Crime News

An update on crime in the county



Kenon Daquan Stallworth was extradited from Transylvania County jail in Brevard, North Carolina to Clarendon County on Feb. 22. Stallworth was arrested and charged with Criminal Sexual Misconduct – First Degree before being transported to the Clarendon County Detention Center. Stallworth’s bond was set at $75,000 at a hearing on February 23 rd . He was released later that day after posting said bond. On Jan. 23, the Manning Police Department announced that Stallworth and Matthew Brian Sowards and were wanted in connection to an ongoing investigation for Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 1st.  Sowards is still wanted. If you have any information on their whereabouts of Sowards, please contact Det. Ragin at the Manning Police Department at 803-435-8859 or the Manning Police Department Crime Tip Line at 803-433-8025.  You can remain anonymous.  


On Feb. 27, officers from the Manning City Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Skyview Drive in Manning in reference to a shooting involving a juvenile victim. Upon arrival, Pfc. Jones, along with officers from Manning Police Dept and Clarendon County Sheriff’s Department Office, made contact with the juvenile victim and their mother. The juvenile had a laceration on his head, near his hairline, and was bleeding. Cpl. Mahoney and Cpl. B. Ra bandaged the wound while Pfc. Jones spoke with the mother, who advised that her two sons were in the bedroom playing video games when she heard the gunshots. Then the juvenile came out of the room with blood on his head. Pfc. Jones investigated the area that the bullets potentially came from and found several bullet holes coming from the exterior wall of the bedroom and through the interior wall leading into the living room. The Manning City Fire Department EMS responded to the incident location to treat the patient for his head wound and transported him to Mcleod Health Clarendon Emergency Room for further medical treatment. Cpl. N. Dingle and Sgt. J. Pringle met with the victim and his family to collect more information and provided Victim’s Advocate assistance. Pfc. Jones then notified Lt. S. Briley and Det. A. Ragin of the incident and all information gathered at the time. Cpl. Allen, with the Clarendon County Sheriffs Office, located several shell casings in the neighboring yard and began marking each shell casing using evidence markers. Pfc. Jones spoke to the brother of the injured victim and he advised that he and his brother were playing video games in the bedroom when he began hearing the gunshots. Seeing the bullets come through the wall/window, he grabbed his brother and threw him down to the floor to avoid getting hit by any bullets.


Two Manning men were arrested on February 16 for narcotic violations, weapon law violations, and numerous traffic offenses after routine traffic stop. Detective Ragin of the Manning City Police was on routine patrol, when he came across a white Chevy Silverado bearing a farm tag that Ragin had prior knowledge was registered to a 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500. Ragin initiated a traffic stop at the 200 block of Commerce Street. The detective noticed the driver and passenger moving around the vehicle and after making contact, explained the reason for the stop. The driver, Jonathan Hopkins, could not provide a driver’s license and the vehicle was not insured. Hopkins and his passenger, Michael Tate, 26, were asked if there was anything in the vehicle that the detective needed to be made aware and explained that the uninsured vehicle would have to be towed. Upon exiting the vehicle, Ragin patted the men down due to the movement upon approach. A clear, green glass pipe was recovered from Tate’s boot. As officer’s inventoried the vehicle with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, about 0.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine was found in the passenger side door. Tate later admitted the suspected methamphetamine being his. Officers then retrieved a loaded black 9MM gun from under the passenger rear seat. The serial numbers were ran through dispatch and came back clear. Hopkins and Tate stated that they did not know the gun was in the vehicle. Hopkins stated he sold the firearm to his father, who arrived on scene and stated he had never purchased a firearm from his son. Both Hopkins and Tate are prohibited from carrying or possessing firearms. Hopkins then admitted he owned the gun. Hopkins was arrested for numerous traffic offenses and felony possession of a firearm. Tate was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. They were transported to the Clarendon County Detention Center and the vehicle was towed by Bob’s Body Shop.