Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Regional News 10-1

By Todd Morehead


BISHOPVILLE

Water gets hotter for former Lee County sheriff

A former Lee County sheriff has been indicted on 47 new charges, as the drug conspiracy case against him takes on new layers that now include allegations of money laundering and racketeering.

Prosecutors say former sheriff, E.J. Melvin’s, collusion with drug dealers dates back to 2001, his first year in office as sheriff. Melvin allegedly described himself to an associate as “untouchable,” they said, and often used his status as sheriff to solicit bribes from dealers in return for his protection. Prosecutors also allege that Melvin actually trafficked drugs himself.

A witness in the case said he saw Melvin deal cocaine from his sheriff’s office vehicle in 2006.

Melvin resigned in May after he was charged with conspiracy to deal drugs in Lee County. After pleading not guilty, he has been out on bond and is set to be arraigned on Oct. 6.

LANCASTER

Human remains discovered after dog dug them up, brought them home

Lancaster County authorities have not yet indentified human remains that were unearthed by a dog last week.

According to one media report, the dog sniffed out a pile of human bones, dug a few up and carried them back to a house near Kershaw. The homeowners called police when they found the bones.

Officials returned to the residence after their first response but found no more bones there. They were also not able to find a complete skeleton or the origin of the dog’s find. They said they hope DNA analysis can help to indentify the remains.

“They were in pretty rough shape,” Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said in the report.


MONKS CORNER

Police officer fired for having squad car cleaned at bikini car wash

A Monks Corner police officer joined the ranks of the unemployed after photos of bikini-clad women washing his squad car for charity surfaced on Facebook.

One of the bikini-clad women, who is a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy, will not be disciplined because she was off duty and didn’t display any identifiers related to the sheriff’s department.

So far, Moncks Corner Police would not indentify the officer, who allowed his squad car to be washed at the “Tits n Tats” car wash at Rockstar Tattoo.

“I think he took his personal car there first and then he went in his police car,” Police Chief Chad Caldwell told the Charleston Post and Courier. “I don’t think he was trying to be malicious. I think he used completely poor judgment.”



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Though the officer was off duty, the department has strict policies in place concerning the use of take-home cruisers. Rockstar Tattoo owner, Josh Badgett, said he believes the disciplinary action was excessive.

“The girls were washing cars. There was nothing illegal,” Badgett told the Post and Courier. “I don’t understand why people are making such a big deal out of it. If Girl Scouts were out there washing cars, would there be a problem?”


MYRTLE BEACH

Public masturbator holds city in his grip

Myrtle Beach police are continuing to search for a man who masturbated at a woman’s window and then fled the scene.

According to the Myrtle Beach Sun-News, a recent victim told police she was watching television in her home, heard a noise outside her window and thought she had discovered “someone holding a mag light with a light colored ring around it” before realizing she was actually staring at a man’s penis. According to the report, the woman screamed and the man ran away.

A responding officer said he discovered a substance on the window screen. The woman said she had discovered a similar substance on her window in the spring but didn’t report it.

So far, police have no suspects.


ROCK HILL

Robber foiled trying to rob sports bar during lunch rush

A Rock Hill man is behind bars after his failed attempt to rob a sports bar during the lunch rush hour. According to one report, a York County Sheriff’s employee was eating lunch in the restaurant at the time.

Nukhem-Ra Roberts, 23, was charged with strong arm robbery after his failed attempt to rob Luke’s Sport’s Bar.

According to a police report, Roberts handed a note to the bar manager demanding money. The bar did not comply and he was detained shortly thereafter. Employees at the sports bar said Roberts had left the restaurant without paying for his meal in the past and had frequented the bar for days leading up to his attempted heist.


Newspaper reports on crab leg incident at restaurant

A Rock Hill newspaper, possibly due to a slow news day, recently reported that a couple left a Fort Mill area restaurant after a disagreement with management over a crab leg dinner.

For reasons known only to the Rock Hill Herald and its editorial department, the reporter detailed an incident in which a couple ordered crab legs at Capt. Steve’s Family Seafood restaurant and left without paying. The report later revealed that restaurant management confronted the couple for violating its “no sharing” policy.

“Tuesday night is all you can eat crab legs,” the news report clarified.

Deputies were reportedly unable to locate the couple after they walked out a their $38.10 bill, according the story.

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