News In Brief - March 20, 2008

Clover High junior faces pot charges

YORK -- A 17-year-old student faces drug-related charges after officials say they discovered marijuana in his vehicle during a random drug and weapon search at Clover High School.

Authorities charged Marquay Quamine Sheppard of 113 Pickney St. in Clover with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a school, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

Sheppard is a junior at Clover High, said Principal Ron Wright. District policy mandates that a student charged with distribution of drugs be suspended pending a hearing for expulsion, Wright said.

Some marijuana also was found in the vehicles of two female students, Wright said.

Sheppard's charges stem from an incident Tuesday at Clover High. When officials checked his vehicle, they found in the glove compartment a large baggie of suspected marijuana which contained three smaller bags packaged for sale, the report states.

Sheppard told authorities he had just purchased the bag on Monday and "had it to sell," according to the report.

Sheppard's bond was set at $12,000. He was released on bond Wednesday.

Fort Mill woman robbed at fast food drive-through

FORT MILL -- A woman was robbed Tuesday as she waited at a fast food pick-up window, authorities said.

Officials have not made an arrest in the incident, which happened at Burger King at 1650 S.C. 160.

Around 8:30 p.m., the 35-year-old woman drove to the pick-up window with her window rolled down, and an armed man walked up to the mini-van, grabbed $20 out of the victim's hand and grabbed her by the shirt, according to a report from the York County Sheriff's Office.

The man fled on foot. A dog was able to track the man from behind Burger King to the Walgreens parking lot, but authorities were unable to locate the man, the report states.

Witnesses told authorities the man is black and was dressed in a black-hooded sweatshirt, faded jeans, white shoes and a blue bandanna, according to the report. The man is believed to be about 20 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to call York County Sheriff's Office at 628-3059 or CrimeStoppers of York County 1-877-409-4321.

Lancaster man charged in Rock Hill stabbing

A judge on Wednesday set a Lancaster man's bond at $50,000 after he was charged with stabbing and cutting a man several times, officials said.

Authorities charged Rickey W. Griffin, 41, of 5085 Pageland Hwy., with assault and battery with intent to kill, according to officials and a Rock Hill Police report.

The victim, a 37-year-old man, had internal injuries, lacerations and other injuries, according to the report. He was taken to Piedmont Medical Center. His condition was not available Wednesday.

The victim told police that around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday a man, later identified as Griffin, approached him in the 500 block of Green Street and asked for a beer. The victim told the man, "no," and to leave him alone, the report states.

The man chased the victim, caught up with him, stabbed him in the upper left leg and cut him several times, according to the report. Authorities found the man still armed with a knife on top of the victim, the report states.

Griffin remained in custody Wednesday at York County Detention Center.

Two men charged in connection with robberies

Authorities have charged two York men in connection with two York County robberies.

Authorities charged James Otis Byers Jr., 18, of 205 W. Jefferson St., and Lamarcus Dontrail Perry, 19, of 25 Lee St. with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy, said Lt. Larry Vaughan of the Rock Hill Police Department. The pair were arrested earlier in connection with a March 3 robbery in York.

The latest charges against Byers and Perry stem from an incident at Quick C at 2696 N. Cherry Road. On March 5, two males entered the store and demanded money and two cartons of cigarettes as well as the 24-year-old female clerk's purse, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

A dog was unable to track the men; however, police documents show Perry was charged Monday, and Byers was charged Tuesday.

York officials arrested Perry on Friday in connection with March 3 robbery at the American Pride gas station at 328 S. Congress St. Byers was arrested Monday in connection to the same robbery, said Detective Billy Mumaw of the York Police Department.

The two face multiple charges stemming from that incident, according to arrest warrants.

Byers' bond was set at $17,000, and Perry's bond was set at $19,000, a York County Sheriff's official said. Both men remained in custody Wednesday at York County Detention Center.