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Halloween adds to number of arrests at Westside home

web posted November 3, 2008
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Edgefield and Johnston Police were called to a home on the 3100 block of West Martintown Road just after midnight Friday with a report of an uncontrollable fight in progress. Deputies called for additional back up due to the volatility and the history of parties held at the location. The home, notorious to law enforcement for large parties involving young people, has been the site of arrests and problems in the past.

The reputation of the location was such that deputies calling for back up did not use the street address, only the name of the owner to have other law enforcement officers respond.

Though the homeowner stated he did not want to press charges after police arrived on the scene, at least one man was taken into custody.

One young woman, who identified herself as Nicole Prater, 21, posed for a picture (left) on the roadside and said the party, allowed and attended by her parents, was “nobodies business” in spite of the numerous police cars parked in the drive and along the highway after they were summoned to the scene. After her self-posed picture was taken she said, “Put that on Edgefield Daily”. We obliged her request.

While law enforcement was sorting out the situation Friday night, others were parking on the roadside to retrieve their children from the location.

The man arrested was not identified at the scene and his charges were not available at press time. Complaints to the Sheriff’s Office about the parties at the home date back several years.

On another occasion last year Sheriff’s Deputies spent several hours at the home after finding several underage teens at an unsupervised party that resulted in multiple arrests and a number of vehicles being towed from the home. Deputies reported, at the time, the strong odor of marijuana inside the home in addition to beer and liquor bottles strewn around the yard and home.

Sheriff Adell Dobey said Sunday that he wanted to wait until he read the report from the most recent incident, and others, before commenting for a report. A request for the number of incident reports for the location is being compiled and should be available by midweek.

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