Crime & Courts

  • Investigation into fatal wreck nets 4 arrests

    From release

    An ongoing investigation into a fatal automobile accident on Ruby-Hartsville Road, as well as various drive-by shootings in Chesterfield and Darlington counties, has led to four arrests and warrants issued for two other suspects.

    Maurice Kendell Edwards, 33, and Cindy Blakeney, 40, both of Patrick, along with Dandriguez Allen, 18, and Desmond Coe, 21, both of Hartsville, have all been arrested on charges of assault and battery, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and use of a weapon during a violent crime.

  • Man robs Jefferson’s Family Dollar

    From release

    The Family Dollar store in Jefferson was robbed at gunpoint on March 21 and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about the suspect.

    Officers were dispatched to the store on East Elizabeth Street at 9:18 p.m. and found two female employees locked inside.

    The suspect is a male between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, who weighs between 150-170 pounds.

    He entered the store brandishing a long-barreled handgun while no other customers were inside.

  • Cookout plans lead to serious charges

    Cleve Arnold Leach Jr. and three of his friends were planning a cookout, so they went to Food Lion in Pageland for groceries.

    Thing is, they weren’t planning to pay for them.

    They filled up a grocery cart full of meat, $500 worth to be exact, and made a dash for it on March 20.

    Leach ran out of the store, leaving his three friends behind. He got into the vehicle that they used to drive to the grocery store, drove it to Dollar General in Pageland and parked it there, said Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee.

  • Man messes with the wrong chicken farm

    Staff reports

    A Pageland man messed with the wrong chicken farm and ended up in jail.

    On March 20, Gregory Franklin Starnes, 43, of Guess Road, Pageland, told law officers his tire was going flat and that he saw an air hose at a chicken farm on Providence Church Road in Pageland.

    But that’s not how the victim/owner saw it.

    When the victim found Starnes inside his building, he asked him to come out, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report said.

  • Landlord shoots at former tenants

    A landlord has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at former tenants he said owed him rent.

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jerry Harrell Martin, 64, of Coon Creek Road, Pageland, on July 4 and charged him with attempted murder and resisting arrest.

    According to the incident report, Pageland police officers Lee Lewis and Capt. Bobby Melton conducted a traffic stop on a red 1997 Honda CR-V at N. Pearl and Elizabeth streets after receiving a call about shots fired.

  • Jefferson man charged with arson

    A Jefferson man was charged with arson after setting two houses on fire over the Fourth of July weekend.

    Sandy Lee Jordan, 29, of Fork Creek Estates Road, was arrested July 2 and charged with arson, driving under a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, and having an open container.

    According to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Deputy Carolyn King was approaching town limits on S.C. 151 when she saw heavy smoke near the Wendy’s parking lot at about 2:52 p.m.

  • 'Black man' falsely blamed for crashing truck


    Progressive Journal Editor

    A couple claimed their truck was stolen and falsely accused a fictional black man for the crime.

  • Woman resists arrest, injures lip

    A woman’s outburst in court lands her in jail and with an injured lip.
    Takota Lashyrel Tyson, 23, of Duncan Road, Pageland, was in Chesterfield County court on April 24 in reference to a criminal case.
    While in the courtroom, a judge advised her several times not to speak out of turn, according to a sheriff’s incident report.
    The judge advised her a last time to sit down and be quiet or else she would be arrested.

  • Dialing 911 for wrong reasons land two in police custody

    Two people were charged in two separate incidents with misuse of 911.
    A Pageland woman dialed 911 because she wanted to use an officer’s cell phone, and a Chesterfield man dialed the emergency number so he could fight a deputy.
    Sophia Denise Butler, 43, of RW Tadlock Road, Pageland, was arrested March 23 and charged with misuse of 911.
    Butler called 911 about needing to use a cell phone to call someone to come and get her.

  • Man hits deputy in the face while trying to escape jail

    A Pageland man made worse matters worst when he hit an officer while being escorted into a jail cell.
    Robert Wayne McClain, 26, of Richardson Drive, Pageland, was arrested March 28 and charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.
    Officers responded to Richardson Drive after they received a call about the suspect being drunk and beating on a relative’s window and door, according to a Pageland Police incident report.
    McClain told Captain Bobby Melton that the relative would not give him a ride to the laundry mat.