More weird, funny and/or interesting news briefs from my local hometown newspaper.
The pen is mightier than the sword
A pen became the weapon of choice for a Rock Hill man charged with threatening people with a knife, according to a police incident report.
William Jackson, 44, was arrested after witnesses said he was walking around threatening people with a knife.
When police brought Jackson to the law center to book him, he refused to walk into a cell and then grabbed a pen from the pocket of an officer’s shirt, according to the report.
Jackson was clutching the pen “as if he was going to try and use it as a weapon,” the report said.
Another officer came to assist. No one was injured.
Jackson was charged with disorderly conduct, intimidation and resisting arrest.
Take that, you stupid Lexus
A Fort Mill woman reported an angry driver smashed her windshield, sun roof and door in a fit of road rage, according to a Fort Mill Police report.
The woman, 29, told police on April 22 around 8 p.m. she accidentally cut off another driver on Dobys Bridge Road.
When the cars came to a stop at the intersection of Tom Hall Street, the driver of the car behind her walked up to her Lexus and took a hammer-like tool and smashed her windshield, sun roof and dented her door, the report states.
The man fled the scene in a dark sedan, the woman told police.
The damage is estimated at $1,500. No one was injured.
Subaru takes a dive
Crews spent nearly six hours fishing a car out of a backyard pool after a Chester man flipped his Subaru into his neighbor’s swimming pool.
Charles Weldon, 32, side-swiped a house and ran his car into the pool around 10 a.m. Monday, said Chief Mike Brown with the Chester City Police. He will be charged with driving under the influence, Brown said.
Weldon was taken to the Carolinas Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.
The crash caused major damage to the house, deck and pool of a house owned by Rae Woods.
“The car came across the street, off the road, through a 6-foot-tall chain link fence, through the deck and down a great big hill before going into the pool,” said Woods, who rents the property. “I’m still in disbelief about all the damage.”
By 4 p.m., the car was out and by 5 Woods was draining the pool and calling the insurance company.
She said the liner on the pool was ripped and will need to be replaced, as will the deck, fence and a portion of the house.
‘You’ll never catch me, copper’
Police arrested a man Monday while he was in the process of stealing copper pipes from under a Rock Hill house.
The 46-year-old man told officers he was stealing the pipes from the home on Stonewall Avenue because he was homeless, according to a Rock Hill police report. Most copper thieves make quick money by selling the items to scrap yards.
In this case, officers arrived at the address about 11 a.m. and met with a witness and several neighbors. The witness said he saw the man entering the crawlspace beneath the house. An officer heard movement within the crawlspace and saw the man moving, according to the report.
Several pieces of copper pipe were found in a pile under the house, the report states.
The man was charged with second-degree burglary and obtaining non-ferrous metal and transported to the Rock Hill City Jail.
Copper is currently selling for nearly $4.50 per pound. Other metals are also spiking in value and, as a result, thefts are spiking.
The official state waste-of-time
South Carolina legislators gave the lowly collard green its due Tuesday when the Senate agreed to make it the official state vegetable.
Frequently boiled and traditionally a charm for wealth in the New Year, the collard green first put on Southern tables by slaves would join dozens of other “official” things the state recognizes.
For instance, milk is the state’s official beverage and state-grown tea is South Carolina’s official hospitality beverage. The Carolina wolf spider is the state’s official spider and the bottlenose dolphin is the state’s official mammal.
Not everyone was biting at the veggie proposal, however.
The 30-12 vote showed there were collard green doubters, including Sen. Greg Ryberg, an Aiken Republican and Wisconsin transplant. “Was there competition?” Ryberg asked.
Sen. Larry Martin, a Pickens Republican, defended the choice. He told his colleagues — inaccurately — that the bill would only set the collard green as the state’s official leafy vegetable. “We all know the popularity of the collard,” Martin told Ryberg.
“What about the green bean?” Ryberg asked in a reference to past efforts to put money into a green bean museum.
“The green bean’s not leafy,” Martin said flatly. “This is very specialized.”
When told of what the bill actually said, Martin was surprised. “Oh, it is? I thought it was leafy,” Martin said.