A 82-year-old Hardee Avenue woman called police after her 80-year-old neighbor was ringing her doorbell for nearly 15 minutes. The complainant said she was concerned about confronting the neighbor. The subject told police she was ringing the doorbell and yelling “turn off your water” because she believed the complainant was stealing water from her through an underground pipe to “cook dope.” The officer asked why she believed this. The subject said her washing machine’s cold water setting does not work and this was not a problem until the complainant moved in. She demonstrated to the officer who observed the washing machine’s cold water setting was not functional. The officer asked if the washing machine was simply broken. The subject said she would have a repair man look into it.
Burning the evidence
Two officers were on foot patrol at 2 a.m. on March 30 when they smelled a strong burnt marijuana odor coming from a hotel room at Economy Inn off Holiday Drive. Three subjects in their mid-to-late 20s were asked to step outside the room to prevent destruction of evidence. One subject admitted they were smoking marijuana earlier but it was all gone now. One subject signed a consent to search form. Officers found several clear plastic bags containing a green plant-like residue suspected to be marijuana remnants throughout the room. There was not enough evidence to charge the subjects.
Resisting arrest at church
A citizen called deputies after seeing a white Chevy truck drive erratically into oncoming traffic on S.C.-61 near Ridgeville the night of March 25. Deputies found the truck in the parking lot of an old bait and tackle shop at the corner of S.C.-61 and U.S.-17A. A deputy activated his blue lights and the truck proceeded to a nearby church off S.C.-61 where it pulled over. The truck door flung open and the subject exited immediately, ignoring officers’ commands to stay in the vehicle. Officers drew the service weapons. The driver gave the “thousand yard stare” to officers who attempted to subdue the subject by placing him against the rear of his truck. The subject became enraged, pushed away from the truck and threw his hands around widely. The subject’s yelling alarmed those at the church. One officer employed the straight arm bar takedown and the used a wrist lock to take the subject to the ground and handcuff him. The subject made it difficult for officers to place him in the back of the patrol car. A strong alcoholic odor emanated from the subject who also had slurred speech. The subject was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest and taken to the detention center. Animal control took custody of his dog and a towing company removed the truck.