Crime & Courts

  • Speed limit enforcement continues on S.C. 151

    Chesterfield County Sheriff deputies made three speeding arrests last week near Jefferson.
    ◆ Arrested June 7 for speeding 81 miles per hour in a 55-miles-per-hour zone on S.C. 151 was Jermaine Jackson, 34, of Timmonsville, S.C.
    Jackson was also charged with not having a valid driver’s license.
    ◆ Arrested June 9 for speeding 82 miles per hour in a 60-mile-per-hour zone on S.C. 151 was Tatiana M. Baker, 26, of Charlotte. Baker was also charged with not having a valid driver’s license.

  • Weapons drawn after car chase

    A June 12 car chase from McBee to Darlington County ended when law enforcement officers boxed in the vehicle. Officers then drew their weapons as they approached the car.
    When the driver raised her hands and turned off the car, officers holstered their weapons.
    Arrested for speeding 57 miles per hour in a 35-miles-per-hour zone, not having a valid license and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle was Ann Garcia Castellanos, 53, of Mexico City.

  • Hot pursuit ends in flaming off-roader

    A utility terrain vehicle pursued by Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies destroyed a tombstone at the Bethel First Baptist Church cemetery, struck a stopped sheriff’s deputy car, and then burst into flames on June 9 near Jefferson.
    The driver, Daniel E. Simpson, 30, of the 1200 block of McCaskill Road in Jefferson, was charged with driving under the influence, public drunkenness and failure to stop for blue lights.
    The passenger, Jerrad R. Gainey, 29, of the 100 block of Salebarn Lane in Pageland, was charged with public drunkenness.

  • 2 Jefferson residents face crack cocaine charges

    Two Jefferson residents were charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute after a search by Chesterfied County Sheriff Office deputies.
    Deputies searched 668 Baker Road on June 1 after receiving information from a confidential source.
    Arrested were Roosevelt Burch, 58 and Tammy Hill Kovach, 54, both of the Baker Road address.

  • Gag order issued in Breanna Lewis case

    Judge Jocelyn Newman of Columbia has issued an order restricting those involved in the criminal case against Breanna Lewis from publicly discussing it without the court’s permission.

    Lewis is the mother of Harlee Lewis, the 11-month-old girl found dead last week in a field in Chesterfield.

    Breanna Lewis has been charged with filing a false police report – she claimed Harlee had been kidnapped – desecration or removal of human remains and tampering with physical evidence.

  • 2 arrested in McBee, drugs, weapons seized

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants in McBee on May 31, seizing more than a pound of marijuana, nine guns and around $3,700 in cash.
    Officers arrested Rodney Commander, 29, of 130 block of West Pine Avenue, McBee, and Steven Alexander Crowley, 29,  of 130 block of East Cypress Avenue, McBee.
    The arrests and searches were made after a lengthy investigation. Agents from the State Law Enforcement Division assisted in the operation.

  • Chesterfield County drug sting nets six

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested six people after a series of controlled drug buys on Bullard Ford Road near Hartsville on May 27.
    An investigation of stolen property led to the drug arrests. While interviewing a person of interest in that stolen property case, the suspect received a text message that she was about to have methamphetamines delivered to her home. 
    Officers waited for the delivery to be made, watching Christopher Shawn Deason, 36, and Jennifer Elizabeth Goforth Deason, 35 both of West Oak Avenue, McBee.

  • Officials await 11-month-old girl’s autopsy

    Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies are again searching a house off Jackson Road outside Chesterfield, seeking clues in the death of an 11-month-old girl.

    Breanna Denise Lewis, 19, the child’s mother, is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Detention Center, charged with filing a false police report, desecration or removal of human remains, and tampering with physical evidence. Bond for the three charges is $71,000.

  • Two arrested for auto theft

    From release 

    Chesterfield County Sheriff Office investigators recently arrested two men on automobile theft charges.

    On May 9, a 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup was reported stolen from BBB Circle in Patrick. 

    Isaac Dalien Jackson, 33, of Hartsville, was identified as the primary suspect in the case by the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators received word Jackson planned to return the truck to BBB Circle and went to the location. 

  • 2 arrested for Teals Mill break in

    From release 

    Two teenagers have been charged with breaking into the Teals Mill Mini Mart on May 15, stealing cigarettes and other items valued at $200.

    The burglary was reported in the early morning hours. The burglars broke a window to enter the business.

    Arrested were Lyndon Mackenzie Sterrett, 18, of the 200 block of Vaughn Lane, Chesterfield, and a 16-year-old juvenile.

    The teens were charged with second-degree burglary and larceny.