Category Archives: Crime

Hipps case turned over to unsolved crimes investigation unit

Tenth Circuit Court Solicitor Chrissy Adams announced Tuesday that the investigation into the death of Clemson student Tucker Hipps is at a standstill and the case is being assigned to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office unsolved crimes investigation unit.

According to a statement released by the solicitor’s office, The Oconee Sheriff’s Office and SLED have interviewed and re-interview potential witnesses, reviewed videos from Clemson University and from businesses along the route of the run as well as phone records/text messages from multiple individuals. According to the release, “Every possible explanation for Tucker Hipps’ tragic death has been explored.”

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers made several arrests involving marijuana and other drugs including one in which a man on a bicycle was stopped for disregarding a stop sign and was arrested for possession of meth. They also investigated the theft of a rocking chair from a front porch and other incidents including the following:

Mar. 10 – Kathy Lynn Powell, 60, 104 McAlister Rd., Williamston reported a cell phone valued at $100 removed from the console of her vehicle while at the car wash at 100 East Main. According to reports it was later returned to her by a suspect and she did not wish to pursue further prosecution. Sgt. K. J. Winn investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:


March 20 – J.R. Brunson responded to Bill’s Tire Center at 240 Highway 20, where manager Donnie Jeanes reported that someone had stolen two commercial batteries from a 1993 International truck. The loss was estimated at $300.

March 20 – J.R. Richey was dispatched to 1004 Macencro Circle, where he contacted Marisol Rodriguez at her friend’s house, where she had fled after being allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend and the father of her child. His name and description are withheld per ACSO protocol. Ms. Rodriguez showed signs of visible injuries and the case was to be presented to a magistrate.

Arrest made in Belton shooting

Brian Alan Orr

Brian Alan Orr

Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested Brian Alan Orr of Belton in connection with a shooting incident on Breazeale Street in Belton last week. According to arrest warrants, Orr attempted to kill Dallas Franklin Johnson by shooting into Johnson’s passing Ford F250 pickup with a sawed-off shotgun.

Johnson was wounded in the hand but was able to drive himself to the Belton City Police Department to report the incident and obtain help. After speaking with officers, he was transported to Anderson Hospital by Belton EMS personnel.

Arrest made in vehicle thefts


Donnie Earl Thomason, Jr.

Donnie Earl Thomason, Jr.

Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Donnie Earl Thomason, Jr. Monday in connection with the theft of two vehicles in the Williamston area and other incidents in Anderson County. He was located at a residence on Kirby Road in Belton and will be facing charges in Anderson, Greenville and Greenwood Counties.

According to reports, in the early morning hours of January 19, Thomason took a 2003 Ford Explorer from a residence on Pamela Drive in Williamston. He left the vehicle across the street from the home but ransacked the inside, taking athletic clothes and an Apple I-pad which belonged to school district one.

Golden-S Rescue owner facing 60 charges

Ill treatment of animals

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Debra Lynne Sheridan of Easley. She has been charged with 60 counts of ill treatment of animals and 54 counts of failure to provide proof of rabies vaccination.

The charges were made after Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers visited Sheridan’s home to conduct an animal welfare check. Unannounced checks are part of a court order stemming from Sheridan’s last court appearance. Sheridan runs the Golden-S Rescue on Hamlin Road in Easley.

Williamston Police report busy period

Two people were arrested for simple possession of marijuana after officers were dispatched to a Williamston residence in reference to an assault. During the investigation, officers informed the female caller that they smelled marijuanna to which she replied she had “called about an assault, not about any marijuana.”

This incident and others involving alcohol, meth and heroin were among incidents investigated over a busy two week period:

Mar. 3 – Rayson Dominique Anderson, 26, 116 Jefferson St., Pickens was arrested for drug narcotic violations and drug equipment violations after officers responded to 103 Greenville Dr. in reference to

Shooting suspect charged with murder

W Mug shot in pc mail

By Stan Welch

Following a Sunday morning incident, which resulted in a temporary custody order being used to hold Raeford Derrane Wideman overnight while an investigation proceeded, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators have formally charged him with the murder of Ryan O’Neil Tatum.

Tatum was shot with a 9 mm handgun at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 15 at the South McDuffie Trailer Park in Anderson. Wideman, BM, 26, 5’7”, 200 pounds, was placed into the temporary custody while investigators continued their inquiries. Several witnesses to the shooting identified Wideman as the shooter, and he eventually admitted his role in the shooting death.

Arrest made in 2012 crime spree

By Stan Welch

Ask any law enforcement officer how crimes get solved, and they will tell you that it takes hard work, persistence and usually some luck. But every now and then, just luck is enough. That was the case this past weekend when a suspect in a series of crimes committed approximately three years ago just fell into the lap of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sunday evening, around 9:45 p.m., central dispatch received a 911 call from someone on Denise Road in the Easley area. The caller stated that he had been threatened with a shotgun. Deputies responded and made contact with Thomas Lee Sekerchak, WM, 31, 6’1”, 215 pounds, brown/blue, of Pickens.

South Greenville citizens concerned about legal system, related resources

By Stan Welch

A citizens’ group in South Greenville County has taken issue with the performance of the judicial system in Greenville County, from the cop on the beat right on up to the solicitor’s and public defenders’ offices.

Durant Ashmore, of the South Greenville Citizens’ Group, which has been involved in these issues for several months, understands the ever present problem; the lack of money and resources.

Beginning with the number of county deputies on the force, which averages out to 1.3 deputies per one thousand residents, or .7 deputies below the national average of 2 per thousand, Ashmore says the entire judicial and law enforcement structure in Greenville is behind.

Law enforcement warns beware of phone, email scams

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Williamston Police Department are advising residents and businesses to be aware of a variety of scams that are circulating in the area involving phone calls or emails. Several people throughout Anderson County have received emails in reference to the “Bureau of Defaulters” According to Williamston Police Captain Kevin Marsee, “There is no such thing.”

Anderson County Sheriff’s report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


March 7 – A.L. Gary was dispatched to 401 Planter’s walk Dr., where Larry Lee stated that his chainsaw, valued at $450, had been stolen from his garage.

March 8 – D. McQueen was dispatched to 105 Sweetwater Court where Chastidy Wilson, WF, 21, reported that her boyfriend and the father of her six month old child, had assaulted her during an argument. She took the child and fled to a neighbor’s house where the neighbor called 911. Wilson and the child were transported by Pelzer EMS to the hospital. The boyfriend, Erick Zaragoza, Hispanic WM, 26, 5’10″, 180 pounds, said he knew nothing about the assault. He was placed under arrest for CDV and transported to ACDC.

West Pelzer Police Report

West Pelzer Police Department reported the following incidents investigated:

Feb. 28 – Jamie Michael Eaton, 23, no fixed address, West Pelzer, and Devin Xavier Hawkins, 17, no fixed address, West Pelzer, were both arrested after officers were dispatched to Dollar General.

A female passenger in the vehicle stated the car was hers and that a tag that did not belong on the vehicle was placed there because they were working on the car.

Eaton, the driver, was arrested for driving under suspension 3rd. Another passenger in the vehicle, Hawkins, was arrested after a bag of marijuana was located in his pocket. During a search of the vehicle, a home safe with jewelry and other items was found in the trunk. A hold was placed on Hawkins with the ACSO for theft of the safe which had been stolen from a residence in Piedmont. J. Turner. M. Clardy investigated.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following:

Feb. 24 – Williamston officers delivered a copy of the Town of Williamston Smoke Free ordinance to the Vape Shack, 707 Anderson Dr. in reference to a complaint about a code violation. J. B. Sanders investigated. (Editors note: The incident led to a discussion and revision in the town’s smoke free ordinance during the council meeting Monday.)

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


Feb. 28 – J. Glenn responded to 29 Smythe St. where Karen Mahon reported that someone had entered her father’s house while he was hospitalized. A second story window had been forced open.

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