Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Former Liberty High School principal Randy Gilstrap and bookkeeper Beua Denard face several charges each, including embezzlement, following April 2011 arrests.
Two former Liberty High School employees charged with several financial crimes have applied for pretrial intervention. In April of 2011, former LHS principal Randy Gilstrap and bookkeeper Beua Denard were arrested on several charges related to misuse of funds. The arrests came after an initial school district investigation. District officials placed Gilstrap on administrative in February 2011. District officials then requested the Liberty Police Department investigate. Liberty Police asked the State Law Enforcement Division to step in. Gilstrap was charged with embezzlement of public funds, breach of trust and financial transaction card fraud. SLED warrants alleged that Gilstrap embezzled embezzled more than $10,000 from the School …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Police say Anderson man charged after weapon discovered in vehicle.
An Anderson man is facing a felony charged after a weapon was found in his car on the campus of Clemson University. Brandon Tyler Lowe, 19, of 102 Olive Branch Road, Anderson is charged with one count of carrying or displaying firearms in public buildings or adjacent areas. The incident occurred on March 5, while Lowe's car was parking in an employee lot on Centennial Boulevard on campus. Lowe could be facing up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. The Clemson Police Department requested that the State Law Enforcement Division conduct the investigation into the incident.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Prosecutors allege Don Kinsela set the fire that killed his wife Cheryl in 2010.
The trial of an Easley man charged with murder and arson in connection with the 2010 death of his wife is set to begin Monday morning. Don Kinsela was arrested January 18, 2011, six months after the fire that killed his wife, Cheryl Kinsela. He is accused of killing Cheryl Kinsela by setting a storage building on fire while she was inside. On July 3, 2010, police and firefighters responded to a call at the Kinsela’s 131 Beverly Drive residence. An Easley police officer said that when he arrived at the residence, he saw thick smoke pouring from a workshop at the home. Don Kinsela was found lying outside the workshop with a garden hose, according to police. Don Kinsela told the officer his wife was still inside. The police officer said …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
SLED investigating death.
ANDERSON COUNTY, SC -- A local toddler is dead after he shot himself in the head with a deputy's gun. The Greenville News is reporting an Anderson County deputy who lives in the home had left his gun on a bedroom counter before leaving the home to run errands. Two-year-old Josiah Tate found the gun and was playing with it when it went off, killing him, according to Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown. The State Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate. According to Kids Health, young children possess the finger strength needed to pull the trigger on a firearm. Kids Health recommends that guns be kept locked and unloaded, and the ammunition should be stored separately. Hiding a gun is not enough. Guns and ammo both…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
SLED arrests former employee after more than 228,000 Medicaid records transferred to personal email account.
Updated: A former Department of Health and Human Services employee was arrested Thursday for allegedly transferring the personal information of more than 228,000 state Medicaid recipients to his personal email, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. Christopher Lykes, 36, of Swansea, was charged with five counts of Medically Indigent Act confidentiality violations and one count of disclosure of confidential information. Lykes was booked at the Richland County Detention Center and his bond was set at $100,000. On April 10, DHHS discovered the breach and contacted SLED. The next day SLED agents seized Lykes work and personal computer. Lykes allegedly collected names, phone numbers, addresses, birth dates and Medicaid ID numbers of …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
End of illegal video poker machines a top priority for State Law Enforcement Division head
The State newspaper in Columbia reported on Tuesday that Mark Keel, chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, is working on a plan to stop the illegal use of video poker machines in convenience stores and elsewhere. The use of video poker machines was banned statewide beginning in 2000. Then it was said the unregulated and untaxed games were the state's biggest industry, bringing in $3 billion a year. No details about the specifics of the plan were given Tuesday.