by The Press and Standard | July 12, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm
It was 3 a.m. on July 5 when a Walterboro police officer was called to the BP station at 1404 Sniders Highway about a child sleeping on the ground in the parking lot.
Officers, having some difficulty waking the person who was sleeping on his stomach, began to suspect the subject might be an intoxicated, short adult instead of a child.
Once awake, the boy said told the police officers he was 12 years old and thought he was in Georgia.
He said he had been on the way to Georgia with his parents and did not know how he had ended up asleep in the parking lot.
His parents had been driving a white Toyota Versa, towing a rental trailer.
City police broadcasted a “be on the look out” report on the vehicle. Colleton County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the vehicle at the rest stop near Exit 42 and escorted the parents back to Walterboro.
The parents did not know that their son was not still with them — the boy’s father said he suspected his son had snuck out of the car while his parents were sleeping.
According to the incident report, the father described his son as “very problematic.”
Reunited, the family got back on I-95 and headed for Georgia.
Two arrested after traffic stop
Two city residents were taken into custody on several charges following a traffic stop at Jefferies Boulevard and Eddie Chasteen Road the afternoon of July 7.
An officer on routine patrol reportedly knew the female driver was under on a license suspension and her male passenger was wanted on active warrants issued by the city.
Both occupants were removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest.
A search of the woman reportedly found a scale and a plastic bag containing a powdery white substance. The woman reportedly told the officer the substance was meth.
A search of the vehicle reportedly found a glass pipe under the passenger’s seat.
The incident led to the arrest of the driver, Jennifer R. Moore, 43, of Walterboro, on charges of driving while under suspension, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.
The passenger, Michael A. Moore, 20, of Walterboro, was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the traffic stop and outstanding warrants for failure to stop for blue lights, driving while under suspension and habitual traffic offender.
Tire dumping being investigated
A Walterboro officer dispatched to investigate a report of tires being dumped on private property in the 600 block of Colleton Loop the morning of July 5 found approximately 100 used vehicle tires on the ground.
Security cameras captured video of a white truck pulling a yellow trailer entering the property and dumping the tires.
The video also captured the license plate on the trailer and the name of a North Charleston company on the side of the truck.
The illegal dumping case is still being investigated.
Disturbance brings charges
Members of the city police department were sent to a parking lot on Bells Highway the morning of July 8 to check on a disturbance. A man was reportedly seen in the parking lot screaming and waving his hands in the air.
Officers found the suspect in his truck, parked in the fire lane of the parking lot.
When the man was interviewed, he allegedly admitted that he had drugs in his pocket. Officers reportedly found three bags of methamphetamine.
Inside the vehicle, officers reported finding an open bottle of vodka.
The incident resulted in the arrest of Steve Hudson, 56, of Walterboro on charges of having an open container of alcohol and possession of methamphetamine.
Jogger attacked by dogs
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was called to the intersection of Burlington Road and Jefferies Highway the morning of July 8 after a jogger was attacked by two pit bulls.
The man said that he was exercising on Jefferies Highway on June 8 at 8:45 a.m. when he came upon the two dogs near the intersection.
He continued down the roadway and the dogs attacked him from two different directions, causing injuries to both the man’s hands.
A motorist stopped to offer assistance to the victim and a second man fire a handgun into the air, scaring both dogs off.
While the victim went to the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, the deputy began looking for the two dogs.
He found them on Candlelight Drive and called Colleton County Animal and Environmental Control for assistance in securing the dogs.
Stolen items sold at scrap yards
A man called the sheriff’s office July 6 to report that a variety of scrap items had been removed from the yard at a residence on Lowcountry Highway in Smoaks.
The man said the items — $900 in car parts, a homemade trailer valued at $500 and a set of four tire rims worth $800 — had been taken sometime between April 1 and July 6 and had been sold at several scrap yards.
A resident of Beavers Pass Road in Smoaks contacted the sheriff’s office July 6 to report that a number of items had been removed from his porch.
Gone were a $500 toolbox containing $1,000 worth of tools and a $300 battery charger.
Building broken into
The owner of a property on Seigler Drive contacted the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office the afternoon of July 5 to report a break-in.
Gone from the building were $2,000 in building materials, an antique train set worth $450 and $500 in gun-cleaning supplies.