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Crime & Courts

  • 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.

  • Body of Ruby man found in Chesterfield

    The body of a Ruby man shot in the head was found in Chesterfield early Monday.
    Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks said the body was discovered on Hurst Cemetery Lane in Chesterfield and has been identified as 63-year-old Farris M. Short of Ruby.
    No other details about the victim or the circumstances of his death were available at press time Monday. It was the second case in four days of a man found shot dead in Chesterfield County.

  • Patrick murder victim’s house overrun with venomous snakes, dogs, turtles

    From release

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder that occurred June 15 at a home on Sam Jones Road in Patrick that was filled with venomous pet snakes and malnourished pit bulls.
    Neighbors of 3196 Sam Jones Road reported hearing an argument followed by gunshots between 12:30 and 1 a.m. on Thursday.

  • Hammer-wielding woman arrested for trespassing

    Hannah L. Strong
    hstrong@thelancasternews.com

    A 23-year-old woman, Abigail Hawk Deemer, of 966 Riley Road, Ruby, was arrested June 1 for vandalism of property less than $2,000, trespassing and driving under suspension.
    A sheriff’s deputy responded to a home on Hwy. 102 because of Deemer’s trespassing.
    The complainant said Deemer had been at the residence beating on the “place” and violating a “no trespassing” sign, the report said.

  • Pageland’s top 2 cops suspended in odd case

    Vanessa Brewer-Tyson and Reece Murphy
    Landmark Newspapers

    The Pageland Police Department’s top two commanders have been suspended with pay after one of their officers accused them of breaking into his home after he did not show up for a work shift.
    “Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short were placed on paid administrative leave,” according to a statement released by Town Administrator Cecil Kimrey about 5 p.m. Friday after Pageland Town Council held an emergency meeting.

  • Two arrests made in downtown Pageland shootings

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department has made two arrests in the shooting in downtown Pageland last week.
    Reakwon Savoy, 19, and Darron Jaquan Horton, 20, both of Pageland, were arrested Friday, June 2,and charged with discharging a firearm into a vehicle at the intersection of North Pearl and McGregor streets between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31.
    Another suspect in the case, Cameron Jamal McManus, 25, of Pageland, had not been arrested at press time.

  • 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.