Crime Reports

by | August 29, 2019 5:00 pm

Last Updated: August 28, 2019 at 12:23 pm

School locked down during chase

Bells Elementary School was placed on lock-down for a short period of time Aug. 26 while Colleton County deputies were attempting to apprehend a suspect.

The incident started at 10:40 a.m. on Norris Drive in Ruffin.

A caller reported that a male was beating his girlfriend and was last seen entering the woods after walking down Norris Drive toward Hudson Mill.

While deputies were searching for the man, his girlfriend said she did not want medical attention.

As the search continued, Bells Elementary School spent a short time on lock-down. The lock-down was lifted to allow for dismissal of the students.

A bus driver transporting students back home reported to the sheriff’s office that he spotted the suspect at Stephens Crossroads, walking towards Lodge.

Deputies were able to apprehend the man.

No other information on the incident was available from the sheriff’s office.


Charges filed in chase

A Smoaks woman was arrested on two charges following an Aug. 25 Augusta Highway chase.

A deputy with the Colleton County Sheriff Office was on routine patrol on Augusta Highway at 9:05 p.m. when he reportedly spotted a car coming the other way at approximately 100 miles per hour.

The deputy pulled to the side of the road, waited until the speeding vehicle passed and then gave chase.

He chased the car on Augusta Highway to Lowcountry Highway where the driver turned left. The chase continued on Lowcountry Highway until the driver turned left on Community Avenue.

The driver then pulled behind a residence and was exiting the vehicle when the deputy stopped her from entering the house.

The woman said she had been speeding because her husband’s grandmother was having a heart attack inside the residence.

The deputy checked inside the residence. The grandmother said she was not having a heart attack and did not need medical attention.

The driver, Kemel N. Jones, 23, of Smoaks was taken into custody on charges of reckless operation and failure to stop for blue lights.

As the woman was being transported to the detention center, she reportedly began complaining of chest pains.

The deputy took her to the Colleton Medical Center for examination and once medical officials cleared her, her trip to the detention center continued.


Traffic stop results in multiple charges

A Walterboro Police Department officer working routine patrol on Aug. 24 pulled over a driver at Robertson Boulevard and Hampton Street for an expired license plate and defective equipment.

During the interview, the woman reportedly told the officer she did not have a license or registration for the vehicle.

The officer requested a canine team come to the location to conduct an open-air search around the vehicle.

After the dog reportedly indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle, the officer began searching the interior of the car.

During the course of the search, the officer reportedly found approximately 100 used and unused syringes, needles, a bag containing methamphetamine, a bag containing heroin and a glass pipe.

The discovery led to the arrest of Patricia J. Walker, 32, of Walterboro, on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating an uninsured vehicle.


Tools taken from welding shop

A member of the sheriff’s office was called to Hutson Welding at 3541 Azalea Patch Road, Ruffin the morning of Aug. 23 after a break-in was discovered.

The deputy was told that someone had broken into a shed and removed a variety of tools.

It appeared that they had carried the stolen items from the shed to the locked gate and then placed them on the other side of the gate.

Missing were a $6,000 welder, a $600 air compressor, a $300 welding tank, a $30 fan, a $140 skill saw, a $120 shop radio, a $20 tool bag, a $75 pair of welding coveralls and a $500 welding torch.


Purse taken motor vehicle

A woman called from the 700 block of Azalea Drive the morning of Aug. 24 after she discovered that her car had been entered and a purse taken.

The purse and wallet, valued at $300, had contained credit cards and cash, as well as jewelry valued at $2,150.


Vehicle stolen from Black Street

A member of the city police department was dispatched to a home in the 300 block of Black Street Aug. 24 after a resident discovered that her motor vehicle had been taken.

The woman said that her white 2015 Honda CRV had been taken sometime between midnight and 2:45 p.m.


A shooting incident investigated

The sheriff’s office was called to the 200 block of Grayson Street Aug. 24 at 12:33 p.m. to investigate a report of gunfire.

One caller reported hearing six shots; a second caller reported hearing 20 shots.

Emergency dispatchers were also informed that someone had fired at a group of males, striking one in the leg. That person was reportedly being taken to the emergency department of Colleton Medical Center for treatment.

The sheriff’s office would not provide any additional information, saying that it was an on-going investigation.


Walterboro man arrested

James A. Frierson, 20, of Walterboro and Christian Memminger, 18, of Walterboro were arrested on Aug. 24 at 6:45 p.m. on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after they were allegedly found at their residence with a reported runaway female.


Man charged in domestic violence incident

A member of the Colleton County Sheriff Office was called to Cypress Pond Road and Beach Road to investigate a domestic violence complaint.

Upon arriving at the location Aug 26 at 8:50 a.m., the officer determined that the male suspect was wanted by the sheriff’s office and took him into custody on outstanding warrants.

The female victim refused to exit the vehicle and would not talk while the suspect was at the location.

The suspect was transported to the detention center on the outstanding warrants and when the women exited the vehicle, the deputy noticed that the woman had a large bump on her forehead and redness around her left eye and neck.

She said she and the suspect had been involved in a verbal dispute that had turned physical — the suspect allegedly punching her four or five times and then choking her.

The investigation led to the arrest of Marvin F. Stanley Jr., 35, of Walterboro on a charge of second-degree domestic violence.




comments » 2

  1. Comment by Marcelle

    August 29, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    This response is the article about Bells Elementary School on lock down . Some of the information is wrong. I was the bus driver that spotted the suspect. I am not a male and was not on the school bus. I was in my car going to Bells when I spotted the suspect.. At that time I didn’t know he was a suspect. One of our district personnel was at Bells informing the drivers to be on the lookout for the suspect . When he described the suspect ,I told him that I had just seen the man 2 or 3 minutes before on the bridges headed toward Stephen’s Crossroads. I am waiting on my reward. (lol).

  2. Comment by Gerard Berry

    August 30, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I think the shooting on Grayson Street should have been the first article

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