McBEE, S.C. — When Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies busted up a cockfight near McBee several weeks ago, they arrested 44 people and rescued 148 roosters from potential death.
Deputies also seized about $12,000 in cash on hand from the offenders that evening.
At least one man participating in the cockfighting ring told officers he was there because the “money was right.” But the big money, from that event has landed with Chesterfield County.
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 roosters were taken that day to the buildings the county recently at the corner of S.C. 9 and Hillian-Edwards Road. Members of the Carolina Waterfoul Society of Indian Land, N.C., volunteered to help assess the birds’ health. They also helped in making preparations to care for the roosters until their fate can be determined.
To date, according to Chesterfield County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Daniel Scott, the roosters are still being housed at the location on S.C. 9.
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 Raod, Pageland.
- Jerry Glenn Burgess, 54, of 223 Horne Road, Eastland, N.C.
- Tony Gullege.
- William Ashley.
- John Joe Hughes, 25, of 6 Sparks Ave., Ware Shoals, S.C.
- Jack Anthony Springer Jr., 34, of 177978 Porter Hill Road, Norwood, N.C.
- Terry Blackwell.
- Justin Scott Pritchard, 32, of 2531 Pritchard Road, McBee.
- Edwin Flether.
- Bobby Gray Key, 76, 32690 Austin Road, New London, N.C.
- 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, S.C.
- 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, N.C.
- James Thomas Chandler, 51, of 1517 Cheraw Road, Cassatt.
- Marcus Lane Doby, 37, of 8281 C Rocky River Road, Oakboro, N.C.
- 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, N.C.
- Terry Lynn Burgess, 54, of Upper White Store Road, Peachland, N.C.
- James F. Thompson Jr., 44, of 2821 Sycamore Street, Jefferson.
- Roger Darrell Blalock, 56, of 17825 Porter Hill Road, Norwood, N.C.
- 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, S.C.
- Elanda Marie Hughes, 23, of 240 Strawberry Lane, Donald, S.C.
- William Anthony Lear, 28, of 2655 S.C. 109 South, Ruby.
- Terry L. Welder, 63, of 676 Blackwell Farm Road, Rockwell, N.C.
- Ted Robert Hathcock, 29, of 14449 Rock Haven Drive, Norwood, N.C.
- Dustin Couch, 25, of 135 Smith St., Ware Shoals, S.C.
- Alli Rebecca Davis, 18, of 6 Green Acres Dr., Ware Shoals, S.C.
Reach staff writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.