Crime & Courts

  • Two arrested for speeding on S.C. 151

    Santos Anastacio Gonzalez Pec, 28, of Morganton, N.C., was arrested July 1 and charged with speeding and not having a valid driver’s license.
    Gonzalez Pec was stopped about 8:15 after a deputy observed him driving 75 miles per hour in a 60-mile-per-hour zone on S.C. 151.
    Gonzalez Pec produced a Guatemalan passport and he did not have a driver’s license, according to the report.
    Monica Yvette Simons, 49, of Hartsville, was arrested July 3 and charged with speeding and not having a valid driver’s license.

  • Crack cocaine arrest made

    Michael Darrin Heath, 28, of the 200 block of Thompson Creek Road in Pageland, was arrested June 30 on drugs and weapon charges.
    A Chesterfield County Sheriff Office deputy stopped Heath on Evans Mill Road after observing a Honda being driven left of the road’s center line.

  • Speed limit enforcement continues on S.C. 151

    Chesterfield County Sheriff deputies made three speeding arrests last week near Jefferson.
    ◆ Arrested June 7 for speeding 81 miles per hour in a 55-miles-per-hour zone on S.C. 151 was Jermaine Jackson, 34, of Timmonsville, S.C.
    Jackson was also charged with not having a valid driver’s license.
    ◆ Arrested June 9 for speeding 82 miles per hour in a 60-mile-per-hour zone on S.C. 151 was Tatiana M. Baker, 26, of Charlotte. Baker was also charged with not having a valid driver’s license.

  • Weapons drawn after car chase

    A June 12 car chase from McBee to Darlington County ended when law enforcement officers boxed in the vehicle. Officers then drew their weapons as they approached the car.
    When the driver raised her hands and turned off the car, officers holstered their weapons.
    Arrested for speeding 57 miles per hour in a 35-miles-per-hour zone, not having a valid license and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle was Ann Garcia Castellanos, 53, of Mexico City.

  • Hot pursuit ends in flaming off-roader

    A utility terrain vehicle pursued by Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies destroyed a tombstone at the Bethel First Baptist Church cemetery, struck a stopped sheriff’s deputy car, and then burst into flames on June 9 near Jefferson.
    The driver, Daniel E. Simpson, 30, of the 1200 block of McCaskill Road in Jefferson, was charged with driving under the influence, public drunkenness and failure to stop for blue lights.
    The passenger, Jerrad R. Gainey, 29, of the 100 block of Salebarn Lane in Pageland, was charged with public drunkenness.

  • 2 Jefferson residents face crack cocaine charges

    Two Jefferson residents were charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute after a search by Chesterfied County Sheriff Office deputies.
    Deputies searched 668 Baker Road on June 1 after receiving information from a confidential source.
    Arrested were Roosevelt Burch, 58 and Tammy Hill Kovach, 54, both of the Baker Road address.

  • Gag order issued in Breanna Lewis case

    Judge Jocelyn Newman of Columbia has issued an order restricting those involved in the criminal case against Breanna Lewis from publicly discussing it without the court’s permission.

    Lewis is the mother of Harlee Lewis, the 11-month-old girl found dead last week in a field in Chesterfield.

    Breanna Lewis has been charged with filing a false police report – she claimed Harlee had been kidnapped – desecration or removal of human remains and tampering with physical evidence.

  • 2 arrested in McBee, drugs, weapons seized

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants in McBee on May 31, seizing more than a pound of marijuana, nine guns and around $3,700 in cash.
    Officers arrested Rodney Commander, 29, of 130 block of West Pine Avenue, McBee, and Steven Alexander Crowley, 29,  of 130 block of East Cypress Avenue, McBee.
    The arrests and searches were made after a lengthy investigation. Agents from the State Law Enforcement Division assisted in the operation.

  • Chesterfield County drug sting nets six

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested six people after a series of controlled drug buys on Bullard Ford Road near Hartsville on May 27.
    An investigation of stolen property led to the drug arrests. While interviewing a person of interest in that stolen property case, the suspect received a text message that she was about to have methamphetamines delivered to her home. 
    Officers waited for the delivery to be made, watching Christopher Shawn Deason, 36, and Jennifer Elizabeth Goforth Deason, 35 both of West Oak Avenue, McBee.

  • Officials await 11-month-old girl’s autopsy

    Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies are again searching a house off Jackson Road outside Chesterfield, seeking clues in the death of an 11-month-old girl.

    Breanna Denise Lewis, 19, the child’s mother, is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Detention Center, charged with filing a false police report, desecration or removal of human remains, and tampering with physical evidence. Bond for the three charges is $71,000.