The Newton Police Department was made aware of a complaint that an Officer had abused a citizen through social media. The Department took quick action and did a complete investigation exonerating the Officer of any wrongdoing.
The Cleveland Police Fourth District Posted a Photo and the following short story: Officer Eric Newton responded to a burglary for an elderly resident. He returned later to fix the window on her house that was broken during the burglary. Good work by Officer Newton and much appreciated!
A Facebook post about the rude treatment toward a Deputy of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department was made by a citizen who witnessed the act by an employee of a local eatery. The Establishment made good on it and the Sheriff Responded.
On April 29, Jeremy Thompson Made a Post on His Facebook page that got thousands of shares regarding the way that an employee of Krispy Kreme spoke regarding a Deputy who drove up requesting an order. After the post went viral, Krispy Kreme took notice and disciplined the employee then made a public statement to the Sheriff on their Facebook page. The Sheriff replied.
It was nice to see the way that decent citizens, business and Law Enforcement get along despite a few bad apples. Here are the posts.
I will never ever step foot in a Krispy Kreme ever again! This morning I went into the Krispy Kreme on Clemson road to pick up donuts for one of my accounts. There were two ladies working and I was the only customer inside. While one of the ladies was helping me the other walked over to the drive thru window. When she looked out the window she said ” I ain’t doin this one. No way I’m not serving him. Someone else is going to have to take care of him cause I ain’t doin it”. I looked out the window and it was a police officer. I looked at the lady and asked her why she wouldn’t serve him. She said ” I don’t do the POlice”. So the lady helping me had to stop getting my order so she could get his because that piece of crap employee refused to serve him. I waited until I got my order and looked at the other lady and said you know that is wrong! She chose to ignore me. I’ve never seen something so ignorant in my life. I hope one day when she needs the police they don’t show up!
An incident involving the Krispy Kreme on Clemson Rd, SC where an employee refused to serve a law enforcement officer solely because he was a cop recently occurred and a witness posted the incident on social media which reached the attention of many. While unfortunate situations being shared and discussed via social media and other avenues is greatly appreciated so that corrective action can take place, the law enforcement community is certainly one who understands that the poor actions of one employee does not properly represent the views and values of the community, business, organization, etc. as a whole. The following are the correspondents between Mechelle Carey, manager of the Krispy Kreme on Clemson Rd where the incident occurred, and Sheriff Leon Lott. We sincerely thank our Krispy Kreme friends.
From: Mechelle Carey
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 7:22 PM
Subject: Krispy Kreme
My name is Mechelle Carey and I am the district manager for Krispy Kreme and also a Columbia resident, I spoke to Chris Cowan yesterday and he suggested I reach out to you about an unacceptable situation that you may have heard about at our Clemson Road location on Friday. I wanted to write and assure you that we have not only dealt with the employee with strong disciplinary action but to apologize directly to the entire department. We have a long standing and wonderful relationship with all our local law-enforcement, military and first responders – this partnership is incredibly important to us.
We understand that the actions of an employee may have eroded your officers’ faith in us; we would like an opportunity to fix that. This week I and the general manager would like to come by and make a donation of coffee and doughnuts to the team. I see that you are also having coffee with a Deputy on Saturday and would be willing to assist there as well. Please let me know your thoughts.
District Manager, Corporate stores, South Carolina and Eastern Georgia
Our Mission Statement: To touch and enhance lives through the joy that is Krispy Kreme.
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From: Sheriff Leon Lott
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 3:07 PM
Subject: FW: Krispy Kreme
Thank you for your email concerning the incident at your Clemson Road store. As the head of an agency I realize that on occasions an employee’s actions will not represent the mission and values of the organization. I and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department family realize that the isolated incident does not define the wonderful relationship and partnership that Krispy Kreme has with not only the Sheriff’s Department but all Public Safety and Military.
While jokes are often made about donuts and cops, the reality is we all know what place welcomes us and is good to eat; that’s Krispy Kreme.
Again, thank you for quickly addressing the issue and continuing to be our valued partner.
A bank robbery occurred at South State Bank, located at 606 Main Street, Wednesday, around 11 a.m. Officers from multiple agencies searched for three suspects for about 9 hours after they fled the bank in a car heading south on US 17.
Upon entering the bank, the three men brandished their firearms and fied them inside the Bank building. No injuries were reported. After leaving with cash inside bags the trio left the bank but a bank bag exploded with dye inside it and was discarded outside the bank. Officers arrived on the scene and began chasing suspects immediately on US 17.
Suspects fired shots at the officers during the pursuit, but officers did not return fire. Other agencies were called in to assist with the search for the robbers in the woods.
Prosecuting attorney Scott Hickson said the terror that unfolded around the incident Wednesday and the suspects’ behavior “indicated extreme indifference to human life and posed a danger to our community.”
The three suspects fires weapons into vehicles, homes and at officers without regard to anyone in their path.
“When I looked at the gun, it was directly at me,” Melvin Fields, who lives in Barefoot Resort, told WMBF.
Fields said he thinks the bullets went straight through the inside of his car because his windows were rolled down. None of the bullets hit his car or him.
“They were shooting at people randomly to get away. Anything they could stop,” he said. “There was a car directly in front of me after I got to that intersection that already had its tires shot and had been shot at.”
“It was a little scary, but thankfully nobody was hurt,” Brian Mahlert said at his home on Grovecrest Circle where a round shattered a window above his back door.
Suspects also fired shots at North Myrtle Beach police Lt. Tommy Dennis’ patrol vehicle as he attempted to deploy stop sticks.
Riverside Elementary, located at 1283 Hwy 57 S, was on lock down for a short period, according to school principal Vicki Underwood, as police searched for the robbers.
Pressley was captured about 1:30 p.m. in the wooded area of Long Bay Road and Kerchies Road. Hardiman was found in an abandoned residence in the vicinity about 6:30 p.m. Berklery was apprehended in the woods just south of Long Bay Road and west of Watertower Road about 9 p.m.
Officers remained at the Bank to secure and process the scene
“It was just nice seeing everyone being so resilient and having such a strong spirit,” a customer, Jennifer Feeney, said. “It was like having church,” she said of being inside the bank. “Everyone is just rejoicing, and thankful just for the officers.”
Each suspect is charged with criminal conspiracy, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, pointing or presenting a firearm, two counts of assault and battery in the first degree, kidnapping, wearing a mask to conceal their identity, bank robbery, discharging a firearm into a building, discharging a firearm into a vehicle, failure to stop for a blue light and two counts of attempted murder.
Pressley also faces a charge of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Berklery questioned the kidnapping charge and asked the judge if it wasn’t a natural reaction to run from police who are chasing you, adding that he was hypothetically speaking.
“I don’t know if it’s natural or not, but it’s not natural to me,” said Judge Blake Martin. He added that anyone being pursued should always stop and comply with police and work out the questions of fairness regarding that stop in court.
Thank you to our dedicated and hard working DPS personnel working today and those who who were called in from their off duty time to assist.
Thank you to our Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, Communications and Support Services Divisions for showing how teamwork can get the job done.
Thank you to Horry County Police, Sheriff, Fire Rescue, E-911 as well as Myrtle Beach Police, SLED, SCHP, SCDNR, local FBI agents, DEU agents and other personnel/agencies who stepped up to assist today.
Thank you to the citizens of North Myrtle Beach and those who reside in the areas affected between Water Tower Rd and Hwy 90 for the patience and understanding as they were blocked from access to many local roads during today’s events.
Tonight we are most Thankful that all Suspects were taken into custody without any injuries resulting to Public Safety Personnel, Civilians, or the Suspects themselves.
It has been a long day but we can all rest easier tonight thanks to all those who played a part today.
So again, THANK YOU………
The second post that the Department made was ragarding their Officers stating:
Our friends at South State Bank brought us pizza today to say thanks for a job well done yesterday! Thanks South State Bank, we appreciated lunch so much.
Lastly a message to the piblic as well as to other officers regarindg the dangers of the work performed.
We appreciate all the words of encouragement and support from those who follow our Department’s page here. The two pictures below provide a clear example of the dangers of our profession as well as the payoff of utilizing the proper training and discipline even in the most stressful and intense of situations. Our Officers demonstrated professionalism to the highest degree and because of that they were able to go home to their families unharmed at the end of their extended work day yesterday.
Police Vehicles struck by gunfire from bank Robbery suspects
Police Vehicles struck by gunfire from bank Robbery suspects