Teen Charged with Four Attempted Murders

A Greenville teen was charged with four counts of Attempted Murder yesterday in connection with an incident in Laurens Wednesday night. Laurens Police were called around 10:30 PM Wednesday and learned that six females from Clinton, aged 15 to 20, had been behind the Jaycee Hut at 310 Exchange Drive when a group of nine from Greenville, ages 14 to 20, arrived and some began to fight with the Clinton females. Laurens Assistance Police Chief Chrissie Cofield said the Greenville group consisted of seven females and two males.

One of the males from Greenville reportedly produced a pistol and fired it, perhaps into the air. The Clinton girls then got into a car and left. Major Cofield said the male with the gun fired several shots at the car, with four bullets hitting the car. No personal injuries were noted.

The Clinton youth went to nearby Laurens Villa, where police met with them. Major Cofield said they received a text from the Greenville group wanting to fight, then a car with Greenville subjects drove into Laurens Villa, but turned to leave after apparently seeing police there. Cofield said the car struck another vehicle as the female driver attempted to exit Laurens Villa, and she then drove through grass, down the hill. In the slipper grass, the car ran into a utility pole and was disabled.

Assistant Chief Cofield said the female driver of the car was charged with

Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct, then released, pending trial.

One of the males, 18-year-old Iantevies Lamar Rogers of 714 Hampton Avenue, Greenville was booked in the Laurens County Detention Center and charged with four counts of Attempted Murder and with Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. The warrants state that multiple rounds of ammunition struck the vehicle after a fight took place between several individuals at 310 Exchange Drive. Rogers is also accused of having a black Smith and Wesson .22 caliber revolver during commission of the attempted murders.  Bond was denied on all charges. Iantevies Lamar Rogers remains in the Laurens County Detention Center.

Major Cofield said the Police investigation was still in progress.

New Lt. Governor Visits Laurens

South Carolina Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant was introduced to the Laurens Rotary Club yesterday by State Senator Danny Verdin. The Laurens Senator said that he and Bryant worked together many years in the Senate, before Bryant recently became Lt. Governor.

Bryant noted his involvement in a Family Pharmacy his father founded in Anderson, and said that though his work as a pharmacist he sees ways that government intrudes in business operations without adding benefit for the customer. He noted that pharmacies have to report names of customers each day who buy certain controlled drugs, noting the state maintains a lot of personal information on people across the state on their drug purchases.

Lt. Governor Bryant said he is extremely disappointed with the legislature’s recent passage of a gas tax. He said that he would rather have taken action to bring the State Department of Transportation under better management. He said its being run as a football team with 3 Head Coaches and 9 starting quarterbacks. The Lt. Governor said that before adding tax revenue, the state legislature should put the D.O.T. under a cabinet-level director appointed by the Governor. That, he said would give one person who can make the changes needed for more efficient operation. He said with the Transportation department having so many people to answer to, decisions are made for political reasons, rather than based on what’s needed to improve bridges and highways across the state.

7 Person Advisory Committee for Animal Control

Laurens County Council members had an assignment for this week: Nominate someone to be on the new Advisory Committee for Laurens County Animal Control. Public Works Director Rob Russian said it should be a 5 to 7 member body nominated by County Council that would meet and discuss ideas for dealing with adoption of pets and other matters related to the operation of the animal control shelter. Councilman David Pitts suggested a 7 person Advisory Committee, with each Council Member nominating one person. That was approved with a 6 to 0 vote. Russian asked for nominations to be made this week so he can get the new committee activated soon. Council was advised that Councilman Jones had names of several people who had indicated they would be willing to serve on the advisory committee.

Russian mentioned that while social media can be very effective in getting people interested in adopting dogs, it has another side; where people sometimes go on vicious attacks, including on some staff of Animal Control.

During the public comment period, three women spoke out on animal control matters. From what this reporter could tell, some of their comments appeared to be exemplifying what Mr. Russian had spoken of regarding social media. At one point, Councilman David Pitts objected to one woman’s comments, saying she was engaging in personal attack.

Amanda Munyan Discusses New Duties at the Chamber

Recently the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce voted to bring a familiar former Chamber employee back to the chamber as CEO. Amanda Munyan spoke this morning on WLBG about her coming transition from Executive Director at the United Way of Laurens County to the top slot at the Laurens County Chamber.  She said she looks forward to working hard.

“I’m very thankful they have chosen me and put their faith in me and I look forward to working as hard as I possibly can to make everyone proud.”

Amanda served for five years as the Member Services Coordinator at the Chamber and called former CEO Greg Alexander a mentor.  She said she was real big on teamwork and that an excellent team, in both staff and volunteers, is already in place at the Chamber.

Of course, accepting the position at the Chamber means leaving the United Way where she has served as the Director for two years.  She said leaving tugs at the heart strings but, she said she would still be involved with the United Way and would continue to assist in any way she could. “It’s certainly a passion of mine but, then again, Laurens County as a whole is a passion of mine.”

Amanda Munyan begins her duties as Chamber CEO effective July 10th.

Woman Jumps from Moving Car’

Laurens Police yesterday charged a man in connection with a domestic incident in Laurens on East Main at 127 Bypass Wednesday. Arrested on the day of the alleged incident was 36-year-old Christopher Damian Burton of 205 Relax Street, Waterloo. A warrant charging 2nd Degree Domestic Violence cites an investigation of Officer Lindsey indicates that on May 24th Mr. Burton placed a substantial amount of fear for the life of the victim by stating he was going to kill her, ultimately leading her to jump out of a moving vehicle. She reportedly received multiple lacerations from her attempt to get away from him. Christopher Damian Burton was released on a $15,000 cash or surety bond.

Woman Jerked from Vehicle

A domestic assault one week earlier was charged yesterday with the Sheriff’s Office arrest of 27-year-old Joshua DeChristopher Walk of 1485 Blakely Road, Waterloo. Walk is charged with Domestic Violence 2nd Degree. A warrant states that on May 18th Mr. Walk inflicted moderate bodily injury by jerking the victim from a vehicle and striking her in the head with his fist, this allegedly occurring in the presence of a child. With a cash or surety bond set at $15,000, Joshua Walk remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

12 Charges from Storage Unit Burglaries

A Clinton man has been charged with breaking into six storage units at a location north of Laurens back in March. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested Darren Keith O’Bryant of 306 Chestnut Street, Clinton and served him with twelve warrants. He’s facing six charges of 3rd Degree Burglary, two of Grand Larceny and four counts of Petit Larceny.

Keith O’Bryant is accused of breaking into six storage units at a storage facility off Highway 221 North on March 12th. In the two Grand Larceny warrants, Deputy David Staton states that O’Bryant took property valued at $2,600 and $2,400. In the four Petit Larceny warrants, he is accused of taking items valued at under $2,000 from these four victims.

Darren “Keith” O’Bryant was held overnight, with a bond hearing set for 4:00 this afternoon, with possibility of additional warrants.

Arrest after 3:00 AM Disturbance on Camp Street

Laurens City Police arrested a man at his residence early yesterday morning following an alleged disturbance. 37-year-old Allen Scott Beck of 113 Camp Street, Laurens was issued tickets charging him with Public Disorderly Conduct and Possession of a Firearm while Intoxicated at 3:10 yesterday morning at his residence on Camp Street. He was served with a warrant charging Breach of Peace, Aggravated in Nature. In it, Lt Martin states that an investigation by Sgt. Sellers indicates that on May 25th Mr. Beck possessed a rifle and a pistol while intoxicated and was yelling profanities, allegedly saying he was going to kill someone’s whole family. Bonds were set totaling $20,000 on the Breach of Peace and Public Disorderly charges. Allen Scott Beck remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Receiving Stolen Goods

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday served a charge of Receiving Stolen Goods on 47-year-old Timothy Dewayne “Timmy” Thompson of 113 Wilson Bridge Road, Fountain Inn. He is accused of being in possession of property valued at more than $2,000 earlier this year on February 16th, knowing, or having reason to know, that the property was stolen. Timothy Dewayne Thompson was released yesterday afternoon on an $8,000 cash or surety bond.

Clinton VS Greenville – Fight in Laurens

Laurens City Police were called about 10:30 last night on a report that a group of 6 females from Clinton, aged 15 to 20, had been behind the Laurens Jaycee Hut on Exchange Drive when a group of 7 females and 2 males from Greenville, aged 14 to 20, arrived and began to fight with the Clinton females. One of the Clinton males reportedly produced a firearm and began discharging it. The Clinton group indicated they got in a car and left, adn the Greenville male with the firearm shot at the car. Assistance Police Chief Chrissie Cofield told WLBG the car was struck four times.

The Clinton girls went down the street and drove into Laurens Villa. Laurens Police arrived there and officers were talking with the Clinton group when they reportedly received a text from the Greenville group, saying they wanted to continue the fight. The group reportedly drove into Laurens Villa, but turned around after seeing the police there. Major Cofield said the car, driven by one of the females. struck another vehicle while trying to exit Laurens Villa, then drove through slippery grass to continue the exit, but the driver lost control and ran into a utility pole, knocking the car out of commission.

The Greenville female driving the car was issued citations charging her with Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct. She was released, pending court.

18-year-old Iantevies Lamar Rogers of 714 Hampton Avenue, Greenville was booked in the Laurens County Detention Center, charged with three counts of Attempted Murder and with Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.

Major Cofield said the Police investigation was still in progress.

Three Men Charged with Armed Robbery May 3rd

Laurens City Police early yesterday arrested three men in connection with an armed robbery of a pizza delivery person at Laurens Glenn Apartments early this month. After being brought to the county detention center in the pre-dawn hours, the three men were served warrants yesterday charging each with Armed Robbery and with Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.

The three suspects in the May 3rd Armed Robbery were 18-year-old Enicholas O’Bryan Leake of 303 Crescent Drive, Laurens, 19-year-old Braylon Demarkques McBeth of 119 Spring Street, Laurens and 21-year-old Stanley Montrez Walk of 218 Spring Street, Laurens. Mr. Walk is also reportedly known as “Trez” and “Walk.”

In warrants served on all three suspects, Sgt. Nolen cites an investigation by Laurens Police Officer Robert Van Pelt as indicating that on May 3rd each defendant, along with his two co-defendants, approached a victim and demanded his money.  The warrants state the victim complied and was then struck in the back of the head with a firearm. The three co-defendants are alleged to have had possession of a handgun during commission of the armed robbery at 900 Church Street on Wednesday, May 3rd.

During arraignment yesterday, bond was denied on both charges for all three suspects. Enicholas O’Bryan Leake, Braylon Demarkques McBeth and Stanley Montrez Walk remained in the Laurens County Detention Center today.

Retirement Benefit for Four Election Commissioners

Laurens County Council dealt with one more retired employee’s health insurance matter this week. While council had already voted on coverage for the bulk of retirees, Administrator Jon Caime advised Council at their Tuesday night meeting of a remaining matter to be addressed. He said there were two retired members of the Laurens County Election Commission who have been receiving health insurance benefits, and a third member of the commission who had been promised the health insurance benefits after she retired. A fourth person had declined health coverage, but was using the county’s dental insurance coverage and wanted to continue. Caime noted they “fell through the cracks” and were not covered by council’s earlier vote.

Council Member Diane Anderson expressed opposition to continuing to provide health insurance coverage, noting the Election Commissioners are not technically county employees and are appointed by the State Delegation from Laurens County. Addressing Commissioners on hand, and saying she knew individuals involved, she said her opposition was not personal, but a desire to not start making exceptions.

Councilman David Pitts made a motion to grandfather the four current and retired Election Commissioners and allow them to continue receiving the benefit. That was approved with a 5 to 1 vote. Anderson cast the “no” vote. Councilman Tollison was absent due to being out-of-town on business.

“Manifesting Extreme Indifference to Life”

Actions during an alleged domestic assault in Laurens County this past Sunday were described as manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested 38-year-old Jeremy Olin Calvert of 385 Warrior Creek Church Road, Gray Court and charged him with Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature.

A warrant cites an investigation by Deputy Rogers as indicating that on May 21st, Mr. Calvert grabbed the victim by her throat and arm and drug her across the kitchen and threw her on the floor. Then, once outside, he allegedly tried to run her over with his truck.

During arraignment yesterday, a $15,000 cash or surety bond was set on the Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature charge. Jeremy Olin Calvert remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Local Art to Hang in the Capitol

Recognition of recent accomplishments by art students was on the agenda at Tuesday’s meeting of the District 56 school board.

Clinton High student Magali Cibrian was announced as the winner of the Congressional Art Show for the Third Congressional District in South Carolina. Magali’s work will be appropriately framed and will hang in the Unites States Capitol building for one year. In addition, Magali will receive two tickets to Washington DC and will tour the White House and the Capitol where she will meet with 3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan. A $3,000 scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design was also a part of the prize package awarded to Magali as winner of the Congressional Art Show.

District 56 Trustees recognized 1st and 2nd place winners of the statewide South Carolina Fish Contest. Liz Moody and Kiya Worthy were honored for placing 1st and 2nd respectively in the contest, sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Also recognized at Tuesday’s School Board meeting were the winners of the recent Bailey Manor Art Show. The were presented with certificates and ribbons.

Firearms Charge

Laurens City Police Tuesday arrested a man and held him for a firearms charge. Yesterday, Officers served a warrant citing 22-year-old Ya Travious Chavez Livingston of 307 Sumter Street, Laurens with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. In the warrant, Sgt. Nolen states that an investigation of Officer Robert Van Pelt indicates the defendant had a Sar Arms 9 mm pistol worn on his left hip on May 23rd. The warrant states the defendant is not allowed to carry a concealed pistol and does not have a Concealed Weapon Permit. With a cash or surety bond set at $20,000, Ya Travious Chavez Livingston remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Guilty Pleas in Burglary Cases

In Laurens County General Sessions action this week, a man was sentenced Tuesday following his guilty plea Monday afternoon on a Burglary case. Tony Shun Smith of 7 Riverside Street, Laurens pled to 2nd Degree Burglary. Judge J. Cordell Maddox Jr. sentenced him to 8 years, suspended to 5 years probation, with credit given for time spent since his arrest October 12th of 2015. With the conviction on the one Burglary charge, the court is no longer pursuing other charges including two more charges of 2nd Degree Burglary, two charges of 3rd Degree Burglary and one case for Possession of Burglary Tools.

 

Sean Princeton Taylor of 10 Black Oak Court, Simpsonville pled guilty to 2nd Degree Burglary during Laurens County General Sessions Court this week. He was sentenced to 3 years under the Youthful Offenders Act, suspended to 3 years probation with random drug testing. This is to be served concurrent with a Greenville Probation case. With the guilty plea on the burglary case, the court is not to pursue other charges of a 1st Degree Burglary and a Grand Larceny.

Plea Bargain on Drug Charges

Sentencing was handed down in General Sessions Court Tuesday for Timothy Michael Walden of 105 Hawkins Circle, Joanna. On a case that started as a Distribution of Methamphetamine charge, Walden pled guilty to

Possession of Less than One Gram of Meth. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, to be served concurrent with his probation revocation. Other charges no longer being pursued against Timothy Michael Walden include Distribution of Methamphetamine, Purchasing Crack within Proximity of a school, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Theft of a Controlled Substance and Breaking into a Motor Vehicle.

Did Not Complete Drug Court

28-year-old Shannon Case Dow of 119 Claude Fowler Road, Fountain Inn was jailed yesterday on a Laurens County General Sessions Bench Warrant. It states that the defendant is a participant in the Laurens County Drug Court Program, and that the court has been informed that the defendant has not complied with the requirements of Drug Court. Judge Hocker signed the order May 17th, stating Ms. Dow was to be taken into custody and held at the Laurens County Detention Center until her case can be resolved.

Not Nice to Mess with the 911 Dispatcher

A 48-year-old woman spent last night in the county detention center, apparently the result of a 911 call that was determined to be improper. Laurens Police Sgt. Sellers arrested the woman, issuing a ticket that charges her with Unlawful Use of 911 at 8:00 last evening.

Fight Follows Theft of Playstation Game

A Clinton Public Safety officer was dispatched to a residence in the College View area of town a little after 7:30 this past Monday evening on a report that included a Burglary followed by an Assault. A resident said that while she had been at work someone took her son’s Playstation game system. She said it contained a game that her son had borrowed from a friend. She said she advised the son’s friend that she would not be reimbursing him for the cost of the stolen game, since they had no control over the home break-in. The son’s friend reportedly became angry and assaulted her son, punching him in the face before leaving her house. An assault charge was pending as the case remained under investigation.