Crime Beat

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Careful who you threaten

Michael Paul Hutto, Jr., was arrested by Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies for Threatening the Life of a Public Official.

Hutto allegedly waited in the parking lot of the Dorchester County Services Building on North Main St., in Summerville Oct. 9, for his former boss, the county assessor, to leave work and then yelled at him, calling him names and telling him he was going to harm him. Hutto had recently been fired from his job at the assessor’s office.

The assessor contacted his supervisor, County Administrator Jason Ward, who told him to file a police report.

Misguided effort?

In an apparent effort to keep his older brother from possessing and himself from having to smoke marijuana, a 14-year-old Alston Middle School student found himself in hot water Oct. 14.

Administrators called the SRO to deal with a child who reportedly had drugs in school. The child told Summerville Police that he didn’t have any drugs on him but did in his backpack. He retrieved the backpack and police found green plant material wrapped in cellophane.

The young man told police that he had taken the marijuana from his older brother’s pocket that morning because his brother had told him they “would smoke it together” when he got home from school and he didn’t want to so he took it and brought it to school to destroy.

Nowhere safe…

Even the Summerville Police Impound lot is not safe from vandals. Vandals damaged a black Nissan in the lot Oct. 9, around 11 p.m., according to a police incident report. The report stated that the vehicle suffered a broken right headlight and shattered windshield. A number of large rocks were found around the vehicle.

Some honeymoon

Summerville Police were called to Arbor Walk, Dolphin Dr., in Summerville Oct. 12 for a domestic violence incident.

Upon arriving they were told that the victim’s husband, of two weeks, had engaged in a verbal argument that escalated to physical, over her opinion of his work laying paving stones.

Both had been drinking.

Allegedly the husband prevented her from leaving, pushing her and scuffling in the kitchen, then moving into the garage where he pushed her down. He then picked up a gas can and threatened to dump gasoline over her at which point she began screaming and the neighbors responded separating them.

The victim had injuries to her arms and backside. Witnesses told police what they saw supporting the victim’s statement.

Police located the husband at a friend’s house and, although he denied any physical altercation, arrested him for Criminal Domestic Violence.

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