Category Archives: Crime

Few incident reports made available

By Sheriff’s Office

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reported only one or two incidents this week in each of the areas being requested weekly by The Journal. Among them were the following: EASLEY- April 3 – P.D. Marter responded to 203 Homestead Rd. where Ronald Cooper reported that someone had entered his home and stolen a television valued at $400.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office warns of warrant scam

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a scam that is currently being reported throughout Greenville County and the Upstate. The GCSO reminds citizens that law enforcement officers will never take funds or fines in lieu of warrant service, and that any and all court fines or fees are processed in person by the issuing court.

The GCSO has received numerous reports of citizens being contacted by a subject posing as a Lt. John Williams with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in the Warrants Division. This subject is claiming that the persons he is calling have outstanding bench warrants for either failing to make a court appearance (usually regarding a traffic ticket) or failing to appear for a jury duty summons.

Powdersville death ruled homicide

The death of a Powdersville man Tuesday had been ruled a homicide according to Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore. Steven Cameron, 35 was found dead on the front porch of his Sterling Bridge Road home Tuesday afternoon. Shore said two gunshot wounds to the chest indicated a homicide. According to reports, neighbors reported hearing gunshots around 11 p.m. Monday. The case is under investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Mar. 24 – Clint William Watson, 23, 213 Woodtrail Dr., Williamston was arrested for drug related offenses after officers observed a man working on a truck parked in the roadway at Ida Tucker and Minor St. According to reports, due to the smell of marijuana coming from the truck, officers conducted a search of the vehicle. Watson turned over a small amont of marijuana he had in his pocket. A red lunch box contained several bags of marijuana, a small case with THC wax, several bags of different pills. A large envelope with Watson’s name on it was found with two large bags of marijuana. A pill bottle with Watson’s name on it contained an off white rock like substance field tested positive as Ectasy. Also two glass pipes, rolling papers, a scale, a large amount of small baggies and a S&W .380 firearm. Watson was placed under arrest for various drug/narcotic violations and cited for posssession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to ACDC and his 1997 GMC 1500 was towed. M. Crowe, S. N. Robison investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


March 25 – C.L. Wilkinson responded to 3450 Hwy. 153 to the QT store, where he contacted Jason Blythe, BM, 33 who stated that he had stopped to assist a white girl, 5’6″, mid 20s, normal build, who flagged him down on Hwy. 153. She had a torn shirt and was very upset. She said she had been assaulted at the Executive Inn nearby. Blythe drove her to the QT and left her in the car while he went inside to get her a drink. A store employee reported that after several minutes, the girl drove off in the car, which belonged to Blythe’s girlfriend. A search around the area and the Executive Inn turned up no sign of the woman or the car, a Silver 2014 Kia Optima, valued at $21,000.

Three sentenced in mail, check fraud investigation

Three people have been sentenced in federal court in Anderson for conspiracy to commit fraud involving theft of mail and counterfeited or altered checks. Shannon D. Ashworth, age 33, Wendy D, Sisk, age 45, and Danny Buford, age 47, all of Anderson, were sentenced for conspiracy to commit fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following:

Mar. 16 – Zachary Earl Taylor, 2868 Gays Circle, Dearing Ga., reported a firearm valued at $100 stolen from him while on East Main Street in Williamston. According to reports the gun was possibly taken by a subject that Taylor barely knew who he was giving a ride. The subject became agitated on East Main and got out of the car, getting his duffle bag from the trunk where the gun was also. The firearm was a black and slilver Rugger ATZP90 double action with hollow point 185 ammunition. T. L. Eichelberger investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’’s Deputies investigated the following incidents Mar. 18-20. Reports on incidents earlier in the week were unavailable.


March 20 – T.R. Chapman received a telephone report from Heath Smith that someone had entered his truck while he was at the Powdersville First Baptist Church and stolen his Glock Model 42 .380 caliber pistol and a Codex holster, valued at $550.

Four charged in Hwy. 187 robbery/shooting

One is 17 year old Pelzer female

Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators have identified four subjects involved in the February armed robbery and subsequent shooting at the 7-Eleven Convenience Store, located at 5503 Highway 187 North in Anderson. County. All four will be charged with armed robbery and attempted murder. One is a 17 year old female from Pelzer.




At 2:12am on February 17, 2016, two male subjects entered the store wearing red bandannas. The surveillance video showed one subject jumped over the store counter and took cash and coins from the store register. Before exiting the store, the other subject shot the on-duty clerk, striking him in the chest. The clerk is expected to fully recover.

The four individuals involved in the incident are all under nineteen years of age. They are: Devin Matthew Cantoni, 18, of Townville, Donkevius Euquon Martin, 19, of Anderson, Amanda Rose Harrison, 17, of Pelzer, Antonio Raquan Patterson, 18, no address available.

Arrest made in chase incident

Cedric Lamont Lee (photo)Following a pursuit Tuesday that ended on Big Creek Road, the driver of the vehicle, Cedric Lamonte Lee, 35 of Greenville, has been taken into custody. According to reports, at 5:11pm Tuesday, an Anderson County deputy sited a white Dodge Charger matching the description of a suspect vehicle referenced in a BOLO from Greenville County. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle on Blake Dairy Road but the suspect ignored the deputy’s blue lights and siren, ran through two stop signs and continued to the intersection of Murphy Road and Big Creek Road, where he exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot.

Chase ends on Big Creek Road


A suspect arrested in an Anderson County chase has been linked to a kidnapping call from Greenville County Tuesday evening. According to Anderson County deputies, 35-year-old Cedric Lamont Lee was charged and taken to the detention center. Greenville County dispatch received a call in reference to a kidnapping around 5:45 pm. Anderson County deputies were notified that the suspect was headed in their direction. Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy attempted to pull the suspect’s car over when a chase began on Murphy Road and ended on Big Creek Rd. Deputies were able to arrest Lee after he got out of the car and ran. A woman was also in the suspect’s car and taken to the hospital by EMS to be checked. (Photo by David Rogers)

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Mar. 8 – Danardis Jamont Kilgo, 35, 101 Crawford St, Williamston was arrested for outstanding warrant after officers observed him standing in the front yard of a house on Ellison St. Kilgo had two active bench warrants for failing to appear in court and for running at large. He was arrested and transported to ACDC withou incident. K. Anthony investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Due to the process being used by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, only two or three day “weekend” incident reports are currently being made available to The Journal. Numerous incidents reported or investigated throughout the week are being made available and are not included.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incident over the last two weekends:


March 4 – A.N. Killingsworth responded to 7307 Hwy. 81 North where Stephanie Madsen reported that someone she has been living with for eight months; but whose name and description were withheld by the ACSO in compliance with their accreditation protocols, but in violation of the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, had run her off the road with his truck. She fled to the driveway of the listed address and sought refuge with the resident. Meanwhile, the unidentified person allegedly slashed the tire on her vehicle. The homeowner in question, whose identity and description were also improperly withheld by the ACSO, confirmed Madsen’s version of the story. Killingsworth was unable to contact the unknown suspect, but was planning to present the case to a magistrate. Presumably, the suspect will be identified at that time.

Beware of IRS scam

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and local law enforcement is warning citizens to be aware of a tax season scam in which scammers pose as federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees and call South Carolinians in an effort to obtain money or personal information.

Citizens should beware of phone calls from numbers in area codes such as 202, 804, 917 and others in which the caller uses scare tactics and threats to get people to make a false tax payment. Scammers will also use caller ID spoofing techniques to alter the caller ID to make is appear the call is coming from a legitimate government agency. The scam artists may also copy official IRS letterhead to create emails and documents.

According to SLED, the IRS will not make phone calls to threaten, demand immediate payment, require payment be made in a certain way or ask for credit card and debit card numbers over the phone. Several local people have reported receiving a cal from a 917 number in which the caller was informing them that the IRS was filing a lawsuit against the taxpayer and to call the number to get more information about the case file.

WPD has 1257 calls for service

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the following stats for the Williamston Police Department during the month of February:

Uniform Patrol

1257 Calls for Service

460 Keep Checks

88 Community Oriented Policing

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