Man threatens to shoot-up Fort Mill workplace

July 31, 2012 

Man threatens to shoot-up Fort Mill workplace

A Fort Mill business was placed on lockdown last week after authorities learned an employee had threatened to shoot co-workers, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

The employee, a 38-year-old Clover man, allegedly told his wife on the morning of July 26 that he had been called in to work a waste removal facility, located in Fort Mill, and that he was afraid he would lose his job. He allegedly told his wife if he lost his job, he would shoot people at the facility and open fire on police if they tried to stop him, the report states.

The man’s wife told her supervisor about her husband’s threat, and it was relayed to law enforcement. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and placed the business on lockdown. They located the suspect and questioned him about the threat. He told authorities that he was just “blowing off steam” when speaking to his wife, and he had no intention of harming anyone, the report states.

Deputies said he cooperated with their investigation and calmly explained he was stressed out because of fear that he would lose his job and not be able to provide for his wife and 10-month-old child, the report states.

The man agreed to let police search him, his locker, work vehicle and personal vehicle. He told deputies before the search that he had a knife in his pocket and a gun with ammo in the trunk of his car, the report states. Deputies found no other weapons or suspicious items, and the gun was determined to be legally owned and properly stored in the trunk, the report states. The suspect passed a psychiatric evaluation.

He was eventually released from custody and allowed to go home. His employment status was not disclosed by authorities.

Clerks accused of selling beer to minors

Two store Fort Mill convenience store clerks were arrested after deputies say they sold beer to minors during an undercover sting, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

The report states Paula Ann Colagrossiplummer, 44, of Charlotte, was charged with sale of beer to a minor after she sold Bud Light beer to a minor working in cooperation with authorities around 6 p.m. July 23. She was working at the Gate gas station, located at 2911 Hwy. 160 West, near the intersection of Gold Hill Road.

Additionally, 20-year-old Jasmine Nicole Smith-Aaron of Charlotte was charged with sale of beer to a minor for a similar incident at the Kangaroo Express gas station at 249 Carowinds Boulevard around 7 p.m. July 23. Deputies say she allegedly sold Bud Light beer to a minor working undercover, the report states.

Vandals defecated in swimming pool

Police are investigating a vandalism incident at a Fort Mill swimming pool that caused thousands of dollars in damage, according to a Fort Mill Police report.

The swimming pool at Peachtree Apartments was vandalized around 1 a.m. on July 19 when a group of people were caught on tape defecating in the pool, breaking numerous glass bottles on the surrounding deck and breaking a window in an adjacent building, the report states. An apartment official reported the crime and turned over security video footage to police. The suspects could not be identified, the police report states. But at least three people were involved.

The pool had to be drained, sanitized and refilled. The total cost to clean up the damage is estimated at more than $2,700.

Man poured cooking oil on wife

A Fort Mill man faces domestic violence charges after his wife says he dumped a bottle of cooking oil on her during an argument, according to a Fort Mill Police report.

The woman, 49, told police her 48-year-old husband grabbed a bottle of oil out of her hands, dumped it on her head and clothing and then shook the rest on the walls of their living room, according to the report. The attack happened after the woman asked him to help her cook dinner.

The wife called police to the scene moments after the attack and they arrested the husband.

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Computer stolen from FMHS surfaces

Tega Cay Police on July 15 recovered a computer, monitor and projector that was stolen from Fort Mill High School, according to a Tega Cay Police report.

The report states police were investigating an unrelated matter at the home of a 19-year-old Tega Cay man when they found the stolen items. The teen told police he had stolen them from the school earlier in the day. He told police he walked through an unlocked door, took the items from a classroom and left. Police were at his home after a family member worried that the suspect might harm himself called for help. He was taken to a medical facility for psychiatric treatment.

He could face larceny charges for the stolen computer equipment.

Compiled by Adam O’Daniel

Police reports of all felonies and any major misdemeanors are compiled weekly from local law enforcement agency records. Charges do not necessarily result in a conviction, and people who are arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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