Crime & Courts

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.