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Crime & Courts

  • Cop leaps to safety, nabs driver who aimed car at him

    Thomas Carroll Shelton Jr., out on bond awaiting trial in the 2015 slaying of his father, has been charged with attempting to kill a law enforcement officer.
    Shelton, who lives in the 2500 block of Black Creek Church Road in Pageland, was arrested Feb. 25 after a car chase. Shelton ran a stop sign and failed to stop after a deputy turned on his car’s blue lights.
    The chase ended in a sand pit near Rufus Jordan Road, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report. 

  • Deputy draws weapon during alleged assault

    A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled his weapon while responding to a possible assault in Pageland on Feb. 17.
    The officer was sent to the 700 block of North Arant Street. Dispatchers advised they had heard threats being made during the 911 call, according the sheriff’s office report.
    The officer heard screaming, as well as “beating and banging” as he approached a residence, according to the report.

  • Local traffic stops often lead to drug arrests

    Traffic stops for broken tail lights, cracked windshields, even littering, are a critical first step in Chesterfield County’s war on drugs, say local law enforcement officials.
    The smallest of infractions can give law enforcement the “probable cause” it needs to investigate further, says Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon and Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee.

  • Tip leads to Hartsville drug arrests

    A Hartsville resident was arrested on drug charges and possession of a sawed-off shotgun following a traffic stop on Feb. 13.
    Chesterfield County sheriff deputies received a tip that drugs were being sold at a house on Sailclub Road in Hartsville.
    They secured a warrant to search the house. As they near the house they saw a pickup truck leaving the Sailclub address. They stopped the pickup truck because it had a cracked windshield, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

  • Traffic stop leads to littering, drug charges

    A routine traffic safety check on East McGregor Street in Pageland resulted in drug and littering charges when the driver threw a plastic bag from the vehicle.
    Chesterfield County sheriff deputies stopped Jeremiah Burr, 24, of the 7900 block of S.C. 265, about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 4.
    A deputy asked Burr for his driver’s license. Another deputy looked into the car, seeing a digital scale on the passenger seat, according to the sheriff’s office report.

  • Deputies ‘drive’ fire stun gun to subdue suspect

    A Pageland man arrested on domestic violence charges tried to tried to kick out the window of Chesterfield County sheriff deputy car, according to department reports.
    Perry Ray McClain, Jr. 34, of Duncan Road, was arrested on Jan. 18 about 7:30 p.m.
    McClain was allegedly intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
    He was placed in the back of a patrol car and tried to kick out the window. A deputy twice “drive” fired his stun gun to subdue McClain, according to the report.

  • Sheriff: Drugs a factor in recent shootings

    A drug problem that is “getting out of hand” is a reason for recent attempted murders in Chesterfield County, says Sheriff James Dixon.
    On Jan. 26, deputies arrested Brandon Ponds, 32, of the 600 block of North Arant Street in Pageland, charging him with attempted murder in the shooting of Rechio Horton.
    According to a department report, Horton was shot at Ponds’ residence in Pageland Place Apartments. Horton allegedly had gone there with $500 to purchase cocaine, according to an incident report.

  • Shots fired call leads to Pageland arrest

    A Pageland resident was arrested Jan. 12 for allegedly shooting at houses on Honeysuckle Lane in Pageland.
    Mark Miller, Jr., 20 of 191 Honeysuckle Lane, was charged with aggravated assault in the alleged shootings.
    According to a Chesterfield County Sheriff ‘s Office report, deputies talked to several people about the incident.
    One witness said he heard multiple shots fired. One shot struck a residence, going through a front door and several interior walls.

  • Stolen gun found after loud music complaint

    A complaint about loud music and possible shots fired in Pageland led to the arrest of a Monroe, N.C. resident on possession of a stolen firearm charge.
    On Jan. 6 at shortly after 11 p.m., Chesterfield County sheriff deputies responded to call of loud music and “subjects shooting a firearm” on Austin Funderburk Road.
    The responding deputies found the music was so loud they could not hear responses to their questions.
    The people turned the volume of the music down, but as deputies left the scene they could hear the volume being increased.

  • Christmas Eve shooting leads to murder charge

    The Cheraw man accused of a shooting on Christmas Eve faces attempted murder charges.
    Demonta Deone Gillespie, 36, of the 300 block of High Street, has been arrested on assault/attempted murder charges. He has been released on a $100,000 bond. 
    Gillespie allegedly shot a resident of Cheraw. The victim was treated at McLeod Health in Cheraw.
    Witnesses at the party told Chesterfield County deputies that Gillespie had a gun and used a black coat to cover it.