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Press Release, May 21 2013
, SC – A 37-year-old Port Royal man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on May 21, 2013 for the home invasion and attempted rape of his downstairs neighbor.

At the conclusion of a two-day trial, jurors convicted Frederick Mcleod of first-degree burglary and first-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.

On the afternoon of August 16, 2012, Mcleod, who was intoxicated, approached his 29-year-old neighbor as she returned to a house on Paris Avenue in Port Royal that had been converted into several apartments. She brushed him off and went inside to get ready for work.

A few minutes later, she heard a knock at her door. She cracked the door open and Mcleod burst through. He pushed her down on the bed and groped and kissed her. The victim told him to stop and was eventually able to break free. Mcleod lost his balance and fell into a wall. He threatened her by indicating he would be waiting for her when she returned from work later that night.

Mcleod was arrested a short time later in his apartment and has remained in the Beaufort County Detention Center ever since.

“I am really proud of the victim for having the courage to confront her attacker,” said administrative solicitor Hunter Swanson, who prosecuted the case along with assistant solicitor Price Sumner. “I am also proud of the jury for getting this right and holding Mr. Mcleod accountable for his actions.”

Judge Brooks Goldsmith handed down the sentence, which by law, will require that Mcleod serve at least 85 percent before being eligible for any sort of early release.

Press Release, April 18 2013
Port Royal, SC – 23 year old Jabare Dante Johnson and 20 year old Brittney Nicole Wire were arrested by the Port Royal Police department and charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana.

On April 18th, 2013 Officers responded to 19 Grober Hill Road (Port Royal Apartments) in reference to a complaint of a strong odor of marijuana emanating from one of the apartments. Officer identified apartment #311 as the source of the odor and made contact with Jabare Johnson and Brittney Wire. After a preliminary investigation, a search warrant was obtained and executed on the apartment. The search warrant resulted in the discovery of approximately 203 grams of marijuana which was packaged for sale and/or distribution. Jabare Johnson and Brittney Wire were both arrested for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana and taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Press Release, April 12 2013
Port Royal, SC – George M. Morris (23 years of age), was charged with Burglary in the First Degree and Strong Arm Robbery after Morris forcibly entered a residence in Port Royal, assaulted the victim and stole approximately $700 dollars cash, a wallet, and prescription medication.

On April 12, 2013 Officers received a call for service in reference to a burglary at 116-A Tamara Lane. Upon arrival Officers found that George Morris had broken a window to gain entry into the residence and rob the victim. Morris stole cash, a wallet, and medication from the victim before leaving the area. Morris and three other individuals were located by police shortly after the incident at which time Morris led officers on a brief foot chase before he was captured. The wallet, cash, and the medication were recovered during the investigation. Steven Halker (25 years of age), and Stacy Vaughn (24 years of age) were charged with Trespassing in connection with the incident.

Press Release, March 27 2013
Port Royal, SC – Brandon Parker (27 years of age), Elijah Clark (23 years of age), and two juveniles (14 and 15 years of age) were charged with two counts of Burglary in the First Degree. The four defendants are charged with unlawfully entering two residents in Port Royal and stealing approximately $4990 in electronics, clothes, shoes, and cash.

On March 12th, 2013 Officers received a call for service in reference to two burglaries at 1712 West Paris Ave (Kent’s Court MHP). Officers found that two mobile homes were burglarized and approximately $4990 in electronics, clothes, shoes, and cash were taken. After further investigation, a search warrant was obtained and several stolen items were recovered. The two adults were arrested and the two juveniles will be petitioned to family court.

Anyone with information about this case or this person is encouraged to contact the Port Royal Police Department at 843.986.2220 or prpd@portroyal.org.

Press Release, February 5, 2013
CHARLOTTE, NC (Feb. 5, 2013) – The Town of Port Royal was named a 2012 South Carolina Outstanding Traffic Safe Community by the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Sergeant Scott O’Neal and Lieutenant John Griffith of the Port Royal Police Department accepted the award during a ceremony on Jan. 31, 2013 at Seawell’s in Columbia.
In all, 15 South Carolina communities were honored, including three Grand Winners (Elloree, Newberry and Goose Creek) during the ninth-annual Traffic Safe Community awards luncheon hosted by the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety. Port Royal was one of five winners in the 10,000 – 30,000 Population category.

“One of the major issues the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety is tackling this year is texting while driving, with a strong focus on teen drivers, a group who has grown up continuously connected to cell phones and computers,” said Angela Vogel Daley, Public Relations Manager for AAA Carolinas. “AAA Carolinas’ goal is to create a culture change among teens concerning texting while driving.”

The AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety provides awards in an effort to recognize those towns and cities that make a strong effort to make our state’s roads safer.

Colonel Michael Oliver, commander of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and Phil Riley, from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, congratulated and honored local law enforcement and community representatives.

The foundation recognized 15 communities in total for leadership in traffic safety including: (* repeat winners)

Population greater than 30,000:
• Goose Creek* (Berkeley County)
• Rock Hill* (York County)
• Summerville* (Dorchester County)
• Spartanburg* (Spartanburg County)
• Charleston* (Charleston County)

Population between 10,000 and 30,000
• Newberry* (Newberry County)
• Mauldin* (Greenville County)
• Port Royal* (Beaufort County)
• Easley (Pickens County)
• Irmo* (Lexington and Richland Counties)

Population less than 10,000:
• Elloree* (Orangeburg County)
• Due West* (Abbeville County)
• Isle of Palms* (Charleston County)
• Iva (Anderson County)
• Lynchburg* (Lee County)

AAA Traffic Safe Communities are selected by looking at crash statistics, number of law enforcement officers per capita, and presence of a formal traffic safety program and/or existence of a special traffic division. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte provided the statistical analysis and the AAA Carolinas Foundation chose winners in each category giving extra emphasis to those communities that are proactive in enhancing traffic safety efforts.

The AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety is a non-profit organization founded by AAA Carolinas and funded by AAA Carolinas’ member contributions that works to promote traffic safety initiatives in North and South Carolina.

Photos of each award recipient are available on AAA Carolinas Media Center at AAA.com/Media.

Press Release, December 18, 2012
Port Royal, SC – On December 18, 2012 Officers of the Port Royal Police Department responded the Mcteer Bridge in reference to a report that a white female had jumped into the water.

Earlier in the day Officers received a call for service in reference to a missing female by the name of Sarah Caldwell. It was reported to Officers that Caldwell is not mentally stable and has a fascination with swimming in large bodies of water. After gathering information on Caldwell, she was placed in NCIC (National Crime Information Center) as a Missing Endangered Adult. Prior to the BOLO (Be on the Look Out) being released, Officer received a call for service reference to a white female who had jumped off the Lady’s Island side of the Mcteer Bridge. Officers and emergency personnel arrived and observed the female identified as Sarah Caldwell swimming in the water. Caldwell stayed afloat while emergency personnel provided her with a rope and flotation device. Port Royal Landing Harbor Master and two emergency personnel arrived in a boat and pulled Caldwell from the water. Caldwell was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital non-life threatening injuries.

Armed Robbery Suspect Sought
On December 3rd, 2012 at about 9:15 pm an unknown suspect entered the Days Inn located at 1660 Ribaut Rd in Port Royal and committed an armed robbery. The suspect is described as a light skinned black male approximately 6 feet tall with a medium to heavy build. He was wearing a dark colored shirt over his head, black sweat shirt, black and gray shoes and blue jeans with a light design or fraying on the rear pockets. The suspect pointed a silver and black semi automatic pistol at the receptionist and made off with the cash drawer and her wallet. He then fled on foot to the Oakhill Terrace area where it is thought he entered a vehicle and made his getaway.

Driver Arrested For DUI
On December 4, 2012 Officers of the Port Royal Police Department arrested 30 year old Ellis Rashaud Washington for Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren, Driving Under the Influence 1st, Driving Under Suspension 2nd, and Simple Possession of Marijuana. At approximately 07:15 am Officers observed a white SUV drifting out of its lane and jerking erratically to get back into the lane of travel. When the vehicle turned onto Parris Island Gateway, Officers initiated a traffic stop but Washington refused to stop. Washington continued to Lady’s Island Drive and Ribaut Road where he lost control attempting to turn on Lady’s Island Drive striking three vehicles in the intersection. One person suffered minor injuries, and three of the vehicles were towed from the scene. The South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to assist by handling the traffic collision portion of the incident.

Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested
On November 18th, 2012 Officers of the Port Royal Police Department arrested 20 year old Cassandra Maura Ramos for Attempted Murder, Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Violent Crime and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren. According to statements made by Ramos she had met the Victim in Wal-Mart’s parking lot to get some money from him. During the exchange Ramos pulled a knife and attempted to rob the victim of the money. The victim fled in his car and Ramos gave chase firing 3 shots from a .357 revolver while in the area of Grober Hill Rd in Port Royal. Officers initiated a traffic stop on Ribaut Rd but Ramos refused to stop until she was in the Old Shell Rd area. A felony car stop was conducted and Ramos and her passenger Omar Lamar Habersham were taken into custody. Habersham was found carrying a set of brass knuckles and charged with possession of a concealed weapon. Both suspects were taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

The Exchange Club honored home town heroes from the Port Royal Police Department, Beaufort Fire Department and Beaufort County E.M.S. today at a luncheon held at the Golden Coral restaurant. more info!

Burglary Suspect Arrested

On October 25th, 2012, 32 year old STEVEN JASON KUEHNER of 1640 Ribaut Rd in Port Royal was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Burglary in the 2nd Degree. Kuehner is accused of unlawfully entering several of the apartments where he was working as a maintenance man and stealing precious metals and collectables. more info!

October 2012 Newsletter