Category Archives: Crime

Piedmont man arrested in drive by shooting – Anderson

Travis Richard Gamble, 26, of Piedmont has been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Anderson Tuesday morning. According to reports, aound 9:45 a.m., an Anderson County deputy traveling on David Lee Coffee Place observed the driver of a white Ford Explorer fire several rounds into a black Nissan Altima which was stopped at the intersection of David Lee Coffee Place and MLK Boulevard.

Copper wiring thief in jail in Greenville

Tommy Houston Snead, Jr., who was wanted by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in connection with several grand larcenies of cable and copper wiring has been located, incarcerated at the Greenville County Detention Center where he is being held on two charges from that jurisdiction.

Snead, Tommy Houston (photo)According to reports, he was taken into custody on Monday (Apr. 27). A hold has also been placed on him by Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in regard to Grand Larceny warrants on the subject in connection with thefts from a home in the Williamston area. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the citizens of Anderson County for their assistance in helping to track down Snead.

Sheriff’s Office still looking for suspect
Sheriff’s Office looking for local thief

Piedmont 4-wheel fugitive arrested

Jesse Clay Riffle, wanted after he ran from Greenville County Deputies at E. Main St. and Bessie Road in Piedmont Friday afternoon, has been arrested in Anderson County.

Jesse Clay RiffleRiffle had 17 active warrants for his arrest that include, multiple larceny warrants, possession of stolen vehicle warrants, failure to appear warrants, and violation of probation warrants.

Riffle, 26, approximately 5’7″, and 145 pounds, fled on a camouflage four-wheeler wearing a blue t-shirt.

Sheriff’s office still looking for theft suspect

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Anderson County Sheriff’s Investigators continue to look for for Tommy Houston Snead, Jr. in connection with several grand larcenies from a location in the Williamston area.

Alchohol enforcement team conducts campaign

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Alcohol Enforcement Team, in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services’ (DAODAS) sixth annual “Out of Their Hands” campaign, conducted two operations on Friday night, April 17.

During the operations, a total of 33 compliance checks and 7 bar checks were completed. Four tickets were issued for the illegal sale of alcohol to a minor; three of the tickets were issued in Anderson County and one ticket was issued by the Williamston Police Department for a violation in their jurisdiction.

Employees at the following three Anderson County businesses were ticketed by Sheriff’s deputies last weekend:

Sheriff’s Office looking for local thief

Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators are actively looking for Tommy Houston Snead, Jr. in connection with recent larcenies in the Williamston area. According to reports, between 2 and 3 a.m. on the morning of March 23, Snead took two large spools of copper wiring from a residence on Anderson Highway in Williamston.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated a variety of incidents including thefts, vandalism, assalts and several drug related. Among incidents investigted were:

Apr. 13 – Steve Billy Davenport, 48, 113 Mackey St., Williamston was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule IV narcotic and simple possessin of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia after a search warrrant was executed at the address. K. S. Loonney, Cpl. L. E. Mulz investigated.

Apr. 14 – Amanda Gipson, 35, 233 Belton Dr., Williamston reported forced entry to an outside storage building. It was undetermined at the time if anything was taken. K. S. Looney, Cpl. L. E. Mulz investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


April 18 – S. Dunlap was dispatched to 224 Redwood Dr. where Gary Martin, Jr. reported that someone had entered and ransacked both his and his wife’s vehicles. Several items were missing, including prescription medicines, fishing rods and tackle, and a Samsung S6 phone. The loss was estimated at $744.


April 18 – S. Dunlap responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Lesley Street. Upon arriving he made contact with a vehicle driven by Joseph Brock, WM, 39, 5’9″, 200 pounds, of Breazeale Rd. The vehicle had a paper tag but a stolen SC tag was found underneath it. Brock was taken into custody and charged with receiving stolen property.

West Pelzer Police Report

Traffic stop results in vehicle chase, foot chase in Pelzer

West Pelzer Police Department investigated an incident in which a West Pelzer resident is facing multiple charges after leaving a traffic stop causing a car chase and foot chase in Pelzer. Officers also investigated shoplifting, gas drive offs and other incidents.

Apr. 1 – James Anthony Craine, 35/40, 1A Evans St., West Pelzer was arrested and will be facing numerous charges after a gold Mazda SUV was observed operating on Hwy. 8 after dark without headlights on.

According to reports the vehicle initially stopped and Craine answered any question by officer with “I respect the police.” When the officer backed off to request assistance, the SUV quickly accelerated and pulled away. After a chase on Hwy. 8 to Pelzer, Murray St.,Lyman St., Adger Street the vehicle stopped and Craine fled on foot. He was apprehended attempting to scale a fence.

Williamston Police Report

Response thwarts PCH phone scam incident

Williamston officers investigated a Publishers Clearing House phone scam incident on Apr. 9.

According to reports, Teresa Harris, 10 E. Fourth St., Williamston reported she was called by a man with a Jamaica phone number claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. According to reports he told her she had won $1.5 million dollars and to collect she had to purchase a Green Dot Money pack car worth $499 and when they came to collect it she would get the $1.5 million winnings.

After calling The Journal to report the scam, The Journal advised her to call the police department. Officers went to the residence to wait for the check delivery and while they were waiting, the suspect with a Jamaican sounding voice called and wanted the numbers of the card. After refusing to do so and stating she would not give the card until someone showed up, she asked if the man was scamming her. No one showed up.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


April 10 – A.C. Guthrie responded to the WalMart at 11410 Anderson Rd. where Keith Reese reported seeing Raven Goodman, BF, 25, 5’7″, 203 pounds, hide several items of clothing in her purse. She then paid for the items in her cart, but not the others, valued at $35. She was taken into custody and transported to ACDC.

April 10 – A.C. Guthrie responded to the WalMart again, this time to find Samantha Wardell, WF, 37, 5’6″, 190 pounds, from Greenville. Wardell cursed, screamed and spat at people, finally spitting on the deputy. She was eventually charged with shoplifting, public disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and malicious injury.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Apr. 1 – Arthur James Wright, 77, 101 East Setlement Rd, 3606, Greenville reported the rear window of his van shattered while at 4 W Second St. Damage was estimated at $500. J. Taylor investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:


April 3 – J.A. Clark and C.P. Huff responded to 506 Roe Rd. where Rocky Lingerfelt reported that someone had fired a gun into his house, breaking a window and leaving a bullet fragment on the floor.

April 3 – J.A. Clark and C.P. Huff responded to 115 Jesse Drive, Lot 18, where Christopher Young, WM, 43, reported that his neighbor had punched him during an argument over a dog.

Belton teen arrested in Anderson pursuit

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Dakota Chance Chitwood, 17, of Belton in connection with a Tuesday afternoon pursuit in Anderson which resulted in a wrecked police cruiser and ended with the vehicle hitting a residence.

Around 1:45 pm Tuesday, a deputy patrolling in the area of Highway 28 Bypass spotted a Ford Excursion which matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen early this morning from a residence in Anderson County.

The driver of the Ford, later identified as Chitwood, attempted to evade the officer and a pursuit ensued. Near the intersection of Jackson Street and Stone Drive, Chitwood swerved toward the patrol vehicle, causing the deputy to leave the roadway and strike an embankment.

Chitwood continued on Jackson Street but wrecked the Ford into the porch of a residence on Boston Drive. Other responding deputies, who quickly arrived on-scene, took Chitwood into custody.

Both the deputy and Chitwood were transported to AnMed for medical treatment. The deputy was later released. Chitwood remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Charges against Chitwood are pending.

Powdersville bank robbery

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Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies and the FBI are investigating a bank robbery which occurred in Powdersville Thursday afternoon. According to reports, the Pinnacle Bank on Anderson Road in Powdersville was robbed at gunpoint just after 4:15 p.m. A masked man walked into the bank with a handgun and demanded money according to Lt. Sheila Cole of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

No one was injured in the robbery and unknown how much cash the robber left with. Investigators were trying to determine if the bank robber acted alone or had an accomplice pick him up. Deputies are looking for a white SUV suspected to be involved in the robbery.

Anyone with informtion is asked to call Anderson Area Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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