UNION COUNTY — Arrests for drug possession, resisting arrest, domestic violence, child endangerment, and threatening a public employee were made by law enforcement during the past week in Union County.
Meth, Resisting Arrest
— What began as a surveillance of a man suspected of manufacturing meth ended up with another man in jail for allegedly possessing the substance and allegedly resisting the deputies trying to arrest him.
Wesley Chad Murphy, 35, 302 Blassingame Street, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of meth and resisting arrest.
The incident report states that on Friday, March 10, deputies were doing surveillance on a subject who had just purchased some Pseudophdrine which the report states is used in making meth. It states that deputies had knowledge that the subject under surveillance was known to make meth at different locations in the county. The report states deputies noticed the subject was on a scooter with a moped tag and going at a speed of 40-45 miles per hour down Rice Avenue and then turning down Blassingame Street. Deputies followed the subject to a location on Blassingame Street where they initiated a traffic stop.
As they were speaking to the subject, the report states deputies noticed two other individuals in the yard. Deputies then advised the two why they were there and asked them if they had anything illegal on them and all said no. Deputies then patted them both down for weapons and then asked them for identification.
Deputies again asked one of the two individuals who had been in the yard when they arrived if he had anything illegal on him and he again said no. They asked him for consent to search him and he gave that consent. They also asked that of the second individual and he also gave consent.
The report states that during the search of the second individual deputies found two $100 bills that had the same serial numbers. When questioned about this by deputies, the report states the individual said he had no knowledge of the bills being counterfeit.
Deputies then noticed a book bag sitting in the yard and asked who it belonged to. One of the individuals who had been standing in the yard said it was his. When deputies asked if they could search it, the report states the individual said no.
It was at this point that the report states Murphy walked up. Deputies spoke to him and advised him of why they were there. Murphy was then asked by deputies if he had anything illegal on him and he said no. The deputies then advised Murphy that was going to be patted down to make sure he didn’t have any weapons.
The report states that it was at this point Murphy became very irate and started yelling at the deputies. It states that Murphy told the deputies that they were not going to search him and he became belligerent.
Deputies told Murphy that all they were going to do was pat him down for weapons and that was it. The report states Murphy then said he had a knife and that he would grab it for the deputies and he began to reach into his pocket. The deputies told Murphy that they would retrieve the knife. The report states that Murphy became more and more irate and tried to reach in his pocket and the deputies detained him.
The report states deputies began turning out Murphy’s right pocket because he is a known IV user. It states that while turning out his pocket deputies found a Blue Hawk knife and a plastic bag containing a clear crystal rock-like substance believe to be meth.
When deputies found the bag, the report states Murphy became very irate and began to fight with the deputies. He was then placed in handcuffs and deputies called for a transport. The report further states that Murphy was fighting and trying to pull away from the deputies and had to be taken to the ground to keep him or anyone else from getting hurt.
Murphy was told several times he was under arrest, but the report states he continued to yell and scream and curse and fight with deputies. The report states that while deputies were walking him to the patrol car, Murphy started trying to pull away and fight with them and had to be forcibly placed in the vehicle.
While deputies were attempting to put Murphy in the patrol vehicle, the report states a female at the house picked up the book bag in the yard and took it inside. Deputies then spoke to the homeowner who said they could search everything on her property because she did not want any illegal drugs or anything else on it.
The report states that during the search the deputies found a book bag in the home containing a loaded .38 Special revolver with the serial numbers missing. Deputies then collected all the evidence and left the scene.
The report further stated that Murphy would be charged with possession of meth and resisting arrest.
The report also stated that the incident is still under investigation.
Car Chase, Meth And Resisting Arrest
— A man ended up in jail on a variety of drug and traffic charges as well as resisting arrest after allegedly leading law enforcement personnel on a car chase across nearly a dozen streets and the Chambertown and Mill Hill areas of Union.
Timothy Lamar Smith, 25, 406 South Mountain Street, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with unlawful possession of prescription drugs, use of vehicle without owner’s consent, possession of cocaine, failure to stop for a blue light, reckless driving, driving without a license, open container in a motor vehicle, abandoning a vehicle on public or private property, failing to use headlights when required, and resisting arrest.
The incident report states that on Saturday, March 11, the responding deputy was patrolling on Barnado Road when he met a passing car that crossed over the center line into his lane. The deputy had to drive into the grass to keep the passing vehicle from hitting his patrol unit. He then turned around and caught up with the passing vehicle, a Honda Accord.
The Accord made a left turn onto Seigler Road then turned right onto Lakeside Drive. The report states that as it was about to turn right onto Pumpstation Road, the deputy activated his patrol vehicle’s blue lights and siren to make a traffic stop on the Accord.
The report states the driver of the Accord accelerated as it sped up Pumpstation Road in an attempt to get away from the deputy, making several turns in the Brockman Heights area of Union and running several stop signs. It states the driver of the Accord then headed toward the Foster Park area on Athur Boulevard, blowing through red lights at West Main and Perrin Avenue and onto Union Boulevard. It further states the driver of the Accord went past the Horseshoe Circle area completely crossing the center line. The report states the driver then blew through the red light at South Pinckney Street (Five Points).
The report further states the driver of the Accord turned right into Chambertown and while there ran several stop signs. It states the driver of the Accord then left Chambertown and traveled up South Mountain Street, crossing Main Street, and turning left at the old Farmers Market. It states he then turned left onto Academy Street and headed up the Mill Hill area, blowing through the red light at North Pinckney Street. The report states the driver ended up making a right turn onto Main Street and then a right onto Blassingame Street. It further states he made several turns while in the Mill Hill area, running every stop sign.
At one point, the report states the driver opened the door of the vehicle in an attempt to possibly jump out. It states he eventually ended back up on Blassingame Street and made a left turn onto Main Street. As he turned onto Main Street, the report states the driver turned off the Accord’s headlights. It states he then made a left turn onto Mill Avenue and as he was going up the street struck a parked car.
It was as this point the reports states the driver, which it describes as a black male, jumped out of the Accord as the responding deputy attempted to block the door from opening. It states the man jumped onto the hood of the patrol car and fled on foot, jumping over a fence, and ran through a backyard headed towards Oak Street.
The report states the suspect was wearing a grey pullover hoodie and grey sweat pants.
Deputies and Union Public Safety Officers set up a perimeter and the K-9 Tracking Unit was called. The SC Highway Patrol was also called to the scene because of the collision involving the Accord. The responding deputy also noticed the front passenger side fender of his patrol car had been damaged by the suspect when he jumped from the Accord.
The report states that during a search of the Accord, the responding deputy found an open can of Bud Light beer. The SCHP arrived and worked the scene. Pauley’s Wrecker Service was notified per being the next on rotation.
The K-9 Tracking Unit tracked to Union Mill Crossing Apartments but lost the track. However, the report states that several law enforcement personnel viewed the in-car camera footage from the responding deputy’s vehicle and identified the suspect as “Timothy ‘Hammer’ Smith.” The report states they knew members of Smith’s family lived in Union Mill Crossing Apartments and went to the apartment of one of his relatives. The relative, however, told deputies that Smith was at the apartment of another relative.
Deputies went to that apartment and asked the relative if Smith was there and were told he was in the bedroom. They went to the bedroom where they found Smith laying across the bed wearing the same clothes he’d been wearing when he fled the scene. They then woke him up and told him he was under arrest.
The report states that Smith seemed to be under the influence of some type of drug. It states the relative told deputies that when Smith arrived she could not understand what he was saying. Union County EMS was called to the apartment to check Smith out. They did and cleared him and he was transported to the Union County Jail.
While at the jail, the report states deputies found 1 1/2 yellow pills with M751 stamped on it and a white rock-like substance in Smith’s pants pocket. The pills, the rock-like substance, and the open beer can were seized as evidence. The pills and the rock-like substance were placed in a Best Pak.
Threatening A Public Employee
— A Jonesville man ended up in jail after allegedly threatening a postal employee at the Jonesville Post Office.
Lloyd Michael Taylor, 68, 2789 West Springs Highway, Jonesville, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with threatening the life of a public employee and disorderly conduct.
The incident report states that on Saturday, March 11, the complainant, a postal employee, said that Taylor came into the Jonesville Post Office being loud and boisterous and using profane language demanding his mother’s mail.
(The report states the Post Office won’t deliver Taylor’s mother’s mail because Taylor moved the mailbox from the highway and put it in his yard and refuses to move it back.)
The report states another postal employee (the victim) who was in the back of the Post Office heard Taylor yelling and cursing at the complainant about his mother’s mail. It states that she came up and told Taylor his mother did not have any mail. The report states she said Taylor started pointing his finger at her and told her to shut up, that he had found out all about her family and friends and that she had better watch it.
The responding deputy states in the report that Taylor had left the post office before he arrived on the scene.
The report states warrants would be sought on Taylor for disorderly conduct and threatening a public official.
Taylor was taken into custody on Sunday, March 12.
— A man was taken to jail by members of his own family to be arrested for allegedly attacking a woman.
George O’Dell McBeth, 46, 123 Wiseman Road, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with domestic violence third-degree.
The incident report states that on Saturday, March 11, an officer was dispatched to West South Street and Bailey Street in reference to a disturbance. When he arrived the officer didn’t seen anything in the roadway at Bailey Street and West South Street. The officer then turned down Bailey Street where he saw a man and a woman standing beside a car. The report states the officer new that the man was George O’Dell McBeth and also knew the identity of the woman. It further states the officer could see the woman was holding her left side.
The officer then got out of his vehicle and began talking to McBeth and the woman. He also radioed for another officer to be dispatched to the scene.
The report states the officer then asked the woman what was going on and she said she had been over here and had been trying to leave and had gotten knocked down. The officer then asked her who had hit her and the report states that at that time McBeth became very agitated with the officers and with the woman.
The report states that McBeth yelled at the officers and the victim that he was not going to jail because he had not done anything. It was at that point the report states that McBeth walked up the hill and onto the front porch and took off his shirt. The report states that McBeth was still yelling and cursing at the officers and the victim that he was not going to jail and that officers had killed his son, and that he would die before going to jail.
The officers then backed off and called for backup from the Sheriff’s Office.
The report states that McBeth then said if the officers wanted him they were going to get some. It states that McBeth then stepped inside his residence and slammed the front door.
While waiting for backup to arrive, the report states an officer went up the street and interviewed a witness about the incident. It states the witness said he’d heard a commotion outside and went out to see what was going on. The witness said that he’d seen a black female in black pants and a gray tee-shirt and a black male in a black hoodie arguing in the street. He said that a silver Buick had been parked in the street at Bailey Street and West South Street and that the black male had moved it onto Bailey Street.
The witness said that the black female had walked down the street into the parking lot of City Park. He said the black male jumped out still arguing with the woman and started going toward her. The witness said the man then rushed the woman, striking her so hard she was knocked off her feet and onto her back. He said the man then got on the woman while still hitting her.
The witness said the woman then got up on her feet and the man started trying to hug her and they sat down on the ground. He said they then got in the Buick and drove down Bailey Street. It was at that the point the witness said he saw the police car pull onto Bailey Street.
The officer then had the witness write a statement.
The report states that at this point the officers on the scene were advised that City and County SRT had been called and was standing by. The officers at the scene were also told to back up and stand by.
While this was happening, one of the officers went to the Union Public Safety Department and signed a warrant for McBeth for domestic violence third-degree.
Officers were then notified that members of McBeth’s family were coming to the scene to try and talk him into surrendering. After they spoke to him, the report states that family members said McBeth had said he would go if they could take him the jail. The report states that a short time later McBeth emerged from the house, left with his family members, and went to the jail to be booked.
A Buffalo woman ended up under arrest for allegedly leaving three of her children unattended in their home which caught fire.
Charisse Marie Lucre, 28, 1214 Linersville Road, Buffalo, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with child endangerment.
The incident report states that on Tuesday, March 14, deputies, along with numerous fire units, were dispatched to 1214 Linersville Road for a structure fire. Upon arrival, the report states deputies learned that the caller, a 12-year-old female, had been left home alone with her two younger siblings, ages 7 and 5, and that a 2-year-old male was unaccounted for. The report states the 2-year-old was eventually located at his father’s home.
The report states that deputies eventually located the mother of the children, Charisse Lucre, who was placed under arrest for unlawful neglect of the three children at the home. It states that the Department of Social Services was contacted and came to the scene to take custody of the children. It further states that DSS placed the children with family members.
— A Jonesville man ended up in jail for allegedly attacking a woman and then allegedly resisting the deputies who were trying to arrest him.
Brandon Wayne Robbins, 33, 486 Bogan Road, Jonesville, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with domestic violence second-degree, resisting arrest, and ill-treatment of animals.
The incident report states that on Wednesday, March 15, deputies were dispatched to a residence on the Buffalo-West Springs Highway in the Jonesville area to speak with a victim of domestic violence at her sister’s home. Once on the scene, the report states deputies made contact with the victim who said she had been assaulted at her home on Bogan Road in the Jonesville area by her live-in boyfriend, Brandon Robbins.
The victim said she got home from work and she and Robbins were talking and she asked him if he had been drinking. She said it was at that point that Robbins got upset and they got into an argument. The report states the victim said Robbins pinned her in a chair and took her cell phone. It states that the victim said this was witnessed by her 11-year-old son who left the yard on his dirt bike going to her sister’s home. It further states that the victim said her dog came up on the porch and got to barking at Robbins who kicked the dog off the porch which is about four feet high. The victim said Robbins went into the house and this is when she got in her car and left.
The report states the victim told deputies that Robbins had been in contact with her family member and said he had the entire argument on video.
When deputies went to the residence on Bogan Road, the report states they were met at the door by Robbins’ mother. The report states Robbins was in a chair and when deputies spoke to him he said he did not know why they were there as nothing had happened. The deputies then told Robbins they had been informed that he had a video of the argument, but the report states he said that if they wanted to see it they would need to go through his lawyers.
Deputies asked what had happened and the report states Robbins said he and the victim had been arguing and she had left to go to her sister’s. The report states deputies asked Robbins multiple times what happened and each time he would say something different. It states that the last timehe was asked what had happened, Robbins said the victim had got upset with him about him drinking.
The report states that when Robbins was being arrested he became combative, jerking away from the deputies, and not complying with their demands. It states that he would be charged with domestic violence second-degree, resisting arrest, and ill-treatment of animals.
The Union Public Safety Department also filed the following charges against the following individuals:
— A 16-year-old juvenile charged Friday, March 10 with disorderly conduct.
— Rockyea Breashay Rice, 17, 117 Chambers Avenue, Union, charged Friday, March 10 with disorderly conduct.
— Chedrick Levander Goodwyn, 28, 271 Meansville Road, Union, charged Friday, March 10 with petit larceny.
— Timothy Terrell Chamberlain, 40, 303 Culp Street, Union, charged Saturday, March 11 with driving under suspension.
— Brandon Nahshon Rainwater, 36, 416 Hill Lane, Mauldin, charged Sunday, March 12 with seat belt violation, driving under suspension first offense, and no proof of insurance.
— Stanley Bruce Whitener, 56, 541 Pinckney Street, Carlisle, charged Wednesday, March 15 with shoplifting.
— Corey Antron Gilliam, 34, 306 South Church Street, Union, charged Thursday, March 16 with disorderly conduct.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office also filed the following charges against the following individuals:
— Vincent Edward Jeter II, 33, 707 Perrin Avenue, Union, charged Saturday, March 11 with shoplifting.
— Adrian Lamar Gory, 39, 636 Rogerstown Road, Jonesville, charged Saturday, March 11 with breach of peace.
— Kelly Ann Hodge, 35, 144 Duncan Avenue, Buffalo, charged Sunday, March 12 with use of firearm while under the influence.
— Tequina Ibenik Woods, 27, 205 Webber Street, Jonesville, charged Sunday, March 12 with driving under the influence.
— Cassie Nicole Fox, 32, 105 Walker Street, Union, charged Monday, March 13 with use of vehicle without owner’s consent.
— Amanda Haney Bobo, 34, 820 Flat Drive, Buffalo, charged Monday, March 13 with breach of peace.
— William Earl Thompson, 31, 410 Foster Street, Union, charged Tuesday, March 14 with driving under suspension.
— Kenneth Gene Scott, 35, 500 South Main Street, Jonesville, charged Wednesday, March 15 with harassment first-degree.
— Crystal Jean Nave, 34, 132 Fine Lane, Union, charged Thursday, March 16 with breach of peace.