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Crime Blotter

Pine Ridge Country Club Vandalized

Pine Ridge Country Club was vandalized sometime between Monday night, Dec. 23, and Tuesday morning, Dec. 24, according to a report filed with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office.  The report states that an employee arrived for work Tuesday morning to find where vandals had driven across one of the courses, spinning tires and sliding from side to side.  The estimated damage to the course was listed as $2000. 

Multiple Animal Related Calls for the ECSO

One Call Leads to Assault Charges

Beginning Monday, Dec. 23, the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to three separate animal related calls, one of which resulted in a warrant being sought for assault charges.  The first call involved a residence on Padgett Road in which a homeowner contacted the ECSO to report a small black dog and a medium sized pitbull being in his backyard.  The complainant stated that the animals belonged to his neighbor against whom several complaints against the dogs have been filed.  The neighbor did admit to owning the dogs and also to having several complaints against them.  The owner of the dogs was issued a citation for animals running at large. 

In another incident involving animals, a resident from Horn Creek Court stated she returned to her home Tuesday, Dec. 24, to find hamburger meat containing a green pellet substance in one of the pens of her dogs.  The dog owner was uncertain as to whether the dogs had ingested any of the contaminated meat but was taking them to receive medical attention as a precaution.  The meat was collected by the ECSO as evidence.

A third animal call occurred on Saturday, Dec. 28, in which a resident of Mosely Drive stated that her neighbor’s dog came into her yard and attacked her dog.  The complainant said that in the ensuing chaos, her son’s hand was injured as he tried to separate the animals.  She then related that when she attempted to find out insurance information from her neighbor, the neighbor became aggressive, pushing her, grabbing her by the neck, and drawing back as if to strike her with her fist.  A witness to the event went to the victim’s aid and stated he was then threatened as well.  As a result of this, a warrant is being sought against the aggressive neighbor for Assault and Battery 3rd.

Tailgate Stolen From Vehicle

Perhaps, they were in a hurry.  Perhaps the truck would not start, so they just took a part of it.  Perhaps they just simply could not do without this item, but for whatever reason, thieves stole a tailgate from a truck at a residence on Murray Road Ext., Thursday, Dec. 19.  According to a report filed with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, the tailgate was stolen from a red 2006 Toyota Tacoma.  The tailgate was reported to be worth approximately $500.  There was no other damage reported to the vehicle, and the thieves have not been located. 

Arrest at Local Horse Sale

A Ninety-Six man was arrested Saturday, Dec. 21, at the horse sale on Key Road in Edgefield County.  Chad Belcher, 29, was arrested after a constable with the Livestock Department informed law enforcement personnel with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office that Belcher was wanted on an outstanding warrant for animals/possession of false certificate showing a negative coggins test on a horse.  An ECSO deputy arrested Belcher after dispatch confirmed there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  He was transported to the Edgefield County Detention Center without incident.