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

CCFD fighting fire at Edward Wood Products

Posted on April 19, 2018 4:04 pm by Staff Reports

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The Clarendon County Fire Department is currently fighting a fire at Edward Wood Products in Alcolu. According to a source, mulch piles at the company have caught fire. It is unknown if any structures are being threatened. (Photo provided by Kelly Weeter Lambert)

Deputies searching for man wanted for breaking into vehicle, possession of stolen property

Posted on April 13, 2018 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

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Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley announced Friday that deputies are searching for a man wanted for breaking into a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property of a value less than $2,000.
Baxley said in a statement on social media that Harry Stewart has a known address of 1537 Jackson Road in Clarendon County, but that he is also known to stay at 1468 Kenwood Road in Clarendon County.
Those with any information as to his whereabouts are asked to call (803) 435-4414. Callers may remain anonymous.

Body found on interstate

Posted on March 31, 2018 10:10 am by Staff Reports


Clarendon County Interim Coroner Bucky Mock said his office is unsure whether foul play has anything to do with the discovery of a man’s body under the Exit 119 overpass on Interstate 95 on Friday afternoon.
“We sent the body for an autopsy today,” said Mock on Saturday. “We are unsure whether foul play was involved but will know more later.”
Mock deferred to law enforcement when asked how the body was found. The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately available.
Mock said he believes he already has the identity of the person found.
“We believe it is a … Read the rest

2 injured, 1 sought in nightclub shooting

Posted on March 20, 2018 9:09 am by Staff Reports

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The search is on for a man that Clarendon County Sheriff’s deputies say is wanted for his role in a shooting early Sunday morning that injured two Clarendon residents.
According to reports, an unknown black male fired 12 shots at the Space Place Cafe and Lounge on Greeleyville Highway about 1:43 a.m. Sunday.
Investigators reported that two men were hit during the shooting. One victim was shot in both legs and was taken to Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter; the other was shot in his left leg and was transported to McLeod Health Clarendon.
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Fire destroys Manning home, residents make it out safely

Posted on March 2, 2018 10:10 am by Tommy Wampler

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Around 2:09 a.m. Friday morning, the Manning Fire Department responded to a call from Eric Morris of 263 Manchester Road in Manning. “I was woken up by a loud popping sound and I thought someone was trying to break in so I got up to investigate. Our 6 month old grandchild had been staying the night so I had to make sure my family was safe.” It’s then that he saw the flames above his head. He woke up his family to get them out as quickly as he could while the blaze continued to spread above their heads.

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Lisa Justice named as new director of F.E. Dubose Career Center

Posted on March 1, 2018 2:02 pm by Submitted via Email

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Central Carolina Technical College has named Lisa Justice to serve as the new Director of the F.E. Dubose Career Center effective March 1, 2018.

CCTC President Dr. Michael Mikota said, “I am confident Ms. Justice will make the college proud in her key role as Director of the F.E. DuBose Career Center. For the last two and a half years, she has excelled as the Director of Clarendon County Adult Education. Her experience and impeccable character will undoubtedly advance the college further in Clarendon County.”

Justice is a school administrator with over 25 years in classroom and leadership experience in … Read the rest

Charles J. Mock Jr. sworn in as Clarendon County Coroner Feb. 28

Posted on February 28, 2018 10:10 am by Tommy Wampler

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By Executive Order No. 2018-09, filed on Feb. 21, 2018, with the Secretary of State’s Office, Governor Henry McMaster, due to the recent death of Hayes F. Samuels Jr., appointed Deputy Coroner Charles J. Mock Jr. as Coroner of Clarendon County. Mock was sworn into office Feb. 28, 2018 at the Clarendon County Courthouse by The Honorable Ferrell Cothran.

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