News Archive

Week of July 14, 2004

Williamston officials deal with future, past, present
Public records display, presentation Clardy’s answer to recent questions
Williamston officials consider options for Cherokee Rd. property
West Pelzer to pay $6,400 DHEC penalty
District One to add twelve new teachers
Grant provides fence, plaque for founder’s grave
July 4th event a success for Piedmont
Robbery suspect caught after chase by local officer
Deputies investigate thefts
Williamston officers make arrests
Local man arrested in robberies

Williamston officials deal with future, past, present

During their regular monthly meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved a resolution in support of a downtown revitalization effort being spearheaded by the Greater Williamston Business Association; agreed to have property on Cherokee Road appraised, and Williamston Mayor Phillip Clardy said he will divulge everything in a report called Williamston’s Status: Past, Present and Future to be presented on August 2 and 3.

Council showed their support by unanimously approving a resolution endorsing  a downtown revitalization project with the Greater Williamston Business Association.

“We would like to say to them, we’re interested and we want a downtown program,” Mayor Clardy said before asking Council to approve the resolution.

In response to recent questions concerning the town, Clardy announced that he is planning to “present a written report comprised of the various issues currently related to the town, as well as any and all prior issues that affect present and future matters and decisions.”

According to Clardy, the town’s entire records will be on display for the  public to inspect during the two days. Clardy said personnel records, which are confidential, will not be made public.

“Maybe this will offset requests for everything,” Clardy said after reading a statement and referring to FOI requests the town has received, which he said have asked for all sorts of things including “all town records.”

Clardy said town staff will be available to answer questions and help the public  and a copier will be made available for those who may want to copy documents.

Council also unamiously agreed to have property located on Cherokee Road, appraised in preparation to offer it for sale.  The town acquired the 21 acres from the late councilman David Roberts under questionable pretenses during the 1980s.

Clardy said an estimate by Site Design, Inc. put the existing sewer improvements on the property valued at approximately $161,177 if the work were done today and at $89,240 in 1981 depending on the inflation rate.

Council agreed to bid the appraisal out to three real estate agencies.

“In my opinion, it is very valuable property,” Clardy said. (See separate story this issue.)

Council also unanimously agreed to  proceed with legal paperwork  stating the town no longer has an interest in property owned by Dr. Dwight Smith which was once used for a library.

Smith asked the town to relinquish any claim it may have so the Williams St. property may be used for a senior center.

Town Attorney Richard Thompson said he didn’t see any legal problem with the request.

Council also approved a request by Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison to have the town sign a statewide firefighter mutual aid mobilization plan agreement.

The agreement will allow mutual aid from the State and other fire departments in the event of a catastrophic disaster in the town, Ellison said.

The agreement is good for one year.

Ellison said the fire department may be required to fill in for another department if emergency personnel were called to Williamston or other areas for a large scale emergency. He said the town would not be left without coverage during a situation.

Williamston  firefighters, training, equipment and other information will be included in a statewide database, according to Ellison.

“All municipalities in the county have signed on,” according to Ellison who said authorities are recommending every fire department in the state participate in the agreement.

“It sounds like a good plan,” Councilman Cecil Cothran said before making a motion to approve the resolution. Council approved the resolution 5-0.

Council heard from three speakers during the public comments portion of the meeting.

Jane Chastain, 1212 Dickens Ave. Williamston, expressed concerns over the town’s administration being accountable, spending and salaries. “We have to accept responsibility,” she said.

Gary Bannister expressed concerns over the audit and a possible millage increase and asked council not to have a tax increase if possible.

“We need to cut back on spending, be creative about generating revenues other than taxes,” he said.

Bannister also mentioned discussions of borrowing made in executive session while taxpayers were left in Council chambers.

“You owe it to the taxpayers to discuss as much as you can in front of taxpaying citizens, rather than go into executive session,” he said.

Bannister also mentioned a windfall tax situation in Myrtle Beach in which the state supreme court ordered Myrtle Beach to refund taxpayers after the county brought suit.

Bannister also said that he has not received a response to 14 questions he submitted to the town recently under FOI guidelines.

Mayor Clardy responded that the executive session included legal matters which cannot be held in public and that options have been discussed for the last four meetings.

Clardy said that council discussed legal ramifications with a bond attorney and the discussions were very beneficial.

Mentioning Belton and Pendleton, Clardy said, “Williamston is not exclusive to budget crisis.”

“When we come up with the decisions, there will be proper process,” Clardy said.  “We cannot possibly tell them everything that is discussed.”

Clardy said that the public is welcome to come to the town to ask for information.

“Come when the doors are open, when the books are open, and staff available,” Clardy said. “The staff are glad to answer any question.”

“A tax raise is the last resort,” Clardy said. “If you don’t raise taxes for ten years and then leave us to deal with increased costs,” the mayor said.

Also making public comments was Robert Vaughn, 204 S. Hamilton St., Williamston, who said that the response he received on an FOI request concerning distances police officers are allowed to drive, stated officers are allowed to drive their vehicles home  10 miles  or less. However, he said he talked with a Williamston police officer who drives home to Pendleton regularly.

He also commented on the police chief’s email saying he had not gotten a response from numerous emails. He also asked about a recent trip to Washington D. C. and Charleston on which the police chief went. “Who paid? Who went?” Vaughn asked.

In response, Clardy had five stacks of copies of FOI requests brought into the room and placed on the council bench.

Clardy said the piles of documents were an example of FOI requests answered by his staff during the last year.

“These are some examples of what my staff and I have to deal with,” the mayor said. “It takes time and time is money.”

“Ask the question,” the mayor said. “Don’t ask for the world and find the questions in it.”

“As far as FOI’s, we’ve got nothing to hide,” Clardy stated.

Clardy also pointed out the ordinance book which he said was inherited from the former administration was a problem.

“We don’t know when it was adopted, how it was adopted or which is even current,” the mayor said.

In other business, Council appoved 5-0 a request by Richard Jones to use the amphiteater and two shelters on Oct. 2 for for a Face Up project for the Habitat project in Williamston.

Council also unanimously approved a request by Rev. James Tate to allow the amphitheater to be used for a benefit singing and dinner on Oct. 27.

Council unanimously approved second reading on a impound ordinance changing the wording to fit with the policies of the Anderson County Animal Shelter.

Generations group homes student government were introduced as spectators at the council meeting.

Clary announced that coucil members would be attending the summer meeting of the Municipal Association July 15-18.

Public records display, presentation Clardy’s answer to recent questions

Due to recent public questions concerning the town’s operations, Williamston Mayor Phillip Clardy announced Monday that he is planning to present a written report “comprised of the various issues currently related to the town, as well as any and all prior issues that do affect present and future matters and decisions.”

Also the entire records of The Town of Williamston, including the mayor’s office, will be on display for the  public to inspect during two days in August. Clardy said personnel records, which are confidential, will not be public.

“Maybe this will offset requests for everything,” Clardy said referring to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests the town has received, which he said have asked for all sorts of things including “all town records.”

During the June 12 town council meeting, Clardy had Williamston police officers bring out five stacks of documents which he said were copies of FOI requests the town has received.

Clardy said the records to be displayed will include , “All records of the town,” including invoices and credit card statements.

In addition to having all town records on display, Clardy said town staff will be available to answer questions and help the public.  A copier will be made available for those who may want to copy documents.

Clardy said town records only go back about ten years.

Reading from a statement during the council meeting, Clardy said, “The mayor’s office at the Town of Williamston will present a written report to Williamston’s constituents entitled Williamston’s Status: Past, Present and Future.”

The report will be available to the public Monday August 2 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday August 3 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Municipal Center according to the statement issued by Clardy.

According to the statement, the exhibit in the auditorium will be divided into sections according to each year of existing records of the Town.

Each section will display all Town records which can be disclosed in accordance to the Freedom of Information statutes of the state of South Carolina, the Mayor said.

“In addition, adequate staff will be available to answer questions residents may have regarding the displayed records. Also, a copier will be made available for any records to be photocopied at resident’s requests.”

Clardy has continually encouraged members of the public to take advantage of his “open government” and to submit FOI requests.

Persons asking questions during the public comments portion of council meetings are often encouraged to put the questions in writing in the form of an FOI request.

The meeting agenda states “Any specific questions or inquisitions may be addressed to Mayor or Town Council by requesting a Freedom of Information form provided by the Office of Clerk. This provides you the opportunity to inquire of the Mayor and Council, as well as providing the Mayor and Council the courtesy to respond to your inquiry.

During the council meeting Monday, Clardy said, instead of submitting FOIs, citizens could come to the town hall during regular business hours with questions, which the staff is available to help. He also encouraged those with questions to come sit down with him in his office.

Williamston officials consider options for Cherokee Rd. property

Willliamston Town Council unanimously agreed to have property located on Cherokee Road appraised    and will consider placing the property on the market for sale as a revenue option for the town.

The town acquired the 21 acres as a gift from late councilman David Roberts in 1989, six years after sewer improvements were made by the town on the privately owned property.

According to town minutes, two grants totaling $83,500 were acquired for the project though it is not clear when the grants were applied for nor when the actual work on the project was done.

According to information presented by Mayor Phillip Clardy to the Town Council Monday, town records show 37 acres located on Cherokee Rd. were initially annexed by a first and second reading in 1983 by a public majority vote of then Mayor Marion Middleton and town council.

Though it was annexed, it was never officially incorporated.

 According to Clardy, the annexation process was not appropriately completed because certain documents were not filed with the appropriate entities.

The property was brought up for discussion by Council several times during the 1980s.

In February 1987, the Cherokee Road sewer expansion project was again mentioned in Town minutes, along with the fact that it would make it easier to get the grant if the application included an area that is predominantly minority.

Grants in the amount of $49,500 and $34,000 were received by the town for the project, the minutes state.

Clardy said he has been unable to locate any information concerning a specific date of the project’s initiation and completion and no record of actual costs.

Clardy stated that is is unclear the origin of the grants or if they were state or federal grants but it is “probable these grants were supposed to secure funds for low income housing.”

In November, 1989, a tract of 21.0 acres was deeded to the town as a gift by late Councilman David Roberts.

“The specific cause and nature of this 21.0 acre portion of the said property of 37 acres being deeded is unclear,” according to Clardy.

There is no mention of the property until 2001, when a second and final reading of an ordinance to annex 21 acres into the town was approved by Council on June 4.

Clardy said that he was unaware of the previous annexation in 1983, yet he was aware of the deeding of the property in 1989. Clardy said he presented the matter of annexation to Council in 2001 in an attempt to reconcile the  matter of questionable property owned by the town.

The mayor said in 2001 he instructed Water and Sewer Department Supervisior Tim Hood to locate evidence of the sewer lines present on the 21 acre property, which he did.

Site Design, Inc, of Greenville was then asked to estimate the cost of a the project , and to present a revised map.

The estimate by Site Design valued the existing sewer improvements on the property at approximately $161,177 if the work were done today and at $89,240 in 1981, depending on the inflation rate.

Clardy asked Council for permission to proceed with a real estate appraisal.

“Councilmen, in my opinion, we should consider a proper appraisal of the noted property, its content, and further, to consider placing the property on the market for sale,” Clardy’s statement said.

Council unanimously agreed to bid the appraisal out to three real estate agencies.

“In my opinion, it is very valuable property,” Clardy said. 

West Pelzer to pay $6,400 DHEC penalty

The Town of West Pelzer will pay a civil penalty in the amount of $6,400 for violations in the town’s waste water treatment facility according to a letter dated July 6 from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Mayor Peggy Paxton announced at the town council meeting Monday.

The letter states that the town violated the Pollution Control Act by failing to meet permitted discharge limits as required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

The $6,400 penalty is to be paid over the next year in four payments with the first payment of $1,600 due September 1.

The penalty came as the result of a conference hearing conducted June 9 in Anderson with Robert L. Proctor of SCDHEC Water Enforcement to discuss serious non-compliance issues.

Information presented at the hearing showed that West Pelzer entered into a consent order with DHEC on July 10, 2002 which required the town to accept bids within 90 days for the construction of facilities necessary to eliminate the discharge to the regional sewer provider.

According to the consent order, the town was to complete the construction of those facilities within 365 days and close the town’s waste water treatment facility within 180 days after that. The consent order also contained financial penalties for failure to comply with the requirements of the order.

On May 20, 2003, DHEC conducted a routine inspection of the West Pelzer waste water treatment facility, discovered several deficiencies, and rated the facility unsatisfactory.

On October 23, 2003, the waste water treatment facility was rated as non-compliant because sample analysis indicated that the discharge failed to meet the limits of the permit.

On March 17, 2004, DHEC conducted a routine inspection, noted several deficiencies, and again rated the facility unsatisfactory.

Paxton responded to the issues outlined at the hearing by explaining corrective actions taken on behalf of the town.

Paxton explained that she had trusted the operator of record to handle the DHEC paperwork correctly. She also stated that she had forwarded all communications to the operator of record and was never informed of any deficiencies.

Paxton further explained that when it was brought to her attention that there were deficiencies, she changed the operator of record on May 1 to Jeff Bruce of the Town of Pelzer. Paxton explained that the town is working on training another employee to become the operator of record.

Paxton added that other corrective actions included adding two bags of lime per day and pumping out sludge once a month.

DHEC’s Proctor emphasized that the consent order states that the town “should be done doing something that hasn’t even started.”

Lara Payne of Rural Development was present at the meeting to explain the current status with the sewer project for the town.

“I will work with you as long as due diligence is shown,” Proctor told Paxton. 

Proctor indicated that the hiring of a new operator of record for the town was a “definite plus.”

Other information presented at the hearing by Sen. Billy O’Dell, Town Attorney Carey Murphy, and consultant Rusty Burns also added some positive input on behalf of the town.

Proctor closed the meeting by stating that there would be a financial penalty assessed to the town for past non-compliance issues. The amount of that penalty would be determined after further discussion with DHEC officials, Proctor said.

In other business, the council approved the appointment of Roger Scott as municipal judge for another four year term.

Earl Brown made the motion for Scott to continue as judge, and Maida Kelly seconded the motion. The council unanimously supported the motion, and Mayor Peggy Paxton performed a ceremony swearing in Scott.

Paxton announced that the water line on Main Street is “95% complete.” The first test was performed on Friday, and the line should be in service by the end of the week, Paxton said.

Paxton advised that the town will be looking into discrepancies in revenue reporting by some businesses in the town with the State Budget and Control Board.

A citizen present asked if the increase in water rates was required by DHEC. Paxton explained that DHEC had advised the town to increase rates. The revenue from the fees will be used to “balance out” fees and licenses paid by the town, Paxton said.

Council member Maida Kelly reported that signs are obstructing the view at the Sav-Way on Main Street. Council member Terry Davis reported that two street lights are staying on all the time on Main Street.

Paxton reported that the SCDOT will be replacing poles and traffic lights at the intersection of Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 8 in the next few weeks

Included in $40 million budget
District One to add twelve new teachers

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $40,356,835 budget for 2004-2005 at their regular meeting June 29. There was no activity on a public hearing on the budget.

According to Superintendent Dr. Reggie Christopher, the budget includes no tax increases while allowing materials for teachers at a level they once had and with everything covered.

The new budget shows a $19,856 increase in workers compensation, a 2.07 percent pay raise for employees amounting to $960,923, an increase of $91,447 for teacher certification and an increase of $127,869 in health insurance premiums.

The district will face a 14 percent increase in health insurance premiums and district employees will also face a 14 percent increase in the portion they pay resulting in a 28 percent total increase for health insurance.

The budget also includes $524,087 for 12.2 additional teachers needed due to student growth in the district.

Anticipated revenue for the district is $40,310,510 resulting in an anticipated surplus of $46, 325.

In other business, Dr. Wayne Fowler reported that 33 elementary or middle schools statewide were identified at the 90th percentile level in the Closing the Achievement Gap initiative. Pelzer Elementary and Hunt Meadows Elementary were among the schools recognized.

Anderson School District One had seven schools among the 74 elementary and middle schools statewide identified between the 75th and 89th percentile. The schools were: Palmetto Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, Wren Middle, West Pelzer Elementary, Spearman Elementary, Wren Elementary, and Powdersville Elementary.

Fowler commended teachers and principals for an “outstanding job to close the achievement gap.”

The board voted unanimously to amend a policy to make guidelines for honor graduates within the district uniform for both high schools.

Under the new policy, honor grads for 2006 must have a GPA of 4.0 for the third nine weeks of their senior year and must complete four continuous semesters at the same high school in Anderson School District One. The GPA is not rounded up, Fowler said.

A second policy change unanimously approved by the board brings test assessment in the district in line with the state testing programs for PACT, HSAP and EOCP (End of Course Examination Program). The EOC will count 20 percent of a student’s grades and will take the place of final exams in high school and middle school, Fowler said.

The board also unanimously approved a consideration to adopt a resolution to authorize a $2.7 million bond anticipation note.

The board unanimously approved personnel recommendations as follows:

Request for leave of absence – Fran Bailey, Wren Elementary, Art, requesting a six-week maternity leave and a three-week leave under the Family Medical Leave Act beginning September 9 through November 11.

Transfer – Lisa Stokes, District ESOL, from .5 FTE to .8 FTE.

Resignations – Tami Finley, Spearman, West Pelzer and Pelzer, Instructional Coach; Amy Keller, Hunt Meadows Elementary, Speech; Lisa Patterson, Powdersville Elementary, Grade 6; Faye Wright, Palmetto Elementary, Kindergarten.

Recommendations: Coral Arant, Pelzer Elementary, Media Center (.5 FTE); Phil Darity, Wren High, Industrial Technology; Debra Gray, Palmetto High, LD; Stella Grove, Palmetto High, English; Jo Hood, Wren High, Math; Matt Phillips, Palmetto High, Social Studies: Kristy Smith, Cedar Grove Elementary, Grade 2; Bianca Swanson, Wren Middle, Grade 7 Language Arts; Mylene Winchester, Palmetto Elementary, 3K.

Administrative recommendation: Mark McCall, Wren Elementary, Assistant Principal.

In closing remarks, retiring Superintendent Christopher said it was “an honor and a privilege to serve the children of the district” for 40 years.

Christopher added that he would miss the board, the staff and his co-workers but was sure the district “would not miss a beat” with his departure.

Grant provides fence, plaque for founder’s grave

The West Allen Williams and family memorial grave site located in Mineral Spring Park is receiving beautification improvements including a memorial plaque and decorative fencing funded by a $3,995 Palmetto Pride grant.

Citing beautification and security as reasons for the grant, the town received grant funding for the project from the Governors Council on Beautification and Litter with the endorsement and support of  Senator Billy O’Dell, Representative  Michael Thompson and Representative Dan Cooper.

A marker to be placed at the site will include a 34 inch x 14 inch bronze plaque with a granite slant face which will cost $1,500. The 4-inch aluminum Hamilton-style ornamental fencing will enclose a 24 ft. x 24 ft. area around the four graves and will include a walk through gate. Cost on the fencing is $2,395.

The heading on the plaque will read: “To All Who May Come . . . Remember” and continues with the following: “Embraced by the gratitude of an entire community and held in the love and admonition of a descended family, here rests the earthen tabernacles of our beloved founder, West Allen Williams, and family. Reverently moved from a forgotten cemetery a few miles hence, they are laid here in honor and absolute respect on this Seventeenth day of November, in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Two. Within the sound of our children’s play, and in the shadow of our fellowship and recreation, we consecrate this sacred ground. At this place, we are reacquainted with our history as a community and renewed to a devotion of perpetual care by a grateful family. To these, and to all who may come, may we forever remember that unselfish giving made Williamston a community, and this giving will continue a legacy for time and memorial.” Phillip E. Clardy.

The grant proposal stated:

The entire community and family of West Allen Williams, our town founder, have actively participated with preserving and maintaining the family graves. Our local mortuary donated time and materials to relocate the graves, another mortuary in Dillion S. C. donated time and services for a horse-drawn caisson to bring the remains of West Allen Williams to the present location for the family plots, and many residents and employees donated their time to be a part of this event.

Now that the family graves have been placed in a permanent grave site where they can be maintained properly, the Town would like to add to the appearance and security of the site.

The community and the family would like to see the graves given some beautification and security from those who may not respect the graves as we do in the park. As you know, a park, no matter its location, always faces vandalism and we would like to ensure the security and respect of the site before it becomes a problem. 

The Town and family would like to place a permanent plaque by the graves to let generations to come know the importance of why the graves are located in the park. The town is so proud to have rediscovered the graves before they were almost lost forever.

Mayor Clardy has stated that the relocation project and burial did not cost the town anything.

July 4th event a success for Piedmont

Organizers of the Piedmont July 4th street dance said the event was a great success with more than 700 people participating in the activities.

Proceeds from the event amounted to more that $1,000 and will be evenly split between the Piedmont Needy Family Fund, the Bonnes Amies’ Christmas Light Project and the Sue Cleveland Elementary School Playground Equipment fund.

 “We would like to thank the people of Piedmont for supporting their community and making the Street Dance such a success. It could not have been done without all of the help and attendance of the community,” co-organizer Norma Hedstrom said.

 “We need to say thank you to everyone in Piedmont that supported, assisted, volunteered and attended the Street Dance. It was a great time for over 700 people,” Hedstrom said.

Robbery suspect caught after chase by local officer

An armed robbery suspect was apprehended by a local police officer after a high-speed chase through West Pelzer and Williamston July 5.

Sgt. Bernard Wilson was off duty Monday morning and working on renovations at the building planned for use by the West Pelzer Police Department when he heard the description on the radio of a vehicle and a suspect involved in an armed robbery in Anderson.

West Pelzer Police Chief Mark Patterson called Wilson from Anderson to ask him to assist the county and the South Carolina Highway Patrol since the suspect was supposedly coming down Highway 8 toward West Pelzer.

Wilson positioned himself at the West Pelzer Fire Department and observed the suspect and a passenger traveling approximately 90 mph down Highway 8. Wilson pursued the vehicle down Main Street and onto Highway 20. He continued to follow the vehicle through Williamston onto Anderson Drive where the driver struck the rear of another vehicle in front of the Williamston Rescue Squad.

The vehicle stopped at the Enmark gas station where Wilson was able to hold the suspect at gunpoint until Williamston officers could arrive and handcuff the suspect.

Stanley B. Jewell, 43, 1118 Edisto Drive, Spartanburg was arrested and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center.

Authorities determined that Jewell had been involved in at least three armed robberies in Anderson County – one at the Spinx, 7605 Hwy. 76, and one at the Hickory Point, 4800 Liberty Hwy., both on July 4 and one at the Anderson Amoco, 4500 Hwy. 81N, on July 5.

Other warrants are pending against the suspect in Greenville and Laurens Counties, according to Capt. Dale McCard of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

The female passenger in the vehicle was charged as an accessory by authorities. 

Deputies investigate thefts

July 13 – Brandon Gabriel Cape, 21, 8 Marshall St., Piedmont, reported that someone stole a 2002 Suzuki GSXR750 motorcycle valued at $5,000 from his front yard. A. Digirolamo investigated.

July 12 – Carrier Transicold Mid-Atlantic, 139 Industrial Dr., Piedmont, reported that someone cut a lock on the back gate, came onto the property, and rammed the rollup doors causing $500 in damage. D. Hodges, Jr. investigated.

July 12 – Southeastern Sprinkler Co., 116 Twenty Nine Ct., Williamston, reported that someone forced open the front door, went into a truck parked inside the business and took power tools valued at $800. B. W. Parker investigated.

July 11 – Jerry Trotter, 57, 213 Osteen Hill Rd., Piedmont, reported that someone broke a support pole on a produce stand and the money box attached valued at $25. J. M. Durham investigated.

July 11 – Tammy Renea Pearson, 36, 420B Pine Rd., Piedmont, reported that she found a back door standing open and saw a suspect fleeing through the woods. Items reported missing were jewelry and a shotgun valued at $1,055. A. Digirolamo investigated.

July 11 – David Francis McDaniel, 45, 1105 Whitten Rd., Belton, reported that a .22-caliber revolver valued at $160 was missing from his residence. R. S. Turner investigated.

July 11 – Desai D. Jwalant, 31, 200 Walton Way, Piedmont, reported that someone removed a laptop computer, a passport, a visa, clothes, luggage and money valued at $1,000. M. D. Campbell investigated.

July 10 – Carrol Beth Urey, 53, 1981 Cheddar Rd., Belton, reported that someone removed a TV, VCR, camcorder, jewelry, rifle and shotgun valued at $6,600. M. D. Campbell investigated.

July 9 – Agnes G. Jenkins, 75, 1 Capers St., Pelzer, reported that an antique wall clock and pistol were missing from a residence. J. A. Burdette investigated.

July 9 – Pilot, 110 Frontage Rd., Piedmont, reported that a customer pumped $20 in fuel, selected beer and exited the store without paying for $29 in merchandise. K. Fowler investigated.

July 9 – Fran League, 51, 103 Pineview Dr., Pelzer, reported that someone damaged the locking mechanism on the front and back door and removed clothing and hand saw valued at $120. M. D. Campbell investigated.

July 8 – Joe Billy Laboone, 71, 100 Laboone Rd., Easley, reported that someone tried to force open the carport door causing $100 in damage. Reported missing was a TV and Hess toy trucks valued at $200. K. J. Burns investigated.

July 8 – Sonny’s Barbecue, 3528 Earle E. Morris Jr., Hwy. Piedmont, reported that four customers ate $45 worth of food and left without paying in a green Jeep. M. D. Campbell investigated.

July 8 – Virginia Ann George, 56, 103 Percival Dr., Piedmont, reported that someone came into her yard and took a motor scooter valued at $950 which was stored at the side of the house. K. J. Burns investigated.

July 8 – Valerie Davis, 45, 205 Park Row, Piedmont, reported that someone removed two stone butterflies valued at $40 from her yard. D. Hodges, Jr. investigated.

July 8 – James Palm, 41, 428 Roe Rd., Greenville, reported that a yellow Suzuki RM125 motocross motorcycle valued at $1,650 was missing. D. Hodges, Jr. investigated.

July 8 – Larry’s Used Cars, 825 Belton Hwy., Williamston, reported that someone removed the keys and a 1996 4-door Jeep Cherokee valued at $4,100. D. Hodges, Jr. investigated.

July 8 – Victor Smith, 79, 105 Pinewood Lane, Piedmont, reported that someone took a Sears weed eater valued at $150 out of the back of his truck while he was eating at Hardee’s. M. Gregory investigated.

July 8 – Valarie Lavette Canada, 34, 102 Browning Rd., Piedmont, reported that someone broke out the window on a back door. Reported missing was $110 in cash. B. W. Parker investigated.

July 7 – Brenda Delois Payton, 46, 315 Harper St., Williamston, reported that someone broke out the glass to a sliding door causing $500 damage. J. Bergholm investigated.

July 7 – Keith Thomas James, 58, 1103 Three Bridges Rd., Easley, reported that someone caused $35 in damage to a mailbox. B. W. Parker investigated.

July 6 – Bronwen Green, 30, 1312 Circle Rd., Easley, reported that someone cut the lock off a storage unit and took antiques valued at $1,275. R. S. Turner investigated.

July 5 – Shell Station, 2501 River Rd., Piedmont, reported that that a customer grabbed a 12-pack of beer valued at $8.99 and fled in a black Toyota SUV. N. M. Mitchell investigated.

July 5 – Peggy Kay, 30, 271 Stoneybrook Rd., Pelzer, reported that a cell phone valued at $200 was missing as she was working at Stoneybrook Fishing Lake. N. M. Mitchell investigated.

July 2 – Dollar General, 3515 Earle E. Morris, Jr., Hwy. Piedmont, reported that the store manager saw a customer walking around the store putting items in her purse. The customer paid for a few items and was asked to come to the office by store personnel. Joan Smith McClure, 54, 1913 Brushy Creek Rd., Powdersville, was arrested, charged with shoplifting $104 in medication and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center. K. J. Burns investigated.

July 2 – Kelly Amber Smith, 21, 2723 Brushy Creek Rd., Easley, reported that someone stole a tag valued at $24. D. B Anderson investigated.

July 2 – Toni W. Mulligan, 42, 410 Lindley Rd., Piedmont, reported that someone entered her residence and carried away a 32” TV valued at $500. C. H. Bensse investigated.

July 1 – Tobacco 2 Go, 10860 Anderson Rd., Piedmont, reported that a black male was observed on tape picking up a box of cigars valued at $15, placing them down the front of his pants and walking out without paying. D Hodges, Jr. investigated.

July 1 – Barbara Payne, 63, 111 Othol Ct., Easley, reported that someone one stole a diamond valued at $5,000 belonging to her mother. D. Hodges, Jr. investigated.

July 1 – Jeanette Gambrell, 81, 15 King St., Piedmont, reported that someone took a mailbox, a mailbox post and a plank valued at $55 out of a fence. K. J. Burns investigated.

July 1 – Michael Evan Hughey, 20, 129 Crown Ct., Williamston, reported that someone stole checks valued at $15 from a bedroom. G. G. Diaz investigated.

July 1 – Foothill Motorsports, 104 Halter Dr., Piedmont, reported that an employee observed two black males attempting to load a Honda Metropolitan scooter into the rear of a black Ford Explorer. Reportedly, the employee confronted the suspects, and they left without the scooter. Sgt. M. J. Binninger investigated.

June 30 – Barry G. Worley, 22, 381 Shoals Creek Rd., Easley, reported that he left work at Ingles, 10903 Anderson Rd., Piedmont, and discovered that his 2003 Kia had been broken into. Reported damages to the vehicle were estimated at $349 and a CD player, CDs and amp kit valued at $375 were reported missing. J. Johnson investigated.

June 29 – John Larry Williams, 58, 501 Youth Center Rd., Belton, reported that someone took a Murray riding lawn mower, a case of oil, and a handmade wrought iron storm door valued at $1,526 from a vacant home owned by his brother. T. A. Caron investigated.

June 29 – Joe Frank Givens, 76, 2 Courtney St., Pelzer, reported that someone took a John Deere L100 model riding lawnmower and a Troybilt push mower valued at $1,900 rom his back yard. S. F. Jones investigated.

June 28 – Tim Ervin, 20, 153 Pine Cir., Pelzer, reported that a Craftsman tool box with tools, a Hewlett Packard computer, and other electronics valued at $2,995 were missing from storage unit #758 at 81 Mini Storage. R. S. Turner investigated.

June 27 – Jason Joseph Williams, 25, 106 Bethany Dr., Pelzer, reported that someone entered a residence by forcing open the back door and removed a 27” Sony flat screen TV, Dunlop golf clubs, tools, electronics, and jewelry valued at $2,700. M. D. Campbell investigated.

June 27 – Arby’s, 3028 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Piedmont, reported that an employee arrived for work and found a safe standing open and register drawers sitting on the safe with no money in them. Estimated amount of money taken was $2,461. D. B. Anderson investigated.

June 27 – Bobby Buchanan, 63, 113 Othol Ct., Easley, reported that someone removed a 100-lb. concrete monkey valued at $200 from the front yard. J. M. Chandler investigated.

June 27 – Anthony Joe Price, Jr., 32, 113 Cherokee Rd., Pelzer, reported that someone entered storage unit #79 at Stegall Warehouses and removed a Harley Davidson tool box, tools, and Corvette rally rims valued at $5,700. M. D. Campbell investigated.

June 27 – Bi-Lo, 3518 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Greenville, reported that store personnel observed three suspects who had a cart full of meat leave the register line when they noticed store personnel standing at the door. The suspects started walking to the back of the store and were confronted by store personnel. Reportedly, the suspects revealed $58.44 in groceries they had hidden in purses and on their persons. The suspects were detained until deputies arrived. Arrested and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center were: Ralph Shane Pace, 30, Tamara Renee Pace, 21, and Kimberly Denise Pace, 38, all of 534 Conners Blvd., Piedmont. D. B. Anderson and G. G. Diaz investigated.

June 26 – Jennifer Holcombe, 20, 212 Woodtrail Dr., Williamston, reported that someone pried open the back door and carried away approximately $1,025 in jewelry. C. H. Bensse investigated.

June 26 – Kendrick Jermaine Watson, 32, 123 Brookview Cir., Williamston, reported that he observed an unknown white male pull off his property in a gray van with a Frigidaire washing machine valued at $200 in the back of the van. M. D. Campbell investigated.

June 25 – Peggy Sue Gerisch, 50, 5 Spring St., Piedmont, reported that someone entered the storage room of a home under construction and stole tools valued at $705. G. G. Diaz investigated.

June 25 – Quality Auto Sales, 403 Three Bridges Rd., Piedmont, reported that a couple test drove a 1997 green Ford Mustang GT valued at $8,000 and never returned. F. Wooten investigated.

June 25 – Dollar General, 3516 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Piedmont, reported that store personnel observed a customer acting suspiciously. The customer paid for several items and attempted to leave when she was confronted by store personnel. Reportedly, the customer pulled out $17 worth of merchandise from inside her pants. Barbara Gail Blanchard, 38, 139 Tree Top Lane, Easley was arrested and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center. C. H. Bensse investigated.

Williamston officers make arrests

Williamston police officers investigated the following incidents:

July 11 - Charles Jasper King, 60. 116 Gossett Dr., Williamston, reported items taken from a 1988 Chevrolet pickup including a 20 gauge Remington shotgun valued at $250; Gerber knife, $50; old money $50; jewelry, $350. Damage to the vehicle amounted to $100. T. Chapman investigated.

July 7 - William C. Reeves III, 18, 201 Duckworth Dr., Williamston, reported $730 in damaged to a Chevrolet pickup while the vehicle was parked in the driveway. Damage included the rear window being broken, driver and passenger seats cut and stereo face plate taken. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

July 7 - John Ronald Topper,. 47, 517 Cooley Bridge Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for improper vehicle license, speeding, driving under suspension (5th offense) and operating/allowing operation of an uninsured vehicle after a 1983 Ford Ranger truck was observed traveling on Greenville Dr. at a high rate of speed. J. L. Barnes investigated.

July 8 - David Ollie Gooseby, 27, 117 Asbury Ave., Greenville, was charged with disregarding a stop sign and impersonating a law enforcement officer after he was observed disregarding a stop sign at  Gossett Dr. and West Main St. A warrant was issued for impersonating an officer after he waved a letterhead and stated he was a police officer for Chatham County, Ga., sheriff’s office. An inquiry to the department showed he had applied for employment but was not hired. B. Lewis, S. Stoller investigated.

 July 5 - Andrea B. Chandler, 32, 504 Parker St., Williamston, reported a girl’s 5 speed bicycle valued at $70 removed from her yard.

July 8 - Christie Lynn Fortner, 23, 38 McAlister St., Williamston, reported forced entry to the residence causing $80 in damage to a door frame. No items were reported missing. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

June 25 - Wanda Christine Sorrow, 50, 22 Morris Dr., Honea Path, was arrested for driving left of center and suspended vehicle tag after a 1983 Toyota was observed on Gossett St. J. L. Barnes investigated.

June 28 - Roger Davenport, 12 W. Main St., Williamston reported three flower pots belonging to the town of Williamston pushed off the Hwy. 20 bridge causing $150 in damage. C. Sanders investigated.

June 29 - Glenn Allen Holliday, 37, 4425 Hwy. 25 South, Greenwood, was arrested for outstanding warrants in Greenwood County after a 1984 Dodge was observed on Main St. with a  headlight not working. J. L. Barnes investigated.

June 30 - Connie Marlene Hamby, 34, 203 Mauldin St., Williamston, reported items removed from her home including a Magnavox color TV valued at $205, 3 open pill bottles, and $45 in cash. There was also $75 in damage to a door. T. A. Striss investigated.

June 27 - Angela Annette Evatt, 38, 110 Gossett Drive, 

Apt. A-3, Williamston, was arrested for simple possession of marijuana after being observed walking on Jehue St. Reports state officers observed a plastic baggie containing a substance believed to be marijuana being thrown to the ground. T. A. Striss, Constable J. Griffen investigated.

June 18 - Two flower pots located at the intersection of Anderson Drive and Belton Dr. were struck by a white Mazda pickup causing $20 in damage. Sgt. K. P. Evatt investigated.

June 30 - Freya N. Epps, 30, 6 Adger St., Pelzer, was arrested for possession of stolen goods and failure to register a motor vehicle after a 1987 Nissan was observed on Greenville Dr. Officers recovered a stolen tag vaued at $45. K. P. Evatt investigated.

June 21 - Johnny Edmond Black, 59, 516 Cooley Bridge Rd., Belton, was arrested for driving under the influence and open container of alchohol (broken seal)  in vehicle after a 1991 Cadillac was observed on Greenville Dr. and Pelzer Avenue. J. L. Barnes, S. Stoller investigated.

June 27 - Arlar Carthel Crout, 60, 104 Shorebrook Dr., Williamston, reported a leaf blower valued at $105 taken from his garage. S. Stoller investigated.

June 19 - Robert Wayne Pitts, 44, 104 Slawson Dr., Williamston, was arrested for driving under suspension after a 1985 GMC truck was observed on Hwy. 20 and Minor St. J. N Griffin, J. L. Barnes investigated.

June 24 - Bruce T. Scroggs, 15, 4 Wardlaw St., Pelzer reported a Gravity Games bike valued at $200 taken from in front of Ace Hardware, 29 Pelzer Ave., Williamston S. Stoller investigated.

Robert D. Waits, 14, 1 Smyth St. Pelzer, reported a Black Haro 540 Air Signature series bike valued at $400 taken from in front of Ace Hardware. S. Stoller investigated .

June 10 - Charges against Sherman Bernard Greenlee in connection with the death of Cory Johnson were amended from assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature to involuntary manslaughter. Johnson died May 1 after being involved in an altercation with Greenlee. Captain David Baker of the Williamston Police Department said the charges were amended after talking with the victim’s family and the solicitor.

Local man arrested in robberies

Anderson County authorities recently arrested a local man believed to be involved in three area armed robberies.

Authorities located a stolen 1994 Dodge van on Gurley Street in Anderson on June 25 that was reported taken during a carjacking in Greenville County the previous day.

According to Capt. Dale McCard, investigators subsequently went to the Southerner Motel on Hwy. 29 and located Jared Michael Williams, 24, of 520 Big Creek Road in Belton in one of the rooms. After a short foot chase, Williams was apprehended, McCard said.

Reportedly, the victim of the robbery met Williams on the Internet where he identified himself as “bad ass Bill.” After the victim met Williams in lower Greenville County, Williams reportedly stole the van at gunpoint.

The stolen van was then used in two armed robberies – one at the Save More on Hwy. 8 in West Pelzer and one at the Century BP station at Hwy. 86 and I-85.

Williams was taken to the Anderson County Detention Center and charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a stolen vehicle, and a probation violation.

Williams will face additional charges in West Pelzer and Greenville County, McCard said.






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