United against crime

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 27, 2001

Combining resources and investigative skills, city and county law enforcement officials have arrested 10 suspects for area robberies and burglaries.

"We are all working toward the same goal, to make Greenville and Butler County a safer place to live and work," said Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram. "I would especially like to acknowledge the work of Chief Deputy Kenny Harden and Lt. Randy Courtney, for their extremely hard work in investigating these cases."

The two agencies combined their leads, since many of the cases were paralleled by each other, and through intensive interrogative skills, have ended with several recently past cases being solved.A total of 10 suspects, including two juveniles have been arrested, resulting in 38 charges. Every suspect arrested has been charged with felony offenses.

Richard Lamar Powell has been arrested and charged with attempted burglary third degree and criminal mischief first degree at the Amoco Station on Pineapple Hwy., burglary third degree for Amoco 10-East, burglary third degree and criminal mischief first degree at Glen's One-Stop, and burglary third degree at the Smokehouse.

Willie Scarver has been arrested and charged with seven counts of robbery, first degree, five of them from Max Mart South and two from Hickory Street, and also two counts of kidnapping first degree from Hickory Street. He is also charged with one count of burglary third degree from the Smokehouse.

William "Billy" Burnett has been arrested and charged with seven counts of robbery first degree (two from Hickory Street and five from Max Mart South) and two counts of kidnapping first degree, in the Hickory Street incident. Burnett also is charged as a felon in possession of a handgun.

A 17-year-old juvenile has been arrested and charged with one count each of burglary second degree and burglary third degree.

Stanley Purifoy has been arrested and charged with one count each of burglary second degree and burglary third degree.

Herbert Lee Bowen Sr. and Herbert Lee Bowen Jr. have each been arrested and charged with burglary third degree.

Steve Marshall has been arrested and charged with burglary third degree.

Another juvenile has been arrested and charged with burglary third degree and criminal mischief first degree.

Leon Clemmons, in custody in the State of Georgia, has had a hold placed on him for two counts of robbery first degree and two counts of kidnapping first degree stemming from the Hickory Street incident.

These incidents all occurred between July of 2000 and January of 2001.

"By the two agencies combining our people and resources, we were able to bring resolution to these cases-there were a lot of long, hard hours put in, and I appreciate all of the efforts," said Sheriff Diane Harris.