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Crime & Courts

  • 12 arrested in county drug sweep

    Over a 10-day period, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested 12 people on drug charges.
    The arrests were made between July 3 and July 12 and were in areas known for drug sales, said Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon.
    “It was a concentrated effort by our department,” Dixon said Sunday.
    “If you take drugs there is the likely chance you will go to jail,” Dixon said.   

  • Charges dropped in 2017 death of Mickey Short

    The Chesterfield County solicitor has dropped charges against one of the three people charged in the death of Mickey Short of Ruby, according to news reports.
    Short, 63, was found dead near an abandoned pickup truck on Hurst Road outside Chesterfield. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots about 10 or 11 p.m. on June 20. The body was found June 21, 2017.

  • Arrest made after gun threats

    A Taylorsville, N.C. man threatened to shoot anyone who got between him and his son during a July 12 incident in Pageland.
    Brandon S. Reed, 24, of Taylorsville, allegedly made the threats by cell phone, according a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report.
    Reed allegedly texted he could have a gun brought to him from North Carolina in 45 minutes and he would “shoot everybody” that got between him and his son.
    The incident happened on Price Cemetery Road in Pageland shortly after midnight.

  • Pageland man threatens child with butcher knife

    Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies talked a Pageland man into releasing a five year-old child he was using as a shield.
    Graig A. Friedrichs, 49, of the 33000 block of S.C. 9, Pageland, held the child in his lap about 10 p.m. on July 9 at a home on High Point Church Road. He threatened to stab the child with a butcher’s knife. He allegedly pointed the knife at the child’s neck. 
    Friedrichs “manhandled” the child when it tried to break free, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Juvenile arrest made in 2018 case

    Pageland police arrested a juvenile suspect in a November 2018 home invasion after a July 2 traffic stop.
    Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee said his department had been looking for the juvenile since Nov. 7, 2018, when one adult and three youths invaded a home in the 400 block of North Pearl.
    They held the homeowner at gunpoint as they took more than $2,600 in items, according to a police report.

  • Domestic call ends with K9 search

    A June 27 call for a domestic dispute turned into a K9 chase and an arrest on gun charges.
    Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the domestic call on Airport Road near Pageland about 12:45 p.m.
    K9 Dino tracked Matthew S. Lee, 25 of Nellie Road in Pageland to a field near Guess Road and  the airport.
    A deputy ordered Lee to lay on the ground and put his hands behind his back, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.
    When Lee did not comply a deputy jumped on his back to handcuff him, according to the report.

  • 2 arrests made in gun theft

    Two arrests have been made in connection with the May 30 burglary where between 66 and 70 guns were stolen from a Providence Church Road home.
    Julian L. Griffin, 18, of Evans Mill Road, Pageland, has been charged with first-degree burglary and grand larceny and safecracking. He was arrested June 23.
    Jacob Gavin Bush, also of Evans Mill Road, was charged with larceny. He arrested June 21. He has been released on a $15,000 bond.
    As of June 24, Chesterfield County Sheriff Office deputies have recovered 17 guns, ammunition and a crossbow. 

  • 4 people arrested at underage party

    Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies broke up an underage drinking party in McBee on June 13, arresting four people on charges ranging from drug possession to be being disorderly and “disobedient” to deputies, according to the sheriff’s office report.
    The party was on the 400 block of West Oak Avenue in McBee. According to the report, deputies watched the party for more than 30 minutes before moving in.

  • Murder suspect turns himself in

    By Kayla Vaughn
    Landmark News Service

    A suspect in the fatal shooting of a Pageland woman turned himself in Friday morning at Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, accompanied by his attorney.
    Ryu Deshawn Hough, 19, is wanted in connection with the murder of Amber Horton, 18, that occurred late Wednesday night.
    Horton went to the Pageland Police Department after she was shot in a moving car traveling down S.C. 151 south of Pageland, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office release.

  • Cheraw man arrested on domestic-violence charges

    Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Cheraw man on domestic-violence charges involving a gun on June 7.
    Johnny Foster, 72, of the 300 block of Diane Drive, was accused of pointing a rifle at the victim and then firing a shot in a burn barrel behind the victim.
    Deputies entered the house to detain Foster. They found the loaded rifle and more ammunition.
    Foster was charged with aggravated domestic violence. He was issued a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.
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