The following is a synopsis of some of the activities of the Isle of Palms Police Department during the month of September.
September 2, 2009: At approximately 1am, an officer on patrol stopped to speak with a male subject operating a bicycle on Palm Boulevard without lights. While the officer spoke to the subject he determined that the subject was in possession of a quantity of marijuana. He was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and NRVC for an unpaid traffic ticket.
September 3, 2009: An officer on patrol stopped a vehicle on Palm Boulevard for speeding and while speaking to the driver determined that he had no license in his possession and it was suspended for not paying a previously issued ticket. The driver was charged with DUS 3rd offense, Habitual Offender, Speeding, and NRVC.
September 6, 2009: Officers responded to a Charleston Blvd. residence where a citizen calling 911 reported a woman that had been stabbed in the neck and a male holding down another male in the front yard. The first officer to arrive was told that the male being detained had stabbed the female that was lying on the ground approximately 20 feet away, and advised that the victim and the suspects are married but legally separated. The officer immediately placed the suspect in handcuffs and placed him in his vehicle. He then retrieved a black tactical knife that had been lying on the ground near the suspect. First Responders from the fire department arrived and treated the victim until EMS arrived and transported her to MUSC Trauma Unit in Charleston. The victim sustained stab wounds to her back, neck and face. Officers protected the crime scene and obtained statements from witnesses. Investigators were notified and responded to the residence to process the scene, to the hospital, and to headquarters to meet with the suspect. The suspect was charged with Assault and Battery with the Intent to Kill and transported to the Detention Center. He appeared before a Magistrate on 9-7-09 and was placed on a $100,000 bond.
September 7, 2009: A vehicle was stopped on Palm Boulevard for an equipment violation and while running a computer check of the drivers license it was determined that the license was suspended. The driver was charged with DUS and NRVC for an unpaid traffic ticket. A passenger in the vehicle was allowed to drive the vehicle from the area.
September 9, 2009: Just after 2am, an officer on patrol observed a vehicle on the Connector weaving in and out of the lane of traffic. Once the vehicle was stopped the officer detected an odor of alcohol from within the vehicle and investigated. A female passenger was taken into custody for having two unpaid traffic tickets, and was charged with NRVC two counts. The driver was observed attempting to hide something under his seat and was taken into custody for possession of a quantity of marijuana located on his person. He was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana 4th offense.
September 11, 2009: A resident of Sparrow Drive reported that over a period of time, she had over $90,000 worth of checks forged against her bank account. A checkbook was missing, and all forged checks were written from the missing checkbook. An Investigator has been assigned to the case.
September 11, 2009: Just before midnight, an officer on patrol in Wild Dunes attempted to stop a golf cart as it made a right turn onto Morgan Place Drive and when it did not stop, the officer momentarily pulled up next to the vehicle and verbally told him to pull over. The cart went onto the green of the nearby gold course, where the operator jumped from the cart, allowing it to roll into a pond. Located in the cart were a telephone, wallet, and garage door opener. A computer check of the license found in the wallet indicated that the driver was under suspension in North Carolina for DUI. The cart was towed from the pond. An Arrest Warrant was prepared for the subject, since the officer was able to verify his identity by the photo on the license. The following evening the subject came to police headquarters and tried to report that the golf cart had been stolen. He eventually admitted that it was not stolen and he had been the one driving the golf cart. He was taken into custody and charged with Failure to Stop for a Blue Light and Siren, DUS, and False Information to a Police Officer.
September 12, 2009: Just before midnight officers responded to an overturned vehicle collision, car vs. tree, on JC Long Boulevard. After first aid was administered to the driver for a laceration he was administered several Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed. He was transported to headquarters for a Datamaster Test that he refused. He was charged with DUI and transported to the Detention Center.
September 15, 2009: An officer responded to a hazardous material spill of gasoline at the gas station on Palm Boulevard and directed traffic while fire department personnel cleaned up the spill.
September 18, 2009: An employee of the local grocery store observed a pickup truck leaving the parking lot of his business and noticed that the truck had two beer carts in the truck that belonged to a local beer distributor. The employee followed the truck and called the police to advise them of the possible theft. The truck attempted to evade the employee by turning into a neighborhood. An officer located the truck and determined that the subject driving had stolen two beer carts worth $600 from the store. The subject was arrested and charged with two counts of Petit Larceny and Simple Possession of Marijuana for marijuana found in his pocket when arrested.
September 19, 2009: Just after 2am, an officer on patrol observed an oncoming vehicle cross over into the officer’s lane of traffic. The officer turned around on the vehicle and observed it enter a residential neighborhood, running through several stop signs, then drive over a railroad tie attempting to evade the officer. The vehicle stopped abruptly and the driver placed the ignition keys on the roof of the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody, charged with Reckless Driving, No Proof of Ownership, and Failure to Change Address.
September 20, 2009: An officer on patrol observed a vehicle turn into the opposing lane of traffic and immediately overcorrect. The officer stopped the vehicle to investigate and while approaching the vehicle observed the female driver holding a debit card out of the window as though she were presenting her drivers license. The officer detected an odor of alcohol and requested that the driver submit to several Field Sobriety Tests, which she failed. She was transported to headquarters and administered a Datamaster Test, which registered a .15% level of alcohol. The driver was charged with DUI and transported to the Detention Center.
September 22, 2009: At approximately 2:30am, an officer on patrol observed a speeding vehicle on the Connector and noted that the speed of the vehicle increased to 84 miles per hour. Once the vehicle was stopped the officer immediately detected an odor of alcohol. The driver submitted to several Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed, and was transported to headquarters to be administered a Datamaster Test. After the twenty minute observation period the driver refused to provide a sample. He was charged with DUI, Open Container, and Failure to obtain a SC DL.
September 22, 2009: An officer on the Connector stopped to speak with a male subject walking barefoot on the shoulder of the road. The subject made several confusing statements and said that he was looking for his vehicle. The subject’s parents, who live in Myrtle Beach, were notified and stated that the subject has a history of mental illness. For the safety of the subject he was taken into Emergency Protective Custody and transported to a local hospital for observation.
September 25, 2009: Officers responded to a residence on 30th Avenue where a subject who resides there was observed to be placing personal belongings out on the street. That person had allowed a roommate’s common-law husband to come and stay in her apartment, and since the couple had been arguing, she decided to remove their belongings. She was advised that proper eviction procedure would need to be followed for the couple to leave. One subject involved had two outstanding Arrest Warrants through two police agencies in Georgia, who both declined to extradite due to the nature of the charges.
September 25, 2009: Officers responded to Summer House in Wild Dunes to assist fire department personnel in evacuating the building due to a fire alarm sounding at that location. Once the cause of the alarm was remedied, all personnel left the area.
September 26, 2009: An officer on patrol of the front beach area observed a female subject who appeared unconscious in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that was parked in a parking space. After several minutes the officer was able to awaken the subject, who admitted that she was trying to sleep off the alcohol she had consumed. She was advised of the law against sleeping in her vehicle and was advised to call someone to pick her up. The subject was loud, profane and boisterous, but was allowed to call a taxi. After approximately thirty minutes, she was asked to call and check to see how long the taxi would be. After making a phone call the subject stated that the person she called hung up on her, at which time the duty Communications Clerk advised the officer that the subject had just dialed 911 and hung up on them. Due to the subject’s severe intoxicated state the decision to arrest the subject was made. While being handcuffed, the subject resisted by pulling away to avoid being restrained. The subject had to be taken to the ground to be properly handcuffed and was charged with Disorderly Conduct, No Overnight Sleeping in Vehicles, and Resisting Arrest.
September 26, 2009: A female subject who had been staying in Wild Dunes during a work conference reported that while receiving a massage, she had been touched inappropriately. She stated that she complained to management then reported the incident to police. A statement was taken from the victim and from the suspect the following day. The incident has been assigned to an Investigator to follow-up on.
September 27, 2009: An officer on patrol stopped a vehicle on Palm Boulevard near 7th Avenue for an equipment violation and while speaking to the driver detected an odor of alcohol and observed an open container of beer in the vehicle. The driver submitted to several Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed. The subject was transported to headquarters for a Datamaster Test, where he refused to provide a sample. The subject was charged with DUI and transported to the Detention Center.
September 9, 2009: TCO Fran Overdorf received the August Employee of the Month Award after being nominated by the Investigations Supervisor. She was recognized for researching Craig’s List on her own time and locating the owner of a set of wedding rings that were recently lost on the beach.
September 11, 2009: A couple visiting the Isle of Palms sent a letter of appreciation to PFC Chavez, commending him for the professional manner that he displayed when he handled a situation involving their small dog, which was attacked by two loose dogs near where they were staying.
September 21, 2009: Officers provided traffic control for the Plant a Palm ceremony on Palm Blvd. between 21st and 22nd Avenue. The ceremony dedicated a historical marker to commemorate the replanting of palm trees after Hurricane Hugo, and was held on the 20th anniversary of the hurricane.
September 25, 2009: The formal Grand Opening to the new Public Safety Building was held in front of the new building, with an Open House following. All officers who were not working attended the event. Two officers along with two firefighters were Color Guards for the ceremony.
September 30, 2009: For the month of September, officers discovered five businesses and two homes with open or unsecured doors. A total of sixty-three Victim of Crime Forms were issued to businesses or homeowners for various violations noted, or to advise them that an officer checked their business during the night while on patrol.