UNION — A Pacolet man ended up in jail after allegedly threatening to kill a woman.
Bruce Eugene Riddle, 49, 225 Countryside Drive, WAs charged by the Union Public Safety Department with criminal domestic violence.
The incident report stated a deputy was dispatched just after 9 p.m. Friday to Riddle’s home in reference to a domestic dispute.
The victim told the deputy she’d dropped Riddle off at a relative’s house in Spartanburg County and when she did he threatened to kill her. The report described the victim as visibly upset and afraid of Riddle. She told the deputy there’s been a number of other incidents in the past that she had not reported.
The deputy advised the victim to contact the Spartanburg County authorities about the incident which had occurred in their jurisdiction. He also advised her to speak with a judge about an order of protection. He then left.
Just before 11 p.m., the deputy was sent back to Riddle’s address after the victim notified dispatch that Riddle was back. The victim said Riddle was outside the house yelling and threatening to kill her. She also told dispatch that Riddle always carried a number of knives and that she was scared for her life.
The dispatcher told the deputy they could hear Riddle yelling in the background, but could not understand what he was saying. They also advised the deputy that Riddle had threatened to harm the police.
When the deputy returned, he found Riddle on the front porch. He then handcuffed him and placed him under investigative detention. The deputy found six knives on Riddle.
The victim told the deputy that Riddle had got someone to let him off at the house. She said that when she would not let him in he started threatening to kill her.
As he was questioning her, the deputy noticed the victim was shaking uncontrollably and crying and seemed to be afraid of Riddle. A witness told the deputy they’d heard Riddle threaten to kill the victim.
Riddle was arrested and taken to jail. The knives were taken as evidence.
The deputy completed a victim’s form for the victim and again advised her to speak with a judge about an order of protection.
A late night at work ended with a Buffalo man in jail for allegedly running away from the deputy trying to arrest him.
Robert Martin Castle, 30, 179 Bailey Road, #B, was charged by the sheriff’s office with resisting arrest.
The incident report stated that just before midnight on Sept. 12, a deputy was patrolling the 900 block of Main Street in Buffalo when he saw an open door at an automotive body shop. The deputy drove down to the body shop and got out and spoke to Castle who said he was there finishing painting a truck. When asked why he was working so late, Castle said because it was a lot cooler.
The deputy then asked Castle if he had any outstanding warrants, and was told that he might, but he wasn’t sure. The deputy then ran a check on Castle through dispatch and was told there were warrants on him out of Edgefield.
Castle then asked the deputy if he was going to jail and was told yes. He said he needed to clean up the paint and put the equipment away before leaving with the deputy. Castle then reached for a fan, but as he did so he ran out the door.
The deputy chased Castle but lost him in the woods. He called in the K-9 unit which found Castle a short time later.
Castle was charged with resisting arrest because he ran in an attempt to avoid being arrested on the warrants and taken to jail.
An anonymous tip accompanied by a video helped land a Union man in jail for allegedly stealing a metal tank and racks from a local business.
John Edward Brandon, 35, 105 McBeth St., was charged by the sheriff’s office with obtaining signature under false pretenses and grand larceny.
The incident report stated that a sheriff’s deputy received a call Tuesday morning concerning an anonymous caller wanting to show him a video. The deputy and another deputy watched the video which showed what appeared to be a blue and white Chevrolet loaded with a silver metal tank and racks leaving a local plant. The first deputy then went to the business and was told by the plant manager that the items were missing from the site.
Two deputies then went to a local scrapyard and spoke with the owner about the tank and racks. The owner told them he’d been at home when a man knocked at his door and told him he had a load he wanted to drop off. He said he unloaded the items on the truck in his scrapyard and was told by the man that he had one more load to get. The owner said that when the man returned 15 minutes later, he was accompanied by another man later identified as Brandon.
While at the scrapyard, the deputies obtained two receipts that Brandon had signed using his middle name instead of his first. The deputies then went to the residence of the man who’d first approached the scrapyard owner about the items. He told them that Brandon had went to the plant where the items had been and that Brandon had told him they’d been given to him by his supervisor. He also told them that Brandon was working the first shift at the plant.
Brandon’s employment at the plant was confirmed by the management who told the deputies he’d recently been hired.
The management also said that the tank and racks had a combined value of $3,700.
Brandon was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
The following incidents are being investigated by the sheriff’s office.
A man who was in prison reported Tuesday that someone forged seven checks totalling more than $2,000 on his checking account.
The victim told a sheriff’s office deputy that the checks were cashed between Dec. 23, 2010 and Feb. 21, 2011. He said he was in the custody of the S.C. Department of Corrections from April 13, 2010, to Dec. 1, 2011.
The victim said that prior to being transferred to the department of corrections, he was held at the Union County Jail. While there, he signed over a package of his belongings to another man. The package included his watch, wallet, and checkbook.
After being released from prison, the victim said he received a letter from the Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office’s Worthless Check Unit which stated that multiple fraudulent checks had been written on his account at two locations in Union.
The victim said he couldn’t have written the checks because he was in prison at the time.
As a result of the investigation, the deputy determined that seven checks with a combined value of $2,152 on the victim’s account including:
• A check for $450 written on Dec. 23, 2010.
• A check for $350 written on Dec. 26, 2010.
• A check for $250 written on Jan. 18, 2011.
• A check for $265 written on Jan. 22, 2011.
• A check for $372 written on Jan. 23, 2011.
• A check for $200 written on Jan. 24, 2011.
• A check for $265 written on Feb. 21, 2011.
The deputy planned to contact the Union County Magistrate’s Office to obtain warrants for the arrest of the man who allegedly wrote the checks.
A house, an outbuilding and a Jeep in Jonesville were targeted twice in the last month by a thief or thieves.
The incident report stated a deputy was dispatched Sunday morning to 657 Gaffney Highway in reference to a break-in. He was met by the victim who said someone broke into her storage building.
The victim said the items taken were Dale Earnhart racing collectibles and some wrestling collectibles that were in a black bag. She said the items had a combined valued of $1,200.
The victim said that three weeks earlier someone stole a carburetor off her front porch and the ball for a hitch on her Jeep. Those items had a combined value of $800.
The following persons were arrested by the public safety department:
James Patrick Canavan, 60, 1611 Turker Creek Ridge Road, York, charged Sunday with public intoxication.
Brandi Paige Gilkinson, 22, 204 3rd St., Union, charged Sunday with disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance.
Sherry Lynn Pressley, 42, 2027 Brown’s Creek Church Road, Union, charged Saturday with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.
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