Police blotter for September 15th-21st

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Seven people killed over Labor Day weekend

Seven people were killed on South Carolina roadways during the Labor Day weekend from Sept. 2-5, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). There were nine fatalities during the 2015 Labor Day period. Additionally, SCDPS reported a preliminary number of 268 traffic deaths during the “100 Deadly Days of Summer,” compared to 271 during the same time frame in 2015. This period runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. As of Sept. 5, 653 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 649 highway deaths during the same time period in 2015. Of the 420 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2016, 200 were not wearing safety belts.

Police: Residents should beware of phone call scam

The Bluffton Police Department is warning residents about a telephone scam. Several residents have told police a person is calling a home, cell phone or business, saying they represent the IRS. The caller then tells the resident they owe back taxes, and if they aren’t paid, an officer will arrest them. The scammer then states the late balance can be settled by buying an iTunes or Target gift card in the amount owed.

“What is concerning, somehow the Bluffton Police Department phone number is appearing on the residents’ caller IDs who are receiving these calls,” said Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds.

“We want the public to know the Bluffton Police Department will not call you on behalf of another agency and threaten to arrest you if a payment isn’t made.”

According to IRS.gov, the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment; demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount; require you to use a specific payment method; or threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to make an arrest. People who receive a phone call like this should hang up and call the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting phone number at 1-800-366-4484 and also report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov.

Man shot, killed at mobile home park

A man was shot and killed on Sept. 5 at Laurel Mobile Home Park in Burton. At about 5:23 p.m. on Sept. 5, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded to the shooting. Upon arrival a black male victim was discovered with a gunshot wound to the chest. Hikeem Barnwell, 36, was transported by EMS to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he died. The sheriff’s office continues to investigate the incident, and collected evidence at the scene and interviewed numerous witnesses. Anyone with information is urged to contact Sgt. Andrew Rice at 843-255-3429 or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC to remain anonymous and for possible reward.

Man wanted on charges of domestic violence

James Leonard Williams
James Leonard Williams

James Leonard Williams is wanted by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office for domestic violence in the second degree. Williams is known to frequent the Hilton Head area. He is 28 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and 165 pounds. Anyone with information is urged to call Sgt. Seifert at 843-255-3414 or Beaufort County Dispatch at 843-524-2777, or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC to remain anonymous and for possible reward.

Man wanted on charges of attempted murder

Renaldo Jovan Frazier
Renaldo Jovan Frazier

Renaldo Jovan Frazier is wanted by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Frazier is 32 years old, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, and 137 pounds. He in known to frequent the Yemassee and Hilton Head Island areas. Anyone with information is urged to call Sgt. Seifert at 843-255-3414 or Beaufort County Dispatch at 843-524-2777, or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC to remain anonymous and for possible reward.

Robert Smalls wreck sends two to hospital

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A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Robert Smalls Parkway and Burton Hill Road sent two people to Beaufort Memorial Hospital and caused traffic delays. Burton firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Robert Smalls Parkway and Burton Hill Road just before 1 p.m. Sept. 9. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a two-vehicle collision with one vehicle on its roof. Two occupants were transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Traffic on Robert Smalls and Burton Hill Road was delayed for over 30 minutes while firefighters assisted the injured and removed roadway hazards. The Burton Fire District has responded to over 200 motor vehicle accidents in 2016 with over 50 of those accidents occurring on Robert Smalls Parkway.

One trapped in rollover at intersection in Beaufort

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The Burton Fire District responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Robert Smalls Parkway and Parris Island Gateway in which one driver was trapped and another transported to Beaufort
Memorial Hospital. Burton firefighters responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident with persons trapped at the intersection of Robert Smalls Parkway and Parris Island Gateway just after 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Firefighters arrived to a two-vehicle accident between a passenger vehicle and a pickup truck, with the pickup having rolled over and the driver trapped inside. Firefighters were able to free the driver, who was uninjured. The female driver of the passenger vehicle was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The Robert Smalls Parkway and Parris Island Gateway intersection was blocked for approximately 30 minutes while emergency crews assisted the injured and removed roadway hazards.

Man on moped killed in accident on parkway

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A man was killed in an accident while driving a moped on Trask Parkway. Burton firefighters responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident just before 5:30 a.m. Sept. 5 in the area of Trask Parkway and Garret Smalls Road involving a passenger vehicle and moped. Initially, the driver of the moped could not be located and firefighters searched the area using a thermal imaging camera, eventually finding the male driver in the grassy median. The moped driver was killed and the female driver of the passenger vehicle was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Traffic on Trask Parkway was slowed for approximately one hour while emergency crews assisted the injured and removed roadway hazards. The accident is being investigated by South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Kids invited to kickball versus Bluffton police, fire

If you’ve ever wanted to play kickball against police officers and firemen, this is your chance. First Zion Missionary Baptist Church is inviting children from the Bluffton community to come out from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, and play kickball against Bluffton Police Department officers and Bluffton Township firefighters.

“We want this to be a fun community event. This event gives the kids in the local neighborhoods a chance to come out and play and speak one-on-one with local police and firemen,” said L.J. Bush of First Zion Missionary Baptist Church. During the event, First Zion Missionary Baptist Church will provide refreshments for those attending.

The event will be held at Bluffton Eagles Field at 155 Buck Island Road.

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