Category Archives: Crime

Hamlin Road shooting remains under investigation

By Stan Welch

A Hamlin Road resident is currently in custody at the Anderson County Detention Center for her role in the shooting death of Jerry Wayne Sanders, Jr. last Saturday evening.

Debra Lynne Sheridan, 50, may face charges of homicide as a result of her shooting of Sanders. Newly installed Sheriff Chad McBride and Solicitor David Wagner met Tuesday to consider whether Sheridan’s claim of self defense met the legal requirements of South Carolina’s castle doctrine.

Williamston police report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Jan. 17 – Elizabeth Ann Smith, 32, 308 Camillia Dr., Williamston was arrested for disorderly conduct after officers responded to Cash Advance/Laundromat parking lot on Greenville Drive in reference to an alleged drunk driver in a white F-150 truck. According to reports, Smith was observed inside the laundromat where she appeared intoxicated and officers observed what appeared to be a bottle of alcohol with a broken seal. Smith was issued a citation and advised of her court date and fine. M. Roberts, E Bonnett investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

A wanted suspect, James Thaddeus Robinson, was taken into custody early Tuesday morning, January 24.  He was seen about 3:50am that morning in a red Ford Fusion on E. River Street in Anderson.  The vehicle displayed an improper tag.  Deputies attempted a traffic stop but Robinson fled the scene.  The pursuit ended about 30 minutes later on Trail Road at Wilson Road outside of Belton, after the suspect’s vehicle struck a curb causing a tire to flatten.  Robinson was taken into custody without incident.  He was booked into the Anderson County Detention Center just after 5:00am and served with two outstanding warrants for Grand Larceny.  Charges are also pending for failure to stop and possession of a stolen vehicle.  The vehicle Robinson was driving at the time of the pursuit was reported as stolen from Greer.

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Jan. 20 – P.D. Marter met with Kim Sullivan at her home at 2523 River Road where she reported that both her vehicles had been entered and ransacked. Two debit cards and a variety of CDs was taken. The loss was estimated at $150.

Former Greenville Postmaster pleads guilty in fraud scheme

A formerly Greenville County Postmaster and a co-conspirator in a publishing investment fraud scheme recently pled guilty in federal court in Greenville.

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated that Patricia G. Sullivan, 66, and Sharon D. Johnson, 50, both of Columbia, pled guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks of Charleston accepted the plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Two plead guilty to federal drug charges

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated that Tony Raymond Ouzts, age 47, and Daniel Neil Alexander, age 49, of Hull, Georgia, and Anderson, South Carolina, respectively, recently pled guilty in federal court in Greenville to drug related charges. Ouzts pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924.

Alexander pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks of Charleston accepted the plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Jan. 10 – Dollar General, 526 West Main St., Williamston reported a shoplifting incident in which a black male wearing a large brown coat, blue jeans and black hat entered the store and took chips, a drink and 2 frozen dinners valued at $11. The suspect left in a black Honda Civic tag #LYY676. T. L. Eichelberger investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies continued what has become routine reporting of incidents being investigated. The Sheriff’s office reported only seven incidents in the Journal readership area this week. Among incident reports made available were the following:

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Jan. 17 – R.G. Alexander received a telephone complaint from Alan Hardin, of Hardin Contractors, that someone had stolen sixty sheets of plywood from a job site at 416 St. Paul Rd. The loss was estimated at $800.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Jan. 3 – Gina Dawn Ricks, 43, 502B Garren Rd., Belton was placed on trespass notice for 526 West Main St. after Williamston Police Officers were dispatched to Dollar General, 526 West Main St., in reference to a suspicious person. Sgt. L. E. Mulz investigated.

Jan. 3 – Shaun David Bell, 37, 412 Old River Rd., Pelzer was arrested for outstanding warrant by PPP. He was taken into custody and transported to ACDC. R. Drennon, F. Eugene investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:

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Jan. 9 – J.T. Bowers responded to 100 Nellstone Court, where Keith Wilson reported that someone had entered his pickup truck and stolen a Glock 19 and a Stihl chainsaw. The loss was set at $1000.

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Jan. 6 – J.T. Smith responded to the 7-11 Convenience Store at the corner of Midway Road and Hwy. 8, where Evan Cabaniss reported that he had left his 2005 GMC Yukon at the pumps, filling up while he went inside to purchase some food. He looked out the window and saw a white male get in his vehicle and drive off. He gave chase and saw the vehicle turn left onto Midway Road. Store video confirmed his story. The loss was estimated at $10,000.

Missing teen located

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has located missing teenager Taylor Bowman. According to reports at approximately 8:30 pm Wednesday evening, the GCSO was notified by the Seneca Police Department that they had located Bowman in their jurisdiction. She appeared to be in good condition and was not being held against her will. A GCSO spokesperson said once investigators gather additional information they will hopefully be able to determine how the incident transpired. No further details are being released at this time.

Teen reported missing

McBride to bring changes to Sheriff’s Office

By Stan Welch

Newly installed Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride, speaking to The Journal in an impromptu interview outside County Council chambers Tuesday night, made it clear that his department’s attitude and emphasis will be different from that of the outgoing administration.

Perhaps the greatest difference will be the greater involvement of the deputies on patrol as investigators, and not just report takers.

Deputies investigate shooting at local bar

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a shooting last week at the Town and Country Lounge in which one person was injured. The shooting happened at about 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28. According to reports, two men in their 60s were arguing about a past dispute when the argument turned physical and one man shot the other in the leg, according to the sheriff’s office. The man who was shot was taken by EMS to AnMed. There were no charges filed and the shooting remains under investigation. Due to the holiday period and changes at the Sheriff’s Office no additional information was available as of press time.

Williamston Police Report – Dec. 29 – Jan. 3, 2017

Williamston Police ReportWilliamston Police Officers recovered a stolen vehicle and investigated several incidents at local business as 2016 came to a close and the New Year began. Among incidents investigated were the following:

Dec. 29 – Elijah Jacob Stathers, 23, 151 Brookside Circle, Belton was arrested for unlawful carry, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct after officers were dispatched to 17 E. Main St. in reference to a potential break-in of a vehicle. According to reports an unknown complaintant stated she heard glass break and then saw a male enter a vehicle. The male was slumped over in the vehicle. Abroken liquor bottle was found outside the driver’s door and a silver and black handgun was observed in plainview inside the driver’s door.

Williamston Police Report Dec. 20 – 27, 2016

Williamston Police Officers investigated several break-ins and drug related incidents during the week of Christmas. Among incidents investigated were the following:

Dec. 20 – Sherry Ruth Tallent, 53, 31 McAlister St., Williamston reported someone hit her orange 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse while it was in the parking lot of McDonalds, 4 West Main St. Damage was estimated at $500. E. Bonnett investigated.

Teen reported missing – Saluda Dam Road

gcsobowmanThe Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a search for a missing 15 year-old teenager, Taylor Bowman, on Saluda Dam Road, near the Greenville County and Pickens County Line. Taylor was last seen Wednesday morning heading to school and a search was initiated after she reportedly did not show up at school coupled with the fact that personal items belonging to Taylor were located on Saluda Dam Road, near the county line. Investigators are asking that anyone who knows her whereabouts, to please call the Sheriff’s Office at 271-5210.

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