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Man gets lost on way to bathroom

An apparently intoxicated employee of Rock City Tavern was arrested for peeing on the roof of the bar early Thursday morning, police say.

The 26-year-old Rock Hill man was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana after being arrested on the roof of the Celanese Road bar, according to a police report.

When police arrived around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, they found the man urinating on the roof of the tavern. Another employee told police she heard him climb up the ladder to the roof around 2:20 a.m.

Officers climbed on the roof and found the man, who appeared to be drunk, had slurred speech and a hard time standing or walking, the report states. Police helped him off the roof.

When officers searched him, they found a pipe for smoking marijuana and .38 grams of the drug.

He also damaged a neon light to the building.

More news from the world of urination

A Rock Hill teen playing basketball was arrested after he took a bathroom break in nearby bushes.

A resident of Gentle Breeze Lane alerted authorities Saturday night to a teen who urinated near his house, according to a police report.

Police talked to the boy, 14, who was playing basketball near that man’s house around 7:50 p.m.

He admitted to relieving himself in the bushes near the house but didn’t think he did anything wrong. He told officers he thought it was okay to use the bathroom in public since he was covered, the report states.

Police charged the teen with public disorderly conduct and took him home. He was released to his mother and issued a summons to appear in court.

Ex-boyfriend goes ballistic

A Clover man apparently upset that his ex-girlfriend was evicting him from their home is accused of setting fire to the living room.

Geoffrey Lowrie, 49, was arrested Tuesday and charged with arson in connection with a fire set at his residence last week, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The victim told deputies she has lived with Lowrie for about eight years, and she had him arrested for a domestic incident earlier this year.

The couple has since broken up, but they continued to live together at the Clover house. During that time, Lowrie has threatened to burn down the house, the report states.

On July 27, the victim told police she called Lowrie after 9 p.m. and told him leave the residence, the report states. She said she was on her way home, and he would be evicted if he was still there when she returned.

When she got home, her truck was missing and she saw smoke coming from the front door of the house. When she opened the door, flames flared up inside the house, the report states.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the living room, but smoke throughout the house caused about $6,000 in damages.

The fire also damaged the TV.

Nothing suspicious about this guy

Suddenly, motorist is in an action movie

A driver is recovering after he jumped from a car going about 65 m.p.h. on Interstate 77 this weekend, York County officials say.

A 50-year-old New Hampshire man jumped out of a moving car and rolled down the interstate in the southbound lane near mile marker 82 in Rock Hill Saturday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office.

Witnesses told deputies they saw the man jump from a Ford Focus and roll down I-77. A woman in the passenger seat was able to safely pull the Focus off the road without causing a crash, Lt. Mike Baker said.

Officials believe the man jumped out of the car in an apparent suicide attempt, but investigators hadn’t interviewed him yet.

The driver was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center with head injuries, the report states. He suffered mostly abrasions and contusions, Baker said.

Deputies have not decided if the man will face charges, Baker said.

Happy birthday (blam!) to me

A man was arrested after he fired gunshots into the air Thursday in honor of his 34th birthday, police say.

Officers spoke the man early Thursday morning after a woman said he had pulled a .40-caliber gun on her while they were arguing, according to a police report. A witness said she did not see a gun during the argument, but that they were throwing things at each other.

At his mother’s residence, the man told officers he didn’t have a gun, but later said he had one on top of his mother’s dresser, the report states. He told officers he had fired it outside to celebrate his birthday.

He was charged with firing a gun within city limits and taken to the city jail.

This candid camera is no smiling matter

An employee of a Hilton Head convenience store has been accused of hiding a video camera in the women’s bathroom, according to the sheriff’s office.

A woman in the restroom of the Kangaroo Express on Mathews Drive accidentally dislodged the camera from its hiding spot in the toilet-paper dispenser July 23, according to a news release. The customer notified store clerks and the sheriff’s office, which seized the camera.

Emilio Felipe Derutte-Casas, 50, of Hilton Head faces a Peeping Tom charge and, if convicted of the misdemeanor, he faces as many as three years in prison.

Sgt. Robin McIntosh, sheriff’s spokeswoman, said Derutte-Casas had been surreptitiously filming the bathroom with a video camera for at least a month, possibly longer.

“It hasn’t been continuously running,” McIntosh said. “Basically, he would run it for a couple hours during his shift.”

McIntosh would not say how investigators determined Derutte-Casas was responsible because the case remains open.

Derutte-Casas does not have proper residency documents, McIntosh said. He has been placed on hold in the Beaufort County Detention Center pending an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine his residency status. He was born in Peru, according to the jail log.

A manager at the Kangaroo station who answered the phone Friday declined to say whether Derutte-Casas has been fired.

CDB still kickin’ it

The legendary Charlie Daniels Band, best known for the 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” will play Thursday in Rock Hill as part of the Old Town Amphitheater series.

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Daniels has no plans to stop any time soon and just released his new single, “Let ‘Em Win Or Bring ‘Em Home.”

Daniels talked with The Herald about his career, what his audience can expect, and if the devil is indeed still in Georgia.

You can’t talk about the Charlie Daniels Band without talking about “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Why do you think that song became such an instant hit and is still so popular now?

If I could answer that question, I’d be a very brilliant man. I think it’s probably the nature of the song; everybody likes to see the devil get beat. You can’t beat the devil without the Lord. That just goes on to the positive side of winning. I think it’s the novelty. When you put together a hit record, it’s a combination of things. I don’t think it’s necessarily because of any one particular thing, the right song, the right arrangement, the right time…

One of our Facebook readers Travis wants to know: is the devil still down in Georgia?

Unfortunately the devil is in a lot of places. He goes around. That’s a very serious subject with me. When I talk about that, it is not a reckless subject to me at all. I’m a Christian and I very much acknowledge that there is a devil. And like I said, you couldn’t beat the devil without the Lord.

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