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Crime & Courts

  • Traffic stop clears up identity question

    A Oct. 26 traffic stop in Pageland resulted in the arrest of a Jefferson man who gave law enforcement false information in a previous case.
    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a Honda Civic driving on S.C. 9 near Airport Road for having an inoperable taillight.
    The deputy asked for a driver’s license and, according to the report, the driver said he only had a beginner’s permit.
    The driver was known to the officer, who had arrested him on possession of marijuana charge in Jefferson under the name Steve Hill.

  • Traffic stop leads to gun charge for Jefferson man

    A Jefferson resident was arrested Oct. 19 in Pageland on charges of possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number, driving on a suspended license and simple possession of marijuana.
    Rodney James Kirkland, 26, of the 12000 block of Angelus Road, was stopped by a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s deputy at a S.C. Highway Patrol traffic safety checkpoint on Dove Sutton Road.
    The deputy suspected a brown cigar in the ashtray was marijuana and asked for consent to search the vehicle.

  • Former Pageland resident dies in Denver

    Thomas “Tommy” Steen, formerly of Pageland, died Saturday in Denver.
    According to a family Facebook posting, Steen was shot after leaving a Denver restaurant on Thursday.
    Denver police could not confirm the shooting. Two incidents that happened Thursday night are under investigation, but no names of possible victims have been released, said a Denver police spokesperson.
    Bumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland is assisting the Steen family. An obituary for Steen is posted on their website.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

  • Arrest made at Central stadium

    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a Pageland man for being intoxicated at a Central High School football game on Oct. 5.
    A deputy observed Edward Leon Threatt, 46, of Thompson Creek Road, leaning against a fence. According to the report, Threatt was “unsuccessfully” trying to walk.
    The deputy smelled alcohol on Threatt’s breath and saw a clear bottle in his back pocket. The deputy escorted Threatt from the stadium and took him to the Chesterfield County Detention Center. Threatt was  charged with public intoxication.

  • Deputy shoots charging pit bull

    Chesterfield County Sheriff Office deputies assisting U.S. Marshals serving a felony warrant, shot and killed a pit bull on Oct. 3.
    Law enforcement was looking for Gary R.  Lovelace, 21 of Indian Trail, N.C. They had a tip that Lovelace was at a residence on S.C. 601 near Pageland.
    Officers surround the residence and a deputy knocked on the door.
    According to the report, Lovelace opened the door slightly. Deputies could hear dogs barking and told Lovelace to secure them and come outside.

  • Suspect eludes chasing deputies

    A driver failed to stop for two Chesterfield Sheriff Office deputies on Sept. 9, leading them on a chase that ended up in the yard of a house on Old Sutton Road. 

    The driver, Bennie Earvain Smith Jr., 28, of Chesterfield fled on foot, according to a sheriff’s office report. A deputy chased him and caught him.

    Smith broke free and a deputy fired his Taser at Smith, which was ineffective, according to the report. 

    Smith ran into the trees off North Hickory Street and deputies were unable to find him. 

  • Pageland man faces assault charge

    A Pageland man was charged with assault of the second degree on Aug. 31
    Carlos Lopez, 35 of the 300 block of U.S. 601, was charged with assault following an alleged fight with Jorge Reyes.
    According to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report Reyes had tried to stop a fight between two men when someone hit him over the head with a beer bottle. Lopez then allegedly started a fight with Reyes.

  • Pageland Police make arrest in their lobby

    Pageland police arrested a Jefferson man on public drunk charges after he walked into the police department lobby with bloodshot eyes, a slurred voiced and an unsteady walk.
    Perry Ray McClain, Jr. 34, of the 1200 block of Sand Hills Fire Department Road in Jefferson, walked into the Pageland police station lobby about 7:20 on Sept. 3.
    An officer approached McClain, asking if he could help him. According to the police report, the officer could not understand McClain’s reply because he was slurring his words and there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

  • Toddler assault alleged

    A Cheraw daycare owner has been charged with simple assault of a toddler.

    Blondye Michael, 38, of Harris Road in Cheraw, was charged after Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the emergency department of McLeod Health Cheraw to investigate an alleged assault of a toddler. 

    The toddler’s grandmother told deputes that Michael had sent her a text saying the child had fallen on a dollhouse, scratching his face. The grandmother noticed other injuries in a photo Michael sent. 

  • Cheraw police make indecent exposure arrest

    Cheraw police arrested a man on public drunkeness and indecent exposure charges for an Aug. 25 incident at Caston Park.
    Robert James Ashworth, 57, of the 500 block Kershaw Street in Cheraw, was seen sitting on a park bench. According to a police report, he pulled down his gym shorts in open view of children
    There were six children and two adults in Caston Park at the time of the incident.
    In other law enforcement reports:
    ◆ Pageland police arrested Michael Joseph Lochlear, 37, of Mangsum Street in Pageland on burglary charges on Aug. 13.