CCSO searching for man accused of burglary, domestic violence

Posted on April 17, 2019 1:01 pm by Staff Reports

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Deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office are currently searching for a 36-year-old man accused of first-degree burglary and first-degree domestic violence.
Bobby Ray Pillsbury is described as weighing about 160 pounds and standing about 5-feet-7-inches tall.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 435-4414.

Bill proposes school district consolidation; Districts 1, 3 release joint statement

Posted on April 11, 2019 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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Clarendon School Districts 1 and 3 issued a joint statement late Tuesday afternoon to address a State Senate bill that could see the districts become one as early as August 2020.
“As you may be aware, our state legislature is considering many important educational issues during this current session, including consolidation,” reads the release. “Senate Bill 203 is being debated this week in the Senate. As it is written, it would require that Tier IV county school districts with less than 1,500 students consolidate with another district in the same county.”
The bill also sets deadlines for impacted school districts … Read the rest

Suspect in student’s death declines to show for bond court

Posted on March 31, 2019 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

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A 24-year-old New Zion man charged in Columbia in the kidnapping and death of a 21-year old University of South Carolina student will remain in jail for at least 45 days.
Bond was continued for Nathaniel David Rowland after the suspect declined to show for court Sunday afternoon and waived his rights to the hearing. Rowland is charged with one count of murder and one count of kidnapping, accused of taking Samantha Josephson, 21, of New Jersey from the Five Points area of Columbia early Friday morning and later dumping her body about 70 miles southeast in a wooded area … Read the rest

Missing student’s body found in New Zion

Posted on March 30, 2019 7:07 pm by Johnny Weeks

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The search for a University of South Carolina student missing since early Friday morning came to an end in Clarendon County.
Authorities said that a group of hunters found the body of Samantha Josephson, 21, a New Jersey political science major with plans to attend law school in the fall.  She was found at 1:30 pm Saturday on Black Bottom Road, a secluded dirt road near the town of New Zion.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning,” said USC President Harris Pastides. “Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha … Read the rest

NJ man killed in wreck

Posted on March 22, 2019 5:05 pm by Staff Reports

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A 72-year-old New Jersey man was killed Friday morning on Interstate 95 near the 105 southboud mile-marker, according to Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock.
“Kenneth Takacs died at the scene from multiple blunt force trauma around 10:40 a.m.,” Mock said. “Mr. Takacs was wearing a seatbelt.”

Clarendon Hall announces new headmaster

Posted on March 19, 2019 3:03 pm by Submitted via Email

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Clarendon Hall will have a new headmaster as of July 1, according to a release from the school’s Board of Trustees.
Kelley B. Wannamaker was on campus Tuesday, introducing herself to the full faculty and staff. She succeeds Headmaster Phillip J. Rizzo Jr., who announced his retirement in January. Rizzo, who will remain at Clarendon Hall through June 30, and will assist in the transition, has led the school for six years.
A native South Carolinian, Wannamaker received her bachelor of science and master of education degrees from the University of South Carolina. She has been in the education field … Read the rest

One killed in 4-car wreck

Posted on March 15, 2019 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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One person is dead after a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 late Thursday evening.
Lance Cpl. david Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2003 Honda Accord died about 8 p.m. Thursday after being hit from behind by a 2015 Toyota Camry, which was itself hit from behind by a flatbed tractor trailer truck. Jones said the Accord then hit the back of a 2002 Ford F-350 truck.
The victim’s name was not immediately available.
Jones said the drivers of the other three vehicles were uninjured.

Clarendon County man arrested on Child Pornography charges

Posted on February 20, 2019 6:06 pm by Laura Stone

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David Dwayne Womack, 28, of Olanta, was arrested on February 14, 2019, on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410).

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest. The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), both members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, assisted ICAC Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office to make the arrest.

Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which led them to Womack. According to investigators, Womack possessed multiple files of child … Read the rest

Manning man dead after shooting incident

Posted on November 8, 2018 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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A Clarendon County man is dead after a shooting incident at a Paxville Highway home about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched about that same time to a home in the 8800 block of Paxville Highway after 911 operators reported a shooting. Charles Lee Cummings was hit twice in the chest and shoulder area. He later died as a result of his injuries, according to reports.
“At this time, the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident, and the subject remains at large,” said Sheriff Tim Baxley in a release. “This is not a … Read the rest

Randolph Lee “Randy” Garrett Jr.

Posted on August 26, 2018 2:02 pm by Stephens Funeral Home

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Randolph Lee “Randy” Garrett, Jr., 64, widower of Barbara Brock Garrett, died Saturday, August 25, 2018, at McLeod Regional Medical Center.

Born May 25, 1954, in Moncks Corner, he was a son of the late Randolph Lee Garrett, Sr. and the late Ada Jean Wiles Garrett. He was a former chief of police for the city of Manning and the former sheriff of Clarendon County.

He is survived by three daughters, Lamonda Sweat of Manning, Christina Garrett of Florence and Brittney Garrett of Summerville; two grandchildren, Dori Sweat and Jake Sweat; two brothers, Adam Carroll of Eutawville and Randy Lee … Read the rest

2 Manning residents found by N. Charleston Police with meth, $100K

Posted on June 8, 2018 6:06 pm by Staff Reports

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Two Manning residents were arrested Friday and were each charged by the North Charleston Police Department with trafficking methamphetamine after a traffic stop.
The stop came after North Charleston police officers watched a black SUV driven by Courtney Louise Herlong, 40, “drive aimlessly around closed businesses near Tanger Outlets,” according to a report from the Charleston Post and Courier at about 4 a.m. Friday.
“The vehicle was driving around with no purpose and was traveling around closed businesses,” according to a police report released Friday afternoon. The SUV, a black Dodge Durango, sped away when the officers first pulled behind … Read the rest

Stephen King-based TV series to film in Manning, seeks more than 300 local extras

Posted on June 6, 2018 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


A TV show whose second season won’t even premier til Aug. 22 is already filming is season finale in Manning.
Production associates with the Stephen King-based series “Mr. Mercedes” are seeking 300 local extras for the episode, which will film in Manning June 12-14.
“Mr. Mercedes is an American mystery thriller television series based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King that premiered on Aug. 9, 2017, on Audience,” reads a release from the company in charge of the production. “David E. Kelley is the showrunner and it stars Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway. On Oct. 10, … Read the rest

2 arrested after shooting incident

Posted on June 5, 2018 1:01 pm by Staff Reports


Two Summerton men were taken to jail May 22 after deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office discovered the pair had been shooting at one another at a Davis Station convenience store.
According to a report from Sheriff Tim Baxley, the incident happened about 8:30 p.m. May 22, and dispatch notified deputies of a shooting happening in the Davis Station area of Clarendon County.
“Thereafter, during the investigation, two subjects involved were identified at David Bodger and Akeem Croslen,” Baxley said in his release. “Following (further) investigation, Bodger and Croslen were arrested without incident.”
Bodger is charged with attempted murder; … Read the rest

Turbeville prison corrections officer charged with smuggling cell phone

Posted on June 5, 2018 12:12 pm by Staff Reports

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A Columbia woman who had only been working with the South Carolina Department of Corrections for a couple months faces years in prison after allegedly trying to smuggle a cell phone into Turbeville Correctional Institution recently.
Prison officials announced Monday that Kyontae Ty’ Tiauna Moni Stroman of 1340 Longcrek Drive, Apt. 1217, in Columbia was arrested Sunday and charged with furnishing or attempting to furnish a prisoner with contraband, violation of the state’s ethics law, and misconduct in office.
Warrants allege that prison officials caught Stroman “trying to bring a cell phone and charger that wre hidden inside her state-issued … Read the rest

Florida man charged after chase

Posted on May 21, 2018 10:10 am by Staff Reports

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The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Florida man with failure to stop for a blue light after a 25-mile chase through Clarendon County Monday morning.
Robert Charles Tock, 31, of Hermosa, Florida, was reportedly driving near the 123 southbound mile-marker on Interstate 95 when deputies initiated a traffic stop. Tock allegedly made for the 122 southbound exit before crossing back over onto the Interstate and heading to the 119 southbound mile-marker, riding down through Paxville and on U.S. 15 South to Summerton and then back to Manning.
Sheriff Tim Baxley said the man suspect was finally detained on … Read the rest

High speed chase ends near Summerton

Posted on May 21, 2018 9:09 am by Staff Reports

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Deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office have apprehended a suspect who led them on what Sheriff Tim Baxley called a brief car chase Monday morning. is awaiting further information, but Baxley said the suspect was driving a vehicle that was tagged as allegedly stolen out of Florida. He said the suspect led deputies through Summerton and was caught on Silver Road.

3 charged with Summerton man’s murder, another’s attempted murder

Posted on May 18, 2018 6:06 pm by Staff Reports


Officials with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday afternoon the arrest of three individuals connected with an alleged murder and attempted murder in late April.
Clarendon County Interim Coroner Bucky Mock said that Jermaine Fitts was found dead at the scene of the incident, which happened on Bald Eagle Road in Summerton. Christopher Huggins was also injured in the incident, according to Sheriff Tim Baxley.
Mock said that Fitts died from gunshot wounds, with the majority of fatal injuries to his chest area.
Those arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder in the incident included Tyrell Shawndell Lawson, … Read the rest

Woman found guilty in DUI fatality, will serve 15 years

Posted on May 18, 2018 2:02 pm by Staff Reports

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A 49-year-old woman accused in 2014 of driving under the influence and causing a wreck that killed one man and sent another to a Florence hospital was found guilty Friday afternoon.
A jury of Tammy Dianne Brown’s peers took less than an hour-and-a-half to decide the woman was guilty of felony DUI resulting in death and felony DUI resulting in serious bodily injury.
Brown was sentenced to 15 years in prison on the felony DUI resulting in death charge and received a 12-year concurrent sentence on the felony DUI resulting in serious bodily injury charge.
Brown was accused of causing … Read the rest

Meritor expanding operations, adding 31 new jobs

Posted on May 9, 2018 11:11 am by Staff Reports

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Meritor, a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle markets, is expanding its existing operations in Clarendon County. The $5.2 million investment is projected to create 31 new jobs.
“As our company continues to grow, we are pleased to make this significant investment in our Manning, S.C. facility, said Meritor Senior Vice-President Chris Vallavarayan. “This plant is vital in providing a leading share of the brakes for the commercial vehicle industry in the United States and plays an important role in our global operations network.”
Headquartered in Troy, Mich., Meritor is a leading global supplier … Read the rest

Deputies seeking second suspect in lake death

Posted on May 7, 2018 9:09 am by Staff Reports

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Law enforcement officers from three counties are currently seeking a second suspect for his alleged role in the death of a man whose body was found in Lake Marion last week.
Anthony Dustin Dill is described as standing at 5-foot-10 and weighing 140 pounds. He is 32 years old.
“Dill is wanted by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder,” said Sumter County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Bell.
One suspect in the death of 24-year-old Jerry Lamars Johnson was arrested late last week in Richland County. Stephen Wayne Stinnette II, 31, has … Read the rest

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