Crime & Courts

  • Jefferson man charged with domestic violence

    A Jefferson man has been charged with domestic violence of the first degree after allegedly firing a pistol at the victim.
    Justice Reece Melton, 30, of the 200 block of Miller Flat Road, Jefferson, was arrested by a Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputy about 11 p.m. on Aug. 2.
    According to the sheriff’s office report, Melton and the victim had argued earlier in the evening and Melton had hit the victim several times.
    After firing the pistol, Melton allegedly went to bed.

  • Motorcycle driver dies after collision

    A motorcycle driver was killed Friday afternoon after a collision on Tec Road near Cheraw, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. 
    Damion McCaskill, 33, Cheraw was traveling south on Tec Road near Hunter Ridge Road about 3:20 p.m. when he struck a 2012 Chevrolet SUV driven by Donald Freeman, 67, of Rockingham. The SUV was entering the Tec Road from a driveway.
    McCaskill was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the highway patrol.
    Freeman was taken to McLeod-Florence for injuries.

  • Murder charge in teen’s shooting

    A Pageland man has been charged with murder in the death of a Cheraw teen Saturday in Pageland.
    Quinntavious Ravonte Lockhart, 22, has been charged with murder in the death of Debias Tryrese Pate, 18, of Cheraw.
    It is the town’s first murder of the year. 
    The shooting happened about 5:11 p.m. Saturday when a large group of people gathered for a fight outside a residence on North Elm Street in the Petersburg area of town, according to Police Chief Craig Greenlee.

  • Pageland man shot in Monroe

    A Pageland man was shot in the face early Sunday morning outside an American Legion building in Monroe, according to the Monroe Police Department.
    Adrian McManus, 32, was part of a group of Pageland residents who had apparently rented the facility for a party, said Sgt. Steven Morton with the Monroe Police Department.
    McManus was in critical condition on Monday following a second surgery, Morton said. McManus is expected to survive, according to Monroe Police.
    According to a preliminary investigation, the shooter or shooters may have been from Pageland.

  • Pedestrian arrested for being drunk

    A Cheraw man was arrested for being intoxicated while trying to walk home the evening of July 21. 

    A Chesterfield County Sheriff deputy responded to several calls about a pedestrian stumbling along S.C. 9 near Midway Road in Cheraw. 

    A driver had stopped for the pedestrian. Terry Jackie Chambers, 45, of Victor Drive in Cheraw, was sitting on a car bumper about 8:40 p.m when a deputy arrived.  

    According to the report, Chambers said his ride had left him, he was trying to get home, and “he knew he was drunk.” 

  • Judge closes murder trial hearing to the public

    CHERAW – A preliminary hearing on the alleged murder of an 11-month-old Chesterfield child was closed to the public last Wednesday.

    Prosecutors requested the hearing for Breanna Lewis  – charged with murder in the death of her daughter, Harlee  – be closed to the public because the case was still under investigation, and that pre-trial publicity could harm the case.

    Magistrate judge Dianne Dyches closed the hearing.

  • 7 teens suspects in Pageland break-in

    Seven young men allegedly broke into a home on Mangum Street in Pageland between 5 p.m. July 11 and 12:30 a.m. July 12, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. 

    Charged with first-degree burglary are Daetron Christian Moore, 18, of the 200 block of Mangum Street in Pageland, and Ty’Quadrick Ty’vion Miller, 18, of the 200 block of Edisto Street, Pageland.

  • Deputies move to protect child

    A Chesterfied County sheriff’s deputy initiated a child protective custody after finding a child in an abandoned trailer in McBee.
    According to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy found Brooklyn Jones, 21, of the 400 block of Goodson Lane, and a child in a trailer without running water or electricity.

  • Passenger allegedly threatens to kill deputy

    A passenger in a car stopped for erratic driving on S.C. 151  on July 8 allegedly threatened to kill a Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputy while he was being transported to Chesterfield County Detention Center.
    According to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report, the passenger, William Huggins, said he was a “Blood gang member,” and that he would kill the deputy and his family after he got out of jail.
    Huggins allegedly resisted arrest when deputies tried to handcuff him after the traffic stop.

  • Watermelon theft reported

    A Jefferson man was charged July 12 with the theft of watermelons from a market on S.C. 9, as well as, being drunk in public.
    Alonzo Blakeney Jr., 56, of the 100 block of Fork Creek Estates Road, was arrested at the farmer’s market on 38 Farmers Market Road in Jefferson.
    According to the sheriff’s office report, owners of the farmer’s market said Blakeney was suspected of stealing 50 watermelons from them two weeks ago.
    On July 12 they observed Blakeney putting watermelons in his truck and they called the sheriff’s office.