October 29, 2013
UNION COUNTY — A Union man was arrested on a drug charge less than a week after pleading guilty to a drug charge and being sentenced to probation.
In a statement released Monday, the Union County Sheriff’s Office states that, on Oct. 18 Demorris Keshun Davis plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute drugs in General Sessions Court in Union County. It further states that six days after receiving a five-year probationary sentence, Davis was caught again, almost within view of the courthouse where he had been released back to society.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor reported in the statement that Union County Drug Task Force officers arrested Davis, 22, 110 Hart St., Union, on Oct. 24. Davis was booked into the Union County Jail at 1:10 p.m. where he remains in custody awaiting a bond hearing.
The release states that at approximately 11 a.m. Oct. 24, narcotics officers observed a black Ford Mustang with a window tint violation and stopped the vehicle. When officers approached the vehicle and started to speak to the driver, a strong odor of marijuana came from inside the car and officers also noticed pieces of what appeared to be marijuana on the pants of the driver.
The vehicle was driven by Davis, who the report states admitted to officers he had five ounces of marijuana in a black duffel bag in the back floor board of the car. The bag also contained digital scales and baggies commonly used in the distribution of illegal narcotics.
The report states that this is the third subsequent offense of drug violations against Davis since 2009.
Taylor stated that this type of criminal behavior has got to be addressed in the judicial system. He said his office has done its job to catch these people — and the Solicitor’s Office has done its job to get these cases before a circuit judge — and the judges are putting them back on the streets to continue what he described as living a life of crime in the community.
“Our criminal court judges need to be held accountable by the people they represent,” Taylor said. “Our Magistrate Court judges do an outstanding job in our county but General Sessions Court judges are a joke.”
Taylor said a defendant in court has the right to be tried before 12 jurors of his or her peers to determine guilt or innocence. He pointed out that circuit judges do not have to answer to the citizens in the communities where they turn criminals back on the street. They get back in their vehicles and go back to where they live.
Taylor said the people who elect the sheriffs and the solicitors in this state are tired of the injustice these judges are handing down with these lackadaisical sentences.
“When is our state going to address this problem and hold the courts accountable to our communities?” Taylor said. “If I don’t do my job as sheriff, the people will vote me out of office. Maybe the public needs to look for a different solution to holding our court judges responsible.”
The Union County Sheriff’s Office also reported the following arrests:
— Brea Kay McBride, 36, of 437 Morris Farm Road, Jonesville, was charged with burglary, petit larceny, and possession of narcotics around 12:06 a.m. Oct. 22. According to the incident reports, McBride broke into a residence on Vaughan Road, Union, and took what was reported as over $1,000 in coins from the residence. Reports state McBride was pulled over via a traffic stop, and she had 10 pills in her possession — six of one kind and four of another.
— Adrian Lamar Gory, 35, of 636 Rogerstown Road, Jonesville, was charged with disorderly conduct, shoplifting, and two counts of trespassing around 12:05 a.m. Oct. 26. According to the incident report, Gory took a 32-ounce Colt 45 beer from Kangaroo Express, located at 2908 Furman Fendley Hwy., Jonesville.
— John Randolph Campbell, 31, of 1795 Old Charlotte Road, Spartanburg, was charged with driving under suspension, failure to surrender suspended license, and stopping in the roadway around 1:50 a.m. Oct. 27.
— Andrew Wayne Clark, 22, and Charles Christopher Clark, 44, both of 200 Frances Avenue, Union, were each charged with assault and battery around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
— Patrick Djuan Hill, 33, of 1195 Ashewood Drive, Columbia, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to stop for a blue light, and open container around 5:37 p.m. Oct. 25. According to the incident report, officers were notified of Hill’s reckless driving by another driver who claimed Hill’s vehicle almost ran them off the road.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
— A resident of 6th Street, Lockhart, reported on Oct. 26 that someone had raised her window, opened a safe and moved it close to the open window. The complainant reported some of the medication was missing. A K-9 unit responded and found a sweatshirt and pillow case near the scene, which were both placed into evidence.
— A resident of Tinker Creek Road, Union, reported on Oct. 23 that someone shot the back and side window out of her vehicle while it was parked at her residence. The victim stated she heard a gunshot but did not think anything of it at the time. Damage was estimated at $600.
— A resident of Hightower Lake Road, Union, reported on Oct. 27 that the glass in his screen door and front window of his home had been broken. The victim was away from his residence from Oct. 24-27. Damage was estimated at $500.
— A resident of Webber Street, Jonesville, reported on Oct. 27 that several items were taken from his yard over the weekend. Missing items included two metal tanks — each around five feet long — a metal drum with scrap metal, and a brass lamp. The victim valued the missing items at $200.
The Union Public Safety Department reported the following arrests:
— Calvin Gerard Mills, 27, of 201 Williams St., Union, was charged with criminal domestic violence around 5 p.m. Oct. 27. According to the arrest warrant, Mills was involved in a physical altercation with a woman, striking her in the face, stomach, and thigh, while at an address on May Street, Union.
— Calvin Brown, Jr., 42, of 127 E. Lee St., Union, was charged with criminal domestic violence around 5:55 p.m. Oct. 26. According to the arrest warrant, Brown pushed a woman and held her down during an altercation at his residence.
— Robert Earl Booker, 50, of 120 General Lee Drive, Union, was charged with disorderly conduct and open container around 4:12 a.m. Oct. 27.
— Derick Smith, 35, of 203 Lakewood Drive, Union, was charged with disorderly conduct around 4:05 a.m. Oct. 27.
— Kenneth Lamar Norman, 29, of 208 Monroe St., Union, was charged with hindering police around 2:15 p.m. Oct. 27.
The Union Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:
— An employee of Lil Cricket, located at 100 North Duncan Bypass, Union, reported on Oct. 27 that a customer came in and attempted to purchase gas with a counterfeit $20 bill. When the detector pen showed the bill was counterfeit and the customer was told the bill was fake, the customer left the store.
— An Inman resident reported on Oct. 27 that while his truck was parked in the parking lot of Walmart — located at 513 North Duncan Bypass in Union — between 10:30-11 a.m. Oct. 26, someone opened his silver mounted toolbox and stole a small gray steel toolbox with a red tray. The complainant valued the tools inside the stolen toolbox at $300, and the box itself at $25.
— A resident of Barnado Road, Union, reported on Oct. 26 that her residence was burglarized while she was away between 7:30 p.m. and 12:50 a.m. Missing items included a flat screen TV, a laptop computer, and a Playstation 3, and they were valued at a total of $1,050.
— A resident of Enterprise Street, Union, reported on Oct. 25 that someone keyed/scratched her entire vehicle, and the passenger side front window appeared to have been hit with an object. Damage was estimated at $1,000.