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Police Blotter: Traffic stop results in drug and weapons charges

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:09 am

A Florence man was arrested on drug and weapon charges after a traffic stop April 11.
Travis Raymark Grate, 30, of 441 West Cheves Street is charged with Possession of Marijuana Second Offense, Possession of Cocaine Base Second Offense, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Speeding and Driving Under Suspension First Offense, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson.
While on routine patrol in Pawleys Island, deputies spotted a vehicle speeding. After initiating a traffic stop, they saw what appeared to be marijuana in Grate’s car.
 “When the suspect was asked to place his hands on the vehicle, he began to reach into his front right pocket multiple times in direct opposition to the deputies’ orders. After a brief struggle, Grate was subdued by the deputies and taken into custody,” Cuthbertson said.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a small baggy of what appeared to be 0.45 gram of “crack” cocaine, a baggy of what appeared to be four grams of marijuana, a substance believed to be synthetic marijuana, a $50 counterfeit bill, several hundred dollars in cash and a handgun under the driver’s seat loaded with a round in the chamber.
A driver’s license check revealed Grate was driving under suspension and he was wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service for a probation violation.

 Mike Tyson move used in fight

A Georgetown man is accused of taking a play from the Mike Tyson playbook during a fight early Saturday morning.
The 24-year-old victim said the suspect had been drinking and stopped by his Meadow Street home. He said the man was starting trouble by threatening him which led to the fight.
The two fell on the ground and the fight continued as they rolled into a ditch.
The victim said he placed the other man in a headlock which is when the man started biting his ear.
Before the two could be separated, the suspect bit off about one-third of the younger man’s ear.
The portion of the ear that was amputated was found in the ditch. The victim was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle and was later transported to the Medical University of South Carolina in hopes the ear could be reattached.
A woman said before that fight, the suspect struck her on the face and forehead with a closed fist. He also reportedly hit another man in the face.
A search for the suspect was conducted but he was not found. According to the Detention Center records, he had not been arrested for this incident as of Tuesday.

Man accused of raping wife

A 43-year-old Pawleys Island woman says she was raped and the person she says committed the crime is her husband.
The woman met with deputies April 10.
She said she had gone out of state with a friend and while she was away she was raped by an unknown man. When she returned home, her husband reportedly got mad, claiming she had traded sex for repairs to her vehicle.
Her husband then said he wanted to have sex. She said “no” but he allegedly forced himself on her.
The woman said the same thing occurred the following night.
The woman said the incidents occurred in March and her husband signed mental papers on her. She said she was admitted to the hospital. She said she did not file a report for nearly a month because she was told by people at the hospital she could not report it since the man is her husband.
She said she decided to report it because she is tired of being mistreated by men.

 Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.
— Compiled by Scott Harper


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