Williamston Police Report

By David Meade
Williamston Police Officers investigated several shoplifting incidents, made some drug arrests and were involved in a chase through town at speeds of 50 mph.
Apr. 25 – Dollar General, 526 W. Main St., Williamston reported an unknown white female entered the business with no items, then after picking up a pink and black purse/tote bag, began putting items in the bag including eight bags of Tide laundry pods, valued at $8.95 each and three Cascade dish washing pods valued at $10 each. She then left without paying in an older model white vehicle. The suspect is described as approximately 6 ft. tall, 25-30 years old with short blonde red hair. The incident remains under investigation. L. Buell investigated.
Apr. 26 – BB&T Bank, 1 Greenville Dr., Williamston reported a man attempted to cash a stolen check at the dirve thru. As officers arrived and asked him to pull over in the parking lot. Instead the vehicle took a right out of parking lot onto East Main St. went through downtown Williamston at speeds of 50 mph, in a 25 mph zone.  According to reports the man crossed the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic lane multiple times to pass cars that were on the roadway.
The vehicle continued on West Main and onto Belton Drive at speeds of 60 mph approaching the Career and Technology Center school zone. According to reports, the driver continued to drive recklessly, crossing the double yellow lines just as multiple school buses were at the CTC entrance. The chase was called off at Cedar Grove Elementary School.
During further investigation, bank employees presented a check #5433 made out to David Ray Satterfield in the amount of $76.29 and an ID of the person in the vehicle who attempted to cash the check.
The stolen check was for an account by Jeanette and Francis Rhodes who told officers the check was placed in the mailbox at the victim’s home and a person on a moped who was watching looked like the man in the ID.
The mail theft took place in the County, however warrants for forgery, failure to stop and driving under suspension were being sought for David Ray Satterfield, Jr., 33, 56 Stalliings Rd., Greenville in relation to the incident. K. Anthony investigated.
Apr. 27 – The Williamston Church of God, 12 West First St., reported a vandalism incident in which someone used a marker to write LIRA RIL, 126 on the top of the entrance to the church. Damage was estimated at $25. Sgt. L. E. Mulz investigated.
Apr. 29 – Officers responded to E. Carolina St. where a resident reported finding a plastic bag with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana at her mailbox. The bag weighed 29 grams and was placed into evidence for destruction. R. Drennon investigated.
May 2 – Gabby Valeriana Villanueva, 20, 350 Keeler Mill Rd., Travelers Rest was arrested for simple possession of marijuana, unlawful use of telephone and minor in possession of wine after officers were contacted by Anderson School District 1 & 2 Adult Education Center about a student receiving threatening, harassing and vulgar text messages from another student.
According to reports, after determining probable cause, officers arrested Villaneuva and found a 1.5 pt. bottle of Arbor Mist wine and three partially burned joints with a green leafy like substance weighing .4 grams in her bag. She also had a knife in her bra and a “shank” which consisted of a wooden handle wrapped in black electrical tape with approximately a one inch blade in the bag. J. Sargent investigated.
May 4 – Jason Tyler Sweet, 27, 315 Mauldin St,. Williamston reported unknown subjects entered his storage building and stole two utility lights fixtures valued at $20. F. Eugene investigated.
May 7 – Joseph F. Murphy, 47, 900 Ebenezer Church Rd., Memphis, In. was arrested for driving under suspension and too fast for conditions after a red GMC pickup was observed traveling at a high rate of speed on N. Hamilton St., He was transported to ACDC without incident. B. K. Creel investigated.
May 8 – Nathan Billy Brooks, 17, 502 S. Hamilton St,. Williamston was arrested for shoplifting after he left Dollar General, 526 West Main St., without paying for a pair of sunglasses valued at $10. He was transported to ACDC. F. Eugene investigated.
May  9 – Lariques M. Smith, 1602 W. Whitner St., Anderson was arrested for driving under suspension 2nd and speeding after a vehicle was observed on Anderson Drive traveling 49 mph in a 35 mph zone. He was arrested and transported to ACDC. L. Buell investigated.
May 4 -A 17 year old male student at Palmetto High School was arrested for petit larceny, possession of a controlled substance Sch. IV and giving false information to police.
According to reports,   Angel Joan Nava Rodriguez, 17, 232 Longview Dr., Williamston was arrested after officer J. Sargent was contacted about the theft of a sports watch during gym class at the school located at 804 N. Hamilton St. Gym surveillance confirmed a Hispanic male wearing a red color t-shirt did take the watch from the gym floor where it had been left by the owner. After identifying the suspect, he was brought to the office  where he was arrested and told officer Sargent he was 16 years old. A plastic baggie containing four round blue pills identified as Clonazepam 1mg were found in his pocket. The watch, valued at $150 was recovered. It was also determined Rodriguez was 17 years old. He was transported to ACDC. J. Sargent investigated.




By David Meade