Category Archives: Crime

Mail theft ring sentenced to 60 months

Tonya M. Reid, age 38, of Anderson, was sentenced today in federal court in Anderson, for conspiracy to commit fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain of Anderson sentenced Reid to 60 months imprisonment, ordered that she pay $21,272.97 in restitution, and placed her on three years of supervised release.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the Anderson City Police Department, and other local agencies had undertaken a long-term investigation into the theft of mail in and around Anderson County.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers had a busy Thanksgiving period investigating thefts, making drug arrests and serving outstanding bench warrants. Among incidents investigated were:

Nov. 22 – Michelle Lynn Mussen, 48, 147 Middleton Bld. reported a Smith and Wesson 38 revolver stolen from the apartment. The gun was valued at $500. Z. T. Parks investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:

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Nov. 28 – D. McQueen responded to the WalMart where he placed Linda Cook, WF, 47, 5’5″, 120 pounds under arrest for shoplifting. She was transported to ACDC.

Nov. 28 – P.D. Marter was dispatched to the WalMart where he placed Shannon Burnside, WF, 27, 5’2″, 120 pounds for shoplifting. She was transported to ACDC.

Powdersville standoff – updated

A standoff involving a suspect in the murder of a Simpsonville man and the Anderson County SWAT team at the Executive Inn on S.C. 153 last Tuesday night (Nov. 24), ended in the self inflicted death of two people.  Kevin Duane Brewer, 37 and Jennifer Lynn Bensch, 32, of Simpsonville, were both found dead from self inflicted gunshot wounds after the three hour standoff.

According to Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore, both victims died of a single gun shot wound to the head. Shore has ruled that both died from self-inflicted wounds. “The gun was closer to the female victim, indicating that Brewer killed himself first, followed by Bensch.” Shore said that toxicology reports are still pending, but that the amount of drug paraphernalia found in the room suggests methamphetamine use was involved.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office seeks assistance in finding burglary suspect

Daman Paul Strickland Jr.The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public to help locate 35 year-old Daman Paul Strickland Jr. Strickland has active warrants for Burglary, Safecracking, Grand Larceny, and Conspiracy related to two burglaries in Southern Greenville County. During the burglaries Strickland stole firearms, money, and jewelry. Strickland also stole a Red, 1996 Chevrolet Camaro, with S.C. license number 3281EZ.

Investigators ask anyone who may have information regarding the location of Daman Paul Strickland Jr. to call Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

Two dead in standoff with SWAT – Powdersville

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Incident ends in self inflicted deaths of suspect, girlfriend

A three-hour standoff involving a suspect in the murder of a Simpsonville man and the Anderson County SWAT team at the Executive Inn on S.C. 153 last Tuesday night (Nov. 24), ended in the self inflicted death of two people.

According to reports, Kevin Duane Brewer, 37 and Jennifer Lynn Bensch, 32, of Simpsonville, were both found dead from self inflicted gunshot wounds to the chest after a three hour standoff. During the standoff, Brewer fired two shots through the motel room at law enforcement officials at the scene, hitting one SWAT team officer in the helmet.

Animal rescue operator gets five years probation

By Stan Welch

Debra Sheridan, owner and operator of the Golden S animal rescue in the Slabtown area, recently received five years probation on fifty four counts of vaccination violations, and one count of possession of methamphetamine in connection with an incident earlier this year.

One of area’s Most Wanted arrested

By Stan Welch

More than three years after assaulting his girlfriend and stealing her car, Brandon Maurice Williams, who was on the ACSO most wanted list, was taken into custody. Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Williams, 26, of Belton and served him with three outstanding warrants that were issued in April 2011 and February 2012.

Williams is charged with assault and battery-third degree, use of a vehicle without the owner’s consent, and the manufacture/distribution of methamphetamine. All three offenses stemmed from incidents involving his [then] estranged girlfriend.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police officers investigated a number of drug related incidents over the last week. Among them were:

Nov. 22 – Officer J. T. Hunt was dispatched to South Academy Street in reference to a fight involving several suspects and one person possibly with a gun. Upon investigation there were several subjects on scene but no one wanted to pursue charges.

Nov. 22 – Dollar General, 526 West Main St., Williamston reported a shoplifting incident in which a black male approximately 50 years old placed several medications into his shirt. The man left without paying and got into a black Eclipse with black rims driven by a white male. The items were valued at $50. J. T. Hunt investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:

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Nov. 20 – J.K. Vickery responded to the WalMart where he placed Angela Geschke, WF, 39, 5’5″, 130 pounds, of Elkhart, Indiana under arrest for shoplifting. She was transported to ACDC.

Nov. 20 – J.K. Vickery was on patrol when he observed a vehicle sitting near Dolly Cooper Park. As he approached, the driver threw a can from the car and began to leave. Upon initiating a traffic stop, Vickery contacted James Garrett, WM, 58, 5’8″,150 pounds, brn/grn of Ragsdale Rd. Garrett admitted throwing a can of Bud Light beer from the vehicle. A records check showed that he was driving on a suspended license and he was placed under arrest.

Williamston Police Report

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

Nov. 16 – Tonya Mikala Haynes, 38, 26 Pine Valley Rd., Piedmont was arrested for outstanding bench warrant after coming to the lobby in Town Hall to pay fines. Haynes was served with the warrant and transported to ACDC. Cpl. L. E. Mulz investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:

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Nov. 13 – J.T. Smith responded to the Easley Baptist Hospital where he spoke with Krystal Wells, WF, 33, who reported that her boyfriend had assaulted her during an altercation, attacking her with a small helium tank, which he also threw into the television. Wells underwent a medical examination but suffered no serious injuries. Smith planned to present the case to a magistrate.

Sheriff’s Office asks help in theft from vehicle

 SpinxSuspectGreenville County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for two suspects involved in the theft of money from a vehicle at 7495 Augusta Road, Piedmont. According to reports, on November 13, the suspects stole money from the victim’s vehicle while she was inside the Spinx gas station located at 7495 Augusta Road, paying for gas. The Chevrolet 4-door sedan is the suspect vehicle. Investigators ask anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of the shown individuals to contact Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

West Pelzer police breakup home invasion

Involving possible Atlanta gang member

By Stan Welch

West Pelzer Police Captain Chris Brewer recently interrupted a home invasion type situation in which several people were being held at gunpoint by a man believed to be associated with an Atlanta gang .

On the night of November 2, Captain Brewer responded to a residence where he met with a female wearing just shorts and a T shirt. The woman, whose identity has not been released, told Capt. Brewer that there was a man whom she did not know inside her house with a gun, holding two other victims at gunpoint. The female victim escaped through a window in another room and called 911.

No leads in death of four family members – Pendleton

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper held a press conference Sunday afternoon to essentially inform the public that there is no progress in the investigation into the murder of four family members at a home in Pendleton last week. Four victims were found during a sweep of the home located at 2217 Refuge Road. Violet Taylor, 82, and Barbara Scott, 80, were the mothers, respectively, of Barbara Scott, 60, and Mike Scott, 58. The four victims all lived in the residence together.

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