Anderson County Sheriff’s Report


Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:


Dec. 14 – B. Surratt and J.A. Bannister responded to an accident report at the intersection of Midway and Cherokee Roads. Christopher Rush, BM, 24, told the deputies that he had passed a green Blazer in a legal passing zone, and that the Blazer had then passed him on the shoulder of the road. Once it was back in front of Rush’s car, it slammed on brakes at the stop sign. Rush and the other driver, identified from the vehicle’s registration as Francis Fowler, had some words over the incident.

Rush said he and his passenger, Brittany McCraine, attempted to exchange seats, with him going around to the passenger’s side. When he did, he said Fowler, WM, 45, 6’1″, 185 pounds, of Pelzer, tried to hit him with his vehicle, and crashed into Rush’s right front quarter panel. Rush said Fowler tried to crush him between the two cars and he ran into a nearby yard to escape. Fowler allegedly drove into the yard trying to run over Rush, who dodged behind a tree before Fowler fled the scene.

Damage to both Rush’s car and to the yard supported Rush’s account. Surratt was to present the case to a magistrate.

Dec. 15 – P. Thompson, of the ACSO, received a complaint from Haley Willingham, WF, 5’6″, 115 pounds, of Simpsonville by telephone that Matthew Jones, WM, 21, 5’8, 150 pounds, of Pelzer, had posted a video of them having sex on a website. She conceded having sex with Jones but said she was unaware of the videotaping. She further claimed that Jones had sold the video to the website.

Dec. 16 – B. Surratt was dispatched to 248 Smith Dr. where Dillon Ellison reported that someone had broken into his house and stole his PlayStation3 and nine games. The loss was estimated at $1140.

Dec.16 – K. Evatt was dispatched to 350 Ballard Rd. where Kevin Crain reported that someone had stolen his black Lynnmark 6X10 utility trailer, valued at $1200.


Dec.14 – J.T. Bowers responded to The Ole Smokehouse restaurant at 1712 Highway 86, where James Hardy reported that someone had entered the business and had opened the safe, using a key, and taken a thousand dollars out of it. There was no sign of forced entry.

Dec. 14 – J.T. Bowers responded to the Duke Energy job site located at 1818 Hwy. 86 and spoke to Barry Roper, who stated that when he arrived at the site, someone had entered the fenced area and stolen a number of items valued at $3200. There was no sign of forced entry.

Dec. 14 – A young girl escaped what might have been a very unpleasant experience when she inadvertently avoided a confrontation with two burglars in her apartment. Deputy J.T. Bowers responded to 3105B River Road to a report of a possible break-in in progress. Preston Potter said that he had seen a blue four door Chevrolet at the residence across the road, and later heard a loud noise. He said two black males, both approximately 6’2″, 180 pounds, 25/30 years old got into the car and left , but returned shortly accompanied by a third black male driving the car.

Bowers went across the street and found the access door to the garage open. Inside, he found the door to the apartment unlocked and entered the home and began to clear the house a room at a time. He came to a locked door and knocked on it, identifying himself. A thirteen year old girl answered the door. She said she had heard noises but thought it was her brother. She said someone had tried to enter her bedroom but it was locked, and when she came out later and found the door open to the outside, she didn’t think anything of it. The presents which had been under the tree were gone.

Dec.14 – B. Simpson took a telephone report from Harlei Mason, WF, 19, of 503 Iler St. Mason reported that someone had stolen $1000 in cash from a small box on her dresser. She identified a 20 year old white male and a 19 year old black male who were in her home at the time of the theft. A forensics investigator was sent to the scene.

Dec. 14 – E.E. Standard responded to 317 S. Circle where Selina Sterling stated that $800 was stolen from her car while Jeremiah Holdbrooks, WM, 28, 5’7″, 160 pounds was working on it. She said she suspected that he had taken the money from the side door pocket of the vehicle. Standard made contact with Holdbrooks who denied taking the money or even entering the interior of the car.

Within the hour, Standard was back at the scene, where Holdbrooks reported that Justin Gilliam, MW,29, 5’10″, had pistol whipped him and demanded all his money. Holdbrooks said Gilliam was driving a car that belonged to his girlfriend, but there was no direct connection drawn between the two incidents in the deputy’s report. Holdbrooks said that Gilliam also fired two or three shots at him, but only one .25 caliber shell casing was found at the scene. No arrest had been made at press time.

Dec. 15 – J.T. Bowers was dispatched to 3460 Highway 153 to the CVS Pharmacy where an employee reported that a black male, 35/45, 6’, 180 pounds presented a prescription for oxycodone, but presented fake ID as well.

Dec. 16 – J.A. Bannister responded to 129 Beardsley Rd. where Daniel Rogers stated that someone had made entry into his apartment and stolen his Playstation 3, as well as some identity-related documents. The loss was estimated at $120.

Dec. 16 – J.T. Bowers responded to 102 Willow Corner where Kandy Black reported that her stepson, Bradley Black, WM, 23, 5.6″, 200 pounds and her husband, William Black, Jr. had been involved in an argument. Bradley attempted to take a vehicle and leave and William attempted to stop him. As Bradley backed up, William fell. Kathy claimed Bradley ran over him, but William said he did not. He did have sufficient injuries to require transport by EMS.