Category Archives: Police Blotter

Arrests and police activity related to the Winthrop community.

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Violation of drug law

10/30/14

On the above date, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the reporting officer was dispatched to The Courtyard in reference to the residential assistant (RA) smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the second floor. When the officer arrived on the scene, the RA directed her to the area of the floor where the odor was coming from.

The officer conducted a knock and talk at various rooms, and when the door to a particular room opened, the officer could smell the odor of marijuana become stronger. According to the report, the officer informed the resident who opened the door, a 20-year-old male, that she could smell marijuana and asked permission to search his designated residence and belongings. The subject gave the officer consent. According to the report, the RA stated that she observed a black male coming out of the stairwell area, down the hall, and when he saw what was happening, he attempted to return the direction he came. The reporting officer then called after the black male, who informed her that he did reside at the current residence and would also be willing to consent to a search of his residence.

Both residents signed a permission to search form, and the officer conducted a search. The reporting officer recovered several small packaging bags littered with green leafy substance, a bag with $373 cash in a zip lock bag located on the bed, 1.2 grams of a green leafy substance appearing to be marijuana and a smoking pipe from the second subjects belongings. The second subject was arrested, taken to Rock Hill City Jail and charged with violation of drug law and possession of marijuana first offense.

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Driving under suspension

10/27/14

On the above date, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the reporting officer was travelling behind a black Malibu Chevrolet on Eden Terrace, when he observed the license plate had an expiration date of June 2014.

According to the report, the officer had dispatch check the statue of the place through the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, and it was confirmed to have expired in June. The officer then initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Evergreen Lane and Myrtle Drive. The officer made contact with the driver, a 39-year-old black female, and asked for her driver’s license, insurance and registration. The subject then immediately advised the officer that she did not have a driver’s license and it was currently suspended. The subject also could not provide a current insurance card for the car.

After checking with dispatch, the officer discovered that the subject had a recent violation for driving under suspension. The officer then placed the subject under arrest for driving under suspension second offense. The officer also made contact with the insurance company listed on the expired insurance card, which confirmed that the insurance was canceled on the vehicle for failure to make payments. The officer then issued the subject citations for driving under  suspension second offense, operating uninsured vehicle without paying fee and failure to register vehicle.

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Driving under suspension, habitual offender

On the above date, at about 7 p.m., the reporting officer observed a black Honda Accord proceed through a stop sign at Eden Terrace and Evergreen. According to the report, the officer initiated a traffic stop at this time and approached the vehicle.  The reporting officer informed the nonaffiliated 44-year-old male of the violation. At this time, the subject stated that he did not have a driver’s license and provided the registration and insurance to the reporting officer.

After running the offender’s name through Winthrop University Dispatch, it came back as suspended and a habitual offender. At this time, the offender was issued a citation for disregarding a stop sign and placed under arrest for driving under suspension and habitual offender.

 

Driving under suspension

On the above date, at approximately 12:15 p.m., the reporting officer was conducting a stationary radar at the Courtyard apartments on Winthrop Alumni Drive. According to the report, the reporting officer observed a silver vehicle travelling east on Alumni Drive and further observed that the car was traveling at a high rate of speed.

The reporting officer’s suspicions were confirmed when the radar clocked the car traveling at 32 MPH, which was 12 over the speed limit. The officer then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the Walk 2 Campus parking lot, located on Columbia Avenue. During the traffic stop, the officer performed a background driving record for the driver, a 20-year-old female student.

According to the report, the dispatch advised the officer that the driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay for traffic tickets. The officer then issued the driver a uniform traffic ticket for driving under suspension (first offense.)

 

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Driving Under the Influence and Underage Drinking

10/04/14

On the above date, at approximately 11 p.m. the reporting officer while driving north on Cherry Road observed a vehicle listing inside of its own lane.  The vehicle turned into Winthrop Alumni drive and crossed over the median, prompting the officer to make a traffic stop.  The subject, an 18-year-old female Winthrop student, complied.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer noted the subject was glassy eyed and asked for her license and registration twice.  He realized he would be conducting a standard field sobriety test and moved the subject to Dalton parking lot to avoid blocking traffic.  The subject was walked to the parking lot and administered the test.

Throughout the eye examination the subject was swaying back and forth on her feet, she also showed six signs in her eyes that she had been partaking of alcohol.  The subject likewise failed to complete the line tests and turning tests administered by the officer, during the breathalyzer subject admitted to having a couple of beers.

Subject was arrested and taken to Rock Hill Law Center and registered a 0.09 blood alcohol content.  She was booked along with her property shortly after.

Two other subjects were in the back of the vehicle, one male and one female, both Winthrop students both under 21.  The subjects were given a citation for underage possession of alcohol and informed that they’d be referred to Winthrop’s Judiciary board.

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Petty Larceny

10/1/14

On the above date at approximately 11:30 a.m., the reporting officer was dispatched to Scholars Walk in reference to a stolen wallet.

According to the police report, the 22-year-old victim stated that the last time she remembered having her wallet was Sept. 30 at about 2 p.m., when she was on a swing on Scholar’s Walk, closest to Kinard Hall. The victim stated that she left the wallet by the swing when she left for class. When she returned to the swing at 3:15 p.m., the wallet was missing. The victim stated the wallet contained $240 in cash, a debit card, a student ID card and her driver’s license.

There are no suspects at this time and the case has been administratively closed pending development of new leads.