Crime & Courts

  • Deputy, volunteer make heroic rescue

    Two Chesterfield County deputies ran inside a burning house Saturday night and made a dramatic rescue of two people inside as the house started to collapse around them.

    Deputy Chris Quick and reserve deputy Jordan Seidhom were on routine on patrol at 11 p.m. on Zoar Road when they spotted a large amount of smoke coming from Zion Church Road near Central High School.

  • Family keeps Ta'Bug's memory alive

    Pamela Dunlap Mungo marked her son’s birthday for the 17 years he was alive. There was never any question in her mind that she’d mark the birthday after he was gone.

    Mungo lost her son, Tavish Dunlap, on Aug. 27, 2007, when he was shot to death in the Petersburg neighborhood.

    Damien Rivers, 21, of Pageland, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the death after a trial on Aug. 30. “That shot wasn’t meant for him,” Rivers said to Dunlap’s family in the courtroom. “I didn’t intentionally kill your son.”

  • Pageland & Chesterfield County Reports


    Tracy Nicloe Courtney – simple poss marijuana $570 w/payments

    Robert Michael Newell – seatbelt violation $25

    Malcom James McNeil – speeding $82

    Luis Alberto Romero – no driver license $237.50

    Kasey Lane Bell – speeding $82

    Karen Horne McClain – speeding $82

    Timothy Charles Gregory – speeding $82

    Van Linge Nicholson – no driver license $180

    Rodrigo Angueven – no driver license $237

  • DEA probes bundle of cash


    Staff reports

    PATRICK — Federal drug agents joined the investigation after a Chesterfield County deputy made a traffic stop that resulted in the seizure of a large amount of cash from the back of a work van.

    Deputy Don Hughes was clocking cars for speeding at S.C. 102 and U.S. 1 on Oct. 30 at 9:35 a.m. when a 1996 Ford work van drove by going 55 mph in a 45 mph zone. Hughes took after it and made a traffic stop.

  • Car Chase 'help' ends in arrest


    By Bill Moss

    Progressive Journal Editor

    JEFFERSON – A driver who attempted to block a car thief in a high-speed car chase says he was helping a deputy stop the fleeing car. The deputy didn’t see it that way. He charged the civilian with hindering his efforts.

  • Father-daughter burglary team goes to prison

    MT. CROGHAN — A father-daughter store burglary ended badly for both in court last week. Dad was sent to prison for six years and his 18-year-old daughter, the mother of eight-month-old twins, was sentenced to a 90-day stay in the state’s Shock camp for youth offenders.

  • Crack sale plea results in prison

    A 21-year-old Pageland man was sentenced to six years in the state’s youthful offender lockup last week after pleading guilty to crack cocaine possession, the first in a pile of charges he faces.

    “The other charges quite frankly are much more severe,” Deputy Solicitor Dernard Redmond told Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Paul Burch. Prosecutors reserved the right to seek additional penalties on nine other crimes he faces.

  • What’s his name goes to jail

    A 39-year-old Lancaster man started out giving police officers a false identify and ended up deeper and deeper until he ended up in jail facing charges of giving false information, possessing stolen property, no proof of insurance and driving under suspension — for the sixth time.

  • Carjacker captured in Jefferson

    A carjacker with a lengthy criminal record was caught less than an hour after he pulled a gun on a motorist in Pageland and sped away in his 2003 Nissan Altima last week.

    Police got a report at 7:35 on Wednesday night (Oct. 27) that a 21-year-old man had just become the victim of the carjacking. Travis Wesley Hayes, of Tadlock Road, told investigators that he was walking toward his car at McDonalds when a male wearing jeans, a black tank top and black toboggan approached him, pointed a gun at him and demanded his car keys.

  • Pageland court report

    Pageland town court dispositions from Oct. 20:

    Saul Barron Martinez - criminal domestic violence, assault and battery, 30 days time served public works


    Shirlerece Stareka Redfern - ABC violation, DUS, $2,105 or 180 days


    Buddy Aaron Fields - speeding - $82


    Karen Marie Crandell - speeding - $82


    Stephanie Nicole Smith - speeding - $82


    John Rochel Rivers, Jr - seatbelt violation - $25