press releases

Click below for infomation on the new House Watch Program:

December 4, 2019

Re: Vehicle and Gun Recovered in Separate Cold Cases from the 1990’s


On September 21, 2019 the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received information

indicating that a stolen motor vehicle may be located on a property off of Warrior

Mountain Road in Tryon. Upon further investigation Deputies obtained consent to

search the reported property on November 19, 2019 and located a 1999 Jeep Wrangler

that had been reported stolen from a dealership in Asheville, NC in 1999. Investigators

determined that the suspect in the theft who is believed to have stored the vehicle on

the property has been deceased since 2018. The vehicle is being turned over to the

Asheville Police Department to be returned to the rightful owner.


On Tuesday December 3, 2019 Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff’s

Office received a report from Lexington, SC that a handgun reported stolen from Polk

County in 1996 had resurfaced. Investigators from Polk County Sheriff’s Office traveled

to Lexington, SC and recovered the stolen firearm. Polk County Sheriff’s Office and

Lexington County, SC authorities are continuing to investigate the matter and have

returned the firearm to the rightful owner.


Sheriff Wright had this to say about the work of Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Investigators:

“These two cases are prime examples of what happens when hard working and

dedicated investigators coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in our region to

aggressively follow up on leads no matter how old the case or how far or cold the trail

has gone. I’m proud of the sincere effort our investigators put in each and every day,

and happy that we were able to play a role in returning these items to the rightful

owners and taking a stolen firearm off the streets”



Re: Vehicle Pursuit, Recovery of Firearms, Apprehension of Armed Robbery


On Sunday December 1, 2019 shortly after midnight Deputies with the Polk County

Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a tan Dodge Charger for a traffic violation on Interstate

26. The Dodge Charger failed to stop for Deputies and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The

pursuit continued into South Carolina on I-26, down SC Highway 11, up US Hwy 176

back into Landrum, SC where the vehicle wrecked near the Hot Spot. Both the driver

and passenger were apprehended after a short foot chase. Later that day law

enforcement located two firearms in the area where the foot chase occurred, and video

from the Landrum Fire Department confirmed that the firearms were left there by the

suspects.


Zachery Micha Price was charged with:

Felony Fleeing to Elude Arrest

Failure to Heed Siren/Blue Lights

Speeding

Driving While License Revoked

Reckless Driving

Resisting a Public Officer


Price’s bond was set by a Magistrate at $10,000.00 Secured


Corydarall Allen Horne was charged with:

Resisting a Public Officer

Aiding and Abetting Felony Fleeing to Elude Arrest

Possessing a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Carrying a Concealed Handgun

Horne’s bond was set by a Magistrate at $8,000.00 Secured.


Corydarall Allen Horne posted his secure bond prior to the firearms charges being

issued and is currently still wanted for these felony charges at this time.

November 8, 2019

For Immediate Release


Monday November 18, 2019


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive numerous inquiries regarding

several reported attacks on horses in neighboring communities. To clarify the status of

these incidents we have composed the following Question and Answer Release to

hopefully address many of the concerns.


Question:

What has been reported in Polk County?

Answer:

There have been three incidents reported in Polk County with unsubstantiated

ties to the overall horse injury investigations- an officially unreported incident

with no injuries from November 6-7, 2019 in the River Road area where horses

were found loose, and an incident on October 26, 2019 in the Peniel Road area

where a horse impaled itself on a broken fence and was found deceased the next

morning. There was also an incident of a horse being shot in the Green Creek

Community on January 17, 2019. At this point in time there is no definitive link

between these incidents and any others but they are all still under review.


Question:

Who handles these types of investigations in Polk County?

Answer:

In Polk County incidents of animal cruelty and animal ordinance violations all

begin with our Animal Control Officers, who are a part of the Polk County

Sheriff’s Office. When a situation is deemed to need further investigation beyond

the capabilities of our Animal Control Officers or our Animal Control Officers

determine that some type of specialized assistance could be useful, members of

the Criminal Investigation Division are assigned to assist in the investigation.


In this instance, Animal Control Officer Patti Lovelace is the lead Officer

coordinating on behalf of Polk County law enforcement. Animal Control Officer

Lovelace has worked with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as an Animal Control

Officer and Animal Cruelty Investigator and has been involved in the equine

community the majority of her life. Animal Control Officer Lovelace has been

working with Staff Attorney and Investigator J.J. Sauvé, who serves as Public

Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Office and assists in major crimes

investigations, to coordinate with surrounding counties regarding

communication on these incidents.


Question:

What is Polk County’s role in the ongoing investigations in Greenville and

Spartanburg Counties?

Answer:

Polk County Sheriff’s Office first began discussing these incidents with

Spartanburg County Animal Control the first week of November 2019. On Friday

November 8 th , 2019 Polk County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release regarding

what little confirmed information we had at the time. Animal Control Officer

Lovelace has been in regular contact with Animal Control personnel in

Spartanburg and Greenville Counties as well as local veterinarians since the

initial communication. Polk County Deputies have been advised of the situation

and have responded to several reports from the public of suspicious individuals

and vehicles over the past few weeks and have recorded any information from

those calls with the Polk County Communications Center.

On Tuesday November 19, 2019 Polk County Sheriff’s Office participated in a joint

meeting with Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control, Greenville

County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control, SC DNR, and SLED. At this meeting a

unified communications structure and information sharing system was put into

place specifically for this type of investigation.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office will continue to openly share information with and

coordinate with Spartanburg and Greenville County officials regarding the

ongoing investigations into the suspicious injuries. PCSO Deputies will remain

vigilant to the situation and continue increased patrols as staffing allows.


Question:

Is the Sheriff’s Office aware of the map and investigations being done by

members of the public and on social media?

Answer:

Yes. We are aware of the maps and investigations conducted by members of the

public. To our knowledge all of those incidents have been reported to the

appropriate authorities in each jurisdiction. Any new information, leads, or tips

should be reported to the appropriate authorities in the jurisdiction an incident

took place in.


Question:

There have been rumors of Polk county Sheriff’s Office not responding to reports

or complaints, can you clarify?

Answer:

All calls for service are documented through the Polk County Communications

Center, and responding units, response times, and other call information are all

available to review should someone have a specific complaint. As of the time of

this press release, the administration has not received any citizen complaints

regarding lack of response to a call for service. Whenever a call for service

comes in to the Polk county Communications Center the information is entered

into the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) System and an appropriate response is

generated. All non-emergency calls should be directed to (828)-894-0187 and

emergencies should be reported to 911.


Question:

Does the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have any suggestions for horse owners

regarding safety or apprehension of any individuals who may be attacking

horses?

Answer:

Always be observant and vigilant. You know your neighborhoods better than

anyone else. If you see something or someone that doesn’t belong, call Polk

County Communications Center at (828)-894-0187 and report it. Do not wait to

report a concern. If there is an emergency call 911 immediately. Property owners

concerned about trespassing can purchase trail cameras at most sporting goods

stores and those can be placed along fence lines, but they need to be checked

often. The most important thing citizens can do is to say something immediately

if you see something suspicious or out of place.


Anyone with information regarding these incidents involving injured horses is strongly

encouraged to contact Spartanburg County Animal Control at (864)-596-3582,

Greenville County Animal Control at (864)-467-7595, or Polk County Animal Control at (828)894-0187.  To report an emergency always call 911.

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Census Workers have begun visiting properties in Polk County.

As part of a nationwide effort by the U.S. Census, address canvassing has begun in Polk County and across the country making it the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. 


To help identify employees, badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau will be displayed. They will knock on doors, introduce themselves as Census Bureau employees, show their official government ID badges and explain the purpose of the visit. They then will ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census. 


Read more about address canvassing on the Census Bureau website.

View Areas Being Visited in Polk County

The 2020 Census: In-Field Address Canvassing (IFAC) Viewer provides county information on areas that listers will visit.

nixle community notifications

Polk County has partnered with Nixle to implement its Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time (via Text, Email, Voice, and Web) for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories. 


As a resident, there are several simple ways to register:

             1. Click on the "Sign Up!" button below on the news ticker.

             2. Text your ZIPCODE or POLKNC to 888777 from your mobile phone.


Once registered, residents will receive a confirmation text to their mobile device. Residents may also customize their alert settings by going to www.nixle.com and creating a User Profile.