Crime Report


The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

— Devin William James Vanderford, 18, of 121 Magnolia Circle, Union, was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia around 12:01 a.m. Feb. 11.

— Brian Richard Lawson, 44, 234 Pea Ridge Highway, Union, Jonesville, was charged with driving under suspension second offense, operating an uninsured vehicle, expired tag, possession of marijuana second offense, and three counts of possession of a Schedule II narcotic.

The incident report states that on Feb. 5 a deputy was patrolling SC 18, heading north when he came upon a green, 1995 Ford Explorer that was also heading north on SC 18. The deputy immediately recognized the vehicle as belonging to Lawson because every window except the two front passenger doors and the windshield were busted out. The deputy observed a male driver and a female passenger in the vehicle and called in the tag to dispatch.

The vehicle turned off of SC 18 on to Kelly Road and then on to Pineland Road. The report states that during this time the male passenger turned his head to the side allowing the deputy to see his profile and recognize him as Lawson.

The report states the deputy then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 300 block of Pineland Road because he had previous knowledge that Lawson’s driving privileges are suspended. The deputy approached the driver, identified as Lawson, and Lawson told the deputy that he, in fact, did not have a license to drive. Lawson was then placed under arrest for driving under suspension.

The report states that a search of Lawson’s turned up a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe in his left jacket pocket and a small opaque bottle, with a metal lid, that contained four prescription pills in his left pants pocket. The deputy asked Lawson if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he stated there was not. At this time the RO had Brian lean on the hood of the patrol car as he interviewed the passenger.

The deputy then asked the passenger if there was anything illegal in the car and she stated yes, there was a marijuana pipe in the center console. The deputy then had the passenger exit the vehicle and asked if she had anything in her jacket pockets and she said no and allowed the deputy to look in her jacket. She also allowed the deputy to search her pocketbook The report states that there was nothing illegal in the passenger’s possession.

The report states the deputy then searched the vehicle — with probable cause due to drug paraphernalia being in the center console and also to inventory the vehicle for towing — and found a small amount of marijuana in a console tray area directly under the radio and AC controls. The deputy also found a box of Ephedrine that the passenger stated she bought for Lawson at CVS. The report states that Lawson has a history of attempting to purchase Ephedrine convictions and since the passenger stated she bought it for Lawson, the Ephedrine was seized as well to keep it from being used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The deputy then went and spoke to Lawson, read him his Miranda Rights, and then asked him if the marijuana and marijuana pipe was his. The report states that Lawson claimed both at that time.

Lawson was transported to the Union County Jail for booking. The passenger was released from the scene when a family member came to pick her up.

While waiting on Carter’s Wrecker Service to arrive, the deputy confirmed the tag on Lawson’s vehicle was expired and had not had any insurance since May of 2015. Carter’s arrived on scene and took possession of the vehicle.

— Fred Henley Greene, 46, 3150 Glenn Springs Road, Pauline, was charged with driving under suspension, failure to register vehicle, open container, altering vehicle license, and operating an uninsured vehicle.

The incident report states that on Feb. 6, while patrolling on Cedar Grover Road, a deputy came upon a Ford truck traveling 20 miles per bearing SC Tag# 1233FN. The report states the tag came back to a 199 Ford Ranger and that that the decal had expired December 2013. The report further states that the Ford at the scene was not a Ranger.

The deputy then made a traffic stop and asked the driver for his driver’s license. The report states that driver told the deputy he did not have one, that it had been suspended. The deputy the asked the driver for his registration and insurance information. The report states the driver told the deputy that he did not have insurance on the truck and had never got the vehicle registered.

The deputy then got the driver’s name (Greene) and date of birth. The report states SC Department of Motor Vehicles files confirmed that the Green’s driver’s license had been suspended. The deputy then placed Greene under arrest for driving under suspension.

When questioned about the tag his truck, the report states Greene said he’d taken it off a truck in a junkyard somewhere in Spartanburg and changed the date on it.

The report states that the deputy that Greene had an open container of Natural Light Beer in the truck. It had been crushed and placed in a bucket in the cab of the vehicle.

Greene was then transported to the Union County Jail where he was charged with driving under suspension, failure to register vehicle, open container, altering vehicle license, and operating an uninsured vehicle.

The report states the tag was removed from the truck and would be turned over to the SC Highway Department. The truck was towed by Minton’s Wrecker Service.

— Lisa Denise Gibson, 52, of 2102 Whitmire Hwy., Union, was charged with disorderly conduct around 11:57 p.m. Feb. 6.

According to the incident report, officers responded to a disturbance at The Magnuson Inn, located at 1235 South Duncan Bypass, Union, in reference to a guest who wanted a woman to leave the hotel. The report states officers asked the owners of the hotel if they wanted the woman to leave the hotel, and the owners said yes. While officers were talking to the woman, Gibson pulled up and began to argue with the complainant and another woman in the room. The report states Gibson was asked by officers several times to leave the room, and she eventually complied. Then, according to the report, Gibson began to argue with the complainant again while he was loading items into a car, and she pushed him. She was then placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.

— Brittany Ann Gregory, 25, of 3446 Lockhart Hwy., Union, was charged with simple possession of marijuana and public intoxication around 6:13 a.m. Feb. 8.

According to the incident report, Gregory was found asleep behind the wheel of a running vehicle which was parked in the parking lot of Hot Spot, located at 4509 Jonesville-Lockhart Hwy., Lockhart.

— Brian Keith Wells Jr., 23, of 125 Oak Wood Road, Jonesville, was charged with simple possession of marijuana around 8 p.m. Feb. 6.

According to the incident report, Wells was part of a three-car collision that took place at the intersection of Hwy. 49 and Center Road in Union. The report states that while EMS was tending to Wells, deputies decided to get his information from his vehicle. As they opened the passenger door, they noticed green plant-like material on the floor board, some of which was in a clear bag and some was loose on the floor. When Wells was released from the hospital, he was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana.

— Amanda Bob Haney, 33, of 117 Haywood Street, Buffalo, was charged with trespassing around 10:35 p.m. Feb. 9.

— Kevin James Strunk, 24, 132 South Wood Drive, Union, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana around 8:09 p.m. Feb. 11; Patricia Lynn Sorrell, 24, 132 South Wood St., Union, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and stopping and standing in roadway around 8:38 p.m. Feb. 11; and Michael Elijah McCants, 19, 201 E. Hillcrest St., Union, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana first offense around 12:58 a.m. Feb. 12.

According to the incident report, a deputy was patrolling Union Boulevard the evening of Feb. 11 when he noticed a vehicle sitting on Weber Lane in the roadway with the parking lights on. The deputy then turned around, got out of his patrol car and went and spoke to the driver of the vehicle sitting in the roadway along with the two passengers in the vehicle and advise them why he was there.

The report states that as the deputy was talking to the occupants he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from their vehicle. The deputy also noticed the passenger in the back seat was acting nervous and kept saying they picked him up because it was cold and were giving him a ride home. The deputy then asked the passenger in the back seat if he would step out of the car and allow the deputy to pat him down for weapons.

As the passenger got out of the vehicle, the report states he took off running, brushing against the deputy, causing the deputy to get off balance. The deputy then chased the individual down Union Boulevard but lost him between the houses along the street.

The deputy then came back to incident location where another deputy who’d arrived told him he’d found a green plant-like material believed to be marijuana on the grand where the passenger had ran. The second deputy had also found a set of digital scales. The report states the field weight of the bag was 28.6 grams.

The first deputy then spoke to the front seat passenger, identified as Strunk, who told him that he did not know the passenger who’d been in the back seat, that they’d only give him a ride.

The deputy then spoke to the driver, identified as Sorrell, and that she knew him by the first name of Mike, but did not know his last name.

Strunk and Sorrell were placed under arrest and transported to the Union County Jail. The report states that while at the jail it was discovered that Strunk and Sorrell had been trying to buy marijuana from the individual who had ran. Both were subsequently charged in the incident.

The report further states that Sorrell’s car was towed by Buffalo Towing at her request.

— Timothy Edward Atchley, 38, 912 Flat Drive, Buffalo, was charged with petit larceny around 1:15 p.m. Feb. 20

According to the incident report, the victim reported to the Sheriff’s Office that Atchley had came into her home on Flat Drive in Buffalo and went to the back bedroom. She said that when he left the back bedroom he hand something under his coat. The victim said she went back to the room and found the X-Box and its controllers were all missing. She said that prior to calling the police she looked around the room real good, thinking he might have hidden it somewhere in the room, but it was gone. The victim said this was not the first time Atchley had done this and that every time he does he take the item to a pawn shop and sells it for money. She said she wanted to prosecute him this time because she is tired of him stealing from her.

— Candie Webber Uldrick, 43, 217 Depot St., Jonesville, was charged with four counts of forgery around 4:55 p.m. on Feb. 11.

According to the incident report the victim came to the Sheriff’s Office to report that Uldrick had signed his name on several signature loans and incurred debt in his name without his knowledge, authorization or consent. He said he found out about these loans when he was served with collections paperwork from the Magistrate’s Office.

— Jonathan Walden Frank, 34, 139 Hill St., Buffalo, was charged with petit larceny around 2:21 a.m. Feb. 12.

According to the incident report, the complainant reported on Feb. 6 that she knew who stole her son’s cell phone. She said her son was at a residence on Hill Street in Buffalo on or around Jan. 27 playing in the yard when he lost cell phone. He had been looking for the phone since that day and when he’d go ask Walden about it, Walden would tell him he had not seen it.

The complainant said that she was told by another person that Walden had brought them the phone and tried to sell it to them. She said she went to speak to Walden about it and he told her his daughter had it. She said she told him to go get the phone and return it to her and he would not be charged. She said Walden told her he would go get the phone and have it back to her within the hour.

The complainant said Walden then called her and said someone else had the phone. She said she told him if the phone was not returned by 6 a.m. she would sign a warrant on him.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:

— A York resident reported on Feb. 10 that someone shot out the rear glass on his John Deere skid steer while it was located at an address on Gin Circle in Buffalo. The cost of the glass is estimated at $200.

— A deputy responded to an address on Neal Shoals Road, Union, on Feb. 5 in reference to a possible break-in. The resident said that around 4 a.m. that morning she heard her dog barking. She said that when she went outside to go to work later that morning she noticed that door to the building’s door wasn’t secure and was not closed. She said that nothing had been taken but that someone had to have been in there.

The report states that there were no further information at the time and that the case would be sent up to investigations.

— A resident of the Bruce O. Wilson Road on Feb. 5 reported a theft for a motor vehicle parked as his residence sometime between Jan. 20 and 8:20 p.m. that evening. The incident report states that the victim said he’s last seen his firearm on Jan. 20 and had not been able to locate it since. The report states that the victim was able to provide the responding deputy with the necessary information on the firearm and was advised that a report would be done.

— Deputies responded to a breaking and entering at an address on Whitmire Hwy., Union, on Feb. 6. According to the incident report, the owner of a building at the address stated someone broke into the building by breaking out a window of the back door and busting a lock from the frame. The victim stated the only thing he knew to be missing at the time was a “The Punisher” arcade game. Deputies took photos and obtained parts to the game that were left behind as evidence.

— A Greer resident reported on Feb. 7 that someone stole a feeder valued at $80 from his hunting property. The victim stated this is the second time this had happened. He also stated he had a camera placed on the property, but it appeared someone had tampered with the camera to keep it from showing the theft. The case was sent to investigations.

— A resident of Bruce O. Wilson Road, Union, reported on Feb. 5, that he last saw his firearm — a black 9mm Beretta valued at $450 — on Jan. 20, and he has been unable to locate the firearm since that date.

— Deputies were dispatched Feb. 11 to a residence on Joe Eubanks Road in Buffalo in reference to a larceny. When they arrived, deputies spoke with the victim who said that when he returned home the previous day he noticed his pistol was missing from the dresser in his bedroom. He said he checked with his ex-fiance but she had not been in the house.

The victim said he checked his other firearms and noticed that a shotgun and a .410 rifle were missing from the bedroom closet. The missing firearms are:

• A Burssia .45 caliber Ultra Compact Thunder Edition. It has a two-tone frame. There was also a black Pancake Holster lying on top of the pistol. The pistol is valued at $500.

• A Stevens 12-gauge double-barrel side by side shotgun. It is described as having wear and age on the dark in color stock. There is also a crack in the stock. The shotgun is valued at $3,000.

• A .410 (Unknown make) single-short rifle. The barrel has been reblued and the stock sanded with a clear finish. The rifle is valued at $3,000.

The report states that the victim did not have the serial numbers of the weapons. It further states that there was no force entry to the home.

The Union Public Safety Department reported the following arrests:

— Jessica Jackson Taylor, 30, of 437 Garrett Street, Woodruff, was charged with shoplifting enhanced around 8:25 p.m. Feb. 10. According to the arrest warrant, Taylor took a television valued at $178 from Walmart, located at 513 North Duncan Bypass, Union.

— Willie Albert Booker, 37, of 209 Hilltop Road, Cross Keys, was charged with driving under suspension around 12:50 a.m. Feb. 11.

— George Tyrone Pipkin, 52, of 825 South Duncan Bypass, Union, was charged with open container around 10:52 p.m. Feb. 8.

— Romeo Tyreek Thompson, 18, of 1111 Lakeside Drive, Union, was charged with use of vehicle without consent, speeding, and failure to stop for a blue light, unsafe tires, and no South Carolina driver’s license around 5:25 p.m. Feb. 6.

According to the incident report, an officer noticed Thompson was speeding while traveling north on Lakeside Drive and confirmed it with his radar. When he pulled the vehicle over and was about to exit his patrol car, Thompson drove off at a high rate of speed. Dispatch was advised via radio that the vehicle had turned onto Old Pump Station Road. The report states the vehicle came to a stop, and Thompson exited the vehicle and began running. The report states after a chase on foot, Thompson was eventually located in the passenger side of a truck on Charlesworth Ave. Officers spoke with the owner of the vehicle Thompson was driving, and she stated he was not given permission to drive the vehicle because he did not have a driver’s license.

— Kenneth Roger Jeter, 26, of 208 Hamlet Street, Union, was charged with second-degree domestic violence around 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

According to the arrest warrant, Jeter grabbed and bit a woman, causing her to fear for her safety, while at an address on South Pinckney Street, Union. The warrant also states Jeter took and broke the woman’s phone while she was talking to 911.

— August Dillon Haire, 18, of 1708 Union Blvd., Union, was charged with under age consumption of alcohol around 8:10 p.m. Feb. 6.

— Jamie Allen Erwin, 27, of 302 Hart Street, Union, was charged with second-degree domestic violence around 1:47 a.m. Feb. 6.

According to the incident report, Erwin grabbed a woman by her throat and choked her to the point she could not breathe. The report also states Erwin grabbed a woman by her hair and pushed her against a front porch railing.

— Scotty Ray Vaughan, 53, of 209 Clarendon Place, Union, was charged with driving under the influence around 4:05 a.m. Feb. 6.

— Jackie Earl Thompson Jr., 54, of 513 Hart Street, Union, was charged with open container around 2:52 a.m. Feb. 6.

— Matthew Tyler Ochiltree, 24, of 144 Haney Road, Buffalo, was charged with driving under suspension around 10:50 p.m. Feb. 7.

— Nathan Harold Smith, 18, of 119 Poppy Lane, Union, was charged with trespassing, malicious damage to property, and assault and battery around 9:38 p.m. Feb. 6.

According to arrest warrants, Smith was at an address on Hart Street in Union, for which he had already been placed on trespass notice; destroyed a bedroom door at an address on Poppy Lane; and struck a man in the ankle causing him to seek medical attention.

— A resident of Long Twelve Street, Union, reported on Feb. 10 that someone vandalized her vehicle by scratching the body of it between Feb. 9-10.

The Union Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

— A resident of West Main Street, Union, reported on Feb. 6 that a weights were missing from a weight bench at the side of her apartment. The victim stated the weights were taken between Feb. 5-6, and she valued them at around $200.

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