4-Year-Old Waterloo Child Burned While Using Lighter

A four-year-old Waterloo child was badly burned late Monday morning when his shirt caught fire. Deputy Ronald Richey was dispatched to Deer Valley Road, Waterloo at 11:49 yesterday morning. He spoke with the child’s mother who indicated she was in the living room watching her twins when her four-year-old son ran into the residence screaming. The mother observed the child was burned. It appears he used a lighter to ignite a flammable material that was in a flower-pot on the deck outside. Deputy Richey reported observing a tan burned material near the flower-pot along with a partially burned white t-shirt.  Sheriff’s Lt. Judy Stiles said the child was badly burned from his neck over his torso. EMS gave initial treatment to the child, who was then air-lifted to the Augusta, Georgia burn center.

We understand the child is expected to recover from his injuries.

6-Year-Old Run Over by Family Car near Laurens

A six-year-old child from West of Laurens was accidentally run over yesterday afternoon when the child’s Dad was moving a car. Sheriff’s Lt. Judy Stiles said the call about the accident came in at 3:45 pm and emergency crews were dispatched to the 200 range of Ft. Lindley Road, Laurens. Lt. Stiles said the father of the child had been working on his car. He indicated that as he was ready to move the car, he told the child to get out-of-the-way, but apparently the child had not moved. As the man was backing his car, he reportedly ran over the child with two tires. The injured child was air-lifted to Greenville Children’s Hospital for treatment. The six-year-old male’s injuries reportedly did not appear to be life threatening.

The Highway Patrol was investigating the mishap on private property that involved a 2012 Dodge Caravan.

Former Mayor Jim Goss Dies at 90

A former Mayor of Laurens and long-time electrician in this area died last weekend. 91-year-old James Francis “Jim” Goss died Saturday.

Born in Walterboro, Jim Goss was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II. Early following his arrival in Laurens he worked with Dendy’s Furniture, but served the area for decades as an electrician.

Jim Goss served as Mayor of Laurens for six years, from 2008 through 2004.  He was predeceased by his wife, the late Billy Jean Tollison Goss, who served many years at Clerk of Court for Laurens County.

Born in Walterboro, he was a son of the late Alton and Fannie Hiers Goss. Jim was a US Navy Veteran of World War II and was self-employed as an electrician. He previously worked with Dendy’s Furniture. Mr. Goss was a member of First Baptist Church of Laurens, the Kysar Sunday School Class, and was a Lifelong Deacon. Jim previously served as mayor of the City of Laurens.

Jim Goss is s survived by two daughters, including Debroah G. Campbell of Laurens along with Donna Barnhart of Jesup Georgia and a son, James F. Goss Jr. of Clearwater, Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Laurens conducted by Rev. Rickey Letson and Dr. Bev Kennedy. Private entombment will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum with Military Honors.

The family will be at the home of his daughter, Debbie, and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary from 5:00-7:00 pm on this evening.

Lt. Tyrone Goggins “Laurens County Officer of the Year”

Clinton Public Safety Detective Lt. Tyrone Goggins has been named the Top Law Enforcement Officer of Laurens County for 2016. The annual local award began last year specifically for Clinton, sponsored by Davidson Street Baptist Church Pastor Kenny Moore. Others joined in the effort this year, expanding this annual event for County-Wide recognition.

Lt. Goggins was recognized for working with Clinton Police in a dual role as a patrolman and a narcotics investigator including making numerous felony cases in an undercover capacity. He was promoted to Narcotics Detective in 2002. He is currently the lead investigator in most major cases and also assists in making department decisions and managing department resources.

Clinton City Manager Frank Stovall reacted to the honor saying “One of the greatest privileges of being City Manager is the opportunity to work alongside Clinton’s 106 dedicated professional public servants.” Stovall added, “Tyrone, it’s an honor to be on your team.”

Born in Clinton in 1971, he joined the Clinton Police Department in July of 1998. He married his best friend and soul mate, Carla, in 2009. They have two children.

In addition to a plaque for being the 2016 Laurens County Officer of the Year, Lt. Tyrone Goggins received a 3-day, 2-night beach trip with $400 to cover expenses.

Two runner-ups for the 2016 award also receive a certificate along with a $100 gift certificate. The runners-up for 2016 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year were Jimmy Revis from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Sgt. James “Logan” Kanipe of the Laurens City Police Department. Revis was cited for unselfishly volunteering for tasks both within the Sheriff’s Office and out in the community. Kanipe has risen quickly in his three years with the Laurens Police Department with his recent promotion to Detective Sgt.

2nd Degree Domestic Violence

A warrant charging Domestic Violence in the 2nd Degree was served yesterday on a man arrested following an incident at his home Sunday. 20-year-old Kevin Mark Jarnagin of 204 Mock Street, Laurens is accused of an assault on his wife Sunday in their home in the presence of their infant child. A warrant cites an investigation by Laurens Police Sgt. Doug Jones as indicating Mr. Jarnagin assaulted his wife while threatening to kill her, resulting in visible injuries to her forearm. He also allegedly broke her cell phone. With a $15,000 cash or surety bond set during arraignment, Kevin Mark Jarnagin remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

“The Tams” in Clinton This Thursday at 7:00 pm

The 2016 Town Rhythms series of outdoor summer concerts kicks off this Thursday. The opening act for the 2016 Town Rhythms concert series features the world-famous Tams, live on stage at the Depot starting at 7:00 pm Thursday.

Man Accused of Stealing Bank Card

Theft of a Financial Transaction Card was the charge served yesterday on 25-year-old Mac Carson Gaffney Jr. of 106 Fair Drive, Clinton. Deputy McMahon responded to Garlington Road, Mountville at 2:30 Sunday afternoon to investigate the reported theft of a bank card. A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend and baby’s daddy had taken her ATM/Debit card during a visit with his child after she refused to give him gas money. The officer met the subject while traveling to a Cross Hill store where Gaffney had reportedly made a financial transaction before turning to the house next door his girlfriend’s. He reportedly argued that the card was from a joint account. Apparently this was not confirmed. Mr. Gaffney was released yesterday on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Woman Attacks Car of Her Boyfriend’s Date

A Simponville woman reported vandalism to her car over the weekend. A report filed yesterday indicates Lt. Higgenbotham was dispatched at 12:15 pm Saturday and met with a 22-year-old Simpsonville woman who said she had been speaking with a man on the phone and they decided to go out together. When they returned to the Fountain Inn area residence of his girlfriend, that 20-year-old girlfriend became enraged on seeing her boyfriend with the Simpsonville woman. The victim said as she tried to back away the angry girlfriend jumped on the hood of her car and beat on the windshield, cracking the glass. When the girlfriend was contacted, she  reportedly said that she had been standing in the roadway when the younger woman drove at her and she was hit by the vehicle and slid off the front of the car. The officer found that explanation strange, noting she had not called to report being assaulted. The 20-year-old Fountain Inn woman was charged with Malicious Damage.

Hammer Breaks Window on Car with Man Holding a Pistol

Laurens County Sheriff’s Officers were dispatched to a residence on Milam Road at 9:22 last night on a report of vandalism to a vehicle. On arrival officers spoke with a man from West Virginia who was sitting in his Mercedes station wagon that had the driver’s side window knocked out. Lt. Higgenbotham reported he observed a pistol in this man’s lap with the magazine removed. The man had his hands in the air as officer’s approached. He told officers that he was visiting his girlfriend and son at the Clinton area residence when his girlfriend and her mother began to argue. He said a man of the residence joined in on the argument. Meanwhile, the West Virginia man indicated he left the house and got into his car. The man from the house then reportedly exited the house, got into a vehicle and drove to the visitor’s Mercedes. The visitor reportedly indicated he then got his pistol from his glove box. Seeing the pistol, the local man reportedly went to his vehicle and got a hammer, then broke the driver’s side window with the hammer. Officers retrieved the hammer from the damaged car and placed it into evidence. The subject reportedly was unable to explain why he would break out a window on a vehicle with a person sitting inside with a gun.  The man from the Milam Road residence was issued a citation charging him with Malicious Damage. The victim’s pistol was returned to him. Damage to the Mercedes was estimated at $400.

Early Morning Arrest

A woman arrested by Laurens Police early this morning has also been served with a Bench Warrant from a Petit Larceny conviction. Sgt. Charles Simmons arrested 24-year-old Angel Janeil McCullough of 102 Truman Street, Laurens at 12:30 this morning, issuing citations charging her with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving without a License at or near the intersection of Pleasant Drive and Fairview Road. Ms. McCullough was also served with a Bench Warrant which shows a conviction for a Petit Larceny charge o May 10th, 2016 with a sentence of $650 or 30 days in jail. The fine was suspended to $250 restitution for a stolen tablet and a $400 fine. If restitution is not paid, Ms. McCullough must pay the full $650 fine.

Clinton…..a Good Place to Sit and in Contemplation

Clinton Public Safety responded to the BP Station on Highway 72 at Interstate 26 just before 1:00 yesterday afternoon on a report of an upset individual. A Wisconsin man advised Lt. Moore that while riding down the roadway his girlfriend became upset about “the truck-driving situation” and wanted out of the truck. The man said he pulled off the road. He said when his girlfriend started crying and he called for police because he was worried about her. The woman said she was upset because life on the road as a truck driver wasn’t all she thought it was going to be and she just didn’t want to do it anymore. The officer checked with the woman to ensure she was not going to hurt herself, after which he advised they were free leave. The man and woman indicated they would leave after they sat there for a while.

Six Year Old Run Over by Dad’s Car This Afternoon

A six-year-old child from West of Laurens was accidentally run over this afternoon when the child’s Dad was moving a car. Sheriff’s Lt. Judy Stiles said the call about the accident came in at 3:45 this afternoon and emergency crews were dispatched to 255 Ft. Lindley Road, Laurens. Lt. Stiles said the father of the child had been working on his car. He indicated that as he was ready to move the car, he told the child to get out-of-the-way, but apparently the child had not moved. As the man was backing his car, he reportedly ran over the child with two tires. The injured child was air-lifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Highway Patrol was investigating the mishap.

4-Year-Old Waterloo Child Badly Burned Playing with Lighter

A four-year-old Waterloo child was badly burned late this morning when his shirt ignited. Sheriff’s Lt. Judy Stiles said this occurred around 11:00 this morning on Deer Valley Road, Waterloo. She said the child was playing with a lighter when his shirt caught fire, resulting in burns from his neck down his torso. The child was air-lifted to the Augusta, Georgia Burn Center for treatment of the serious injuries.

Weather Improves, “Rhythm on the Rails” a Saturday Hit

While Friday’s heavy rain may have dampened the spirits of some for the Rhythm on the Rails festival, better weather Saturday was encouraging for festival-goers. Special Events Coordinator Mary Wallace Riley said the improved weather resulted in good crowds for Saturday’s festivities. She thanked city employees and festival volunteers for their work in putting on the Rhythm on the Rails festival. We observed a big crowd gathered around the depot late Saturday afternoon under a partly cloudy sky for the concert from the beach music band “Too Much Sylvia.”

Suspicious Fire Destroys Gray Court Barn

Sheriff’s Deputy Byrd was dispatched to a barn fire on Bluff Road, Gray Court at 10:05 last night. Gray Court Firefighters indicated that fire had engulfed the entire barn. They were unable to determine what may have caused the fire that destroyed the barn. A woman who had been across the road at the time indicated while speaking with a neighbor she noticed smoke and a few moments later the roof of the barn was in flames. The suspicious fire was referred to Lt. Shelton for further investigation.

City Charges Enhanced Shoplifting, County Adds Drug Charge

A Drug Distribution Charge was served yesterday by the Sheriff’s Office on a man Laurens City Police arrested Friday evening following an alleged shoplifting. Laurens Police charged 54-year-old Ricky Eugene Graddick of 164 Apple Orchard Road, Clinton with Enhanced Shoplifting, in the warrant served Saturday. It cites the investigation of Officer Polson as stating that Graddick took merchandise from the Church Street Lil’ Cricket, passing all points of purchase with intent to deprive the store of the items. The warrant states that Ricky Graddick has numerous convictions for property crimes, making this a case of Enhanced Shoplifting. A $10,000 cash or surety bond was set on the Shoplifting charge from Laurens City Police. Meanwhile Graddick was charged Sunday by the Sheriff’s Office with a drug case involving a confidential informant back in February. He’s charged with Possession of Oxycodone with Intent to Distribute. Narcotics Officer Matt Veal states the illegal act occurred on February 18th, 2016. Ricky Eugene Craddick was to be arraigned on the county drug charge today.

Mob Assault Alleged

Clinton Public Safety arrested a local man midday Saturday on charges of being involved in a mob assault on another Clinton man in the summer of 2014. 26-year-old Kendrick Dmango Reid of C-1, 590 Phillips Street, Clinton was charged with Assault & Battery by a Mob 2nd Degree. Officer C. S. Harris states that around 7:00 pm on July 15th, 2014 Kendrick Reid committed the offense of Assault and Battery by a Mob in the 2nd Degree by assaulting the victim, resulting in serious bodily injury. The warrant states the assault was committed along with two other assailants at Zee’s Food Store at 322 West Main Street in Clinton. A $40,000 cash or surety bond was set during arraignment this weekend. Kendrick D. Reid remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

1st PTC Class of Occupational Therapists Assistants

Piedmont Technical College recently celebrated the graduation of its first class of occupational therapy assistant (OTA) students during a pinning ceremony.

All 11 of the graduating students have been offered positions in the field. The students will be eligible to begin work upon completion of the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

“This has definitely been a journey,” said Audrey Wilson-Alston, program director, who added “This has been a wonderful group of women who came in very scared and unsure about the profession, but they have blossomed.”

PTC Dean of Health Science Dr. Jerry Alewine said “We are delighted to be able to offer these grads to the community that so desperately needs the OTAs in the health care facilities.”

The two-year associate degree program at Piedmont Tech is one of three offered in the state. The program provides opportunities for occupational therapy assistant graduates in the Upstate and the Midlands of South Carolina.

Occupational therapy assistants and aides help patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. OTAs work with a variety of patients with mental, physical, emotional or developmental impairments. OTAs collaborate with occupational therapists to develop and carry out a treatment plan for each patient.

Amber West from Columbia holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise sports science from USC-Aiken, but she was drawn to the OTA program.

“OTA always stood out to me because it’s holistic, it’s more intimate with the patients and it is working with everything we do from the moment we wake up until the moment we go back to sleep,” she said. “It’s been quite an adventure, but I feel very confident.”

More information on the occupational therapy assistant program is available from Wilson-Alston at (803) 768-8189 or at www.ptc.edu/ota.

  Man Accused of Assaulting Mom, then Dad

The Sheriff’s Office received a report Friday morning about a man allegedly assaulting and threatening his mother through the day Thursday, then continued the behavior towards his Dad when he came home from work. Once the younger man went to sleep Friday morning, the couple came to the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. Officers went to the residence and arrested the subject around 8:00 am Friday. 34-year-old Robert Richard Sanders of 200 Patti Preakness Drive, Clinton was charged with Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult and Assault and Battery 3rd Degree. Deputy Timothy Byrd states that Sanders knowingly and willfully abused a vulnerable adult in that he assaulted his mother by choking her and striking her several times and by shaking her while she was in a wheelchair. Deputy Timothy Byrd states that on May 19th one Robert Richard Sanders committed battery by choking and striking his Dad several times.

Cash or surety bonds were set at $50,000 on the Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult charge and $2,000 on the Assault and Battery case. Robert Richard Sanders remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

2nd Degree Domestic Assault

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man around 1:30 Friday morning for an alleged domestic assault Thursday night at a Clinton residence on Highway 76. 36-year-old John Daniel Crumpton Jr. was booked listing an address of 107 Malone Avenue, Union and charged with Domestic Violence 2nd Degree. A warrant cites the investigation of Lt. Marlon Higgenbotham as indicating that on May 19th in Laurens County John Daniel Crumpton Jr. pulled the victim out of bed by her hair and struck her about her body, and that he took her phone, preventing her from calling 911. John Daniel Crumpton Jr. was released from the Laurens County Detention Center Saturday afternoon on a $25,000 surety bond.