Unlawful Possession of Narcotic

Unlawful Possession of a Schedule IV Narcotic was charged with a Clinton Police arrest early yesterday morning. 25-year-old Heather Renae Taylor of 101 Gordon St, Clinton was served with a warrant from Lt. Anderson alleging she had Clonazepam on her person in city limits. Ms. Taylor was released on a $2,000 cash or surety bond around 6;00 pm.

Female Attacks Grandmother

A woman reported an assault by her granddaughter in Clinton early yesterday. The victim called Clinton Police around 6:00 Monday morning stating her granddaughter had assaulted her, striking her in the face three times during a disagreement. Lt. Wicker noted observing a laceration under the woman’s left eye, but the grandmother did not want to press charges.

Buckle Up The Children!

This is National Child Passenger Safety Week. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announced that September 15th thru 21st is set aside to raise concern about proper use of child seats in vehicles. The state agency notes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that nearly half (46%) of all child safety seats are not properly used or even properly installed.

The week ends Saturday with a National Seat Check!

State Public Safety Director Leroy Smith noted, “Every 19 minutes in South Carolina, a child under 13 is involved in a passenger vehicle crash,” He added, “Using car seats that are age- and size-appropriate is the best way to keep your children safe.”

Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death for children. Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can make all the difference. In 2015, NHTSA reports about 25.8 percent of children 4 to 7 who should have been riding in booster seats were prematurely moved to seat belts, and 11.6 percent were unbuckled altogether.

According to the SC Child Passenger Safety Law, infants under two years old must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until the child exceeds the height or weight limit allowed by the manufacturer of the car seat, before moving to a forward-facing car seat. Children at least four who have outgrown a forward-facing seat may be moved to a booster seat until they meet the height and fit requirements for an adult safety belt. The safest place for all children is in the back seat.

Car seats and booster seats should be registered with the seat manufacturer. Parents and caregivers can view more information on car seat safety and locate a certified technician at: www.nhtsa.gov/carseat

….or at the SCDPS website, www.scdps.sc.gov/buckleupsc

The full South Carolina Child Passenger Safety Law is available at:  https://scdps.sc.gov/buckleupsc/safety_seat_law.


2 Killed in Laurens Motorcycle/Car Crash

Two people riding a motorcycle were killed in an accident in Laurens this weekend. The fatal wreck occurred on Church Street Saturday evening.  Laurens County Deputy Coroner Robin Morse said that 49-year-old April Hughes Lewis and 53-year-old Tony Rudean Hall, both of Waterloo, were killed during a collision with a car. He said they were both on a motorcycle and neither was wearing a helmet. Autopsies were to be conducted today to determine cause of death.

Laurens Police arrested 35-year-old Jose Reyes-Cruz of 582 Church St, Laurens and charged him with two counts of Felony Driving under the Influence and with Driving Without a License. Warrants state he failed to yield the right of way to the victims, resulting in their deaths. During arraignment, bond was denied on both the Felony DUI charges. A bond of $232 was set on the Driving without a License charge. Jose Reyes-Cruz was being held in the Johnson Detention Center.

Sheriff to Receive “Patriot” Award

The South Carolina Army National Guard is to present Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds with “The Patriot Award.” Top leadership in the Guard is to preset it to Sheriff Reynolds tomorrow evening. The general public is invited to the presentation, along with stale and local representatives, veterans and law enforcement officers. This is to take place from 5:30 to 6:00 Tuesday evening, September 17th at the Historic Courthouse on the Laurens Square.

Assault and Kidnapping

A Joanna area man was arrested Friday in connection with an alleged kidnapping and domestic assault earlier this month. 36-year-old Eric Domonic Charles Gillian of 279 St. Elmo Road, Kinards is charged with

Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature and Kidnapping. Warrants allege that on the 5th of September Gillian hit and choked the victim, then placed his knee on her throat. He’s further accused of barricading a door and taking her cell phone in order to prevent her from calling law enforcement.

With cash or surety bonds set at $40,000 for each of the two charges, Eric Domonic Charles Gillian was being held with bonds of $80,000.

1st Degree Burglary

A man arrested by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday has been charged with a 1st Degree Burglary that day in the Wattsville community. 36-year-old Timothy Daniel Maes of 114 Miracle Drive, Laurens is accused of attempting to enter an occupied dwelling on Smythe Street with the intent of committing a crime therein. A cash or surety bond of $20,000 was set on the 1st Degree Burglary charge.

Marijuana Possession with Intent to Distribute

Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute was among the charges yesterday for 29-year-old Dajour Downs of 109 Alice Avenue, Greenville. He was arrested in Laurens County, also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Warrants allege that he had 29.08 grams of marijuana yesterday with intent to distribute, along with drug paraphernalia. He was being held in the Johnson Detention Center with bonds on both charges totaling $3,628.

Meth Possession

Meth possession Sunday is alleged with the weekend arrest of 29-year-old Morgan Elizabeth Ramsaur of 110 Stratford Place, Clinton. She’s charged with Possession of Less than One Gram of Meth, accused of being in possession of .4 gram of Meth on September 15th. A bond of $8,000 was set on the charge for Ms. Ramsaur.

Fire Department Resupplying After Burglary

The Youngs Volunteer Fire Department has been attempting to resupply their fire station at 3333 Harris Bridge Road, following a Burglary between 9:20 and 10:00 pm last Wednesday night. A man reportedly took such a quantity of equipment as to leave the station out of commission. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man in his late 40’s or early 50’ swith a tattoo on his right shoulder. He has a muscular build and stands between 5’9” and 5’10”. Video showed him wearing a black tank top, shorts and shows his graying hair to be salt and pepper. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office, or call Crimestoppers at 68-CRIME.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office or call Crimestoppers 864-68-CRIME.

Sheriff Don Reynolds commented, “This unfortunate event only adds insult to injury on an already somber day. He said, “Our firefighters work tirelessly daily. For someone to enter their haven without regard and take away items essential to the function of this station is disturbing and will not be tolerated.”

Coach Frank Hill Services Today

72-year-old Thomas Franklin “Frank” Hill, Jr. of Greenwood died at home last Thursday, after a career that included coaching a state championship high school football team.

Raised in the Waterloo area of Laurens County, Hill was a 1965 graduate of Hickory Tavern High School, where he was Senior Captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. After attending Anderson Jr. College and Carson-Newman University on a baseball scholarship, he began a career with Greenwood schools, coaching and teaching at Southside Jr. High. He moved to the newly formed Emerald Junior High School in August of 1970, where stayed until it became Emerald High School. He was named Emerald High’s first Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.

Coach Hill led the Emerald Vikings to win the 1998 AA State Football Championship and was named the State Football Coach of the Year.

He was inducted into the Emerald High School Hall of Fame and also honored with the naming of the Frank Hill Stadium.

Frank Hill Jr. was also inducted into the Laurens County Athletic Hall of Fame.

After retiring in 2004, Coach Hill was honored to serve annually on the staff of the North Team for 13 years. He served as a high school and college basketball referee and was chosen to call the NAIA College Final Four game in Kansas City. He was a high school and college baseball and softball umpire and a South Carolina High School Football Official.

As a dedicated member of St. Mark United Methodist Church for over 42 years, Coach Hill served in numerous leadership roles, which currently include serving as church treasurer.

He had many other affiliations in church and community.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 50 years, their two children, grandchildren along with two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral Services were set for 11:00 this morning in the Rivers Street Campus of St. Mark.  Private burial will be in Rabun Creek Baptist Church Cemetery of the Hickory Tavern area.

High and Aggravated Assault

Clinton Police arrested a woman this weekend from an alleged assault on a boyfriend. 50-year-old Tina Louise Taylor of 304 Shands Street, Clinton was charged with Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature.

Lt. Wicker and Lt. Anderson of Clinton Police responded to a call and arrested Ms. Taylor, charging her with Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Violence.

The had reportedly come home from a night out and began arguing with her live-in boyfriend, who was lying in bed as she arrived. He reportedly indicated that during the argument she struck him in the face then went into the living room and began throwing lamps and hair-care products around the house. After he reportedly shut the bedroom door, she allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and started stabbing the door. He stated that it was at this point that he called 911.

Saturday Morning Domestic Arrest

A domestic assault this weekend is cited in a Saturday morning arrest.

56-year-old Ronald Glenn Strickland of 377 Ledo Lane, Fountain Inn was charged with 3rd Degree Domestic Violence. He’s accused of striking his wife across her face with an open hand and of pushing her to the floor. A bond on Mr. Strickland was set at $3,000.

Charges from Thursday Assault

A man arrested by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday has since been charged with a domestic assault. 50-year-old Jonathan Earl Foster of 155 Shovel Circle, Gray Court was charged with 3rd Degree Domestic Violence. He’s accused of grabbing the victim by her hair and striking her on the left side of her face with his hand. A $5,000 bond was set on the charge.

Gunfire Disturbing Peace & Tranquility

Discharging gunfire Saturday was alleged with an arrest this weekend.    41-year-old Donnie Robert Hurley Jr. of 525 Deer Valley Road, Laurens was charged with Aggravated Breach of Peace. He is accused of discharging a firearm during an Argument which disrupted the peace and tranquility of the area. During arraignment, a $5,000 bond was set on the Aggravated Breach of Peace charge.

High School Football Scores from this Weekend

To see the football scores from around the state by classification and the region standings by classification, click here.



Scores courtesy of scfootballstats.com 

Study for New EMS Headquarters Approved

Department of Public Works Director, Dale Satterfield presented two requests to County Council this week regarding planning for county facilities. He suggested the planning research be conducted in two phases, noting “Laurens County has been developing a long-range plan to address neglect of capital needs for the taxpayers.”

In phase one, Satterfield requested Laurens County hire a firm to conduct a feasibility study of the needs for county office space and produce an estimate of the entire cost for addressing the needs. This facility would include a new law enforcement center, coroner’s office facility, emergency operations center, fire and rescue offices and the county’s 911 center in one complex. Satterfield said there is not now sufficient room for these government functions and there is no room for growth in the future.  The financial amount requested for these extensive planning studies, Dale Satterfield noted, would not exceed $25,000.

Satterfield suggested the second phase be another study conducted to determine the requirements of a new Laurens County EMS Headquarters building. That study would also cost $25,000, based on a proposal to the County Purchasing Director from Greenville-based company Stuart Cooper Newhall.

The Public Works Director proposed the studies be funded from the FILOT Special Projects Fund #156.

At their regular meeting Tuesday evening, Laurens County Council voted down the first phase for studying needs of a Laurens County Public Safety Complex. Council members McDaniel, Pitts and Wood voted no. Joe Wood explained his opposition, saying, “We don’t need to spend money to have outsiders to tell us what we need, when we have all our department heads and county workers to tell us.” He added, “We don’t even have the property decided on yet. It’s just wasted money.”

Funding the second phase study regarding a new EMS Headquarters, however, was approved over no votes from Council members David Pitts and Joe Wood.

Dale Satterfield also advised County Council that the $90,000 budgeted for a Northrop Photo Flyover of Laurens County is not needed. H said that a state-wide fly over planned for this winter will meet the needs of Laurens County, without the planned expense.

CPW Receives Santee-Cooper Grant for Hunter Park

Ongoing development at Laurens’ Hunter Industrial Park was subject of discussion this week at the September meeting of the Laurens Commission of Public Works.

General Manager John Young advised the commissioners the CPW has made all preparations to supply utilities to the new Muffin Mam industrial bakery being constructed in Hunter. He said, “We are waiting for them to tell us when to make the final connections.”

The CPW Monday evening took action that enables an upgrade for the utility’s electrical service in Hunter Industrial Park. The commissioners unanimously approved accepting a grant of $306,600 from the Santee Cooper Municipal Site Readiness Fund. This supplies money for completing an electrical distribution loop inside Hunter Industrial Park. John Young notes that having the loop for electrical distribution allows the CPW to continue feeing electrical current inside Hunter Park from the other direction, should there be a break in the loop.

Low-Country Man Facing Multiple Charges Here

A Lake Moultrie area resident was served with multiple firearms charges yesterday, following an early morning arrest in Laurens County. The South Carolina Highway Patrol initially had traffic charges for 58-year-old Michael Henry Miller of General Moultrie Drive, Bonneau, South Carolina.

Trooper Fagan issued tickets charging Miller with Driving under Suspension along with Driving an Unregistered & Unlicensed Vehicle on Fairview Road in Laurens County at 2:21 Thursday morning.

Warrants were served later yesterday charging the Lowcountry resident with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol, Possession of a Stolen Pistol and Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Convicted Felon. Citing the investigation of Trooper Fagan, the warrants state that in Laurens County on September 12th Michael Henry Miller carried about his person a handgun, not being authorized to do so. Miller is further accused of unlawfully possessing a firearm with the serial number filed off. A third warrant alleges that Miller had a loaded handgun in his pocket yesterday morning, while his criminal history shows felony convictions.

Michael Henry Miller remained in custody earlier this morning, still awaiting a bond hearing.

Trivia Night Planned at the Museum

Plans are underway for a Trivia Night event at the Laurens County Museum’s Witherspoon Building on October 24th. Upstate DJ Trivia is hosting a fun, live, interactive trivia game between teams of up to four people. A wide variety of topics will be covered in the trivia questions, from sports, current events, music, retro television, to science. Prizes will be awarded.

Organizers say now is the time for folks to prepare and get teams together for Trivia Night. Team size is limited to no more than four people.  Singles and doubles can become part of a team that evening.  Registration per person is $50. All ages are invited to register. There are limited sponsorships for student participation.

Trivia Night is a fund raiser to support renovations at the new museum’s Witherspoon Building at 116 South Public Square in Laurens. It’s scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 pm. Doors will open at 5:30.

A Silent Auction will feature items available for bid while trivia competitors battle it out.

For more information or to register or sponsor a team, go to www.laurenscountymuseum.org, the Laurens County Museum Facebook page, or call the Museum at 864-681-3678.