UNION COUNTY — This past week saw local law enforcement make arrests of individuals accused of committing crimes involving violence and/or the threat of violence against wives, girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, roommates, siblings, neighbors, and even passersby.
Domestic Violence, Kidnapping
A Lockhart man ended up in jail last week more than a year after he allegedly beat his wife with his fists and a baseball bat, choked her and threatened to drown her, chased her down the street when she tried to escape and dragged her back home in a headlock, and then held her captive.
James Colby Johnson, 31, 315 South 6th Street, Lockhart, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and kidnapping.
The incident report states that on March 13, 2016, a deputy met with the victim at Union Medical Center. The report states the victim said that during the early morning hours of that day her husband, Johnson, came into the bathroom where she was at and grabbed her phone from her. It states the victim said Johnson then demanded she tell him to the code to unlock the phone.
The report states the victim said she refused and Johnson then grabbed her and shoved her into the bathtub where he choked her. It states the victim said that while he was doing this Johnson said he was going to drown her and turned the water on in the tub while holding her head down and continuing to choke her.
The report states the victim said the assault continued with Johnson punching her about the head and body. It states the victim said that during the assault Johnson hit her in the legs with a metal baseball bat.
The report states the victim said she was able to get away from Johnson and ran outside and down the street to get help, but Johnson caught her and put her in a headlock and choked her again while dragging her back into the house. It states the victim said she was unable to contact anyone through the day due to her phone having been locked due to too many improper codes being entered.
The report states the victim said she told Johnson she needed medical attention due to her legs hurting. It states the victim said that Johnson responded by slapping her injured leg.
The report states the victim was finally able to get out of the house on the pretense of going to Bible study because she would be missed if she didn’t show up. It states the victim said Johnson then allowed her to leave and she drove to the Union Medical Center and contacted law enforcement.
The deputy photographed the victim’s injuries which the report states consisted of a large bruise on her right arm, swelling to her right hand, swelling to her left leg below the knee, a bruise to the left side of her head near her ear, swelling to the right side of her face, and swelling to the right side of her neck. The deputy also photographed the victim’s right leg which was bandaged.
At the time the deputy was taking the photographs, the report states the victim was on crutches due to the injury to her right leg. In addition to her visible injuries, the report states the victim said she had pain in neck and back from the assault.
After her injuries were photographed, the report states the victim provided a written statement and was issued a victim’s form.
The report states the deputy would meet with a magistrate and obtain warrants charging Johnson with with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and kidnapping.
Johnson was taken into custody on Friday, July 21.
A Union man ended up in jail after allegedly stalking a woman, trying to snatch her child out of her arms and then out of her car, and then pursuing her and attempting to run her off the road, all of it happening after he had been put on trespass notice and warned by law enforcement to have no contact with the woman.
Jeremy Wade Sinclair, 22, 302 Green Street, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with reckless driving, stalking, and kidnapping.
The incident report states that on Friday, July 21, a deputy met with the victim in reference to her ex-boyfriend, Sinclair, attempting to take her child. The report states the deputy had prior knowledge of a series of unwanted contacts between Sinclair and the victim.
The report states the victim said she stopped at Murphy’s USA gas station and parked at the pump near the door on the Waffle House side of the building. It states the victim said she went inside with her 1-year-old son, and while inside she saw Sinclair come inside. The report states the victim said Sinclair began cussing and yelling at her and tried to take the child from her arms. It states the victim said that with the assistance of a witness she was able to get out of the store with her child.
The report states the victim secure the child in her car and got in to leave when Sinclair came to her vehicle, opened the door, and tried to get the child. It states the victim drove away with Sinclair still partially in the vehicle.
The report states the victim said Sinclair then followed her in his vehicle, tailgating her, and trying to pull alongside her and force her off the road. It states the victim headed for the Union County Jail and before reaching the driveway to the jail Sinclair turned around and left. The victim continued on to the jail where she waited on deputies to arrive.
The deputy also spoke with the witness who the report states said she was parked behind the victim at a gas pump and saw Sinclair enter the store. The report states the witness corroborated the victim’s statement about the incident. It states the witness said she followed the victim as she left the store and saw Sinclair trying to force her off the road.
The report states the deputy found that on Tuesday, July 18 Sinclair was placed on trespass notice from the victim’s home after an incident of him showing up uninvited and a series of unwanted electronic contacts. It states the deputy found that another deputy had advised Sinclair to have no contact with the victim. In addition, the report states the deputy learned that on earlier in the day on July 18 another deputy had advised the victim to send Sinclair one final text message telling him she wanted no contact with him.
The report states the deputy would meet with a magistrate to obtain warrants in the case.
Sinclair was taken into custody on Monday, July 21.
A Union man was arrested late last week after allegedly hitting a woman he had been living with during an argument about his girlfriend calling him.
Samuel Wallace Wilson, 33, 140 Sam Wilson Road, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with domestic violence third-degree.
The incident report states that on Friday, July 21 a deputy responded to Wilson’s residence in reference to a domestic dispute involving an assault that had already occurred. The report states the victim told the deputy she and Wilson, with whom she has lived with off and on, had gotten into an argument over his girlfriend calling him. It states the victim said Wilson pushed her down on the bed and struck her on the right side of her face, smacked her face several times, and grabbed her right thumb causing injury to it.
The report states the deputy also spoke with Wilson who said he did not strike the victim in the face and did not hit her at anytime.
The report states the victim said she wanted to press charges against Wilson for striking her.
The deputy then placed Wilson under arrest and transported him to the Union County Jail where the report states he was process and issued a summons for domestic violence third offense.
A victim’s form was issued to the victim who gave a written statement to the deputy. The report states photos were taken of the injury the victim received.
A Union man was arrested after he allegedly abused his girlfriend by hitting and knocking her down and threatening to burn her house down with her inside it if he went back to jail.
Corey Terrelle Beaty, 48, 105 Bowling Avenue, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with domestic violence second-degree.
The incident report states that on Friday, July 21, officers responded to Beaty’s residence in reference to possible abuse. The report states dispatch advised officers that daughter had called 911 concerned because her mother’s boyfriend is abusive and she believes the boyfriend abused and harmed her mother the previous night.
When the officers arrived at the scene, the report states the daughter said her mother had recently been abused by Beaty and she thought he’d harmed her the previous night. The report states the daughter knocked on the front door and her mother came to the door and advised her daughter she’d just gotten out of the shower. It states the daughter and the officers went inside and waited in the living room for the mother to return.
The report states that when the mother returned, the ranking officer identified himself and advised her that her daughter was concerned about her because Beaty is abusing her. It states the mother said that Beaty does abuse her and that the previous night they’d gotten into an argument during which Beaty told her to keep his name out of her mouth. The report states the mother/victim said they continued arguing and Beaty hit her upside her head and she fell.
When she got up, the victim said she went to get the phone but that Beaty got both the house phone and the cell phone and prevented her from calling for help. The report states the victim said she tried to go out the front door but Beaty blocked it and would not let her out. It states the victim said she was able to get out the back door to her car.
The report states the victim said Beaty came after her while outside and that she began making noises and he went back inside. It states the victim said she was able to leave after that.
The report states the victim said Beaty had made several threats that if he goes back to jail he would burn her house down with her inside. The victim said she gets scared when Beaty gets violent.
The report states the victim’s daughter said that about a month earlier her mother had come to her home upset because Beaty had taken a drop cord and choked her with it. It states the victim’s daughter said she had seen red marks about her mother’s neck where she had been choked.
The ranking officer then asked the victim why she did not called law enforcement and the report states she replied she is scared to call because of what Beaty might do. The report states the officer advised the victim she needed to call if it happened again and if she could say anything just to hang up or leave the line open.
The officer then had the victim write a statement and he filled out a victim’s advocate form. He then asked the victim where Beaty was and the report states she said he had been at home before she got in the shower. The report states the victim said Beaty may have heard her daughter on the phone say she was calling the police. The victim said Beaty may have went out the back door.
The reports states the officer observed swelling above the victim’s right eye and too pictures of it.
The victim said she did not want Beaty to go to jail, but the report states the officer told her that due to the seriousness of the threats and the abuse he was going charge Beaty with domestic violence. The officer then offered to contact SAFE HOMES for the victim but she declined, although she said she might go later.
The report states the officer then spoke with the victim’s daughter, expressing concern for her mother’s safety, especially when Beaty finds out about law enforcement responded and that he will be charged. It states the daughter said she would try and talk with her mother and have her go to a place of safety.
The officer again spoke with the mother and again expressed concern for her safety due to the threat made by Beaty and him knowing law enforcement had responded. The report states the victim again declined the offer to go to SAFE Homes.
The officer then advised the victim that a warrant would be obtained for domestic violence for Beaty and officers then cleared the scene.
Beaty was taken into custody later that evening.
A Union man was arrested this week four months after he allegedly beat his wife repeatedly, tore her clothes off of her, and broke her cell phone so she could not call for help.
Jonathan Lee Blackwell, 26, 125 Bird Street, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with domestic violence first-degree.
The incident report states that on Tuesday, May 14 an officer was dispatched to Union Medical Center for an assault victim. The report states dispatch advised the officer that there was a male in the lobby who was suspected of causing the problem. It states dispatch also advised the responding officer that another officer was already on the scene.
By the time the responding officer arrived, however, the report states the suspect had already left after being confronted by UMC security staff. The officer was advised the victim was in Room 8 in the emergency room. The responding officer and another officer then walked into the room and observed a white female laying on the exam bed with visible injuries to her face.
The report states the officers spoke with the victim who said it had began the previous night when her husband, Blackwell, asked her if she had cheated on him while he was locked up and she said she had talked with a guy. It states the victim said Blackwell punched her in the face multiple times and smacked and hit her again. It further states she said Blackwell also hit her in the back.
The report states the victim said she had her phone but Blackwell took it and broke it so she could not call anyone. It states the victim said she tried to leave but Blackwell would not let her, grabbed her and pulled her clothes off of her. It further states the victim said she finally took her medication and went to sleep and Blackwell calmed down.
When she woke up the next morning, the report states the victim said Blackwell asked her why she didn’t hold him last night and she said she didn’t hear him. The report states the victim said she tried to talk to Blackwell and he hit her in the lip and in the eye again. It states the victim said Blackwell told her to pack her stuff and leave and call a ride to come get her. It further states the victim said Blackwell then smacked her again in the lip and pushed her on the bed and kept punching her in the face. The report states the victim said she told Blackwell many times to please stop and he kept saying why did you do that.
The report states the victim said her sister-in-law was trying to help her and she called her father and told him to come pick her up before Blackwell killed her. The victim said her father picked her up and brought her to Union Medical Center.
In talking to the officers, the report states the victim said Blackwell also choked her and that she feared for her life and was scared that Blackwell would kill her. She said her sister-in-law was also scared to call someone the previous night for fear of what Blackwell might do.
An officer then took pictures of the victim’s injuries and then filled out a victim’s advocate form and had the victim sign it. The victim also provided the officers with a written statement. Officers then contacted the Victim’s Advocate and informed her of the assault and she came to the Medical Center to assist the victim.
One of the officers then went to the Union Public Safety Department and obtained a warrant for domestic violence first-degree. The officer then went to the residence of the sister-in-law and obtained a written statement from her. Officers then gave the sister-in-law an escort to the incident scene at 811 West Main Street, Union, so they could gather evidence. They took photos of the clothing and phone and collected them as evidence which they brought back to Public Safety and placed in the evidence drop box.
The report states Blackwell was entered into NCIC as wanted.
Blackwell was taken into custody on Monday, July 24.
Assault And Battery
A Jonesville woman is facing charges after allegedly hitting another woman and a man.
Shalonda Janay Smith, 25, 109 Gault Avenue, #131-C, Jonesville, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of assault and battery third-degree.
The incident report states that on Monday, July 24, the victim said that Smith hit her about the face when she was at an apartment on Gault Avenue in Jonesville. The report states the victim said Smith came to the apartment uninvited.
The report also states that another victim said Smith also pushed and hit him several times with her hands.
Written statements from were take by the responding deputy and the report states Smith was arrested for assault and battery third-degree and transported to the Union County where summonses for each charged were issued.
Assault And Battery
A a brother and sister ended up in jail after the brother allegedly spit on the sister and the sister allegedly hit her brother during an argument witnessed by both of their parents.
Charles Andrew Reid Adamo, 21, 219 Pine Street, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with assault and battery.
Laura Jane Adamo, 20, 219 Pine Street, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with assault and battery.
The incident report states that on Saturday, July 22 officers responded to Adamos’ residence in reference to an assault. The report states Charles Adamo said he and his sister, Laura Adamo, had gotten into an argument concerning her allegedly stealing some money from their mother. It states Charles Adamo said that during the argument his sister struck him in the nose. It further states that Charles Adamo said his parents witnessed the incident.
An officer then interviewed Laura Adamo who the report states said she did hit her brother but only after he had spit on her.
The report states the officer then interviewed the siblings’ father who said his son started the argument with his sister. It states the father said he saw his daughter swing at his son but was unsure if she actually hit him or not.
The officer then interviewed the siblings’ mother who said her son and daughter were “bucking up” to each other during the argument. The report states the mother said she saw her son spit on her daughter during the argument.
Charles Adamo and Laura Adamo were then placed under arrest for assault and battery and then transported to the Union County Jail for booking.
An Enoree man was arrested earlier this week for allegedly getting out of his car and attacking the car of another driver.
Nicholas Eugene Campbell, 17, 350 Rocky Bridge Road, Enoree, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with disorderly conduct and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (ABHAN).
The incident report states that on Thursday, July 20, an officer was dispatched to a residence on Arthur Boulevard in reference to a disturbance that had just occurred. When the officer arrived, the report states the complainant said that Campbell had been trying to run him off the road around the 700 Block of Perrin Avenue. The report states the complainant said he had went to Circle K to pick his mother up from work. It states the complainant said that he was pulling out of the parking lot when Campbell noticed his vehicle and started yelling stuff out of his car.
The complainant said that he turned left onto Perrin Avenue across the railroad tracks and Campbell made a u-turn and followed him. The report states the complainant said Campbell jumped out his car, chased his car, and then punched the back window where his son was and and kicked the back of the vehicle twice. It states the complainant said that his mother, girlfriend, and 1-year-old son were in his car with him at the time of the incident.
The report states the complainant said every time he is out and Campbell’s notices him there is always an altercation. It states the complainant said this has been happening for two years or more and he is tired of it. It further state the complainant said Campbell had just gotten arrested the previous week for disorderly conduct for bothering him.
The officer took pictures of the damage to the vehicle on the back driver’s door and also to the passenger’s front door side. He also filled out a victim’s advocate form for the complainant.
Campbell was taken into custody on Monday, July 24.
Pointing And Presenting A Handgun
Mitchell Dean Rogers, 42, 706 Perrin Avenue, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with pointing and presenting a handgun.
The incident report states that on Tuesday, July 11, officers responded to a disturbance involving a handgun at Rogers’ residence. When they arrived, the report states the officers spoke with two people who appeared to be running away from the scene. The report states one of the two said that a bald white man in green shorts had pulled a silver handgun and pointed it at a gold car. It states the witness said he told the man with the gun to put it up and he apologized and walked back to his trailer. The witness, however, then told officers he was not willing to testify in court.
Officers then went and interviewed three witnesses, one of whom said he was driving down Perrin Avenue with his girlfriend and daughter when a white male with green shorts pulled a silver handgun and racked the slide. The witness said he got out of his car and started yelling at the male who then apologized and walked back to his trailer. The report states the other two witnesses gave similar statements and reported to the Public Safety Department to give written statements.
Officers then went to the trailer with the male who the report identifies as Rogers. The report states Rogers said someone had contacted him by phone wanting to buy pills. It states Rogers said the caller had threatened to kill him. It states Rogers said a gold car pulled up and a black male with long dreadlocks began yelling. It further states Rogers said the male began pulling at his waistline like he was reaching for a gun.
The report states Rogers said he had a pack of cigarettes in his pocket and he pulled them out and pointed them at the car like a gun. It states Rogers said the black male drove off in a hurry.
When the officer asked Rogers why he pulled out a gun on the witness and his family, the report states he said he pulled the cigarettes out and pretended it was a gun but realized it was not the same car. Rogers said he apologized and went back to his trailer.
Officers then went back where two of the witnesses in the car gave written statements about the incident. The third, the report states, due to their being a stroke victim, but did agree to testify in court. One the witnesses said the black male with the dreadlocks was a relative and that was why they were stopped in front of Rogers’ trailer. She stated that the white male pulled out a silver handgun and pointed it at their car. She said her father jumped out of their car and confronted the male while she got out and ran to call emergency services.
The report states officers would be seeking a warrant for pointing a firearm based on the investigation and the witness testimony.
Rogers was taken into custody on Tuesday, July 25.
A Union man was arrested this past weekend for allegedly stealing more than $6,000 worth of guns and cash sometime in late June.
Devin Jake Fisher, 21, 107 Newport Drive, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with grand larceny, two counts of obtaining goods by false pretenses, and two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses.
The incident report states from Monday, June 20 to Thursday, June 29, the complainant was in the hospital and believes that it was during this time that guns were taken from his residence on Tempy Hill Road in the Buffalo Community. The report states the complainant said a total of seven guns had been taken and that he’d just noticed them missing on Friday, July 21. It states the complainant said the guns were in an upstairs storage room of the house that he never goes to because of his health.
The guns reported stolen were:
• Double Barrel Fox 12 Gauge valued at $1,200
• 26 Inch Double Barrel 12 Gauge valued at $800
• 12 Gauge Single Barrel Ivory & Johnson valued at $500
• 12 Gauge Rabbit Ears Double Barrel valued at $400
• Browning Automatic Sweet 16 valued at $1,500
• 22 Pistol 6 Inch Barrel in Holster valued at $400
• 30-06 Rifle valued at $1,500
The report states that cash money in the amounts of $135 and $110 was also stolen. It lists the total value of the property and cash stolen at $6,545.
The report states that three of the stolen guns — 22 Pistol 6 Inch Barrel in Holster, 12 Gauge Rabbit Ears Double Barrel, and 30-06 Rifle — were subsequently recovered.
The report states that the only way to the upstairs room was to come inside the house and there were no signs of force entry. It states the complainant was advised the case would be investigated further.
Fisher was taken into custody Saturday, July 22.
The Union Public Safety Department also filed the following charges against the following individuals.
— John Wayne Henderson, 47, 829 Meansville Road, Union, charged Saturday, July 22 with driving under suspension and driving under the influence.
— John Edward Brandon, 40, 105 McBeth Street, Union, charged Saturday, July 22 with disorderly conduct.
— Lamarcus O’Bryan Land, 26, 217 Walker Heights, Union, charged Monday, July 24 with disorderly conduct.
— John Riley Gray, 27, 701 East Main Street, Union, charged Monday, July 24 with driving under suspension.
— Antonio Junior Faulkner, 35, 1501 Kelly Drive, Lancaster, charged Monday, July 24 with shoplifting.
— Roshell Brown, 37, 219 Haskell Street, Union, charged Thursday, July 27 with driving under suspension.
— Janasia Nashae Bennett, 21, 113 Forest Street, Union, charged Wednesday, July 26 with disorderly conduct.
— Treshaun Dante Kelly, 26, 1612 Pea Ridge Highway, Jonesville, charged charged Friday, July 28 with trespassing.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office also filed the following charges against the following individuals.
— Amanda Haney Bobo, 35, 912 Flat Drive, Buffalo, charged Sunday, July 23 with trespassing.