Your Help Needed In Finding New Homes For Rescued Dogs

Laurens County Animal Control is working Wednesday morning to locate and rescue an estimated 30 Chihuahuas from a condemned house near Gray Court.

According to Facebook posts from Giles Gilmer, the Director, Animal Control Officers discovered these dogs with limited access to food and water in a house that was in very poor condition.  The house has since been condemned by county building officials.

The owner, who Mr. Gilmer stated is currently in jail, was not named but WLBG does note that the address, 377 Kennedy Road in Gray Court, corresponds to the address listed for Timothy Edward Glassford.  Mr. Glassford is being held at the Laurens County Detention Center on a charge of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature.

From the photos provided by Mr. Gilmer this appears to be a daunting task.  Locating small dogs inside a house with this much debris will not be easy.  And once that task is completed Laurens County Animal Control will be faced with trying to treat these dogs and find homes for them.  He has issued a plea for assistance in his Facebook post.  If you can provide a home for one or more of these little dogs please contact Animal Control at 984-6812.

 

Two Women Face Forgery Charges

Two women were booked into the Laurens County Detention Center Tuesday charged with meth possession and forgery. The warrants allege that both women did knowingly and unlawfully pass a forged document, a check, with the intent to deprive the victim handee mart.  The forged check was in the amount of $375.24 this offence occurred within the city limits of fountain inn in the county of laurens. A further warrant alleges both did knowingly and unlawfully possess .3 grams of a white crystal like substance which filed tested positive for meth.

41 year old Velvet May Tucker of 17 Windover Ln. Fountain Inn was booked Tuesday into the Laurens County Detention Center charged with possession of meth and forgery and remains in the detention center on $12,500.00 bond

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Anne Koon Sergent age 39 of 255 Grace Street Greenwood was booked Tuesday charged with possession of more than one drivers license, giving false information to law enforcement and forgery. Her forgery warrant alleges the same as Velvet May Tucker. She was ticketed for possesing more than one drivers license and giving false information to police. Melissa Anne Koon Sergent remains in the detention center on $18,762.50 bond.

 

Possession of Meth Charges

Amanda Diane Wilson age 26 of 102 Poplar Street Woodruff was booked into the Laurens County Detention Center Monday charged with possession of meth. The warrant alleges that on June 18th the defendant did knowingly possess less than one gram of methamphetamine without authority to do so. Amanda Diane Wilson remains in the detention center on $10k bond.

Assault and Battery 3rd

27 year old Jatavious Rodrigus Barker of 261 Apple Orchard Rd Clinton was booked into the Laurens County Detention Center Monday charged with Assault and Battery 3rd. The warrant alleges that on June 18th Barker did intentionally commit battery upon the victim by punching him about his face causing an injury to the left side of victims mouth. Barker remains in the detention center on $2k bond.

Cruelty To Animals Charge

Roger Gerald Smith age 54 of 314 Collins Street Laurens was booked into the Laurens County Detention Center Tuesday charged with ill treatment of animals. The warrant alleges that on June 14th Smith did commit the crime of ill treatment of animals in general 1st offence in that he did not have feed in the pen that housed a brown in color calf, that the calf could not stand on it’s feet and the calf was covered in maggots. Roger Gerald Smith remains in the detention center on $15k bond. The calf has been treated by and now happily resides and Big Oaks Rescue Farm in Greenwood.

 

Laurens City Council Approves Budget

At Tuesday night’s Laurens City Council meeting, council passed on the second and final reading of Ordinance 5-18-01, which is the city budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. The budget consists of $6,825,700.00 for General Funds and $590,000.00 for Hospitality, which comes to a Total of $7,415,700.00.

No one came forward to speak during the public hearing time, and the budget passed unanimously.

Council also approved Resolution 06-18-02, which temporarily suspends Sunday Work Prohibitions in the Corporate Limits of the City.  Councilperson Sylvia Douglas was the only opposing vote.

 

Two New Coaches Announced at Laurens Dist. 55 High School

Two new coaches will be joining the ranks at Laurens District High School in 2018-2019.

Erin Fleming will be taking the reins of the Raider volleyball program this fall after previous head coach, Caroline Culbertson, resigned. Fleming has been the Head Volleyball Coach at Lake Highland Preparatory Academy since 2011, where she also served as the Leadership Development and Student Activities Coordinator. Fleming was Coach of the Year in 2012 and led the Lake Highland team to the State Championship game in 2012, 2016, and 2017. As a player, Fleming was Co-Captain of the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Lake Highland State Championship Women’s Varsity Volleyball Teams and was the 2007 Lake Highland Prep Female Athlete of the Year. In college, Fleming was a member of three (3) SEC Volleyball Championship teams at the University of Florida, where she was also an SEC Honor Roll student from 2007 – 2011.

 

There will also be a change in softball for 2018-2019. Michaela Smith, a 2015 Graduate from LDHS and a former Raider softball player, will be foregoing her final year of softball eligibility at Anderson University to take the reins of the Raider program. Former Raider Head Coach, Butch Clark, said, “You will not find a harder working and better student of the game.” Clark added that he would rank Smith in the top five (5) of his all-time players. Ed Murray, District Athletic Director, said, “We added Coach Smith to our interview list at the last minute. We thought we might be able to recruit her as a possible assistant coach for the program. Instead, she greatly impressed us with her preparedness, her maturity, and her grasp of the needs of the program in Laurens. After some discussion, we made the decision that she was the best option for the long-term future of the program.” Smith, a biology major, hopes to add a science teaching position to her LCSD 55 workload in the 2019-2020 school year.

In her career at LDHS, Smith helped lead the Lady Raiders to a 24-6 record and a Region I-AAAA Championship in 2014. She was named an All-County player in both 2011 and 2012. She earned seven individual MVP awards from the National Softball Association during her travel ball career and garnered Elite Weight Lifting Awards from 2011-13. Smith was selected as a 2013 Athletic and Leadership Standout for Female Athletes at LDHS and represented the school at the South Carolina High School League Leadership Summit. She was also the recipient of the 2014 Wendy’s Heisman Award for Outstanding Female Athlete at LDHS.

Man Drowns in Lake Greenwood Sunday Afternoon

From WYFF News 4:

An Upstate father of two died after jumping into Lake Greenwood to get some flotation devices, according to Laurens County officials.

The coroner told WYFF News 4 the man was on a pontoon in the Twin Rivers area in Waterloo Sunday evening.

The coroner identified the man as Lionel Benkie James, 30, of Ninety Six.

The coroner said James jumped in the water to get some flotation devices, and complained to his girlfriend that he was having problems. Officials said the man told someone he was going to drown. The coroner said he went into cardiac arrest.

A nearby nurse tried to revive James unsuccessfully. The coroner said James went to a hospital in Greenville to receive treatment. However, he died.

The coroner said James was a 30-year-old father of two.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources helped investigate the accident.

Drug Charges Alleged

Takevious Dangelo Anderson, age 21 of 316 Highway 49 Laurens was booked into the Laurens County Detention Center Monday charged with possession of marijuana, intent to distribute, flight on sight and domestiv violence 3rd degree. He remains in the detention center as of this broadcast.

Newberry County Coroner Releases Information on Fatal Collision

Newberry County Coroner’s Office along with the South Carolina Highway Patrol and South Carolina State Transport are investigating a motor vehicle collision that occurred on Friday June 15, 2018 at approximately 11:10 am on SC 34 two miles east of Silverstreet Road in Newberry County.

Coroner Laura Kneece, has identified the driver as 24 year old, Thomas Young Coleman of Saluda, South Carolina. An autopsy was performed this morning, June 16, 2018. Mr. Coleman died of Multiple Blunt Force Injuries due to Motor Vehicle Collision. There was no evidence revealing that Mr. Coleman was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

This incident remains under investigation South Carolina Highway Patrol and State Transport Police.

 

Piedmont Tech Administrator Helping Lead STEM Mentorship Project

This spring, the Million Women Mentors SC group held its second annual statewide MWM-SC STEM Symposium at IT-ology in Columbia. MWM-SC has pledged 5,000 mentoring relationship commitments to support moving girls or young women toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Piedmont Technical College associate vice president for assessment and compliance Dr. Donna Foster serves on the 12-member MWM-SC steering committee.

“As a technical college administrator, I am excited to see South Carolina continue to support the national Million Women Mentor movement of advancing women’s and girls’ interest and confidence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and education,” Dr. Foster said.

National companies and organizations such as BP, PepsiCo, FedEx, Cisco and Boeing are among those making commitments to mentor girls and women in STEM fields for a minimum of 20 hours through suggested mentor pathways. South Carolina is part of the national MWM movement active in more than 40 states.

South Carolina has recruited high-paying STEM-related jobs to the state. By communicating and engaging current employers, civic organizations and communities about the available support for women and girls interested in STEM careers and of the need for additional support, the organization will help advance South Carolina’s collaborative efforts to have a future workforce prepared to meet the long term needs of its employers and its citizens.

Chris Brady Wolfe, an energy planning engineer at SCE&G and former LPGA golfer, serves as the 2017 state lead for MWM-SC. Through her career in operations, engineering and data analytics, she recognizes the lack of girls and women in STEM programs and professions.

“For most of my professional career, I have always been the only female in the room,” she said. “I feel like I need to help change that, and I believe mentoring is the missing piece of the puzzle.”

For more information about MWM-SC or to join the Be Counted Mentoring Campaign, please visit www.millionwomenmentors.com/sc.

Sheriff’s Office Press Release Concerning Deceased Found in Mountville

On June 15, 2018 the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office responded to Beaverdam Church Rd in Mountville in reference to someone locating the body of a deceased female on the side of the road. According to initial reports, a farmer located the body of a female as he was driving his tractor down the road. The Laurens County Coroner’s Office arrived on scene and determined the individual was deceased. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit responded to process the scene and an autopsy was scheduled to determine a cause of death, as there were no immediate signs of trauma. The body has been identified as that of Gwen Parks Wingo of 2812 Torrington Rd in Laurens. At this time the incident is still under investigation, however there are no immediate signs of foul play.

Absentee Voting Begins Today For Republican Runoff

In person absentee voting will be available beginning Monday, June 18th for the June 26th Republican Runoff Election.

Voters who already applied for a runoff absentee ballot will be mailed a paper runoff ballot.

Note:  we are re-using the primary ballots.  That means the candidates and offices not involved in the runoff election will be stricken from the ballot.

Eligible voters may vote in the June 26th Republican Run Off if:

  • the voter voted in the Republican Primary on June 12th,or
  • the voter did not vote in either party’s primary on June 12th.

Voters who participated in the Democratic Party’s primary are not eligible to vote in the Republican Runoff Election.

Four Charged with Meth Possession and Burglary

Four people were booked into the Laurens County Detention Center Friday charged with burglary and possession of meth.

Clinton Tyler Christian age 29 of 302 Wemberly Lane Simpsonville was charged with burglary 3rd and possession of meth. Warrants allege that on June 15th he did knowingly possess less than one gram of methamphetamine and did enter a building on Knickerbocker Estates in Fountain Inn without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein. He remains in the detention center on $25k bond.

 

 

 

 

25 year old Destiny Rochelle Foxx of the same address, 302 Wemberly Lane Simpsonville was charged with burglary 3rd and possession of meth as well. Warrants allege that on June 15th Foxx did knowingly possess less than one gram meth and did enter a building belonging to a victim without consent and with intent to commit a crime. She remains in the detention center on $15k bond.

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Kay Gleason, age 38 of 532 Knickerbocker Estates Fountain Inn was also booked Friday charged with burglary 3rd and possession of meth. Warrants allege she possessed less than one gram of meth and did enter a building without consent and with intent to commit a crime. She is being held on $40k bond. and finally,

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Lee Moser, age 49 of 317 Tall Pines Rd. Fountain Inn was booked Friday charged with burglary 2nd and possession of meth. Warrant allege that on June 15th Moser did knowingly posses less than one gram of meth and did enter dwelling without consent and with intent to commit a crime with 2 prior convictions for burglary. He remains in the detention center on $40k bond.

Two Men Charged After Traffic Stop In Laurens

Two men were arrested after a routine traffic stop on North Harper Street in Laurens on Sunday and found to be in possession of a pistol and methamphetamine.

Robert Steven Hinton, age 46 of 3115 Buffalo West Springs Highway Buffalo was booked into the Laurens County Detention Center Sunday Charged with unlawful carry of a pistol, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of methamphetamine and open container. Warrants allege that on Sunday Hinton was found in possession of 2.19 grmas of meth during a lawful traffic stop and did have in his possession a black and brown in color High Standard .357 Magnum revolver with criminal history indicating he was a violent felon which makes firearm possession unlawful. Hinton was also ticketed for open container. Robert Steven Hinton remains in the detention center on $90k bond.The other man,

 

 

Kyle Steven Miller, age 26 of the same address, 3115 Buffalo West Springs Highway Buffalo was booked Sunday charged with possession of methamphetamine, unlawful carry of a pistol and felon in possession of a firearm.

Warrants allege that on Sunday June 17th Miller was in possession of 2.19 grams of meth during a lawful traffic stop occurring on N Harper within city limits of Laurens, did have in his possession a high standard handgun located between the drivers seat and front passenger seat and did have in his possession the black and brown high standard 357 magnum revolver with criminal history indicating that he was a violent felon which makes possession unlawful. Kyle Steven Miller remains in the detention center on $70k bond.

 

Employee Theft

Teenishia Nicole Mims age 41 of 101 Stuart Street Laurens was booked Saturday into the Laurens County Detention Center charged with shoplifting and breach of trust. Warrants allege that Mims committed breach or trust on Saturday June 9th. Alleging while employed by the victim Mims did perform a refund transaction for a customer then did conceal and carry away the gift card totaling $37.37 after giving the customer a blank gift card, the incident occuring at Walmart on East Main Street in Laurens and on Sunday June 10th did fail to scan hamburger meat at the self checkout register and did conceal and carry away the merchandise with intent to permanently deprive the store. Teenishia Nicole Mims remains in the detention center on $1,652.00 bond

 

Aggravated Assault Charges

Earl Gentry Goode, age 68 of 6085 Whitmire Highway Clinton was booked into the Laurens County Detention Center Saturday charged with Assault and Battery high and aggravated. A warrant alleges that on Saturday, June 16th Goode did intentionally commit assault upon a victim being aggravated in nature striking her several times on her back causing bruising and swelling. He remains in the detention center awaiting bond.

Petit Larceny Charges

Rhomiesha Dainelle Henderson, age 21 of 126 Jackson Street Laurens was booked into the Laurens County Detention Center Sunday charged with petit larceny. The warrant alleges that on May 18th Henderson did take a sum of money being $300 from a victim without permission on Jackson Street within the city limits of Laurens. Rhomiesha Danielle Henderson remains in the detention center awaiting bond.

 

Piedmont Tech Area Commission Meeting Tuesday

The Piedmont Technical College Area Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 222A of the John S. Coleman Administration Building, Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.
AGENDA: Review of Minutes of Meeting Held on April 17, 2018; Appointment of Nominating Committee; Enrollment and Communications Update; EEO Report to General Assembly; Financial Review; and President’s Report.

 

One Dead After Car Struck Tractor

A Laurens area man was killed just after 2:00 yesterday afternoon when the tractor he was driving was struck by a car. South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Corporal Gary Miller said the Kubota tractor was east-bound on Highway 308 north of Laurens near Fleming Mill Road when an east-bound 1997 Mercury 4-door sedan struck it in the rear, causing it to overturn. He said the tractor operator was thrown from the tractor was thrown off with the impact.

Laurens County Chief Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek identified the tractor operator as 29-year-old Chad Wesley Robinson of Fieldcrest Drive, Laurens. Mrs. Cheeks said that Robinson died of blunt force trauma to his chest at 2:05 pm.

Trooper Miller identified the driver and only occupant of the car as 34-year-old Tara Ann Mahan of Fountain Inn. He said she has been charged with Felony DUI with Death, with Driving under Suspension of her license and with Simple Possession of Marijuana. After being taken to the GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries, Ms. Mahon was taken to the Laurens County Detention Center. Early this morning during our check there, she was still awaiting the booking process.