Six arrested on drug charges


Two arrested for assault and battery

UNION COUNTY — Six people were arrested on drug-related charges involving meth, marijuana, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia as well as other charges in Union County during the past week.

Malicious Damage And Marijuana

— A Union man ended up in jail charged with allegedly using beer to vandalize a car and stealing its gas cap and allegedly being found with marijuana in his possession following a chase on foot that ended with officers conducting a search for his shoes that also turned up his hat as well as a pack of cigarettes with single rolled up cigarette in it.

Eddie Brannon Jr., 34, 912 North Church Street, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with malicious damage, petit larceny, and possession of marijuana.

The incident report states that on Saturday, Feb. 18, an officer was dispatched to a residence on Lakewood Drive in reference to a vandalism of a vehicle that was in progress. While en route dispatched advised the responding units that the subject had gotten into a white Cadillac left the scene. Dispatch further advised that the subject was Brannon and was possible headed to North Church Street.

The report states an officer located the vehicle at a residents on North Church Street and the subject took off running behind the residence. The officer then spoke to the driver of the vehicle the report states confirmed that the subject who took off running was Brannon. The report states the driver said he had driven to the residence on Lakewood Drive and then drover him to a residence on North Church Street.

As city units were setting up a perimeter around the area, the report states an officer saw movement coming from two houses down near Gallman Street. The officer then shined his light and the report states Brannon through up his hands and said he was giving up. The officer then directed Brannon to come out into the road where he could be seen and directed him to lay down on the ground and put his hands behind his back. The officer then placed handcuffs on Brannon.

When Brannon came out, the report states he was not wearing shoes and he asked the officers to retrieve his shoes. Two officers walked to the side of the building and located Brannon’s shoes. One the officers also located Brannon’s cell phone which the report states was laying under some leaves and a jacket. The report states the officer also located Brannon’s hat, an empty pill bottle, and a pack of cigarettes.

The report states that the officer looked in the cigarette pack and found a rolled up cigarette containing a leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

An officer that responded to the residence on Lakewood Drive spoke with the victim and her husband. The report states that the couple said they first heard someone ring their doorbell. The victim said that when she looked out she saw Brannon doing something to her car and called 911. The report states that the victim said she had been seeing Brannon for a couple of months but had since come back home to her husband.

The report states that the officer noticed that a liquid substance had been thrown on top of the victim’s vehicle. It states that the door to the gas tank was open and the gas cap was missing. It further states the officer notice there was a fresh wet spot on the ground directly under the gas door. It states that the officer found Bud Light beer bottle in the grass near the vehicle and it appeared that beer had been poured on the vehicle and in the gas tank. The officer took photos of the vehicle and the beer can.

The officer then went to the residence on North Church Street where he spoke with the driver of the white Cadillac asking what kind of beer Brannon had. The report states the driver replied it was a tall blue beer can which the report states is what the officer had found at the victim’s residence.

The report states the officer was advised by another officer that there was a gas cap in the back of the Cadillac. The officer who’d responded to both locations then took possession of the gas cap and the marijuana.

The report states that warrants would be signed on Brannon for malicious damage, possession of marijuana, and petit larceny.

Meth And Marijuana

— A woman’s journey from her home in York County ended with her under arrest in Union County on traffic and drug charges stemming from an alleged attempt to purchase meth from someone who turned out to be an undercover narcotics investigator.

Tiffany Nicole Meredith, 27, 4108 Walnut Street, Smyrna, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with driving under suspension, possession of marijuana, and attempting to purchase methamphetamine.

The incident report states that one Friday, Feb. 17 Meredith attempted to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine by driving from her residence in York County to the Hot Spot in Lockhart with the intentions of purchasing a quantity of methamphetamine from an individual who in fact was an undercover narcotics officer

It states that two deputies were doing surveillance and noticed Meredith pull into the Hot Spot parking lot. One of the deputies then pulled in behind Meredith and activated his blue lights. The deputy then exited his vehicle and began to speak with Meredith who was the only occupant of her vehicle. The report states the deputy told Meredith that she had been communicating with an undercover police officer.

Meredith, the report states, denied this, but the deputy then had the undercover officer call her cell phone from his location and when he did her phone rang. She was then placed under arrest for attempting to purchase methamphetamine and advised of her Miranda warning.

The report states that a check of Meredith’s driver’s license showed it had been suspended for her having no insurance. While inventorying the vehicle, the report states deputies found drug paraphernalia and a quantity of marijuana in Meredith’s purse.

Pauley’s Wrecker Service was then contacted to tow Meredith’s vehicle per rotation. Meredith was transported by the deputy to the Union County Jail where she was issued a summons for DUS and possession of marijuana and arrest warrant was signed on her for attempting to purchase methamphetamine.

Unlawful Possession

— A Union man ended up under arrest and in jail after allegedly being found in unlawful possession of pills he got from his mother.

Robert Gibson Rodgers III, 47, 208 Jones Street, #A, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

The incident report states that on Saturday, Feb. 18, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Alman Street in the Jonesville area to assist the Powell Asset Protection Agents who were hired by the apartment complex for security. Once on the scene deputies spoke with an agent who told them that they had noticed a male subject leaving an apartment after being there only for a few minutes. He said that when they made contact with the subject he did not have any identification on him.

While they were trying to identify him, the agents searched the subject and, according to the report, found 12 little yellow pills believed to be Acetaminophen/ Hydrocodone.

The report states that once deputies were on scene they asked the subject, identified by the report as Rodgers, about the pills. The report states Rodgers said he got them from his mother who stays in the apartment.

When deputies made contact with Rodgers’ mother, the report states she said she did give him the pills.The report states that Rodgers’ mother said she knew she could not sell the pills, but did not know she could not give them away.

Rodgers was then transported to the Union County Jail and the pills were sent to SLED in a B.E.S.T. pack.

Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest

— A Jonesville man ended up under arrest on drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest charges after allegedly trespassing at a store and then allegedly trying to destroy a pink smoking pipe.

Paul Anthony Smith Jr., 29, 304 Mount Joy Church Road, Jonesville, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with littering, trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resting arrest.

The incident report states that on Tuesday, Feb. 21 a deputy was at a location on the Lockhart Highway in the Union area when he noticed a male that was on trespass notice for that location standing in front of the store on the sidewalk. The report states the deputy watched the male walk onto the property of the store. It further states the deputy activated his body camera to catch the male on the property. It states the deputy watched the male walk up to a customer at the gas pumps and the customer for something.

The report states the deputy approached the subject and advised he was under arrest after identifying him as Smith who was on trespass for the Circle K on the Lockhart Highway. When the deputy went to put handcuffs on him, the report states Smith started to pull away and dropped a pink glass smoking pipe on the ground and stepped on it. The report states the deputy had to push Smith up against a parked truck to gain control of him and be able to handcuff him.

After handcuffing Smith and walking him to his patrol car, the report states the deputy collected the pieces of broken pipe as evidence. The deputy then transported Smith to the Union County Jail for booking.

Possession Of Marijuana Second Offense

— Two men were almost charged with simple possession of marijuana after allegedly being found with marijuana in their possession until it was discovered they had prior drug convictions.

Jessie Lee Rice, 29, 107 Hamlet Street, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of marijuana second offense.

Darnelle Deandre Beacham, 32, 202 Old Buffalo Road, Buffalo, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of marijuana second offense.

The incident report states that on Thursday, Feb. 16 a narcotics officer was patrolling Meansville Road and notice a blue vehicle with a Carter’s paper tag driving at a high rate of speed. The report states deputies observed the vehicle speed up and slow down, driving in a reckless manner. It further states they then saw the vehicle run up behind another vehicle and follow too close to it.

Deputies then made a traffic stop on the vehicle on Meansville Road near New Hope Church Road. As deputies were walking up to the vehicle, the report states they noticed the passenger, Beacham, have what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette in his hand. The deputies asked him to step out and he agreed to do so.

The report states deputies then retrieved the rolled cigarette and it contained a green plant-like material believed to be marijuana.

Deputies then detained Beacham and the driver, Rice.

The report states that deputies then searched the vehicle and found in the passenger floorboard a large bag containing a green plant-like substance believed to be marijuana.

Beacham was then read his rights and the report states he agreed to speak to the deputies. The report states that Beacham told deputies he’d just rolled the marijuana cigarette and had been preparing to smoke it.

Deputies collected all the evidence and the report states the responding deputy would sign warrants on Beacham and Rice for simple possession of marijuana. However, the report states that after criminal history checks were ran on both men, it was found that they had prior drug convictions. It states that both men would be charged with possession of marijuana second offense.

Assault And Battery

— A Jonesville man ended up in jail a little over a month after he allegedly attacked his mother’s boyfriend injuring him to the point where he needed both stitches and staples for the wound to his head.

Danny Eugene Inman, 30, 126 Bob Little Road, Jonesville, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with assault and battery second-degree.

The incident report states that on Wednesday, Jan. 4 the complainant stated that his girlfriend and her son, Inman, have a verbal dispute over the telephone. The complainant said that his girlfriend was so upset that he got on the phone and told Inman he needed to stop speaking to his mother that way. He said Inman then started cursing him and said he was going to come over there and jump on him.

The report states that on Thursday, Jan. 5, the complainant stepped out in the yard of his residence on Monarch Highway in the Union area and was hit from behind with an object he believed to be a bottle. He said Inman yelled out for him to fight back and continued to hit him with the object repeatedly, six or seven times. The victim said that Inman then left residence.

The report states the victim had to seek medical attention for his injuries. It states he had nine staples in the side of his head and six stitches over his right eye. It further states the victim left the residence in Monarch and returned to Center where he lives with family members. It states that once he was home the victim called EMS to come pick him up when he realized how bad the injuries to his head were.

The report states the victim did not want to press charges at the time because it was his girlfriend’s son. It further states that the victim said he and his girlfriend talked about they felt Inman should be held responsible for what he did. The report states the victim called the Sheriff’s Office from his residence in Central about pressing charges against Inman but was told he would need to come to Union and give a statemetn about what took place. It states that he returned to Union to attempt to sign a warrant on the subject for assault.

The report states that the statement and information in the case would be given to the magistrate to attempt to obtain a warrant in the matter.

Inman was taken into custody Friday, Feb. 17.

— A juvenile ended up under arrest for allegedly committing an act of assault and battery.

The incident report states that on Tuesday, Feb. 21 deputies responded to a residence on Philippi Church Road in the Union area in reference to an assault. It states a juvenile was taken into custody and arrested for assault and battery. Deputies contacted the Department of Juvenile Justice and the 16-year-old juvenile was transported to the DJJ facility in Columbia.

Other Charges

The Union Public Safety Department also reported filing the following charges against the following individuals this past week:

— Teil Anthony Sorrow, 18, 1031 Main Street, Buffalo, charged Sunday, Feb. 19 with shoplifting.

— Denice Glenn, 51, 133 E. Lee St., Union, charged Saturday, Feb. 18 with disorderly conduct.

— Vincent Edward Jeter II, 33, 707 Perrin Avenue, Union, charged Friday, Feb. 17 with shoplifting.

— Jennifer Gail Moore, 35, 1003 Watts Avenue, Laurens, charged Friday, Feb. 17 with driving under suspension.

— Wayneisha Dean Smith, 24, 106 Rogers Circle, Union, charged Sunday, Feb. 19 with trespassing.

— Caleb Ian Griffin, 25, 100 Ashton Brookes Acres, Buffalo, charged Monday, Feb. 20 with driving without a driver’s license.

— Parris Ann Sashay Henry, 25, 207 Westminister Circle, Union, charged Tuesday, Feb. 21 with trespassing.

— Louise Nicole Crocker, 25, 102B Cogdill Plaza, Union, charged Wednesday, Feb. 22 with disorderly conduct.

— Jasmine Elizabeth Simmons, 18, 504 South Pinckney Street, Union, Wednesday, Feb. 22 with disorderly conduct.

— Victoria Paige Brock, 21, 123 Pineview Road, Union, charged Wednesday, Feb. 22 with two counts of breach of trust.

— Teresa Snyder Candler, 48, 2015 Mt. Lebanon Road, Buffalo, charged Wednesday, Feb. 22 with driving under the influence.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office also reported filing the following charges against the following individuals this past week:

— Brittany Ann Gregory, 26, 3446 Lockhart Highway, Union, charged Saturday, Feb. 18 with petit larceny.

— Jessica Elizabeth Gardler, 24, 181 Pine Street, Buffalo, charged Sunday, Feb. 19 with disorderly conduct.

— Whitney Blake Bevis, 26, 205 Buffalo Street, Buffalo, charged Tuesday, Feb. 21 with petit larceny.

— Adrian Britt Garner, 26, 107 Lancaster Drive, Union, charged Tuesday, Feb. 21 with simple possession of marijuana.

— Brandy Lynn Russell, 32, 102 Wedgewood Court, Union, charged Wednesday, Feb. 22 with petit larceny.

— Heather Renee Kise, 34, 108 Pine Knoll Road, Union, charged Wednesday, Feb. 22 with driving under suspension and disregarding a stop sign.

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Two arrested for assault and battery
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