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Crime & Courts

  • Misuse of McBee funds being investigated

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating unaccounted funds at McBee High School.
    School employee Martha Hope Castor of Cheraw was arrested June 6 and charged with breach of trust more than $2,000 but less than $10,000. She was given a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.
    Pamela Sue Amerson of Patrick was arrested on accessory after the fact charges and failure to report a felony. She was given a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

  • Chesterfield man again tries to run from law

    A Chesterfield resident recently led law enforcement officers from the Carolinas in a multi-state car chase for the second time in six months.
    And, it was the third time in 10 months Bennie E. Smith Jr., of the 300 block of Hickory Road, Chesterfield, has tried to flee on foot from law enforcement.
    The June 3 chase started in Anson County, N.C.

  • Pageland man faces arson charge

    A Pageland man was arrested May 24 on arson and trespassing charges after an incident on Tory Road.
    Lathaniel Robinson, 36, of the 200 block of Brewer Circle, Pageland, was arrested after a 911 call from the Tory Road address.
    Robinson told a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy that there had been a dispute over pay with his boss. According to a sheriff’s report, Robinson was accused of setting fire to a trailer of pine straw. The report said Robinson claimed that his boss had threatened him with a metal pipe.

  • Tip leads to drug arrest in Cheraw

    Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Cheraw resident on May 21 after receiving a tip from a confidential informant.
    Shaquelle D. McQueen, 28, of the 800 block of Smithville Church Road, was arrested on four drug possession charges. as well as possession of a hand  gun by a felon.
    Deputies stopped McQueen on West Greene Street in Cheraw after observing a vehicle with a broken taillight make a turn without using a turn signal.

  • Lewis ruled competent to stand trial

    CHESTERFIELD – Last Wednesday in only her second court appearance, Breanna Lewis was denied bail and ruled competent to stand trial in the death of her 11-month-old daughter Harlee.
    Judge Paul Burch said Lewis would remain in jail pending her murder trial, rejecting the defense request that she be released with a GPS monitoring device. Lewis has been incarcerated since her arrest after the May 29, 2918, killing.
    Burch gave attorneys 120 days to come with a plan to move the case forward.

  • Warrant stop leads to more charges

    Chesterfield County Sheriff Office deputies serving an arrest warrant on May 12 filed additional charges against the man being served.
    Ivan C. David, 37, of the 100 block of Buie Street, Chesterfield, was stopped in his car by a deputy.
    The deputy stopped David and advised him he had an outstanding warrant for a petit larceny charge.
    After arresting David, the deputy search the car, finding marijuana, a pills, a loaded handgun and machete in a case.

  • Shooting under investigation

    Two women were found dead after a Friday night shooting on North Arant Street just out the Pageland limits, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
    Brittany Nicholson, 23, and Jakia Seegars, 21, were killed in the shooting.
    Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon one woman was found the ground and the other inside a car.
    The sheriff’s office said the shooting could be a murder-suicide. The investigation is ongoing.

  • 911 call leads to arrest of Pageland man

    A Pageland man was arrested on domestic violence and resisting arrests charges on May 3 after he called a 911 dispatcher, saying he had three hostages, no weapons and “was doing all of this for a glazed donut.”
    Chesterfield County sheriff deputies, with the assistance of Pageland police, detained Charles L. McManus, 44, of the 500 block of Tory Road.
    After interviewing McManus and others at the scene, deputies determined that there had been no hostages, but there was possible domestic violence incident.

  • Property stolen from Hartsville Police Department recovered in Patrick

    A search for stolen property by the Chesterfield and Darlington counties sheriff’s offices and the Hartsville Police resulted in the arrest of Patrick and Society Hills residents on drugs and weapons charges.
    The law enforcement agencies searched an outbuilding on Colin Road in Patrick on May 4, finding a riot gun owned by the Hartsville Police Department, three police issue armor vests, two police badges issued by the Hartville Police Department, and a container with what was believed to be methamphetamines.

  • Ruby church ‘violated’

    RUBY – Jamie Gulledge was saved when he was 10 years old, professing this faith at the Crossroads Baptist Church.
    It was his family church. His parents were long-time members and they had purchased a stained-glass window in memory of a loved one.
    When Gulledge, now an adult, drove to the church last Wednesday about a possible vandalism, “my heart dropped,” when he saw the damage.
    Someone had overturned a concrete bench and large urn at the church’s prayer garden between the sanctuary and family life center.