Wrecker Crash: Plus Two police chases leave two Aiken County men jailed – one chase ended early Sunday after lasting more than an hour and a half and speeding through streets of Perry, Salley and Wagener, SC

S.E. Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 1-7-17 8:55 a.m. ET

Wrecker wreck: Driver’s lead police on two chases – including high speed chase through several cities – and an earlier chase in North Augusta

By Greg Peterson
S.E. Social Justice Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Aiken County, SC) – A high speed police chase that began late Saturday night did not end until covering nearly 100 miles and lasting about an hour and a half.

Wagener chase

Meanwhile a wrecker wrecked this morning.
The predawn wrecker crash and rollover occurred in Aiken, SC about 4 a.m. today, Sun. Jan. 7, 2017.
An officer told the dispatcher: “we’re gonna need a big wrecker” to pull the crashed wrecker up from a “steep embankment” in Aiken, SC. The wrecker driver received minor injuries.

The chase repeatedly wound through the towns of Perry, Salley and Wagener, SC involving a hometown boy.
The chase happened at the same time firefighters and police were busy at a restaurant fire north east of Aiken.
Eric Pardue chase - mug 1 201825-year-old Eric Pardue of Wagener, SC is jailed without bond this morning facing numerous charges.

Pardue has a criminal history that includes third degree assault and battery.

Initial charges include drunk driving, driving with an open alcohol container, and driving on a suspended license first offense.

Additional traffic charges are sure to be filed.


The driver led Aiken County Sheriff’s department officers on more than a dozens roads – so many the list looks like a road atlas.

Just a few of the roads/highways the chase included (some repeatedly) are Wagener Road, Rainbow Drive, (Wagener) Airport Road, Railroad Avenue, Festival Trail Road, Rogers Cemetery Road, Highway 389 (aka John Nunn Highway), Wimbledon Road, Clinton Church Road, Nantuckett Road, Kirkland Blizzard Road, Ernest Johnson Road, Poinsettia Road, Hollow Creek Road, Honeysuckle Road, Thornridge Road, Jeffcoat Road, South Dixie Highway and numerous more.

The speeds ranged from about 40 miles per hour to over 90 miles per hour. Several local residents tried to intercede in the chase by blocking the speeding car – but the driver kept making turns – like going in squares to circle the towns from all directions.
“He keeps starting and stopping – and swerving in and out of lanes,” the deputy said.
Traffic conditions were light at the time – despite a Jeep and another vehicle trying to help police – even if it was misguided assistance.
“We’ve got somebody’s civilian car trying to block him,” the deputy said adding it was a gray Jeep Liberty.
Then it happened again:
“Aiken, we’ve got somebody else trying to block him,” the deputy leading the chase reported to 911 Dispatch.
The chase wandered a few times into the counties of Orangeburg and Lexington, SC.
Law enforcement officers tried several times to lay stop sticks in front of the vehicle however, the driver was wary of the maneuver and repeatedly changed roads and directions including off-road through one person’s property.
The driver was apparently spooked by the many residents watching the chase – some of whom he feared were cops with spike strips.
Private vehicles “have him spooked,” the deputy said as the suspect made another turn.
The driver finally stopped and a felony arrest was made by deputies.

Meanwhile late Saturday morning, another driver lead North Augusta Police on a chase through the streets of the city – on and off W. Martintown Road. That chase latest about 20 minutes and reached speeds of about 60 miles per hour.
North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers arrested a man – but his identity has not been confirmed.

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At least one killed, three seriously injured, trapped in Wednesday afternoon Aiken County, SC car accident

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-20-17 – 4:15 p.m. ET

Fatal crash leaves one dead and three others trapped in Montmorenci, SC

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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-Owner, News Director

(Montmorenci, SC) – At least one person has been killed and three others trapped and seriously injured in a fatal crash in Aiken County, SC.

The single vehicle rollover accident is reported at the intersection of Shaws Fork Road and New Holland Road in Montmorenci, SC.

A fire truck had to be used to “stabilize” the wreck car – as the Jaws of Life is being used to try to free the trapped victims.

The wreck was reported about 3:45 p.m. today Wed., Dec. 20, 2017.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department and the Montmorenci Volunteer Fire Department, New Ellenton Rescue Squad and other agencies are on the scene.

Meanwhile about 30 minutes before the accident – numerous fire departments in Edgefield County, SC were called to battle an engulfed house fire.

The blaze was reported at 669 Ridge Road in Johnston, SC.

No injuries reported. The home was destroyed.

Arrests in Aiken County over past few days has included a woman charged in big heist, S.C. Highway Patrol busts “chop shop” operation, several arrested on drug trafficking charges, man gets scuffed up fighting with North Augusta police, and Augusta, GA man allegedly had child in the car while fleeing police while drunk

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-19-17 – 11:22 a.m. ET

Fleeing cops while drunk with kid in car, fighting with police, a $10,000 plus heist in North Augusta, drugs and more drugs, elderly man jailed in domestic violence case, and huge “chop shop” busted by the South Carolina Highway Patrol

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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-Owner, News Director

Major $10,000 plus grand larceny charge filed against North Augusta woman – but who got ripped off

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A North Augusta woman has been arrested and jailed for an alleged big heist.
30-year-old Jennifer Owens was arrested by North Augusta Department of Public Safety at 3 a.m. this morning, Tues., Dec. 19, 2017
Owens is charged with grand larceny value $10,000 or more

Aiken County teen held on 8 major drugs charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine including several enhanced charges for allegedly dealing near a school

Denzell Jackson mug 1
17-year old Denzell Jackson of New Ellenton, SC was arrested about 11 a.m. Sunday morning, Dec. 17, 2017
Drugs/trafficking in methamphetamine or cocaine base -100 grams or more
Drugs/trafficking methamphetamine > 100 grams w/in 1/2 mile of school
Drugs/ possession with intent to distribute (PWID) schedule II controlled substance
Drugs/ PWID schedule IV controlled substance
Drugs/PWID schedule IV controlled substance w/in mile of school
Drugs/ PWID schedule IV controlled substance
Drugs/ PWID schedule IV controlled substance w/in 1/2 mile of a school
Drugs/ PWID schedule II controlled substance w/in 1/2 mile of a school

South Carolina Highway Patrol busts major “chop shop” operation out of towing business

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41-year-old David Quarles of Windsor, SC was arrested about 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Improper towing
Driving under suspension 3rd
Chop shop, unlawfully own, operate, conduct, or to transport
Chop shop, unlawfully own, operate, conduct, or to transport
A breach of trust with fraudulent intent value $2000 or less

Trafficking and Traffic charges

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24 -year-old Markale Simpkins of Aiken, SC was arrested Saturday night on numerous traffic charges and meth/cocaine trafficking charges
Giving false info to public safety officer
Driving under suspension 2nd
Failure to yield
Drugs/trafficking in meth, or cocaine base-10 grams or more
Plus a hold for Columbia County Sheriff’s Department in Appling, GA.

Augusta, GA man busted for drunk driving and fleeing from police allegedly with his child in the vehicle

Jack Maddox mug 1

30-year-old Jack Maddox of Augusta, GA was arrested Sunday night and booked into the Aiken County Detention Center
Failure to stop for blue lights
Child/child endangerment, commit certain vehicular offenses
Driving under influence alcohol/substance 2nd
Failure to pay

Elderly man charged in domestic attack

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64-year-old Willie Scurry, Jr. of Pelion, SC was arrested Monday evening around 5:20 p.m.
3rd degree domestic violence


Beech Island man busted for allegedly dealing pot including allegedly selling marijuana near a school

Dominique Beal mug 1

21-year-old Dominique Beal of Beech Island, SC was arrested about 9 p.m. Monday by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
Hold for North Augusta Department of Public Safety
Possession with intent to distribute (PWID) marijuana within proximity to school or park
PWID marijuana

It’s not nice to fight the cops – and Quarrentin Schoultz mug 1get hurt


26-year-old Quarrentin Schoultz of Jackson, SC was busted about 7 p.m. Monday for allegedly fighting with police while drunk
Hold for South Carolina Parole and Probation Services
Open container, beer/wine
Resisting arrest

North Augusta McDonald’s restaurant armed robbery this morning is second pre-dawn stickup in two days of an all night business – manhunt underway

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-16-17 6:55 a.m. ET

Saturday Seconds: Second predawn stickup at North Augusta all-night business

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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-owner, News Director

For the second night in a row, North Augusta Police are investigating the pre-dawn armed robbery of an all-night business.
The suspect fled on foot across the parking lot after a stickup at the McDonald’s at 1831 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta.

North Augusta armed robbery McDonalds

The second armed robbery was reported at about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the popular fast food restaurant.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 foot, 2 inches tall, wearing a camouflage jacket, and a half-face neoprene mask.

The suspect this morning was also wearing leather hand gloves and was armed with a handgun.

The masked bandit was last seen running toward the SCE&G offices.

Meanwhile, a North Augusta gas station/convenience store was robbed yesterday morning before sunrise.

North Augusta Robbery 1At about 4:30 a.m. on Fri, Dec. 15, 2017, two suspects with handguns held up the Shell Gas station/Circle K at 10308 Atomic Rd, in North Augusta.

Police used blood hounds to try and find the two suspects armed suspects described as two black males with masks
Witnesses say they fled on foot.

The clerk did not know the direction of travel because they made her lay on the floor

“She is panicking,” one officer reported about the very scared clerk.

Witnesses said they fled on foot, not vehicle – and ran through the parking lot of the BBQ Barn.

North Augusta Police used bloodhound search dogs in the area of Atomic Road and Old Edgefield Road, and a nearby wooded area.


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Serious federal drug trafficking indictments returned in Augusta against two men in separate cases

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-8-17 6 p.m. ET – Serious drug trafficking indictments returned in Augusta against two men in separate cases



By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-owner, News Director

(Augusta, GA) – An Aiken, South Carolina man has been indicted on federal charges in Augusta, GA involving allegations of armed drug trafficking in Richmond County.

In addition, the grand jury has indicted a an Augusta man in a separate case for heroin distribution scroll down to read more about him.

Alton Carraway,jr. mug 442-year-old Alton Carraway, Jr. of Aiken, SC is named in a 4-count felony indictment reunited yesterday by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta, GA.

Carraway is charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances (Meth, heroin), possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a stolen firearm.

On June 20, 2017 in Richmond County, Carraway alleged planned to distribute “500 grams or more” heroin and meth, plus “a quantity” of marijuana, the indictment states.

The same day, Carraway allegedly possessed a Ruger Model Blackhawk .45 caliber revolver, and a Smith & Wesson Model Airweight .38 caliber pistol “in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, the grand jury charged. The indictment alleges the Ruger .45 was stolen.
Alton Carraway, Jr. Indictment

The grand jury alleges that Carraway possessed the handguns knowing he had already convicted of possession of meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on June 18, 2015 in Richmond County Superior Court.

The indictment includes a “forfeiture allegation” in which prosecutors are seeking to claim the guns and all proceeds of Carraway’s alleged drug trafficking.

Carraway’s arrest history in the Aiken and Augusta area ranges from shoplifting to failure to pay fines to guns/drugs – possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, plus possession of a firearm by convicted felon.


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40-year-old Matthew Ward Timmerman of Augusta, GA is charged in a one count indictment returned yesterday in federal court in Augusta.

Timmerman is accused of possession heroin for sales on June 22, 2017. The indictment doesn’t describe the circumstances of the case. Timmerman’s arrest record over past decade includes trafficking in both heroin and methamphetamines.

On May 12, 2017, Timmerman was booked into the Richmond County jail on felony charges of heroin trafficking and cocaine distribution.
In 2009 Timmerman was paroled to Aiken County, SC from a state prison in Georgia after serving about six years total for crimes that included a 10-year sentence for drugs.


Timmerman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after his December 2005 conviction in Richmond County for methamphetamine trafficking to run concurrently with a eight year probation sentence in 2001 for possession of Xanax with intent to distribute. It appears he was in prison from April 2003 when probation was revoked until paroled in 2009.

Timmerman was also ordered wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet upon release to Aiken County.


The federal prosecutors in the two cases are:

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby L. Christine
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian T. Rafferty, criminal division chief
Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Green Rhodes, lead counsel and deputy chief at criminal division
Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Brian Tanner, chief appellate division


URGENT Child found this morning after Abduction Stabbing: Violent child abductors may pass through the Aiken/Augusta area: Stabbing occurred during the child kidnapping in Pickens County, SC

Update 12-6-17 5:10 a.m. ET:

The child was located this morning and is now safe.

The suspects remain at large


One stabbed, three-year-old kidnapped in Liberty, SC

Child Kidnap suspect Stephanie Hopkins

Child Kidnap suspect Stephanie Hopkins

Suspects, victim may pass through Aiken/Augusta area – really the entire CSRA

By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-owner, News Director

(Liberty, SC) – A multi-state search is underway tonight for a pair of alleged child kidnappers armed with a gun and knife in an incident that left one person stabbed in Pickens County, SC.

Aiken County 911 put out the BOLO because the suspect are believed to be headed to Georgia and could pass through the CSRA. The suspects are believed headed to Georgia.

Suspects are armed with a gun and a knife. One person was stabbed during the abduction, and male suspect allegedly fired gun.

The suspects are believed driving:

2001 White Ford Focus

South Carolina Tags: 9277 KP

The child abduction suspects are both from Liberty, SC:

53-year-old Keith G. Trotter

38-year-old Stephanie Lynn Hopkins

We are withholding the name of the little three-year-old child.

Child Kidnap suspect Stephanie Hopkins

Child Kidnap suspect Stephanie Hopkins

The suspects allegedly kidnapped a three-year-old child in Liberty, SC.

Officials say the suspects fired a gun during the abduction and one person was stabbed.

Update – New ADPS case is drug and shoplifting related: Aiken woman once charged in North Augusta mayor’s murder is now back in jail after skating on that murder and drug case 15 years ago

Update on new charges 12-1-17 1:50 p.m.

In this new case, 37-year-old Stephanie Forde of Aiken, SC was charged today with possession of less than one gram meth 1st offense and shoplifting 1st offense
The charges are from the Aiken Department of Public Safety


URGENT URGENT – S.E. Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-1-17 9:10 a.m. ET

Aiken, SC woman who witnessed murder of North Augusta Mayor – but was freed for testifying – is back in jail this morning as part of a probe in the city of Aiken – after skating on that murder and drug case 15 years ago

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By Greg Peterson
S.E. Social Justice Breaking News
News Director/Co-owner

(Aiken, SC) – A woman who skated on murder charges 15 years ago for testifying against in the shooting and stabbing death of a former North Augusta, SC mayor is back in trouble with the law.

37-year-old Stephanie Forde of Aiken, SC is being held for investigation this morning, Fri., Dec. 1, 2017 by the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Forde is lodged in the Aiken County Detention Center without bond “for investigation” by Aiken city authorities. She was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2017. And was a key witness of the former mayor’s murder.

Forde, then 22, was not prosecuted because she testified against co-defendant Eric Copeland, then 32, although he too received a sweet plea bargain after a jury could not reach a verdict in his trial.

Former murdered North Augusta mayor Kim LedfordCopeland was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading no contest to assault and battery with intent to kill in the death of 64-year-old former North Augusta Mayor Donald “Kim” Kimbrough Ledford. In exchange for the plea, officials dropped the murder, grand larceny and weapons charges that were filed against Copeland.
The murder and crack cocaine distribution charges against Forde were dropped. Forde testified she saw Copeland shoot Ledford four times as he slept in his bed
His shot and stabbed decomposing body was found in that bed in July 2002.
From 1981-1985 Ledford served as mayor of North Augusta, SC. After that his life went down hill. In 2002, Ledford was convicted of distribution of crack cocaine and marijuana and in 1999 on charges of drunken and reckless driving.


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Stephanie Forde of Aiken, South Carolina

Inmate ID#: 940752

Home Address City: AIKEN

Drivers Lic State: SC


Sex: F Race: W Build: L

Height: 5-5 Weight: 147

Hair: BLN LONG Eyes: HAZ

Arrest Details

Agency Status Arrest Date Released

ADPS OPEN 11-30-2017 2:06 p.m.


Case #: Disposition: Open


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Agency Status Arrest Date Released

NAPS CLOSED 07-19-2002

20:55 02-06-2004

Date Released: 02-06-2004

Weekender: NO



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Agency Status Arrest Date Released

SCHP CLOSED 02-21-2002

16:22 02-21-2002

Date Released: 02-21-2002

Weekender: NO



Charge: D.U.S. 1ST

News coverage from 2002 of former North Augusta mayor murder:


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Aiken County woman shot this morning, manhunt underway

S.E. Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin 11-30-18 3:45 a.m. ET

Shooting Probe: Aiken County woman shot, manhunt underway

By Greg Peterson
S.E. Social Justice Breaking News
News Director/Co-owner

(Aiken County, SC) – Police are searching for one man in connection with a shooting this morning in Graniteville, SC.

An unidentified Aiken County, SC woman shot in side about 3:09 a.m. ET on Thurs., Nov. 30, 2017

The shooting “crime scene” is Piney Heights Road in Graniteville, SC. Another location police were investigating is on Dunbar Street.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Department investigators and street officers are working on the shooting.

The victim is expected is being rushed to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta, GA.

Suspect fled in a vehicle believed to be a black four door Honda Accord with a missing bumper. However, police may recovered that car.

The suspect may have fled to a residence on Dunbar Court in Graniteville, SC

Anthony White

Approx 25 years old

White Male

black beanie

black hoodie

Blue jeans

Officials are also wanting to question 27-year-old Steffan Bogdansky as a possible witness



Ski-masked pistol-waving armed robbers strike overnight in Aiken County and North Augusta, SC

Urgent – Parking Lot Bandits: Stickup Crime Spree – 1-22-17 6 A.M. ET – Urgent

Parking Lot Bandits go on Stickup Crime Spree: Public Safety Advisory for Aiken County, SC including North Augusta

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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
News Director/Co-Owner

(Aiken County, SC) – A pair of ski-masked and pistol-waving bandits are being sought by police in two states after overnight armed robberies in Aiken County, SC.

The holdups started shortly after 1 a.m. ET today, Wed., Nov. 22, 2017 when a holdup was reported in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter at 1201 Knox Ave. in North Augusta, SC.

That was followed 40 minutes later with a robbery report from Circle K #2751 at 1925 Edgefield Hwy off Interstate-20 near Aiken, SC.
The description was similar in both of the holdups. The suspects are apparently targeting customers in parking lots.
Police are seeking two black males armed with pistols in a small dark vehicle who were wearing ski-masks.

The suspects are wearing baggy clothing including a dark blue or black hoodie.
Police say the suspects may have been wearing black neoprene gloves.

Police broadcast the name of one potential suspect but were not yet sure of his involvement. S.E. Social Justice Breaking News is withholding the name while police conduct their probe.

While the look of the gloves vary here is one example of the black neoprene gloves:

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Tracking dogs called out in Aiken, SC for manhunt after burglary

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S.E. Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – Aiken County manhunt

11-14-17 4:45 a.m. ET

By Greg Peterson
S.E. Social Justice Breaking
News Director/Co-Owner

(Aiken, SC) – A dog team has been called out following a home burglary call in southeast Aiken, SC.

About 4:30 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 14, 2017, Aiken Department of Public Safety officers responded to 413 Whiskey Rd. – and a suspect or suspects apparently fled the scene.

Initial reports the break-in occurred at an expensive residence.

Authorities have set up a perimeter on South Boundary and Park Ave. surrounding that section of Whiskey Rd.

A “dog team” is enroute.

More info if we get it.