HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE JUNE 29, 2016

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South Carolina Highway Patrol handling fatal accident investigation. Following a fatal accident which occurred within Hampton County this past Sunday morning, Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls wished to clarify that the South Carolina Highway Patrol was handling the entire investigation. The office has been fielding numerous calls concerning the accident and Smalls stated while his office responded to aid other departments, they were not handling the investigation.

The accident occurred outside of Varnville and one fatality was reported. “While we initially responded to the call for traffic control when requested by both the towns of Hampton and Varnville, the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office did not handle any part of the investigation,” Smalls said. “The procedure, whether it had been anywhere within the county, is to contact the South Carolina Highway Patrol as they have a designated unit to handle this type of incident.” It is also the procedure of the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office to contact the South Carolina Highway Patrol as this becomes the agency in charge of all portions of the investigation.

“We wish to send our condolences to the families involved as well as our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Smalls said. If anyone should have any information concerning the fatal accident which occurred around 1:10a.m. on June 26, in the area of 3944 Charleston Highway, please contact the South Carolina Highway Patrol at (803) 896-9621 or 1-800-768-1501.

HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE JUNE 28, 2016

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Three arrested for recent burglaries in Miley area Three people were arrested Monday by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office and face various charges for recent burglaries of businesses in the Miley area of Hampton County. “These arrests were due to the hard work of my officers as well as officers from Barnwell County and we appreciate their help in making an arrest in this case,” Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said. “We continue to remain vigilant in solving crime in Hampton County.” Officers responded to several calls of burglaries over the past month in Miley, including thefts from the Ducoa Plant, Lightsey Brothers Railroad and the Salkehatchie Ridge Hunting Club.

The three arrested included two suspects from Hampton County and one who was arrested in Barnwell County following the burglaries. The three arrested included:

  • Paul Arthur Fisher, Jr., 43, of 809 Shaw Drive, Hampton, was arrested by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office on June 27 and charged with burglary third degree.
  • Benjamin Crapse, Jr., 32, of 24148 Old Salkehatchie Road, Brunson, was arrested by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office on June 27 and charged with two counts of burglary first degree.
  • Tamara Gail Summerow, 24, of 1125 Bert Terry Road, Brunson, was arrested by the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office and charged with possession of stolen property from Hampton County.

Some of the many items recovered by officers included copper wire, tools, locomotive batteries, respirators, hunting equipment and other items. The investigation is ongoing.

HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE JUNE 23, 2016

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HCSO investigating recent and previous home burglaries within the county

The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office continues its concentrated effort to investigate several home burglaries that have occurred, including three that occurred on June 22 within the county. Each of the burglaries remains under investigation as the sheriff’s office asks citizens to contact law enforcement if anything seems out of the ordinary in their neighborhoods. “All citizens should remain aware of their surroundings and if they should see anything out of the ordinary, such as an unusual vehicle in their neighborhood or someone within an area that looks out of the ordinary, please contact our office,” Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said. “We need the public to assist us, and as it has been stated, if you see something, say something.”

Several surrounding law enforcement agencies, including those in Colleton and Jasper counties, are working in collaboration with the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the crimes. “We are working with the other counties and will continue to intensively investigate all leads in an effort to solve all of the burglaries,” Smalls said.

The first home burglaries occurred in various areas around the county last month. Each of the burglaries involves suspects who have reportedly stolen various weapons and other items from the residences. The areas targeted within all of the burglaries included areas outside of Yemassee and also outside of Hampton. “We are vigilant about solving these crimes and we appreciate the public for any assistance they can offer,” Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said.

If you have any information concerning these crimes or need to report any suspicious activity, please contact the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office at (803)914-2200 or dial 911.

Officials seeking owners of found property

The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the owner of a set of keys recently discovered in Varnville. A citizen brought the keys into the sheriff’s office after attempting to locate the owner to no avail. The keys were discovered in the area of 3746 Charleston Highway in Varnville and were attached to the mailbox at that address. After inquiring with the residents of that address, no one knew who the keys belonged to so they were brought to the sheriff’s office in an attempt to locate the owner. The found keys were one black and silver vehicle key with GMC engraved on the key and one black key fob with two gray buttons and one red buttons. If anyone knows who the keys might belong to, please contact the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office at (803)914-2200 to identify the keys.

ALIVE AT 25 CLASS TO BE OFFERED BY THE HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an ‘Alive at 25’ class on (Saturday, June 18 beginning at 9a.m.) It is a four and a half hour class. The cost for the class will be $35 and those interested can sign up by logging on to www.scaliveat25.com. The class is required for students to receive a parking pass at Wade Hampton High School.

ABOUT ‘ALIVE AT 25’

Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council. The course is designed to prevent the #1 killer of teens, automobile crashes. Alive at 25 is taught by off-duty Deputy Sheriffs and Municipal Police Officers. The course is delivered in one 4.5 hour program which focuses on the behaviors and decision-making paradigms that young drivers and passengers display behind the wheel. Instructors hold candid conversations with students about what can happen if they practice risky behavior or make other poor decisions in an automobile.

Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls spent some time Thursday morning at WBHC radio to discuss several topics of importance. He explained the importance of teen driving safety over the summer and also discussed local telephone scams concerning the IRS that have been reported to his office. Sheriff Smalls also reminded everyone of the upcoming Alive at 25 Class being held June 18 at the Hampton County Sheriff's Office (more details about this class can be found under the events section of this page). Portions of the interview will be re-aired throughout the week. There will also be an upcoming Public Service Announcement aired on WBHC during the Hampton County Watermelon Festival from the Hampton County Sheriff's Office.

HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE JUNE 8, 2016

Officials seek public’s help in identifying jewelry

Hampton County law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s help in identifying the owners of some small jewelry items discovered following one of the recent home burglaries in the area. The jewelry could possibly be tied to one of the recent home burglaries within Hampton County or possibly the surrounding area. Officials are asking anyone recognizing this jewelry to please contact the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 914-2200.

The pieces include two praying hand heart lapel pins without the lapel pin back or possibly a butterfly clutch. The other piece appears to possibly be a pin with a design of a small cluster of hearts that may have been bent by being stepped on or this small piece of jewelry could have been attached to a hair pin.

HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE JUNE 7, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two men arrested for copper thefts in Hampton County A Ridgeland man and an Early Branch man were recently arrested and charged with the theft of several gallon drums and buckets of scrap copper from a small business in Hampton County.

  1. David Wayne Cleland, 27, of 10692 Grays Highway, Ridgeland, was arrested on June 3 and charged with petit larceny ($2,000 or less).
  2. Dale Roscoe Terry, Jr., 28, of 4344 Lowndes Lake Road, Early Branch, was arrested on June 7 and charged with petit larceny ($2,000 or less) in connection with a theft in March.

On March 19, 2016, officers responded to a Varnville business concerning the larceny of one 50 gallon and one 30 gallon drum of copper as well as two 5-gallon buckets of copper valued at approximately $800. Following an investigation, Cleland was arrested and transported to the Hampton County Detention Center where he remains incarcerated on a $5,000 bond. Terry Jr. was also arrested and transported to the Hampton County Detention Center and was awaiting a bond hearing. (photos of those arrested can be seen on our Facebook page)

Sheriff’s Office to hold Alive at 25 Class June 18 at 9a.m.

The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an ‘Alive at 25’ class on June 18 beginning at 9a.m. The cost for the class will be $35 and those interested can sign up by logging on to www.scaliveat25.com. The class is required for students to receive a parking pass at Wade Hampton High School. Sheriff's Office Offers Safe driving tips for both teens and parents: With some of the recent tragedies seen around the local areas concerning teen driving fatalities, it is important for teens to follow safe driving rules.

The following are some important tips for parents and teens to follow concerning safe driving and information on an upcoming Alive at 25 class being offered soon at the sheriff's office:

  1. Always follow the posted speed limit. We have seen that speed can lead to horrible auto accidents, so teens need to follow the traffic laws
  2. Don’t text and drive, avoid all distractions while driving. Put your phone away while driving, that text message can wait. Waiting to text can save your life, so put the phone down until you get to your destination. Don’t reach for the radio to change the station, don’t try to eat while driving and remain concentrated only on the road ahead.
  3. Remain focused on the road at all times. Conditions during driving can change within seconds, so make sure you have your entire focus on the road and all of the drivers around you.
  4. Parents, make sure your teens know that driving is a big responsibility and what you would expect out of your children when you turn over the keys.

While driving, parents should also practice safe driving tips such as buckling up and avoiding other distractions such as cell phone use or eating.

ABOUT ‘ALIVE AT 25’

Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council. The course is designed to prevent the #1 killer of teens, automobile crashes. Alive at 25 is taught by off-duty Deputy Sheriffs and Municipal Police Officers. The course is delivered in one 4.5 hour program which focuses on the behaviors and decision-making paradigms that young drivers and passengers display behind the wheel.

Instructors hold candid conversations with students about what can happen if they practice risky behavior or make other poor decisions in an automobile.

HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE JUNE 1, 2016

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Sheriff’s Office makes four arrests during Memorial Day road checks The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office made four arrests during a road check held in the county during the Memorial Day holiday. One person arrested was wanted on charges in Bamberg County while another was arrested for an outstanding warrant from the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office. Two other arrests were also made during the checks held in the areas of Salkehatchie Road and Highway 63 in the county.

The sheriff’s office made the following arrests during the checks:

  1. Rachel Michelle King, 32, of 3074 Two Sisters Ferry Road, Estill, was arrested by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office on charges of unlawful use of a telephone within Bamberg County
  2. Derriel Mickle, 45, of 515 Chocolate City Road, Estill, was arrested by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office for a fraudulent check warrant from the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office
  3. Luis Garcia, 50, of 217 West 127th St., New York, New York, was arrested and charged for driving without a South Carolina driver’s license
  4. Ruben Vicente Espinosa-Suarez, 61, of 104 Holly St. West, Hampton, was arrested and charged for driving without a South Carolina driver’s license.