February busy month for Anderson County first responders

By Stan Welch
The last few weeks have been busy times for law enforcement, first responders, and the Anderson County Coroner’s Office. Fatal fires, homicides, child abuse resulting in death, missing and endangered people – the calls have involved a spectrum of incidents.
On January 18, Earl Goss, a seventy year old black male, was reported missing. Due to his health, and his requirement for certain medications he was classified as endangered.
On February 6, Hannah Spado, of Pendleton, died from what was first designated as an accidental gun shot wound. Hunter Swanger was later charged with involuntary manslaughter when it was determined that the two had been intoxicated, and handling firearms in an unsafe manner.
February 14, Valentine’s Day, proved to be anything but a romantic day. Anastasia McAlister, a two year old female, died that day of neglect and abuse. Three adults and a juvenile face charges in that case. Also on that day, Tamell Nash, BM,33, and Sabrina Lowery, WF, 21, were shot and killed at a location on Byron Circle. Lowery, who was found to be thirty seven weeks pregnant at the time, died along with her unborn child.
At 12:20 a.m. Saturday morning, February 15, the West Pelzer Fire Department responded to a residence at 207 Whitten St. in Pelzer.
Upon arrival, they found the structure fully engaged in flames. According to Anderson County Fire Chief Brian Moon, the house was heavily damaged, and the roof had almost entirely collapsed. After extinguishing the flames, the department was able to confirm that the owners of the house were out of town. Those owners, in turn, assured the firefighters that no one was in the home.
Later that morning, around 10:00 a.m., the fire reignited and the WPFD again responded. In moving some debris around to make sure the remaining hot spots were exstinguished, two bodies were discovered. Also, during their second response, the firefighters were informed by another member of the family that there were people who had been in the house earlier.
Charles Edward Tate, Jr., a 29 year old white male, son of the owners, and Christine Ann Bagwell, white female, 21,  were found under the debris. A coroner’s news release stated that illicit drug use was suspected as a contributing factor in the two deaths. Smoke inhalation was named as the cause of the deaths.
On February 18, two Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a dog attack on a human on Jackson Street. Upon arriving, they shot and killed two of the four dogs, and drove the other two off. The victim was transported to the hospital with several wounds.
 On February 22, Scotty Yeargin, WM, 56, was reported missing and endangered. He was located later that same day, safe.
On February 23, Tre Donovan Bailey, 26, male, was reported as missing and endangered. He had left home two days earlier, after making comments about harming himself. The next day a deceased person was found in a car submerged in Lake Hartwell at the Honea Path boat ramp. The victim was not formally identified at the time; however, it was reported that he had earlier been listed as missing and endangered.
Also on February 24, Brianna Mitchell, a 19 year old female, lost control of her car on Old Denver Road and was killed in the resulting crash.