Category Archives: Crime

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated shoplifting and theft incidents throughout the area. Deputies are also investigating an incident in which several shots were fired into a Williamton area home. Among incidents investigated are the following:


March 14 – J.G. Williams responded to 184 New Hope Road where Patricia Hughes reported that someone had stolen the AC unit, valued at $2500.

March 14 – C.L. Wilkinson was dispatched to 884 Bryant Road where Rudolph Floyd reported the theft of his Northstar generator, valued at $2800.

Shooter was on “Community Supervision”

Reports that Jared Michael Williams was on probation when he allegedly killed three people in Pelzer were mistaken, but mainly in the way they were stated. Peter O’Boyle, Public Information Director for the State Parole and Probation Office clarified the facts in a telephone interview and follow-up e-mail with The Journal.

“Jared Williams was not on probation. In 1996, South Carolina abolished probation for those committing violent crimes. Instead, they substituted the community supervision program, which states that a violent offender must serve at least eighty five per cent of their sentence before they can be released. Unless they commit additional offenses while in prison, they usually are released.”

Police officer placed on leave

By Stan Welch

A Williamston police officer has been placed on administrative leave as a result of his arrest for criminal domestic violence last Saturday.

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor confirmed that Officer Christopher Shaw Whitfield has been removed from active duty pending the disposition of his case.

An incident report obtained from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office shows that Deputy Patrick Thompson responded to a call from Amy Whitfield, who had left the residence following the incident.

10 year old helps catch burglary suspects

Dallas Mahaffey, ten year old son of West Pelzer firefighter Dale Mahaffey, is being credited with raising suspicions about activity in his neighborhood that led to the arrests of two suspected burglars recently.

Dallas had just gotten home from school at West Pelzer Elementary School, where he is in the fourth grade, when he noticed a blue pickup truck cruising back and forth in the area, and showing special interest in the house of Rene and Rodger Dalrymple.Dallas became even more suspicious when he watched the truck’s occupants make several trips to the house and back.

Ron Wilson files for divorce

By Stan Welch

Convicted felon and Ponzi scheme con artist Ron Wilson has filed for a divorce from his wife of forty six years, according to media reports and documents filed in the Spartanburg Clerk of Court’s office.

Wilson, who is serving a term for two counts of mail fraud in connection with a fifty seven million dollar Ponzi scheme based on investments in silver bullion, claimed in his divorce filing that he and his wife Cassie, had lived “apart without cohabitation since November 13, 2012”, the year he entered a federal minimum security prison in Florida.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

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Charges grow, details made public in Pelzer shooting

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sheil Cole, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper, Deputy Solicitor Rame Campbell and County Deputy Coroner Don McCown prepare for a press conference held Friday afternoon in which details of the shooting in Pelzer were discussed.

From Friday Sheriff’s Office News Conference

By Stan Welch

The litany of charges continues to grow against a Williamston man and a Greenville woman accused of being involved in the triple homicide shooting in Pelzer Wednesday.

At a press conference today (Friday) afternoon, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper enumerated a total of seventeen charges filed against Jared Michael Williams, WM, 32, of McAlister Road in Williamston, and his reported girlfriend Hope Kristian Phillips. WF, 19, of Blue Forest Lane in Greenville.

Williams, charged with three counts of murder as well as one count of attempted murder, led a bevy of assorted law enforcement officers on a high speed chase from Pelzer to Piedmont Wednesday afternoon, before crashing the stolen vehicle he was driving into a house on Highway 86 inside the Piedmont town limits.

News conference 2 pm today on Pelzer shooting

Williams to LEC 2res

Williams girlfiend facing murder charges in connection

By David Meade

Jared Michael Williams, the accused shooter in the triple homicide in Pelzer Wednesday, was released from Greenville Memorial Hospital Thursday and was transported to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper has a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m today (Friday) to announce charges against Williams, 34, of 421 McAlister Rd., Williamston.

The sheriff’s office also announced Thursday that they had arrested Williams’ girlfriend Hope Kristian Phillips, 19, of Greenville in connection with the incident. Phillips is facing charges of murder, accessory after the fact and larceny.

Hope Phillips

Hope Phillips

Shooting stemmed from argument

The triple homicide shooting in Pelzer Wednesday stemmed from a verbal altercation which ensued between Jared Michael Williams and her brother, according to a statement by the fourth victim who survived the shooting.

According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Tara Diane Hendricks told deputies that she was inside the house at 104 Law St. when a verbal altercation ensued between the alleged shooter, Jared Michael Williams, and her brother. The report did not state what the argument was about.

Jared Michael Williams

Jared Michael Williams

Hendricks said the verbal altercation become heated and Williams pulled out a handgun and shot her brother. He then shot another victim in the house and then her.

According to the report, Hendricks hid under a bed as Williams waited for the last victim to enter the residence and he shot her as soon as she entered. The shooter then fled the scene in a dark green Chevrolet truck.

Hendricks ran to a neighbor’s house at 7 McCaughrin St. for help. She is currently hospitalized at Greenville Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Alleged shooter, victim remain in same hospital

Surviving victim identified

Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies continue to guard the hospital room of Jared Michael Williams, WM, age 34, the alleged gunman in a shooting incident Wednesday in which three people were fatally shot, according to Lt. Shelia B. Cole, Public Information Officer with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. According to Cole, Williams is still being held at Greenville Memorial Hospital where he may undergo surgery for injuries sustained during yesterday’s incident.

The surviving victim, Tara Diane Hendricks, is also hospitalized at GMH; her injuries are reported as non-life threatening.

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