HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017

FEDERAL SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED ON WADE HAMPTON RD. RESULTS IN ARREST

On Friday, February 10, 2017, the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and S.W.A.T. Divisions in conjunction with U.S. Postal Service Agents executed a federal search warrant at 425 Wade Hampton Rd., Apt E-4 in Hampton, SC.

  • Frank Clemmons, 33, of St. Helena Island, SC was arrested and charged with (PWID) Possession With the Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession Within a half mile of a school.

After an extensive investigation, it was determined that Clemons was receiving large quantities of marijuana from California over a period of approximately one month through the US Postal Service.

Sheriff T.C. Smalls reiterated his stance on his Zero Tolerance Against Illegal Drugs Campaign since its inception in 2007. Sheriff Smalls said that the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to fight illegal drug activities in the county, keeping the focus on public safety of Hampton County citizens, communities and neighborhoods.

Sheriff Smalls thanked all officers for their professionalism and precision in the strategic planning and execution of the operation by accomplishing the objective in a safe and effective manner. He also thanked the US Postal Service for their important role in the investigation, apprehension and arrest of Frank Clemons.

This case is still under investigation by the US Postal Service and HCSO.

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HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017

POTENTIAL DEADLY THREAT NEUTRALIZED BY HCSO DEPUTIES

On Friday February 24, 2017 at approximately 2:25 p.m. Hampton County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous phone call that someone driving a white in color Ford Crown Victoria vehicle was driving along Sparrow Rd. in Varnville shooting a gun out of the vehicle.

While traveling on Hwy 278 in Varnville, HCSO Deputies immediately began a search for the vehicle wherein officers came into contact with a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle in reference to the shooting incident and initiated a traffic stop at the corner of Main and Pine St. in Varnville.

As officers approached both sides of the car, the driver exited the vehicle and was approaching the officer. The officer on the other side of the vehicle could see that there was someone in the backseat through the tinted window and at that time asked the backseat passenger to step out of the vehicle, wherein the officer notified the officer speaking to the driver that he had observed guns on the floorboard of the vehicle. At that time, the passenger in the front seat was also removed from the vehicle and detained.

Lying in plain sight on the driver’s side rear floorboard were two black in color DPMS AR-15 and a DTI-15 assault rifles, along with a black and pink KSA Cricket 22 caliber rifle. Officers removed the weapons from the vehicle. Upon further search of the vehicle, a black in color Jimenez 380 caliber handgun was found under the backseat where subject #3, the juvenile male was sitting.

In addition, there were several unused bullets and magazines for the AR-15 and the 22 caliber rifle in the vehicle. All three subjects were then transported to the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office and the parent of the juvenile was contacted. The vehicle was towed to the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office Impound, both without incident.

 

  • Hassan Amir Collins, 18, of Crews St., Varnville, was arrested on 2/24/17 and charged with Weapons/Unlawful Carrying and Weapons/Sale or Delivery.
  • Burrison McNiel Simmons, 17, of Henry Rd, Varnville, was arrested on 2/24/17 and charged with Weapons/Unlawful Carrying and Weapons/Sale or Delivery.
  • The 12 year old male juvenile of Varnville was petitioned and charged with close proximity of a 380 cal pistol, under the age of eighteen, a violation of the SC Code of Laws 16-23-20/16-23-30

Sheriff T.C. Smalls congratulated all officers who responded with professionalism in the best interest of public safety in the search for the suspected vehicle wherein a relatively very short period of time, neutralized a potentially deadly threat to the community and citizens of Hampton County.

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HAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FEBRUARY 24, 2017

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER ARRESTED ON TRAFFIC STOP

On 2/17/17, HCSO initiated a traffic stop for speeding on SC Hwy 63 and Ridgecut Rd, near Yemassee, SC. The driver stated that she and her daughter were en route to the Federal Prison and was unaware of the speed limit. The driver told officers that she was driving so that her daughter/passenger could take her medicine. It was determined that the driver did not have a valid drivers license. The driver stated to officers that she no longer had a NC State issued driver’s license due to a DWI charge in NC. The passenger was found to be in possession of what was believed to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The driver, Patricia Clemons Roberts, 54, from Durham, NC, was charged with:

  • Traffic/ Speeding/ 68/55
  • Traffic/ No SC Drivers Lic

 

The passenger, Ysheka Shamone, 33, from Durham, NC, was charged with:

    • Traffic/ Permitting unauthorized person to drive
    • Drugs/ Simple Possession of Marijuana
    • Drugs/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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SCASRO (South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers)

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office hosted the SCASRO (South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers) monthly meeting.

Representatives from Beaufort, Jasper, Richland Counties including Hampton County School District Superintendents and Principals were in attendance, as well as School Resource Officers.

Topics discussed included SC laws, school events, proactive initiatives and school student, staff and public safety.

Sheriff T.C. Smalls reiterated that safety in our school systems has been the focus of our division and encouraged participants in the meeting to be vigilant in safeguarding against threats in maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for students.

HCSO SRO Stacey Loadholt presently holds the 1st Vice President position with the SCASRO. SRO Loadholdt was elected President of the association and will take office on June 1st at the SCASRO conference in June that will be held in Myrtle Beach.

 

 Hampton County Sheriff's Office Press Release For Immediate Release

February 17, 2017

FIVE ARRESTED IN HAMPTON FOR DRUGS, INCLUDING HEROIN

On January 20, 2017 at approximately 5:00 pm, deputies from the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office executed a Search Warrant at 203 Hanna St. in the Town of Hampton. The search warrant was based on an investigation conducted by law enforcement prior to and after the execution.

Following the execution of the search warrant the following individuals located inside the residence were arrested and transported to the Hampton County Detention Center.

Ranoldo Rashadd Green, 34, of Hampton, is charged with:

  • Trafficking in Heroin, 28 grams or more
  • Trafficking in Cocaine, 100 grams or more
  • Manuf./Dist. Cocaine Base 3rd Offense
  • Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a person convicted of a violent crime.
  • Dist./Sell/Manuf. or P.W.I.D. of a controlled substance near a school or public playground.

Marquis Antwan Smith, 35, of Varnville, is charged with:

  • Trafficking in Heroin, 28 grams or more
  • Trafficking in Cocaine, 100 grams or more
  • Manuf./Dist. Cocaine Base 2nd Offense
  • Dist./Sell/Manuf. or P.W.I.D. of a controlled substance near a school or public playground.

William Zachary Jenkins, 51, of Hampton, is charged with:

  • Manu/Poss of Sch IV Drugs

Eric Leroy Orr, 54, of Pineland, is charged with:

  • Manu/Poss of Sch IV Drugs

Fushia Washington, 22, of Varnville, is charged with:

  • Manu/Poss of Sch IV Drugs

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HCSO PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

HAMPTON COUNTY PROMOTES THREE OFFICERS

The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office recently recognized three officers during a promotion ceremony. Sergeant Craig Smith was promoted to Lieutenant, Corporal Timothy Sutton was promoted to Sergeant, and Corporal Will Rivers was promoted to Sergeant. Sheriff T.C. Smalls congratulated the officers for their role in leadership, ability, support and dedication to the HCSO within their respective divisions.

 

 

 

Lt. Craig Smith started his law enforcement career in October of 1999 with the SC Dept. of Corrections. Smith left the Corrections Dept. and began a career with the Police Dept. While in law enforcement, Smith earned many certifications and accolades. Smith is a Class I Officer and graduate of the SCCJA. Among the notable awards received are Oleoresin Capsicum “OC” Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing “SFST” Instructor and was recognized by the SC Dept. of Public Safety for DUI Arrests in 2014 and 2015. Smith has been employed with the HCSO for nine years and has been the Supervisor of the HCSO Road Patrol Division for the past two years. Lt. Smith is married, and has three children.

Sgt. Timothy N. Sutton moved to Varnville in 1990 and started his career in law enforcement as a patrolman. Over the years since being in Hampton County, Sutton has worked with the HCSO as well as in Brunson and Gifford. Sutton is presently employed with the HCSO as an Investigator. Sutton is a Class I Officer and graduate of the SCCJA., and was recognized in Strathmore’s 2017 Edition of Who’s Who. Sgt. Sutton is married to Susan Sutton and has three children. Sutton attends Open Arms Fellowship Church and is a member of the Band of Brothers. His goal is to one day see more Christ and less Crime in Hampton County.

Sgt. W. E. Rivers began his Law Enforcement carrier in 2006 with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.  Sgt. W. E. Rivers took a job in the civilian sector in 2010 while remaining a Reserve Deputy. It wasn’t long before Sgt. W. E. Rivers realized that his passion for Law Enforcement still burned hot and in 2012 he was presented the opportunity to return to Law Enforcement full time in Hampton County. Sgt. W. E. Rivers was given the opportunity to work with the Bloodhounds and eventually became a Patrol Dog Handler, something that he desired for from the beginning. Sgt. W. E. Rivers has worked his way through the ranks of the American Society of Canine Trainers and is currently a Certified Departmental Trainer and Certified K-9 Interdiction Officer. Through the years Sgt. W. E. Rivers has received multiple Letters of Commendations, praises for outstanding performance, and in 2009 was the Runner-Up for The Jessie L Altman Jr. Award for excellence in Law Enforcement, an award presented by the Rotary Club of Beaufort. Sgt. W. E. Rivers is a Specific Skills instructor with the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, a Firearms Instructor, and an Alive @ 25 Instructor. Sgt. W. E. Rivers is a Certified Motorola Radio Programmer and currently heads up the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit. Sgt. W. E. Rivers is happily married to Jaimee Alberson Rivers, and currently has no children. End of Release