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by The Press and Standard | September 7, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 6, 2017 at 11:43 am
multiple charges after disturbance
An assault call to Mystic Lane to Sept. 9 led to a Walterboro woman being taken into custody.
Officers responding to the call were sent to Lynnwood Road, where the victim was suffering through the effects of being pepper-sprayed.
The woman was transported to the emergency department of Colleton Medical Center for an evaluation.
The 56-year-old woman told police that she had done some yard work for a 59-year-old Mystic Lane resident the day before and returned to the residence on Sept. 9 to get paid.
The woman said she entered the open garage and began knocking on the door when the female resident “came out of nowhere” and allegedly hit her on the head with an object, knocking her into a broom closet.
The victim said she was then pepper-sprayed and held at gun point. She said she was then able to elude the woman and ran down the street with her attacker in pursuit.
The suspect, Mary H. Yarborough, 59, of Walterboro, was transported to the Colleton County Detention Center to face charges of second-degree assault and battery, kidnapping and pointing and presenting a fire arm.
on drug charge
City police were called to the Walmart parking lot Sept. 2 at about 6:30 p.m. to check on a report that a vehicle was being operated by an unlicensed driver.
Officers spotted the suspect’s car leaving the parking lot as they arrived.
Officers followed the car as it moved towards the downtown area on Bells Highway and performed a traffic stop at Bells Highway and Kimbrell Street. Because the vehicle had been traveling slowly, it was reportedly impeding traffic.
After stopping the vehicle, officers told the five occupants to hand over any illegal contraband as they exited the vehicle.
One of the backseat passengers, a 15-year-old Walterboro boy, reportedly gave the officer a plastic bag containing five pills and allegedly told the officer the pills were hydrocodone.
The suspect was told that he would be facing a possession of schedule II narcotics charge and was turned over to his grandmother.
The driver was issued a warning for impeding traffic and a courtesy summons for violation of his beginner’s permit.
A Walterboro police officer parked at a service station on North Jefferies Boulevard in the early morning hours of Aug. 31 reportedly watched as a motorist pulled out of the gas station onto Jefferies Boulevard without stopping and pulled the driver over.
The officer, recognizing the driver as being convicted of previous drug charges, asked for permission to search the vehicle.
His request was denied and the officer called for a canine unit to be sent to the traffic stop to conduct an open-air search of the vehicle’s exterior.
As the driver exited the vehicle, a small plastic bag fell to the ground. A field test determined that the bag contained methamphetamine.
On the passenger side of the vehicle as another man exited the vehicle, a small orange plastic container hit the pavement. It was also determined to contain methamphetamine and pills believed to be hydrocodone.
A search of the driver reportedly found seven pills believed to be hydrocodone.
Then officers began searching the car and reportedly found a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana under the driver’s seat, a small handgun under the rear passenger seat and a scale used for narcotics.
When the search was completed, the driver, Rodney D. Zeigler, 52, of Walterboro was arrested on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
One passenger, Eduardo E. Garcia, 32, of Walterboro, was taken into custody on charges of unlawful carry of a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol. He was sitting where the handgun was found, and a computer check determined that the gun had been reported stolen in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
The third occupant, Timothy H. Elrod, 41, of Walterboro, was arrested on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and trafficking in methamphetamine.