2 Drug Arrests Monday on Camp St.

Laurens Police arrested an Enoree man and a Union woman yesterday on Meth Distribution charges from Camp Street in Laurens.

48-year-old Gerry Todd Owen of 1199 Baggett Road, Enoree was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 2nd Offense. A warrant sites the investigation of Officer Van Pelt as indicating that on October 16th Mr. Owen had 2.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine in his possession on Camp Street in Laurens. With a cash or surety bond set at $30,000 on that charge, Gerry Todd Owen remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

44-year-old Danell Parks Johnson of 233 Pineland Road, Union was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Giving False Information to Law Enforcement. Officer Van Pelt states that on October 16th Ms. Johnson had in her possession 2.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and that this occurred on Camp Street in Laurens. In a second warrant, Officer Van Pelt states that Ms. Johnson committed the crime of giving false information to law enforcement by giving the wrong name when asked for her identification yesterday on Camp Street. Cash or surety bonds were set totaling $15,465 on her two charges yesterday. Danell Parks Johnson remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Drug Charges from Fleming St. Sunday

Laurens City Police yesterday charged two people with illegal possession of multiple drugs with intent to distribute Sunday. 46-year-old Wendy Dawn Cagle of 403 Robinson Road, Laurens was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Marijuana, a Schedule II Narcotic and a Schedule IV Narcotic, all with Intent to Distribute. 29-year-old Marion Hampton Mims of 111 Mockingbird Road, Laurens was charged with Possession of a Schedule IV Narcotic with Intent to Distribute, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Narcotic and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine 2nd Offense.

Warrants citing an investigation of Officer Napier and witnessed by other Laurens City Officers, state the illegal possession of various drugs were discovered during a lawful traffic stop on Fleming Street Sunday.

Wendy Dawn Cagle and Marion Hampton Mims are both accused of having eleven individually wrapped baggies of methamphetamine, with a total weight of 2.4 grams.  They’re also accused of having possession of a total of seven pills of Hydrocodone in multiple white cylinders.

Ms. Cagle also allegedly had one white cylinder containing fifteen green pills identified as Diazepam and also reportedly had six individually wrapped clear baggies of marijuana with a total weight of 3.9 grams.

Cash or surety bonds for each were set at $15,000 on the Possession of Meth with Intent to Distribute. Wendy Dawn Cagle remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning with bonds set totaling $30,000 on all her charges. Marion Hampton Mims remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning with bonds on his charges set totaling $25,000.

Night-time Home Burglary, 3 Assaults Alleged

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday charged a Waterloo man with a home burglary and with three assaults at the home Sunday night. 47-year-old Jamie Leroy Trent of 107 Copperhead Drive, Waterloo was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Domestic Violence and two counts of 2nd Degree Assault and Battery.

Jamie Leroy Trent is accused of breaking into the victim’s residence on Copperhead Drive Sunday with intent to commit a crime. This burglary reportedly occurred at night, while the victim was at home. In the Domestic Violence warrant, Deputy Hildebrandt states that on October 15th Mr. Trent pushed, struck and held the victim captive in a corner while he verbally and physically assaulted her. In the 2nd Degree Assault and Battery warrants, Trent is accused of committing a battery on two victims, one noted as a juvenile, by pushing, striking and dragging each of them.

Jamie Leroy Trent was being held overnight, awaiting a bond hearing on the four charges.

Drop, Cover & Hold On!

This week is Earthquake Awareness week in South Carolina. While the observance began Sunday, the highlight of this year’s preparation for the possibility of an earthquake here in this part of the United States is two days away – this Thursday – October 19th at 10:19 am. That’s when more than two million people from eight states and in Washington, D.C. will take part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake safety drill.

Organizers say that for most people, an earthquake is a time to drop, cover and hold on. You should Drop to your hands and knees. Then Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand as you crawl for shelter under a nearby table or desk. Then you should Hold On to your shelter with one hand until the shaking stops. During this time, you should remain on your knees, covering your head and neck with one arm and hand.

Schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities and households are all encouraged to participate in the drill.  Worldwide, 25 million people are currently expected to participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills Thursday. Although the primary activity of the ShakeOut is based upon a drill procedure similar to a fire or tornado drill, participants are encouraged to take actions to become better prepared for all disasters.

Thefts from 2 Stores “Enhanced”

A history of repeated property crimes was alleged yesterday as Laurens City Police charged a local woman with two counts of Enhanced Shoplifting. 50-year-old Angela Loranne Hartwell of 103 Owings Street, Laurens, also reportedly known as Angela Anderson, was charged yesterday with taking merchandise from the Ace Hardware store at 340 Hillcrest Drive and from Wal-Mart at 922 East Main. Laurens Police Lt. Martin stated in warrants that Ms. Hartwell’s criminal history shows more than three convictions for property crimes, making yesterday’s charges Enhanced.

Angela Loranne Hartwell was being held overnight, awaiting a bond hearing on the two charges.

Presidential Ambassadors

Each year, Piedmont Technical College chooses some of its best and brightest to serve as Presidential Ambassadors. These students represent the college at campus functions, provide tours and speak about their experiences to potential students. This year’s select 14 are from a variety of backgrounds, representing many program areas and hometowns, but they all have their educational experience from Piedmont Tech in common.

One of this year’s 14 Presidential Ambassadors is Jamie Walden, who has a wealth of experience helping the public. Right out of high school, she became a dispatcher. She spent 10 years as a police officer for the city of Columbia and then two years with Clinton Public Safety. Her work with Clinton included becoming a firefighter and a first responder. But, it’s her personal life that led her to enroll in the associate degree nursing program at Piedmont Technical College.

She said “My daughter has an extremely rare condition. I was tired of trying to educate myself online, so I enrolled in nursing school. Going through this process has given me a new sense of the importance of nurses and I want to be that person who is there.”

It’s Legal, Just Not That Much!

Attempting to purchase too much Sudafed or similar over-the-counter medicine was alleged with a Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrest yesterday. 32-year-old Joseph Bernard Harris of an apartment at 219 Independence Avenue, Laurens was charged with Attempt to Possess Unlawful Substance. Mr. Harris is accused of an attempt to possess more than nine grams of Pseudoephedrine in a 30-day period. This reportedly occurred on September 30th by an attempt to purchase 2.88 grams when he’s already purchased products containing 7.2 grams of Pseudoephedrine in the 30 days before. Joseph Bernard Harris was being held in the Laurens County Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing.

Lewd & Lascivious Actions Alleged with 2-Year-Old

Laurens City Police arrested a man Saturday on charges of his allegedly engaging a two-year-old child in lewd and lascivious activities in his home on Wednesday of last week, which he allegedly recorded on a cell phone. 30-year-old James Edward Redd Jr. of 106 Cummings Street, Laurens was charged with 1st Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor. Warrants cited an investigation of Laurens City Detective Kanipe regarding acts October 11th at his Cummings Street residence.

Mr. Redd is accused of criminal exploitation of a minor in the 1st degree by using a minor to engage in sexual activity for the purpose of making a video recording of the activity. He is accused of personally recording the video on a cellular device which depicts him exposing his privates, engaging in masturbation to completion involving contact with the victim’s face.

A second warrant, also citing an investigation of Detective Kanipe, states that on October 11th the defendant committed criminal sexual conduct with a minor in 3rd degree by knowingly and willingly committing lewd and lascivious acts upon a two-year-old victim in his residence, and recording it, as described in the first warrant.

Cash or surety bonds on the two charges were set totaling $200,000. James Edward Redd Jr. remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

District 55 Board Contacted by SLED

The Laurens County District 55 School Board and its administration have been contacted by SLED regarding the September referendum. An announcement issued by the District Office Friday said the Board and the District is cooperating with SLED. It said, “To our knowledge, there was no wrongdoing and we continue to work diligently to prepare our 6,000 students for success in school and in work.” The board statement added, “As elected officials for the Laurens 55 School District, we want to share timely and accurate information and will continue to do so about this and other issues regarding our public schools.” The statement added that they have much work to do in order to continue progress improving the teaching and learning for the 6,000 students in Laurens County School District 55.

Gun Threats to School Alleged in Arrest

A Laurens High Student, arrested Thursday by the Sheriff’s Office, was charged Friday in connection with a threat to Laurens High last Tuesday. 17-year-old Harley Dean Bogar of 1778 Harris Bridge Road, Woodruff is charged with Disturbing School. Deputy Walter A. Summers Jr. states that on October 10th the defendant disturbed the students and/or teachers of Laurens District 55 High School by threatening to bring a gun to school, and that he had the means to do so. With a cash or surety bond set at $2,000, Harley Dean Bogar remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

2 Charged Saturday with Possession of Meth with Intent

Laurens City Police arrested two people Saturday on charges of being in Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. 44-year-old Karen Melinda Bratcher of 54 Dragon Trail, Laurens and 46-year-old Anthony Keith Thornley of 3595 Saw Mill Road, Gray Court were both accused of having 2.15 grams of crystal meth in their possession on Watts Avenue Saturday. With a cash or surety bond set at $10,000, Karen Melinda Bratcher remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Anthony Keith Thornley also remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Stolen Vehicle on North Broad

A Spartanburg County man was arrested this weekend on charges of having a stolen vehicle in Clinton Saturday. Clinton Public Safety charged

31-year-old Christopher Dale Gore of 324 Kirby Street, Landrum with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Sgt. Phillip Wicker states that on October 14th Mr. Gore was in possession of a 2001 Volkswagen which had been reported stolen. This offense allegedly occurred at 404 North Broad Street in Clinton. With a personal recognizance bond set at $5,000, Christopher Dale Gore was released from the Laurens County Detention Center to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Arrest Friday Alleges Wednesday Assault

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Friday, alleging assault two days before. 39-year-old Robert Lamont Watts was booked as residing on Gas Lane, Clinton. An Assault and Battery 3rd Degree warrant shows his address as 900 Milton Road, Joanna. It cites an investigation by Deputy Howard as indicating that on October 11th Watts attempted to commit a battery on a victim by striking her in the face at 900 Milton Road, Joanna. He was also served with two Bench Warrants from Family Court, also showing his Joanna address. Both were issued September 21st and charge him with Failure to Pay.  Robert Lamont Watts remained in custody this morning with a $465 cash or surety bond set on the Simple Assault charge.

Alleged Assaults on Woman and Child Friday

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Friday on accusation that he attempted to push his wife off a porch that day. John Stewart Wood III of 3878 Fairview Road, Gray Court was charged with Domestic Violence 3rd Degree. A warrant states that an investigation by Deputy Atwood indicates that on October 13th in Laurens County Mr. Wood assaulted the victim by physically trying to force her off a porch by pushing her. The warrant states that he had the apparent present ability to cause physical harm or injury under circumstances that reasonably created fear of imminent peril.

John Stewart Wood III was released on a $2,500 surety bond.

Assaults on Woman & Child

Assaults on a woman and child some six weeks ago was alleged with an arrest Friday. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office charged 38-year-old Roger Keith Gregory of 4211 Highway 101 North, Gray Court with 2nd Degree Domestic Violence and 3rd Degree Assault and Battery.

Warrants citing an investigation of Deputy Willard state Mr. Gregory committed two assaults on August 30th. The 2nd Degree Domestic Violence warrant alleges Gregory inflicted moderate bodily injury by hitting the victim on her chin, causing her to bite her tongue, and that this assault occurred in the presence of two minor children. The 3rd Degree Assault and Battery warrant states that Gregory attempted battery on a juvenile victim by slamming him to the ground and striking him in the mouth.

Roger Keith Gregory was released on cash or surety bonds totaling $27,000.

Assault and Presenting “AR” Rifle

Assault and Firearm charges a month ago were served Friday on 27-year-old Joseph Lewis Hill of 32 Watson Street, Clinton. The Sheriff’s Office charged Hill with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree and with Pointing and Presenting a Firearm at A Person. Deputy Jimmy Johnson states that on September 17th, 2017 Mr. Hill intentionally committed a battery on the victim by pushing her across the front porch and that he pointed or presented an AR rifle at her. With $6,087 cash or surety bonds set on the two Laurens County charges, Joseph Lewis Hill was released to the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office.

Giving Her Too Much Attention!

Laurens City Police made an arrest Friday for alleged harassment early this month. 38-year-old Robert Daniel Simmons of 468 Burns Road, Laurens was charged with Harassment 2nd Degree.

Sgt. Thibodeau cites an investigation of Sgt. Billy Sellers as indicating that as of October 3rd the defendant has intentionally, substantially and unreasonably intruded into the private life of the victim. Simmons is accused of repeatedly calling and texting the victim and has loitered outside the victim’s residence on numerous occasions without the victim’s consent or permission. The defendant has reportedly refused to cease all contact with the victim and has induced fear and worry into her everyday life. These offenses allegedly occurred in the City of Laurens.

Robert Daniel Simmons was released on a $2,000 cash or surety bond.

Changing Price Tags

Laurens Police arrested 37-year-old Jerri Ann Clark of 215 Irby Avenue, Laurens Friday night. Officer Van Pelt issued a ticket charging her with Shoplifting in Wal-Mart at 9:10 Friday night. She was also served with a warrant charging Breach/Obtaining Signature Under False Pretense. It states that between September 2nd and 24th of this year in Wal-Mart Ms. Clark switched price tags on multiple occasions, purchased the items at discounted prices, then returned the items for fully value, totaling $127. Jerri Ann Clark was released on cash or surety bonds totaling $3,000.

Area Football Scores From Friday Night, 10-13-2017

Checking a varsity football scores from teams in the county;

Newberry 49 – Clinton 21…. For a quick summary of the game stats click on the following: CHS+vs+Newberry+Quickie

Laurens 27 – Riverside 0… For the complete game stat package, click on the following: Riverside+at+Laurens+Game Stats

Richard Winn 42 – Laurens Academy 8… For some stats on the game, click on the following: 10-13-17-LA+stats+v.s.+RWA


To see other score from around the upstate from last night, click here.

Mosquito Spray Saturday Night Waterloo-Ware Shoals

A case of West Nile Virus has been detected in our area. DHEC has identified two general locations where the person who has the virus may have contacted it. Laurens County Administration announced at Noon Friday that DHEC has determined two areas where the person may have contracted the virus, one area in Greenwood County and a separate area in Laurens County. Local reporters were advised that the West Nile Virus is not passed from human to human, but is transmitted by mosquitos. Therefore, per DHEC policy, these areas are going to be sprayed to reduce the mosquito population.

Laurens County Public Works Director Rob Russian identified the area of Laurens County that will be sprayed as “The Southwestern Quadrant of Laurens County, between Waterloo and Ware Shoals.”

Laurens County Emergency Services Director Joey Avery said that, weather permitting, the 1st spraying for mosquitos in Southwestern Laurens County will be late this Saturday night. “We have contracted with Gregory Pest Control in order to perform the spraying operation. And we have lined it up for (a) D-HEC requirement of three spraying time frames.” Avery said that rainfall in the area to be sprayed Saturday night would cause a delay, and they’ll try again Sunday night, pending better weather. He said a second spraying would be 12 to 14 days after the first, and there could be a third spraying after another 12 to 14 days. “We’re hoping we’re not going to have to get into that third spraying because the temperatures are going to drop and kill the mosquitos.”

Joey Avery said that per a state contract and planning well ahead of this incident, Gregory Services are to provide the spraying. Weather permitting, a green pickup truck with the Gregory logo will travel the roadways between Waterloo and Ware Shoals late Saturday night spraying from the back of the truck.

Avery said that next week additional Gregory personnel, dressed in Green and with identification from Gregory Services and Laurens County, will be going door-to-door in the affected area instructing residents about the situation. If the resident desires, they’ll walk with them around their yard, pointing out any areas of stagnant water or other areas that could breed mosquitos.

Residents are reminded they can get more information on the West Nile Virus, including symptoms to expect, at DHEC’s website.

E911 Director Joey Avery said that they will also be sending out alerts to telephones of people in the affected area regarding this Saturday night’s mosquito spraying.

Rob Russian said this is the same basic spraying protocol used by the Cities of Clinton and Fountain Inn.

When we asked about the approximate $8,000 cost of mosquito spraying, Administrator Jon Caime said County Council budgeted for possible contingencies as this, pointing out County Government’s responsibility to handle such situations for the residents.