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.

Eric Pardue chase - mug 1 2018Wagener chase

Mobile home ablaze in Aiken, SC

URGENT – South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-24-17 – 7:25 a.m.

Christimas Eve Day: Firefighters battle mobile home blaze in Aiken, SC

Whispering Pines Mobile Home fire graphic 12-24-17

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

(Aiken, SC) – Aiken firefighters are battling a predawn mobile home fire on Christmas Eve day.
The blaze was reported just before 7 a.m. off of Shiloh Heights Road.

The address is believed to be 1101 Pineland Terrace. Its is said to be at a mobile home between Hazel Drive and Whispering Pines Terrance.

Firefighters have laid lines across streets in the area and traffic will not be allowed on those streets for sometime.
The cause is under investigation.
No other details are available at this point.

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

Montmorencci fatal

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.

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.


McDonalds Holdup Graphic 1

Blood hounds deployed in early morning stick up at North Augusta, SC gas station convenience store

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-15-17 5 a.m. ET

Early morning stickup has police out with bloodhounds; and terrified the clerk of a North Augusta, SC  gas station convenience store

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

The North Augusta, SC holdup happened about 4:30 a.m. on Fri, Dec.15, 2017.

The robbery happened at the Shell Gas station/Circle K at 10308 Atomic Rd, in North Augusta, SC.
Two suspects armed suspects
Two armed black males with masks
Not clear if they fled in a car, but 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”
Witnesses said they fled on foot, not vehicle – and ran through the parking lot of the BBQ Barn
North Augusta Police are using blood hound search dogs in the area of Atomic Road and Old Edgefield Road, and a nearby wooded area.

Federal Counterfeiting Indictment in Augusta, GA: Thousands in alleged fake money could duplicate into a 20-year federal sentence for an accused Augusta counterfeiter who impacted the lives of numerous CSRA shop owners and small businesses

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-8-17 1:46 p.m.

The feds reach out an nab an alleged counterfeiter cops say has been terrorizing shop owners in Richmond and Columbia counties

Fake $ Probe triggered by last year’s arrest of Terrance DeMarkus DeVoe when law enforcement in both counties raised the flag

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

(Augusta, GA) – An Augusta area man – who has a long arrest records including for allegedly passing fake money – has been indicted by a grand jury in Augusta, GA on two federal counterfeiting charges involving the alleged making and distributing of thousands of dollars in phony cash across Richmond and County counties.

TERRANCE DEMARKUS DEVOE mug 126-year-old Terrance DeMarkus DeVoe – who has been arrested in Aiken, Richmond and Columbia counties over the past 5 years – is named in the felony indictment handed down Wed., Dec. 6, 2017 by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta, Georgia.

The indictment was just made public on the federal court doc site – often indictments are not announced until a suspect is in custody.  The notes in the indictment include $50, $20, $10, $5 bills. Scroll down to read the indictment we posted.

Devoe is charged with passing counterfeit reserve notes and manufacturing counterfeit reserve notes. If convicted, Devoe faces up to 20 years on each count in a federal prison, and the feds do not have parole.
Counterfeiting Indictment graphic 1

The Richmond County charges are believed to connected to the alleged use of fake $5, $10 and $20 bills totaling $200 in Sept. 2016 to purchase of an Xbox from a man in who was selling the game system on Craig’s List. The victim met with Devoe and an unidentified woman at the Walmart parking lot on Bobby Jones Expressway in an exchange that went quickly due to rain.

The victim was shocked and mortified when he tried to spend that fake cash at the Christmas Tree Shops and the cashier passed along the bad news.

He is also charged with making and distributing bogus bills in Columbia County.

The federal prosecutors in the case 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

Counterfeiting Indictment graphic 2

A quick glance at Devoe’s record includes numerous arrests in past five years:

Police agencies in Aiken County, SC:

2014: first degree assault and battery first degree, third offense driving under suspension, failing to stop for law enforcement, defective break light and windshield, defective brake lights.

2012: Driving with suspended license, open beer, first offense shoplifting

Richmond County:

2012: Richmond County Grand Jury indictments: Felony second-degree burglary and attempted fleeing and eluding police plus numerous misdemeanor traffic-related charges including no insurance, hit and run, and reckless driving

WRDW TV-12 story on Xbox counterfeit case


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.

Friday Night Farm Crash: Vehicle hits farm, fence and possibly stables in Aiken, South Carolina

South East Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin and Traffic Advisory – 12-1-17 6:55 p.m. ET –

Crash at horse stables in Aiken, SC

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By Greg Peterson
South East Social Justice Breaking News

(Aiken, SC) – Numerous law enforcement officers and rescue personnel are on the scene of a bad accident on Redds Branch Road near Wheat Road.
A vehicle reportedly ran a stop sign – crashed into horse stables and the vehicle ended up in the field.
Two people were in the car that also apparently hit a fence.
The incident is apparently close to – or at – Bridlewood Farm.
No horses were hurt – as far as we know. No radio traffic on scene about that. Its not clear how much damage was done to the stables.
One person in the car requested EMS. Initially entrapment was declared by bystanders – however he extrication tools were not needed.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety set up Incident Command.
Among those responding were firefighters from the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

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



Hydrochloric acid tanker fire closes 1-20 westbound in Aiken County, SC

“Traffic is backed up for miles on I-20 westbound

S.E. Social Justice Breaking News 2:45 p.m. – 11-28-17

Hydrochloric acid tanker fire closes 1-20 in Aiken County, SC
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1-20 westbound closed in Aiken County

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

Traffic is backed up for miles on westbound I-20

Mile marker 14

Tanker truck on I-20

Interstate closed westbound

Loaded with hydrochloric acid fumes and maybe a little acid

Blocked on ramp to Mile Marker 18