March Arrests

Sheriff’s Office Make Arrests

  The Saluda County Sher-iff’s Office made several major arrests last week on various charges.
  Bryan Murray has been arrested and charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent with the amount being over $10,000. Investigators determined that Mr. Murray used his position at Tidwell Jewelers, Saluda Store, to carry away items valued at over $10,000 to use for his personal financial gain.
  On Mar. 2, Brian Lee Schlau was charged for Failure to Register with Sheriff for the SC Sex Offender Registry. The subject is a convicted sex offender and failed to register with the Sheriff as he is required to do by law.
  On the  morning of Mar. 1, a vehicle pursuit occurred after a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a blue Dodge truck near the Traffic Circle. The subject vehicle fled and a vehicle pursuit began on Columbia Highway traveling towards the Town of Saluda. The vehicle was stopped on the 2400 block of Columbia Highway.   James Childers was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Failure to stop for Blue Lights, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Marijuana.
  On Mar. 4,  while out on patrol, a supervisor observed a vehicle speeding on the roadway. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was identified as Cody Delmore. After further investigation, it was determined that Mr. Delmore had a suspended drivers license. The arresting deputy found a quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Mr. Delmore has been arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving Under Suspension.
  Sheriff Price is proud of the proactive work of the men and women of the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office, and will continue to attack the dangerous drug problems in Saluda County.

Hunter Hopkins Accepted
In Clemson LIFE program  

  Saluda High School student Hunter Hopkins has been accepted into the Clemson University LIFE program.
  “Clemson LIFE is a program offered at Clemson university which allows students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to have a college experience of their very own, learn skills for self sufficiency and self efficacy, and in fact, train them to become employable,” Saluda High School Director of Guidance, Dr. Bryan Vacchio said.
  “They only allow 12 per year, but this year, they actually only invited seven to be in the program for this year... seven individuals, and they received applications from across the country.”
  “Hunter has been an excellent student throughout his entire school experience in Saluda County, and he is certainly an individual around which many rally. In my humble opinion, it is absolutely awesome to see an entire county of people come together to congratulate and offer well wishes to Hunter for this accomplishment.”
  When Hunter and his parents visited my office last year for Hunter’s 11th grade IGP conference, I was told that the goal was for Hunter to be admitted to the Clemson LIFE program. It was in the that same exact moment when I became quite fearful at the thought of having to give disappointing news to this sweet family at some point this year.
  “The reason behind the fear was simple. Clemson LIFE invites 12 students per year. 12. That’s all, and they’re not just looking at high school seniors. Anyone across the globe between the ages of 18 and 26 with an intellectual disability is eligible to apply. The chances of being accepted are minuscule, but I certainly wasn’t going to let this family in on my fears.
  “At this year’s conference, we cracked open the application for the first time, a 33-page paper application, with a need for several academic reports, three letters of recommendation and a follow-up Zoom interview. Hunter and his parents were able to knock it all out by the December 15th deadline. They even showed at SHS’s FAFSA completion night, in case the almost improbable was to come to fruition.”
  “On Feb. 22, Hunter‘s mom texted me to check Facebook, and the almost improbable had come true. Hunter Hopkins was accepted to the Clemson LIFE program. Words can’t describe how happy I am for Hunter and his parents for being able to realize this almost lifelong dream.”
  Hunter is the son of Kim and George Hopkins. He’s the grandson of Eilleen Quattlebaum and the late Mac Quattlebaum and the late George and Betty Hopkins, all of Saluda.