Man charged with trafficking, distribution of methamphetamin



Matthew W. Peterson, 39, of 850 Holiday Drive, was arrested on Feb. 24 and charged with two counts of trafficking of methamphetamine and one count of distribution of methamphetamine after a six-month investigation conducted by Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Clarendon County Sheriff's Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Charles R. Connor Jr., 35, 501 Caroland Drive, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree assault and battery after he allegedly struck the victim in the head with a coffee table leg on Wednesday, causing an open gash wound, and later stabbing the victim in the left shoulder with a kitchen knife.

Damon Johnny Rawls, 38, of 17 Vining Road, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree domestic violence for allegedly snatching the victim by the arm and pulling back his arm as if to punch her in the face during a dispute while in the first block of Vining Road on Wednesday. Additional charges could be filed, states a news release from Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Luke E. Taylor Jr., 27, of 3860 Nicole Lane, was arrested Friday and charged after approximately 5 grams of crack cocaine and one Oxycodone pill were found on his person and inside his vehicle, respectively, while he was detained by an officer in the 1000 block of Broad Street. According to an incident report from Sumter Police Department, the arresting officer saw Taylor asleep inside his vehicle and smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle. The officer also seized approximately $1,600 in cash. Taylor is charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.

Jeremy J. Ballard, 34, of 796 Point Drive, Wedgefield, was arrested on Thursday and charged with possession of marijuana and three counts of distribution of crack cocaine after an undercover operation conducted by Sumter County Sheriff's Office. He was transported to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center where a magistrate judge denied his bond because of outstanding drug and weapons charges.


A Carry On landscape utility trailer valued at $1,000 was reportedly stolen from a residence in the 800 block of Perry Boulevard between 3 and 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

A camouflage .20-caliber firearm, unknown make and model, with the initials "CJ" carved into the stock valued at $140, a black .30-06 Savage firearm valued at $400, a black .270-caliber Savage firearm valued at $400, a brown Remington 12-gauge shotgun valued at $200, a black .22-caliber Savage firearm valued at $100, $200 in jewelry and $100 were reportedly stolen from a residence in the 5200 block of Panola Road, Pinewood, between 8:45 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday.