Category Archives: Crime

Police investigate shooting

By Stan Welch

The Williamston Police Department continues to investigate a shooting incident in Williamston at Tuesday night, at 604 S. Hamilton Street in which a female victim was shot in the head.

The victim, who was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital was in critical but stable condion on Wednesday.

Williamston police officials were able to provide only minimal information concerning the shooting on Wednesday.

According to reports a man named Billy Smith was detained for interfering with the investigation and will be held until it is determined whether the shooting was an accident or not.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Apr. 4 – Brandon Mitchell Lee Couch, 17, 25 Smyth St., Pelzer reported a wallet with contents including $40 was taken from a gym bag during class at Palmetto High School, 804 N. Hamilton St., Williamston. J. Sargent investigated.

Apr. 9 – Yolanda Doreen Smith, 50, 3 Ellison St., Williamston was arrested for failure to return suspended licnese plate, operating uninsured vehicle and driving under suspension after a red Ford was observed on Main St. with a suspended license. M. E. Simmons investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:

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April 18 – A.G. Banister and J.K. Billingsley responded to 15 Lyman St. where resident Gary Pridemore reported the entry into his shed and the theft of various items valued at $235.

April 19 – S. Dunlap was dispatched to 610 Stegall Rd. where James Fitzgerald reported that two unknown suspects had entered his shed and stolen cable, wiring, and other electrical items valued at $3730. Video confirmed his story, and showed a possible 1993 or 1994 white Honda two door leaving the scene.

Police investigating Williamston shooting

By Stan Welch

The Williamston Police Department is investigating a shooting incident in Williamston at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, at 604 S. Hamilton Street. According to reports, the female victim was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital, with a gunshot wound to the head. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Williamston police officials were able to provide only minimum information concerning the shooting proior to press deadlines Wednesday morning.

Lt. Ken Ebernickle was the ranking officer in the WPD headquarters Wednesday morning. Chief Tony Taylor was out of town for training and Capt. Kevin Marsee worked the crime scene all night, and was unavailable for interview.

Lt. Ebernickle could not provide the names of either the victim, or the suspect. He explained that the investigation was in its early stages and that no arrest has been made.

According to other media reports a man named Billy Smith was detained for interfering with the investigation. Capt. Marsee is also cited as stating that the identity of the shooter is known, and that Smith will be held until it is determined whether the shooting was an accident or not.

Facebook helps in trailer theft arrest

McCoy, Richard Danny (photo)The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Richard Danny McCoy, 52, of Williamston in connection with the theft of a utility trailer on April 14. The trailer was stolen from a residence on Monticello Circle in Anderson. McCoy has been charged with Petit Larceny in connection with the theft.

Video footage of the theft was taken by the homeowner’s security system. Still shots from the video were provided to law enforcement and placed on the Sheriff’s Facebook page.

Friends of the homeowner saw the photos on Facebook and notified him and the Sheriff’s Office when they spotted the suspect vehicle.

Reward offered in Piedmont theft

Pic 2 - Chevy leaving w TrailerThe Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to identify suspects involved in a larceny at Wheaton Arms, Inc. in Piedmont. Crime Stoppers is offering a $150.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in this case.

Williamston officer arrested for CDV

Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arrested a Williamston police officer Friday in connection with an April 16 domestic incident in Anderson County.

Christopher Shaw Whitfield, 30, was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence. a misdemeanor with penalties upon conviction of up to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,500.

Whitfield was booked at the Anderson County Detention Center.

SLED investigated the case at the request of the Williamston Police Department.

The case will be prosecuted by the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Whitfield had recently returned to duty as a Williamston police officer after being placed on administrative leave as the result of a CDV arrest March. Those charges were dropped.

Sheriff’s office seeking assistance in ID of suspect

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The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to identify a subject captured on video during a larceny. Around 4:50pm Monday, April 14, a utility trailer was stolen from a residence on Monticello Circle in Anderson. The trailer was removed from the resident’s driveway. The trailer is described as a Lawrimore-brand, 5×10 open utility trailer, black in color, with a wooden floor and a wheel support.

Repair company employee charged in theft from homeowner

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Justin Grey Smith, age 25, of Anderson, and charged him with Grand Larceny in connection with theft of jewelry from a county residence. According to the arrest warrant, between the dates of September 13, 2013 and October 12, 2013, Smith stole various items of jewelry from a residence on Providence Church Road in Anderson.

At the time of the theft, Smith was employed by a company which was renovating the victim’s home. Smith, who was arrested on April 8th, was being held at the Anderson County Detention Center. He was released Thursday evening on a $10,000 bond.

Sheriff warns of PCH phone scam

Anderson county Sheriff Skipper is warning homeowners of a phone scam the sheriff’s office is investigating. According to Sheriff Skipper, the caller claims that the homeowner has won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes and then asked the homeowner to send a certain amount of money in order to claim the prize. The Sheriff wants everyone to be aware that this is a scam. “It’s like your mother says, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Sheriff Skipper warns.

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