Category Archives: Crime

Sheriff’s Office warns of Sweepstakes scam

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be aware of a scam that recently surfaced. ACSO received a call Tuesday from an elderly citizen who reportedly lost several thousand dollars to a scam artist claiming that she had won $2.5 million dollars and a brand new 2016 BMW vehicle.

The victim stated she received an email from an organization entitled American Senior Citizens Sweepstakes Company, indicating that she was a winner in their prize contest. The email was followed up by numerous telephone calls to the victim from alleged representatives of the company, indicating that she needed to “act fast” or the prize would not be available to her anymore.

Sheriff’s office warns of email prize scam

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be aware of a scam that recently surfaced. ACSO received a call Tuesday from an elderly citizen who reportedly lost several thousand dollars to a scam artist claiming that she had won $2.5 million dollars and a brand new 2016 BMW vehicle.

The victim stated she received an email from an organization entitled American Senior Citizens Sweepstakes Company, indicating that she was a winner in their prize contest. The email was followed up by numerous telephone calls to the victim from alleged representatives of the company, indicating that she needed to “act fast” or the prize would not be available to her anymore.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following:

Nov. 8 – Austin Blake Lowe, 19, 205 Sweetgum Circle, Williamston was placed on trespass notice for 11 Virginia Drive after officers were dispatched to the residence in reference to a daughter’s ex-boyfriend refusing to leave the residence. M. Roberts, E. Bonnett investigated.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following:

Oct. 4 – Connie Davis Craigo, 75, 33 Main St., W. Pelzer reported two 14 ct. gold rings valued at $500 were taken from her car while at 100 East Main Street. Z. T. Parks investigated.

Woodruff kidnapping case has local connections

Kala Brown, the Anderson woman who survived being chained inside a storage container for two months, has connections to the Piedmont, Wren area. Brown, 30, attended Wren High School as a teen and was in the Army for awhile. She and her boyfriend Charles David Carver, 32, shared an apartment in Anderson when they disappeared in late August.

Brown was found alive last Thursday, (Nov. 3) on property near Woodruff owned by Upstate real estate agent, Todd Christopher Kohlhepp. Her boyfriend’s body was later found on the same property.

Kohlhepp has been charged with kidnapping Brown and also been implicated in the homicides of four other people. Authoirites are saying Kohlhepp, 45, is also now facing charges in the unsolved murder of four people at Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee 13 years ago.

Williamston Police Report

Oct. 25 – Sav-Way, 309 East Main St,. Williamston reported a gas drive off in which a customer brought in a SC ID card to hold while he pumped $27 in gas and left without paying. The suspect is a regular customer and is expected to come back and pay for the gas and get his identification. E. Bonnett investigated.

Oct. 25 – Chon Paul Maness, 40, 224 Dana Dr., Williamston reported lending a moped to a 50-year-old female with a Belton address which had not been returned. After contacting the suspect, the moped was located at a relatives house. No arrests were made. M. Roberts, E. Bonnett investigated.

Williamston police report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Oct. 18 – Joel Alan Ellison, 52, reported a break-in at 406 Gossett Dr. in which eight windows were broken out of the old Gossett School Building. Also wires were pulled from under a crawlspace and several unknown items were missing. Damage to the windows was estimated at $8,000. Z. T. Parks investigated.

Anderson Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies reported the following incidents this week:

EASLEY

Oct. 21 – S.S. Barnes responded to 2115 Old Pendleton Rd. where Brian Donnelley reported the theft of power and hand tools from his truck. The loss was estimated at $2975.

Suspect shot after threatening deputy with knife

Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in a shooting Tuesday after a suspect threatened them with a knife. At approximately 4:40pm Tuesday, Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to The Turning Point rehab facility, located at 24 Bruce Road, Greenville in search of a subject with active warrants. When deputies arrived on scene they observed a black male subject immediately flee from their presence. As deputies began to investigate the reason for this behavior, they obtained and confirmed his identity.

Upon running the subject’s name through the National Crime Information Center, deputies discovered that he was wanted out of Jasper County. A short time later deputies located him. According to reports, upon sight the subject jumped a fence, and took off running through the woods in the direction of Bruce Road. Deputies gave chase while verbally ordering him to stop and were eventually able to cut him off near the wood-line next to Bruce Road.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Oct. 11 -Roger Dale McClellion, 43 108 L St., Williamston and Melissa Dawn Kay, 41, 108 L St. #B were both put on trespass notice for each others property after officers responded to a civil dispute at 108 L St. According to reports, Kay had gone to the residence to get a relative’s clothing and the complainant (McClellion) and suspect (Kay) began arguing and being loud enough to disrupt neighbor’s peace and tranquility. Both parties were issued warning for public disorderly conduct and placed on trespass notice from each other’s residence. E. Bonnett, M. Roberts investigated.

GCSO asks help in finding suspect

hamiltonmugGreenville County Deputies are seeking the public’s assistance with information regarding the whereabouts of 23 year-old, Ryan Hamilton of Piedmont. Hamilton has outstanding warrants for Attempted Murder, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Malicious Damage to Property for an incident that occurred on October 11, 2016 where he attempted to strike a Greenville County Deputy with a car he was driving. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hamilton is asked to call Crime-Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME.

Anderson County Most Wanted arrested at Jockey Lot

By Stan Welch

A man wanted for several criminal charges concerning a minor female was taken into custody by Anderson County Deputies Saturday at the Jockey Lot. Michael Andrew Keller, WM, 28, 6′, 250 pounds was on the Anderson County Sheriff’s Most Wanted list for acts committed between December of 2014 and July of 2015.

During that time, Keller transmitted obscene pictures of himself by telephone to a sixteen year old girl from Iva. He also persuaded her on several occasions to leave her home without parental or guardian consent and join him. This led to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents recently:

Sept. 27 – Elijah Jacob Stathers, 23, 170 Brown Dr., Easley was arrested for public disorderly conduct after officers were dispatched to the area of Gossett Street in reference to a domestic call. According to reports Stathers and his girlfriend had got into an argument and the girlfriend got out of the vehicle and walked to the Masonic lodge. She told officers she and Stathers were homeless and had been sleeping in the cemetery where her boyfriend was in a silver 2005 Toyota Salara. Officers found Stathers sitting in the vehicle at the Williamston cemetery. He was belligerent and disorderly when officers made contact with him. At that time he was arrested and transported to the ACSO without incident. E. Bonnett, M Crowe investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies reported investigating the following incidents:

EASLEY

Oct. 8 – D.J. Petit received a telephone report from Robert Salazar, who was calling for his friend Lesby Carballo, who cannot speak English. Salazar reported the theft of Carballo’s 2003 Toyota Camry , SC tag # MSB790 from 110 Powdersville Main. The car was valued at $4000. The keys were left in the ignition.

Wren student arrested in assault incident

At school fieldhouse

By Stan Welch – A 17-year old Wren student has been charged with assault following an incident that occurred on Sept. 16 at Wren High School.

According to reports, Bradley Kade Clardy of Piedmont was arrested by Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies for assault and battery in the third degree after allegedly stripping a 14 year old male student and forcing him to put on a cheerleader’s uniform. Warrants state the incident happened during school hours at the Wren High football fieldhouse and that it was caught on video.

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