Category Archives: Crime

Woodmont student arrested for making bomb threats

Greenville County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested an 18 year old Woodmont student for making bomb threats related to graduation services on social media today (Tuesday). According to reports, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation after receiving information from a parent who had intercepted messages off social media. These messages were sent by an 18 year old student at Woodmont High School making bomb threats at graduation ceremonies along with threats to cause harm to those attending.

Investigators completed the investigation this afternoon and the suspect, Bejamin Aguste Slezak, 302 Timberfield Way Simpsonville, was charged and taken into custody for making Bomb Threats. Slezak is currently being held at the Greenville County Detention Center and a bond hearing is scheduled for 9:30 this evening.

The Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with both the Greenville County School District and Furman University Police, where ceremonies will be held, will have increased security measures put into place such as additional law enforcement presence at ceremonies as well as intermittent security searches of the area throughout the day.

Search for suspect – Cherokee Road, Hardwoods Road area


A chase which began in West Pelzer ended off Cherokee Road near Williamston after the car was ditched down a dirt road near the Big Creek Reservoir Saturday night. One person was tracked by the Anderson County Sheriffs Department K9 unit. The subject eventually jumped into the Big Creek reservoir and swam from one side to the other. The sheriffs department helicopter was then called. It circled a radius over the lake and deputies had a perimeter set up along HardwoodsRoad, Cherokee Road, and two subdivisions in Williamston. Deputies and the K9 unit went to the other side of the lake where they got back on the trail with the dogs after finding water where he apparently exited the lake. After about two hours the tracking came to an end with no suspect.

No charges in Piedmont shooting

No charges will be filed in a recent Piedmont shooting. According to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, as a result of the investigation into the Crawford Street shooting, the case has been ruled as self-defense. About 2 p.m. last Monday, Charles Edward Teal called Anderson County’s Central Dispatch (911) and stated that he had just shot his nephew, 40 year old Timothy Lee Owens. Owens, unfortunately, died at the scene.

Williamston Police Report busy period

Williamston police reported a busy two week period leading up to the Memorial Day holiday Monday. Among incidents investigated were the following:

May 25 – Patricia B. Hughes, 57, 4 Pelzer St., Belton was arrested for outstanding warrant with Williamston PD after officers assisted West Pelzer Sgt. Maxwell with a traffic stop at Sav-Way on Hwy. 8. The warrant was for driving under suspension. K. S. Looney, Cpl. L. E. Mulz investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit makes multiple arrests

Over the past several months, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has targeted multiple individuals for manufacturing methamphetamine as well as numerous other individuals for drug conspiracy for their participation in supplying these individuals with items used in the manufacturing process in clandestine meth labs.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


May 15 – C.P. Huff responded to 2831 Pelzer Hwy. To Bradley Auto, where Elizabeth Bradley reported that someone had cut the fence and broke into five vehicles, stealing several items including GPS units and a handgun. They also stole a motorcycle and a pickup truck. The total loss was $5150.

May 16 – P.D. Marter was dispatched to the WalMart at 11410 Anderson Rd. where Christopher Cunningham, BM, 22, 5’11″, 150 pounds, was placed on trespass notice.

Arrest made in Powdersville BP robbery/murder

Justin Jamal Warner

Justin Jamal Warner

Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators have tracked down the suspect responsible for the murder of Mradulaben Patel during the robbery of a BP Station in Powdersville recently.

Arrest warrants have been obtained for Jamal Warner, 25, of Atlanta. Warner is being charged with murder and the possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Warner was located and taken into custody for violation of probation by Georgia authorities. He is currently being held at the Clayton County Detention Center in Jonesboro, Georgia, and will be extradited back to Anderson County after the Georgia probation charges have been satisfied.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers reported a busy two week period recently. Among incidents investigated were auto break-ins, thefts, shoplifting and several drug related:

May 11 – Jacob Brock Richey, 21, 1272 Cheddar Rd., Belton, was issued a summons for driving under suspension after a red Chevrolet truck was observed on Belton Drive with only one functioning brake light. He was issued a warning for the brake light. M. E. Simmons investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:


May 9 – J.M. Pelfrey responded to 410 Wildmarsh Rd. where Catherine Steasser reported that someone had vandalized her car, to the tune of $400 in damages. While canvassing the area, Pelfrey received similar complaints from 503 Wildmarsh Rd., and 102 and 106 Pleasant Woods Rd. (See additional info in the Piedmont reports below)

Robbery/shooting suspect still at large

Powdersville clerk shot during robbery

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators continue to search for the unidentified black male who apparently shot and killed Mradulaben Patel last Thursday night, during an armed robbery at the BP gas station and convenience store at the interstate exit for Highway 153 in Powdersville.

Mrs. Patel, 59, was found on the floor behind the counter by Michael Wheat, of Rutherfordton, North Carolina when he entered the store to make a purchase. He called 911 and ACSO Lt. Payne responded to the scene first, followed by several deputies and investigators.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:


May 1 – J.R. Richey was dispatched to 310 Pine Rd. in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, William Grahl reported that someone had forced entry into his home and stolen some of his wife’s jewelry.

May 1 – J.R. Richey responded to 1935 Sitton Hill Rd. where Marilyn Wrenn reported that someone had broken into her home. It appeared nothing had been taken.

May 1 – J.R. Richey responded to the WalMart at 11410 Anderson Rd. where loss prevention officer Keith Reese reported that three black women in their late thirties had left the store with unpaid merchandise. He followed them to their vehicle, where they fled, running over his right foot as they did so.

Powdersville store clerk shot during attempted robbery

rsz_suspectpowbpA gas station store clerk was shot during an attempted robbery in Powdersville Thursday night Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the BP Station on Highway 153 near I-85 exit 40 about 10:30pm Thursday night. A customer entered the store and found the clerk laying behind the counter with an apparent gunshot wound to her face/head. The victim was transported by EMS to Greenville Hospital where she is currently listed in critical condition.

Arrest made in moped hit & run

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Robert Brandon Bentley, 28, of Williamston, in connection with a recent hit and run incident on Highway 29 N in Belton. According to reports, around 9 pm Monday evening (April 27), Bentley reportedly swerved his 1997 Honda Accord into a moped driven by Justin Rickets of Belton. His action caused the vehicle to strike the moped, forcing it off the roadway. Bentley then left the scene.

Williamston man facing multiple charges involving minors

A Williamston man has been arrested and is facing multiple criminal sexual conduct charges involving underage victims.

According to warrrants, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested James Cisson, 41, of Williamston for inappropriately touching a child between the ages of 9 and 11 on April 11. He is being charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor third degree for that offense.

Cisson is also accused of performing sexual acts on a female victim who was under the age of 11 between Aug.1, 2011 and Feb. 2, 2013. According to warrants he is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor first degree for those offenses.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers were investigated the following:

Apr. 27 – Alex Blake Payne, 22, 5101 N. Highway 29 #603, Williamston was arrested for failure to stop for blue light, no SC drivers license and speeding 66/35 after a green SUV was observed on Belton Drive traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was pursued onto Academy St. and Crawford Dr., to Hwy. 20 and then on to Belton. According to reports, in Belton the vehicle passed a gas tanker on the left into oncoming traffic, almost striking a school bus and the front of the gas tanker.

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