Category Archives: Crime

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Oct. 20 – Michelle Lynn Bruce, 4 Dianne Ave., Pelzer reported $420 stolen from a purse while she was working at Hardees, 1520 Anderson Dr. According to reports Bruce placed her purse, containing $480 in cash, in the office upon getting to work. When she checked her purse later in the day, there was only $60. Another employee admitted taking the money. The incident was to be presented to a judge for review for a warrant. T. L. Eichelberger investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson Count Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


Oct. 23 – J.K. Vickery responded to the WalMart at 14410 Anderson Rd. where he arrested Keri Hollingsworth, WF, 28, 5’4″, 130 pounds, red/blue, of Piedmont for shoplifting.

Oct. 23 – A.C. Guthrie responded to the WalMart where he arrested Thomas Harper, WM, 47, 6′, 190 pounds, of Simpsonville, for shoplifting, including a large screen HDTV.

Four arrested in connection with chase, shooting of police dog

One had warrants in West Pelzer

Three men have been charged with attempted murder of two deputies and killing a police dog and a woman charged with filing a false report in connection with a chase and shooting incident resulting in the death of Anderson County’s K9 Hyco last week.

Shirlandria Shaqua Dixon, 23, of Seneca admitted to filing a false report stating she was forced at gunpoint to drive from a Dollar General in Seneca to the Dollar General on Townville. The report resulted in a chase on Hwy. 24 to near the Anderson County Regional Airport where the suspects fled the vehicle. The 7-year-old German shepherd was shot while searching for the suspects.

Deputies search for suspects in connection with K9 shooting – Hwy. 24

K 9 shooter search 2res

Anderson County Deputies are are searching for at least two people in connection the the fatal shooting of a K-9 in the Townville area Wednesday. New Prospect Church Road was closed at Highway 24 as deputies in tactical gear combed the area with rifles in hand Thursday afternoon. Deputies had taped off an area around a red sedan and a helicopter could be seen flying overhead.

Sheriff John Skipper said deputies were initially called to a reported carjacking at the Dollar General on Highway 24 in Townville around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Skipper said deputies observed the car and on Hwy. 24 and began chasing it. The suspects jumped out of the car and ran near the intersection of New Prospect Church Road.

Deputies released a K-9 to chase after the suspects and one of them fired shots at the K-9 named Hyco, who was taken to an animal hospital and died a short time later.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Oct. 13 – Officers responded to an unoccupied dwelling at 113 McDonald Avenue in reference to a possible break-in. According to reports, entry may have been attempted through a door which was damaged. The report referred to malicious damage estimated at $100. M. E. Simmons investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents recently:


Oct. 17 – J.T. Smith was dispatched to 11410 Anderson Rd. to the WalMart where a store employee reported that a male and female entered the store and tried to purchase a cell phone by offering drugs in exchange. When they were refused, the male threatened the employee and said he would be waiting for him outside. The employee pointed the man out and Deputy Smith made contact with him just after he entered a red Buick . The man identified himself as Jeffery Belue. Smith checked the tag and it came back stolen from Williamston.

One of County’s Most Wanted apprehended

Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, which includes Anderson County deputies, recently located and arrested one of Anderson County’s Most Wanted suspects.

James Marion Davis, 57, was taken into custody Monday without incident from a residence in Greenwood, and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center, where he awaits a bond hearing.

Davis is accused of attempting to assault his estranged wife on May 26, 2015 by viciously striking her occupied vehicle with a large blunt object. Davis reportedly shattered the vehicle’s windshield on both the driver and passenger side and severely damaged the door frames on both sides of the vehicle. The victim was able to flee the scene and was not physically injured.

Williamston Police officers investigate two shooting incidents

Williamston Police Officers investigated two unrelated incidents involving gun shot wounds along with a number of other incidents last week. One of the gun shot wounds was the result of a hunting accident. Among incidents investigated were the following:

Oct. 5 – Williamston Police Officers responded along with EMS to an incident involving a hunting accident that occurred just outside the town limits. According to reports, Colt Poore, 27 of 7 E. Frist St., Williamston was found with a wound caused by a hunting accitdent that occurred somewhere near the town limits on E. 1st St. SCDNR was contacted to investigate the incident. K. S. Looney, Cpl. L. E. Mulz investigated.

Home invasion reported in Forest Glen

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a home invasion Oct. 10 in the Piedmont area. According to reports, three armed men wearing Halloween masks entered a house at 211 Forest Glen Dr., Piedmont and demanded to know where the owner kept guns. Kelly Richardson reported that the thieves also woke her mother who was asleep in another room. They left with a smart phone, jewelry, $800 cash, and debit cards. The total loss was estimated at $1140.

Other incidents investigated include the following:


Oct. 10 – A.F. Acevedos responded to The Silver Shop located at 11025 Anderson Rd., where business owner Justin Kirby reported that someone had smashed his front door to gain entry. Acevedos and Deputy Cook cleared the building and then reviewed surveillance tape, which showed a 35 year old white male using a golf club to break the glass door. The damage was estimated at $800.

Narcotics Unit arrests two, seizes 102 grams of meth in Piedmont

Deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit have recently executed search warrants on three residences in Anderson County and resulting in five arrests. The warrants were obtained after deputies made controlled purchases of illegal drugs at all three locations.

A search warrant was served on Tuesday, October 6, at 6 Haynes Street in Piedmont which resulted in the arrest of Krista Leann Burgess, 29, and Melissa Lynn Gautier, 39. The Sheriff’s Office had received previous complaints regarding drug activity at this location. Narcotics officers seized 102 grams of methamphetamine, $2100 in cash, four firearms and a large cache of ammunition.

Both Burgess and Gautier were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. Burgess remains incarcerated on a $175,000 surety bond; Gautier has been released on an $80,000 bond.

Drug bust in Piedmont Tuesday night

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies are in the process of obtaining warrants in connection with a drug bust on Haynes St. in Piedmont late Tuesday night. Two people were taken into custody during the incident which involved methamphetamine and several guns and may involve the recovery of stolen items. Additional information will be posted on The Journal website at when more details are available.

WPD September Report

responds to 1926 calls

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the following statistics for the Williamston Police Department for the month of September:

Uniform Patrol Officers had: 1926 Calls for service

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police investigated the following incidents:

Sept. 29 – Kayla Gail Eaton, 28, 562 Old River Rd., Pelzer was placed on trespass notice for 100 Williamston Court after officers were dispatched to the location. No additional information reported. M. Beeman, M. E. Simmons investigated.

Sept. 29 – Joshua Michael Deese, 33, 120 Bellview Ave., Pelzer was arrested for driving under suspension 3rd and outstanding warrant with Williamston PD after officers observed him driving a vehicle on North Hamilton. J. Sargent investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


Oct. 2 – J.D. Sparkman responded to 106 James Rd. where Joseph Tallyen reported that someone had kicked in his door and entered his home. They stole firearms valued at $1500.

Oct. 2 – J.T. Smith was dispatched to 142 Denise Rd. where Jamie Galloway reported that someone threw rocks at his home, breaking a bedroom window.

Charges filed in Waffle House robberies

Based on the results of an on-going investigation, Antoine Algernon Lewis, age 30 of Anderson, has been charged with the recent Waffle House robberies in Anderson County.

According to arrest warrants, Lewis robbed the Waffle House on Justice Lane on September 7, and again on September 21. He also robbed the Waffle House on Highway 81 North on September 15. During each incident, Lewis either presented a handgun or indicated to the victims that he had one in his possession and has, therefore, been charged with three counts of armed robbery.

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