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  • Friday, April 4, 2014

Stood their ground

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office detained a St. George couple on March 22 in response to a civil dispute call at Carters Gas Station. According to their statements, the couple said as they were leaving the gas station two men approached their vehicle and made the driver concerned for his and his wife’s safety. When the two men did not answer his requests to back up he removed a .45 caliber handgun from the center console of the vehicle and put a round in the chamber. After the men walked away from the vehicle the couple left the gas station. The victim said they did not want to press charges for pointing and possessing a firearm, and the couple was released.

Sneak peek

Summerville Police Department was called to the Trolley Road Bigby Coffee on March 25 for indecent exposure. According to the report, the responding officer recognized the suspect, John Chandler III, 39 of St. Stephen, from another indecent exposure report at a different coffee shop several months earlier. Chandler told the officer he needed help and admitted to his actions. The officer spoke separately to the victim, who said she sat down in the coffee shop and Chandler sat across from her. He was wearing short shorts. Then he began to move his leg back and forth until he exposed himself. She video recorded the incident on her cell phone and provided a copy to police. The victim told the police Chandler had exposed himself like this to her before, and because she felt it was more than a coincidence she pressed charges. Chandler was arrested for indecent exposure.

Sibling rivalry

Two sisters fighting caused Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office to be called to a Summerville home on March 19. According to the mother, she arrived home from work to her juvenile daughters fighting over one, the suspect, placing an inappropriate picture on social media. She punished the suspect by demanding her cell phone. The punishment caused the suspect to get angry, and she began using profanity toward her mother. The suspect picked up a kitchen knife and attempted to stab the juvenile victim, her sister, with it before the mother reacted and took the knife away. The suspect then found a paring knife, which the mother also took away before she was able to use it. The suspect then found another kitchen knife and attempted to stab the mother with it, which she was able to take from the suspect before injury. The juvenile victim and adult victim’s statements accounted for similar events, while the suspect denied all of the actions. The victims said they wanted to press charges and the deputies arrested the juvenile suspect for assault of a high and aggravated nature.

Suspicious activity

On March 9 a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office deputy spoke with a Hanahan complainant about accusations toward the Coastal Regional Evaluation Center in Ridgeville. She told the deputy her juvenile son has been assaulted during his 45-day evaluation there; she observed cuts and abrasions on his face after a recent visit. The victim reported he had been assaulted multiple times and the center’s staff would not provide assistance. He also said the same suspects were stealing from him, which the center’s staff was also not taking action on. The victim had sent a letter to his mother detailing the abuse, but it was returned to sender for an unknown reason and was hand delivered during her visit.

Guns, guns and more guns

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the report of a drunk driver in Summerville on March 22. As the vehicle was entering North Charleston, the North Charleston Police Department was also dispatched. The deputy located the vehicle and turned on the blue lights but the black Ford Mustang continued to drive; the deputy initiated the siren, and the driver, John Larimer Davis III, 45 of Ravenel, still did not pull over. Once Davis pulled over DCSO performed a felony traffic stop, asked the driver to show his hands and exit the vehicle. Davis was discovered to have a loaded gun on his person, in addition to a fully loaded magazine and a window punch, which was located while officers searched for his identification in his pockets. While clearing the vehicle they also found several military style bags in the trunk with knives, first aid kits, camouflage jackets, two loaded pistols, a loaded assault rifle, bayonets, loaded magazines, a machete, flare guns and a taser. One of the weapons was identified as stolen. Davis also had several pills in his pocket. Davis was arrested for unlawful carrying of a firearm and failure to stop for blue lights.

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