Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Justin Scott Pritchard, 32 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014  
Franklin Randolf McIntyre, 56 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Ruby, SC
William Howard Gandy cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Hartsville, SC
William F. Pritchard Jr., 60 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 McBee, SC
Steven Christofer King cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Chesterfield, SC
Joseph Carroll Griggs, 39 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Patrick, SC
John David Lewis, 54 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Pageland, SC
Jerry Glenn Burgess, 54 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Eastland, NC
Tony Gullege cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014  
William Wesley Ashley cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014  
John Joe Hughes, 25 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Ware Shoals, SC
Jack Anthony Springer Jr., 34 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Northwood, NC
Terry Blackwell cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Northwood, NC
Edwin Jason Fletcher cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014  
Bobby Gray Key, 76 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 New London, NC

Phillip Windham, 49

cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Lamar, SC
Harmon Ellis Parnell cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Hartsville, SC
Randy Everette Jordan, 51 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Chesterfield, SC
Larry Wayne Ashley, 68 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Honea Path, SC
William Kenneth Gandy Jr., 57 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Society Hill, SC
Larry Dean Gandy, 51 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Society Hill, SC
Alex David Little, 23 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 New London, NC
James Thomas Chandler, 51 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Cassatt, SC
Marcus Lane Doby, 37 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Oakboro, NC
Joshua Adam Davis, 44 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Cheraw, SC
Ted Hancock cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014  
Andrew Kyle Lear cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Ruby, SC
Anthony Justin Eddins, 30 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Morven, NC
Terry Lynn Burgess, 54 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Peachland, NC
James F. Thompson Jr., 44 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Jefferson, SC
Roger Darrell Blalock, 56 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Norwood, NC
Christopher David Ghoens Jr., 33 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Hartsville, SC
Yancy Eugene Springs, 44 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Society Hill, SC
Ronnie Joe Alewine, 32 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Honea Path, SC
Elanda Marie Hughes, 23 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Donald, SC
William Anthony Lear, 28 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Ruby, SC
Terry L. Welder, 63 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Rockwell, NC
Ted Robert Hathcock, 29 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Northwood, NC
Dustin Beasley Couch, 25 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Ware Schoals, SC
Alli Rebecca Davis, 18 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Ware Schoals, SC
Jennifer Lynn Pritchard, 30 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014  
James Williams Thompson, 42 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Salisbury, NC
Derrick Rogers Blalock, 32 cockfighting

McBee, SC

Chesterfield County

April 12, 2014 Norwood, NC
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
Felony

illegal drugs

132 chickens, 12 died criminal forfeiture or pled guilty

 

Deputies charged 46 people in a cockfighting bust on Highway 145 in McBee, SC according to Chesterfield County Sheriff Robert Lee.

Officers seized 132 chickens, Lee said.

Photo courtesy of WPDE-TV The suspects are from all over the state and North Carolina and face cockfighting charges. Lee said they expect to file additional charges against a man considered to be the ringleader. A tip led deputies to the location where chickens were fighting in 2 makeshift rings, according to Lee.

Ten chickens were already dead and Lee said two died in police custody. The surviving chickens will be evaluated and of they're found to be ok, they will be placed up for adoption.

The Chesterfield County Animal Control Division is working with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office in this investigation.

Update 4/20/14:
Chesterfield County Sheriff Robert Lee said additional charges are expected against a man considered to be the ringleader of the blood sport.

The surviving chickens will be evaluated and could be made available for adoption.

Update 4/28/14:
The recent cockfighting bust has many calling on lawmakers to increase penalties on the crime.

Forty-six people were charged with cockfighting, including Justin Pritchard, 32. Deputies say he is the ringleader of the operation.
Officers seized blades, spurs, drugs and nearly $13,000.

The 103 surviving roosters are being housed at an undisclosed location in Chesterfield County. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue out of Charlotte is taking care of the birds. They say dozens of them are injured. "They've all had their waddles, which is on the top of their heads burned off. They had them torn off the bottom here. I think they're starved for a couple of days prior to the fight. They're kept in the dark, so that they're really aggressive when they came out. So, they're hungry and haven't seen the light of day. Then they get the blades strapped around them. They get steroids in them," said Amy Stiner, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

This is the third major cockfighting bust in Chesterfield County in recent years. Deputies say it's not just a problem in their county, but across the state as well.
They're calling on lawmakers to upgrade a Cockfighting charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Representative Deborah Long out of Lancaster and York Counties has introduced a bill to increase penalties. Her bill is presently in the House Judiciary Committee and isn't expected to hit the house floor this legislative session. Long says she will re-file the bill next session, because she feels that something has to be done to put an end to it. "In nature birds are going to fight, alright. But these birds haven't been souped up on drugs and all this other stuff and had the spikes on their legs that they kill each other with. You know, that's a man-made thing, and that's what they're doing," said Rep. Deborah Long (R) Lancaster-York Counties. Some question why cockfighting is even illegal, arguing that it's the oldest sport in the game with no real victims.

Deputies say the 46 people charged in the cockfighting bust will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The investigation is ongoing.

Update 5/5/14:
A judge turned over custody of the 103 roosters to Chesterfield County during a hearing, according to the Fourth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Officials say it's now up to Chesterfield County to determine what will happen to the birds.

About 25 birds died, according to an incident report.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue out of Charlotte is taking care of the birds and hopes the county will allow the roosters to go to a bird sanctuary.

Update 5/22/14:
Each of the 44 people charged were fined $500, plus a $125 restitution fee. That’s a total of $27,500 collected in cockfighting fines.

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office charged the following people in connection with cockfighting:

- Franklin R. McIntyre, 56, of 999 Poplar Road, Ruby.

- William Howard Gandy, 51, of 927 Bumby Road, Hartsville.

- William F. Pritchard Jr., 60, of 2755 Pritchard Horse Farm Road, McBee.

- Steven King, of 1462 Angelus Road, Chesterfield.

- Joseph Griggs, 39, of 3285 Sam Jones Road, Patrick.

- John David Lewis, 54, of 2731 Airport Road, Pageland.

- Jerry Glenn Burgess, 54, of 223 Horne Road, Eastland, NC

- Tony Gullege.

- William Ashley.

- John Joe Hughes, 25, of 6 Sparks Ave., Ware Shoals, SC

- Jack Anthony Springer Jr., 34, of 177978 Porter Hill Road, Norwood, NC

- Terry Blackwell.

- Justin Scott Pritchard, 32, of 2531 Pritchard Road, McBee.

- Edwin Fletcher.

- Bobby Gray Key, 76, 32690 Austin Road, New London, NC

- Phillip Windham, 49, of Bennyhill Road, Lamar.

- Harmon Ellis Parnell, of India Branch Road, Hartsville.

- Randy Jordan, 51, of 616 Rayfield Road, Chesterfield.

- Larry Wayne Ashley, 68, of 5635 Keowee Road, Honea Path, SC

- William Kenneth Gandy Jr., 57, of 357 Pressley Ave., Society Hill.

- Larry Dean Gandy, 51, of 379 Pressley Ave., Society Hill.

- Alex David Little, 23, of 40834 Mountain Creek Road, New London, NC

- James Thomas Chandler, 51, of 1517 Cheraw Road, Cassatt.

- Marcus Lane Doby, 37, of 8281 C Rocky River Road, Oakboro, NC

- Joshua Alan Davis, 44, of 128 Quail Run, Cheraw.

- Ted Hancock.

- Andrew Kyle Lear, of 6227 Angelus Road, Ruby.

- Anthony Justin Eddins, 30, of 1592 Mayesville Road, Morven, NC

- Terry Lynn Burgess, 54, of Upper White Store Road, Peachland, NC

- James F. Thompson Jr., 44, of 2821 Sycamore Street, Jefferson.

- Roger Darrell Blalock, 56, of 17825 Porter Hill Road, Norwood, NC

- Christopher David Ghoens, 33, of 3432 W. Old Camden Road, Hartsville.

- Yancy Eugene Springs, 44, of 5521 Atkinson Farm Road, Society Hill.

- Ronnie Joe Alewine, 32, of 201 Baldwin St., Honea Path, SC

- Elanda Marie Hughes, 23, of 240 Strawberry Lane, Donald, SC

- William Anthony Lear, 28, of 2655 SC 109 South, Ruby.

- Terry L. Welder, 63, of 676 Blackwell Farm Road, Rockwell, NC

- Ted Robert Hathcock, 29, of 14449 Rock Haven Drive, Norwood, NC

- Dustin Couch, 25, of 135 Smith St., Ware Shoals, SC

- Alli Rebecca Davis, 18, of 6 Green Acres Dr., Ware Shoals, SC


Reference:

WPDE-TV The Cheraw Chronicle
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