2012-10-10 / Local News


Bond set at $70,000 for man who threatened to kill officer

Records released Friday show the Gaffney Police Department recently filed arrest warrants claiming a 54-yearold city man assaulted two city police officers during a Sept. 26 incident outside a South Granard Street restaurant.

According to an incident report, police were dispatched to Hardee’s on Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. regarding a report of an allegedly unruly customer. During the incident, police reported that they placed handcuffs on Gregory Joseph Reid Smith, whose address is listed as Bonner Lake Road, in an effort to take him into custody and that Smith responded by throwing himself to the ground, where he chipped a tooth. As the officers then tried to place Smith into a patrol car, the report claims, Smith allegedly kicked Officers Cody Dalton and Dewayne Fowler in their chests. Officer Fowler then deployed his city-issued chemical spray on Smith.

Later, at the Cherokee County Detention Center, Smith allegedly stated several times that he was going to “kill” Officer Dalton and that the next time he saw the officer on the street he was going to shoot him.

Smith was charged in arrest warrants that were signed on Sept. 27 with one count of threatening the life of a public official and two counts of resisting arrest/assaulting police serving process.

His bond was set at a total of $70,000 on the three charges, according to online Cherokee County Detention Center records. lAn estimated $6,000 in theft losses were reported after a thief or thieves targeted the copper components inside an air conditioning unit at a commercial building at Willis Plaza.

According to an incident report, someone took the copper as well as the coolant lines from an air conditioning unit at Staffmasters between 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4. lThe Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reported a case of littering on Riverhill Drive in Blacksburg.

According to an incident report, someone threw dozens of nails into the driveway at a home in the 200 block between

7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and noon Oct. 4.

No damage was reported. lAn estimated $300 in theft losses were reported following the burglary of a storage building on Buck Shoals Road.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, someone forced entry to a storage building owned by Old Castle Lawn and Garden in the 700 block between 4 p.m. Oct. 2 and 7 a.m. Oct. 3.

Taken from the building was a 100-foot long, 220-volt, yellow-colored welding cord. lCity of Gaffney Police signed an arrest warrant Oct. 4 charging a 59-year-old city man with distribution of alleged crack cocaine.

In an incident report, city narcotics division agents allege that John L. Sarratt, whose address is listed as Railroad Avenue, sold a quantity ofa white, rocklike substance believed to be crack cocaine toa confidential informant Oct. 3 at a Railroad Avenue home.

The informant was wearing a video recording device to record the transaction, the report alleges.

The warrant was signed and served Oct. 4. lCity of Gaffney Police were dispatched Oct. 4 to a West Buford Street apartment regarding a trespassing complaint.

According to an incident report, a resident of the 1000 block came home from work Oct. 4 at approximately 7 p.m. and was told by a child that someone had cut off the chain from a child’s bicycle. In addition, a screen was removed from the back window of the apartment.

Neighborhood children saw an unknown man running from the scene. Police reported that nothing was taken from the apartment but the incident gave the resident cause for alarm. l Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office deputies are on the lookout for a trailer that was reported stolen recently from Corinth Road.

According to an incident report, someone entered a property in the 2700 block between Sept. 25 and Oct. 4 and took a 24- to 30-foot-long tandem axle trailer.

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