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by The Press and Standard | April 19, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 19, 2017 at 10:35 am
School visitor faces weapon charge
A Walterboro man was taken into custody the afternoon of April 15 after he allegedly attempted to bring a gun onto school property.
The suspect was among a group arriving at Colleton County High School to attend an alumni basketball game.
According to the incident report filed by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, when the suspect arrived at the high school, his demeanor immediately attracted the attention of one of the deputies providing security at the game. The deputy suspected the man might be armed.
Keeping the suspect under surveillance, deputies asked the man to exit the gym and talk to a deputy.
When he was asked if he had a weapon, the suspect reportedly began reaching for his waistband. Officers put him in cuffs and repeated the question. He allegedly said he had a weapon inside his pants.
He was then moved to the parking lot and disarmed.
The suspect, according to the incident report, told deputies he takes his gun with him everywhere he goes and was not planning on using it for anything.
The incident led to the arrest of Terelle Singleton of Walterboro on a charge of unlawful carrying of a handgun.
Bargain leads to criminal charge
A Walterboro man found himself headed to jail the afternoon of April 17 after city police discovered his good deal on a motor vehicle was too good.
A Walterboro Police Department officer spotted a man riding a white four-wheeler down the middle of Hill Street April 17 at about 1:40 p.m. and made a traffic stop.
The rider said that the four-wheeler belonged to a man on Francis Street and he was test driving it.
The officer noticed that there was no key in the ignition and that the ignition wire was cut to allow it to run without the key.
A computer check determined that the four-wheeler, valued at $4,000, had been reported stolen in Dorchester County.
Officers met with the Francis Street man, who reportedly said the vehicle belonged to him and the other man had just been riding it.
As the conversation continued, according to the incident report, the owner said he had bought it off “a crack head for a couple of bucks.”
The deal resulted in Ivan T. Warren, 19, of Walterboro being taken into custody on a charge of possession of stolen property.
Sleeping motorist taken into custody
A member of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was sent to See See Road the morning of April 14 to investigate the report of a man sleeping in a truck pulled off on the side of the road.
When the deputy contacted the man, he told the officer that he was sleeping in his vehicle after being involved in a domestic argument the night before.
When the man exited the truck, a metal tube used to smoke narcotics reportedly fell out of his lap.
A search of the truck reportedly discovered a metal container with a white crystal-like rock inside. The rock reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine.
The discovery led to the arrest of the man, Ronald Joseph Thigpen, 46, of Earnels Drive, Walterboro, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.
The owner of a property on Jones Swamp Road contacted the sheriff’s office April 18 to report the disappearance of a farm tractor.
The man said sometime between Oct. 1, 2016 and April 18 a $35,940 Kubota farm tractor had been removed from a shed that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew.
The sheriff’s office was sent to a residence on Anthony Drive in Green Pond on the morning of April 14 after the resident awoke to find her $4,000 silver Jeep Cherokee gone.
Money taken from vehicle
A Dorsey Street resident called the sheriff’s office April 14 at 8:45 a.m. after the resident discovered that a family vehicle had been broken into.
The man reported finding the vehicle’s window down and the glove compartment open.
The family’s rent money was gone from the glove compartment. A fire helmet was also discovered missing from the vehicle’s rear seat.