Sheriff’s Office Arrests Multiple Subjects Involved In
Larcenies, Burglaries Throughout Midlands, Upstate
  The Saluda County Sheriff’s Office along with investigators and deputies from eight other counties apprehended suspects that have been involved with multiple burglaries throughout the state.
  Saluda County Sheriff’s Office became involved on October 6, 2014, when deputies learned of two burglaries that occurred during the daytime hours in Saluda County. One Burglary occurred on the 1300 Block of Greenwood Hwy. and the other incident occurring in the 1200 Block of Chappells Hwy.
  Deputies responded to the scene and gathered as much information and evidence as possible. Investigators quickly learned of incidents with similarities that occurred in other counties. Sheriff John Perry utilized each of his on-duty deputies to begin looking for a vehicle matching the description that was seen at one of the residences.
  On Monday, October 13, investigators with the  Sheriff’s Department traveled to Greenwood County to meet with investigators from multiple counties and agencies to piece together any and all information that had been gathered.
  The following day on October 14, investigators with Saluda and Greenwood Counties developed a suspect from Laurens County. When Laurens County deputies were notified, they proceeded to the suspect’s residence and several persons fled, starting a manhunt.
  One suspect, Clifford Murrell Pierce (age 25) of Laurens, was apprehended shortly after the manhunt began. SLED Bloodhounds and investigators with Saluda, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, Spartanburg and Union counties also joined in the search for the remaining suspects.
  At approximately 9:00 pm, a second suspect, Jeffery Tyler Wilson (age 21) of Laurens, was also apprehended. The search to locate the third suspect continued well into the night to no avail. Investigators, however, were able to identify the missing suspect as Jose Ariel Rivera, Jr. (age 25) of Gray Court. Rivera is wanted by multiple agencies and warrants have been obtained for his arrest.
  Investigators with Saluda County returned to Laurens on October 15, 2014 in attempts to identify and locate as much of the stolen property as possible, along with the third suspect. One suspect, Wilson, has admitted to his involvement in the incidents from Saluda County but investigators have had limited success in the recovery of the victim’s stolen property. It is estimated that the suspects have been involved in at least 25 burglaries in eight different counties.
  Sheriff Perry states that this was a cooperative effort and would like to thank the victims and the citizens of Saluda County for their assistance in bringing such closure to this case. He would also like to thank his Deputies and the Saluda Police Department for their diligence and persistence in searching for and gaining information in connection with the incident.
  “Without the help of the public and the use of technology, this case would not have come to the resolution it did,” Sheriff Perry stated. “I ask everyone to continue to look out for their neighbors, family and friends and to always report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office. One small piece of information may be the solving factor in any case.”

  Between the dates of October 6 and October 14, there were numerous burglaries and thefts on Butler Road in Saluda County.
  The suspects stole various items from multiple homes including trailers, power tools, and household furniture. While canvassing the neighborhood and speaking with neighbors, Deputies were able to locate some of the items matching the description of items that were stolen. The home owner where the stolen property was located advised Deputies that he purchased the items from Harry Edward Yoder.
  Deputies learned that the purchase took place at a storage building near the Saluda Stockyard. Upon investigation, Yoder admitted his involvement and assisted deputies in locating various items that were also stolen.
  Deputies were able to recover approximately $5,000.00 worth of stolen property. Charges have been brought against Yoder for possession of stolen property, burglary and larceny.
  During patrol on October 17, 2014, Deputies with Saluda County located a white Ford Expedition parked on a dirt road. Deputies observed suspicious behavior from the driver of the vehicle who was later identified as Christopher Travis Ussery.
  Ussery was outside of the vehicle with a tool that Deputies have found to be a common instrument in recent burglaries. Upon the Deputy’s approach, Ussery returned to the vehicle and began to tighten lug nuts, stating that he thought his tire was about to fall off.
  After speaking with Ussery and the passenger of the vehicle, Shaina Moore, Deputies began to notice inconsistencies in their stories. Deputies inquired if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and Moore stated that she had an open container of alcohol.
  When asked for his name, Ussery produced a false name and date of birth. Upon a search, Deputies located identification belonging and identifying the driver. He admitting to producing false information and Ussery and Moore were arrested. Ussery has been charged with giving false information to police.
  Both Ussery and Moore were charged with various traffic offenses. Ussery also has outstanding warrants in multiple counties for larcenies. He will remain in Saluda County Detention Center until arrangements are made for him to be transported to the other counties to address those warrants.
Ridge Spring Harvest
This Weekend 
The 33rd annual Ridge Spring Harvest Festival is just around the corner. We would like you to join us for some great fun filled days.
  October 23rd: will be Bingo Night at the Civic Center. Concessions will start at 6:00 and Games will start at 7:00 lots of great prizes have been donated from business all around the Ridge Region. We want to thank our sponsor Gentry Poultry Company for supporting this fun filled Night.
  October 24th: we will be having our Cake and Pie Contest at the Fire Department and a Gospel Show Case at the Gazebo. Cake and Pie Contest starts at 6:00. We welcome your entries. All entries need to be at the fire department by 5:00. Gospel Show Case will start at 7:00. Come on out and support the Ridge Spring community.
  October 25: Festival Day begins Parade Starts at 9:30. Everyone in the parade need to be there at 8:30.  All other events and activities start promptly after the Parade approximately 11:00.
  All entry forms for the festival can be found at http://www.friendsof


Marching Tigers Third In
Lower State Championship
The Saluda High School Marching Tiger Band finished third in the AA Lower State Championship held Sat., Oct. 18, in Charleston. Eighteen bands competed for the championship. The Marching Tigers were one point out of second place, and finished behind Pelion and Swansea. The SHS band will march at 2:15 p.m. for the state championship Saturday at Spring Valley High School in Columbia. Pictured above are the band seniors with the third place trophy. Come out at 10:30 a.m Saturday to cheer the band on as they depart from the SHS parking lot! (Photo by Donnie Drake)