Monday, February 27, 2012
An Augusta mother was arrested Sunday for dropping off her 10-year-old son at the front entrance of Chuck E. Cheese's and then leaving, authorities said.
Shelonda Addison, 39, of Castlerock Road, Augusta, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Restaurant employees told authorities that around 1:20 p.m. Sunday, a 10-year-old boy walked into the Wrightsboro Road business alone. The boy said his mother was going to a meeting and then shopping and would return for him later, a sheriff' report says.
A Chuck E. Cheese's employee tried to call the woman using a number the boy provided but was only able to leave voice mail messages. An hour after the boy arrived, his older sister arrived.
A responding deputy told the sister to call her mother and inform her that her presence was required at the store. When Addison finally showed up, she was arrested.
The woman argued that she responded to the voice mails by sending her daughter. That didn't matter. Addison was booked into the jail on a $6,800 bond and later released.
Chuck E. Cheese's is well known for its security and safety program for children. When children and adults first arrive at Chuck E. Cheese's, they pass through a Kid Check area where parents or guardians will have their hand stamped with a number that matches their child's. This is the restaurant's special way to make sure everyone who comes together leaves together.
On the restaurant's website, they say, "This program is not a substitute for adult supervision."
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A suicidal Augusta man with marital problems was arrested this week for threatening to shoot any deputy who tried to stop him from killing himself on the front porch of his estranged wife, a report says.
Maurice Key, 31, of Augusta, was charged Monday with terroristic threats or acts, and he remains in jail under no bond.
According to a sheriff's report, Key called Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig on Sunday and started talking about his recent marital problems. He told the judge that he wanted to kill himself, a report says.
"Key also stated to Judge Craig that he was planning on shooting himself on his wife's front porch and kill any Richmond County Deputy that interfered," the officer's report said.
Just before midnight Sunday, a sheriff's Investigator encountered Key at his residence on Mercier Street. The investigator ordered Key to "show his hands" at gunpoint.
According to the officer, Key made a movement to his rear waist line but relented to Officer's commands to "get on the ground." After Key was taken into custody, the investigator discovered a black Airsoft Glock replica BB gun in Key's rear waistband.
While being driven to the Richmond County Jail, Key asked Deputy Shane Van Dyke why deputies hadn't shot him at his home, a report says.
Records show that Key received probation in 2008 for simple battery and hindering a 911 call, and he was ordered to attend a family violence program.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
A teenage couple in Augusta were arrested yesterday after a resident of Wylds Woods Apartments saw them having sex in the breezeway of the complex, a sheriff's report says.
When a deputy arrived to investigate, he found them in a nearby dumpster behind Rugged Warehouse, where the teenagers appeared they had just dressed in a hasty manner, the report says.
Joshua Adams, 17, and Tiffany Odom, 18, were both arrested and taken to the Richmond County Jail on charges of lewdness and indecent exposure.
Several witnesses, including a property manager, said they had seen the couple "fornicating in public before" or "committing indecent acts in public."
One woman was so shaken by what she saw that she told the deputy she wanted the teens arrested and wished to be subpoenaed to testify against them. She was the one who first spotted them around 6 p.m. at building 1501 of Wylds Woods, lying on the ground with their pants down and "fornicating," a report says.
When the couple saw her, they went inside the apartment where Odom lives, but the girl's mother reportedly made them leave and they ended up in the dumpster behind Rugged Warehouse. When the deputy arrived and found them in the dumpster, the couple said they were just trying to escape the light rain.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Aiken Department of Public Safety has forwarded this statement from the family of slain Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers:
"Sandy Rogers loved her job. Law enforcement was in her blood and ran through her veins. Sandy was the granddaughter of the late City of Aiken Chief of Police James M. Sprawls. Her career was the one that she always intended to have, and she did it well. She received honors and distinctions throughout her many years of devoted service, which ended just short of her 28th anniversary on the force, and exactly two weeks shy of her 49th birthday. While investigating a suspicious vehicle on Saturday, January 28th, 2012, our sister, the youngest in our family of four Aiken-born children, was shot and killed. In dying, she earned one further distinction, one that none of us wanted. She was the first woman police officer slain in the line of duty in the State of South Carolina.
Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco had barely been on the job a week when he was alerted that something was very wrong that fateful morning. This came just thirty-seven days after our sister herself mourned the death of fellow Aiken Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson, a friend and a colleague. This untimely circumstance meant there was recent experience to draw upon in dealing with the loss of a police officer. The loss of Sandy and Scotty has deprived the department and community of their combined thirty-six years of law enforcement experience.
Throughout this tragic ordeal we have felt the presence of God through your support, your outpouring of prayers, thoughts of remembrance, cards, notes, food, flowers, and heartfelt and sometimes funny stories about Sandy. Many of you shared with us how Sandy had touched your life; how she made a difference. The support we have been given from this community has been overwhelming and very humbling.
On behalf of Sandy’s family, we want to try to express our deepest thanks. So many did so much to “carry her home” to the loving arms of our recently departed dear mother, Dr. Mary Ann Sprawls Rogers.
Our thanks go out to the officers, firefighters, and medics who cared for Sandy that morning, and to the officers who accompanied Chief Barranco to our home. The Aiken Department of Public Safety family continues to do more than we could have ever expected.
Our thanks go out to the Emergency Room Staff on duty at the Aiken Regional Medical Center, and to our church family who surrounded us with their love and support. To Robbie Shellhouse and Mitch Rivers, you each had a special part in guiding us through those surreal conversations as arrangements were made to send our sister home.
Our thanks and appreciation goes to those of you who came to the visitation, and waited in line for such a long time to pay tribute and show your respect. We worried about how long you had to wait, yet we rejoiced in your presence and your show of support. Sandy would have been the first one to ask why the big fuss was being made about her. Yet, she would have been so proud and grateful to see the support of the community, and to see the strength of our city after the loss of another Public Safety Officer. This support shows that we will not be compromised by these deadly acts of cowards.
We were told that the funeral would be too large to have at our beloved St. John’s United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. George Howle, our family’s Pastor, guided us through how we could make the USCA Convocation Center feel like a church. This was accomplished with the assistance of St. John’s United Methodist Church’s Music Director Catherine Stapleton Nance, and over forty members of the St. John’s Chancel Choir, and Dr. John Stapleton’s revision of “A Police Prayer” to pay tribute to our sister. The Convocation Center felt like a spiritual place that day as it was filled with over 1000 public safety officers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, friends and families, as well as the Governor of South Carolina and many state, county, and city officials.
Soloists Jamie Turner and Diane Miniard, and fellow officer Daymon Spann uttered the right words. The pallbearers, Sandy’s shift mates, as well as the honorary pallbearers from the Aiken Department of Public Safety and representatives of law enforcement nationwide paid their respects with honor, pride, and professionalism. The City of Charleston Police Pipes and Drums, The North Carolina Troopers Association Caisson Unit, and the Patriot Guard Riders displayed dignity and respect in their tributes to Sandy. The staff at the USCA Convocation Center could not have been more cooperative, professional, and generous.
The funeral procession to Bethany Cemetery for Sandy’s last call was lined with so many of you, it is a sight we will never forget; and we pray we will never have to see again in our beloved Aiken community. We have in our memories the signs, the flags, the salutes and waves as you showed your respect for those who serve. The heart of the city was shut down for hours as the caisson and official vehicles carried our sister to her final resting place. Despite the detours and delays, not a complaint was uttered.
Sandy cared about Helping Hands, demonstrated by helping to start the Book Bag Program. She mentored many troubled individuals and children. In addition to the memorials made to St. John’s United Methodist Church and to the USCA Sprawls Nursing Scholarship Fund, we think Sandy would be grateful for hands and hearts extended to troubled youth.
Thank you to Aiken Printing and Howell Printing, you did beautiful work. The Aiken Standard was remarkable in their tributes, in photos and in words. To the Augusta Chronicle, The State Newspaper, and all of the area television stations, your printed and spoken tributes treated our sister’s death with respect and compassion.
There are not enough words to express our appreciation. The large and loving family of Sandy Rogers hopes that you get some sense of how grateful we are. Our sister gave her life for all of us. She was aware that was always a possibility in the work that she chose. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to honor her memory. I would like to extend a special thanks to Dee Taylor and Midge Rothrock for helping us find the words to express our gratitude to all who have shown their love and support.
Our sister was no saint. She was fun and she was feisty, and she loved a good time. Those of you that knew her best know what we are talking about. We want you to remember that Sandy too. The death of our baby sister will forever leave a big hole in our family. Now, let us remember the words she told her fellow officers when they turned to her for guidance when Scotty Richardson died, “We go on.” That is what she would tell us all, “We need to go on.”
The Rogers Family
Saturday, February 11, 2012
A Martinez woman who served prison time for shooting her brother to death in Augusta in 1991 was charged today with killing her roommate earlier this morning.
Yvette "Candice" Taylor, 46, is accused of killing 63-year-old Theodore Crew at the apartment they share at Applecross Apartments on Applecross Drive.
The woman lied to investigators to cover up the crime, according to an incident report. She told sheriff's investigators that she left the apartment this morning about 1:30 a.m. "because Mr. Crew was speaking 'foolishness,'" a report says.
Taylor stated she then went downstairs to the neighbor directly below her and then onto her mother's apartment to spend the night. The suspect claimed she returned to her apartment at 8 a.m. today and found Crew on the bathroom floor unresponsive. The woman said that is when she called 911.
Authorities found blood spatter in the front living area and found the victim in the bathroom. Taylor was later charged with murder after an investigation. A cause of death was not released, and an autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.
This is not Taylor's first killing, according to authorities. The suspect served part of a 10-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her brother, 22-year-old Jerry Taylor. Jerry Taylor was found lying in the kitchen floor on Feb. 18, 1991, and authorities say Yvette Taylor shot him three times in the right eye after an argument.
Yvette was 25 at the time and was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. She served time in prison from 1993 to 1996 and again from 1998 to 2002. It is not immediately clear whether the second prison term was for a parole violation or a separate offense.
Friday, February 10, 2012
The Jail Report has your exclusive first look at the prison mugshot of former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, just starting a 20-year sentence for molesting his adopted daughter.
The new prison mugshot shows Dean with his distinctive blonde hair completely shaved off and only a mustache remaining.
Dean was transferred Thursday from the Columbia County Jail to Coastal State Prison in Savannah. That is a diagnostic center where felons are evaluated before getting a permanent prison assignment.
A prison website lists a possible release date for Dean of Dec. 13, 2031.
Dean was convicted of molesting and exposing himself to his adopted daughter. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison as well as 20 years on probation once he is released.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
An Aiken woman was charged with a felony Tuesday for failing to tell authorities that she knew 18-year-old Huran Dix had been shot to death and buried in the woods a week and a half ago.
Ashley Serrano, 24, was charged with "misprison of a felony" for neglecting to report a crime.
Serrano is the girlfriend of Mario Parker, who is the brother of murder suspect Christopher Parker. Authorities say Christopher Parker mistakenly thought Dix had stolen an income tax return check from his girlfriend, leading to the shooting.
Mario Parker was charged last week with helping Christopher Parker dispose of Dix’s body in the woods. Christopher Parker's girlfriend, Pebbles Moyle, was also charged in the case, accused of helping her boyfriend avoid arrest.
In the case of Ashley Serrano, authorities say she knew about the killing and never said anything until she became a suspect.
"She was not forthcoming until she was approached with the investigation," sheriff's Capt. Troy Elwell said. "And then at that point, information trickled to investigators when it should have been a steady flow."
Capt. Elwell said that anytime a citizen has knowledge of a crime that occurred, there is an obligation for them to report it to the proper authorities.
Serrano is a repeat offender with a history of violent assaults, according to jail records.