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.

Man Reported He Heard Someone Walking Outside

Deputy Timothy Byrd responded to Stewart Road, Fountain Inn at 43 minutes after midnight Sunday morning after a call from a man reported that someone was walking around his residence. The man reported wanted to sit in the officer’s patrol car. Deputy Byrd said he could sit in the back seat. The man reportedly pulled a clear bag from his right pocket that contained a clear rock-like substance. Sgt. Timmons came to the area with a test kit and the substance reportedly tested positive as meth. The resident was then arrested. 56-year-old Randall Charles Woods of 1140 Stewart Road, Fountain Inn was charged with Possession of Less than One Gram of Meth.  A warrant states that an investigation by Deputy Byrd indicates that on May 22nd the defendant knowingly possessed 2.9 grams of crystal methamphetamine. A cash or surety bond was set at $15,000. Randall Charles Woods remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Mobile Meth Lab Found Behind Store

Sheriff’s Lt. Robbie Haupfear responded to Brother’s Fast Stop on Highway 252 at Highway 76 at 12:41 yesterday afternoon on report of a possible meth lab. He reported finding a black book bag contained several items that are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. A complainant reported they were cleaning up t rash around the back of the building when they found the bag lying at the back of the building. Lt Haupfear identified a one-pot in the bag that appeared to contain lithium. A Meth Lab clean-up crew was called to the scene.

Assault by Aluminum Bat

Clinton Public Safety responded to the Laurens County Hospital at 10:48 Saturday night to investigate an assault. A man in the ER indicated he had been struck in the face by an aluminum bat. Officer Yelton noted the victim’s face was swollen and bruised on the right side and his right eye was swollen shut. He indicated that he had been struck at a Cypress Street residence where he had gone to speak with a family member. He indicated the discussion developed into an argument with the man who had the bat in his hand. Another man transported the victim to the hospital for treatment.

Entry thru Dry-Wall

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of the 127 By-Pass outside Laurens at 9:02 Friday morning to investigate a break-in and theft. A man reported that since 4:00 Thursday afternoon someone had broken through a dividing dry-wall to enter his residence and take an air conditioner, am amplifier, two speakers and a microphone. Value of the stolen items was $1,750. The matter remained under investigation.

Woman VS Woman, Then Girlfriend VS Mama

Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to Beauregard Street at 1:16 Friday morning regarding a domestic dispute between two women. One said she and her wife got into an argument when her wife threw water in her face. The wife had left and the victim said she did not want to press charges, just go to sleep as she had to work in the morning.

Clinton Public Safety was called back to the same residence at 5:01 Friday afternoon on a fight in progress report, apparently between the first alleged victim’s mother and the ‘wife.’ Some redness and minor swelling were noted on the younger woman’s face. 52-year-old Lisa Campbell Kiser of 28815 Highway 76 East, Clinton was arrested on charges of Public Disorderly Conduct and Assault and Battery 3rd Degree in citations from Officer Mercer at 5:15 pm. Lisa Campbell Kiser was released from the Laurens County Detention Center Saturday morning on personal recognizance  bonds totaling $1,000 on the two charges.

DUS, Resisting Arrest

Laurens City Police early Friday charged 30-year-old Amanda Sue Porter of 32 Sirrine Street, Laurens \with Driving under Suspension and Resisting arrest, following her Thursday evening arrest in town. Sgt. Nolen states that the investigation of Detective Kanipe indicates that on May 19th the defendant operated a motor vehicle on the roadways of South Carolina while her driving privileges were suspended by the SCDMV. This allegedly occurred on Fleming Street in Laurens. She is further accused of resisting arrest during a lawful traffic stop on Fleming Street.  Cash or surety bonds were set totaling $6,275 on the two charges. Amanda Sue Porter remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Unlawful 911 Call

Clinton Public Safety Saturday morning arrested 24-year-old Joseph Lee “Joe” Bates of Unit D, 207 Sloan Street, Clinton and charged him with Unlawful Use of 911. The charge was made in a citation from Sgt. Lawton at 12:30 am, alleging the offense at or near the intersection of North Sloan and Milling Streets. “Joe” Bates was released later Saturday morning on a $500 personal recognizance bond.

Harassing Calls

Laurens City Police Saturday morning arrested a man for alleged harassing phone calls to a Laurens residence last Wednesday. 22-year-old Jeffery Kenneth Orten II of 304 Edisto Drive, Gray Court was charged with Unlawful Telephone Communication. In the warrant, Lt. Martin states that investigation of Sgt. Charles Simmons indicates the defendant persistently called a victim and made threats on May 18th, after being advised by the victim and law enforcement to cease contact. Jeffery Orten II was released later Saturday morning on a $500 personal recognizance bond.

Resisting Arrest

Clinton Public Safety arrested a Charlotte woman at 2:30 Sunday morning following an encounter with an officer in the early morning hours off I-26. 25-year-old Ashley Leanne McKnight of 2427 Carrington Court, Charlotte was charged with False Information to Law Enforcement. A Citation with that charge was issued by Sgt. Lawton at 2:30 Sunday morning at or near the intersection of Highway 56 and Interstate 26. A cash bond was set at $237.50. Ms. McKnight remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Bench Warrants Cite April 21st Convictions

Multiple Bench Warrants from Laurens County Magistrate’s Court were served yesterday on 43-year-old Tyrone Thompson of 100 Thrift Drive, Fountain Inn. Thompson was served with five Bench Warrants showing he was convicted April 21st, 2015 for charges of Driving under the Influence, an Uninsured Motor Vehicle Violation, Operation of an Unregistered or Unlicensed Vehicle, Operating a Vehicle with a Missing or Incorrectly Displayed License Plate and Driving without a License. Thompson received sentences of 30 days on each of the five cases, or fine ranging from $185 to $997.

They Floated!

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Some unusual boats were recently observed in Laurens. Rob Sheffield of LDHS Physics explained the strange watercraft was constructed by AP Physics 1 students at Laurens District High School who participated in the “1st Annual Raider Regatta” on May 12th, held in the pool at the Laurens Y.

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Sheffield said students were tasked with designing and building a boat made out of only cardboard, plastic bottles, duct tape, and plastic tablecloths.  The boats were required to carry a team member from one end of the pool to the other.

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He said all four teams who participated were successful in completing the challenge.  “Additionally, we had fun incorporating the Engineering Design Process with concepts learned in class.” These included buoyant forces, center of mass, Newton’s Laws and others.

Weather Postpones CHS Spring Football Game


The wet weather has also caused to CHS Spring Football Game to be postponed until next Monday (5-23-16) at Wilder Stadium with kickoff slated for 7 pm. Go Big Red!!

Crusader Baseball Game Postponed – Again

Laurens AcademyToday’s State Championship baseball game with the Crusaders taking on the Holly Hill Raiders has been postponed due to heavy rain. The game has been rescheduled to Monday, May 23rd at 6:00pm at Hammond School in Columbia. Because of this change, the Varsity Athletic Banquet has been moved to Tuesday, May 24th at 6:00pm at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church.  We here at Real Radio 860 WLBG are still planning on brining you the game and remember it will also be streamed live on the internet here on our homepage.

Defender, Protector, Friend, Shepherd


A shepherd. No, he’s not pure blooded but as you can see he’s mostly German Shepherd.
A protector, a guardian, a loyal friend. These dogs are all of that by nature. It is their instinct to defend and protect. They’re not mean or aggressive but…… not threaten his human.
His name is Shep (original, I know) and he’s one year old. He’s at Laurens County Animal Control and he’s about out of time. He’s been there about six weeks.
If you’d like a friend for life he’s available for adoption today. Call Animal Control……..864-682-4935.
And please SHARE Shep’s picture. Surely there’s someone who needs a friend.

Rhythm on the Rails Returns

Railroad tracks through downtown Clinton serve as both the visual background and in the name of a festival that has been expanded for its second year this evening and tomorrow.

“Rhythm on the Rails” hits the streets of Clinton starting at 5:00 this afternoon with rides for the kids. Parents can purchase a $3 wrist band today that gives their kids rides this evening and all day tomorrow. Performing on stage at the Depot from 6:00 to 9:00 this evening will be Smitty & the Jumpstarters.

Saturday’s fun starts at 10:00 am with kiddie rides, a BBQ contest, a host of food and craft vendors and lots of music, from blues to beach to gospel music. Among groups performing will be WSPA-TV’s Jack Roper and his Weatherman Band. Jack will also be performing his magic show.

The City of Clinton and a host of volunteers have spent months putting together a festive event for Rhythm of the Rails, underway this evening and all day Saturday in Downtown Clinton.

Suspect Charged with Two Burglaries at One Mountville Residence

Multiple charges were served yesterday on a young man arrested by the Sheriff’s Office on Moultrie Street, Joanna Wednesday. Deputies were looking for the subject who was wanted for charges from two home break-ins earlier this year. The suspect was taken into custody after officers checked a vacant house, followed a path thru tall grass and checked out a report of someone hiding in the crawl space of another, nearby house.

19-year-old XaincantisTychee “Ty” Watts of 176 John Grant Street, Cross Hill was served with warrants charging him with both 1st and 2nd Degree Burglary along with two counts of Petit Larceny and a 5th Sheriff’s warrant for Possession of Less than One Ounce of Methamphetamine. This was allegedly found in his possession at time of his Wednesday afternoon arrest.

Lt. Scott Franklin states that on February 16th, 2016 Watts entered a dwelling on Jefferson Davis Road, Mountville without consent and became armed with a firearm while inside the residence. He allegedly stole a Hi-Point .380 pistol valued at $350.

Lt. Franklin further states that “Ty” Watts entered the same dwelling on Jefferson Davis Road on February 22nd with intent to commit a crime and that he took assorted jewelry from that residence valued at $400 along with $300 in cash, an X-box 360 valued at $300 and seven X-box games valued at $350 with intent to permanently deprive the owner.

A 6th warrant served yesterday was from State Probation and Parole, alleging Violation of Probation. A probation officer states that Mr. Watts failed to report on three dates from October 2015 thru March 2016, that he is behind in required payments, that he refused to listen to his agent and fled the scene of a home visit on February 18th and that he failed to attend Voc Rehab and to follow advice of his agent.

Cash or surety bonds were set totaling $75,000 for all charges. XaincantisTychee “Ty” Watts remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Posing As Deputy

An apparent phone scam with someone posing as a Deputy was reported to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday. A woman from North of the Sandy Springs Community reported that she has received a series of phone calls from someone identifying himself, by name, as a Sheriff’s Officer. The caller has indicated that there are warrants for her arrest, but that if she would purchase a $100 Pay Pal card and a $125 My Cash card the warrants would disappear. The caller wanted to meet the woman at a Laurens store to exchange the sum. She said she told the imposter that there is no way that there were warrants for her arrest.

Time to Pay from 4 ½ Year-Old Sentence

A man was booked in the Laurens County Detention Center yesterday with Bench Warrants showing fines or time to be served from convictions 4 ½ years ago. 43-year-old Willie James Williams of 104 Helen Street, Clinton was served with Four Bench Warrants showing convictions in Magistrate’s Court in 2011 and a 5th conviction in 2014. Mr. Williams was convicted on a Driving under Suspension case September 24th, 2014 with a sentence of 60 days in jail for a fine of $1,275. Four of the Bench Warrants cite court convictions September 8th, 2011 on charges of Pedestrian under the Influence on a Highway, Unlawful Passing, Giving False Information and 2nd Offense Driving under the Influence. He was sentenced back in 2011 to jail time of 10, 15, 30 and 60 days or fines ranging from $162 to $652. Willie James Williams remained in the detention center this morning.