Traffic checkpoints happening this weekend
By HEATHER RUPPE
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office will be working with other area law enforcement agencies this coming weekend to create several traffic checkpoints throughout the county.
According to sheriff’s office Spokeswoman Shalane Lowes, the traffic safety checkpoints will mostly be held this Friday and Saturday, October 22nd and October 23rd, in the Canes, Round O and Cottageville communities. In these traffic checkpoints, officers will look for drunk drivers, seatbelt violations, child restraints and whether or not drivers have a valid driver’s license, she said.
Lowes said the checkpoints are open to law enforcement entities from every agency in Colleton County and from agencies in other neighboring counties, including Allendale, Hampton, Jasper and Beaufort counties. These counties are part of the Law Enforcement Network, which is comprised of individual law enforcement circuits that help to support all 46 counties in South Carolina.
The networks are made up of local and state traffic enforcement officers, prosecutors, and federal law enforcement agencies.
In other Colleton County crime news:
Stove stolen during burglary
Law enforcement officers were called to a Walterboro house last week when someone broke into a house and stole a stove. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the theft occurred on Oct. 18th on Dandridge Road. The homeowner called 911 and reported that he had returned home and found the house burglarized. The only thing reported was a stove taken from inside, the report states. There are no suspects at this time.
Arson under investigation
Authorities are investigating a possible case of arson. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, law enforcement officers and firefighters were called to Lonnie’s Auto in Walterboro for a possible arson fire. The business is located on Robertson Boulevard and the alleged incident occurred on Oct. 12th. The case is under investigation.
Colleton County deputies were called to Colleton Middle School twice last week for two different incidents of students having weapons on school grounds. According to sheriff’s office incident reports, one student allegedly had a knife on school campus. In a separate and unrelated incident, a 14-year-old is accused of also having an unlawful possession of a weapon on school property: in this case, the weapon is not listed, according to the incident report.
Man damages vehicle in feud
A 35-year-old Colleton County man is charged with damaging a vehicle after he kicked the doors of a vehicle belonging to his girlfriend. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the deputies were called to the Walterboro house for an argument between the suspect and his brother. During that argument, the female victim’s car was damaged: her two tires were flattened and the doors were kicked, causing dents. The vehicle had about $500 to $600 in estimated damages, the report states. The suspect is charged with malicious damage to personal property less than $2,000 in damage.