The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office reported the following charges were issued:
— Latazma Tashesha Bates, 22, of 25345 SC Highway 34, Silverstreet was charged with simple possession of marijuana and violation of a child restraint following a Feb. 23 incident. According to the incident report, Bates red Nissan was stopped by law enforcement on Highway 76 due to an anonymous tip from a motorist. When law enforcement approached the vehicle the responding officer noticed the strong odor of marijuana. Search of the vehicle and of Bates’ purse revealed six brown roaches and a green, leafy substance that the incident report said Bates identified as marijuana. Over $800 cash was retrieved from Bates’ purse and entered into evidence in connection with the marijuana charge.
Shatayvia Miontra Gillings, 19, of 759 Pope Street Newberry was charged with a violation of child restraint related to the incident since the child in the back seat of the car who was improperly restrained belonged to her.
— Deputies were called Feb. 24 to a home of Bachman Chapel Road to assist DSS with a welfare check after DSS received a report that a small child was staying in the home along with a registered sex offender. The responding deputy confirmed a one-year-old was in the home with its grandmother and arrangements were made so the grandmother could leave the home and take the child to another town to stay with relatives. The grandmother was to follow up with DSS at the new location.
— Kody Allen Keisler, 20, of 3 Blue Mountain Ct, Irmo was charged with public intoxication, possession of beer/wine by a person under 21 and for an open container in a vehicle. According to the report, Keisler was driving a truck that got stuck, completely blocking a boat ramp. When law enforcement responded to help the officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. No marijuana was found in the vehicle, but upon searching the vehicle the deputy located a partially open pack of beer on the back seat, an open bottle of beer in the front seat and an open beer on the ground beside where the vehicle initially was located. Those items were entered as evidence. Keisler was transported to the Newberry County Detention Center as was passenger Justin Lee Britt, 19, of 1464 Man Gum Street, Columbia. Britt was charged with public intoxication, possession of beer/wine by a person under 21 and for having a open container in a vehicle.
— An eight-year-old boy was found with a knife at Newberry Elementary School on Feb. 26. According to the incident report, the child brought the knife to show his class during their “sharing line.” A teacher’s assistant confiscated the knife. The juvenile’s parents were notified and the child was suspended from school for three days.
— A fourteen-year-old was charged with possession of a knife at Mid-Carolina Middle School following a Feb. 26 incident. The school resource officer searched the boy’s book bag, and according to the incident report, found two knives, one with a 3.5 inch blade and one with a 2.5 inch blade. The juvenile was taken to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and released into custody of his parent. According to the report, the subject advised that he forgot the knives were in his jacket and that he placed the jacket inside his book bag. The juvenile said the knives were for hunting.
— Jesse Austin Covington, 28, of 580 Chapman Road, Little Mountain was charged with reckless driving Feb. 27. According to the incident report Covington was clocked near Molly’s Rock going 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The report stated Covington told law enforcement the throttle became stuck in the car as he was preparing for an off road race. A passenger in the car, who was not charged, told law enforcement, per the report, that the throttle did stick but that Covington was not attempting to slow the vehicle down as Covington claimed to law enforcement. Covington was placed under arrest and transported to the Newberry County Detention Center where he was ticketed for reckless driving. The passenger was released to a family member.
— Oscar Rodriguez, 17, of 1628 Bodie Street Newberry was issued a ticket charged with driving without a license and operating an uninsured vehicle following a Feb. 28 stop at a traffic safety checkpoint on Adelaide Street.
— A five-year-old child brought a .22 bullet casing to Newberry Elementary school on Feb. 28. According to the incident report, the bullet casing was confiscated and the child’s mother, father and grandmother met with the school resource officer at NES. The child was suspended from school.
— Joshua Monroe Riser, 30, of 170 Carolina Lane Prosperity was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal transportation of legal liquor after a Feb,. 28 traffic stop. According to the incident report, the responding officer smelled an odor consistent with marijuana and then asked Riser to step out of the vehicle. An open bottle of tequila and a marijuana roach as well as green leafy substance and rolling papers were recovered from the vehicle. The report state that Riser, though not the driver of the vehicle, advised the seized items were his.