NEWBERRY — Two Newberry man were charged in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on Jan. 25 on Crosson Street near Hiller Hill.
According to Newberry City Police, officers responded to a call of shots fired around 11:30 p.m. that night after the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office reported that a suspect had fled their crime scene in a maroon colored vehicle.
Not long after, it was reported that a maroon colored vehicle had crashed into a city utility pole on Crosson Street. A Newberry City Police officer arrived on the scene to find a wrecked maroon Buick with two men inside.
One of the men, identified as 31-year-old Michael Maybin Jr. of 408 Crosson St., was searching the floorboard around the driver, later identified as Pritchett Ray Coleman Jr., 23, of 3412 Grant Ave. in Newberry.
While taking control of Coleman’s hands, the officer spotted a handgun in the floorboard. He also smelled a strong odor of alcohol.
Coleman was charged with a seatbelt violation, DUI first offense, open container, concealed weapon, and no proof of insurance. Maybin was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.
The Newberry City Police Department also reported the following arrests:
— Kwamez Gilliam was charged with shoplifting first offense and resisting arrest after trying to steal two cases of beer from Rite-Aid, 2723 Wilson Road in Newberry on Jan. 26. According to the report, an employee of the store told police she saw Gilliam take two cases of beer and attempt to leave the store with them. He put the beer down when asked to but left the store. The employee called police and an officer responding to the call spotted Gilliam behind the store. Gilliam fled the scene but was later found and arrested.
— Doris Verdell Plummer, 22, was charged with simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after city police responded to 1925 Drayton St. on Jan. 29 after someone reported loud music coming from the apartment. According to the incident report, the officer could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. Plummer denied any knowledge of marijuana being inside the apartment. A search of the apartment turned up a piece of cardboard with marijuana residue on it, the remains of a smoked marijuana cigarette, a grinder and a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.