Gunfire Cited in 1st Degree Assault Charge

Gunfire during an assault was alleged with a Thursday morning arrest of a man from the Ora community. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office charged 77-year-old John Eslie Arney Jr. of 554 Lighthouse Road, Enoree with 1st Degree Assault and Battery. He is accused of pushing a woman, forcing her out of the residence, then producing a handgun. He allegedly fired a single round into the ground, toward the victim yesterday morning. Mr. Arney was released later yesterday on posting a $10,000 cash or surety bond.