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Police blotter

Posted: July 16, 2017 - 1:31am

Adult son, 56, slaps mother

Police arrested a man after he said he wanted to teach his elderly mother a lesson by slapping her.

The mother told police that she became upset when her son, John Simeon Whitten III, 56, took $60 cash from her car.

The woman, who cannot speak due to a medical condition, stated that she was trying to communicate with Whitten that she needed the money for a doctors appointment. The woman said Whitten became angry and slapped her in the face, causing her nose to bleed. The woman stated that she became angry and in turn, slapped Whitten back, before calling 911.

Whitten told police that he took the money from his mother because it was his and that they shared a joint bank account. Whitten said he slapped his mother because she slapped his face first. He said that he slapped her because he was "not going to be treated like a child," and to "teacher her a lesson."

Whitten was arrested and charged with simple battery.

Man sought in retail, car theft

Police are on the lookout for a man suspected of stealing merchandise from several local retailers while driving a stolen vehicle.

According to reports, the subject was seen exiting Target in Evans with a stolen $250 Fitbit watch. About an hour later, the subject was seen again at Wal-Mart in Grovetown where he removed the security device from a home $430 WiFi system.

The suspect left in a dark gray Nissan X-Terra, which police say was reported stolen from Warrenville, S.C.. The vehicle was later recovered. Anyone with information is asked to contact Columbia County Sheriff's investigator Joe Baker at (706) 541-8441.

 

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