West Virginia Armed Robbery Suspect Sought In Newberry County; Four Others Already In Custody
Posted: January 15,
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division are assisting law enforcement officials from Oak Hill, West Virginia with an armed robbery investigation.
On Friday, January 9, a home invasion armed robbery occurred at a residence in Oak Hill, West Virginia. Through their investigation, law enforcement officials were able to obtain arrest warrants on a suspect in Newberry County. In an effort to follow on this investigation, two investigators from Oak Hill came to Newberry County on Wednesday morning and began working with investigators from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division.
Based upon that investigation, investigators from all three agencies obtained and executed a search warrant Wednesday afternoon on a residence located on Boyd Place Road in the Little Mountain section of Newberry County. Once inside the residence, detectives located a safe and a cross bow stolen during the robbery as well as several items of forensic evidence from the home.
Investigators from all three agencies have worked almost non-stop since Wednesday morning on this investigation and will not stop until the final suspect is taken into custody according to Sheriff Lee Foster.
Thus far, four suspects have been taken into custody and one suspect remains at large. Those who have been taken into custody are awaiting extradition to West Virginia. Investigators identified those in custody as:
Antwyn Dante Gibbs, 27, of 294 Providence AME Church Road, Little Mountain
Kentrell Goodman, 18, 149 J and W Road, Pomaria, SC
Radee Maurice Hill, 28, of 164 Nursery Road, Little Mountain
Rashod Charmane Wicker, 22, of 149 J and W Road, Pomaria.
Investigators say that still sought is:
Kevin Goodman Jr., 22, of 54 Boyds Place Road, Little Mountain, SC.
Investigators says that Kevin Goodman Jr. should be considered armed and dangerous and is believed to be carrying a pistol on his person.
Authorities say that Kentrell Goodman recently left West Virginia and he was link back to the armed robbery there.
To view the pictures of all of the suspects go to http://www.newberrycounty.net/sheriff/pictures/
Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Kevin Goodman Jr. should call 911 or contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222 immediately.
City Council Meeting; Abandoned and Obsolete Signs Discussed
Posted: January 14,
Tuesday night was the first meeting of the New Year for Newberry City Council. After the acceptance of the lastmeetings minutes, Dell Rowe (at right with Al Harvey) was recognized by the city for his ten years of service with the Parks and Recreation and Tourism Department.
Mr. Rowe began as an employee in 2004 and holds the position as Maintenance Worker. Mayor Seen and City Manager Harvey presented Mr. Rowe with a certificate of recognition.
Old Business was addressed next. The removal of abandoned and obsolete signs throughout the city of Newberry was discussed and concluded with the addition of the Section 903 for the immediate removal of over 70 abandoned and obsolete sign that included; vacated sign posts, sign frames with no face, broken signs, and signs left behind since the business closed. Some of them are over fifteen years old.
The new calendar for meetings and budges were accepted and the next session with be a work session on February 2, 2015.
The First reading of Ordinance #2015-1001 to amend Recreation Fees and policies for city parks was accepted and move for discussion on the Feb 2nd meeting.
The First reading of Ordinance#2015-1002 was for the annex of St. Matthews AME Church, located across from Willingham’s Building Supply on Hwy 219. The Church requested the rezoning to include the church in the city limits to allow them to receive support from the city for maintenance issues. This ordinance was approved.
The First reading of the Ordinance #2015-1003 to amend the FY 2014-2015 Budgets to provide funds to the City of Newberry for the reconstruction and design of two city websites. VistitNewberrySC.com and CityofNewberry.com are six years old and due for a face lift. Both are due for software updates to streamline optimization for all users; including the issues involving access by mobile device which is reported that 70% of both websites traffic was by mobile device. The combining and rebuilding will save the city $960.00 yearly from its original structure now. All approved by council.
Man Arrested Sending Nude Photos of Himself To Girl; Soliciting Sex
Posted: January 8,
A Newberry County man is in custody afterhe sent nude pictures of himself to a 13 year old and tried to get her to sneak out of her home to meet him for sexual encounter.
Keith Andrea Wise, 26, of 792 Langford Street, Prosperity was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor and Criminal Solicitation of a Minor. A bond hearing was held Wednesday afternoon and Wise’s bond was set at $10,000.00. He is still in custody as of this release.
Wise contacted the victim through her personal Facebook account at home, and had the victim engage with him in conversation with him on KIK. The suspect used the KIK account to send nude pictures of himself to the victim and attempted to lure her from her home. The victim had identified herself as 13 to the suspect during their conversations.
When the victim went to school the next morning, she reported the pictures and comments to a trusted staff member at her school and the law enforcement investigation began from that report. None of the conversations between the victim and Wise or any of the criminal activity occurred while the victim at the school.
“This is every parent’s nightmare,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “Technology like smart phones, computers, and tablets give children unrestricted access to the world. While there are many good things about the internet, there is likewise many bad things and bad people out there as well.”
“There is an absolute pandemic of sexting occurring among children and others in today’s world. Even in the most conservative studies, thirty percent of teens (some report as high as forty percent) admit to taking and sending nude pictures of themselves.”
“These children do not understand the serious ramifications of sending such pictures,” said Foster. “The picture can be easily forwarded to many causing great embarrassment for the child and the family not the mention that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that sending nude pictures of someone under 18 is child pornography even if the child is the one who sent the picture. This means the possibility of criminal charges and a conviction that would require the person to register as a sex offender. There is simply nothing good that can come from sending nude pictures at any age.”
“Parents must be involved in their children’s use of technology. There is a good bit of technology available to aid parents with monitoring their child’s internet and phone activity. The child may consider it spying, but as parents we must protect our children,” Sheriff Foster said.
Sheriff Foster said that parents teach stranger danger to our children on the street, but sometimes we forget to tell them that about the internet. Worse yet on the internet, the stranger can pretend to be anyone of any age. He said they had seen children as young as nine years old engaging in this activity. Foster said that the vast majority of children who send nude pictures (more than sixty percent) say that they were pressured or coerced into the sending the pictures.
“We are so thankful that this young lady felt uncomfortable about the pictures and comments and reported them to an adult. This could have ended much differently except for her willingness to report this to someone she trusted,” Foster continued.
Sheriff Foster said that the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office works with the School District of Newberry County and many groups throughout the county to present training about the dangers of sexting and cyberbullying. Foster said that the presentation is so effective that the South Carolina High School League requests that the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office conduct the program as part of their Leadership Conferences across South Carolina.
“It is our goal to prevent this activity instead of respond to it,” said Foster. “We created this presentation to give young people and their parents the facts in an effort to change behavior before a bad decision changes their life.”
Foster said that the presentation is available to the public for group settings, but is best done in a parent and child environment. If you would like to request the presentation, contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2211.
First County Council Meeting of 2015; Reeder Sworn In
Posted: January 8,
With a packed house on the first meeting of the New Year, the cause may have been due to the swearing in of the new County Councilmen Travis Reeder. Mr. Reeder is active member in the Newberry school system. He has been working with students for the past twenty years as a case manager for student services.
Last night he was sworn in alongside Chairman Henry H. Livingston and Vice Chairman William D. Waldrop. Both men were reelected by the council to continue as the Chairman and Vice Chairman for the 2015 year.
After approving the dates for the upcoming meetings, the council then turned their attention to Mr. Mike Pisano the public works director and Steve Lamb an Engineer for SRS. They spoke about the bids for the Old Landfill Gas Extraction System. A system that the county has decided to install as a precaution for the methane gases that are slowly building inside of the old landfill’s soil. The Bid that was chosen was for DOT Energy Solutions, Inc. for $321,118.00. The system is basically a number of industrial soil “shopvacs” that will be installed into the ground to prevent any liquids or gases from contaminating the sounding areas of the property line. This bid was approved by the council.
The meeting came to an end with many welcomes from the councilmen to Mr. Travis Reeder and smiling handshakes from the public. Next meeting will be held on January, 21, 2015 at 7 PM.
Newberry County Schools On Two-Hour Delay Thursday
Posted: January 7,
Earlier Wednesday, The School District of Newberry County announced it will be under a two-hour delay for Thursday. This is due to the expected extremely cold temperatures and wind chill factors. The decision is based on insuring buses will operate and not leave children waiting in the cold temperatures should there be equipment failures. In addition, it would give maintenance personnel time to repair any weather related failures in school buildings. All employees are to report at their regularly scheduled time. Pre K which meet only in the mornings will not be held. The delay will run all schedules two hours later than regular times.
Child Death Under Investigation
Posted: December 31,
Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton has released information concerning the death of a 3 year old boy in the City of Newberry. Gabriel McArdle of Enoree SC was pronounced dead at the Newberry Memorial Hospital at 2:06 am Tuesday morning. The death was immediately deemed as suspicious in nature by the Coroners Office and Newberry City Police.
Deputy Coroner John Pollard consulted with Investigators from the Newberry City Police Department and both agencies began an aggressive joint investigation. Coroner Craig Newton consulted with the ER treating physician and requested that a full body scan be performed on the child. The results of this scan proved to show what Newton termed as " disturbing traits". The Newberry City Police Department then notified the SLED child fatality division for investigative support and assistance. An autopsy was performed early Tuesday morning and revealed information consistent with child abuse.
Coroner Newton has released the cause of death as respiratory depression caused by a subdural hemorrhage due to blunt force trauma to the head. During the course of the day Newberry Police conducted numerous interviews and concluded that the mother of the child, Theia Darion McArdle and her live-in boyfriend Richard Frank Vermon Bowman were persons of interests in the child's death. Both are now in the Newberry County Detention Center charged with Homicide by Child Abuse. A bond hearing will be held for the pair by a Circuit Judge at a later date.
Captain Roy McClurkin with the Newberry City Police credits all the agencies involved for their efforts in this death investigation.The case is still being investigated by the Newberry Police, SLED, and the Newberry Coroners Office.
Accident Claims Life of Chappells Man
Posted: December 26,
A wreck on SC Hwy 34 on Wednesday night has claimed the life of a Newberry County man. The accident apparently happened around 6:00 Wednesday evening, but Daniel Robert Britton, 53, of Chappells, was not found until Christmas morning at around 7 AM.
Coroner Craig Newton said Britton's sister found him after he did not return from a shopping trip on Wednesday night. Britton was apparently traveling east on Hwy 34 when his car ran off the right side of the road, down an embankment, and hit a tree.
Britton was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car, according to state troopers.
Kinard Street Fire Contained
Posted: December 20,
At around 9:40 AM on Saturday, a call was reported to the Newberry Fire Department regarding a structure fire at 1244 Kinard Street in Newberry. The fire was contained inside the structure.
A smoke alarm had woken the one person inside the structure to smoke and fire in the home. This person was able to escape, but was transported due to possible smoke inhalation.
The American Red Cross has been notified to assist with the family of two living here. The Friendly Fire Department, Newberry Rescue, Newberry City Police and EMS assisted with the call. NFIU (Newberry Fire Investigation Unit) was on the scene, and it was later determined that a kerosene heater caused the fire.
An Over Four Hour Standoff Ends in Child Rescued, Estranged Father in Custody
Posted: December 19,
During the early afternoon hours the Newberry County Sheriff's Office was notified that there may be a wanted man from Colorado hiding in a residence off SC Hwy. 395 near the Saluda County line.
Deputies arrived at the home to find a man looking at them through a window. When he was challenged, he ran through the house. One of the deputies also heard a second set of foot steps that seemed to be lighter than the first.
As the Deputies were gaining more information on the suspect, they found a stolen truck out of Colorado that had been freshly spray painted. Authorities in Colorado verified that SHANNON JOSEPH SMITH, 44, of Colorado was indeed wanted for several charges including a failure to appear for sentencing in a weapons charge. He was also a convicted sex offender with a 54 page record for various offenses.
The Sheriff's Office Critical Incident Response Team responded and secured the area while investigators began to gather further intelligence. A negotiator began repeated efforts to contact Smith.
Investigators were able to locate the renter of the residence at a job site some 30 miles away. It was determined that Smith was her ex husband and had shown up in Newberry County to see their daughter. He established a room at a Newberry Motel some 15 miles away. During the day Friday, he was able to convince a care giver to allow him access to their four year old daughter. He apparently went to the ex wife's home some time during the day and remained there while the ex wife and a companion were working at a construction site.
Upon arriving on the scene, the ex wife told law enforcement that Smith had a lengthy record and was not friendly toward law enforcement. She also advised that she feared for her child's life due to her ex facing prison time for the various crimes.
After more than three hours of trying to contact Smith, Sheriff Lee Foster contacted SLED for additional resources. Upon arrival additional negotiators attempted to contact Smith. After there was no contact and there were no sounds of life coming from the house, a joint decision was made to make entry into the house.
An entry team of SLED SWAT agents backed by Newberry County Sheriff's Office CIRT members gained entry into the double wide manufacture house and began methodically searching the residence. Smith was found locked inside a shower with his four year old estranged daughter. The team gained access to the daughter and removed her from the residence and took Smith into custody after a brief struggle.
The child was immediately taken to an awaiting team of Newberry County EMS paramedics. It was determined that she had no injuries other than emotional trauma, but was transported to Newberry County Memorial Hospital for observation accompanied by the child's mother and a Victim Advocate of the Sheriff's Office.
Colorado is expected to request extradition of Smith to face his charges there. In addition, Newberry County has charged Smith with being a fugitive from justice, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and failure to notify or register as a sex offender. Investigators will be reviewing divorce documents to determine if kidnapping charges will be appropriate. Smith is housed in the Newberry County Detention Center.
"We were offered a miracle six days before Christmas to find that little girl alive and uninjured."
Assisting in the investigation in addition to Newberry County Sheriff and SLED were Saluda County Sheriff, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Highway Patrol, Prosperity Fire Department and Newberry County EMS.
School Board Report (December 15, 2014)
Celebrating Christmas 1860 and 1960
Posted: December 15,
Celebrating Christmas 1860 and 1960was held this past weekend at the Newberry Museum. There were activities for children with crafts from the 1860’s and 1960’s as well as exhibits of vintage Christmas trees, toys (including a train display), and period decorations. Room vignettes depicting 1860 and 1960 showcased the appearance of the celebration of Christmas for their time in history. Using examples of literature, popular publications, cartoons of the day, art, scientific developments, advertising/marketing techniques, and popular music, the display spanned one hundred years to highlight the development and growth of our current holiday traditions.
Eighth Annual Winter Coat Drive
Local Author and International Civil Rights Activist/Actor Working To Make Film A Reality
Posted: December 6,
Click on right to donate towards
Local author and Challenge 4 Change Initiative Leader, Terrence Gallman, has sparked interest nationally and worldwide too, with his latest book, There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong. The book was transformed to a play, adopted for film.
Interest spurred by
International Civil and Human Rights Activist and actor, Vincent "Vinny" Coyle ("GAME OF THRONES," "THE KEENING," "RELEASE," "BLOODY SUNDAY," and "SOME HANDLIN") has helped promote the play to film-level status, and others are also excited for the cause.
"THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONG" takes us on an epic journey of judicial system awareness, prison life truths, and post release trials and hardships confronted by ex-offenders seeking successful re-orientation and re-entry into the community.
This story tackles the all too well-known challenges that create insurmountable obstacles to a successful re-entry. After serving time for drug conspiracy and becoming overly devastated about not living up to his full potential, Gallman seized the opportunity to reinvent himself while in prison, and was inspired to write There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong after his release in order to spread knowledge and awareness to assist others in making better choices than he did. According to Gallman and Coyle, "Prison sentences do not have to be the end to one's life, but a wake-up call that can propel you towards greatness."
The film, "THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONG," provides a commanding reminder of just how vulnerable we are, and how the raw and explicit experiences of prison life can wreak havoc on families, individuals, relationships, businesses, and our society as a whole.
All groups, churches, and interested parties are asked to assist us by getting the word out to help the project become a reality. We appreciate all donations, no matter how small or large, that will support this great vision that will change many lives and help many families.
County Council Report
Posted: December 4,
Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.
Council approved a purchase requisition by the Newberry County Sheriff's Office for tactical ballistic
vests in the amount of $49,217.05. This is for the critical incident response team and is covered by a
grant. Lieutenant Ben Chapman gave the presentation for the request. The Sheriff's Office will
purchase 18 vests and rifle protection.
Mike Pisano gave a report from the Public Works Department.
In comments from Council Members, Les Hipp mentioned an Economic Development item from
Kiswire. They are beginning Phase II construction which is a $30 million commitment. He said is was
good to see current industries expanding in Newberry County.
Future meetings include:
"On the Move with Margaret" – 12/15/14 @ 9:15 am
Economic Development Committee – 12/15/14 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 12/17/14 @ 7:00 pm
Congratulations To Bulldogs On A Great Season!
Posted: November 30,
The Newberry Bulldogs fought hard on Friday, but fell to Dillon 49-27 in the 2A State Championship at River Bluff High School in Lexington. Stay tuned for complete information on the game on Monday morning on WKDK and WKDK.com.
Fans showed their support by their large attendance at the game, and area businesses showed their support as well. Some of them displayed encouragement on their marquees and signs. Some (shown here by Whitaker Funeral Home) proudly displayed flags in support of the Bulldogs.
Kiswire To Commence Second Phase of Newberry Expansion
Kiswire Inc., a manufacturer of steel cord and bead wire, is commencing the second phase of its Newberry County expansion. This phase, a $30 million investment, is expected to result in 45 new jobs in Newberry, S.C. The first phase of Kiswire Inc. Steel Cord Division, announced in January 2013, represented a $15 million investment and 30 new jobs, which came to fruition when production began at its new manufacturing site in December of last year. Click HERE to see complete report in PDF format.