Category Archives: Crime

Bar dispute turns deadly in Piedmont

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting at a bar in Piedmont early this morning. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. at JA Cigars on Hwy. 86 in Piedmont.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said Jonathan Black, 29, of Coker Circle in Wiliamston was shot and killed. Black died at the scene from gunshots wounds to the upper part of his body. Boseman said Black had been released from prison just weeks prior to his death.

According to reports, an argument with the bars owner inside escalated into a fist fight and shooting outside.

The incident remains under investigation.

WPD Monthly Report

Williamston Police Captain Kevin Marsee reported the following statistics for the Williamston Police Department for the month of August:

Williamston Police Officers wrote 33 tickets, 77 warnings, made 19 arrests, served three warrants, had 54 incident reports written and 1824 calls for service.

Also 576 Williamston police officers made 576 premise checks, 339 business checks, made 101 traffic stops and assisted other agencies 94 times.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

On Sept. 13 – Christopher Frank Robinson, 41, 233 Harper Rd., Williamston was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a stolen vehicle after WPD was notified by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office that Robison had been staying at 500 Parker St. Robinson had active warrants. Robinson had a pocket watch containing a clear plastic baggy with clear shards inside the watch. Several hypodermic needles were found inside the residence.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


Sept. 11 – T.K. Cook responded to 337 Henderson Rd. where Jonathon Rothell reported that his truck had been broken into and power tools valued at approximately $3000 had been stolen.

Sept. 13 – J.J. Pearson was dispatched to 1026 Robinson Rd. where Kimberly Florez reported the theft of her black 2012 Nissan Sentra, bearing SC tag# JPI 392, valued at $10,000.

Don’t fall for jury duty scam

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents not to fall for a jury duty scam. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the current scam involves an individual claiming to be employed by the Sheriff’s Office who calls local residents and tells them they have missed jury duty. The caller then informs the resident that they must pay a large fine to keep from going to jail.

“This is a scam. Do not fall for it,” said Lt. Sheila B. Cole. “All appointments to jury duty are handled by Anderson County courts.”

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following:

Sept. 1 – Crystal Marie Kuykendall, 37, 1951 Reedy Fork Rd., Pelzer was arrested for unlawful transport of liquor and driving under suspension after a white 1997 Ford Mustang was observed on Belton Drive with officer’s knowledge that the driver’s license was suspended. A 750 ml of Jim Beam with a broken seal was found in the front seat. Kuykendall was transported to Williamston Police Department where she was issued a UTT for driving under suspension. She also had an outstanding warrrant with Laurens County and was turned over to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Offfice. S. N. Robison investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


Sept. 5 – C.P. Huff and A.P. Barron responded to the WalMart in Powdersville where they took Allison Stansell, WF, 34, 5’5″, 110 pounds, blond/blue for shoplifting, and transported her to ACDC.

Sept. 6 – R.D. Phillips received a telephone complaint from Mark Maddox, of Belton, that someone had stolen his wife’s back pack and wallet from their car while they were in the Cracker Barrel on Hwy. 153. The loss was estimated at $115.

High speed motorcycle chase ends in Williamston

Jason Robert Mortimore (photo)resAnderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Simpsonville resident after an early morning pursuit in Anderson County which ended in Williamston.

According to reports, just before 2 am Tuesday Sept. 8, a deputy patrolling the Highway 20/Anderson Highway area observed a white Yamaha motorcycle headed toward Williamston, driving recklessly. The deputy followed the vehicle, ran the tag, and was advised that the motorcycle was reported stolen from Simpsonville.

Arrest made after receiving analysis report

One year after reported missing; body later found in well

Almost one year later, and after waiting approximately six months for an analysis report from the state lab, Anderson County Sheriff’s Investigators made an arrest in the homicide of Patricia Freeman, who was reported missing in February. The analysis gave investigators the last bit of information needed for the charge, officals said.

Five arrested in Woodmont area shooting incident

Woodmont High locked down last Thursday

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has charged and arrested five people who were involved in an incident last Wednesday (Sept. 2), at 305 Daytona Lane in Piedmont, which prompted a modified lockdown of Woodmont High School on Thursday.

According to reports, on Sept. 2nd a verbal altercation began between current students and former students of Woodmont High School, which eventually escalated to a physical altercation later in the day at 305 Daytona Lane.

During the altercation one person was struck in the head with brass knuckles which caused the victim to lose consciousness and had to be transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Also during the altercation two suspects fired guns in the direction of several people and one person sustained two gun shot wounds to the left arm resulting in serious bodily injury causing the victim to receive medical treatment.

BHP teacher arrested in incident with former student

r traynum picresA Belton-Honea Path High School teacher has been arrested by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office for engaging in sexual battery with a former student. Rafael Donyea Traynum, 43, of 101 Coral Street, Williamston, was arrested Thursday after he turned himself in to deputies at the sheriff’s office. He was charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct With a Minor (Second Degree) and Sexual Battery With a Student.

The victim, now 21, reported that she was “romantically involved” with Traynum while she was a student and a member of the Girls’ Basketball team between June 2009 and September 2012. Traynum is a social studies teacher and football coach at the school. He began coaching the Girls’ team in 2009 and stopped last school year. He is currently in the Anderson County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Williamston Police Report

Clarification – In last week’s police report, Kimberly A. Moody, 280 Cheddar Rd., Belton was issued a UTT for driving under suspension after a gold color 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee was observed on Main St., with a left brake light not working.

According to the report, Moody stated that she was unaware that she was suspended. The officer was advised by Central Dispatch that the tag and drivers license were suspended due to cancellation of insurance.

Moody was issued a Uniform Traffic Ticket (UTT) courtesy summons. She was not arrested and transported to ACDC. A friend responded to the scene to take Moody home. Ellison Service Center took possession of the vehicle.

According to Moody, proof of insurance was provided to the Williamston Police Department the next day and the ticket was voided.

This week, Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Aug. 25 – Raquel Ellen Tabares, 25, 108 Davis St. #1 Williamston reported an unknown suspect(s) had entered her apartment and removed several items. Sgt. K. J. Winn, G. Cremer investigated.

Aug. 25 – Austin Leneer Mosley, 22, 310 E. Carolina St., Williamston, was arrested for possession of schedule 1 controlled substance and outstanding warrant after officers observed him with a group of males standing in the road at 19 Jehue St. Moseley fled to 19 Jehue St. and then into the Kudzu behind the residence. He was placed under arrest for three outstanding warrants with Williamston Police Department. During the arrest a search incident located a plastic baggy of a brown rock like substance believed to be MDMA (“Molly”) in his pocket along with $1019 in currancy. He was transported to ACDC without incident. S. N. Robison investigated.

ACSO asks public help in identifying suspect in Easley assault

Suspect Sketch - Aggravated AssaultresInvestigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect involved in an aggravated assault in the Easley area on Aug. 9

According to the incident report, just after midnight on Sunday, August 9, a female was walking home along Three Bridges Road in Easley when a dark colored sedan passed, then turned around and came back alongside her. The male driver asked if she needed a ride. When she replied “no” the driver reached out of the vehicle’s window, grabbed her by the arm and pulled her toward the car.

The female was able to pull away and the suspect then sped off.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Offficers investigated the following incidents:

August 18 – Jacob Camron Crawford, 22, 252 E. Standing Springs Rd., Simpsonville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after officers were dispatched to the area of Main St. and Green St. According to reports he thought he was in NC and had run out of gas on his motorcycle. A hypodermic needle was found in his left cargo pocket. S. N. Robison investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investiagated the following:


August 21 – J.A. Clark responded to the Burger King on Hwy. 153 in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival he made contact with Ezekiel Rogers, WM, 36, of Holt’s Summit Missouri. According to reports, Rogers was grossly intoxicated and was accosting customers asking for money. He was taken into custody and transported to ACDC.

August 22 – P.D. Marter responded to the 7-11 convenience store at 3600 Hwy. 153, where he and the store manager reviewed video tape showing a white female, 5’4″,medium build, with pink hair and a black male, 28-30 years old, 5’10″ enter the store and begin to distract the staff at the register. The male entered the beer cooler and stole several items. He went to the car and returned. The pair again distracted the staff and the key to the cigarette locker was attained by them. The male again stole a number of items by sticking them in his clothing. The two left with approximately $1400 worth of merchandise.

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