Reader Question: What the Hell is Going on in Simpsonville?

Now that Simpsonville has fired the police chief they just hired, a decision that happened after the cops made several overt shows of support for the new chief, people are asking what’s going on over there.

I personally don’t know and I don’t spend much time in Simposnville. Over the years I’ve heard there were some minor problems with the cops though many complaints I’ve heard were fairly petty. It is odd that the department can’t even keep their website up though. What I know about the crime scene in Simpsonville is that there is a lot of meth cooking (same here in Mauldin) and there’s plenty of petty theft which is probably related to the meth cooking. Otherwise though it’s a really nice, laid back town.

The local pols are not exactly trustworthy I hear. The city councilman who started the wheels working to fire the new chief was Matthew Gooch, the jackbooted fascist who helped orchestrate the smoking ban in bars (because cigarettes are worse for you than Jack Daniels I suppose) and was quoted in reports saying “”This is not a smoking ban in Simpsonville,” said Councilman Matthew Gooch. “You still have a right to smoke, but we’re just regulating where you can smoke.”

As they say I’m sure that sounded better in the original German. It should be noted that even though he made that asinine statement he voted against the ban – knowing that the measure would pass so he got to have his cake and eat it too on this one.

Since the city counsel isn’t even bothering to make up a reason for the firing we can all assume it’s personal animosity and connection. The ex- new chief, Keith Grounsell, made a big splash talking about improving police performance and rooting out corruption. Maybe some of the council, who have business interests in fields notorious for corruption, graft and mob connections, are scared of what Grounsell would have found out.

Maybe a certain councilman who, I don’t know, builds houses is using his position and connections with certain people in various local positions to enrich himself in a way that is borderline in terms of legality. Maybe this same person uses law enforcement to run some businesses out of town so that his developer partners can cheaply move in by helping pass laws that cut those businesses revenues. But what do I know it’s not like crime bloggers have contacts, right?

Maybe it’s something small, like Grounsell not wanting to waste resources sending cops out to night clubs to make sure there’s no smoking when people are COOKING METH in the town. Or maybe some career do-nothing was upset that she was passed over for the job so she used his personal connections with the council to get this guy fired out of spite. And maybe those connections are very, very personal.  Like I said, I don’t know.

The firing happened in a closed door meeting so don’t expect to see those minutes appear anytime soon. I also assume Grounsell has a non-disclosure agreement so he’s probably going to be muzzled. I’ll do a little more digging and see if I can find more. But the letter a bunch of the police sent recently describing their unhappiness with the assistant Chief, Collen O’Neil, can be read here. You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out what’s going on here.

Link Round Up 12/27/12 – Officer Punched, Thugs Gunned Down and Student Proves Turtles are Persecuted!

Looks like the world didn’t end after all. So back to the grindstone.

Kadarius Rogers was stopped for having the wrong tags on his vehicle and since he used his car to deal weed he did what any sane person looking to not get arrested would do. He punched the cop in the face. I assume he never heard of trying to bribe people.

Two thugs walked into Precision Automotive looking to rob the place. Only one walked out. Welcome to Thunderdome scumbags. The survivor, one Ernest Dean Dennis,Jr, was arrested and is sitting in jail. The thugs were shot by an employee packing heat proving once again that you should own a gun.

A Clemson student doing a project on box turtle fatalities while crossing streets (?) used a rubber mock up to see driver reactions to seeing an animal. At least seven people went out of their way to run the fake turtle over and several others seemed to try. These are your neighbors people, buy a gun.

Sonny Neal and Braylon Oneal were arrested for a October burglary.

The Mauldin Patch has a blotter report for last night. No names or anything since that would be considered reporting and they just don’t do that there.

Shirley Rogers is back in jail (why she was out I’ll never know) for renting a U-Haul and keeping it illegally for a week. No one knows exactly what she was doing with the truck but I have a suspicion it rhymes with committing crimes.

South Carolina is offering two free hunting days on January 4th and 5th of 2013. No permits will be required of hunters but bag limits remain.

Word on the Street: People Buying More than Just Food with Food Stamps

Surprise! There are some stores in the county that, according to some, will let people use their EBT cards (I think they’re called SNAP here) to buy booze and smokes but the real action are people selling their benefits or sometimes selling the food they get for the old standbys of sex, drugs and cash. Sites like Craigslist and Backpage are policing those ads but they are cropping up. I also understand that some drug dealers will accept benefits – at a lesser rate than cash of course.

I’m not sure how that works. Maybe they have card swipers? Mobile e-card readers like the PayAnywhere PAR-1 Mobile Card Reader make this sort of fraud much easier and the device itself can be purchased on Amazon for $10. Last year there was an article out of New England where people were caught selling the actual cards for cash.  I’m pretty sure that’s the kind of thing is more common here. Apparently if you “lose” your cards in many states the taxpayers foot the bill for a new one so there’s no incentive to keep hold of them.

On the other hand escorts and other people who conduct “business” by phone are probably aware of technological advances that make their business easier.

Anyone think drug testing welfare recipients might make a dent in this? Nah that’s crazy Tea Party talk.

You can check the official South Carolina website and see that booze, smokes and hookers are not approved items to buy. JP Morgan handles the processing though and they’re known for tolerating fraud. I suppose that if you really cared about this you could report stores and people defrauding the government – but it’s a long process where you need to provide the evidence. So unless you can grab a receipt from the liquor store where you saw the fraud it’s pretty pointless. Huzzah for the system! The welfare state is working so well there’s a song about it:

Patrick Tranter Likes to Pimp Out Little Girls

Allegedly.

A few days ago 20-year-old Patrick Tranter of Greer was caught in a prostitution sting where he was caught pimping out three underage girls. One of the girls was only 13-year-old.

From Fox Carolina:

Police said they performed the undercover investigation at a local business Friday where they arrested 20-year-old Patrick Tranter and found three minor-aged girls, two of whom were charged with prostitution. The two charged were 13-year-old and 16-year-old girls.

According to Tranter’s arrest warrants, the girls told police that Tranter helped them set up a website to promote them as prostitutes and also helped them work.

Tranter was also found waiting in the parking lot where the girls were arrested, police said.

I waited a couple of days to see more info come out but it seems like not a lot is forthcoming - especially from a  local media that claims a man pimping out children is “helping” the children prostitute. But I’ve heard that the girls were using sites like Backpage and the sting was in a motel. I hear that Tranter actually comes from a pretty good family but they can’t be that good since he was pimping out children to perverts.

Bad Parents, Bad Teachers and Facebook Pedophile Rampage

A parent volunteering at a elementary school where Governor Niki Haley was going to appear (to talk about the dangers of bullying, ironically  was arrested after she told people she planned on murdering the Governor. Via WSPA:

It should come as no surprise that comments by liberals on sites posting the news are claiming that threatening to kill someone is free speech. Here’s a gem from Mary Holder:

Is the no freedom of speech anymore? I would like to hurt several people but that does make me guilty until proven innocent. Good grief. I don’t think this lady was going to harm Governor Haley at an Elementary school. What has this work gotten to be? The informant is just a right wing liberal soccer mom. lmbo!

A 26-year-old college student studying to be a teacher has been arrested after trying to solicit sex from a 15-year-old girl.

Facebook took down a page dedicated to informing parents of the whereabouts of sex offenders at the request of a violent pedophile who claimed the page was going to “vilify” him.

Despite a spike in violent crime in Greenville County authorities have time to crack down on loud car stereos.

The dead couple found in Traveler’s Rest have had their deaths ruled “not suspicious” but police say the deaths were not natural. I assume that means it’s a suicide or some sort of accidental poisoning.

A stand-off with SWAT in Simpsonville ended peacefully. I’m told the man in question got swept up in a drug raid.

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