This morning, at approximately 8:55am, on-site personnel observed smoke near a room designated for laundry services located at the rear of the facility.
The Pickens City Fire Department was requested and responded with numerous other county responders at which time the fire was extinguished. The fire was contained to the laundry service area and never posed a threat to the inmate population.
No injuries were sustained during the brief incident. Reports of inmate evacuation are unfounded and at no time were any inmates removed from the facility.
Preliminary investigation by the fire service indicates that the fire was mechanical in nature and is believed to have started inside the drum of a dryer.
Estimated damages are unknown at this time but the utility machines used for washing and drying are expected to be replaced.
Routine damages to the area that are commonly seen in the course of fire suppression will also require further inspection and repair.
No further information is available at this time.
Sheriff Rick Clark hosted a news conference this morning for all media outlets regarding the culmination of an 8 ½ month, undercover drug operation from May of 2017 to this month. A total of 37 charges are being brought against 13 individuals targeted as mid to upper level methamphetamine distributors.
Sheriff Clark stated …
“It is very important to emphasize to our communities that these subjects are not just “users” of illicit drugs but that they have been identified as being involved at a higher level in the structure that feeds the meth epidemic that unfortunately over time has taken a foothold in Pickens County. These individuals are believed to be some of the primary providers of methamphetamine to our citizens that have been absorbed into a life of drugs”.
Media Release 1-19-2018 (Charges)
Brandi Nicole O’Bryant
Darrin Fitzgerald Rice – SCDC
Joshua Dalton Kelly – SCDC
William Lee Pressley – SCDC
Person of Interest
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the theft of a 1997 Chevrolet 1500 truck (gold in color) from Durham’s Service Station located on South Main St in Six Mile. The vehicle displayed a South Carolina license tag of FRG324 at the time of the theft.
The incident occurred on Thursday, January 11th, at approximately 7:15am when the owner of the stolen truck went inside the store leaving the vehicle unsecured with the engine running.
An adult w/m entered the victim’s vehicle before the owner exited the store and drove away in the truck. Surveillance cameras captured an image of a second unknown male seen in the attached photo that was driving a second vehicle occupied by the thief moments before he stole the victim’s truck.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s help in identifying the “person of interest” in the attached image.
Anyone with information as to the identity of the man seen in the photo or the whereabouts of the stolen vehicle is asked to please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.