We Think He’s Mr. Darby

A man arrested on traffic charges from the Highway Patrol this weekend has also been charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle in Laurens County. The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Austin Darby of 3107 Camden Drive, Anderson, although he was initially charged as another person with an address on the same street.

Tickets issued by Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Holiday charge 2nd Offense Driving under the Influence and 1st Offense Driving under Suspension along with a Vehicle Fee violation at 6:36 am.

In a warrant, Trooper Holliday states that on November 3rd the suspect had possession of a 2005 white Ford Explorer that had been stolen out of Greenwood.

Austin Darby remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.



Man, Woman Charged Possession with Intent

Warrants were served yesterday charging a man and woman with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute the day before. Clinton Public Safety Officer Beaman arrested the two Sunday evening, and they were delivered to the Johnson Detention Center in the early morning hours.

Charged with having approximately 1.32 grams of methamphetamine in their possession Sunday were 42-year-old Martin Cornelius Bailey of 101 Pruitt Park, Clinton and Hope Michelle Trammell of 408 Caldwell Street, Clinton. Her warrant noted this as a 2nd offense. Warrants state that this weight of meth is prima facia evidence of possession with intent to distribute. Martin Bailey and Hope Trammell were released later yesterday on posting $4,000 personal recognizance bonds.

Moving without Telling His Agent

A Joanna man was jailed yesterday for the South Carolina Department of Pardon, Probation and Parole. 42-year-old Chianca Brevard Adams of 222 Morgan Street, Joanna was charged with Violation of Probation. He’s accused of failure to follow the advice and instructions of his agent. These failures are alleged to have included failing to report on September 18th, 2018 or anytime afterwards, as of the writing of the warrant. He’s also accused of changing his residence without consent or knowledge of his agent, thereby absconding supervision. Mr. Adams is further accused of failing to make payments as required and of failing to complete or participate in court-ordered public service.

With a cash or surety bond set at $25,000 during arraignment yesterday, Chianca Brevard Adams remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Failure to Show in Court

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday locked up 26-year-old Robert Timothy Gray II of 491 Chapman Road, Fountain Inn. He was served with a Bench warrant that states he failed to appear in court on September 14th to face a charge of 2nd Degree Domestic Violence. Mr. Gray is being held in the Johnson Detention Center, pending his next court date.

Final Hours for Absentee Voting

This is the final day to vote absentee, in person, at the Laurens County Elections Office. The polls open at 7:00 in the morning for the 2018 General Election.

Other than the statewide Governor’s race and the 3rd Congressional District contest, local contested races generating the most interest are the three seats on the Laurens County District 55 School Board.

WLBG will broadcast the local results starting at 7:00 Tuesday evening as the polls close. This coverage will be available on-air at Real Radio 860 WLBG and online at WLBG.com.

Listen to the Judge!

A man was apparently upset with being arrested Friday, as indicated by Bench Warrants issued during his arraignment in Laurens Municipal Court. Laurens City Police arrested 55-year-old James Arthur Byrd of 1123 Sunset Park Extension, Laurens Friday and charged him with 1st offense Possession of Cocaine.

A warrant citing an investigation by Sgt. Gallo states that on November 2nd James Arthur Byrd was found to be in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine on Green Street in Laurens.

Judge Jackie Williams issued four Bench Warrants charging Mr. Byrd with Contempt of Court during his appearance. The first cited him with disrupting court proceedings by yelling and screaming, with obscenities, alleging that crack had been planted on him. The 2nd noted that after being told to calm down, Byrd continued to yell obscenities. The 3rd Bench Warrant stated that he continued yelling, cursing, screaming after being asked, numerous times, to stop. The 4th accused him of constantly yelling, cursing and screaming. James Arthur Byrd remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Meth Charges Follow Traffic Incident

Two people were charged with Intent to Distribute Meth Friday, following their arrests Thursday.

41-year-old Fredrick Bernard Williams of 81 O’Dell Drive, Laurens was initially issued a ticket by Deputy Beau Roberson charging him with Driving under Suspension and Disregarding a Stop Sign at 12:29 Thursday afternoon at the intersection of US 221 with Parsonage Road. Williams was later served with warrants charging him with 2nd Offense Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights. Warrants citing an investigation of Deputy Roberson allege that on November 1st in Laurens County Frederick Bernard Williams possessed methamphetamine with intent to distribute and that he failed to stop for a blue light. Bonds were set on the four charges totaling $25,802.50. He remained in custody this morning.

Co-defendant, 34-year-old Lisa Marie Brown of 2130 Cross Anchor Lane, Woodruff, was charged with 1st offense, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. An investigation of Deputy Roberson is cited as indicating that on November 1st in Laurens County Ms. Brown possessed meth with intent to distribute. Lisa Marie Brown remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with a bond set at $10,000.

He No Longer Lives There?

Returning to a residence near Gray Court resulted in two charges for a man last Friday. Laurens County Deputy Kanipe arrested 32-year-old Terrell Lamar Kennedy at 6:05 Friday morning at 1080 Bull Hill Road, Gray Court, charging him with Trespass after Notice. Kennedy was later booked in the Johnson Detention Center, giving that as his home address.

Also Friday, South Carolina Parole, Probation and Pardon served a warrant charging Mr. Kennedy with Violation of Probation. That warrant states that he has failed to follow the advice and instructions of his agent by testing positive to cocaine Friday and by returning to the residence he has been told to avoid. He was also alleged to be behind in required payments.

With cash or surety bonds set at $50,000 for the Violation of Probation warrant and $465 for the Trespass ticket, Terrell Lamar Kennedy remained in custody this morning.

Meth Allegedly Found with Traffic Stop

Two men were jailed yesterday after Laurens Police reported finding meth during a traffic stop. 26-year-old Tandy Craig Babb of 27 Griffith Farm Road, Honea Path and 24-year-old Christian Alexander Suber of Georgia Road, Gray Court were both charged with Possession of Less than One Gram of Meth. Warrants served on each cited an investigation of Officer Van Pelt as indicating that on November 4th, during a lawful traffic stop on West Main Street, each man was found to be in possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

With cash or surety bonds set at $5,000 on the charge for each Tandy Babb and Christian Suber remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

2nd Job Fair Planned for Gray Court Center

Another job fair has been scheduled for Gray Court for the end of this month. It will be held in the new United Way of Laurens County facility in Gray Court. United Way’s Americorps Upstate Service Member Carey Paige Pitts said this job fair will be geared towards promoting felon friendly jobs and opportunities for individuals in the area. She’s now looking to book businesses and agencies to represent themselves at this event.

A first job fair at the new center was recently held following an Open House sponsored through the Chamber of Commerce at the new Gray Court facility.

Piano Recital at PC This Evening

A faculty piano recital is set for Presbyterian Colleges this evening. Dr. Karen Wisser Buckland is to perform a faculty piano recital starting at 7:30 this evening in Edmunds Hall.

Dr. Buckland, pianist, is professor of music and the director of keyboard studies at PC as well as the artistic director of the annual PC Piano Clinic. She is active as a soloist and collaborator, adjudicator, and guest lecturer. She has performed throughout the southeast, Pennsylvania, Washington, Alaska, Nevada, and Canada. Buckland is a 2017 recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in Who’s Who, a member of the National Association for Music Education and the South Carolina Music Educators Association. She is also organist and pianist at First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, SC.

The recital is free and open to the public.


The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Natasha Marie Shealy of 4297 Allen Bridge Road, Fountain Inn Friday and charged her with Possession of Meth with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Controlled Substance from Friday and with Unlawful Neglect of a Child from earlier last week.

Deputy Michael Polson states that on November 2nd Ms. Shealy possessed more than one gram of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and also that she knowingly and intentionally possessed Solpidem, a schedule 4 controlled substance.

Deputy Polson stated that on October 29th Shealy placed her child at unreasonable risk of harm of her child, whom she had custody of.

With cash or surety bonds set totaling $22,000 on the three charges, Natasha Marie Shealy remained in custody this morning.

Meth Possession Arrest

Clinton Police Saturday arrested 43-year-old Sandy Michelle Odom of 200 Spruce Street, Clinton and charged her with Possession of Less than One Gram of Meth. A warrant citing Lt. Anderson’s investigation indicated Ms. Odom was in possession of less than a gram of Meth Saturday. She remained in custody this morning.

Unlawful Neglect of Children Alleged

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mom and Dad Friday on charges they placed their four children at unreasonable risk of harm that day.

28-year-old Charles Daniel Dunaway, noting Laurens and Waterloo addresses and 25-year-old Jessica Arlene Dunaway of Laurens, were charged with four counts of Unlawful Child Neglect. Both are accused of having custody of the children when placing them at risk of harm. He was released Saturday, she was released Sunday, after cash or surety bonds totaling $20,000 were posted for each.

Two Petit Larceny Arrests

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office made arrests Friday and Saturday regarding alleged minor thefts. A Laurens man was charged with an August 24th theft of a $450 value automatic transmission from Laurens Auto Salvage. He remained in custody this morning with a bond of $800. Another man was charged with the theft of property valued at less than $2,000 from Apple Orchard Road, south of Clinton. He was released on a $650 personal recognizance bond.

Haven’t We Had This Dance Before?

Saturday, Clinton Police arrested 64-year-old Sheppard Wallace Scott of 103 Harold’s Park, Clinton on a charge of 3rd Offense Violation of the Habitual Offender Act. A warrant states that on November 3rd Scott operated a motor vehicle on the highways of South Carolina after having been declared a Habitual Offender. This reportedly took place Saturday after Scott had two prior convictions for this offense. Sheppard Wallace Scott was later released on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond.

Meth Trafficking

A Meth Trafficking warrant was served yesterday on a woman Laurens Police arrested Wednesday. 21-year-old Jami Leanna McGee of 15 Balentine Drive, Ware Shoals was charged with Trafficking in Meth or Cocaine Base. The warrant cites an investigation of Sgt. Gallo as indicating that on September 30th Jami Leanna McGee was found to be in possession of approximately 11.5 grams, packaged weight, of methamphetamine. This discovery was reportedly made during a Laurens Police investigation of a Shoplifting incident at Walmart, 922 East Main in Laurens. A cash or surety bond on the Meth Trafficking charge was set at $30,000. Jami Leanna McGee remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Over 800 8th Graders Visited the CAM

They came by the hundreds last month from Laurens and Newberry counties, buzzing throngs of 8th graders emerging from bright yellow buses at the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) on the north side of Laurens. Few knew exactly what to expect beyond this field trip giving them a happy break from the classroom. By the time they left the CAM, they’d collected fun swag and free candy from exhibitors at the regional Laurens/Newberry Business and Industry Showcase. A report on the recent event from PTC yesterday states the 8th graders also left with new information about fruitful career options available for them when they are ready. Area employers are hoping the event will plant an early seed in the minds of our future workforce.

“Many students and even parents for that matter don’t realize the opportunities in their own back yards,” said Matt Wiggins, regional workforce advisor with the SC Department of Commerce. “Events such as this open their eyes to the many career possibilities and hopefully pique their interest in ultimately pursuing some of the high-growth, high-demand occupations that exist within companies right here.”

Rusty Denning, PTC Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Continuing Education, said of the 8th grade tour, “It’s a slightly different approach, a new strategy to get young people thinking about their future several years before they actually make critical decisions about career path, college and training programs.” Denning added, “This age group is in the process of completing Individual Graduation Plans (IGPs) to select an initial “major” based on various career clusters. It makes sense, then, to expose them to the jobs that today’s employers anticipate creating.”

In all, more than 800 students filed through the CAM, where they spoke with representatives from companies that included Ag South Farm Credit, Alupress, Greenville Health System, Milliken, Samsung, Shaw Industries and ZF Transmissions.


Scouting History Lesson

A history of “scouting” was presented yesterday at the Laurens Rotary meeting. Mac McLean, President of the Blue Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America, told how interest in scouting activities began in the late 19th century. The formal organization began in England in 1907. Scouting came to America in 1910. Locally, McLean said records show a Scout group formed in Clinton in 1913 and the first Scout group in Laurens formed in 1915. He said that rapid growth in Boy Scout troops in the 1920’s led to formation of regional support organizations. Yesterday marked the 95th Anniversary for the formation of the Blue Ridge Council. It now covers scouting in eight Upstate Counties, including Laurens. It’s subdivided into districts. Laurens and Newberry are in one of the districts.

The Blue Ridge Council President said that early next year Scout groups will be formed for girls who want to participate in the formerly “boys-only” organization. Girls are already involved in Cub Scouts.

Laurens 1st Presbyterian is now in the process of organizing a new troop for girls.

In a side note: While yesterday was the 95th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Council, Laurens Rotary is in final preparations for celebrating it’s 95th anniversary in a few days.

Weapons & Theft Charges on Campus

Weapons and Larceny charges were served yesterday on a subject arrested Wednesday by PC campus police. 17-year-old Timothy Quintel Green of 110 Humility Lane, Enoree is listed as one of five persons allegedly involved in the violations on campus in early September. He’s charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and Possession of a Stolen Pistol along with Criminal Conspiracy and Larceny/Breaking into a Motor Vehicle.

Campus Police Captain Baker states that on September 9th Timothy Green, along with four co-defendants, had in his possession a semi-automatic handgun without authority. A second warrant states they were in possession of a Smith and Wesson .380 caliber handgun that was identified by the NCIC as stolen. The possession of the stolen pistol allegedly occurred on the Presbyterian College campus near East Maple Street.

Green and the four co-defendants are also accused of conspiring on September 9th to commit Larceny from a motor vehicle on the PC campus, also near East Maple Street.

Timothy Quintel Green remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with bonds totaling $16,000 on his four charges.