Crime Beat

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Too close for comfort

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was called to Ridgeville on March 20 in response to an alleged sexual assault. According to the juvenile victim’s statement, a 53-year-old man and neighbor of the victim has expressed on several occasions he loves the victim and has tried to hug him. On March 20, the victim said the suspect touched and spoke to him in a sexual nature after following him into the neighborhood church’s recording room. According to the victim’s mother, who called DCSO, the community is aware the suspect has “possibly engaged in inappropriate actions with children in the past” but all of the allegations were handled by the church pastor, not by law enforcement.

Burst your bubble

On March 25, Dorchester County Sherriff’s Office responded to a Summerville home where two women had been fighting. The victim told officers she and the suspect had a disagreement over how to discipline a child the suspect was looking after. The victim attempted to intervene in the suspect’s disciplining when the suspect began punching the victim in the head and hitting her on her back with keys. When officers arrived the victim was complaining of back pain. The victim expressed she did not want to prosecute.

Tenant troubles

On March 20 a Summerville landlord reported a theft to Summerville Police Department. Upon arrive, the victim explained to the officer he was renting this property on Four Iron Drive when a neighbor called and informed him the tenant had moved out, he guesses sometimes around January 2014. The victim, who lives in Tennessee, came to inspect the property and noted his lawn furniture, two wheel barrels, a light fixture and the compressor to the refrigerator were missing. The victim said his tenant denied taking any of the items.

You can run …

While responding to a large crowd at the Ville club on March 15, Summerville Police Department officers observed patrons loitering towards the Kangaroo on Old Trolley Road. As the officers began asking patrons to disperse, at the management’s request, one of the seven officers observed a 24-year-old Goose Creek man urinating on the ground between a gas pump and a vehicle. When asked for identification, the man ran. Although the officer caught up to him, the man continued to resist. After a warning, the officer tased him. He was placed into handcuffs and taken to Summerville Medical Center, where the taser prongs had to be surgically removed. The man was arrested for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Too cool for school

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office deputy stationed at Ashley Ridge High School was alerted to a student issue on March 19.

An administrator told the deputy they had received information the juvenile suspect may have alcohol in his possession while at school. The administrator conducted a search of the suspect’s bag and located an unopened bottle of Seagrams brand malt beverage. He was placed under arrest for minor in possession of alcohol. The officer observed the juvenile was lethargic and slurring his words, and asked the school nurse to examine him. During that time, the administrator found a bottle of Gatorade in the student’s possession that smelled of cough syrup, and the deputy reported he suspected the juvenile drank some prior to being arrested.

The juvenile was turned over to his parents with a custodial release.

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