CPW Employees: Finding Theft & Saving a Child

The Laurens Commission of Public Works received updates this week regarding ways where one employee’s actions led to an arrest for power theft and another rescued a child from danger.

General Manager John Young advised the commissioners of a situation around 9:00 the evening of April 18th when Jason Osborne, a Tantalus Technician, received a notification on his phone of a problem with a meter in Pioneer Park. He verified the meter was off for non-payment, then met police at the customer’s house, where the customer was allegedly caught in the act of and arrested for Theft of Electricity.

General Manager John Young also reported to the commissioners at their May meeting this week about an incident on Anderson Drive May 4th. He said, “While our crew was working to replace the water line on Oakland Heights, Blake Babb, Distribution Supervisor noticed a small child about 2 or 3 years old standing in the middle of Anderson Drive at about 1:00 PM.” Young told how Babb stopped operating a loader and picked the child from the street. He was able to get the child to give directions to his house and knocked on the door. When knocking didn’t work, he pushed the door open and found the child’s dad asleep. He was finally able to awaken the man, who then took his child. The home situation was reportedly being investigated.