Category Archives: Crime

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


Sept. 5 – C.P. Huff and A.P. Barron responded to the WalMart in Powdersville where they took Allison Stansell, WF, 34, 5’5″, 110 pounds, blond/blue for shoplifting, and transported her to ACDC.

Sept. 6 – R.D. Phillips received a telephone complaint from Mark Maddox, of Belton, that someone had stolen his wife’s back pack and wallet from their car while they were in the Cracker Barrel on Hwy. 153. The loss was estimated at $115.

High speed motorcycle chase ends in Williamston

Jason Robert Mortimore (photo)resAnderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Simpsonville resident after an early morning pursuit in Anderson County which ended in Williamston.

According to reports, just before 2 am Tuesday Sept. 8, a deputy patrolling the Highway 20/Anderson Highway area observed a white Yamaha motorcycle headed toward Williamston, driving recklessly. The deputy followed the vehicle, ran the tag, and was advised that the motorcycle was reported stolen from Simpsonville.

Arrest made after receiving analysis report

One year after reported missing; body later found in well

Almost one year later, and after waiting approximately six months for an analysis report from the state lab, Anderson County Sheriff’s Investigators made an arrest in the homicide of Patricia Freeman, who was reported missing in February. The analysis gave investigators the last bit of information needed for the charge, officals said.

Five arrested in Woodmont area shooting incident

Woodmont High locked down last Thursday

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has charged and arrested five people who were involved in an incident last Wednesday (Sept. 2), at 305 Daytona Lane in Piedmont, which prompted a modified lockdown of Woodmont High School on Thursday.

According to reports, on Sept. 2nd a verbal altercation began between current students and former students of Woodmont High School, which eventually escalated to a physical altercation later in the day at 305 Daytona Lane.

During the altercation one person was struck in the head with brass knuckles which caused the victim to lose consciousness and had to be transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Also during the altercation two suspects fired guns in the direction of several people and one person sustained two gun shot wounds to the left arm resulting in serious bodily injury causing the victim to receive medical treatment.

BHP teacher arrested in incident with former student

r traynum picresA Belton-Honea Path High School teacher has been arrested by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office for engaging in sexual battery with a former student. Rafael Donyea Traynum, 43, of 101 Coral Street, Williamston, was arrested Thursday after he turned himself in to deputies at the sheriff’s office. He was charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct With a Minor (Second Degree) and Sexual Battery With a Student.

The victim, now 21, reported that she was “romantically involved” with Traynum while she was a student and a member of the Girls’ Basketball team between June 2009 and September 2012. Traynum is a social studies teacher and football coach at the school. He began coaching the Girls’ team in 2009 and stopped last school year. He is currently in the Anderson County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Williamston Police Report

Clarification – In last week’s police report, Kimberly A. Moody, 280 Cheddar Rd., Belton was issued a UTT for driving under suspension after a gold color 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee was observed on Main St., with a left brake light not working.

According to the report, Moody stated that she was unaware that she was suspended. The officer was advised by Central Dispatch that the tag and drivers license were suspended due to cancellation of insurance.

Moody was issued a Uniform Traffic Ticket (UTT) courtesy summons. She was not arrested and transported to ACDC. A friend responded to the scene to take Moody home. Ellison Service Center took possession of the vehicle.

According to Moody, proof of insurance was provided to the Williamston Police Department the next day and the ticket was voided.

This week, Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Aug. 25 – Raquel Ellen Tabares, 25, 108 Davis St. #1 Williamston reported an unknown suspect(s) had entered her apartment and removed several items. Sgt. K. J. Winn, G. Cremer investigated.

Aug. 25 – Austin Leneer Mosley, 22, 310 E. Carolina St., Williamston, was arrested for possession of schedule 1 controlled substance and outstanding warrant after officers observed him with a group of males standing in the road at 19 Jehue St. Moseley fled to 19 Jehue St. and then into the Kudzu behind the residence. He was placed under arrest for three outstanding warrants with Williamston Police Department. During the arrest a search incident located a plastic baggy of a brown rock like substance believed to be MDMA (“Molly”) in his pocket along with $1019 in currancy. He was transported to ACDC without incident. S. N. Robison investigated.

ACSO asks public help in identifying suspect in Easley assault

Suspect Sketch - Aggravated AssaultresInvestigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect involved in an aggravated assault in the Easley area on Aug. 9

According to the incident report, just after midnight on Sunday, August 9, a female was walking home along Three Bridges Road in Easley when a dark colored sedan passed, then turned around and came back alongside her. The male driver asked if she needed a ride. When she replied “no” the driver reached out of the vehicle’s window, grabbed her by the arm and pulled her toward the car.

The female was able to pull away and the suspect then sped off.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Offficers investigated the following incidents:

August 18 – Jacob Camron Crawford, 22, 252 E. Standing Springs Rd., Simpsonville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after officers were dispatched to the area of Main St. and Green St. According to reports he thought he was in NC and had run out of gas on his motorcycle. A hypodermic needle was found in his left cargo pocket. S. N. Robison investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investiagated the following:


August 21 – J.A. Clark responded to the Burger King on Hwy. 153 in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival he made contact with Ezekiel Rogers, WM, 36, of Holt’s Summit Missouri. According to reports, Rogers was grossly intoxicated and was accosting customers asking for money. He was taken into custody and transported to ACDC.

August 22 – P.D. Marter responded to the 7-11 convenience store at 3600 Hwy. 153, where he and the store manager reviewed video tape showing a white female, 5’4″,medium build, with pink hair and a black male, 28-30 years old, 5’10″ enter the store and begin to distract the staff at the register. The male entered the beer cooler and stole several items. He went to the car and returned. The pair again distracted the staff and the key to the cigarette locker was attained by them. The male again stole a number of items by sticking them in his clothing. The two left with approximately $1400 worth of merchandise.

BP robbery, murder suspect extradited to Anderson County

Warner, Justin Jamal (photo)Justin Jamal Warner has been extradited to Anderson County from Clayton County, Georgia. He was booked into the Anderson County Detention Center earlier this evening. Warner is charged with the murder of Mradulaben Patel in April of this year. Mrs. Patel was the operator of the BP at 2900 Highway 153 in Powdersville.


Arrest made in BP robbery, murder


Williamston Police Report

Correction – An incident in last week’s Williamston Police Report incorrectly stated the age of a person arrested for an outstanding warrant with Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. Kelly Andrew Viers, age 35, of Pelzer was arrested in the incident.

Williamston police Officers investigated the following incidents recently:

Aug. 11 – Aaron Reese Spear, 20, 103 Lockaby Rd., Pelzer was arrested for simple possession of marijuana and speeding (44/35)after a vehicle was observed on Belton Drive traveling at a high rate of speed. According to reports a baggie containing 3.6 grams of a green leafy substance was found under the driver’s seat. He was issued a UTT for both offenses and notified of a court date. Cpl. L. E. Mulz investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


August 15- A.F. Acevedo responded to the WalMart at 11410 Anderson Rd. where he placed Tara Barrett, WF, 34, 5’6″, 150 pounds, Red/blue under arrest for shoplifting of several clothing items valued at $36.54. During a search conducted at the detention center, an officer found a quantity of marijuana in her purse, and she was also charged with possession.

Piedmont man arrested for burglary in Oconee County

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Piedmont man Friday (Aug. 14) on multiple charges related to a burglary and larceny in Oconee County last Saturday, (Aug 8). Nicholas Blake Garland, 21, of Family Circle in Piedmont was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:20 am Friday morning.

The  incident occurred at the home of the parents of a Seneca teen who was shot by a Seneca Police Lieutenant during an undercover drug operation  July 26. The shooting has attracted national media attention and Federal authorities have launched a civil rights investigation into the 19-year-old man’s death.

Pelzer man facing multiple charges

Attempts to buy ammo while car being repossessed

A Pelzer man is facing multiple charges after an incident at the Ace Hardware store in Williamston on Aug. 1.

Michael Keith Lord, 31, 130 Colonial Dr., Pelzer was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and other charges after officers were dispatched to Ace Hardware, 29 Pelzer Ave. in reference to a car that was being towed.

According to reports, Lord was attempting to purchase ammunition for a shotgun that he had removed from a vehicle in the parking lot that was being repossessed.

Williamston Police busy with drug, alcohol and various other incidents

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents over a two week period:

July 30 – Michael Austin Sellers, 21, 401 Surrine St., Honea Path was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after officers weire dispactched to 416 Belton Drive, Townhouse Apts. in reference to a suspicious person. A hypodermic needle was found in his left front pocket. When he was arrested, Sellers was pushing a baby stroller which contained several items of clothing and a hand dryer mounted to a piece of wood. S. N. Robison investigated.

July 30 – Michael Austin Sellers, 21, 401 Surrine St., Honea Path was arrested for theft after a town employee reported the hand dryer had been stolen from the women’s restroom in Mineral Spring Park. S. N. Robision investigated.

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