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Crime & Courts

  • Chesterfield deputies make drug, narcotic arrests

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office recently made a series of arrests for drug and narcotic violations.
    In some of the cases those arrested had been allegedly trying to buy drugs for up to a year or more. Charged with allegedly selling cocaine multiple times to a confidential source of the sheriff’s office was Hayward Bernard Watts, 35, of the 1500 block of Fred Davis Road, Chesterfield, S.C.

  • 2 Patrick residents charged for drugs, unlawful conduct toward a child

    PATRICK – The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people and placed a child into protective custody following a search of a residence on Main Street in Patrick on July 31.
    Brittany Leigh Griggs, 27, and William Wesley Bryant, 31, both of 75 S. Main St. in Patrick, were arrested on charges of unlawful conduct towards a child and possession of methamphetamines. Drugs, as well as drug paraphernalia, were found inside the home.

  • Cops explain entering officer’s home

    Pageland’s top two police officers, suspended with pay since early June, told state investigators they entered the home of an absent officer without  permission because of their concerns about his alleged marital problems.
    Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short told the S.C. Law Enforcement Division they viewed the incident as a personnel matter and chose not to seek assistance from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, even though Pfc. Brandon Roberts’ home is in the county.

  • Sheriff’s office investigating murder

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder of Rashaad Rodrigo Jackson, 23 of Hartsville, who was found shot multiple times in the head and chest on Patrick Fire Tower Road in Patrick.
    Deputies were dispatched to a cemetery on Patrick Fire Tower Road around 10:30 a.m. on July 19  to investigate a body that had been found.
    Chesterfield Sheriff Jay Brooks said the murder may have been an act of retaliation. They are also investigating a possible gang connection, he said. No arrests have been made yet, Brooks said.

  • Hit-and-run now under investigation

    The S.C. Highway Patrol and the Chesterfield County Coroner’s Office are investigating a fatal hit-and-run early Sunday morning.
    The accident happened just north of the town limits about 1 a.m. on S.C. 207, according to the Highway Patrol. Belfred Cruz Mendez Roellana, 45, was walking along the road when he struck but an unknown vehicle. It is not know which direction he was walking.

  • Pageland man charged with attempted murder

    Pageland man has been arrested on three counts of attempted murder, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
    Malcolm Tyrell Craig, 21, of Clark Street outside Pageland, is a suspect in a June 25 domestic violence incident that turned lethal when Craig allegedly fired multiple shots at a vehicle fleeing the scene, according to the sheriff’s report.

  • Stewart pleads guilty to avoid new jury trial

    Justice for a Pageland woman murdered Jan. 1, 2010, has been served for a second time.
    Thomas Jeffery Stewart entered a guilty plea June 23 for the murder of 25-year-old Bellanie L. Clyburn during a court hearing at the Chesterfield County Courthouse.
    Stewart, who has been incarcerated since the murder, was tried at the Chesterfield County Courthouse and convicted in the violent stabbing death of Clyburn, his ex-girlfriend. The stabbing took place in front of the victim’s home at Pageland Place Apartments.

  • 2 charged in June 15 Patrick killing

    From release

    Two arrests have been made in connection with a murder that occurred June 15 at a home on Sam Jones Road in Patrick that was overrun with venomous pet snakes and malnourished pit bulls. 

    Thomas Craig Overstreet, 23, of 2349 Highway 742 in Chesterfield and Michela Viteritto, 18, of Monroe, N.C., were arrested Tuesday and charged with murder, as well as use of a firearm during a violent crime. They were awaiting a bond hearing in front of a General Sessions judge.

  • Suspect named in murder of Darrius Robinson

    From release

  • 3 arrested in Ruby man’s murder

    From release

    Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder of 63-year-old Farris “Mickey” Short, who was found shot to death Monday in a field on Hurst Cemetery Road outside Chesterfield.