Crime Beat

  • Friday, May 16, 2014

Meddling kids

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Ladson home on May 5 for a possible fire. Old Fort and Ashley River fire departments responded and resolved the fire. During the incident the fire departments discovered the rear door of the home was kicked in and asked DCSO to investigate. The owner of the home had died three months earlier and the property was vacant. On May 6, a deputy was given additional information on the fire; a suspect admitted to being present in the residence the night of the fire. DCSO was later dispatched to a Ladson home, where a mother said her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend had more information on the fire. According to the two, they were walking down the road in their neighborhood when the suspect approached them looking for another person. The suspect ran to the incident location and broke in through the back door, the boyfriend followed and the two got into a fight. The suspect lit candles around the residence, they said, and then swung a “pitch fork” around breaking windows.

Protective grandmother

On May 2, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about verbal threats. According to the complainant, her grandchild was threatened while riding the school bus home from Summerville High School. She said another student called her granddaughter inappropriate names and threatened to slap her. The complainant requested a police report to document the incident.

Homophobia hurts

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was sent to a Summerville home on May 5 for harassment. According to the victim, her son was threatened via the phone. She said the day before her son met an unknown black female he met on Craigslist and traded phones. The suspect sent the victim several text messages saying her son was gay and should kill himself. The messages stopped when the victim said she was calling the police.

Fire department prank

A Dorchester County Fire Department employee contacted the Sheriff’s Office on May 7 for a break in. The victim said he arrived at the fire department at 8:30 a.m. on that date to perform maintenance on the fire trucks when he noticed a flood. He said between May 4 and May 7 someone entered the fire department and put a glass cup in the kitchen sink drain and left the water running causing the sink to overflow. The front door of the station was unlocked. The reporting officer collected fingerprints and other evidence from the scene. Nothing appeared to be stolen.

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