Crime Beat

  • Thursday, August 22, 2013

By A.M. Sheehan
The Journal Scene
Damaging schools costs us
Summerville Police responded to Flowertown Elementary School for vandalism and destruction of property. Vice Principal Rachel Mahaffey told police that when staff left the school at 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, property was intact and untouched. When she returned on Monday morning at 8 a.m., she saw the greenhouse irrigation system had been ripped down from the ceiling and some roof vents had also been damaged.
Damage was estimated to be $1,500.
Get deed from county!
Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies took a report of a swindle/confidence game. The victim reported that she received a letter, on July 20, stating that for $83 she could get a copy of the deed for her home. She mailed a check, July 22, for that amount and, as of August 14, has yet to receive anything. She contacted the county assessor’s office and was told it was a scam.
Tourist attraction?
Summerville Police attempted to stop three individuals, at 1:55 a.m., near the rear of Azalea Park behind Bethany Church, according to the incident report. While talking with two subjects, a female subject – Elaina Schaffer, 19 – ran into the park.
An office went into the park to search for the female and observed her running up from the creek bed toward the tennis courts. The officer continued after her and found her hiding in the azalea bushes. She complied with his request to come out. The officer placed her in handcuffs, noting she reeked of alcohol. She was soaking wet and muddy because, she told the officer, she had hidden in the creek. Her words were slurred and slow, according to the report.
Because she was grossly intoxicated, ran into a closed park to elude police officers, she was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication.

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