Thursday, January 14, 2010

Regional Briefs - Jan. 14

BENNETTSVILLE

Deputy accused of beating girlfriend

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A Dillon County Sheriff’s deputy has been accused of beating his girlfriend and trying to coerce a Dillon police officer to cover up evidence in the case.

Cpl. Randy Grimsley, 38, of Latta, is charged with stalking, obstruction of justice, malicious injury to property, criminal domestic violence, and violating a protection order. A circuit court judge denied bond for Grimsley.

Investigators said Grimsley grabbed his live-in girlfriend by the throat and kicked her at his home. A month later, they said, he violated an order of protection against him, when he was arrested for slashing her tires in front of her home. That day, prosecutors say, he tried to convince a Dillon officer to destroy evidence taken in the case. According to the Florence Morning News, the alleged victim told the court Grimsley drove by her home 18 to 20 times a day.

“I really loved that girl, but I’m not in love with her,” Grimsley said during the hearing. “She ain’t got to worry about me ... I just want to tend to my children.”

MYRTLE BEACH

Woman slapped with taco, multiple arrests follow

A man, his girlfriend and their friend were arrested at a Myrtle Beach motel after police responded to a disturbance call.

According to the Myrtle Beach Sun News, the ruckus started after Monaque Lesane, 30, hit his girlfriend, Monica Terrell, 21, in the face with a taco. Lesane told responding officers he was upset that Terrell was getting drunk while he worked all day. When police arrested Lesane, Terrell became so agitated that police arrested her too, which upset their friend, Justin Sarver, 39. Sarver was arrested after he reportedly refused to calm down.

ORANGEBURG

Man sentenced to 10 years for stealing meat

Mark Zachary, 51, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for shoplifting an $80 piece of meat from an Orangeburg area grocery store.

According to the Orangeburg Times and Democrat the charge was Zachary’s ninth offense. A clerk at Reid’s grocery store called police in August after he approached  Zachary about the bulge under his shirt and inquired about a missing piece of New York strip. Zachary fled and was apprehended by police.

Assistant Solicitor Glenn Justis reportedly asked jurors “Where's the beef?” in his opening argument. Zachary testified he was “massaging” the meat, not stealing it, according to the report.

ROCK HILL

Drunken woman appears for court in wrong courtroom

A Rock Hill woman was arrested last week for appearing in a city courtroom while intoxicated.

According to the Rock Hill Herald, the 41-year-old woman reeked of alcohol and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes when police asked if she was in the correct courtroom. After further investigation, it was determined that the woman was supposed to be in York County court. She was arrested for public disorderly conduct.

Cold weather brings different type of “exposure”

Police responded to an indecent exposure charge in a Rock Hill neighborhood after a woman said a teen mooned her in her yard.

According to the Rock Hill Herald, a 12- to 13-year-old boy pulled down his pants and flashed his buttocks to a woman in her Featherstone Court driveway. The boy then reportedly said he “had to show her” and turned around, briefly exposing his genitalia before running off.

Police also reported the arrest of a man who was exposing himself near Bob’s Food Mart and Exxon in Rock Hill. The man reportedly told officers he put ice on his crotch to stop himself from being aroused by a high school picture ID.

SPARTANBURG

Canine freezing deaths lead to arrest

A deaf Spartanburg man has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities say he allowed six dogs to starve and freeze to death in his backyard.

Anthony Murphy, 28, faces charges of unlicensed animal breeding, inhumane treatment of animals, and failure to dispose of dead animal bodies after a female pit bull and her five puppies were found dead in a pen in his yard.

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