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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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.

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

David Quarles mug 1
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

Willie Scurry mug 1

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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Aiken, SC woman allegedly ripped off IRS for more than $100,000 – and is named in 16-count felony indictment returned by a federal grand jury

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-12-17 3:20 a.m. ET

Aiken woman indicted on 16 federal felonies for allegedly bilking the IRS out of more than 100 Grand

Cheryl Denise Crouch indictment graphic 2

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

(Columbia, SC) – An Aiken, South Carolina woman has been indicted on 16 federal felonies for allegedly bilking the Internal Revenue Service out of more than $100,000.
45-year-old Cheryl Denise Crouch aka Cheryl Holloway Crouch was named in an Dec. 6, 2017 indictment returned by a federal grand jury.

The charges date back four years and include allegations she ripped off the IRS for well over $100,000 in false claims and deductions.

The indictment lists in numerous IRS filings over the past four years that included allegedly illegal – fake – deductions for child care, education expenses, charitable contributions, attorney’s fees and more. The prosecutor in the case is U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Beth Drake.

Cheryl Denise Crouch indictment

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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.

Car flips onto railroad tracks plus Two serious wrecks reported this morning on I-20 in Aiken County

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin and Traffic Advisory – URGENT 6:23 p.m. p.m. ET   12-5-17

Stopping all trains – Aiken County accidents has car upside down on the tracks

Avoid the area of Jefferson Davis Highway at Sudlow lake Road.

One vehicle is upside down on the railroad tracks and a man is pinned.
Paramedics and firefighters are trying desperately to free the man who is in and out of consciousness.

Alert was put out to the railroad to stop any potential train.

The Langley Volunteer Fire Department is on the scene.


Two serious crashes with ejection and entrapment this morning on I-20 in Aiken County, SC

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

(Aiken County, SC) – Officials are on the scene of two very serious accidents nto far from each other that have traffic backed up on Interstate 20 in Aiken County, SC

The accidents are in both the east and westbound lanes about a mile or less from each other.

The second accident was reported about 3:20 a.m. ET on Tues., Dec. 5, 2017 in the eastbound lanes of I-20 near Mile Marker 14 in Aiken County.

The second crash involves a rollover and ejection.

The second crash happened about 20 to 25 minutes after the first as emergency officials were trying to free a victim who was trapped in a rollover.

The first wreck is in the westbound lanes.

Its not clear how many victims and how many vehicles are involved.

The S.C. Highway Patrol, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department and numerous EMS and firefighters are on the scenes.

EXCLUSIVE HEART-WRENCHING AUDIO LISTEN South Carolina: Allendale, SC firefighter gets called to mom’s engulfed home – Four homes destroyed in less than 24 hours in Aiken and Allendale counties and the latest was the home of a firefighter’s mother

URGENT – SE Social Justice News Bulletin – 12-2-17 2:27 a.m. ET – Four homes destroyed in less than 24 hours in Aiken and Allendale counties and the latest was the home of a firefighter’s mother

Exclusive listen to the emotional firefighter – whose mother is luckily just fine despite her home completely burning

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

(Allendale, SC) – A terrible shock to a member of the Allendale Rescue Squad when he realized the fully-engulfed home firefighters were responding to – is his mothers.

127 Gibson Street in Allendale, SC

The home was one of four residences that were destroyed in less than 20 hours in Aiken and Allendale counties.

The blaze was reported about 5:20 a.m. ET on Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 in the city of Allendale, SC.
“Its gonna be my mother’s residence,” said one rescue official on the scene as he witnessed flames wrapped around the brick frame home and fire shooting out the windows.

6712 Lake Vincent Road Aiken, SC structure fire 12-1-17

Meanwhile about 2:25 a.m. today (Sat., Dec. 2, 2017), a neighbor called Aiken 911 to report a home had already burned to the ground- as both are located in a relatively remote area.
Numerous firefighters rushed to the scene of a home that – in fact – was completely destroyed before anyone knew it was burning.
The blaze is located in a very remote location at 6712 Lake Vincent Road in Aiken, SC
A neighbor – some distance away – noticed a glow and trees on fire – and she called Aiken 911.
Its is not clear if anyone was home at the time. If we get an update, it will be passed along.

On Friday (12-1-17), two big fires including a double-wide mobile home were reported north of Aiken, SC.

About 12:24 p.m. ET Friday a full-involved structure fire north of Aiken in a few hours

Monetta, SC firefighters and lots of mutual aid responded to the blazing double-wide mobile home – set off the highway a bit on the 3000 block of Columbia Highway North (aka U.S.-1).
Everyone evacuated.

About 11 a.m. Friday, a structure fire was battled at or near 3037 Columbia Highway North in Aiken County
Numerous agencies responding to a structure fire along Columbia Highway North near Monetta, SC
Monetta Volunteer Fire Department, Aiken County Sheriff’s Department, Monetta Rescue Squad


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.