Crime & Courts

  • Pageland man arrested on gun, vandalism charges

    A Pageland resident was arrested April 2 after he allegedly pointed a gun at a woman and her two-year-old child.
    Zach L. Johnson, 25, of the 300 block of Doss Evans Road, Pageland, was stopped by a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy about 1:40 p.m. on Airport Road near Central High School. Deputies were looking for a Honda car.
    According to the report, Johnson had left in a Honda after allegedly threatening a Ruby woman, pointing a gun at her and using a golf club to smash the windshield and passenger side window of her car.

  • Taser shot ends foot chase

    A Cheraw man was arrested on drug and resisting arrest charges following a car and foot chase on March 27. The chase ended when a Chesterfield County deputy hit the man with a  Taser charge on a second attempt. 
    Arrested was Christopher J. Bennette, 27, of Zion Street in Cheraw.
    Bennette was indicted on drug charges in a separate incident in March of 2018. He was released on $7,000 bond for those charged. 

  • McBee men sentenced in weapons theft

    From release

    FLORENCE – Two McBee residents were convicted in federal court last week for the 2017 theft of 69 weapons from a Patrick gun store. 
    Larry Eugene Alford, 30, and Dale Carroll Drew O’Neal, wore camouflage-colored clothing and masks and carried a large cardboard box and blue tote bag when they burglarized the store.

  • Gunfire exchanged on Honeysuckle Lane

    Two men have been arrested and a third is being sought in a drive-by exchange of gunfire on Honeysuckle Lane in Pageland on March 26.
    Ryu Hough, 19, of the 400 block of Carley Circle in Jefferson, has been charged with malicious injury to personal property and first offense drug possession. He was arrested March 28. He has been released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.
    Gavin N. Terry, 20, of the 1300 block of Lester Hicks Circle, Pageland, was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol. He has been released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.  

  • Deputies make nine drug arrests

    HARTSVILLE – Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies made nine drug arrested March 22 in the Hartsville area of the county.
    Deputies were asked to make a property check on a residence on Sherri Lane.
    Deputies found nine people on the property. An investigation found a large amount   of a white-crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, other drug paraphernalia, guns and a large quantity of cash.
    Arrested were:
    ◆ Caroline Victoria Chapman, 18, drug trafficking in meth or cocaine, 28 to 100 grams, first offense

  • Search finds drugs, $1,000 in power tools

    A March 21 search of a Jefferson home by Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies found drugs and power tools which were believed to be stolen.
    Charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana and a controlled substance was Christopher McClain, 47, of the 1500 block of Miller Road,  Jefferson.

  • Sheriff seeks help in 2018 transgender murder

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office needs help in solving the April 1, 2018, murder of Wendell Paul “Sasha” Price.
    In the last year, investigators have followed countless leads and follow-ups in hopes of bringing this case to a close without success.

  • Chesterfield resident charged with murder

    CHESTERFIELD – Chesterfield County Sheriff Office deputies are continuing to investigate the shooting death of Emanuel Bernard Palmer.
    Deputies found Palmer’s body after responding to a call for a shooting incident at the 800 block of James Teal Road on March 13.  
    Palmer, 50, was found on the living room floor with multiple gun shot wounds.
    Deputies determined the shooting happened over an argument.
    Alexander Terrell Watson, 24, has been charged with murder.  He lives on James Teal Road.

  • Different picture of Cheraw High School incident offered

    A Cheraw policeman told the Chesterfield County School Board last week that the Feb. 20 fight during “Tomahawk Time” at Cheraw was a “panic situation.”
    He said Cheraw High School officials had been warned there were not enough staff on duty to manage the students and that too many students were crowded into one area.

  • Machete-wielding pedestrian charged

    A Jefferson man was arrested March 3 for allegedly walking down Main Street, waving a machete.
    Melvin Lindsey Mullis, 19, of the 30 block of north S.C. 151 Business, was charged with disorderly conduct.
    According to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report, Mullis told a deputy he had the machete because he “needed protection.”
    The deputy told Mullis that residents felt “unsecure and unsafe” with him walking down the street with a machete.