Crime

Report: Rock Hill man assaulted women he claimed to defend at Executive Inn

Police: Man assaulted victims he said he was defending

A Rock Hill man is accused of assaulting two women at the Executive Inn.

Kevin Jason Estes, 39, is charged with assault and battery, third degree, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

One woman said they were walking to the hotel from the gas station early Thursday morning when Estes began making crude sexual comments, according to the report. When she did not respond, Estes grabbed her hair, pulled her backwards, and put his hands on her neck and chest, the report states.

The victims ran to their hotel room to hide and Estes began to bang on the door, police say. He tried forcing entry into the room and grappled with a victim for a moment, the report states. The victim punched Estes in the face and fled, she told police.

Estes, however, told police he was trying to defend the women from another man. He feared they were in danger and may have been sexually assaulted.

Estes was held at the Rock Hill city jail on a $500 bond.

Michael Livingston

Beaufort police cruisers collide

Two Beaufort police officers were hospitalized after they collided with each other on S.C. 170 in Beaufort Friday, according to police.

The officers were responding to a report of an abandoned pickup truck and trailer, thought to have been stolen, Police Chief Matt Clancy said.

The officers involved were Daniel Jayne, 32, of St. Helena Island and Michael Phelan, 30, of Okatie. Phelan car struck Jayne’s car on the driver’s side, according to police.

Jayne was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital and then to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, while Phelan was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital and later discharged, a hospital spokesman said.

Army may close Moncrief hospital

The U.S. Army may close Moncrief Army Community Hospital at Fort Jackson, according to Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, the fort’s commander.

Becker said that the Army medical command contacted him this week and told him that it is considering closing, or drastically cutting back service, at the facility, which is the main health care provider for the 72,000 soldier that are trained there each year and 7,000 military and civilian employees.

Medical care for the recruits would be transferred to local hospitals, the general said. Each recruit would would be required to be accompanied to off-base hospitals by two drill sergeants, according to Army regulations.

Ad for toddler posted on Craigslist

Authorities were informed of a Craigslist ad for adopting a three-year-old Camden toddler, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.

A resident notified authorities Tuesday after noticing the ad on Craigslist.

The woman called the Camden Police Department and was told it was out of its jurisdiction and she needed to call the Sheriff’s Office, according to the police report. She also called the Department of Social Services and was told there was nothing they could do, the report said.

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