“Pickens County Detention Officer Wins Bert Friday Award”





James Capps began his career at the Pickens County Detention Center in February of 2015. James is an excellent employee who has voluntarily taken on extra assignments such as overseeing the Trusty Program and assisting with the Weekender Program. The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate James Capps on winning the Bert Friday Award from the SC Criminal Justice Academy. We are very proud of him! 

We would also like to congratulate Detention Officers Carrie Nowaczck and James Hardy on their graduation from the SC Criminal Justice Academy.  


SC Criminal Justice Academy Basic Detention BERT FRIDAY AWARD


This award is named after G.S. Bert Friday who left a legacy of a long and illustrious law enforcement and corrections career as a patrolman with the City of Columbia and rose to the rank of Captain in 1954. 

In 1962, G.S. Bert Friday joined the SC Department of Corrections as Deputy Warden. The Jail and Prison Inspection Division of the Department of Corrections was established in 1967 with Friday organizing and implementing the statewide inspection program. He helped lay the foundation for a successful cooperative effort among state agencies and departments that still exists today.  

This award is given to the student who obtains the highest overall academic average, including successful completion of all performance tests.


“Defendant Waives Bond Hearing in Pickens Murder Case”

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Defendant Waives Bond Hearing in Pickens Murder Case 

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has just received notice from the Pickens County Magistrate’s Office that the Bond Hearing scheduled this afternoon for Kasey Clayton Waldrop has been waived at the request of the Public Defender’s Office.

Waldrop charged with the Murder of Reza Farah Khan will be transported back to Greenville County where he will remain in custody pending his release for Greenville charges.

A Detainer will require Greenville authorities to notify Pickens County once Mr. Waldrop is clear for release on the Greenville charges. He will then be transported at that time to Pickens County where he will remain in custody to answer to the charge of Murder.


“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Conducts Investigation into Deceased Woman Found at Saluda Lake”

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Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Conducts Investigation into Deceased Woman Found at Saluda Lake 

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a deceased adult female found this morning at a public boat ramp off of Buckskin Rd at Saluda Lake.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene shortly before 9:00am after a call was received in the 911 Communications Center regarding a female that appeared to be injured or perhaps dead on a public dock located at the boat ramp (#322 Buckskin Rd). The caller was one of two men that had gone to the lake to go fishing for the day.

Deputies located an adult black female on the dock that was deceased at the scene with severe trauma to the head. No witnesses to the incident have been identified or located at this time and initial observation of the victim at the scene leads Detectives to believe that the wound is characteristic of a gunshot wound.  No weapon has been recovered at the time of this release.

An autopsy will be performed on the victim at the Coroner’s request to confirm the manner and cause of death.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.