Crime Beat

  • Friday, March 28, 2014

Meth bust

The Metro Narcotics Unit was sent in to execute a search warrant on March 13. After searching 122 White Dog Trail in Ridgeville, the Unit found a methamphetamine lab. Craig Finbeiner, 28 of Ridgeville, was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Bark and bite

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Ladson residence on March 12 in response to a dog attack. Upon arrival, officers found two men cornered by 12 hunting dogs.

The victims were using large pieces of wood to fend off the dogs. One victim informed the officer they were trying to protect a dog the others were attacking and would not make their own escape without it.

The officer instructed the victims to escape by climbing over a fence. As the victim began to move he was attacked and the officer deployed his X-26 Taser at the dog leading the attack. The 50-year-old victim suffered multiple lacerations and dog bites. The case was handed over to animal control.

Sunday night gone wrong

Five Summerville Police Department officers responded to a call for an Aggravated Assault March 9. En route, dispatch informed officers they heard a gunshot over the phone.

At the scene, they found two men, and uncle and nephew, fighting. The uncle had a gun in his hand and the nephew had injuries to his face, and was on his motorcycle attempting to leave the residence.

All three people involved – the uncle, his wife, and the nephew – gave similar statements to the police. The two men were drinking at the bar. When they came home, the wife asked the nephew to stay, for fear her husband would get violent toward her and her two young children.

The uncle saw the nephew speaking to his wife and accused the two of an affair, which led to a fistfight in the kitchen that continued on the front lawn. The uncle got his gun and shot it into the ground, asking the nephew to leave. The wife had called the police. The uncle was arrested for Pointing and Presenting a Firearm.

Not so sweet

On March 19 a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a juvenile for Threatening a Public Official. A teacher at Givhans Alternative School in Ridgeville reported to the deputy a student threatening a fellow teacher, which he witnessed. The victim told the deputy a similar story: her student was angry she had taken candy from him earlier in the day and threatened to punch her in the face. The victim said she was fearful the juvenile would act on his threat and pressed charges. The juvenile admitted to threatening to punch someone, but did not say it was the victim. The deputy contacted the juvenile’s mother, who said he had been arrested two other times in recent weeks. The juvenile was referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Keep hands to yourself

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office received a case from Summerville Police Department on March 13 regarding forcible fondling on a school bus within county jurisdiction.

The father of the victim reported to SPD that in December his daughter had been sexually assaulted while on the school bus. The victim said the incidents occurred almost every day between January and May 2013 on the school bus between Gregg Middle School and one of the bus stops.

While sitting in the seat opposite the bus driver, the juvenile suspect would sit with the victim and fondle her over her clothes and sometimes under her shirt. She tried to fight him off and get him to stop but was unable to. The victim said the suspect also convinced a second suspect to forcibly fondle her once.

She said she never reported the incident because she was afraid of what someone would think.

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