Animals seized from local property
By HEATHER WALTERS
Several animals were seized from a rural Walterboro residence on April 25 when law enforcement officers discovered they were not being properly fed or cared for.
According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy was called to a Can City Road residence because of a 911-hangup. When she arrived, she discovered that the emergency caller was having an argument with someone else on the property. While investigating this case, the deputy said in her report that she noticed several animals on the property that did not seem to be “cared for,” the report states. The deputy then contacted Colleton County Animal Control, who responded and sent officers to the house. Several chickens and at least one goat were removed by officers, the report states.
The animals’ owner could be charged with ill-treatment of animals, first offense.
Attempted animal theft
A person tried to steal a man’s dog last week. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a Walterboro resident called 911 and reported that someone came into their residence and tried to steal their dog. The person also reported that they were looking into the house through a window and could see the suspect inside their house making a sandwich. Once on scene, deputies stated in the report that they could not see any signs of foul play.
Vehicle tag stolen
A person stole a tag off of a rental car from a Walterboro business. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy was called to the Enterprise Rental car business on Bells Highway on April 27 when a person turned a vehicle into the business with Kentucky tags. However, when the employee came to work the next day, the tag was gone. The charge would be theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories.
Colleton woman claims someone fired gun at her
A Colleton County woman called 911 last week to report she was being intimidated. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the woman was driving down Green Pond Highway on April 26 when she realized that she was being followed. She pulled into the driveway of a family member and then heard the sound of four gunshots being fired, the report states. The case is under investigation. No one was injured.
More catalytic converter thefts
Catalytic Converter thefts continue in Colleton County. On April 22, a teacher at Colleton County Middle School discovered that the catalytic converter on his Toyota Tundra pickup truck had been stolen. This theft occurred during the day. Officers were called and the case is under investigation.
Rape case reported
Law enforcement officers are investigating an alleged rape of a minor. The incident was reported to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on April 23 and is said to have occurred in Islandton. There are no other details of this case, as it is under investigation. This is the second alleged rape involving a child that has been reported to Colleton County officials within the last three months. Both cases remain under investigation and are separate incidents.
Green Pond shooting victim taken to hospital
A shooting victim was taken to the Emergency Room of Colleton Medical Center on April 23, where local law enforcement officers were notified. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies went to the hospital and spoke to the victim and his mother: the victim is a minor. The incident report states that this shooting was gang-related and does involve juveniles. No arrests have yet been made, and the case is under investigation. The incident occurred in Green Pond and is being treated as attempted murder.
Walterboro burglar leaves water on, vandalizes house
On April 24, an unknown suspect broke into a Gadsden Loop house and then vandalized it, turning on the water and leaving it on to overflow onto the floor. Deputies were called to the house when the victim/homeowner found the front door of the mobile home had been pried open. A cell phone had also been taken from inside the house, the report states. This burglary is under investigation.
Woman hands over drugs from inside her bra
Drugs were found inside a woman’s bra during a recent traffic stop. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy stopped the driver of a Pontiac Grand Am on April 24 because the vehicle had a defective brake lamp. During the traffic stop, the deputy’s drug dog conducted a “free air sniff of the vehicle,” and gave a positive response that there were drugs in the vehicle. Deputies then searched the car. Meanwhile, a female officer was called to the scene to pat down the female driver of the car. The driver then handed over a plastic bag from inside her bra. The bag contained eight pain pills. The 28-year-old woman is charged with possession of a controlled substance and was taken to the Colleton County Detention Center.