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Investigation continues into man who set wife on fire

The criminal investigation into the Colleton man accused of setting his wife on fire remains active.
As of press deadline on Tuesday, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the criminal case against Craig Lewis, the Walterboro man who set his wife on fire.
Lewis was arrested earlier this year on January 18th. He is currently charged with high and aggravated domestic violence, resisting arrest that resulted in an officer injury and attempted murder.
His wife is still hospitalized and is recovering from the incident, and is still undergoing treatments, according to Shalane Lowes, spokeswoman for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. She received burns on more than half of her body after Lewis set her on fire on January 17th.
Details of how she was burned are still being withheld, pending the results of the still-ongoing investigation. After the incident, she was flown to the Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

Ruffin burglary reported
Law enforcement officials are investigating a burglary that occurred on Sept. 2nd in Ruffin. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, the female homeowner called 911 and reported that she returned home to find the back glass of her house shattered. An unknown person had broken into her house and then stole a rifle. The woman also said she could tell that someone had sat on her couch. No arrests have yet been made.

Woman makes false kidnapping claim
A woman who originally called 911 and reported that she was kidnapped and part of a sex-trafficking operation was ultimately arrested after deputies learned she was untruthful. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, a woman called for help on Sept. 2 and said she was in Round O. The woman claimed to be kidnapped and then hung up. Deputies were able to locate the woman after going to several residences in the area. She was found standing in the yard of a residence along Cannon Road. The woman told officers that she did not want to talk to them, and then asked if they were “the real police,” the report states. The woman did have blood on her arms; however, she refused medical attention. The woman then claimed that shew as thrown from a moving car. Moments later, she claimed to be a part of a sex trafficking ring. She was arrested for disturbing the peace. While in the deputy’s car, the woman began kicking the patrol car windows and screaming. She was taken to the Colleton County Detention Center.

Suspect steals from residents’ lawn
Officers are looking for someone who stole several items from a woman’s yard last week.
On Sept. 2nd, an unknown suspect went onto the property of a Fire Hill Road residence and stole multiple items, including a 125 quart-Yeti cooler, a car battery and a gas can. The victim also thinks that someone stole gas from the vehicles and lawnmower parked in the driveway, the report states.

Woman tries to steal bacon from Dollar General
Two women were placed on trespass notice from the Dollar General on Sidneys Road in Walterboro after being caught trying to steal. On Sept. 3rd, deputies with the sheriff’s office were called to the store. A store employee told the officer that she saw one of the female suspects put items into her bag. A second suspect was also shopping with the first. While being questioned by the officer, one of the women confessed to stealing two packages of bacon. The stolen items are valued at $9.90, the report states. The manager said she intends to pursue charges against the women, and also asked that both of them be placed on trespass notice, meaning they cannot return to the store. The woman who admitted to stealing the bacon was also arrested for shoplifting.

Driver refuses to listen to deputy, advances toward him during traffic stop
A man stopped by a deputy for having a suspended license plate refused to listen to the officer, and walked toward the deputy’s car while repeatedly ignoring commands to stop. According to an incident report filed with the sheriff’s office, a deputy stopped the man on Sept. 3 on Sidneys Highway for having a suspended license plate. The deputy stated in his report that he could see the driver reaching toward the passenger side of the vehicle. The deputy also stated he could not see the man’s hands. At this point, the deputy ordered the driver to show his hands. The man refused and then got out of his vehicle and began to walk toward the deputy’s patrol car. The deputy stated in his report that he repeatedly ordered the man to stop walking, and he continued to “advance” toward the patrol car. At about 10 yards from the patrol car, the suspect stopped walking and then laid on the ground. The man finally complied, as back-up officers were called to the scene. The man received a citation for driving under suspension and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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