Category Archives: Crime

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

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


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.

Anderson Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies reported the following incidents:


Sept. 30 – J.M. Culbertson responded to the vicinity of Old Pendleton Road and Redwood Dr. in reference to a reported kidnapping. Upon arriving at 1811 Old Pendleton Rd., he saw a white male trying to flag him down. He made contact with Brian Atkinson, Jr., WM, 30, 6’3″, 175 pounds from Hartsville, SC. Atkinson said he felt his life was in danger from some people he had been hanging around with for the last few days. But he gave no real reason for his feeling, and could provide few details about the people. He was obviously nervous and impatient, and he admitted using methamphetamine earlier in the day. Culbertson subsequently placed him under arrest for public disorderly conduct.

Be aware of price gouging

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is encouraging consumers to be aware of price gouging, as Governor Haley declared a State of Emergency in response to Hurricane Matthew.

Price gouging happens when a business offers a product or service at a much higher price than the average price of the product or service in the 30 days prior to the State of Emergency. Price gouging only happens when either (1) the Governor, (2) the Attorney General or (3) the President has declared a State of Emergency.

Consumers who believe they are victims of price gouging are encouraged to keep documentation of the good or service purchased and report it to the police. For more details on how to avoid price gouging, visit our website, and click on News Releases and Publications, then click SCDCA Spotlights.

For more information on the State of Emergency, view Governor Haley’s Executive Order in its entirety.

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs aims to protect consumers from inequities in the marketplace through advocacy, complaint mediation, enforcement and education. To file a complaint or get information on consumer issues, visit or call toll-free, 1-800-922-1594.

Driver facing six charges in connection with carwash crash

austin-lener-mosley-photoresAustin Lener Mosley, 23, of Williamston was taken into custody following an early morning pursuit Wednesday that ended in a crash in Williamston. According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle involved did fit the description of a vehicle involved in a recent robbery, but it was later determined that the gold Honda Accord Mosley was driving was not involved in the robbery incident. However he is facing six charges in connection with the chase incident.

Mosley has been charged with failure to stop for blue lights, driving under the influence, driving under suspension-3rd or subsequent offense, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Man sentenced in death of Sandy Springs firefighter

Judge Cordell Maddox recently sentenced a 67 year old man charged in the death of Sandy Spring volunteer firefighter Kenneth Stanton on Feb. 15, 2015. Charles Pickens, 67, was sentenced to 25 years provided upon 15 years active service and five years probation on charges of Felony DUI with Death and Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in Death. Stanton was directing traffic at a collision on US Hwy. 76 when Pickens swerved from his lane of traffic, striking Stanton and killing him, before striking a fire truck and leaving the scene.

West Pelzer police make BOLO arrest connected to stabbing

By Stan Welch

At approximately nine o’clock Saturday night, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy T.K. Cook was dispatched to 113 Pitman Drive, in response to a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, he encountered a white female and a white male, age 47, both of 104 Pitman Dr. No other identification was provided by the ACSO.

The male was bleeding heavily from both the head and a severe cut to the left arm. He was unable to offer any assistance in identifying his assailant, repeating only that he was a good old country boy and he didn’t mean any harm to anyone. Pelzer EMS responded and provided treatment before transporting the victim to Greenville Memorial for further evaluation.

A BOLO (Be On the Lookout) alert was issued; and not long after, Capt. Brewer, of the West Pelzer Police Department, stopped a vehicle matching the description in the BOLO, and subsequently apprehended Christopher Michael Campbell, WM, 43, 5’11″, 185 pounds of Enoree, Campbell was also found to be in possession of 4.7 grams of methamphetamine.

According to the Anderson County Detention Center, Campbell was released on personal recognizance bonds for two charges, and was transported to Spartanburg County, where he had prior warrants for his arrest.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Sept. 21 – Steven Louis Broom, 38, 9415 Caney Fork Rd., Cullowee, NC reported a white male driving a dark color Dodge SUV hit his 2000 Chevrolet work truck and sped away. Damage was estimated at $2000. E. Bonnett, Sgt. L. E. Mulz investigated.

Sheriff’s office releases two days of reports

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies reported the following incidents over the two day period made available to The Journal for the previous week by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. Among incidents reported for the weekend were the following:


Sept. 24 – A.C. Guthrie received a telephone report from Lisa Merritt at 102 Forest Hill Dr., who reported that someone had shot out a light in her shed, doing $40 in damage.

Police Department targeting illicit drug, criminal activity

By David Meade

The Williamston Police Department is cracking down on suspected drug dealers and drug houses in the town. Police Chief Tony Taylor said the department recently implemented a strategy to combat crime in the community which includes increased patrols and law enforcement operations.

“We have received several complaints from our residents regarding illegal activity in our community,” Chief Taylor said. “The Williamston Police Department recognizes that illicit drug activity and associated crime greatly impact the community. Such illegal activity directly impacts each citizen’s standard of living and quality of life.”

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Sept. 13 – Dana Edward Wright, 38, 247 Longview Dr., Williamston was arrested for two outstanding warrants and failure to accompany police officers after officers were notified he was walking on Gossett St. According to reports officers located him and after advising him that they had warrants, he jumped a ditch and fled on foot. He was pursued and eventually tazed. Officers found a clear plastic baggie containing a large amount of oval white oblong pills which were determined to not be a controlled substance. J. Sargent, C. Anderson investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Editors Note – Due to the way the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is making reports available to The Journal, only the following incidents reported between Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 were available for publication this week. However it is more than we have received over the last three weeks.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reported investigating the following incidents in September:

EASLEY – Sept. 17 – C.P. Huff responded to 307 Camperdown Court where Jeremy Hudson reported a burglary at his home, resulting in the loss of a shotgun valued at $250.

WPD stats for August

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the following stats for the Williamston Police Department for August: Keep Checks 310; Premise Checks 14; Traffic Stops 139; Tickets 49; Warnings 93; Incident Reports Filed 55; Arrests 15; Warrants Served 3 and Drug Cases 1.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Aug. 28 – Susan Lynn Watkins, 56, 110 G. St., Williamston reported giving Dana Edward Wright, 247 Longview Dr., $100 to obtain a trailer to help her move. Reports state Wright never retuned with the cash or the trailer. T. L. Eichelberger investigated.

Local business owner arrested for operating without a retail license

Anderson County business owner, Mary Ellen Harvell, was arrested last week by South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) investigators for one count of operating a business without a retail license. Harvell, owner of Debra’s Design, Inc., had a retail license revoked in April 2016 for unpaid business taxes amounting to more than $10,000. After the license was revoked, the defendant was advised to close her business and stop making retail sales, but Harvell continued to make sales without a valid license. The business is located at 2404-B Anderson Hwy.

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