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CCHS students caught with weed, gun on campus

Three Colleton County High School students were removed from the school’s campus and subsequently arrested on gun and drug possession charges.
The teens, whose identities have not been released, were taken into custody on September 25th by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, moments after the three arrived at the school.
The ordeal began when a school administrator smelled marijuana on the teens. An investigation into those concerns led to the search of a vehicle, which was driven by one of the students. During that search, officers found a “small quantity” of marijuana in the car. A handgun was also seized during that vehicular search.
According to information provided by the Colleton County School District, all three students have been suspended and will be recommended for expulsion, based on the district’s Student Code of Conduct.
“The safety of our students and staff members is our greatest priority,” said Sean Gruber, spokesman for the Colleton County School District. “The Colleton County School District takes these incidents very seriously. This was an isolated incident, and there is no evidence that the students brought drugs or a gun to the high school,” he said.
According to Gruber, the incident did not interrupt the “instructional day” at the high school.
It is unclear what legal charges the three teens are facing.

Burglar leaves beer cans inside robbed house
Deputies with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a burglary that occurred on Sept. 24th at a Sniders Highway house. According to an incident report filed with the sheriff’s office, deputies were called to a house along Sniders Highway when a woman arrived at the property and found the property had been burglarized. Beer cans were found inside the house, and several tools were stolen. The unknown suspect(s) is facing a first-degree burglary charge.

Man with no license drives ATV down road
A deputy stopped a man for driving an ATV on the roadway last week on Charleston Highway, only to discover that the driver did not have a driver’s license. According to an incident report, the deputy stopped the driver on Sept. 24th along Charleston Highway, near Hickory Street. The man was driving an ATV on the road, which is illegal in South Carolina. While checking his identification, the deputy discovered the man’s driver’s license was suspended. He was cited for DUS, second offense, and for operating an uninsured vehicle.

Juvenile threatens suicide over remarks made by classmate
A juvenile student in a Colleton County school threatened to kill himself last week, saying he is tired of being bullied. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the Cottageville-area juvenile texted a classmate and threatened to kill himself. Law enforcement officers were notified of the text, and they responded to the boy’s house.
While interviewing the juvenile and the boy’s father, officers were told that the boy is tired of being teased at school. The boy said another juvenile at his school “makes fun” of his family, of his appearance and tells him that he should commit suicide, the report states. That school’s resource officer (SRO) was notified of the incident, and they are conducting an investigation.

Man strikes another in face with a gun, charged with assault
Law enforcement officers are investigating an assault after a man claimed that another person pulled out a shotgun and threatened to shoot him. According to an incident report, officers were called to the Cottageville-area residence on Sept. 20th when the victim said he and his neighbor got into a verbal altercation. Then, the neighbor is accused of getting a shotgun, pointing it at the victim and threatening to shoot him. The suspect also struck the man in the face with the shotgun; however, the victim was able to leave the scene and call 911, the report states. When officers arrived, the victim had a laceration on his face. The suspect was then charged with Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature.

Meth, marijuana seized during traffic stop
While conducting a traffic stop on an SUV last week for the vehicle not having a tag light, a passenger in the car became argumentative with the deputy, leading the deputy to discover meth. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the deputy stopped the 2007 Chevy Trailblazer on Sept. 25th along Smoak Road. The reason for the traffic stop was because of a defective tag light. While talking to the female driver of the vehicle, the deputy stated in his report that the male passenger became very “confrontation,” asking why they were being stopped. The deputy stated he knew the passenger from “prior interactions with him,” the report states. The passenger then continued to ask the deputy to let him go home. The passenger refused to allow the deputy to search the vehicle. The man was asked to get out of the vehicle, and he was patted down. During that pat-down, the officer discovered a meth pipe in the man’s pocket. A “probable cause” search of the vehicle was then done. During that search, the deputy found a cigar pack containing three bags of marijuana, a second cigarette pack containing about two grams of marijuana and a plastic bag containing .3-grams of meth. The man claimed possession of the drugs. He was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of meth.

Traffic stop leads to gun seizure
While conducting a traffic stop for speeding last week, a deputy discovered a loaded AK-47 in the trunk of a man’s car. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the man was stopped for speeding along Augusta Highway on Sept. 25th. During that traffic stop, the deputy said in his report that he could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search was conducted. In that search, a loaded AK-47 gun was found in the trunk. The man had a protective order against him, making it illegal for him to have any firearms or ammunition. The gun was seized, and the man was cited for speeding and for violating the protective order.

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