“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Charges Son In Attempted Murder Of His Mother”

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 8:30pm last night of an incident where a Pickens man attempted to shoot his mother as she drove down the driveway of their residence.

The Sheriff’s Office interviewed the victim who was able to drive away from her son following the shooting and notify the Sheriff’s Office after she drove to a safe haven to call authorities.

The investigation revealed that the victim’s son had earlier left walking down the driveway of the residence located at #909 Sliding Rock Rd in Pickens after arming himself with a sawed off shotgun.

The man’s mother became concerned that the son might harm himself so she proceeded to look for him and eventually located him a short distance from the residence on foot.

As the mother attempted to calm her son down, he threatened her and as she drove off the son fired a single shotgun blast into the rear windshield of the vehicle.

The victim was not struck by the pellets which lodged in the back of the driver’s side seat and headrest; however, she did receive injuries from the shattered glass.

This morning at approximately 10:30am, members from the Pickens County Special Weapons and Tactics Team located David James Dodds (34yoa) inside the residence on Sliding Rock Rd.

After numerous unsuccessful attempts to persuade Dodds to surrender, forced entry to the home was made and Mr. Dodds was taken into custody without any further incident.  No other occupants were inside the residence at the time of the arrest.

A sawed off shotgun believed to be used in the shooting was recovered from the home.

David J. Dodds is currently being detained within the Pickens County Detention Facility where he has yet to be arraigned on the following charges:


Charge:                                             Warrant:                  Bond:             Arrest Date:

Attempted Murder                  2015A3910500286       Pending       06-29-15

Possession of a Weapon        2015A3910500287        Pending       06-29-15

during a Violent Crime

Discharging a Firearm into   2015A3910500289        Pending       06-29-15

a Vehicle

Unlawful Possession of a       2015A3910500290        Pending       06-29-15

Sawed-Off Shotgun




“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Assist With Investigation Of Deceased Hiker”


The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to Table Rock State Park on Sunday, June 28, 2015, to assist other emergency response agencies following the report of a fallen hiker at approximately 3:45pm.

The male hiker (16yoa) was accompanied by a female (16yoa) as they proceeded up the mountain on one of the trails leading to Mill Creek Falls.

The witness stated that the victim was attempting to refill water bottles when he lost his footing and fell off of a waterfall located almost three miles from the trailhead in the park.  The victim is believed to have fallen in excess of fifty feet.

Emergency crews located the victim and transported him back down the mountain by foot where he was pronounced deceased.

The Sheriff’s Office has interviewed the witness and the investigation is still ongoing pending the final results of the autopsy.  Preliminary investigation has not produced any signs of foul play and the incident appears to be an accident absent the discovery of any new information.

Please direct inquiries concerning the identity of the victim to the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.

“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest In Crime Spree”


Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Cracks Investigation into Crime Spree Involving Two Pickens Men and a Female Accomplice


The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three individuals responsible for a short crime spree occurring from June 7th to June 12, 2015.  Numerous charges have been filed stemming from these thefts.

Several cases involving burglaries, stolen vehicles and incidents of malicious damage were reported to the Sheriff’s Office and the investigation into those incidents has resulted in the identification of three individuals with varying degrees of involvement.

Summary of Incidents:

  • Masters Grocery located at 3949 Moorefield Memorial Hwy

(Busted out glass door on 06-07-15)

  • Residence located at 169 Skyland Dr.

(Burglarized and stole property on 06-07-15)

  • Hagood Mill located at 138 Hagood Mill Rd.

(Van stolen on 06-07-15)

  • Midway Church located at 1200 Midway Rd.

(Van stolen on 06-08-15)

  • Golden Creek Baptist Church located at 477 Golden Creek Rd.

(Broke into church van and destroyed steering column in attempt to steal on 06-08-15 )

  • New Hope Church located at 108 New Hope Rd.

(Vehicle stolen from parking lot on 06-11-15)

  • Residence located at 408 Winmont Rd.

(Broke into outbuilding and stole property on 06-12-15)


Michael David Hardison (25yoa) was arrested on June 16, 2015, at a residence in Liberty without any confrontation and charged with the following offenses:

Charge:                                             Warrant:                  Bond:             Arrest Date:

Malicious Damage                    2015A3910300225      $1000.00          06-16-15

Burglary 2nd Degree                  2015A3910300236      $7000.00          06-16-15

Simple Larceny                          2015A3910300237      $1000.00          06-16-15

Grand Larceny                           2015A3910300238      $3,000.00         06-16-15

Grand Larceny                           2015A3910300239      $5000.00          06-16-15

Burglary 3rd Degree                   2015A3910300240      $5000.00         06-16-15

Simple Larceny                           2015A3910300241      $1000.00         06-16-15

Breaking into Motor Vehicle    2015A3910300242      $2000.00         06-16-15

Family Court Bench Warrant   Order from FC            $5283.97        06-16-15

Probation Violation                   Prob & Parole               $5000.00        06-16-15


Hardison is currently being detained within the Pickens County Detention Facility with a total bond in excess of $35,000.00.


Matthew Joseph Kelley (27yoa) turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office today and has been charged with the following for his involvement during some of the incidents:


Charge:                                             Warrant:                  Bond:             Arrest Date:

Grand Larceny                           2015A3910300228      Pending          06-25-15

Burglary 2nd Degree                  2015A3910300230      Pending          06-25-15

Simple Larceny                          2015A3910300231      Pending          06-25-15

Grand Larceny                           2015A3910300232      Pending          06-25-15

Grand Larceny                          2015A3910300233       Pending          06-25-15


Kelley is currently detained within the Pickens County Detention Facility awaiting to be arraigned on charges. 


Jessica Ann Gillenwater (28yoa) also turned herself in to the Sheriff’s Office on today’s date where she is being detained pending arraignment on three charges listed below.


Charge:                                             Warrant:                  Bond:             Arrest Date:

Grand Larceny                        2015A3910300229      Pending           06-25-15

Burglary 2nd Degree               2015A3910300234      Pending           06-25-15

Simple Larceny                       2015A3910300235      Pending           06-25-15











“Arrested For Criminal Sexual Conduct”

Richard Dale Nelson   PCSO Letterhead Internet web


Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Pickens Man for Criminal Sexual Conduct Involving a Minor Child


On May 8, 2015, the Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into information received from the Department of Social Services regarding alleged sexual misconduct that had occurred several years ago.


The investigation revealed that between August of 2012 and June of 2013, Richard Dale Nelson did commit unlawful sexual behavior on a female victim who was 7 to 8 years of age at the time of the event.  The incident occurred at a residence in Easley.


The victim in this investigation was determined to be unrelated to Mr. Nelson who was a friend of the victim’s family.


Richard Dale Nelson (40yoa) was arrested late last night at his residence and charged with the following offense after having bond set at $7500.00:


Charge:                                             Warrant:                  Bond:             Arrest Date:

Criminal Sexual Conduct         2015A3910500213      $7500.00         06-24-15

with a Minor 3rd Degree



The Sheriff of Pickens County, in conjunction with the provisions identified in SC Department of Corrections Regulation 33-1 and South Carolina Code of Laws Section 24-7-155, has designated the following items as contraband within the Pickens County Detention Facility:

Regulation 33-1

  1. Any item which was not issued to the inmate officially or which cannot be purchased by him or her from the jail canteen.
  2. Weapons, any and all firearms, knives of any kind and all descriptions, clubs, billies or any other article that may be used for offense or defense.
  3. Drugs of any description and particularly barbiturates, narcotics, medicines and poison.
  4. Any and all types of alcoholic drinks and any liquid containing alcohol.
  5. Keys and locks.
  6. Tools of any description not approved for issue to inmates by the Facility Manager
  7. Money in any denomination or amount not submitted through the inmate treasurer.

Additional items deemed as contraband by the Pickens County Sheriff under SC Law 24-7-155 include the following:

  • Food items from outside the facility
  • Glass or metal containers
  • Chewing gum
  • Tobacco products of any kind
  • Pornographic material
  • Pick combs
  • Lighters or matches of any type
  • Aftershave or cologne
  • Aerosol containers
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Any item, even if issued, when used in a manner for which it was not designed or has been altered in any manner.

Notice is hereby served on all inmates and their visitors and any other person that the provisions of 24-7-55, SC Code 1976 will be enforced; and all persons are urged to observe the law and refrain from violating this section.

SECTION 24-7-155

Furnishing or possessing contraband in county, municipal, or multijurisdictional jail, prison camp, work camp, or overnight lockup facility prohibited; penalty.

It is unlawful for a person to furnish or attempt to furnish a prisoner in any county, municipal, or multijurisdictional jail, prison camp, work camp, or overnight lockup facility with a matter declared to be contraband. It is unlawful for an inmate of a facility to possess a matter declared to be contraband. Matters considered contraband within the meaning of this section are those which are designated as contraband and published by the Department of Corrections as Regulation 33-1 of the Department of Corrections and this regulation must be displayed in a conspicuous place available and visible to visitors and inmates at the facility. The facility manager of a local detention facility, with the approval of the sheriff or chief administrative officer as appropriate, may designate additional items as contraband. Notice of the additional items must be displayed with Regulation 33-1.

A person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

Church Security



Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Stresses Importance of Safety and Security Awareness for Local Churches

For Immediate Release 


Creed W. Hashe, Chief Deputy

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office

(864) 898-5501 


The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office launched an initiative in 2008 focused on providing safety and security awareness for local churches within Pickens County.

Since that time, the Sheriff’s Office has continued to provide that service to local clergy and their congregations in hopes that a proactive approach to the potential for crime and violence within our sanctuaries would serve to deter an act of violence before it occurs.

Since 2008, there has been substantial growth in the communities throughout Pickens County and numerous churches have experienced new membership as families have expanded and moved into the area.

Sheriff Clark stated…

“In light of the tragic event that resulted in the devastating loss of life in Charleston, I want to reassure our citizens that we listen daily for any information that may be indicative of a potential problem that may lead to violence specifically within our churches.  We have continued to embrace the program, started under former Sheriff David Stone, and will continue to educate all persons so that together we can identify and react to those that prey on innocent victims as they practice their faith”.


The program offered by the Sheriff’s Office goes far beyond the obvious concerns for church shootings.  Deterrence of theft, vandalism, domestic altercations, child safety and site security are additional topics discussed during the session for church staff.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone that would like more information into the program to please contact Captain Gary Parsons at (864) 898-5503.


“Use of Force Simulator”

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a grant to purchase a “Use of Force Simulator”. This system will be used to train officers on how to better respond to volatile situations, how to subdue violators with proper force, and keep our officers safe.

Below is a potential vendor’s website so you can see how this can improve our training.

Thank you,
Sheriff Rick Clark

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“Prevent Heat Related Injury”

As the temperatures continue to rise, it is important to take precautions to prevent heat related injury or illness: * Wear light, loose clothing if you must be outside. * Take frequent shade breaks. * Drink plenty of fluids. * Never leave children in a vehicle. * Never leave pets in a vehicle. * Make sure outdoor pets and livestock have unlimited access to fresh, clean water. * Please check on relatives, the elderly or families/individuals you know of who may not have air conditioning. * If you or someone you know starts to have signs of a heat related illness, dial 911 immediately. * Symptoms of possible heat related illnesses are: fever (temperature above 104 degrees); irrational behavior; extreme confusion; dry and hot, red skin; rapid, shallow breathing; rapid, weak pulse; seizures, unconsciousness.

We hope you all have a safe, happy and healthy summer!

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