Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: December, 2013

Galivants Ferry woman murders man on Christmas Eve

Woman murders man on Christmas Eve

GALIVANTS FERRY — The family of a 52-year-old man expecting to see him today got the news that they will never get to see him again.

That’s because Connie Louise Highsmith, 55, of Galivants Ferry, was arrested for murdering him.

On Tuesday at 15:01, Horry County Police Department deputies responded to a deadly domestic violence stabbing along METHODIST REHOBETH RD.  The victim was already slain by the time deputies arrived.

Ms. Highsmith is at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway.  More charges against her could follow during the conclusion of an autopsy on the victim.

WMBF 32 News

ADPS investigating sexual assault at school

AIKEN — The Aiken Department of Public Safety has announced that they are investigating an alleged sexual assault from three months ago.

A deputy responded to Aiken Middle School on September 16.  The alleged sexual assault happened three days earlier at the school.

No other details were given at this time by ADPS.

WFXG Fox 54

Burnsville Woman murders ex-husband

Yancey County woman murders ex-husband

BURNSVILLE, N.C. — A 41-year-old Burnsville woman is at the Yancey County Jail after she admitted to the Yancey County Sheriff’s Department to murdering her husband on Wednesday night.

The incident happened near 21:00 on Wednesday when the suspect allegedly called officers to report a suicide.  However, officers knew right off the bat that the victim didn’t kill himself.

Officers said that Robyn Morrow, 41, shot her ex-husband in the head in cold blood, ran to a neighbors house and told them he killed himself. His body was found on the bedroom floor of his home off Cove Mountain Road. Neighbors say the two had recently started living together again because the victim had been helping Mrs. Morrow with some medical issues.  However, he was still living at the time officers got there.  He died at a nearby hospital this morning.

Mrs. Morrow was an abusive spouse during the latter part of an 18-year marriage that ended a few years ago.  However, the YCSD was tight-lipped on whether the history of domestic violence played any role in the murder.

Mrs. Morrow is charged with capital murder.  No bond has been set.  She is due in court before Christmas Day.



Charleston man arrested for sexual assault

CHARLESTON — A Charleston County man is in jail after being charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Deputies with the Charleston Police Office were called to a residence at 0:45 Sunday.  The homeowner saw the suspect inside, the latter of which fled shortly after the former called 911.

The victim, a 15-year-old girl, told deputies she gave the suspect a key to the home and would allow him to stay over when the homeowner was out of town.

The report states the victim said she was “more than friends” with the suspect.

Ronald David Ratliff, 24, of West Ashley, was arrested Tuesday by the Charleston Police Office and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

He is currently at the Charleston County Jail.

WCSC-DT Live 5 News

Plot to kill teen woman yields arrest of Horry County teen boy

GALIVANTS FERRY — An eighteen year old male is behind bars charged with plotting to murder an eighteen year old woman.

The arrest of the suspect came after neighbors discovered a note detailing a plan to stab, rape and dump the body of the young victim.

Furthermore, the neighbors also discovered that one of their house windows had been broken, and the tires of a car belonging to the victim had been intentionally slashed.

The neighbors called the Horry County Police Department again after finding a wallet and knives in a ditch next to their house. An Horry County Police deputy responded and found several pieces of paper in the wallet and two knives. The letter, written in black permanent marker, was a 14-part timeline or plan of the procedure to stab, rape and dump a body, and the time estimate of how long it would take from start to finish.

The deputy went to the suspect’s house, and saw a black permanent marker with what appeared to be the same handwriting as the letter.  The suspect later confessed to writing the letter.  He went on to admit that he slashed the victim’s tires because he was mad at his parents, and that he broke into the house, looking for her.

Christopher Heuser, 18, of Galivants Ferry, was arrested Monday by the Horry County Police Department and charged with attempted murder, burglary, and malicious damage to personal property.

He was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway on the charges.

WMBF 32 News

Former Williston-Elko and current South Aiken teacher, coach arrested for sexual assault

Aiken — A former Williston-Elko High School and current South Aiken High School teacher and coach has been arrested for sexual assault.

An investigation by the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department revealed that the suspect was involved in an ongoing, unlawful physical relationship with a female pupil. A police report says the relationship occurred between September and December.

Paul Michael Waters, 41, of CASABA DR, Aiken, was arrested by ADPS and charged with five counts of sexual battery.

A profile of Mr. Waters on a school website says pupils know the suspect as “Coach Waters.”

“I have been teaching Economics and Geography here at South Aiken going on 11 years now,” Coach Waters wrote on the website. “I enjoy teaching young people in hopes of one day making a difference in their lives. I LOVE coaching and I am a sports fanatic.”

The site says Coach Waters is the defensive back coach for the Thoroughbreds’ football team and head Thoroughbred boys’ soccer coach — the same positions he coached at Williston-Elko High School back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was also a social studies teacher at W-E at that time.

He is currently at the Aiken County Jail.

Disappointed can’t describe how a lot of us feel about this.

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