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Crime Round-up: Arrest made in St. George murder

Crime Round-up

Murder arrest

A Harleyville man has been charged in a Dec. 22, 2021 murder in St. George.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office announced investigators arrested John Stanford Johnson, 43. Johnson is accused of shooting Edwin Montez Boyd, 44, to death last month. 

The homicide occurred in the 500 block of Shady Grove Road in St. George. Boyd was found deceased in his vehicle from a gunshot wound.

Investigators located Johnson in Orangeburg County, and he was taken into custody by Dorchester County detectives, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Orangeburg County authorities. The arrest was made without incident.

Holiday traffic citations

Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has announced the county saw zero fatal collisions on roadways during the New Year's holiday weekend, meaning it reached its "target zero."

BCSO Traffic Unit reports it participated in the Sober or Slammer campaign with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Network. BCSO partnered with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Saint Stephen Police Department and Bonneau Police Department to minimize aggressive and intoxicated driving through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to be proactive in decreasing fatal collisions, deputies said.

The Sober or Slammer campaign ran from Dec. 17 through Jan. 1. A total of 79 traffic citations were written, to include three DUI arrests and 234 warnings.

Authorities issued 40 citations at a New Year's Eve checkpoint on Orangeburg Road in Dorchester County last month.

Likewise, there were no fatal collisions reported in Dorchester County.

Deputies from Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, working with the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Target Zero, conducted a traffic checkpoint in the 200 block of the road on Dec. 31, 2021, from 9 to 11:30 p.m., according to a report from DCSO. During that time, deputies said, each vehicle coming through the checkpoint was contacted by deputies or troopers.

Law enforcement said 59 vehicles were pulled to the side for further investigation and a total of 40 citations were issued at the checkpoint — 33 by DCSO and seven by SCHP.