Tuesday at 7:57 p.m.
When the officer approached the motorist, he reportedly smelled the distinct aroma of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He asked the driver if he had any contraband and the motorist reportedly handed over a bag of marijuana.
The officer then began searching the vehicle and allegedly found a handgun in the front console.
A book bag was lying on the back seat, and when the officer looked in the book bag, he reported that he found another bag of marijuana, two plastic bags containing cocaine, a digital scale, a plastic spoon and an open box of sandwich bags.
When the man was searched, the officer allegedly found $981 in cash, which was seized.
After the search, the driver, Eric L. Edwards, 23, of Walterboro, was issued citations for speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia and was transported to the Colleton County Detention Center to await the filing of charges for trafficking in cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Warning shot draws criminal charge
A member of the sheriff’s office was called to a home in the 18000 block of Augusta Highway Jan. 6 at about 7:15 a.m. to investigate a shots-fired call.
The man reporting the incident told the deputy that he and his neighbor were involved in an on-going dispute and on the morning of Jan. 6, the two men were standing on their own property yelling back and forth at each other.
The caller said his neighbor went back into his home,  came outside with a rifle and allegedly fired two shots in the air.
The deputy then interviewed the other man, who reportedly admitting firing what he called warning shots. He said he had fired because he feared his neighbor.
That admission led to the deputy charging the man, Morris Mosandel, 54, of Augusta Highway, with pointing and presenting a firearm.
Lawn mower taken
A member of the Walterboro Police Department was sent to a residence on Lands End Road Jan. 7 at 3:59 p.m. to investigate a theft.
The female caller told the officer that she was checking on the home when she realized that a riding lawnmower, valued at $2,000, had been removed from the property.

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