2016-03-21 / Local News

Woman charged with cruelty to children after positive drug test

A City of Gaffney police detective filed a cruelty to children charge against a Holly Street woman.

According to a copy of the legal document, the charge against Phaedra Joanne Hall, 40, stems from a Feb. 11 drug test requested by the state Department of Social Services in which both Hall and a child allegedly tested positive for cocaine and marijuana. Det. Blair Dennis alleges in the warrant that Hall’s actions did present a substantial risk of injury to the child. The warrant was signed March 9 and served March 14.

l Gaffney police were called to a West Floyd Baker Boulevard convenience store on March 17 after a woman tried to cash a fake check. According to an incident report, police were called to the Fast Point store in the 1400 block at 1:20 p.m. and were advised that a 38- year-old Forest City, N.C., woman had tried to cash a fake check for $996. The woman told police that she had applied for a job online and had received an e-mail that she was selected to participate in a “money gram

evaluation study.” The woman received the check along with instructions to cash the check, wire $750 to another location and her payment was to be the remainder of the check. No charges were announced. The business lost no money since it caught the fake check.

l A Bonner Lake Road resident filed an identity theft complaint after it appeared someone had opened a bank account in her name. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the resident learned of the apparent identity theft last week after receiving a debit card and a letter from a bank about a new account that had been opened in the resident’s name. The resident believed someone had taken a tax statement from her mailbox and used her personal information to open the account. The account was opened March 4, the resident discovered, and the bank’s fraud department confirmed it would cancel the account.

l Several articles of clothing were reported stolen following a March

18 burglary on Chestnut Ridge Road.

According to a complaint filed with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, a known subject entered a home in the 400 block by going through a bedroom window between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Five articles of clothing valued at $20 were taken. No charges were announced.

l A moped stolen from Beltline Road was later found ditched on West 3rd Street in Gaffney. According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone took a Gator-brand moped from a front porch in the 200 block of Beltline Road between 8 p.m. March 16 and 7:30 a.m. March 17. The moped was later found in a wooded area in the 300 block of West 3rd Street. It had damage to its ignition, police observed. A witness allegedly saw two men pushing the moped down the street and leaving it in the wooded area when a police cruiser drove by. The moped is valued at $900.

l A woman filed a complaint with Gaffney Police after all of her clothes were given away by a family member. According to an incident report, the alleged theft of clothing occurred between Feb. 28 and March 10 at a Brittany Road home. Nearly $2,000 in clothing items were given to Goodwill, according to the police complaint.

l Two out of town truck drivers claimed they had

their money snatched early March 15 in the parking lot of a Hyatt Street truck stop.

According to a Gaffney Police Department incident report, a 28-year-old man from Texas, said he was in his truck at approximately 7:45 a.m. when another man knocked on his truck door and woke him up. The suspect claimed there was another guy giving away money in the parking lot and the truck driver went to investigate. When the truck driver got there, according to the report, there was a second subject showing money. The unknown subject asked the truck driver if he had any money of his own and the truck driver pulled out his wallet. One of the subjects then snatched the truck driver’s wallet. A second truck driver allegedly was thrown against the hood of a truck and had his money snatched as well. The two truck drivers claimed they lost more than $900 combined.

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