Conway elementary teacher, husband charged with domestic violence

troot@thesunnews.comApril 2, 2013 

— Horry County police charged a Conway couple, which included an elementary school teacher, with domestic violence after being called to their home after an argument about the woman’s motorcycle, according to a police report.

Lashanda Graves, 35, and Stephon Larone Graves, 43, were each charged with first-offense criminal domestic violence after officers were called at 9:45 p.m. March 27 to a home on Crusade Circle, according to authorities.

The couple were booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 10:40 p.m. March 27 and released about noon Friday on $500 bail, according to jail records.

The police report lists Lashanda Graves’ employer as Conway Elementary School and the school’s website shows she is a third grade teacher.

Horry County Schools officials were not immediately available Tuesday morning for comment about Lashanda Graves.

Officers learned the couple had argued about Lashanda Graves’ motorcycle, according to the report. Lashanda Graves told officers Stephon Graves shoved her on the couch, put his hands on her neck and grabbed her cell phone from her when she went to call 911.

She said Stephon Graves pushed her back down on the couch, held her there and told her if he was going to jail, that she would go to jail as well, according to the report. She said she went into the kitchen and got the house phone and called 911, so Stephon Graves called 911 on his cell phone and went to the front porch.

Officers noted Lashanda Graves had slight redness on her arm.

Stephon Graves told police Lashanda Graves grabbed the remote, then his arm, which caused a scratch on his forearm during their argument, according to the report. The couple are married and have a child together.

Officers were unable to determine who the main aggressor was or who was telling the truth, so they arrested the couple, according to the report.

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