2006-01-02 / Local News

Peachtree Centre employee says resident was abused

By TARA JENNINGS Ledger Staff Writer tara@gaffneyledger.com

A Peachtree Centre employee has filed a complaint with the Gaffney Police Department alleging the abuse of a resident.

She told police a 47-year-old employee was giving a resident a shower when the resident began to slip. The woman called for assistance after the resident slid down to the floor, according to a report at the Gaffney Police Department.

While waiting for help, the employee allegedly slapped the resident with an open hand in the face and used an adult diaper to smack the resident, the report claims.

The report claims the resident sustained bruising to her left hand and right wrist as a result of the assault.

The alleged incident occurred Dec. 27. The state Department of Health and Environmental Concern (DHEC) and an ombudsman have been notified.

Peachtree Centre interim director Cindy Matthews and DHEC officials were not available for comment.

Argument leads

to arrest

An argument over money on Christmas day led to the arrest of a 47-year-old Gaffney man, according to a report at the Gaffney Police Department.

Steve Carlos Norris, of 310 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is charged with 3rdoffense criminal domestic violence.

Norris flagged down officer Ken Taylor of the Gaffney Police Department at South Logan and Wood streets and claimed he was being threatened by his wife’s family, according to the report. The officer escorted Norris back to his home and talked to two witnesses who stated Norris grabbed a 43-year-old woman by her collar during an argument, police said. The witnesses told police they were arguing because Norris wanted money for crack cocaine, the report states.

Norris has two prior convictions for criminal domestic violence, according to police.

Man arrested on

Christmas Eve

Gaffney police arrested a 34year-old man Dec. 24 after an officer witnessed him trying to gain entry into a Holly Street home, a report at the Gaffney Police Department states.

Officer Brian Blanton has charged Robert Lee Whelchel, of 230 Burnt Gin Road, Gaffney, with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and malicious damage to property.

The officer was dispatched to the home in the 500 block of Holly Street at 7:45 a.m. in response to a call about an attempted burglary and saw Whelchel carrying a hammer and trying to gain entry to the residence, the report states.

A 31-year-old man inside the home told police he was cut on the forehead when Whelchel knocked a hole in the door and hit him in the head with the hammer, according to the report. The victim received medical treatment.

Truck used

as weapon

A Blacksburg man was arrested after he allegedly used his 1985 Ford Ranger pickup as a weapon, a report at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office states.

Jonathan Anthony Scarcella, 17, of 1736 Blacksburg Hwy., Lot 16, is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

A 17-year-old Lawnsdale, N.C., man told police Scarcella’s vehicle struck the rear bumper of his Dodge Intrepid several times, causing $200 in damage, according to the report.

The alleged incident occurred after Scarcella and a Blacksburg man got into an altercation, police said. The Blacksburg man was treated for a laceration to his face and head, according to the report.

Third offense

DUS charge

A 19-year-old Spartanburg man is charged with thirdoffense driving under suspension.

Police stopped James Brandon Thomas on Beltline Road traveling 51 mph in a 35 mph zone and discovered he had a suspended driver’s license, a report at the Gaffney Police Department states.

Teen faces auto

theft charge

Police have charged an 18year-old Gaffney man with stealing a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero, a report at the Gaffney Police Department states.

Officer Chris Jones of the Gaffney Police Department has charged Justin Kyle Mullinax, of 409 Elm St., with grand larceny.

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