UNION COUNTY — Drugs are a major problem in Union County and they proved to be a major problem for a number of people who were arrested recently on a variety of drug and drug-related charges.
Marijuana And Imitation Meth
Two men ended up in jail after allegedly after allegedly selling marijuana to an undercover officer and a confidential source and then being found with marijuana and imitation meth after attempting to flee the scene.
Steven Gevonee Renwick, 26, 5250 Cross Keys Highway, Enoree, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with petit larceny, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and distribution of imitation narcotics.
Ahkeem Sharrieff Thompson, 21, 634 Blue Ridge Road, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
The incident report states that Tri-County Task Force officers conducted a buy bust in Union County on Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Union area. The report states that the officers met with an undercover narcotics officer and a confidential source of the Task Force. The undercover officer and the confidential source were then wired with audio, given recorded government currency, and sent to meet with Renwick to purchase an ounce of meth.
The undercover officer and confidential source then went to Shady’s parking lot to wait on Steven Gevonee Renwick who a short time later pulled up in a gold Honda Accord. The report states Renwick got into the undercover officer’s and the confidential source’s vehicle. It further states that while he was in the vehicle, Renwick gave the undercover officer and the confidential source a quantity of marijuana and took the recorded government currency. The report states that Renwick then told the undercover officer and the confidential source that had to go back to his vehicle to get the meth. It states that Renwick then jumped back into his vehicle and took off with the money.
The report states that other officers were then advised by the undercover officer about what had happened. The other officers then pulled the vehicle over on the Connector Road at US 176. The report states that both Renwick and the driver of the vehicle, Ahkeem Sharrieff Thompson, were arrested without incident.
In their subsequent search of the Accord, the report states officers found a large baggie containing a white substance packaged for sale and a set of digitabl scales. The report states that Renwick said the white substance was salt and that he knew what was going on already.
Officers continued to search the vehicle and the report states they found some marijuana in it. It states they also found smoked marijuana cigarettes in Thompson’s front pocket. The report states they also found a large baggie in Renwick’s pants containing a green plant material believed to be marijuana.
The report states that officers conducted a field test of some of the white substance and it tested negative for meth.
Renwick and Thompson we then transported to the Union County Jail.
The report states that officers seized 30 grams of imitation meth, 29 grams of marijuana, and $24 in cash.
Renwick and Thompson’s vehicle was towed by Carter’s Towing.
Marijuana And Crack Cocaine
The combination of a tip received by investigators and a suspended driver’s license lead to two men being arrested on drug charges involving the possession of and intention to distribute marijuana and crack cocaine including distribution in proximity to a playground.
Tommy Lee Epps, 43, 122 Dupree Farm Road, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within a 1/2 mile of a school.
Raheem Tavaris Fonteneau, 24, 307 Church Street, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with driving under suspension second offense, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine second offense, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within a 1/2 mile of a playground.
The incident report states that on Thursday, Feb. 2, Union County Drug Task Force Officers received information that Raheem Fonteneau was driving a red Dodge truck in the Chambertown Community and was in possession of crack cocaine. The report states that an office knew that Fonteneau’s driver’s license was suspended and confirmed. The officer and a second officer then got in an undercover vehicle and rode through the Chambertown area and located a red Dodge Ram coming down Gage Avenue with a male driver that appeared to be Fonteneau. The officers then turned around to follow the vehicle but it turned down Gault Avenue and pulled into a parking space before officers caught up with it.
The officers then set up surveillance on the truck as other Task Force officer set up in and around the Chambertown area.
In the course of the surveillance, the report states an officer observed a black male with a bald head and wearing a navy blue shirt get out of the passenger side of the truck and walked down Gault Avenue a short distance. Then, a tall black male wearing a white t-shirt and a boonie style hat got out of the driver’s side of the truck and walked into an apartment on Gault Avenue.
The report states the officer recognized the second male as Fonteneau who stayed in the apartment approximately 2-3 minutes and then exited from the building. Fonteneau returned to the red Dodge Ram and got into the driver’s seat and the other male walked back to the truck and got in the passenger side. The truck then pulled out and headed toward South Pinckney Street with Fonteneau driving.
This information was relayed to the other Task Force officers in the area who were directed to stop the Dodge Ram which turned right onto South Pinckney Street where it was stopped at the intersection with Union Boulevard.
Fontenau was placed under arrest and the report states that officers found a quantity of crack cocaine (.72 gram FW) along with a quantity of suspected cocaine (.59 gram FW) wrapped in plastic in his lap. The report states that a suspected marijuana blunt was found in the center console of the vehicle between Fonteneau and his passenger, Tommy Lee Epps, who was also placed under arrest. It further states that officers found a high-a-key container in the front seat between Fonteneau and Epps that contained a quantity of suspected crack cocaine (2.07 grams FW).
Fonteneau and Epps were then transported to the Union County Jail and the Dodge Ram was taken to the Union County Drug Task Force.
The narcotic evidence was sealed in a BEST pack for testing at SLED. The marijuana was sealed in an evidence bag and dropped in the evidence locker to be tested by certified marijuana analyst at the UCSO.
The Dodge Ram was turned over to Charlie Walker’s Auto Sales who the report states is the lien holder on the truck and had a Right to Cure on the truck for payment default. The owner was notified of the location of the truck.
Marijuana And Meth
Four people ended up in jail allegedly being found with marijuana and meth in their possession when Drug Task Force officers searched the house they were in.
Donald Wayne Alexander, 35, 532 Eaves Road, Whitmire, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of marijuana and possession of meth second offense.
Johnny Henry Holden Jr., 57, 267 Eaves Road, Whitmire, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of marijuana and possession of meth.
Mable Prince Smith, 49, 191 Old US 176, Whitmire, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of marijuana and possession of meth.
Cynthia Gail Hall, 49, 267 Eaves Road, Whitmire, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of marijuana and possession of meth.
The incident report states that on Thursday, Feb. 2, Drug Task Force officers served a search warrant at 267 Eaves Rd in the Whitmire Community of Union County, the home of Johnny Henry Holden Jr. Upon arrival, the report states an officer announced his presence and entered the residence through an open back door. It states the officer immediately located Holden, Donald Wayne Alexander, Cynthia Gail Hall, and Mable Prince Smith in a back bedroom just to the right of the back door where he entered.
The report states the officer noticed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the bedroom upon his entry. All four occupants of the bedroom were then detained.
Upon searching the bedroom, the report states the officer found a marijuana smoking pipe with a small quantity of marijuana inside and a small plastic bag that contained a crystal-like residue believed to be methamphetamine, lying on the bed that Holden, Hall, and Smith were sitting on and Alexander was standing next to. It further states that the two items were located in a location that was central to the four people around it.
The report states that the search of the bedroom then turned up three glass methamphetamine pipes with residue inside and wrapped in cloth that were on the headboard of the bed along with a fourth glass methamphetamine smoking pipe found in a glass container, also on the head board. It further states that a pouch with Holden’s identification was also found on the headboard along with a pill bottle with Holden’s name on it with two different kinds of unknown pills inside.
A search of the kitchen turned up a black box with a quantity of small plastic bags that the report states are commonly used for the possession and distribution of illegal narcotics.
The officer then went outside and spoke with the Holden, Hall, Smith, and Alexander, giving all of them their Miranda Rights before asking them any questions. When questioned, the report states that Holden said he didn’t know who the marijuana or the bag with the meth residue belonged to. The report states that Holden then told the officer that he knew but couldn’t him who it belonged to.
The officer then asked Holden about the meth pipes and the report states Holden claimed to have no knowledge of them. When the officer told him where they had been located, the report states Holden said he knew they were on the headboard, but again said he couldn’t tell him who they belonged to.
The report states that Alexander, Hall, and Smith all declined to answer any questions from the officer. All of those detained were then arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine.
Just before being placed into the patrol car for transport, the report states that Alexander was found to be in possession of a small plastic bag that contained suspected crystal meth.
All four were then transported to the Union County Jail for booking.
The report states that a copy of the search warrant was left at the residence with Holden’s sister.
It further states that the meth pipes and bags were sealed in a BEST pack for testing at SLED and the marijuana was sealed in an evidence bag and placed in the evidence locker for testing by certified UCSO analyst.
Narcotics And Forgery
A Union man and a Union woman ended up in jail with the man facing a drug charge and the woman facing a forgery charge following an incident involving an alleged attempt to pay a counterfeit bill at a convenience store.
Krystle Brooke Mitchell, 17, 138 Dill Drive, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with forgery.
Bryan Keith Candler, 32, 112 Locust Street, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with forgery and two counts of possession of a Schedule II narcotic.
The incident report states that one Tuesday, Feb. 7, deputies were dispatched to 1315 Lockhart Highway (Kangaroo Express) in the Union on a counterfeit money call. The report states that deputies spoke with the complainant who said a white male had entered the story and tried to pass a fake $100 bill. The complainant said she noticed the bill was fake and told the man it was no good. She said he replied that he had got it from the bank.
The complainant said the white male then left the story and got into a white Ford truck that had a female passenger in it. She gave the deputies the tag number which the report states that when checked came back to Bryan Keith Candler.
Deputies went to Candler’s residence to speak to him and were by his mother who told them the vehicle belonged to her son. The report states she then gave deputies a phone number for her son who the report states when contacted by deputies agreed to come in and speak with them.
The report states that Candler and the female passenger, Krystle Brooke Mitchell, met with the deputies at the car wash in Monarch beside the Kangaroo Express. When questioned, the report states both Candler and Mitchell denied knowing the bill was fake. The deputy then told them that the incident had been on camera and that the footage would be reviewed.
While questioning Candler and Mitchell, the report states that deputy smelled what appeared to be marijuana coming from inside the truck. The deputy asked them if there was anything illegal in the truck and was told no by Candler. The deputy then asked for permission to search the vehicle which the report states was given by Candler.
Upon searching the truck, the report states deputies found a blue Centrium pill holder. The report states that inside the holder were three different types of pills. It states that Candler said the pills were vitamins, Ibuprofen, and Tylenol.
The reports that Candler told deputies that Mitchell had thrown the $100 bill out the window in front of the Dollar General store on the Monarch Highway. Two deputies went to look for the bill.
At the same time the report states a deputy looked up the pills on the Internet. The report states the pills Candler said were Tylenol were Buprenorphine (Sublingual) 8 mg. It states that Candler said he did not have a prescription for the pills.
The report states that Candler was then placed under arrest.
It further states that the two deputies searching for the $100 bill returned with it and Mitchell was placed under arrest.
Candler and Mitchell were then transported to the Union County Jail. When being booked, the report states that jail officers found 13 blue pills (Amphetamine 5 mg) and a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in Candler’s possession.
The pills were placed in a Best Pack while the marijuana and the fake bill were placed into evidence.
Candler’s truck was turned over to his parents.
— A Carlisle man ended up in jail for allegedly breaking the handles on the doors of a relative’s car.
Chance DeMichael Mobley, 26, 124 Lawrence Street, Carlisle, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with malicious damage.
The incident report states that on Saturday, Feb. 4, a deputy spoke with the victim at the incident location on Cambridge Street in Carlisle. The report states the victim said that her nephew, Chance DeMichael Mobley, came to her home beating the door and making threats. The victim said that earlier in the day she had told Mobley that she would no longer give him a ride to work, that he would have to find another way. She said that after he stopped beating on her door she heard a series of loud noises coming from the area around her car.
The report states that the deputy observed that all four door handles on the car had been broken. The deputy then photographed the damage which the report states is estimated at $500.
The report states that the deputy would meet with a magistrate and obtain a warrant charging Mobley with malicious damage.
Mobley was taken into custody Monday, Feb. 6.
— A Union man ended up in jail after allegedly causing his ex-wife to fear for her life after she would not let their son stay with him until the Super Bowl was over.
James Michael Stines, 54, 214 Old Shetley Place, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with domestic violence third-degree.
The incident report states that on Sunday, Feb. 5, deputies responded to a domestic call at a residence on the Bailey Road in the Buffalo area. The victim said that she was at the ball park in Monarch watching her son play baseball. She said that her ex-husband, James Michael Stines, gets their son every other weekend.
The victim said that Stines had asked her if he could keep their son until after the Super Bowl was over. She said that the end of the game was too late, but that he could keep him until half-time.
The report states that the victim said Stines did not like that answer so she called her son to the car so they could leave and that Stines had followed the boy to the car. The victim said Stines had looked at her like he was going to slit her throat. She said she was fearful for her life and wanted to know what she needed to do.
Deputies then spoke with a judge about the incident and the report states a warrant was signed on Stines for domestic violence third-degree. The report further states that the victim provided deputies with a voluntary statement.
Stines was take into custody later that night.
— A Pauline man ended up in jail for allegedly knocking his wife down and choking her.
Ira Herman Lawson, 60, 4932 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, Pauline, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with domestic violence second-degree.
The incident report states that on Tuesday, Feb. 7, a deputy responded to a residence on the Buffalo-West Springs Highway in the Pauline Community. The report states the victim told the deputy that she and her husband, Ira Herman Lawson, had gotten into an argument and that he had pushed her down to the floor and started to choke her. She said she had bruising to her elbow and was hurting in her neck.
The report states that the deputy placed Lawson under arrest and another deputy transported him to the Union County Jail for booking. It further states that the responding deputy would obtain a warrant for Lawson for domestic violence second-degree.
— A Union woman ended up in jail after allegedly punching and bloodying a man’s mouth in the presence of their child.
Sheena Denise Jeter, 24, 1111 Lakeside Drive #4A, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with domestic violence second-degree.
The incident report states that Friday, Feb. 3 an officer was advised that there was an assault victim at the Union Public Safety Department. Upon arrival at the department, the officer spoke with the victim who the report describes as having a blood mouth. The report states the victim said he had went to the apartment of Sheena Denise Jeter, the mother of his baby, to pick up his son. The victim said he had his girlfriend drive him to Jeter’s apartment to pick up his son. He said that after he placed his son in the car seat, Jeter attacked him and began to punch him.
The report states the victim said he pushed Jeter away from him and tried to get in the passenger of the car. The victim said that when he sat down, Jeter continued to punch him in the face. He said he again pushed her away, but when he tried to reenter the vehicle she kept walking up to him and he had to continue to push her away.
The report states that the victim said that when he finally got in the car, Jeter entered through the back seat and again started attacking him, forcing him to get out of the vehicle again. The victim said that Jeter started taunting him, trying to get him to fight back. He said that every time he would get in the vehicle Jeter would enter through the back door and start attacking him. The victim said he was finally able to get the doors locked get away from the scene.
The report states that the victim said that during the entire incident the small child he has in common with Jeter was in the car seat in the back seat of the car.
The officer then spoke with the victim’s girlfriend who said she witnessed the incident and all she did was scream for Jeter to stop the attack.
Based on the injuries to the victim’s lip, the report states the officer would have a warrant signed on Jeter for domestic violence second-degree.
Jeter was taken into custody on Saturday, Feb. 4.
— A Union woman ended up in jail after allegedly attacking a man in the presence of a police officer.
Tericka Janae Brannon, 25, 100 Lipsey Street, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with domestic violence third-degree.
The incident report states that on Friday, Feb. 3 an officer responded to a domestic dispute at a residence on Pinckney Street. Dispatch advised the officer that the female caller had said she was there to get personal belongings and the male subject was hold her down. It was at that point that contact was lost with the caller.
When the officer arrived, the report states that he found Tericka Janae Brannon and a man arguing. When the officer spoke to her, the report states Brannon said she had come to the house to pick up her personal items. The man told the officer that he had all of Brannon’s clothes packed in a tote in the hall. He said that he and Brannon had used to be boyfriend and girlfriend and lived together until several months ago. The man said that all that Brannon had was her clothing that he had packed, but Brannon said she had several other items in the home.
The report states that the office did not observe any physical injuries to either Brannon or the man. As the officer was talking to the man in the hallway, however, the report states Brannon came in from the kitchen and began assaulting the man in the officer’s presence. The officer pulled Brannon off the victim and told her she was under arrest. The report states Brannon tried to pull away from the officer and attack the victim again, but the officer along with another officer who’d arrived on the scene, managed to put her in handcuffs. Even after she was in custody, the report states Brannon continued to try and kick and kick the victim. Brannon was then taken to a patrol vehicle and secured inside it with a seatbelt.
The responding officer then filled out a victim’s advocate form for the victim, only to be told by the victim that he did not want Brannon to go to jail. The officer, however, told the victim that Brannon had attacked him in his presence and therefore she was under arrest. He then took photos of the victim’s face with the injuries he received to his neck.
The report states Brannon’s mother arrived on the scene and got her daughter’s clothes, cell phone, and wallet. Brannon was then transported to the Union County Jail.
Assault And Battery
A Union man ended up in jail after allegedly attacking another man who he claimed had previously hit him.
John Wallace Brandon, 63, 102A Cogdill Plaza, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with assault and battery.
The incident report states that on Friday, Feb. 3 an officer responded to an assault at a residence at Cogdill Plaza. When the officer arrived he spoke with the victim who the report states said he was at another apartment at Cogdill Plaza visiting a friend when John Wallace “Goldmine” Brandon came over and assaulted him. The report states that the victim said Brandon came into the apartment and came towards him while he was sitting on the couch and began hitting him in the head.
The report states the officer observed a swelling to the face of the victim and took photos of the injuries. It reports that the officer smelled the odor of alcohol about the victim but that the victim was not intoxicated.
The officer spoke to a witness who said he had been in the apartment when the incident happened and that he had seen Brandon come and start hitting the victim who was sitting on the couch at the time and then left.
The report states the officer then spoke with Brandon who was first read his Miranda rights, but that Brandon did not waive his rights. The officer then advised Brandon that base on the injuries to the victim and the statement of the witness he was being placed under arrest for assault and battery.
The report states that Brandon then said that the victim had hit him earlier in the day and he had witnesses. The officer then asked Brandon if he had called law enforcement and the report states Brandon said not because the last time he had called law enforcement nothing had been done. Brandon said that he was tired of the victim always starting with him and he took matters into his own hand and jumped on him.
The officer then handcuffed Brandon and assisted him in getting his medications together and then transported him to the Union County Jail.
Failure To Register As A Sex Offender
A Jonesville man was arrested for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender.
— Paul Anthony Smith, 49, 332 Mt. Joy Church Road, Jonesville, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with failure to register as a sex offender (other than first offense).
The incident report states that Paul Anthony Smith failed to register as a sex offender with the Union County Sheriff’s Office by Nov. 30, 2016 as required by law.
The report further states that a Union County Magistrate would be contacted to sign a to charge Smith accordingly.
Smith was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 8.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office also reported filing the following charges against the following individuals this past week.
— A 15-year-old juvenile charged Friday, Feb. 3 with possession of marijuana.
— Jacob James Ricky Shores, 27, 3086 Jonesville-Lockhart Highway, Union, charged Sunday, Feb. 5 with driving under suspension and habitual offender.
— Lorenzo Montell Sibert, 21, 111 Woodlawn Avenue, Union, charged Tuesday, Feb. 7 with disorderly conduct and breach of peace.
— Benny Ray Brooks, 54, 350 Barnado Road, Union, charged Tuesday, Feb. 7 with use of vehicle without consent.
— Corey Davis Brock, 26, 123 Pineview Road, Union, charged Wednesday, Feb. 8 with driving under suspension and disregarding a stop sign.
The Union Public Safety Department also reported filing the following charges against the following individuals this past week.
— Tiffany Gail Trammell, 32, 139 Lybrand Street, Jonesville, charged Tuesday, Feb. 7 with shoplifting.
— Bruce Lee Worthy, 38, 136 Lofton Drive, Union, charged Friday, Feb. 3 with used of vehicle without permission.
— A 16-year-old juvenile charged Sunday, Feb. 5 with simple assault and disorderly conduct.
— John David Gibson, 42, 123 Estes Road, Union, charged Friday, Feb. 3 with driving under suspension.
— Thomas Adam Dowd, 18, 122 Woodlawn Avenue, Union, charged Saturday, Feb. 4 with breach of trust with fraudulent intent.
— Randy Carl Gentry, 49, 805 Howard Street, Spartanburg, charged Saturday, Feb. 4 with two counts of shoplifting (enhanced).
— Steven Gevonee Renwick, 26, 5250 Cross Keys Highway, Enoree, charged Friday, Feb. 3 with disorderly conduct.