“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Asks for Public’s Help in Identifying Thief “



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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the theft of a package from the front porch of a residence on Edgewood Rd in Easley that occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

A home security system captured the incident on video and the Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the male subject seen driving onto the victim’s property in a white van and stealing the package that had been delivered by the Postal Service earlier that day.

Anyone with information as to the identity of the subject in the photos is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

Please see the attached three images of the suspect and an additional image of the vehicle he was occupying when the incident occurred.



“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Locates Missing Man from Central”

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Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Locates Missing Man from Central  

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has located a Central man previously reported missing after having been last seen on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

Arthur Delane Kelly (39yoa) was located today in Easley and is currently being treated for a pre-existing health condition.

No evidence or information indicating that any signs of foul play have been discovered during the investigation into Mr. Kelly’s disappearance.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all media sources as well as the public for their assistance in this case.


“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Asks for Public’s Help in Locating Central Resident “

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Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Asks for Public’s Help in Locating Central Resident  

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the disappearance of a Central man that has not been seen since Sunday, December 13, 2015.

Arthur Delane Kelly (39yoa) was last seen by a landlord on December 13, 2015, and was last spoken to on the telephone the same date by an acquaintance.

Mr. Kelly is described as a W/M, 6’, approximately 185lbs with balding hair and green eyes. It is unknown whether Mr. Kelly has acquired a vehicle and no information is available concerning what he might be wearing.

The circumstances of Mr. Kelly’s disappearance are unknown at this time but he is under a doctor’s care and does require medication that is to be taken daily. Witnesses state that Mr. Kelly may be suffering from hallucinogenic episodes. No evidence or information of foul play has been discovered by the Sheriff’s Office at this stage in the investigation.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Arthur Delane Kelly is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500. The investigation is currently being conducted by Detectives within the Sheriff’s Office.

An image of Mr. Kelly is attached to this release.


“Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark To Host Church Safety Seminar”

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Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark to Host Church Safety Seminar

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office led by Sheriff Rick Clark will be conducting a Church Safety Seminar on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 6:00pm at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley.

The focus of the seminar which is expected to last approximately two hours is to assist places of worship in evaluating their current procedures and developing plans that will help to protect their congregation from acts of violence.

Topics to be covered are “Safety Action Plans”, “Liability in Today’s World”, “Overall Security”, “Protection of Children”, “Active Shooter Response” and much more.

Sheriff Clark stated…

“We now live in a world where our places of worship are targets for the evil-minded. Churches now have an obligation and duty to protect their congregations and support staff that work with the church. No matter how big or small, places of worship need to be ready to handle any emergency that may arise in their church. I feel that is my duty to assist our churches in that mission and to keep Pickens County safe from those who are out to harm us as we worship.” 

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has sent out in excess of 250 invitations to local churches and their security teams that may be interested in this training. Any member of the public that would also like to attend is welcome.

Rock Springs Baptist Church is located at 201 Rock Springs Rd in Easley, SC across from Wal-Mart on Highway 123.


“Sheriff Clark Would Like To Thank Pickens County For Their Generosity In A Time Of Need”

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I personally want to thank the people of Pickens County for their outpouring of support for the water and animal food drive.  We filled a 16’ trailer, a 10’ trailer and two truck beds full of supplies that was transported to the victims of the floods. 

The people of this county once again showed why this is the best place to live.  Go South Carolina!!! 

Thank you,

Rick Clark




“Missing Pickens County man Found Safe”


Man Previously Reported Missing in Pickens County has Been Located Earlier Today in a Safe Condition  

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has located Billy Mack Richard (69yoa) who was previously reported missing to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office by a family member.

Mr. Richard was located earlier today at a restaurant in Pickens County and was interviewed about the circumstances of his disappearance which occurred on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Detectives have determined that the incident does not involve any foul play and that Mr. Richard had left and not returned to the residence by his own decision.

The Sheriff’s Office extends our appreciation to the media for assisting us with this investigation and also to the public for the information and leads that have been forwarded to our office in the search for Mr. Richard.


“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Partners With Liberty Elementary School”

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Liberty Elementary School to continue collecting dry pet food for animals in need, in the Columbia area! We are extending our collection time until 12 noon on Friday, October 16th. There is a drop-off zone in the lower parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office and in the lobby of the Liberty Elementary School. Thanks to all who have already donated, and to those of you plan to donate!

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Liberty Elementary School

Libby and Dollie Mae are asking for your help! They want to help their friends in the flooded areas of Columbia. Will you help?

“Law Enforcement Veteran Receives Award”

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Law Enforcement Veteran from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Receives Prestigious Recognition

In 1983, the late Senator Strom Thurmond established the Strom Thurmond Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement. These annual awards were to recognize one law enforcement officer from each level of government – city, county, state and federal.

The Strom Thurmond Foundation has continued the tradition of presenting the awards during an awards ceremony hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Foundation.

Captain Chad Brooks, a 26 year veteran of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, was selected and presented the 2015 award for the outstanding law enforcement officer at the county level on Friday, October 2, 2015 in Columbia, SC.

Captain Brooks oversees the Detective Division and is one of only four Division Commanders at the Sheriff’s Office. The bulk of his career has been focused in the area of advanced investigations and more specifically in the field of narcotics.

Captains Brooks was recognized for his level of professionalism, his high standards of excellence and the positive impact that he has had not only in the community that he serves but also to the men and women that he manages on a daily basis.

Through the professional relationships that Captain Brooks has with other jurisdictions at all levels, Pickens County has on many occasions benefited from resources extended to Pickens County during high level investigations at no expense to the local tax payer.

Sheriff Clark stated… 

“Chad Brooks is an invaluable asset to the Sheriff’s Office and Pickens County is fortunate to have him not only at our agency but as a lifelong citizen of our community. His love for our county is seen every day in his commitment and dedication to improve the quality of life for our citizens. The manner in which Captain Brooks conducts his personal and professional life sets a standard by which we all can target as our personal goal for success”.