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Crime & Courts

  • Federal, state agencies assisting in Easter homicide investigation

    Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a person found dead in a parked, running car on Easter morning as a “domestic situation,” said Sheriff Jay Brooks.
    The body of Wendell Paul Price Jr., 20, of Airport Road in Pageland, was found in the front seat of a car parked at the intersection of S.C. 145 and Sandy Plains Road.
    The windows of the black Toyota were rolled up, and the car was in park and running. A passing motorist, who had observed that the car had not moved for some time, called the sheriff’s office.

  • Property owner cited in wildfire

    A Chesterfield County property owned has been cited for Friday’s wildfire that burned as much as 325 acres.
    No one was injured in the fire. Several abandoned buildings burned. The estimated property damage is $15,800.
    The property owner was cited by the South Carolina Forestry Commission for allowing a fire to spread. The property owner faces a $200 fine plus court costs, said Justin Holt of the commission. The commission did not release the name of the property owner.
    The fire started as a controlled burn of 27 acres near Patrick.

  • Smelly home leads to arrests

    The smell of ammonia was so overwhelming at mobile home on Price Cemetery Road in Pageland that authorities recently took two juvenile children in into protective custody and arrested their parents for unlawful conduct toward a child.
    Chesterfield deputies responded to a call at the 300 block of Price Cemetery Road on March 28 at the request of the Department of Social Services.

  • Body found with multiple gunshots

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an Easter morning homicide – the county’s first of the year.
    Wendell Paul Price Jr., 29, of Airport Road, Pageland, was shot multiple times at a very close range, said Sheriff Jay Brooks.
    Price was found slumped in the driver’s seat of his car at the intersection of S.C. 145 and Sandy Plains Road, near the border with North Carolina about 7:45 a.m., Brooks said.

  • Central student arrest for making threats

    A Central High School student was recently arrested for threatening to bring a gun to school and “shoot the next person that called him crazy,” according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report. 

    About 8 a.m. on March 2 a sheriff’s deputy arrested the student for threats allegedly made on Feb. 28. 

    Other students heard the alleged threat and the student admitted to the threat, saying he made it out of anger, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. 

  • 2 charged in threats on Chesterfield schools

    Two incidents of potential gun violence at Chesterfield Schools have followed the Feb. 14 fatal shootings at a Florida high school.

    In each case, threats were made but no guns were brought to Chesterfield schools, officials said.

    On Thursday, an administrator overheard a student threatening to bring a gun to Chesterfield-Rudy Middle School, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Sheriff: Former Chesterfield teacher under investigation

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Chesterfield teacher for alleged inappropriate touching of a student, Sheriff Jay Brooks said Monday.
    The teacher no longer works for the Chesterfield County School District, said schools’ spokesman Ken Buck.
    Brooks said Monday results of his office’s investigation could be released Tuesday.

  • Wallace man sentenced for firearm violation

    From release

    FLORENCE – Bobby Joe Drakeford, Jr., 27, of Wallace, was sentenced last week to 84 months in federal prison for felon in possession of a firearm followed by three years of supervised release.
    Evidence presented at a guilty plea hearing showed on Jan. 5, 2017, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies observed a vehicle matching a description of a vehicle involved in an attempted sale of suspected stolen firearms. Drakeford was driving the vehicle.

  • Mt. Croghan woman faces resisting arrest charge

    A Mount Croghan woman was charged with resisting arrest Jan. 6 after Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies tried to serve a warrant for check fraud. 

    Joyce Ann Williams, 48, of the 8100 block of S.C. 266, would not open her front door for deputies, according to an incident report. The incident happened about 5:45 p.m. 

    Williams repeatedly denied the deputies’ request and said she was going to the bathroom because she was sick. 

    Deputies then told Williams they would kick in the front door unless she opened it. 

  • Drug court escapee charged with attempted murder

    A Chesterfield County woman escaped from drug court on Dec. 27, jumped into a car and then led law enforcement officers Chesterfield County and Anson County, N.C. on a high-speed chase.
    After being apprehended, the woman was charged with attempted murder for allegedly dragging one law enforcement officer with her vehicle and nearly hitting several other deputies during the incident.