Crime Report


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

— Matthew P. Ferguson, 592 Earls Bridge Road, Easley, issued a summons for simple possession of marijuana around 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

— Demar Donald Garnett, 27, 245 Eisontown Road, Jonesville, charged with assault and battery third-degree around 5:20 p.m. Feb. 24.

According to the incident report, a deputy spoke with the complainant/victim on Feb. 17 in reference to an assault that occured upon her. The woman stated that she was traveling in her vehicle along Jonesville-Lockhart Highway with Garnett when they started arguing about her cellphone. She said that is when Garnett grabbed the wheel of the car almost causing them to wreck.

The woman said she stopped the car and told Garnett to get out. She said Garnett then started choking her and spit in her face and her hair.

The woman told the deputy that she wanted to press charges against Garnett. She then gave the deputy a written statement about the incident.

The report stated that a warrant would be sought from the Union County Magistrate’s Office for assault and battery third-degree.

— Kalee Elisabeth Selim, 20, 127 South St., Buffalo charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana around 1:18 a.m. Feb. 25.

— Natalie Annettee Williford, 19, 127 South St., Buffalo, charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia around 1:32 a.m. Feb. 25.

— Donald Gene Jeter, 64, 103 John Jeter Lane, Carlisle, issued a ticket for driving under suspension and issued a warning for failure to stop for a stop sign around 9:05 a.m. Feb. 25.

— Jack Jenkins Rowland, 49, 213 S. First St., Lockhart, charged with burglary and with grand larceny $10,000 or more around 3:11 a.m. Feb. 26.

According to the incident report a deputy responded to a residence on S. 1st Street in Lockhart on Feb. 19 in reference to a burglary that had already occurred. Upon arriving on the scene, the deputy spoke with complainant who stated that on Feb. 18 around 6 p.m. he came to the building to winterize the pipes because no one is living there at the moment. The man said that when he left later that evening, everything in the house was in order.

When he returned around the same time Feb. 19, the complainant said he noticed someone had broken in. He said that a window on the porch appeared to be the point of entry because some items in front of the window had been moved, the window was unlocked, and the screen on the window had been removed and was balled up in the corner of the porch.

The report states that upon closer inspection it appeared that numerous items inside the residence had been moved around and gone through. A locked cedar chest containing a large amount of jewelry had been broken into and some of the jewelry was missing The missing jewelry had a total combined value of $11,750.

An investigator was then called to the scene and fingerprints and other evidence were gathered. The report stated the case would be sent to investigations.

— Richard Scott Fowler, 44, 220 Williford Road, Union, charged with being a fugitive from justice around 3:31 a.m. March 2.

According to the incident report, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Screven County Sheriff’s Office that Fowler was in Union County and was wanted by their office. Deputies went to Fowler’s residence, took him into custody, and confirmed with the Screven County Sheriff’s Office that would extraditing him.

— Nathaniel Roderick Peake, 37, 301 Richard St., Union, charged with giving a false report around 4:45 p.m. March 2.

According to the incident report, deputies were attempting to serve a warrant at 301 Richard Street and Peake answered the door. The report states that Peake told the deputies that the person they were looking for was not there. Deputies were given permission to search the residence and found the person they were looking for hiding under some laundry in the laundry room. Deputies served the warrant on the person they were looking for and then placed Peake under arrest for giving false information.

The Union Public Safety Department reported the following arrests:

— Brent Tyson Austin, 39, 231 Hancock St., Union, charged with trespassing after notice and domestic violence third-degree around 11:45 p.m. Feb. 21.

According to the incident report, a public safety officer was dispatched on Feb. 21 in response to an assault at a residence on Hicks Street. The officer spoke to the victim who said that Austin came to her house and assaulted her. She said Austin had got upset because she had come over and became irate. The woman said Austin also had a trespass notice for the property.

The victim said that Austin grabbed her, stepped on her foot, and threw an ashtray at her. She said that Austin also bit her.

The report states that the officer saw redness on the victim’s face and what appeared to be a bite mark on her arm.

The victim said she did not know Austin went but she had recorded the incident with her cellphone. She allowed the officer to listen to the recording which her in turn recorded with his body camera. The report states that the officer heard Austin threaten the victim and also heard a struggle in the background and the victim calling for help.

The report states the officer then asked for the K-9 Unit but was told it was unavailable. He and other officers then went to different locations looking for Austin but were unable to locate him at any of them.

The responding officer then filled out a victim’s advocate form for the victim, took photos, and advised her that warrants would be signed.

— Jared Kyle Harvey, 25, 2177 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, Buffalo, charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature around 1:55 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Michael Cody Allison, 26, 253 Williford Road, Union, charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature around 4:50 p.m. Feb. 22.

According to the incident report, a public safety officer responded to a stabbing on Gadberry Street. When he arrived, the officer observed a white male wieth cuts and stab wounds and another white male with a cut on his hand. The officer then spoke to a clerk at Wachovia Bank who said that a white male later identified as Allison and a female were arguing in the bank. She said that Allison and the female left and went outside.

The officer then spoke to a man who said he had picked up Allison and the female from a hotel and took them to Wachovia Bank. He said he saw Allison walk toward a white male later identified as Harvey. The witness said the two were yelling back and forth and that as Allison approached Harvey pulled out a knife and started to cut and stab Allison. The man said he then ran to them and attempted to get the knife out of Harvey’s hand, but was unable to do so, and so he started to strike Harvey the head in order to get the knife out of his hand.

The report states the officer got the knife along with the t-shirt Allison was wearing and placed them in evidence bags.

Harvey was arrested at the scene and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Allison was transported to Union Medical Center for treatment and upon his release was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

— Andrey Darnell Hall Jr., 23, 1205 Arthur Boulevard, Union, charged with trespassing around 4:50 p.m. Feb. 25.

— Three 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old juveniles charged with disorderly conduct around 12:05 p.m. Feb. 25.

According to the incident report the School Resource Office at Union County High School was walking the halls of the first floor while the classes were changing for lunch on Feb. 25. The SRO could hear directly in front of him a disturbance and a large crowd gathered around. Along with several teachers, the SRO rushed to the disturbance. The report states that the SRO could see four black females fighting. The SRO was able to grab one juvenile who the report states continued to assault one of the other students she had been fighting. Two of the other three juveniles were restrained by teachers. The report states that the fourth juvenile was charged because she grabbed the hair of one of the juveniles while attempting to assist another.

All four were taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. They were subsequently released to relatives.

— Ladarius Devonte Jeter, 17, 207 Hillcrest Avenue, Union, charged with disorderly conduct around 10:10 a.m. Feb. 25.

— Nathaniel Cameron Jones, 17, 116 C St., Jonesville, charged with disorderly conduct Feb. 25.

A 16-year-old juvenile and a 15-year-old juvenile, both charged with disorderly conduct around 8:40 a.m. Feb. 25.

According to the incident report, there was a fight at Union County High School on Feb. 25. The incident began when Jeter and one of the juveniles was walking down the hallway near room 230. The report states the fight was over something that was said the previous day about another student. While the two were fighting, Jones ran over and began punching Jeter with his fist. At that point the other juvenile ran over and began punching Jones in the back of the head with her fist. The fight was broken up by several teachers.

All four students were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and Jeter and Jones were taken to the Union County Jail while were picked up by their parents.

— Michael Leon Holmes Jr., 41, 215 Goings Lane, Union, charged with five counts of financial transaction card fraud, one count of attempted financial card fraud, one count of financial transaction card theft, and two counts of forgery around 4:45 p.m. Feb. 26.

The warrant for Holmes’ arrest on the count of financial transaction card theft state that on Feb. 2 he “did commit the crime of financial transaction card theft, in that he did take a financial card that didn’t belong to him, that had been mislaid, or lost, and used the card on several different occasions to make purchases with the cardholder’s consent.” It states that the theft occurred at Walmart.

The warrant for Holmes’ arrest on the county of attempted financial transaction card fraud states that on Feb. 2 he attempted to use the card to make a purchase at Walmart.

The warrants for Holmes’ arrest on the counts of financial transaction card fraud states he used the card to make a $5.40 purchase at Kentucky Fried Chicken; a $1.99 purchase at Save-A-Lot; a $20.22 purchase at Bi-Lo; a $154.53 purchase at Advance Auto Parts; and a $144.01 purchase at Jimmy’s Fresh Air Galaxy.

The warrants for Holmes’ arrest on the counts of forgery states he forged another person’s name on a financial transaction card receipt at Advance Auto Parts for $154.53 and on a financial transaction card receipt at Jimmy’s Fresh Air Galaxy for $144.01.

— Michael Todd Knox, 45, 114 Wedgewood Court, Union, charged with assault and battery around 7:57 a.m. Feb. 26.

The arrest warrant for Knox’ arrest states that on Feb. 26 he engaged in a physical altercation with a man striking him with his hands about his body while at his home on Wedgewood Court.

— Johnna Patrice Johnson, 30, 156 Joe Walker Road, Union, charged with assault and battery around 1:50 p.m. Feb. 29.

According to the incident report, an officer was dispatched Feb. 29 to West Main Street where he met with the victim who told him that Johnson had just assaulted her. The victim said that she and Johnson had just left city court in reference to a previous charge. She said that Johnson had been charged with disorderly conduct for trying to assault her some weeks ago. The result of that case was a jury trial for a later date.

The woman said Johnson followed her from the City Court to the street over to the Union County Courthouse. She said that when she got out of her car Johnson got out of hers and immediately began assaulting her. She said that she defended herself and the fight was broken up by a black male.

The officer then spoke to two independent witnesses who said they witnessed Johnson jump out of a green vehicle and assaut the victim. They also said they witnesses a black male break up the fight.

The report states the witnesses and the victim all gave voluntary statements. A victim’s advocate form was given to the victim and photos were taken. The officer then advised the victim that a warrant would be signed for Johnson’s arrest for assault and battery.

— Angel Luis Romero, 40, 310 Union Highway, Enoree, charged with driving under suspension around 6 p.m. Feb. 29.

— Joshua Lewis Hughes, 29, 720 Lakeside Drive #F4, Union, charged with disorderly conduct around 2:37 a.m. March 1.

— A 15-year-old juvenile and a 16-year-old juvenile charged with disorderly conduct around 11 a.m. and 2:50 a.m., respectively, on Feb. 29.

According to the incident report there was a fight at Union County High School on Feb. 23 between the two juveniles. The two were arrested and charged the School Resource Officer with disorderly conduct.

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

— A deputy responded to a residence on Sweetwater Drive in Buffalo on Feb. 26 and spoke to the complainant about a larceny. The complainant said that she had $6,000 in an envelope in the glove compartment of her. She said that on or around Jan. 27 she went to get the money from the glove compartment and it was missing. No forced entry appeared to have been used.

— On Feb. 27, a man at the Union Medical Center being seen for a cut on the top of his head told the responding deputy that sometime that night he had been let out of a vehicle at the bridge on Monarch Highway and was walking back to town when two or three white males came up and asked him why he was walking down the street. He said that one of the white males hit him from behind and they all went to hitting him. The victim said that someone picked him up around the Monarch Fire Department and took him to the emergency room.

Photos were then taken of the victim and a statement taken. The case was then turned over to investigations.

— On Feb. 29, a deputy responded to an address on Strother Road in Union and spoke with the complainant, a driver for Williams Brothers Trucking. The complainant said that some during the weekend someone had removed the back glass from the cab of his truck and entered it, taking the electronic log system from the dash.

Another truck parked beside the complainant’s truck was also broken into and its electronic log system taken.

The stolen items had a total value of $2,300.

— On Feb. 29, a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Tingle Circle in reference to a larceny. The victim/complainant said that she was advised by her neighbor the previous day that the tire and rim was missing off a vehicle parked in her yard. The hub cap to the tire had been left behind.

The report states that tire and rim had a combined value of $100.

— On Feb. 29, a deputy was dispatched to Sweet Water Road, Buffalo in reference to a larceny from a vehicle. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with the complainant who said that sometime between Aug. 1, 2015 and 4 p.m. that afternoon, she and her husband had several types of hand tools, jacks, drills, and various types of pipe fitting tools stolen from two of their vehicles.

No damage was done to either vehicle. The report states that the stolen tools had a combined value of $500 and a CB radio stolen was valued at $100.

— A possible scam was reported by a Union resident on Feb. 29. The complainant told the responding deputy that she had been contacted by a man she met online who asked her to send money. She said he also had a lawyer call her and asked for money. The woman said she did not send any money.

— A woman reported on Feb. 29 that she began receiving threatening text message the previous afternoon from a number she did not know. The complainant said she tried calling to figure out who it was but they wouldn’t answer. She said they then sent her more messages after she called stating there is no need to call and that she got their warning. The woman said she told them they had the wrong number and she gave them her name and they never texted back.

— On March 1 a deputy was dispatched to Main Street in Buffalo in reference to a larceny of money. The complainant told the deputy that he’d exited his vehicle without knowing he’d dropped his money on the ground. He said a man walked up to him and spoke with him. He said the man bent down and picked up the money on the ground. The complainant said he thanked the man for picking up his money. He said the man then threatened to assault him if he did not get back into his vehicle and did not return the money.The complainant said the man then got into some type of company truck and left the parking lot.

— On March 1 a deputy spoke with a woman about a stolen check. The woman said she was missing a check from her check book yesterday. She said she contacted the bank and they informed her the check was cashed for $40 at the Dairio the previous day. The matter was turned over to investigations.

The Union Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

— On Feb. 19, a public safety office reported to a building on S. Gadberry Street in reference to the vandalism of a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle told the officer that she had parked her vehicle, a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup behind the building around 11 p.m. the previous night. She said she did not know who owned the building but thought it would be all right to park her vehicle there overnight and out of the way.

When she returned that morning around 11 a.m., she noticed all four tires were flat. The report states the tires had a total value of $800.

Pictures were taken of the damage and the incident turned over to investigations.

— A 15-year-old juvenile spoke with an officer at the public safety department on Feb. 21 about someone pointing a gun at him. The juvenile stated that he had been walking home on Arthur Boulevard near the Lil Cricket when a dark green Honda passed by him and turned around. He said the passenger in the car pointed a black handgun at him and then drove off yelling.

The juvenile said he and another youth had been having problems at school for a few weeks and he felt it had something to do with the two guys in the Honda. He said the incident occurred around 5 p.m. and he went home and told his mother who took him to the Public Safety Department.

The report states the officer advised the juvenile he would do a report and make contact with the school and the School Resource Officer.

— On Feb. 22, a man came to the Public Safety Department to report that his “PHT Log Pad” was missing. The man said the pad, which is black in color, was prescribed to him by his physician so he could keep a log of his COPD treatments. He said the pad looks like a cellphone. The man said he was also missing his inhaler and his medicine. He said he did not know the name of the medicine as it has been prescribed to him for a COPD study.

The victim said he left the items in a Walmart bag in his red Sonoma truck which he parked in the parking lot of Union Medical Center at approximately 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19. He said he then went to the Dollar General on North Duncan Bypass and then went back to the Union Medical Center. The truck was left unlocked.

The report states that the stolen items have a combined value of $1,000.

— An officer was dispatched Feb. 23 to Catawba Street where he met with the victim who said that when she came outside to get into her silver 2008 Chrysler mini-van she noticed the right door was open. She said her pink lady’s wallet with all her personal identification, bank care, and $100 was gone. In addition, she said a bank envelope with $200 along with the spare key to her van were also gone. The woman said she called the bank and canceled her bank care.

The officer then looked around the area to see if the wallet had been thrown down. The victim told the officer that the van was not locked.

— On Feb. 23, officers responded to a vandalism call on Hart Street. Upon arrival they were told by the victim that the back windshield of her daughter’s 2000 Lexus SUV. She said her son had been driving it the night before and when he parked the vehicle at the house a little after 11 p.m. it was undamaged.

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