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by | April 6, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: April 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

Teacher accused of pushing student
A Colleton County High School teacher is on administrative leave pending investigation of an incident involving a student on March 27.
PE teacher Joyce Bethay was involved in an altercation with a student in the school gym, according to Colleton County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The student said in the report that she came to the gym during fifth period, then went to another teacher’s room to get brownies baked by her culinary class. Upon returning to the gym, she said Bethay stood in the doorway to the gym, blocking her entrance. She used another entrance to gain entry, but when she tried to “get her stuff, Mrs. Bethay was blocking the door so she could not get in and then Mrs. Bethay pushed her,” the report said. The student pushed the teacher out of her way, dropping her brownie in the process.
Bethay said she was standing in the doorway when the victim pushed her several times and said she did push her back, the report said.
Bethay is on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated.
Car shot
Deputies were dispatched to the area of Sidneys Road near Round O Road on March 30 in reference to a shooting.
A man reported he was driving down Sidneys Road when he passed a slow-moving white Escalade. The Escalade then accelerated, and the man heard gunshots and a “loud metal sound.”
He pulled over and saw there were multiple holes in the rear of his 1998 Honda Accord.
Deputies located a “projectile” just under the trunk lid, which was retrieved as evidence.
Naked man found in back yard
A screaming woman called 911 on March 31, reporting a strange-looking naked man in her back yard, attempting to break into her home.
Responding deputies did indeed find a naked man in the back of the residence, sitting on the ground. The man admitted to taking methamphetamines. After he became hostile toward deputies, he was detained and Fire-Rescue was called to transport the man to Colleton Medical Center.
SCE&G scam  reported
A Lodge woman reported April 1 she received a call from someone identifying himself as Jerry Nolan with S.C. Electric and Gas. He reportedly told her that her power was going to be disconnected due to non-payment.
She informed the man that she had paid her bill at Ehrhardt Town Hall, but he responded that she was paying at the wrong location and would get a refund from the town hall for $1,360. The woman then reported the man told her she needed to get three prepaid cards: two for $500 and one for $360, then call him at 800-769-4060 so he could take payment.
The woman, knowing her bill had been paid, reported the incident to law enforcement.
Man recovers stolen car
A Herndon Street man went outside and cranked his car on April 3, only to get a surprise.
He went back into his home and, when he came back out, saw his 2015 Hyundai Sonata backing down the driveway. He chased after the vehicle, which proceeded across the road and into a ditch. Someone jumped from the car and ran.
The investigation continues.
Guns stolen
Thirty-two guns, a computer and $2,000 were reported stolen from a Round O home on April 3.
The resident reported that the gun cabinet containing the weapons was in the home when he left on April 2. After a trip to Walterboro with friends, he returned home and fell asleep on the couch. When he awoke the next morning, he discovered the cabinet and guns were missing.
The models and serial numbers of the missing guns were entered into NCIC.

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