Deputy Gets His 2 Men Over Barrel

Two men, one carrying a large barrel on his shoulder, walked into the wooded area near Pontiac.

“I don’t think I ought to go in here with you,” said the man carrying the barrel.

“I’m not going to guarantee you anything,” said the other. “They might be in there waiting on us right now.”

About that time Richland County Deputy Sheriff Bennie Dixon, his pistol drawn, stepped from the bushes; “Hold it right where you are, you’re under arrest.”

The barrel dropped to the ground, and so did Levi Buddy Portee, 45-year-old Columbia area Negro who was charged with operating a still along with a 49-year-old white man, Mansel Coleman, of the Blaney area.

Dep. Dixon had waited nearly to hours with E. B. Cooper, J. E. Price, T. E. Clark and F. M. Clark for the arrival of the two men.

After that, the deputies destroyed a 120-gallon still, four cases of jars, five 50-gallon of mash, officials reported.

The two men were then lodged in county jail.

August 16, 1962  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
Page 26

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.