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Aug 21

Isle of Palms Police Reports

policeblottericonThe following is a synopsis of some of the activities of the Isle of Palms Police Department during the month of July 2009:

Patrol

July 1, 2009: The homeowner of a Twin Oaks residence reported that he had contracted with a construction company in March of 2008 to do renovations, which amounted to just over $62,000, which he had advanced to the company. To date, only a very small portion of the work has been completed and since the owner lives out of state, he was unable to supervise the work. This case has been turned over to an Investigator.

July 1, 2009: Just after 3am, officers responded to a front beach restaurant where one of the owners of the establishment reported a domestic disturbance. Officers determined that the disturbance was only verbal in nature and one party agreed to return to their residence for the evening.

July 3, 2009: Just before 11pm, officers responded to the beach area behind 200 Grand Pavilion Boulevard, where management reported a large group of teenagers consuming alcohol and causing a disturbance. Due to the large volume of persons present versus just three officers, an announcement was made for all subjects to leave the area and to clean up all refuse when doing so. It was determined that many present were local teenagers and some were visitors to the island. The group quickly dispersed without further incident.

July 4, 2009: An officer responded to the beach near 25th Avenue, where a loose dog had reportedly attacked a girl walking her dog. Prior to the police officer’s arrival, the owner removed the dog that had been loose on the beach and as a result, neither the dog nor the owner could be located. The victim sustained some minor scratches.

July 4, 2009: Officers responded to the beach near 14th Avenue, where a domestic dispute had been reported. The officers determined that the argument started when the wife had an argument with an in-law, which escalated when her husband started arguing with her. The couple was separated and the wife left the area with her two children without further incident.

July 4, 2009: Just prior to the annual fireworks display, an officer assigned to the beach for security observed several subjects enter the beach appearing to be unsteady on their feet as though they were intoxicated, and sit down among other spectators present. One of the subjects was then observed sitting down in the sand dunes, plucking sea oats and knocking down the dune. The officer approached to advise the subject to exit the dunes and to leave the area. The subject became belligerent and began to utter loud profanities in the presence of the public. A second male subject who was with the intoxicated subject then became loud and boisterous, causing both to be taken into custody. Both subjects were charged with Public Intoxication and one with the additional charge of Unlawful Destruction of Sea Oats then transported to the Detention Center.

July 4, 2009: While waiting for the annual fireworks display to begin, an officer on the beach observed several subjects present in the crowd who appeared to be in possession of beer. The officer approached to investigate and found all three in possession of beer. One female subject gave the officer a false date of birth to indicate she was over 21. All three subjects were charged with No Alcohol on the Beach, and the female who had provided false information was also charged with Hindering and Minor in Possession of Alcohol.

July 4, 2009: At approximately 9pm, an officer responded to a complaint of someone shooting off fireworks illegally on 25th Avenue near Waterway Boulevard. As the officer approached the group, he observed a male subject in the street holding a can of open beer and noticed that several other empty cans were on the ground near him. When the subject saw the officer he began to run from the officer, who observed him run into a wooded area then come back out empty handed. The subject’s wife then appeared and was advised of what had happened. The subject was given a verbal warning regarding illegal fireworks, but charged with No Alcohol on the Street and NRVC for an unpaid traffic ticket. The couple then agreed to pick up all debris from fireworks and empty beer cans in the area without further incident.

July 4, 2009: Just after 11pm, an officer on patrol observed a vehicle turning left onto Carolina Boulevard from 7th Avenue, then failing to negotiate the turn and driving onto the lawn of the corner house, barely missing a mailbox and a utility pole. The vehicle was stopped on 8th Avenue near Ocean Boulevard. While the officer was speaking to the driver, he noted an odor of alcohol about his person. The driver was then found to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana. The driver was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and Reckless Driving and transported to the Detention Center.

July 5, 2009: Officers responded to a Morgan Place Drive residence where a male subject met them in the street to advise that he believed his wife had ingested an overdose of a prescribed medication. His wife was located in a closet upstairs, where she was restrained for her safety. Since she refused medical treatment, she was taken into Emergency Protective Custody and transported by EMS personnel to East Cooper Hospital for evaluation.

July 5, 2009: A Mount Pleasant police officer met an Isle of Palms officer at headquarters after he transported a female subject who had a domestic disturbance earlier in the evening. During the altercation, the female victim stated that she was assaulted in the face and head with the fists of her boyfriend. Since the suspect was no longer in the area, this case has been turned over to an Investigator for prosecution. The victim was escorted back to her vehicle in Mount Pleasant. The suspect was located on July 6th and taken into custody and charged with Criminal Domestic Violence 2nd offense, where a $5,000 surety bond was placed by a Magistrate.

July 6, 2009: An officer responded to a Morgan Place Drive residence where it was reported that a male subject had fallen down a flight of stairs. Upon the officer’s arrival several parties met him, where the victim then stated that he had not fallen, but was thrown from a golf cart while on a Harbor Golf Course golf cart path. He stated that he was briefly pinned under the cart, which overturned. He complained that he had some difficulty breathing and agreed to be transported by EMS for observation.

July 6, 2009: Investigators arrested a male subject who was employed by a local rental company regarding a theft of money from a Palmetto Drive rental unit in May, and second theft of money from a Grand Pavilion Boulevard rental unit on July 1. The subject confessed to the thefts and was charged with two counts of Petit Larceny.

July 6, 2009: Officers responded to a Lagoon Villas rental unit in Wild Dunes where a domestic family dispute had been reported. The officers quickly determined that the dispute was between a mother and her 19 year old son and had been only verbal with no evidence of assault.

July 7, 2009: An Investigator positively identified two male subjects responsible for deliberately breaking four entry gates to several areas in Wild Dunes in June. Both were charged with Malicious Damage to Property.

July 10, 2009: After stopping a vehicle on Palm Boulevard and 11th Avenue for a license plate violation, the officer, while speaking with the driver, observed a clear plastic bag of marijuana in his possession. He was taken into custody and charged with Improper Display of License Plate and Simple Possession of Marijuana.

July 11, 2009: An officer on patrol of Palm Boulevard just before 2am observed a vehicle approach him in the opposite direction doing 66 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone. The officer turned around and stopped the vehicle and while speaking to the driver, determined that she had consumed some alcohol. The driver was charged with Reckless Driving and was transported to the Detention Center.

July 11, 2009: An officer stopped a vehicle on the Connector for a lane violation and while checking the driver’s license, determined that his license was suspended. The computer check also revealed that the driver was wanted in North Carolina for a Probation Violation. He was taken into custody and placed on hold at the Detention Center until North Carolina authorities could extradite him.

July 12, 2009: An Isle of Palms officer responded to Sullivan’s Island at their request to assist their agency with a reported break-in in progress. The building was searched and the officer returned to the Isle of Palms.

July 12, 2009: A officer responded to a residence on Seagrove Lane, where a subject reported that a female friend had stolen $100 from his belongings. The suspect was identified and appeared while the officer was present. She admitted that she had taken the money and returned it to the officer and was charged with Petit Larceny.

July 12, 2009: Officers responded to the County Park where management reported that a male subject was attempting to instigate a fight with park patrons. The officers located the subject in the parking lot and determined that he was intoxicated and in possession of a quantity of beer in a bag he was carrying. The subject was taken into custody and charged with No Alcohol on the Beach and Disorderly Conduct.

July 12, 2009: Officers responded to a front beach establishment after management reported that a patron left their business without paying for a $117 bar tab. An employee of the business located the suspect and detained him until police arrived. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with Petit Larceny. A computer check of the suspect revealed that he was wanted by the Chesterfield County, Virginia, authorities, but they declined to extradite, due to the distance and the nature of the charge involved.

July 12, 2009: Officers responded to a front beach establishment after an employee reported that a patron, who was cutoff by the bartender and asked to leave the premises, had assaulted him. The suspect was located and taken into custody charged with Simple Assault.

July 12, 2009: Friends of the previous incident’s suspect approached the officer who had his friend in custody and began to cause a loud disturbance on the sidewalk. A second officer arrived and explained the reason his friend was being arrested, when that subject began to use loud profanity in the presence of a family who was entering a nearby hotel. He was taken into custody and charged with Disorderly Conduct.

July 13, 2009: A North Charleston police officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction and when a computer check of the driver was complete, it was determined that the driver was wanted by the Isle of Palms Police Department. The driver was taken into custody to await the service of numerous Arrest Warrants for a Burglary he committed in Wild Dunes in May. Investigators charged him with Burglary 1st degree, Grand Larceny, Breaking & Entering a Motor Vehicle, numerous counts of Financial Transaction Credit Card Theft and numerous counts of Financial Credit Card Fraud. Since a Magistrate can’t set a bond for Burglary 1st degree, the suspect will await a Circuit Court hearing in the Detention Center.

July 13, 2009: An officer responded to a front beach business where three male juveniles had reportedly stolen merchandise. Two of the subjects left the area on their bicycles, but one fifteen year old was apprehended and charged with Shoplifting through Family Court and released to the custody of a parent.

July 13, 2009: Just before midnight, officers responded to a residence on 30th Avenue where a domestic disturbance had been reported. When the officers arrived they heard yelling from within the residence, made entry and observed a male bleeding from a laceration to the eye and a female involved in a heated verbal dispute. The parties were separated, and after speaking to all subjects within the residence, it was determined that the female subject struck her cohabitating boyfriend. She was taken into custody and charged with Criminal Domestic Violence.

July 14, 2009: Officers responded to a residence on Chapman Avenue, where a domestic dispute had been reported. Upon their arrival, they determined that a male and female, who were not married, were having a loud verbal dispute. There was no indication that the dispute ever became physical. The female subject was given an escort to her residence in Mount Pleasant.

July 14, 2009: An officer on patrol of the Connector observed a vehicle weaving in and out of the lane of traffic and conducted a traffic stop to investigate. While speaking to the driver, a strong odor of alcohol was detected. The driver submitted to several Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed, and was transported to headquarters where he submitted to a Datamaster Test. The driver was found to have a .16% level of alcohol in his system and was charged with DUI, then transported to the Detention Center.

July 17, 2009: A female visitor to the beach reported that her beach bag containing car keys, cell phone, and wallet were stolen while she was in the water. She made contact with her husband to bring a set of spare car keys, when she observed an unknown male suspect driving her car away from where she had parked it. She and her husband followed the suspect several blocks, honking the horn to draw attention to them. The suspect pulled over to the side of Palm Boulevard near 7th Avenue and exited the vehicle and attempted to get into a second vehicle driven by a female subject. The victim’s husband scuffled briefly with the male car thief and the victim was able to reach into the suspect’s vehicle and retrieve her stolen beach bag. A good description of both suspect’s and a license plate number was provided. The case has been turned over to Investigators.

July 18, 2009: A Sullivan’s Island police officer had someone in custody suspected of DUI and requested an Isle of Palms police officer to conduct a Datamaster Test for him. The test was administered at the Isle of Palms Police Department.

July 19, 2009: A Sullivan’s Island police officer had someone in custody suspected of DUI and requested an Isle of Palms police officer to conduct a Datamaster Test for him. The test was administered at the Isle of Palms Police Department.

July 19, 2009: Just after 6am, an officer was made aware of a suspicious vehicle with two occupants parked at a Palm Boulevard business. The officer stopped to investigate and after running a computer check of the occupants of the vehicle, determined that the male driver was wanted by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Domestic Violence 2nd degree. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Detention Center to await extradition.

July 19, 2009: A Sullivan’s Island police officer had someone in custody suspected of DUI and requested an Isle of Palms police officer to conduct a Datamaster Test for him. The Datamaster Operator determined that, due to a bleeding laceration to the suspect’s face, medical treatment would need to be administered first. Isle of Palms Fire Department personnel responded and made the determination that the suspect needed to be transported to the hospital for stitches. The Datamaster Test was never administered.

July 19, 2009: Officers responded to Ocean Boulevard where a couple was arguing. The female was in possession of the car keys and would not allow her intoxicated boyfriend to drive. Due to his level of intoxication and the fact that there was no one capable or available to drive the subject home, he was taken into custody and charged with Public Intoxication.

July 20, 2009: Just after 3am, and officer on patrol observed a pickup truck driving erratically: slowing down, speeding up, and stopping for long periods at stop signs. The officer stopped the vehicle on Palm Boulevard and while speaking to the driver, immediately detected a strong odor of alcohol. When the driver exited the vehicle, he needed to hold on to the truck for balance and submitting to one Field Sobriety Test was not allowed to continue due to his size, being over 400 pounds, and the officer feared that he would fall and injure himself. He was transported to the Charleston County Detention Center and administered a Datamaster Test, where he registered a .13% level of alcohol.

July 21, 2009: An officer responded to Wild Dunes to meet with a security officer, who reported that a female resident came to Gate 1 repeatedly honking the horn of her car. She stated she needed help and was contemplating suicide. The officer spoke to the subject who agreed to cooperate and to be transported to the hospital for evaluation.

July 21, 2009: An officer responded to Palm Boulevard near 27th Avenue, where a citizen reported a suspicious female subject wearing a ski coat and a veil covering her face. The officer spoke to the subject and determined that she had been distributing fabric softener sheets in white envelopes marked with crosses and placing them in mailboxes. The subject’s parents were notified and responded with the understanding that she be immediately taken to a hospital for evaluation.

July 21, 2009: An officer on patrol in the area of Palm Boulevard and 57th Avenue observed several vehicles parked in a parking area commonly used by trespassers to enter Wild Dunes, then walk to a private pool nearby. The officer observed two young male subjects in possession of a large cooler, which was filled with ice and beer. Both subjects were charged with Underage Possession of Beer. The adult was also charged with Possession of More Than One DL. The juvenile was released to a parent to await Family Court proceedings.

July 21, 2009: Just before midnight, an officer made contact with two young subjects near a pool and gazebo area in Wild Dunes. The officer spoke to the two subjects and determined that both were consuming alcohol. The officer then found a backpack, which contained a large plastic bag containing marijuana, and an additional bag in one of the subject’s pockets. A total of 55 grams of marijuana was seized. Both subjects were charged with Minor in Possession of Beer, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute within Proximity of a School or Playground.

July 23, 2009: Officers responded to a residence on 32nd Avenue for a medical assistance call, where a mother reported that her 17 year old son would not wake up and was turning blue. Fire Department first responders performed CPR until EMS personnel arrived and transported the subject to a local hospital. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

July 24, 2009: Just before 2am, an officer on patrol of the Connector stopped a vehicle for speeding and while speaking to the driver, detected a strong odor of alcohol from within the vehicle. The driver had trouble providing the necessary paperwork and needed to hold on to his vehicle to stand while speaking to the officer. The driver was administered several Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed, and was transported to headquarters to be administered a Datamaster Test. The driver refused to provide a breath sample and was charged with DUI and transported to the Detention Center.
July 24, 2009: Officers on patrol in Wild Dunes near the Grand Pavilion boardwalk encountered four young subjects consuming alcohol. All four were sixteen years old and were charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol and Beer. Due to their age, they were released to the custody of parents and will appear at a later date in Family Court.

July 25, 2009: An officer encountered two male subjects consuming beer in the rear of a condominium complex in Wild Dunes. Both subjects were teenagers, but adults. They were each charged with Minor in Possession of Beer, one with Use of Another’s DL, and the other with Giving False information to a Police Officer.

July 26, 2009: Officers responded to the front beach, where an assault had been reported. A female subject stated that she was assaulted by her father while arguing about her leaving her child with her father for a long period of time. The father was located approximately two hours later. Statements were taken from both parties involved and witnesses. The incident has been turned over to an Investigator.

July 27, 2009: Just before 11pm, an officer on patrol in Wild Dunes encountered three subjects at the Grand Pavilion Boardwalk consuming alcohol. Two were teenagers and were charged with Underage Possession of Liquor. An adult with them was charged with 2 counts of Transfer of Liquor to a Minor.

July 30, 2009: Officers responded to an Edgewater Alley residence where an occupant at that location had reported a domestic dispute. The officers separated the parties involved and determined that the argument between boyfriend and girlfriend was over the fact that alcohol had been served to a nineteen year old in the residence. After speaking to several witnesses, it was determined that the couple had engaged in mutual combat and both were charged with Simple Assault. Since the alcohol served to the minor was the daughter of the male arrested, no further charges were made.

Personnel/Community Relations

July 7, 2009: PFC S. Baldrick received the Employee of the Month Award for the month of June for her apprehension of a subject who had just committed a burglary in Wild Dunes.

July 22, 2009: The police department participated in the Annual Hurricane Expo, which was hosted by Sullivan’s Island. The police department presented two displays manned by several officers. The Recreation Department, City Hall, and the Building Department also manned informative displays.

July 24, 2009: The Commander of the 437th Security Forces Squadron requested that Sgt. Ryan play the Great Highland Bagpipe at a memorial service at the Charleston Air Force Base

July 31, 2009: During the month of July, officers discovered two businesses and two homes with open or unsecured doors. A total of fifty-eight Victim of Crime Forms were issued to business or homeowners for various violations noted, or to advise them that an officer checked their business during the night while on patrol.

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