UNION COUNTY — The past several days have been busy ones for law enforcement with arrests being made for a variety of charges ranging from shoplifting to forgery to drug possession and/or distribution and even an incident involving resisting arrest that sent two police officers to the hospital.
Drug Possession, Assault, And Resisting Arrest
A Union man ended up in jail following an incident in which he was allegedly found with marijuana in his possession following a struggle with law enforcement personnel that sent to sheriff’s deputies to the hospital.
Marcus Dion Littlejohn, 34, 112 McKanic Road, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of marijuana other than first offense, assault and battery third-degree, and resisting arrest.
The incident report states that on Wednesday, June 14, two deputies were on patrol in the Monarch Community when they observed a white Kia mini-van parked on McKanic that the deputies knew Littlejohn had been driving for the last few weeks. The report states deputies had been getting complaints that Littlejohn was selling large quantities of crack cocaine. One the deputies called the on-duty sergeant by phone and advised him where the mini-van was and that Littlejohn was sitting inside getting ready to pull off. Deputies then set up surveillance of the mini-van to stop it when it left the area.
The report states deputies had prior knowledge that Littlejohn was on parole and as a condition of his parole he is subject to search without cause and at any time.
After a short time, the report states the mini-van pulled out of McKanic Road and took a left onto Monarch Highway toward Highway 49. A deputy caught up to the minivan at the red light at Monarch Highway and Highway 49. The van then turned left on to Hwy 49 toward Main Street. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the van near Mon-Aetna Baptist Church and the van stopped in the parking lot of the Circle K. Another deputy pulled in at the Siam Street entrance and pulled in front of the minivan to keep it from pulling off..
One of the deputies the exited his patrol vehicle and approached the mini-van which the report states was being driven by Littlejohn’s mother with Littlejohn in the front passenger seat. The deputy asked Littlejohn to step out of the vehicle, explaining that he was being searched as a condition of his parole. The report states Littlejohn’s mother became irate at this point, but the deputy explained to her the conditions of her son’s parole, and Littlejohn himself told her that the deputies were correct and they could search him.
The deputy then advised Littlejohn that the van was going to be searched as well because he had been seen by law enforcement driving it on several occasions. The report states that it was at this point that Littlejohn began to get upset and resistant with deputies. One of the deputies then went to his patrol vehicle and got his handcuffs to restrain Littlejohn during the search.
As the deputy approached Littlejohn and reached for his right hand to cuff it, the report states Littlejohn pushed off the van with both hands, knocking one of the deputies off balance with his shoulder in an attempt to flee. The report states the deputy was able to grab Littlejohn who continued to resist and was taken to the ground by the deputy. It states the other deputy was able to grab Littlejohn’s right arm and put one cuff on him, but he continued to resist. The report states both deputies told Littlejohn to stop resisting but he did not listen to them and continued to resist, squirming around enough to get back on his feet.
The report states a jail officer who had been riding with one of the deputies then exited the patrol car and assisted in trying to take Littlejohn into custody. It states that Littlejohn, the jail officer, and the deputies then fell to the ground causing one of the deputies to hit his head on the concrete and another deputy to strike his knee on the concrete as well. The deputy who hit his head was dazed and rolled off Littlejohn and the other deputy took his back to attempt to get the second cuff on.
At this point a citizen who was at the next gas pump came to assist the deputy and the jail officer in securing Littlejohn.
Once Littlejohn was secured, the report states the jail officer pointed to Littlejohn’s right sock where the deputy noticed a large bulge in it. The report states the deputy then retrieved 3.5 grams of what was suspected to be marijuana from Littlejohn’s person. It states that Littlejohn had $982 in cash in his possession which was also seized.
Littlejohn was placed in a patrol vehicle and transported to the Union County Jail for booking while the two deputies went to Union Medical Center to be checked for injuries.
The report states warrants would be sought for Littlejohn for possession of marijuana other than first offense, assault and battery third-degree, and resisting arrest.
Shoplifting, Drug Possession
What began as a case of alleged shoplifting ended with a Union man arrested on both shoplifting and drug charges.
Morgan Lee Vinson, 31, 447 Police Club Road, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with shoplifting and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.
The incident report states that an officer was dispatched Wednesday, June 7 to 513 North Duncan Bypass (Walmart) and spoke with the store’s loss prevention officer who told him about an incident that occurred on Friday, June 2. The loss prevention officer said that a white male entered the store through the grocery door, shopped through the jewelry department, and went to the pharmacy area.
The report states that the male selected some Trojan Lube and then went to the men’s apparel area, took a price tag from a bin containing flip-flops and continued on to the automotive department. It states the male then went over to the chemical aisle and returned to the aisle where he sat the Trojan Lube down. The report states the male then opened the box and concealed the lube. It states he then placed the empty box behind other merchandise.
The report states the male then selected a pair of Mechanix Work Gloves, took the bar code off of them, and then placed the bar code for the flip-flops on the gloves. It states he then walked around the store for several minutes before going to the baby supplies department where he selected some baby wipes. The report states he then went to register #45 where he scanned the gloves for 98 cents from the flip-flops’ sales tag, paid for the baby wipes and left the store through the grocery side.
The report states the loss prevention officer was able to identify the while male as Vinson.
A subsequent incident report states that on Monday, June 12, an officer was dispatched to Walmart speaking via telephone with the loss prevention officer who said he saw an individual the city had an arrest warrant for in the store. When he arrived, the incident report states the officer walked to the back of the store and arrested Vinson. He then took Vinson to the store’s asset protection office and searched him.
The report states that during the search the officer found a clear plastic baggy in Vinson’s pants pocket containing 31 round white pills with the inscription M on one side and T7 on the other. It states that the pills are believed to be Tramadol, a Schedule IV prescription drug. The report states the search also turned up a pink pill with the L852 on the side. It states that the pill is believed to be Ranitidine. The report states the officer also found a white screw-type container in Vinson’s pants pocket containing one round white pill with 54/411 on the side. It states that the pill is believed to be Buprenorphine, a Schedule II prescription drug. The report states a rectangular pill with GG/2/4/9 on one side. It states the pill is believed to be Alpraxolan, a Schedule IV prescription drug.
The report states the officer also found a round pink pill in an individual clear package. It states that this is believed to be Pepto Bismol.
The officer then served a warrant on Vinson and took pictures of the items. He then transported Vinson to the Union County Detention Center.
The report states that based on the ensuing investigation three warrants were signed for possession of a controlled substance.
Trafficking Crack Cocaine
A traffic stop by law enforcement personnel conducting a safety checkpoint resulted in two men ending up in jail charged with drug trafficking.
Robert Lee Gilliam, 70, 132 Sims Drive, Union, and Willie Walter Mills Jr., 57, 117 North Church Street, Union, are each charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with trafficking crack cocaine.
The incident report states that on Saturday, June 10 task force officers were conducting a safety checkpoint around the 6200 Block of Whitmire when, around midnight, a whit vehicle came through the checkpoint. The report states officers spoke with the driver, Mills, and informed him they were conducting a safety checkpoint. As they were speaking with Mill, the report states officers could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Officers then asked Mills if there was anything in the vehicle and the report states he said no. Officers then asked Mills to step out of his vehicle along with the passengers. The report states that as the backseat passenger, Gilliam, was getting out, officers could see him pushing a bag under the seat with his feet. Officers then got all the passengers out and conducted a search of the vehicle.
The report states that during the search officers found a red and black bag containing two digital scales, two large baggies containing an off-white rock-like substance believed to be crack which had a field weight of 51 grams. The search also turned up a pill bottle containing what the report describes as a large of amount of off-white rock-like substance believed to be crack with a field weight of 16 grams.
Officers then asked both Mills and Gilliam who the bag belonged to and the report states both said they did not know crack was in the vehicle.
Both were then placed under arrest and transported to the Union County Jail. Mills’ vehicle was towed by Greer’s Wrecker Service.
The report states the officers then sign warrants on Mills and Gilliam for trafficking crack more than 28 grams but less than 100.
A woman and a man ended up in jail for allegedly forging and cashing more than $200 worth of personal checks at a local business.
Erica Harley Brown, 23, 208B James Street, Union, and Benjamin Starlin McClurkin, 47, 237 Blue Ridge Road, Union, are each charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with forgery.
The incident report states that on Wednesday, June 7, the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office’s Worthless Check Unit in York County contacted a deputy in regards to some stolen forged personal checks which had been presented in Union County. The report states that manage of Bell Exxon had turned four personal checks over to the Worthless Check Unit for processing. It states that all four checks had been drawn on a personal checking account at Arthur State Bank that had been closed. The checks were in the following amounts written on the following dates:
• Check #515 for $37.86 on Jan. 1.
• Check #517 for $45.86 on Jan. 8.
• Check #518 for $49.18 on Jan. 10.
• Check #520 for $86.97 on Jan. 17.
The checks cashed had a combined value of $219.87.
The report states the Worthless Check Unit contacted the victim who said the checks had been stolen and that she was not the person who had written and cashed them. It states the Worthless Check Unit request the Sheriff’s Office conduct an investigation into the theft and possible forgery of the checks.
In the ensuing investigation, the report states the deputy spoke with the employee of Bell Exxon who had received and cashed the checks. The report states the employee said she knew the victim and thought the check were all right and that the persons who cashed them were Brown and McClurkin. It states the employee said she knew Brown and McClurkin personally and that they both regularly came into the store.
The deputy also contacted the victim who the report states confirmed the check were stolen and forged.
The report states that upon receiving positive confirmation of the identities of Brown and McClurkin the deputy would contact the Union County Magistrate’s Office and charge them accordingly.
Brown and McClurkin were taken into custody on Monday, June 12.
Meth, Drug Paraphernalia
What began with a report of prowler ended with a Union woman in jail for allegedly having meth and drug paraphernalia in her possession.
Ashley Elizabeth Robinson, 33, 112 Sinclair Road, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth.
The incident report states that on Wednesday, June 14, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Lowry Street for a prowler. The complainant informed dispatch that someone had been knocking on his door for about 10 minutes and a multi-colored Chevrolet S-10 was sitting in front of his house.
Deputies were in the area and when they arrived on scene the report states they witnessed a woman standing outside the driver’s door, a man sitting in the driver’s seat with his foot on the brake pedal, and Robinson sitting in the passenger seat. When deputies made contact with the three, the report states the woman standing outside the driver’s door said she had been there talking to the homeowner’s kids; the man said he had walked there from Sinclair Road to work on the truck; and Robinson said she was sitting in the passenger seat.
When asked how the truck got to where it was the report states none of the three knew. When deputies ran the tag number the report states it came back to a Buffalo resident who the report states Robinson said was her brother-in-law. When asked who was driving the truck the report states the three said it was not them.
Deputies then asked the man and Robinson to step out of the truck, and then they and the other woman were terry searched by the deputies. Deputies then asked the three to stand apart while they ran their information. The report states that when the information came back all three were clear of warrants.
The report states that when talking with the three, the man’s story stayed the same that he was there to work on the truck, but that Robinson’s story changed a few times. The woman who had been standing in the driver’s door was cleared to go after speaking deputies. The man was then asked if the truck could be searched and he said it could.
As they searched the truck, the report states deputies found a white bag with multi-color designs on it between the seats. When they opened it, the report states deputies could see syringes in it. Robinson and the man were then placed in handcuffs.
The report states that deputies then removed the bag from the truck and put it on the tailgate and emptied its contents. It states they found a syringe with a clear liquid in it they believed to be meth. It was packaged so it could be sent to S.L.E.D in a B.E.S.T kit.
The report states that there was also a black drink bottle lid with a powder around the bottom. It reports that deputies were able to get enough out of the lid to field test it and it came back positive for meth.
The report states that there were also other female items and other used syringes in the bag. Also, the report states deputies continued to search the truck and found a purple and green bag that had unused syringes in it behind the driver’s seat. It states that both bags were placed where it would have been easier for the passenger to place them there versus the driver.
As deputies searched the truck the report states they found Robinson’s pocketbook with the truck keys in it. The report states she was taken to the Union County Jail and charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.
Buffalo Towing towed the vehicle. The report states the vehicle’s tag number came back clear but the sticker had ran out in January. It also states that none of the three at the vehicle had a driver’s license.
Meth And Marijuana
A Pacolet woman is facing charges for allegedly having marijuana and meth in her possession and allegedly intending to distribute the meth.
Holli Sullivan Lewis, 32, 220 Sunset Drive, Pacolet, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession with intent to distribute meth, possession of marijuana, and DUS.
The incident report states that Tuesday, June 13, task force officers received information that Lewis would be transporting a quantity of meth to a subject at the Belk Distribution Center and that she would be driving a burgundy Impala. Officers then went to the parking lot where they set up surveillance where, a short time later, they saw a vehicle matching the description that they’d been told Lewis would be in pull in and pull up beside another vehicle.
The report states officers then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the parking lot. It states they then spoke to the driver, Lewis, and told her why she was being stopped. They then asked her to step out of the vehicle and then asked her if she had any illegal narcotics on her. The report states Lewis at first said no, but officers then advised her to tell the truth and she replied that she had some in her pants pocket. Officers then collected what the report states was a baggie containing a crystal rock-like substance believed to be meth and two more bags that had a little meth residue in them.
Officers then searched the vehicle and found what the report states was a baggie containing a green leafy-like substance believed to be marijuana.
Lewis was then asked by officers is she had a driver’s license and the report states she said she did not. Officers then ran her information through the DMV and the report states it came back that her license had been suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets.
Officers then placed Lewis under arrest for possession with intent to distribute meth, possession of marijuana, and DUS.
Another incident report states that, also on Tuesday, June 13, task force officers met with a confidential source of the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The confidential source was searched and wired with audio and video and given recorded government funds and sent to meet with Lewis to purchase a quantity of meth. The report states the confidential source then met with Lewis in the Jonesville Community and purchased meth from her with the recorded government funds.
The report states the confidential source then met with the officers who collected the meth to be placed in evidence. The confidential source was then searched and released. The report states the officers were signing a warrant on Lewis for distribution of meth.
The Union Public Safety Department also filed the following charges against the following individuals:
— Amos “Sonny” Lawrence Beacham III, 62, 1010 West Main Street, Union, charged Saturday, June 10 with drawing in affray and assault and battery third-degree.
— Teresa Lavonne Petty, 39, 3900 East North Street, Greenville, charged Sunday, June 11 with disorderly conduct.
— Gavin Lee Kelly, 18, 305 Tony Road, Union, charged Sunday, June 11 with simple possession of marijuana.
— Clara Ann Inman, 37, 207 Franklin Street, #2-14, Jonesville, charged Monday, June 12 with two counts of shoplifting.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office also filed the following charges against the following individuals:
— Carol Javon Hughes, 25, 3135 Turkey Road, Mullins, charged Friday, June 9 with possession of marijuana.
— Nytareis Sade Scurry, 25, 408 Abner Road, #B11, Spartanburg, charged Friday, June 9 with ABC violation.
— Kenneth Charles Lee, 45 651 Jefferies Farm Road, Jonesville, charged Saturday, June 10 with breach of peace.
— Keeonis Maurice Salter, 21, 1409 Roper Mountian Road, Greenville, charged Saturday, June 10 with driving under suspension.
— John Robert Hunter Jr., 50, 987 John Hart Road, Jonesville, charged Saturday, June 10 with driving under suspension.
— Fredricl Lorenzo Matthis, 33, 140 South Bouknight Road, Saluda, charged Saturday, June 10 with possession of marijuana.
— Cleb Hendrix Roberts, 30, 312 Bailey Road, Buffalo, charged Sunday, June 11 with breach of peace.
— Randy Doyle Grizzelle, 66, Route 1, Box 303, McCalla, Alabama, charged Monday, June 12 with fugitive from justice.
— Elijah Michael Laster, 27, 335 Wesley Chapel Road, Union, charged Tuesday, June 13 with breach of trust and petit larceny.
— Jefferson Richard Owens, 34, 128 Toney Road, Union, charged Wednesday, June 14 with driving under suspension and habitual traffic offender.
— Dylan Thomas Sellers, 20, 181 Pine Street, Buffalo, charged Wednesday, June 14 with assault and battery third-degree.
— Marcus Antoni Singleton, 37, 8981 Monticello Road, Jenkinsville, charged Wednesday, June 14 with failure to return license plate and registration, decal violation, DUS, resisting arrest, and operating uninsured vehicle.
— Kyle Christian McCall, 25, 15 Welcome Street, Greenville, charged Monday, June 12 with receiving stolen goods and obtaining money under false pretenses.
— Albert Pagan Whitener, 44, 130 Joe Walker Road, Union, charged Tuesday, June 13 with financial transaction card fraud.
— Gregory Scott Good, 33, 120 Almac Street, Union, charged Thursday, June 15 with breach of peace.