Cross Hill Man Charged with April Theft & June Car Chase


   A Cross Hill man is facing Sheriff’s Office charges of Grand Larceny from a Mountville farm last April, and of Failure to Stop for Police back in June. His arrest came Wednesday night after law enforcement was dispatched toS healy Circle, Cross Hill on a report of a fight in progress.

  When Lt. Marlon Higgenbotham and Deuty Rakeshia Hill arrived Wednesday evening they reportedly received information of two people jumping on a third, and that one of the suspects had fired a shot into the air. The Deputies were assisted by Highway Patrol Troopers in walking the area checking for a victim or possible suspects. Yelling could be heard in the woods nearby and Lt. Higgenbotham walked toward the sound. Two males came running from the side of a residence at260 Shealy Circleand up the stairs toward the door. While both initially fled into the house, Lt. Higgenbotham was able to make contact with them. One of the men said he was at the incident and had fled from it. The other male, who was sweating from the running, indicated he had just arrived when the incident occurred. He was identified as 21-year-old Nikolarus Corey “Nick” James of 131 LongviewRoad, Cross Hill, and Lt. Higgenbotham learned that Clinton Public Safety and the Sheriff’s Office had charges on him. A small amount of leafy substance was reportedly found on his person, leading to a Simple Possession of Marijuana charge for that alleged violation noted at 6:54 Wednesday evening.

   “Nick” James of Cross Hill was served with warrants charging him with Grand Larceny, Trespassing and Malicious Damage to Property from this past spring. Deputy Michael Polson states that on April 13th 2012 James took scrap metal, farm equipment and antique wagon wheels valued at $5,000, and further alleges that he trespassed on the victim’s property on Finley Circle, Mountville with intent to commit a crime and that he willingly and maliciously did an estimated $2,000 in damage to a lawn and fence belonging to the victim, using his vehicle to create deep holes in the lawn and manually tearing the fence apart.

  During a bond hearing Thursday afternoon, Judge Lyles set cash or surety bonds totaling $11,270; which included $8,000 for the Grand Larceny and $2,000 for the Malicious Damage charge.

  Meanwhile, Nick James is also being held for additional charges from Clinton Public Safety, including Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, Third Offense Driving Under Suspension, Reckless Driving, Open Container of Beer & Operating an Unsafe Vehicle. A Clinton warrant states that on June 25th 2012 Nick James failed to stop the motor vehicle he was operating when signaled to do so with blue lights and siren on South Broad Street, speeding away at a high rate of speed to avoid capture. The pursuit ended when he crashed the vehicle.

   Nick James remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.