July 27, 2016 Hampton County Sheriff's Office

Several members of the Open Arms Church Teen After School Program stopped by the Hampton County Sheriff's Office Wednesday afternoon to bring cards and cookies to the officers as a way to say thank you for their service and to pray for them. This kind gift was appreciated by the entire office and the Hampton County Sheriff's Office appreciates all of the support and prayers.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family today of former Town of Yemassee Police Chief Jack Hagy. Hagy passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at MUSC in Charleston, S.C. Chief Hagy was in law enforcement for 31 years, serving first with the Hampton Police Department and later as the Town of Yemassee Chief of Police for over 20 years. The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office appreciates his years of service to his community and to Hampton County. He will be missed


HCSO issues 11 tickets and 15 warnings during Traffic Safety Checks

The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office held traffic safety checks on July 15 throughout Hampton County. Officers issued a total of 11 tickets and 15 warnings during the event. The tickets and warnings were issued for a variety of violations, including child restraint violations, faulty equipment, open container violations and driving without a South Carolina driver’s license. “We want all of our citizens to be safe when they travel and the traffic safety checks helps motorists to understand the importance of following the traffic laws,” Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said.



Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls presented a special plaque to Leila Bolton, widow of Blue Bolton, Monday morning as the sheriff’s office named their new bloodhound puppy after Blue. The plaque has a photo of Blue and a collar within the frame with the name “Blue” and “Hotel 2” on the nameplate. Hotel 2 was Bolton’s call sign with the Hampton Police Department.

Hampton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff “Blue” began his service on July 1, 2016 and will continue to serve the office with diligence and determination to keep all citizens of Hampton County safe. Blue, a three-month-old bloodhound, is named in memory of Major James Edward Bolton, known as “Blue” to everyone in the community. Bolton, who passed away in October of 2015, served as a member of the Hampton Police Department for 26 years, 15 of those years as Assistant Police Chief.



Hampton County Sheriff's Office Press Release July 15, 2016 For Immediate Release


Sheriff’s Office recognizes Patrolman of the Quarter The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office recently recognized its Patrolman of the Quarter during a ceremony held July 15 at the sheriff’s office. Hampton County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Craig Smith began the program as a way to recognize a deputy whose job performance met the highest standards throughout the current quarter. The program began in December and one patrolman is recognized during a quarterly ceremony throughout the year.

Those officers receiving the honor in the past were Cpl. Jarvis Lessane, Deputy Justin Ayer, and Deputy Antonio Griffin.

Hampton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Antonio Green received the honor this quarter.

Green has worked with the sheriff’s office for a year. He is a 2009 graduate of Wade Hampton High School and received a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice in 2013 from Vorhees College. He received a $50 gift certificate, a designated parking spot for the quarter he is being recognized, and a shirt recognizing him as patrolman of the quarter worn on the weekends during his shift.

“This program was started as a way to continue to build the morale within the department and as a way of recognizing an officer who reflects the values of the department and takes pride in his job,” Smith said. “In a sense it is a type of competition, however we appreciate each and every officer for all of their hard work throughout the year.” The Patrolman of the Quarter, Smith said, is selected by using several guidelines, including dependability and efficiency. One example, he said, would be that the deputy turned his paperwork in on time and was on time for each shift he worked.

“This program is a way of recognizing the hard work and dedication of our officers,” Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said. “We appreciate all of our officers for all that they do for the department and the community in which they serve.”


Sheriff’s Office to hold safety checkpoints Friday The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints on Friday, July 15 beginning at 6p.m. throughout Hampton County. The safety checkpoints will be conducted to enforce all South Carolina laws, with an emphasis on valid driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and insurance. Drivers traveling through the areas in which the checkpoints will be located will be asked to produce their driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance for their vehicles.




The Hampton County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Huggin Oak Church of God Youth Group in Varnville for bringing cookies, cupcakes and other desserts and tea to our office today to thank the officers for all of their hard work and to also pray for them. Thank you from the entire office.




The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate numerous burglaries recently happening within the county which involved the theft of numerous weapons and other valuables from homes within the county. Sheriff T.C. Smalls wished to stress some important information for the citizens of the county and surrounding areas and to always remain aware of their surroundings.

“If you see something out of the ordinary or unusual, even if it seems to a citizen to be small, it could help us in the investigation process,” Smalls said. “Please report anything, such as an unusual vehicle, or report those who could be in areas such as residences that have homeowners at work or on vacation.”

Smalls also stressed the importance of having neighbors watch out for one another and their homes. He said it was important to make sure that those who work during the day have those who might be home to watch out for the neighborhood. “We want to hear from the public with anything at all that seems suspicious or unusual in their neighborhoods,” Smalls said. “We ask that citizens call 911 and report it, even if at the time it doesn’t seem important enough to call. Everyone should keep in mind that they need to call in anything out of the ordinary; we need the citizens to be our eyes and ears in their communities.”

The burglaries have involved the theft of firearms from residences. Smalls stated homeowners should keep a record as well as photographs of all firearms and valuables within their homes. “Unfortunately, most of those who have had burglaries did not photograph their property and keep records of serial numbers of the firearms and valuables they had within their homes in the event they would need them if a burglary should happen,” Smalls said. “With this information on file, should there be any unfortunate circumstances happen, there will be records on file and that would greatly benefit law enforcement and its investigations.”

If someone should attempt to sell a firearm to a citizen, Smalls wished to explain that it was important to remember the law concerning purchasing stolen goods. While an individual might state they are not aware of the law, it is against the law to purchase stolen goods. “If you have someone approach you trying to sell a weapon to you and it seems out of the ordinary and the person does not have the proper credentials to sell the weapon, contact law enforcement,” Smalls said. “A person purchasing a stolen good is just as accountable as the person selling it.”

Citizens willing to report information could also be compensated for their efforts if the information leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the crimes. Those who wish to report information can call 1-866-942-1120 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372.

“We need the citizens within the county to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to us,” Smalls said. “Working together is important to help solve these crimes.”


The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office offers its thoughts and prayers for all of those affected by the dreadful events in Dallas, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the Dallas Police Department and their families, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit and their families, as well as the civilians who were also injured. Law enforcement officers, near and far, are a family and we pray for all affected by this tragedy. Our deputies will continue to perform their jobs and serve and protect the public, an oath taken wholeheartedly. We ask that you not only keep our deputies in your prayers, but all law enforcement officials around the country who protect citizens every day. We also ask that you keep our entire nation in your prayers.


Two face additional charges following burglaries in Miley area of Hampton County

Two of the three suspects recently charged for robberies in the Miley area of Hampton County now face additional charges in an ongoing investigation into the crimes. Officers responded to several calls of burglaries in June in Miley, including thefts from the Ducoa Plant, Lightsey Brothers Railroad and the Salkehatchie Ridge Hunting Club.

Paul Arthur Fisher, Jr., 43, of 809 Shaw Drive, Hampton, faces additional charges including burglary third degree and grand larceny. Fisher was charged on July 6 with the two new charges in connection with burglary at the Ducoa Plant, entering the plant and removed various items with intent to sell the items for scrap. He also faces a grand larceny charge in connection with the theft of a Club Car golf cart valued at $6,000 from the Salkehatchie Ridge Hunting Club. The cart was hauled in a trailer to Augusta, Ga and sold around June 21. A 1990 Nissan pickup was also confiscated as it was used to haul the cart during the theft. Previously, Fisher, Jr. was arrested by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office on June 27 and charged with two counts burglary third degree.

Benjamin Crapse, Jr., 32, of 24148 Old Salkehatchie Road, Brunson, faces additional charges including burglary first degree for the theft of various items from the Ducoa plant with intent to sell the items for scrap. He also faces a grand larceny charge in the theft of the Club Car golf cart. Crapse Jr. also faces a burglary first degree charge for the theft of items from the Salkehatchie Ridge Hunting Club. Previously, 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. Some of the many items recovered by officers included copper wire, tools, locomotive batteries, respirators, hunting equipment and other items. The investigation is ongoing.