Firearm and Drug Charges

42 year old Eric Preston Finley of 5061 Highway 49 Laurens was booked Saturday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with possession of methamphetamine,  possession of marijuana, and  unlawful carry of a pistol.

Warrants allege that on June 17th he did carry about his person a Ruger .380 handgun without being authorized to do so, did knowingly and intentionally posses 28 grams or less marijuana and did knowingly posses or attempt to posses less than one gram meth. Eric Preston Finley was released on $10,616 bond.

Ill Treatment to Animals Alleged

30 year old Carson Duane Norton of 109 Cora Street Laurens booked by the Laurens Police Department Sunday charged with ill treatment of animals

The warrant alleges that under investigation by Officer Bryant Cheeks that between June 11-14th 2017 Norton did commit the crime of ill treatment and cruelty to animals by not providing proper care, food or water for his 3 dogs. All these animals were malnourished, dehydrated and underweight. Carson Duane Norton remains in the detention center as of this posting awaiting bond.

 

Beer Bottle Assault Alleged

25 year old Dario Sedilla of 19 Arbal Street Asheville NC was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Sunday charged with Assault and battery 3rd

A warrant alleges that he did commit the crime of assault and battery 3rd degree on Sunday June 18th by striking the victim in the head with a glass beer bottle causing severe lacerations. The defendant was the primary aggressor during the incident. Sedilla remains in the detention center on $5000 bond.

Assault and Battery from December

29 year old Timothy Antwan Walker of 410 Blue Sage Place Simpsonville was booked Sunday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with Assault and battery 3rd.

The warrant alleges that on December 10th 2016 he did intentionally commit battery upon victim by choking victim and pinning her to the couch also by shoving her head into the cabinet breaking the glass resulting in victim receiving cuts to her foot also preventing the victim from using her phone to call 911. Walker was later released on a $1087 Personal Recognizance bond.

 

Shoplifting Charges

30 year old Quentin Nicholas Green of 204 Price Street Laurens was booked Friday by the Laurens Police Department charged with shoplifting $2k or less.

A warrant alleges that he did commit the crime of shoplifting by concealing merchandise about his person and when confronted by store employees fled through the rear entrance of the tore this incident being the 3rd or subsequent with previous convictions of property crime. He remains in the detention center on $20k bond

Assault and Battery Bench Warrant

21 year old Gregory Chandler Metz of 233 Boyce Page Rd. Honea Path was booked Friday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with a bench warrant from April of 2016 for Assault and Battery 3rd degree. He was sentenced to $1087.50 or 30 days.

Fatal Accident Thursday Night

An accident Thursday night on I-385 that Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols describes as a “complete mystery” resulted in Laurens County’s 20th highway fatality.

At 11:20pm a tractor trailer southbound on I-385 at about the 12 mile marker struck a vehicle in the right hand lane of travel.  The vehicle, according to witnesses, was stopped on the interstate with no lights.  The 2002 Buick was completely demolished in the accident and the one occupant, 56 year old Sam Michael Bramlett of Laurens, died instantly and was pronounced at the scene. According to reports Mr. Bramlett worked at GE in Greenville and got off 11pm and was on his way to Rack and Roll in Laurens where he was a partner in that business.

 

 

 

 

Charges Served from Alleged Assault in Plant

A Laurens man has been served with two Attempted Murder charges following an altercation at work early yesterday. A Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to Teknor Apex on Old Laurens Road, Fountain Inn at 12:15 am Thursday and was told of assaults after an argument developed between two employees.

A male employee, Darron Jackson of Laurens, reportedly became upset with a female employee when she was being sent home because she wasn’t wearing steel-toed footwear. This was reportedly going to require him to do some of her work. A security guard advised a deputy that he stepped in between the two, at which time Jackson allegedly stabbed him in the back of his left shoulder with a pair of clippers. Jackson then reportedly began stabbing the female co-worker, saying he was going to kill her. Deputy Atwood reported observing a small laceration on the injured man’s shoulder and a small laceration to the woman’s left arm, near her shoulder. These were described as “apparent minor injuries.”

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested the male employee, 50-year-old Darron Jackson of 431 Arvil Lane, Laurens. Later yesterday, Mr. Jackson was charged with two counts of Attempted Murder and two counts of Use of a Weapon in a Violent Crime.

Darron Jackson was to have a bond hearing on his charges this morning.

More Arrests in Case a “Car-Theft Ring”

Arrests continued yesterday in the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office ongoing investigation of a “Car Theft Ring” operating in Laurens County. Laurens County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jarvis Reeder told WLBG yesterday afternoon that officers recovered two more stolen vehicles yesterday.

Thursday arrests include 23-year-old Brian Eugene Dilleshaw of 304 Academy Street, Clinton. He was charged with Receiving Stolen Goods. A warrant cites work of Sheriff’s Investigator Matt Veal as indicating that Mr. Dilleshaw was found in possession of a stolen 1997 Honda Accord yesterday. The warrant states that Dilleshaw had possession of the Honda yesterday at 304 Academy Street and knew it was stolen.

Brian Eugene Dilleshaw was being held overnight, pending a bond hearing today.

Four Suspects in May Burglary

An investigation by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office indicates four people were involved in a Burglary in late May. Two of the suspects were juveniles. Two were 18-year-old males who were arrested Wednesday. Warrants were served on the adults yesterday.

18-year-old Bruce Douglas Duncan III of 134 Morton Road, Simpsonville was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Petit Larceny. Investigator Michael Polson states that between May 25th and 27th of 2017 Mr. Duncan entered a building without consent and with intent to commit a crime. He and his three accomplices allegedly took away vehicle tires valued at $2,000 or less.

With cash or surety bonds set totaling $7,000 on his two charges, Bruce Duncan III remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

18-year-old Dakota Allen Sergent of 4 Klaplan Court, Simpsonville was charged yesterday with Criminal Conspiracy. It states that on May 25th he unlawfully planned or schemed to accomplish a crime by unlawful means. His co-defendants were listed as Bruce Douglas Duncan III and two minors.

With a cash or surety bond set at $10,000, Dakota Sergent remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

County Council Works on Budget at 5:00 Today

The Laurens County Budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 goes into effect July 1st. But it’s not quite ready, just yet. Third and final reading on the budget is planned for the 2nd County Council meeting of June. But first, Council is to hold another Budget Meeting. It was to be held yesterday, but has been delayed until this afternoon at 5:00 o’clock.

A 15-point agenda has been prepared for the budget discussions in Council Chambers of the Historic Courthouse.

Clinton Mosquito Prevention Starts Monday

Protection for Clinton residents from the dreaded Zika mosquito is on the way. The City received $23,653 to provide mosquito control from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Clinton is one of 34 jurisdictions sharing $532,052 supplied thru a Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant. The intended outcomes are to strengthen local mosquito control infrastructure, train a work force that is better prepared to respond to arboviral disease cases and outbreaks, and improve mosquito control and prevention.

Noting Clinton has been able to support mosquito control over the past 15 years, Clinton Interim City Manager Dale Satterfield said “This grant will help support our continued efforts by providing the city with some new and improved equipment we can utilize to continue to provide mosquito control to our citizens.”

Clinton is to conduct the first round of mosquito control next week, on the evenings of Monday thru Wednesday. The plan is to treat the Northside, then the Southside, then the Lydia Mill area.

More information to help residents protect their family and home from

mosquitoes is available in the lobby of the M.S. Bailey Municipal Center and on the city’s website and social media outlets.

Woman & Man Charged in Wednesday Assault

A man and woman remained in custody this morning, following their arrests Wednesday from an apparent mutual combat.

24-year-old Shaun Douglas Staton of 93 Caribou Drive, Laurens was charged with Domestic Violence 2nd Degree. A warrant cites an investigation by Sheriff’s Corporal Rushing as indicating that on June 14th Mr. Staton assaulted the victim, Melissa Bilbrey, by striking her in the facial area, causing abrasions. Mr. Staton was awaiting a bond hearing, planned for today.

A woman booked as 30-year-old Melissa Carol Bilbrey of 506 West Calhoun Street, Joanna was served with a warrant charging her with Domestic Violence 3rd Degree. It states that on June 14th one Melissa B. Williamson assaulted Mr. Staton by biting and scratching him.

She was also served with a warrant from Clinton Public Safety charging Petit Larceny. A $500 personal recognizance bond was set on the Clinton charge. Ms. Melissa Bilbrey (and/or Williamsson) remained in the Laurens County Detention Center overnight, pending a bond hearing on the Domestic Violence charge today.

2nd Arrest in June 5th Burglary

A second person has been charged with a Burglary between Highway 101 and Green Pond Road this month. 38-year-old Cynthia Gail Hoitt of 31 Potato House Road, Gray Court was charged with 3rd Degree Burglary, following her Wednesday arrest. She’s accused of being one of three people to break-into a building on Sweet Briar Road to commit a crime on June 5th. Cynthia Hoitt was released on a $6,000 cash or surety bond.

40-year-old Jon Michael Murdock, also of 81 Potato House Road, Gray Court, has been charged with 3rd Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny. The warrant charging Ms. Hoitt with Burglary named a third suspect in that case.

Absconding Probation Supervision

State Probation yesterday arrested 29-year-old Joshua James Jennings of 2006 Roach Circle, Anderson and placed him in the Laurens County Detention Center, charged with Violation of Probation. A warrant states that he failed to report following release from jail, and that he moved from his listed residence without permission, thereby absconding supervision.

Joshua James Jennings was being held overnight, pending a bond hearing today.

Shoplifting Suspect Faces Two Drug Charges

A shoplifting suspect who reportedly left Wal-Mart midday Wednesday in a red pickup was located by a Laurens Police Officer and placed under arrest. The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Clinton Christopher Morris of 873 Hayes Crossing Road, Gilbert. Officer Johnson issued Mr. Morris a ticket charging Shoplifting at Wal-Mart at 11:30 Wednesday morning.  Morris was later served with two warrants charging him with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Warrants allege that an investigation by Officer Christy Johnson indicates that on June 14th, while being booked in the Johnson Detention Center, Morris was found to possessing and concealing on his person Schedule 2 and 4 narcotics..

Cash or surety bonds were set totaling $10,650 on the three charges. Clinton Christopher Morris remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Failure to Register as Sex Offender

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday booked 59-year-old Michael Woodruff of 210 Cow Trail, Gray Court on a warrant charging him with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. It states that on May 30th he failed to register with the Sheriff as a sex offender, as required by law. Michael Woodruff was being held overnight, pending a bond hearing.

Argument in Plant Leads to ‘Stabbing’

A man was being held for Attempted Murder charges today following an incident at an Upper Laurens County manufacturing plant just after midnight this morning.

A Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to Teknor Apex on Old Laurens Road, Fountain Inn at 12:15 am and was advised of assaults that allegedly occurred as an argument developed between two employees.

Darron Jackson

A male employee, Darron Jackson of Laurens, reportedly became upset with a female employee when she was being sent home because she wasn’t wearing steel-toed footwear. This was reportedly going to require him to do some of her work. A security guard advised a deputy that he stepped in between the two, at which time Jackson allegedly stabbed him in the back of his left shoulder with a pair of clippers. Jackson then reportedly began stabbing the female co-worker, saying he was going to kill her. Deputy Atwood reported observing a small laceration on the injured man’s shoulder and a small laceration to the woman’s left arm, near her shoulder. These were described as “apparent minor injuries.”

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 50-year-old Darron Jackson of 431 Arvil Lane, Laurens. He was being held in the Laurens County Detention Center during the day with charges pending.

Sexual Activity & Exploitation with Minor Alleged

Charges of having sex with a child under age eleven and of having two children engage in performance of sexual activity were served yesterday by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. 31-year-old Michael Cliff Eubanks of 439 Old Colony Road, Clinton was charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, under Age 11, or Attempt, in 1st Degree. He was also served with two warrants charging Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 1st Degree.

The first warrant alleges that between January 1st of 2010 and January 1st of 2016 in Laurens County one Michael Cliff Eubanks did engage in sexual battery by having sexual intercourse with a minor victim, being less than eleven years old.

The two warrants charging Sexual Exploitation of a Minor state that between January 1st 2015 and June 1st of 2015 Eubanks allegedly induced, coerced, encouraged or facilitated a minor victim to engage in sexual activity in a live performance for the purpose of sexual stimulation. There were reportedly two victims of this crime.

Michael Cliff Eubanks was being held overnight in the Laurens County Detention Center, pending arraignment on the three charges this afternoon.

More Connections to Car Theft Ring Considered

We reported yesterday about the arrests of three people early this week regarding two men who were accused of possessing stolen motorcycles in Upper Laurens County this Monday. Yesterday, Laurens County Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder announced that the three arrests are believed to be related to Burglaries and a car theft ring in Northern Laurens County. There were six arrested and a few vehicles recovered last week.

This week’s arrests involve a Simpsonville man charged with possessing four stolen motorcycles, a Fountain Inn man charged with possessing two motorcycles and operating a “Chop Shop” at his residence and a Fountain Inn woman charged with Conspiracy & Obstructing Justice.

Some of several now being held earlier today, pending charges, may also be for similar charges.