Category Archives: Crime

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following:

Feb. 24 – Williamston officers delivered a copy of the Town of Williamston Smoke Free ordinance to the Vape Shack, 707 Anderson Dr. in reference to a complaint about a code violation. J. B. Sanders investigated. (Editors note: The incident led to a discussion and revision in the town’s smoke free ordinance during the council meeting Monday.)

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


Feb. 28 – J. Glenn responded to 29 Smythe St. where Karen Mahon reported that someone had entered her father’s house while he was hospitalized. A second story window had been forced open.

Shooting incident near Pelzer remains under investigation

Authorities are still investigating a shooting incident Saturday on Hwy. 8 near Pelzer in which a Greenville man fired at deputies and return fire from a deputy resulted in the suspects death. A Greenville County Coroner identified the deceased as Chazsten Noah Freeman, 24, of Greenville.

According to the sheriff’s office, Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputies deputies were dispatched at approximately 2:10 p.m. in reference to a theft that just occurred at Stewart Fishing Store, located at 101 Steward Lake Road in South Greenville County.

The 911 caller told dispatch that the suspect had left the area on foot. According to the sheriff’s office, responding deputies were familiar with the suspect from past incidents and from an incident on February 21 when he attempted to run over deputies after fleeing from them in a car.

Deputies then responded to 928 Hwy. 8 in an attempt to locate the suspect. As deputies were walking toward the residence the suspect began to shoot at them from a wooded area. A deputy returned fire striking the suspect at least one time. The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene. No deputies were injured during the incident.

The caller identified the suspect as his friend and provided dispatch with a name and description of the suspect and stated he was armed with a gun but did not produce the weapon.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, Mar. 2. The incident remains under investigation by the coroner’s office, the sheriff’s office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Belton domestic incident under investigation

Just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, Anderson County Sheriff’s Eeputies responded to a residence on Wood Valley Drive in Belton in reference to a welfare check.

Once on scene, officers were unable to make contact with anyone at the home but they noticed that the front door of the residence was unsecured. Based on the circumstances, they entered the house and found Lisa Michelle Loudermilk, WF, age 33, deceased. The coroner’s office was notified.

Williamston Police Report

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

Feb. 23 – Johnny Ray Patterson, Jr., 30, 300 HI Taylor Rd., Williamston was arrested for open container and public disorderly conduct after officers were dispatched to Anderson Drive in reference to a vehicle stuck in a ditch. According to reports, the driver of the vehicle (owned by Patterson) stated a deer had run in front of her and she left the roadway to miss it. While gathering information, officers found an open container near the vehicle. A matching unopened can of 24 oz. Bud Light was found in the truck. When questioned about the open container, Patterson became loud and boisterous and was arrested. J. Taylor investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the theft of several vehicles left warming up and one incident of a man talking to products in a beer cooler. Among incidents investigated were the following:


Feb. 22 – J.R. Brunson was on patrol when he noticed a truck at 106 Ragsdale Rd., which matched a suspect vehicle in a pursuit earlier in the day. He and Deputy D. McQueen contacted the resident, Nathan Porter, WM, 52, 6’1”, 190 pounds, bald/green, who said he had noticed the tag, which proved stolen, earlier but didn’t know how it got there. He was placed under arrest for receiving stolen property and transported to ACDC.

Anderson woman pleads guilty in filing fraudulent tax returns

Amounting to over $483,294

Helen Jean Anderson, age 57, of Anderson, recently pled guilty in federal court in Greenville, to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. Senior United States District Henry M. Herlong, Jr. of Greenville accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

The evidence at the change of plea hearing established that Anderson and various co-conspirators would obtain the means of identification of other individuals and then file fraudulent tax returns. Once the Treasury checks arrived, the co-conspirators sought ways to negotiate the checks. An eye-witness at a convenience store in the upstate told law enforcement that Helen Anderson had recently been in the store and claimed to have 200 Treasury checks to cash and said that she would pay $500 per check to cash them. The eye-witness contacted the police.

ACSO website assists reporting white collar crime

In 2014, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office took more than 400 reports concerning fraud, forgery, and identity theft. In order to effectively investigate these crimes, investigators must have specific information from the victim.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper recently announced a new addition to his agency’s website which he hopes will assist citizens in gathering this necessary information.

West Pelzer Police Report

West Pelzer Police Department investigated the following incidents recently:

Feb. 4 – Jonathan Thomas Evans, 32, 301 Boiter Rd., Williamston was arrested and issued a citation for loitering for drug related purpose and drug paraphernalia after a vehicle was observed going through two closed business parking lots. A passenger in the vehicle, Amanda Hope Patterson, 38, 7 Goodrich St., Pelzer, was also issued a citation. According to reports, two syringes and a spoon with residue on it were found in a backpack in the vehicle. Also three syringes were found in a purse in the back seat. B. Maxwell investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:


Feb. 13 – S.D. Cole responded to the WalMart at 11410 Anderson Rd, where the asset protection officer for the store reported that Travis McNeely, WM, 26, 5’9”, 187 pounds, blond/hazel attempted to leave the store with merchandise he had not paid for. McNeely was arrested and taken to ACDC.

Feb. 13 – D.J. Petit was dispatched to 108 Henderson Rd. where Rodger Beckett reported that someone had broken into his home and stolen a television and jewelry valued at $1200.

ACSO seek assistance in stolen Harley

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate the subject responsible for the theft of a Harley Davidson motorcycle and trailer.

HD Motorcycle rear view (photo)res


Fleeing vehicle leads officers on high speed chase, through field

Williamston Police Report follows

William Samuel Stone, 29, 110A Lewis Street Belton was recently arrested for possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to stop for a blue light after officers observed a gold sedan in the parking lot and at the ATM of Upstate Federal Credit Union on North Hamilton St.

According to the Jan. 6 incident report, the vehicle left the parking lot onto Roberts Blvd. and then accelerated and attempted to elude officers. The vehicle ran several stop signs and traveled at excessive speeds for approximately eight miles at which time officers ended the prusuit due to safety concerns. While attempting to flee, the vehicle went through a field at Cherokee Dr. Officers, knowing the area, went to Midway Road to see if the vehicle reentered the roadway.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:


Feb. 6 – P.C. Henry received a telephone complaint from Bruno Difilippo, of 205 S. Severin Circle, reporting the theft of a black and red Toro weed trimmer and five gallons of gas. The loss was estimated at $182.

Piedmont man arrested for forcing vehicle off road

The Piedmont man wanted on charges of attempted murder in connection with an incident last week in which a vehicle was run off Palmetto Road and crashed has been arrested. Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jason Freedom Reid, 37, on Saturday. He is charged with two counts of atempted murder of Mitchell Ray Carroll and Kristin Nicole Queen. Sheriff’s Deputies have been searching for Reid since the January 31 incident in which the Honda Accord they were in was hit from behind on Lebby Street in Pelzer and then forced off the road.

Robbery, murder suspect apprehended in Arizona

The Ohio man wanted in connection with killing an elderly Ohio couple and committing armed robberies in three states, including Upstate SC, was arrested in Arizona Thursday morning. Robert Clark, 29 is accused of killing Doyle Chumney, 88, and his wife, Lillian, 79, in Strasburg, Ohio in January and then being involved in robberies in West Virginia, Anderson South Carolina and Georgia last week. According to reports, Clark was arrested after his van was spotted by deputies in Mohave County. The van was pursued for about 30 minutes until it pulled onto a dirt road and got stuck in sand. Tabatha Hazel, 26 and Jeffrey Caley, Jr. 28 were also arrested. According to reports, Caley put a gun to his head and threatened to shot himself before finally surrendering. Hazel and Caley are suspects in the armed robberies but not the killings, officials said.

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