UNION COUNTY — This past week was a busy one for law enforcement in Union County with arrests for a variety of crimes including drug offenses involving Methamphetamine and Marijuana, physical attacks on persons and property, burglary, and violation of an order of protection.
Methamphetamine Possession, Distribution, Conspiracy
Three people ended up in jail for allegedly possessing, distributing, and conspiring to distribute Methamphetamine to an undercover operative of the Union County Drug Task Force.
Aaron Mason Maness, 27, 118 Old Hickory Road, Buffalo, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with distribution of Methamphetamine and distribution of Methamphetamine with in a 1/2 mile of a park.
Justin Andrew Maness, 30, 122 Stillwater Drive, Greenville, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with conspiracy to distribute Meth and possession of Methamphetamine.
Yessica Suheidi Moreno, 26, 200 Eden Drive, Gaffney, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with conspiracy to distribute Meth and possession of Methamphetamine.
The incident report states that on Thursday, April 27, Union County Drug Task Force Officers met with an undercover operative of the UCDTF in an effort to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine from Aaron Maness in a prearranged deal the operative had already set up. The report states the operative was searched, wired with audio and video equipment, and given recorded government funds and sent to the meet location on Main Street in the Buffalo Community. It states that during the operation the operative was in constant contact with officers, sending text messages of the conversation they were having with Maness.
The report states that in the text messages Maness said he was waiting on someone to bring him the methamphetamine so he could bring it to sell to the operative. After some time, the report states the operative called officers and said the deal was done and that Maness got out of a newer model, dark colored hatchback that had a female driver and a male front seat passenger, but was now walking back toward Linersville road. It states the operative said the vehicle Maness got out of left and headed up Main Street toward Bailey Road. Capt.
The report states that a UCDTF officer located Maness walking down Main Street and followed him to a residence on Linersville Road. While Capt. Sherfield was watching the residence where Maness had walked to, the report states a dark colored Honda hatchback pulled into the residence and Maness came back out of the building and went to the Honda to speak to the occupants. It states that the occupants and Maness then walked over and sat under a shed in the driveway of the residence. The UCDTF officer then set up surveillance of the subjects from a location nearby.
While the officer was watching the residence, the report states another UCDTF officer picked up the operative and collected the audio and video equipment and the methamphetamine. The officer and the operative went back to the Drug Task Force where the operative was searched again before being released. The officer then downloaded the audio and video evidence and sent a picture of the vehicle to officer conducting the surveillance. The report states that the officer conducting the surveillance positively identified the vehicle as the same one that had pulled into the Linersville Road residence here Maness walked to after the deal was completed.
The report states that UCDTF officers then went to the Linersville Road residence to speak with the subjects sitting under the shed in reference to the undercover purchase of meth. It states that officers encountered Aaron Maness and Yesica Moreno under the shed and asked if there was anyone in the house because all the doors to the building were standing open. Maness stated that his girlfriend was in the house.
An officer then went to the front door, knocked and announced “Sheriff’s Office.” There was no answer at the door and the officer stepped inside to clear the house for officer safety. The officer again announced his presence and the report states a female subject came out of a bedroom. It states she was patted down for weapons and sent outside to other officers. Before she exited the residence, the report states the woman said their was another subject in the bathroom. The report states the officer then called the male subject out of the bathroom and sent him outside to the other officers with his hands up. It states the officer then completed a protective sweep of the residence and went back outside to speak with the subjects.
Once outside, the report states officers identified the subjects that were in the vehicle at the time the transaction took place as Yesica Moreno (driver), Justin Maness (front seat passenger), and Aaron Maness (back seat passenger). It states the other female was found not to be involved and was released.
The report states that Aaron Maness was asked the whereabouts of the recorded government funds and he gave officers a story about throwing the money in a ditch on his way back to Linersville Road. It states an officer then took Aaron Maness back to where he stated he threw the money out but it could not be located. Yesica Moreno was asked if she had any money and the report states she allowed an to look at the money in her wallet but the government funds were not located. The report states she then gave consent for officers to look at her pocketbook.
Upon search Moreno’s pocketbook, the report states an officer located an eye glass case which contained a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe with suspected methamphetamine inside. Moreno was placed under arrest at that time for possession of Methamphetamine. The report states that a further search of Moreno’s pocket book turned up a digital scale with a crystal like residue on the surface, a small plastic container with prescription pills, and a small plastic bag with suspected Methamphetamine inside, and a loaded Ruger .380 LCP.
The report states that Justin Maness was also placed under arrest due to an officer patting him down for weapons and locating a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue inside.
The report states none of the subjects could tell officers where the government funds were located. All three were transported to the Union County Jail for booking. Once at the jail, the report states Moreno was found to have a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine in her bra. It states the contraband was collected by the female jail officer searching her and sealed in an evidence bag.
The report states that the deputies would seek warrants from the Union County Magistrates Office for Aaron Maness for distribution of Methamphetamine and distribution of Methamphetamine with in a 1/2 mile of a park; Justin Maness for conspiracy to distribute Meth and possession of Methamphetamine; and Yesica Moreno for conspiracy to distribute Meth and possession of Methamphetamine.
Trafficking In Methamphetamine
Driving at a slow speed and repeatedly crossing the white line on the road resulted in a man and a woman under arrest for allegedly trafficking in Methamphetamine.
Laurale Tamara Harth, 24, 3922 Foster Drive, Sharon, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in Methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance.
Adam Kyle Reid, 27, 3551 Reavis Lane, Myrtle Beach, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with driving under suspension, trafficking in Methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance.
The incident report states that on Friday, April 28, while patrolling the Lockhart Highway in the Union area, deputies got behind a white four-door car driving at a slow speed and driving over the white line multiple times. The report states deputies found a safe spot to initiate the stop and the driver of the white care pulled in a parking lot along the highway. It states deputies made contact with the driver, Adam Reid, who said that the car had a problem with the steering.
As deputies were walking back to the patrol car, the report states they noticed a white pill in plain view lying in the back seat of Reid’s car. The report states deputies ran Reid’s information and dispatch informed them that his driver’s license was suspended. Deputies then asked Reid to step out of the car, placed him under arrest for DUS, and placed him in the back of a patrol car.
The report states a check of the vehicle’s tag through DMV showed that the license plate had expired.
Deputies got the car’s passenger, Laurale Harth, to step out of the vehicle so they could inventory the car before the tow truck arrived. The report states a female deputy patted Harth down for weapons and felt a large, hard lump in her bra. Harth was instructed to pull the object of her bra which turned out to be what the report describes as a glass pipe of the type the reporting deputy, based on his training and experience, knew to be commonly used for smoking illegal drugs. The report states Harth was then asked if she had anything else illegal conceal about her person and she removed a yellow bag from her bra containing what it described as large, crystal-like shards believed to be Methamphetamine.
The report states that the shards had a field weight of 14.4 grams, but when weighed by deputies in the office had an approximate weight of 13.9 grams.
When deputies examined the pill they’d found in the car, the report states they found it had the marking tM367. The report states the shards and the pill were sent to SLED in a BEST pack.
Reid and Hart were both transported to the Union County Jail.
A trip to John D. Long Lake for some fishing by a man and swimming by a woman ended with the man and another man under arrest for allegedly growing marijuana with intentions of distributing it.
Cameron Edward Jefferson, 23, 285 Vaughan Road, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing marijuana.
Eric Dean Leopard, 24, 151 Mt. Tabor Church Road, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing marijuana.
The incident report states that on Saturday, April 29 an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office was directed to meet with a SC Department of Natural Resources officer who had located marijuana plants growing on property at 151 Mt. Tabor Church Road, Union. Once on the scene, the report states the investigator met with both the SCDNR officer and another investigator with the Sheriff’s Office. The report states the two had gathered the following evidence that had been located on the property:
• $190 in US currency
• A metal grinder
• A scale
* A bag of marijuana
• A bag of baggies
• A plastic container
• A fan
• A light bar
The report states the SCDNR officer said he was on routine patrol in the John D. Long Lake area when he noticed a male fishing and a female swimming in the lake which is illegal. The officer followed them both to the residence on Mt. Tabor Church Road where he asked the male, later identified as Jefferson, if he had a fishing license, and was told he did not.
While speaking with Jefferson, the report states that SCDNR officer noticed Leonard who also on the property and acting very suspicious. The officer said that while speaking with Jefferson, he noticed that Leonard was standing very close to him. He said he increased the space between Leonard and himself by walking near the back of the camper that was on the property to continue to speak with Jefferson.
Once at the rear of the camper, the report states the SCDNR officer discovered marijuana plants growing. The report states that the SCDNR officer said Leopard had an expression of disbelief once the marijuana plants were discovered. It states that when asked by the officer if there were any more plants on the property Leonard said yes and escorted the officer nine potted marijuana plants on the property.
The report states Leopard was read his Miranda Rights by one of Sheriff’s Office investigators. It states the investigator received consent from Leopard to search the property. It further states that when asked by the investigator if the plants belonged to him, Leopard replied yes. When asked if he had received any assistance in growing the marijuana, the report states Leopard said he and Jefferson were responsible for growing it.
The report states the other investigator took possession of all the aforementioned evidence and that both Jefferson and Leopard were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing marijuana.
Possession Of A Controlled Substance
A Jonesville woman was arrested for allegedly having a controlled substance in her possession.
Dawn Hill Hames, 50, 180 Whitlock Lake Road, Jonesville, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession of a controlled substance.
The incident report states that on Saturday, April 29 during a traffic stop on Meansville Road in the Union area, a deputy noticed an individual in the car seemed very nervous. The report states the deputy asked the man to step out and talk to him at the back of the vehicle. It states the deputy asked the man if there was anything illegal in the car and the man replied no, just his medical prescriptions he’d just picked up. The deputy then asked for permission to search the vehicle and the report says the man gave it.
A K-9 Unit was deployed around the vehicle and the report states the dog alerted on the car. The report states deputies found two bottles of prescription medication and a Suboxone strip in the glove box. It states the man said he had prescriptions for the Suboxone. It further states deputies said they would need to the prescriptions at the Sheriff’s Office by the end of shift on Sunday, April 30 or they would see warrants on the man.
The report states that when the K-9 alerted on the vehicle the dog was trying to get under the driver’s rear fender well. Based on this, the report states deputies had the vehicle towed to the Drug Task Force and would get a warrant for a more detailed search on Monday, May 1.
On Sunday, April 30, however, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from Hames who the report states said the Suboxone was hers and that her family member questioned by deputies had not known it was in the vehicle. The report states deputies would see warrants on Hames for possession of a controlled substance. It states the Suboxone strips were placed into a Best Pack and dropped into evidence.
Hames was taken into custody that afternoon.
Assault With Intent To Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct
An Easley man ended up in jail after allegedly assaulting a woman with the intention of committing criminal sexual conduct.
William David Prince, 41, 460 Jameson Road, Easley, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.
The incident report states that one Saturday, April 28 deputies responded to a location on Fairwood Boulevard in the Union area in reference to an assault in a room at the location. When they arrived, the report states deputies spoke with the victim who said she and William Prince went to a location in Whitmire to visit some of his family. The report states the victim said Prince started drinking more and when they left Whitmire he was driving and she asked him to let her drive but he refused. It states the victim begged Prince to let her get a motel room so she could be safe out of the vehicle.
After she got the room, the report states the victim said Prince began to get irate with her because she told she was not sleeping with him. The report states the victim said Prince held her down on the bed doing things to her and she kept telling him no and that he was hurting her. It states the victim said Prince finally got up and began throwing things and cursing her, then grabbed her by her hair causing her neck to hurt, doing it several times. It further states the victim said Prince would hold her down and grab her wrist hard, hurting her. She said that she told him to stop but that he hurt her even more.
The report states the victim finally told Prince that she could not fight anymore and that he began to throw things again and then took her cell phone and hid it in the car. It states the victim said Prince was drinking very heavily and the fighting with her went on all night until he left around 8:30 a.m. It further states the victim said she begged Prince to take her home or somewhere she would be safe. The report states the victim said Prince told her one “don’t make me rape you.”
The report report states that deputy who responded to the scene said he would speak with a magistrate and sign a warrant on Prince. A victim’s form was issue to the victim and photos were taken of her injuries.
Prince was taken into custody Sunday, April 30.
Failure To Stop, Reckless Driving
A Union man ended up under arrest earlier this week on traffic and other charges after allegedly leading a police officer trying to initiate a traffic stop on a car chase and then a foot chase.
Nicklaus Bruce Bevis, 33, 609 Happy Valley Road, #B, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with driving under suspension, reckless driving, failure stop for a police vehicle, operating an uninsured vehicle, improper tag displayed, expired tag, and open container.
The incident report states that Tuesday, May 2, an officer was at the red light at SC 215 and North Duncan Bypass when he saw a silver four-door Mitsubishi Lancer going through the red light from 215 across onto Harwood Heights. It states that the officer was familiar with the vehicle and possible violations involving it based on information from sources in the community. As the vehicle passed him, the report states the officer saw the vehicle was occupied by two white males — one of whom was driving — and a white female. When the vehicle passed in front of the officer, the report states he observed that it had an old South Carolina license tag that is no longer used by the DMV.
The officer then turned on to Harwood Heights to go and initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The report states the officer noticed the Lancer begin to pick up speed after he turned on to Harwood Heights. It states the officer had to turn on his blue lights because another vehicle had come between him and the Lancer. After being able to go around the other car the officer, with his blue lights still on, was able to come up on the Lancer which the report states sped up even more to avoid the traffic stop.
The report states the Lancer then turned left on to Harris Street towards Thompson Boulevard and then went through the parking lot of Dairi-O in what the report calls a reckless manner. As the officer came around the Dairi-O, the report states he saw the Lancer go recklessly back across Harwood Heights and go back down Harris Street towards Old Buffalo Road. It states the Lancer then drove down Harris Street at a speed faster than the posted limit in a reckless manner. The report states the Lancer then made a left on to Old Buffalo Road headed towards Thompson Boulevard. Once at Thompson Boulevard, the Lancer went across it on to Old Buffalo Road then pulled into the parking lot of a building on the road.
Once there, the report states the white male driver jumped out of the Lancer and started to run behind a house beside the parking lot. The report states the officer was able to give chase on foot and after a short chase was able to apprehend the driver and take him into custody.
The report states the white male driver was identified as Nicklaus Bruce Bevis who was subsequently transported to the Union County Jail. It states that a search of the Lancer turned up an open can of beer. It further states that further investigation found that the Lancer was uninsured, had the wrong tag. an expired tag, and the Bevis’ driver’s license had been suspended. The report state that there were also warrants for Bevis issued from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
Assault And Battery, Malicious Injury To Property
Bevis is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with assault and battery third-degree and malicious injury to personal property.
The incident report states that on Thursday, April 27 deputies were dispatched to a residence on D Place in the Union are in reference to an assault. Upon arrival, the report states deputies noticed several broken coffee mugs on the floor. Deputies then spoke with the victim who said Bevis, her live-in boyfriend, had assaulted her.
The victim said she had come home to get some clothes because she was not staying there tonight. She said that Bevis had asked her if she was leaving and she said yes. The report states that the victim said Bevis was in the kitchen and began throwing things at her including some coffee mugs, a coffee pot, silverware, and a can opener. It states the victim said one of the coffee mugs hit her in the arm causing a cut that began to bleed. The victim said Bevis then went into the bedroom and took her Social Security card, three debit cards, and an unknown amount of checks.
Deputis advised the victim to cancel the debt cards. They also took pictures of the scene. The report states that warrants would be sought on Bevis for assault and battery third-degree and malicious injury to personal property.
Violation Of A Protection Order
Michael Wayne Thornton, 33, 525 Gray Street, Spartanburg, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with violation of a protection order.
The incident report states that on Monday, May 1, a deputy spoke with the complainant at her resident on Dillard Road in the Enoree area. The report states that the complainant said that she and her husband, Thornton, are separated and in the middle of divorce proceedings. It states that the complainant showed the deputy a protection order signed by a Family Court judge that stated that Thornton was not to have any communication with or attempted communication with the complainant.
The report states that the complainant said that while she was in town visiting friends earlier in the day she received a call from a person who said they were a friend of Thorntons and wanted to talk to her about him getting some belongings. The complainant said she advised the man that Thornton would need a judge’s order to get anything. She said that at that point she heard Thornton on the phone he started arguing about getting his things and she hung up.
The report states that the complainant said that she then left the residence on Main Street in Union where she had been at and went to get into her car. It states that the complainant said Thornton drove up beside her with the window down trying to talk to her. She said she got into her car and left and Thornton followed her everywhere she went in town and that she finally came home to get away from him.
While the deputy was speaking with the complainant, the report states Thornton drove up in the driveway and said he wanted to get his belongings from the house. The report states Thornton admitted having someone call the complainant for him and said he was on speakerphone when he talked to her. It states Thornton also said he drove up beside the complainant to talk to her about getting his belongings. It further states that Thornton also admitted to following the complainant around town and that he was trying to take pictures of her with other men.
The report states that Thornton was placed under arrest and charged with violation of a protection order and transported to the Union County Jail.
Burglary, Petit Larceny
An Enoree woman was arrested earlier this week for allegedly breaking into an apartment on South Pinckney Street and stealing $40.
Tera Vinson Chapman, 19, 131 Blackstock Road, Enoree, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with burglary second-degree and petit larceny.
The incident report states that on Saturday, April 22, an officer was dispatched to a residence on South Pinckney Street in reference to a break-in. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the victim who the report states said that she remembered locking her door at approximately 1:13 p.m. to go visit a friend within the apartment building. The report states that the victim said that when she returned to her apartment at approximately 5:30 p.m. she found her door unlocked and slightly open. The victim told the officer that the $40 she had on her white table right beside her recliner was gone. She said that no one else besides the administrator has a key to her apartment.
The report states the officer and the administrator reviewed video footage of the time the victim left her apartment, looking for the person or person who came to her apartment while she was gone. It states that the footage showed that at approximately 3:32 p.m. a white female appeared to be knocking on the door of an apartment and went to couple of more apartments appearing to be knocking on those doors as well. The report states the footage then shows that at approximately 3:35 p.m. the white female went to the victim’s apartment, knocked on the door, and then went inside. It states the white female exited the apartment at approximately 3:37 p.m.
The report states that video footage showed that after leaving the victim’s apartment the white female met with an individual who was later identified and asked by the officer to identify the woman. Upon seeing the video, the report states the individual identified the white female as Chapman who had a relative living in a nearby apartment.
The report states the officer advised the victim that a report would be completed then turned over to investigations. It states that the victim said she wanted the responsible party prosecuted to the fullest extent.
Chapman was taken into custody on Tuesday, May 2.
The Union Public Safety Department also filed the following charges against the following individuals:
— Keyarah Shunise Jerrette Sims, 18, 204 Kissy Creek, Union, charged Sunday, April 30 with simple possession of marijuana and driving under suspension.
— Linda Hall, 59, 221 East Main Street, #101, Union, charged Sunday, April 30 with disorderly conduct.
— Tyler Anthony Brown, 23, 2121 Jonesville Highway, Union, charged Friday, April 28 with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
— Jerry Jerome Thomas, 26, 103 Talley Drive, Union, charged Saturday, April 29 with simple possession of marijuana.
— Najim Ahmad Thomas, 18, 103 Talley Drive, Union, charged Sunday, April 30 with simple possession of marijuana.
— Jeremy Dwayne McDaniel, 31, 120 South First Street, Lockhart, charged Friday, April 28 with shoplifting.
— Caleb Lemond Vanderford, 17, 727 Bentley Town Road, Union, charged Sunday, April 30 with simple possession of marijuana and minor in possession of beer.
— Victor Ruth, 21, 235 Belvue Road, Union, charged Saturday, April 29 with simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and vehicle license violation.
— Reginald Bernard Shelton, 58,154 Foster Chapel Church Road, Jonesville, charged Tuesday, May 2 with disorderly conduct.
— Tracey Robertson Armstrong, 44, 214 Cambridge Drive, Union, charged Wednesday, May 3 with open container of beer and disorderly conduct.
— A 16-year-old juvenile charged Tuesday, May 2 with simple assault.
— Mindy Nicole Berry, 26, 110 Bates Avenue, Union, charged Wednesday, May 3 with pettit larceny.
— Markeisha Lashan Booker, 41, 1208 Meansville Road, #10, Buffalo, charged Wednesday, May 3 with disorderly conduct.
— Christina Deann West, 31, 114 Kissy Creek Circle, Union, charged Thursday, May 4 with petit larceny.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office also filed the following charges against the following individuals:
— Angela Lachelle Vaughan, 42, 305 3rd Street, Union, charged Sunday, April 30 with breach of peace.
— Charles Christopher Nave, 31, 120 Nave Road, Union, charged Friday, April 28 with simple possession of marijuana.
— Melvin Tremane Porter, 37, 356 Mt. Joy Church Road, Jonesville, charged Tuesday, May 2 with simple possession of marijuana, open container, and disregard of a stop sign.
— Jacquelin Cook Dominick, 52, 97 Subertown Road, Whitmire, charged Wednesday, May 3 with petit larceny.
— James Bradley Deese, 23, 259 Lakeside Drive, Union, charged Wednesday, May 3 with driving under suspension, reckless driving, and two counts of child restraint violation.
— Jennifer Beth Curtis, 24, 171 Clark Drive, Spartanburg, charged Friday, April 28 with assault and battery third-degree.
— William Hunter Nichols, 24, 199 Armory Road, Lockhart, charged Friday, April 28 with assault and battery third-degree.