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Crime & Courts

  • 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.

  • Pageland resident charged with assault

    A Pageland resident was arrested on assault and battery charges in the first degree for an incident on Aug. 11

    Davonta D. Robinson, 19, of the 300 block of Bennett Road, was arrested for allegedly assaulting Calvin Miller Jr. of Jefferson, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report. 

    According to the report, Robinson struck the victim with a revolver. Robinson was then restrained by several people and the gun was taken away from him. 

  • McBee man charged with involuntary manslaughter

    A McBee man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter following the death of another McBee resident. 

    Qordavius M. Holloman, 23, was also charged assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature last Wednesday, following the death of Sean Michael White, 31. 

    Family members took White to Carolina Pines Hospital in Hartsville on the morning of Aug. 11. They had found White in bed struggling to breathe, foaming at the mouth and having seizures, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Jefferson man charged with domestic violence

    A Jefferson man has been charged with domestic violence of the first degree after allegedly firing a pistol at the victim.
    Justice Reece Melton, 30, of the 200 block of Miller Flat Road, Jefferson, was arrested by a Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputy about 11 p.m. on Aug. 2.
    According to the sheriff’s office report, Melton and the victim had argued earlier in the evening and Melton had hit the victim several times.
    After firing the pistol, Melton allegedly went to bed.

  • Motorcycle driver dies after collision

    A motorcycle driver was killed Friday afternoon after a collision on Tec Road near Cheraw, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. 
    Damion McCaskill, 33, Cheraw was traveling south on Tec Road near Hunter Ridge Road about 3:20 p.m. when he struck a 2012 Chevrolet SUV driven by Donald Freeman, 67, of Rockingham. The SUV was entering the Tec Road from a driveway.
    McCaskill was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the highway patrol.
    Freeman was taken to McLeod-Florence for injuries.

  • Murder charge in teen’s shooting

    A Pageland man has been charged with murder in the death of a Cheraw teen Saturday in Pageland.
    Quinntavious Ravonte Lockhart, 22, has been charged with murder in the death of Debias Tryrese Pate, 18, of Cheraw.
    It is the town’s first murder of the year. 
    The shooting happened about 5:11 p.m. Saturday when a large group of people gathered for a fight outside a residence on North Elm Street in the Petersburg area of town, according to Police Chief Craig Greenlee.