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Ron Wilson facing new indictment – in Ponzi scheme

Atlantic Bullion & Coin

By Stan Welch

The saga of Ponzi scheme architect and federal convict Ron Wilson continues, as US Attorney Bill Nettles announced a new indictment of Wilson, his wife and his brother Tuesday.

Nettles, the lead attorney on the Wilson case, informed the media that Wilson has been indicted on two new charges; conspiracy to obstruct justice and giving false statements to federal agents. According to the indictment, issued by a federal grand jury earlier in the day (Tuesday), Wilson gave his brother Timothy L. Wilson an ammunition canister filled with gold and silver coins and additional currency.

Ron Wilson did so after he had been arrested on the original charges, and had given sworn statements that he had no other assets in hand. Timothy Wilson subsequently hid that canister, in an effort to withhold it from the federally appointed receiver. The indictment further alleges that Ron Wilson also gave his wife Cassandra Wilson a similar canister, filled with silver, gold and currency.

Deputies called to Saluda River site several times

What was originally reported by The Journal – Online as a Saluda River rescue  on Saturday turned out to be one of several incidents in which deputies were called to a site on the river involving persons under the influence of alcohol.

By Stan Welch

Greenville County Sheriff’s deputies, along with the South Greenville Fire Department were kept busy Saturday night responding to calls to the Saluda River. The incidents took place at 349 Hamby Road.

GCSO deputy Chris Hoyes responded to a call concerning a possible assault and armed robbery at approximately 9:40 p.m. Several people, all of whom had been drinking, reported that two men had come down to the site below the bridge and had claimed to have a firearm, demanding valuables and property.

GCSO public information officer Jonathan Smith stated that the deputy was unable to determine if an actual crime had taken place. The deputy reported that none of the witnesses saw anyone actually point or present a firearm, and nothing appeared to have been taken from anyone. SGFD personnel assisted two people in climbing the muddy embankment leading up from the river.

Pelzer man facing multiple charges

Laughte Steve Anthony (photo)In Easley area burglary incidents

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Pelzer man last Thursday in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning in the Easely/Powdersville area of Anderson County.

Stephen Anthony Laughter, 39, of Pelzer, was charged with nine different arrest warrants after a foot pursuit which in which he ran through briars and thorny bushes resulting in numerous scrapes and scratches for the suspect.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Depyuties investigated the following:

PELZER

August 1 – J.M. Pelfrey responded to the vicinity of Looper Rd. and Bryant Rd. in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, he contacted Aaron Martin, WM, 20, 5’9″, 147 pounds , trying to get his mother’s car out of a field. Upon checking with dispatch, Pelfrey placed Martin under arrest on an outstanding warrant, and transported him to Three and Twenty Road and Hwy. 8 where the Easley Police Department took custody of him.

Ultra Tan business hit by thieves – Powdersville

Anderson County Sheriff’s Investigators are looking for two subjects involved in the early morning burglary of UltraTan, located on Highway 153 in Powdersville on Monday.

A store employee, who opened the business around 7:50 a.m. July 28 found the front door locked, but unlatched, and the alarm system turned off. The business safe had been unbolted from the floor and removed, money had been taken from the cash drawer and the store’s check reader and credit card machines were both missing.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:

EASLEY

July 25 – S.L. Steward responded to a construction site on Three Bridges Rd. where project manager Jerry Pittman reported that someone had driven a bulldozer into another bulldozer, doing $43,000 worth of damage to the equipment.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

July 21 – Thomas Gerald Allred, 36, 112 Meares Dr., Pelzer was arrested for driving under suspension after a Ford Explorer was observed on Bigby St.

July 21 – Bert Leethomas Lahue, 32, 114 Davis St., Williamston was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after officers were dispatched to the residence in reference to a domestic situation involving a gun. The gun was in the glove box of Lahue’s vehicle. Before investigating officers secured the gun from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and a Marlboro cigarette box containing 1.5 grams of methamphetamine which field tested positive as meth. Cpl. L. E. Mulz, C. Samuel investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:

PELZER

July 18 – P.A. Cochrane responded to 1 Parker St. where Yvonne Pike reported that someone had stolen her boyfriend’s motorcycle but that they had already received Facebook information saying the bike was on the side of Bracken Road in Piedmont. Her boyfriend Erin Slaton had gone to retrieve the bike.

Deputies search for thief – Powdersville

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a burglary in the Piedmont area in which shots were fired by a homeowner. According to reports, a Piedmont man was awoken by his alarm and heard someone inside his home at Reedy Drive at 6:25 a.m. Monday morning. The victim told deputies the burglar ran outside while carrying two compound bows and a rifle. The homeowner fired six shots at the man as he was running away, but did not know if he hit the thief. Deputies searched nearby for the thief but did not locate him. The bows and rifle were found nearby in the woods. Anyone with information on the incident should call Crime Stopper at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

July 7 – James G Kay, Jr. 20, 112 G St., Williamston was issued a summons for driving under suspension. No additional information reported. Sgt. T. D. Hoover investigated.

July 7 – Officers investigated a property at 100 Harper Street which appeared to have been vandalized. Entry was gained by cutting a fence causing $200 in damage. Officers attempted to contact a property owner but were unable. M. E. Simmons investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:

EASLEY

July 11 – 13 – Several people were caught shoplifting at the WalMart Super Center at 11410 Anderson Rd.. Heather Alley, WF, 38, of Liberty; Stephanie Harvey, WF, 27, of Easley were both placed under arrest, while three other subjects were placed on trespass notice, but not charged.

Accomplice arrested in Piedmont burglaries

Foster Diana Grace 2 pics

Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested Diana Grace Foster, 23, of Greenville, in connection with 4 burglaries in Anderson County. According to arrest warrants, Foster assisted co-defendant Travis Lee Skelton, 24, of Easley, by driving Skelton to homes in the Piedmont area and waiting while he burglarized them. The crimes were committed on January 21, 2014 and included homes located on Mountain Lake Drive, Westview South, Jameson Drive, and Spalding Court; all in Piedmont.

Shootout leaves one dead – Easley

By Stan Welch

A Powdersville man returned home from a night out last Thursday (July 3) only to encounter an armed intruder in the house. In the ensuing gun fight, the intruder was killed and the resident, who is confined to a wheelchair, was wounded.

Orlandous Brown returned to his residence at 103 Woodhaven Court along with his girlfriend, Latasha Vernon and her daughter. He discovered Darrin Marquez Lowe, BM, 26, 6’, 150 pounds inside. Shots were exchanged and Lowe was killed.

Williamston Police report busy week

Williamston Police Officers had a busy period during the last week of June and heading into the July 4th holiday weekend. Among incidents investigated were vandalism, stolen property and runaways in a possible stolen vehicle. These incidents and more were investigated:

June 24 – Jonathan Andrew Wood, 27, 102 Kilgore Ave, Williamston was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and open container after a Kie Sportage was observed on Anderson Drive with a tag light out. During a search of the vehicle officers found a cellophane baggie. A Smith & Forge Hard Cider can was also found in the car along with a full can of beer under the back seat. Cpl. L. E. Mulz investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:

EASLEY

July 4 – J.P. Lahusky responded to 611 Hall Rd. where Kristina Highsmith reported that someone had driven into her yard and done two doughnuts in the grass. The damage was estimated at $300.

July 4 – S. Dunlap responded to 105 Pine St. to a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, he found Thomas McNeely, WM, 36, 5’7″, 160 pounds yelling and cursing at Ethel McNeely, who reported he had tried to enter her home. He was arrested for public disorderly conduct.

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