More fun facts from my hometown newspaper

He scores, she shoots

Police are investigating a shooting and robbery that occurred in two incidents Thursday morning at a Rock Hill motel.

A man claims the woman he met at Rock City Tavern took his gun and shot him in a hotel room early Thursday, according to a police report.

Officers found William Walker, 37, of Florida on a bed with a small hole in his abdomen, the report states. He was not specific on what had caused the shooting, only stating that the woman shot him then fled. He said he was about to drive himself to the hospital.

While investigating the shooting, a 21-year-old man who is an employee of Walker’s said he was jumped and robbed by four men in the Days Inn parking lot.

The man said four men wearing bandanas over their faces came up to him in the parking lot, and one pointed a handgun at him and said, “Give me all you got.”

The man said he pulled a knife from his pocket, threw it on the ground and began fighting with them, the report states. He said he knew one of the men.

The suspects took $70 from him and fled.

The man was unable to give more information because he was intoxicated, the report states.

You wouldn’t understand…

Two men have been arrested in connection with the Saturday night stabbing of a 58-year-old man at Wall-Bangers Social Club.

Timothy David Hill, 44, and William Holland Sosebee, 57, both of Rock Hill now face charges of attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy, according to police documents. Sosebee is a member of the Hell’s Angels gang, while Hill is a member of Red Devil, a nationwide group that supports Hell’s Angels, said Lt. Brad Redfearn.

When Jim Moye entered Carolinas Medical Centers-Steele Creek with stab wounds in his abdomen, a security guard called Rock Hill police to report the incident.

Moye wouldn’t give many details, only saying it was a “motorcycle thing.”

More theatening than karaoke?

Rock Hill Police officers were dispatched to a karaoke bar early Saturday morning in response to a man with a knife.

About 2:40 a.m. Saturday, officers were told a man was sitting on the curb with a knife outside Backstage Karaoke and Bar on North Anderson Road, according to a police report. The 32-year-old Rock Hill man appeared to be highly intoxicated, the report states.

Officers could see a large knife sitting next to him, according to the report. Witnesses in the area said he was making threats inside the bar, saying he would cut people.

The man was arrested and charged with public disorderly intoxication and a weapons violation.

Tased and confused

A Rock Hill teen was Tasered and arrested after he threatened to run over a neighbor and her children with his car Monday, police say.

Waylon Montana Johnson, 19, has been charged with public disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

A woman who lives on Eagle Ridge Drive told officers Johnson regularly drives his Chevy “recklessly” in the neighborhood, according to a police report.

About 6 p.m. Monday she asked him to slow down as he drove by because her children were playing outside. He then made the threat to run over the woman and children, the report states.

While in the neighborhood, officers saw Johnson leave his address and walk toward another road, the report states. They could hear him yelling at a neighbor using obscene language.

When police went to arrest him, Johnson ran into his garage, according to the report. Johnson closed the door behind one of the officers and tried to enter his house. An officer had to use a Taser on Johnson.

He was taken to Rock Hill City Jail.

But his hat said “POLICE”

Two men reported being robbed by someone impersonating a police officer Saturday in two separate incidents in Lancaster County.

The suspect is a black male, approximately 6 feet tall and 185 pounds, wearing a dark baseball cap with “POLICE” on the front, according to a release from Sheriff Barry Faile.

In both instances, the victims were approached by the subject and questioned about their identification. The suspect handcuffed the victims and took their wallets. The suspect went through the wallets, pretending to be looking for identification. The suspect replaced the victims’ wallets and then left. Both victims immediately discovered that their cash was missing from their wallets, the release states.

“If confronted with a similar situation, the Sheriff’s Office recommends that you be compliant and do not fight with the suspect,” Faile said.

No arrests have been made in this case and it is being actively investigated.

The consequences of bad talking

A woman claims her ex-boyfriend assaulted her in the Rock Hill Galleria parking lot Friday afternoon.

The woman said she and her friend were in the mall on Dave Lyle Boulevard about 3 p.m. when her ex-boyfriend approached them and started “talking bad,” according to a police report.

The two left the mall, but he followed them to the parking lot and took a swing at her. The friend avoided the punch, but the woman was caught in a headlock by the man, who put her to the ground.

After the assault, the friend said the ex-boyfriend walked to his car, grabbed his gun and put it in his waistband, the report states. A mall security guard called officers with the police department.

Officers were unable to locate the ex-boyfriend.

He’s 2 but he will cut you

A Rock Hill man was arrested after his 2-year-old son escaped through a window and was outside alone, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

Ronald Thompson, 36, of 1871 Springdale Road has been charged with non-violent cruelty to children after police responded to a call about a small child wandering around unsupervised.

Several witnesses said the child had been outside for more than 20 minutes, the report said.

According to the report, Thompson told police he had fallen asleep. Then, the child used a small pocket knife to cut the screen out of an open window and crawled outside, the report said.

Police found the knife lying on the ground near the window and marijuana and paraphernalia inside the residence.

He was booked at Rock Hill City Jail on a $2,000 bond.

Getting a woodie

An artistic mash-up of flesh and bark drew gasps and a chorus of police sirens Saturday at an impromptu photo shoot beneath the majestic canopy of the Angel Oak.

Some 25 people disrobed and posed around the wide, gnarled trunk of the ancient oak as California-based photographer Jack Gescheidt and a documentary film crew recorded the moment in celebration of the tree, which is rumored to be 1,400 years old.

The guerrilla photo shoot was designed to draw attention to the oak’s grandeur and raise concerns about a developer’s plans to build apartments and shops on a larger tract adjacent to the small Johns Island park where the tree lives.

A park staffer grew increasingly agitated as the group scouted out camera angles and possible poses in their initial “dressed rehearsal.” But when the clothes came off, the stunned staffer screamed for them to stop.

“No, no, no, no, no!” she shouted. “You can’t do that here! This is a family park!”

Within three minutes, Charleston police rushed in with sirens blaring and blue lights flashing. The volunteer models were busy hoisting their drawers at that point. They could have taken their time. They were in for long wait as police tried to decide what to do with them. All participants and photographers were detained by police for two hours while they investigated. No charges were filed.

Gescheidt had no permit for the shoot, which was part of his TreeSpirit Project, a collection of photographs featuring naked humans posing vulnerably around trees to call attention to their importance. He got the idea for the project in 2003 after stumbling across a massive oak while walking in the woods of Marin County, Calif.

Since that time, he has photographed hundreds of naked participants draped in the arms of trees in California and other states.

Plans for the happening spread quietly through word-of-mouth and attracted a variety of participants of all ages, shapes and sizes.

The group gathered at a small cafe beforehand and painstakingly went over their strategy. Be low-key, don’t attract attention. Be courteous. Do nothing to harm the tree.

They carpooled over around 4 p.m., with a civil rights attorney in tow. Then, they spent some time communing with the tree, feeling its bark, doing yoga beneath its branches. After arranging themselves and trying out their pose clothed, they shed their garments and hustled back to resume their places. A dozen or so tourists, including a few kids, looked on. Some gasped, some laughed, some took photos of their own.

The first police officer on the scene ordered everyone to stay put as the park staffer closed the gates, shutting them in.

Soon, some eight officers were on the scene. Police questioned Gescheidt and others, reviewed the photographs, took everyone’s name and information. Then they huddled.

Finally, after about 90 minutes, Lt. Chip Searson informed the group they were free to go.

No charges would be filed. But he asked them to please refrain from running around naked in city parks.

“It was amazing,” said participant Tom Steenhuysen of Johns Island. “I was not aware of anyone on the outside. Literally, you became one with the tree for a moment.”

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