Crime & Courts

S.C. police chief accused of stealing - from other cops

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division on Friday arrested the police chief of the small town of Springfield on a charge of misconduct in office.

Lacra Sherod Jenkins, 39, is accused of keeping money owed to other deputies for off-duty assignments when he worked at the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Jenkins was charged with public official, misconduct in office. The misdemeanor carries up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

An arrest warrant says Jenkins was a sheriff’s captain at the time but does not say how much money was involved. Jenkins was booked at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Springfield is in Orangeburg County about 40 miles southwest of Columbia and has a population of about 500.

The town is best known for its annual Governor’s Frog Jump and Egg Strike competitions. Egg striking involves hitting the ends of two boiled eggs against each other until one breaks. The person whose egg is broken forfeits his egg.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak