LCSO Holds Whitmire Man on Multiple Drug Charges

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Friday morning booked a man for five drug charges and a 6th warrant for an alleged weapons violation, with most allegedly occurring early Friday. 35-year-old Tyjuan Antinio Whitener of 29119 Highway 72 East, Whitmire was charged by Laurens County with Distribution of Methamphetamine on July 11th. Meanwhile, from alleged violations Friday, he is charged with Possession Methamphetamine, Crack Cocaine, Marijuana and Diazepham with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Sgt. Charles Nations states that Whitener distributed methamphetamine to a confidential information of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office on July 11th, 2016.

Sgt. Matt Veal states that on July 15th Tyjuan Whitener possessed methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possessed marijuana with intent to distribute, possessed crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possessed Diazepham 5mg with intent to distribute and that he had in his possession Friday a .380 handgun with ammunition at his residence, knowing that he was a felon convicted of a violent crime.

Bond was denied on all six charges. Tyjuan Antinio Whitener remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning. He was also being held for Newberry County and Whitmire Police for a charge of Distributing Crack Cocaine to an undercover agent June 16th, 2015

1st Degree Burglary on Cemetery Street

1st Degree Burglary has been charged from a night-time break-in of a Laurens home early last Thursday. Laurens City Police Thursday morning arrested 61-year-old Calvin Holiday of 116 Lavender Lane, Laurens. In the 1st Degree Burglary warrant served later,

Sgt. Jody Thibodeau states that the investigation of Sgt. Charles Simmons indicates the defendant committed 1st Degree Burglary on July 14th by forcing entry into an occupied dwelling on Cemetery Street during the nighttime. Bond was denied. Calvin Holiday remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Kidnapping and Domestic Assault Yesterday

Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to Landau Apartments at 7:16 Sunday morning after a 911 call from a juvenile child reporting that there was a man in the residence putting hands on her mother. While police were on the way, Dispatch noted an open line from the apartment had the sound of people fighting. On arrival, Officer Beaman reported observing a woman standing in the doorway in a panic while several juveniles were flagging down officers. Lt. Lawton and Sgt. Wicker reportedly located a male suspect walking down a trail behind the apartment. 37-year-old Willie Levond Parks was arrested and later charged with Kidnapping and with Domestic Violence 2nd Degree. He was booked with an address of 209 Hillyard Street, Greenwood.

In warrants, Officer Brian Beaman states that on July 17th Mr. Parks unlawfully confined the victim in a bedroom of a South Broad Street apartment against her will, giving her no means of exit.  In a second warrant, Officer Beaman states that Willie Parks attempted to cause physical harm to the victim with present ability to do so under circumstances that reasonably created fear of imminent peril. The defendant allegedly approached the victim in a threatening manner and threatened physical harm while in the presence of the victim’s juvenile children. The subject and victim were allegedly living together in a romantic relationship.

While a $5,000 cash or surety bond was set on the 2nd Degree Domestic Violence charge, bond was denied on the Kidnapping charge. Willie Levond Parks remained in the Laurens County Detention Center.

2nd Call in 22 Minutes Results in Arrest

Deputy Adam Galloway responded to Spellbound Drive outside Clinton at 4:29 Saturday afternoon, where a man was asking for assistance getting his intoxicated cousin out of his yard and into the cousin’s own residence. The officer noted a woman in a blue dress standing just inside the residence during this process. Deputy Galloway was dispatched back to Spellbound Drive at 4:52 on a report of a woman in the 2nd residence being beaten by the man of the residence. The deputy noted seeing the woman sitting outside, wearing different clothing than he had noted some 22 minutes before. He questioned the woman, nothing a lot of hair apparently pulled from her head and red marks on her arms and back. The blue dress seen earlier was observed torn and lying on the ground at the bottom of the steps. The man was reportedly observed inside, naked and yelling out the door that he wasn’t going anywhere.

45-year-old Lawrence Harvey Gary of 64 Spellbound Drive, Clinton was arrested and charged with Domestic Violence 3rd Degree.

Deputy Galloway states that on July 16th Mr. Gary committed Domestic Violence 3rd Degree by assaulting the victim by slapping her in the face, hitting her with his shirt and by ripping he dress off, putting her in fear for her safety.

With a cash or surety bond set at $5,000, Lawrence Harvey Gary remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Habitual Offender Held Here for Georgia

A Joanna resident remained in custody this morning after a Sheriff’s Office arrest near the county detention center early Friday morning. 33-year-old Cassie Nicole Ruff “Kay Kay” of 205 Whitmire Highway, Joanna was charged with 3rd offense Driving under Suspension and with being an Habitual Offender on Driving under Suspension charges.

Deputy Timothy Byrd issued citations on both charges for alleged violations at 2:27 Friday morning at the intersection of US 76 and Templeton Road. Cash or surety bonds were set at $2,100 on the DUS and $10,000 on the Habitual Offender charge. Cassie Nicole Huff was also being held for Tattnall County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office, where she’s wanted for a Failure to Report to Probation charge.

Where’s My Car? My Kids!?


Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to West Bluford Street at 12:30 Friday morning on a report that someone had taken kids from a location. A resident there said that she had heard a loud “boom” and looked outside to see a pickup ad struck a tree on the neighbor’s property. Officer Guiterrez noted observing a black Chevy pickup.  Officers found the woman’s car parked a few blocks away. A woman who had driven it away with the owner’s children said she heard the truck crash into the tree and fled out of fear of whatever else might be about to happen.

Drug Arrest Follows Search Warrants in Newberry & Laurens Counties

A Whitmire man was arrested Friday for multiple drug charges following execution of a search warrant at his home. 44-year-old Frank Jeter of 763 Duckett Avenue, Whitmire, SC was charged with 3 counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Crack Cocaine with Intent to Distribute 2nd Offense, and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute 2nd Offense. He was taken to the Newberry County Detention Center.

Officers from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and Whitmire Police Department served the search warrant on Jeter’s apartment Friday morning. They reported finding approximately 2 grams of crack cocaine and 24 grams of marijuana.

“There is a great effort underway in the Whitmire community to revitalize their community,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “The community is working to restore the community to its former glory days, but there are those who have used difficult times to try to destroy the community through selling illegal drugs. Our commitment has been and will be to help the Whitmire community combat these illegal drugs and those who prey on others. Our partnership with the citizens of the Whitmire area and the Whitmire Police Department are critical to this commitment.”

The search warrant was the result on an ongoing law enforcement investigation between the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Whitmire Police Department, and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators says that Jeter had previously sold crack cocaine to an undercover operative on several occasions during the ongoing investigation. They also said that as a result of this investigation, an additional search warrant was executed in Laurens County, just across the county line, as well.

The Newberry Sheriff said more arrests are expected.

Petition Challenges for Sheriff  &  County Council Seat 2

There will be competition for Sheriff of Laurens County this November, after all. And one County Council Member will now face a challenge in the fall, as a result of petitions filed by the deadline today (Friday) at Noon.

Don Reynolds defeated incumbent Sheriff Ricky Chastain in the Republican Primary last month to become the Republican Party candidate for Sheriff, and there was no candidate who filed as a Democrat. But a petition candidate has qualified to be on the ballot November 8th. Fredrick Stephan “Stephane” Williams submitted a petition to the Laurens County Election Commission to be placed on the ballot for Laurens County Sheriff. He filed his petition this (Friday) morning at 11:15, requesting he be listed on the ballot at Stephane Williams. Stephane is a Captain of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. He lives on Downs Street in Laurens.

While none of the four members of Laurens County Council were contested during the primary process in June, there will now be a contest for County Council Seat 2, held by Joe Wood of Ware Shoals. Wood is now serving his second year as Chairman of Council.

Two other men had been mounting petition campaigns for Sheriff, but did not file by the deadline today.

Kaaren Mann of Highway 101 north of Hickory Tavern submitted a Petition to be placed on the ballot as a candidate at 11:55 Friday morning, five minutes before the deadline.

Mrs. Mann will appear on the ballot as K Mann.

School Supplies Drive Underway

The 12th Annual Back-to-School Supplies drive of the Laurens County United Way has started its collection efforts early this summer. On this morning’s WLBG Morning News Magazine, United Way of Laurens County Executive Director Amanda Munyon said that with 4,100 items donated last year, they started collection the first of July this year to give School Districts 55 and 56 more time to get them to the students who need them most. She said that guidance counselors pinpoint students with the most need. Parents may contact their child’s guidance counselor to express any need.

Amanda Munyan said there are several locations where people can drop off supplies throughout July. These include the officers of both School Districts 55 and 56 along with Founders Federal Credit Union and Laurens County Memorial Hospital.

Other locations in Laurens are Baldwin Automotive, Belk, CPW, Firmin Ford, Laurens County Water and Sewer, PRTC, Park Sterling and Raymond James/Christopher Benson. Other locations in Clinton include Astin-Johnson, City of Clinton offices and the United Way Office.

The School Supplies Drive is wrapped up the first weekend in August with volunteers stationed at the Laurens Wal-Mart. This final collection takes place Friday, August 5th from Noon until 5 pm and Saturday, August 6th from 10 am until 4 pm.

Deputies Found More than the Motor Home

Assisting Greenville County in recovering a Motor Home that had been taken in a Breach of Trust case led to a Laurens County arrest of a man on drug trafficking charges yesterday. Corporal Jamie Lee Edwards was dispatched to Mount Carmel Road at 8:12 yesterday morning to assist Greenville County Deputy Ramon Rivera in locating the motor home. They observed an RV in the back of 286 Mount Carmel Road, beside a camper. Officers spoke with a man who lives in the camper, who gave the nick-name of a woman who had left the RV there, beside his camper. That reportedly matched with the suspect in the Breach of Trust case. In looking for the Vehicle Identification number to confirm this was the motor home being sought, officers were unable to locate it, but reported they did observe a zip-lock bag containing a rock-like substance in the motor home. When the man from the camper went in to look for the VIN, he was allegedly observed picking up that bag and placing it in his pocket. He was then placed into investigative detention. Meanwhile, the title to the motor home was located in the camper and the RV was confirmed as the one Greenville County was looking for. In the process of finding the motor home’s title, with help from a woman who also lived in the camper, officers reported finding drug paraphernalia.

Fountain Inn Police responded to the Mount Carmel Road address and tested the crystal-like substance the man was allegedly observed picking up and it was determined to be methamphetamine.

Greenville County recovered the 1984 RV valued at $6,000. Laurens County narcotics officers came to the scene and seized 12.6 grams of methamphetamine and cash valued at $816.06. Sgt. Nations handed over a 12-gauge shotgun to be secured by Corporal Edwards.

55-year-old James Rufus Burton of 286 Mount Carmel Road, Gray Court was arrested and later served with warrants charging him with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Weapon in a Violent Crime and Possession of a Weapon or Ammunition by a Person Convicted of a Violent Crime.

Corporal Jamie Edwards states that on July 14th Burton knowingly possessed 10 grams or more of Meth and that he possessed a 12 gauge shotgun, which is prohibited due to his previous conviction of a violent felony. James Rufus Burton was being held overnight, pending a bond hearing today.

Sleeping on Stranger’s Porch

The Sheriff’s Office responded to Indian Mound Road in the Ware Shoals area at 8:36 yesterday morning after a resident expressed concern about a woman who came to her door, appearing to be on some form of drugs. The resident reported that this woman came to her door asking for directions, indicating she was lost. The resident said that during this exchange the woman showed her a .25 semi-automatic pistol she had in her waist band. The woman then reportedly lay down on the resident’s front porch and appeared to fall asleep.

Deputy Ronald Richey reported that after he arrived on scene he asked this visiting woman about the gun the resident had observed. She reportedly responded, with slurred speech, that it was in her bag. While securing the bag he checked on the woman’s identity and was informed the woman was wanted in Greenville County for a Meth Manufacturing charge. While placing her under arrest, the officer reported finding a clear plastic bag that contained methamphetamine and four yellow tablets the suspect identified as Clonazepam. Deputy Richey also reported observing a chrome 25-caliber semi-automatic handgun and over 20 various debit cards with several different names. The deputy also reported finding a bag of mail from various addresses in the Riverfork Road area.

27-year-old Candace Heather Tranah of 505 Oak Hill Road, Belton was later served Laurens County warrants charging her with Possession of Less than One Gram of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance and with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol.

The debit cards and mail found with Ms. Trahah was turned over to Laurens County Investigations.

Candace Heather Tranah was held overnight in the Laurens County Detention Center, pending arraignment.

Fire Got ‘Out of Hand’

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Pemberton Street, Waterloo at 5:43 yesterday afternoon to investigate a fire that was believed to have started from one residence on that street. The resident of that address reportedly admitted that he had recently burned trash in his yard. Deputy Richey took photographic evidence of a larger area of yard that had been burned with apparent damage that included siding that was melted off the side of a residence and damage to a wooden fence.

Raider Band Talent across America

Two Laurens County residents are on tour this summer representing the Laurens District 55 High School Band program.  They’re participating in Drum Corps International, an organization that represents the highest level of achievement for current and alumni march band students. 2015 Laurens High Graduate, Justin Adams, is in his second season in the color-guard as a member of The Cavaliers, based in Rosemont, IL.  Nicknamed, “The Green Machine,” The Cavaliers are in World Class and are one of only two all-male corps.  They are a seven time World Champion in the competition.  Their 2017 program is entitled, “Propaganda.”

The other county native on tour is current LDHS student, John Michael Entrekin.  A rising junior, John Michael is in his first season on Contrabass with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps based in Nashville, TN.  Their 2017 production in entitled, “Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra.”

Bench Warrants

The Sheriff’s Office yesterday booked 29 Christopher David Smith of 713 East Curtis Street, Greenville in the Laurens County Detention Center. Smith was to be served with a General Sessions Court Bench Warrant citing Failure to Appear on a Burglary 3rd Degree charge.


26-year-old Allen Antonio Henry of 1424 Rabun Church Road, Gray Court was booked yesterday on a Bench Warrant from 8th Judicial Circuit Family Court. The Bench Warrant, issued last August 28th, orders Mr. Henry held for failure to appear in Family Court and for failure to pay. Allen Antonio Henry remains in the Laurens County Detention Center.

Concern About Car Break-Ins Leads to Discovery

A resident of Quiet Circle in the Ora Community last evening reported the theft of a stereo system valued at $600 from his car. He contacted Lt. Marlon Higgenbotham last evening and said that after hearing of thefts from vehicles in the neighborhood he checked his BMW and found the stereo with flip-up screen and a speaker box were taken. This had occurred since Wednesday.  The man’s car had been left unlocked.

Apparently Didn’t Like Getting Fired

The Sheriff’s Office was notified early yesterday afternoon of an altercation that had occurred at the Country Fresh plant on Friendship Church Road north of Gray Court. Lt. Kenneth Richards reported that on arrival he observed a man walking down Friendship Road towards the front of the plant. Another man at the plant pointed to the man walking and said that the man had hit him in the back of the head after being told he was terminated from his job. After also talking with the suspect, Lt. Richards arrested 20-year-old Shaquille Demetrius Key of 101 Stonehaven Drive, Apt 26, Greenwood. A warrant was later served charging Mr. Key with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree. It states that he hit the victim in the back of his head yesterday.  Shaquille Demetrius Key was being held overnight, pending a bond hearing.

Police Officer Suspended During Investigation

A Laurens Police Captain has been suspended due to allegations made from a visit to the beach last month. Laurens Police Chief Sonny Ledda yesterday confirmed that Captain Scott Satterfield is suspended during the investigation. There have been allegations reported that the officer was involved in a verbal altercation with another man in a Downtown Myrtle Beach bar and that the officer was also reported to have been driving while intoxicated.

Chief Ledda told WLBG News he spent Monday and part of Tuesday this week in Myrtle Beach, but that he did not find any records of any charges being filed on the officer, nor any police report on activities from the alleged incidents.

The police chief said that Captain Scott Satterfield was placed on paid leave of absence last Friday, pending the internal investigation.

WYFF TV had audio of two 911 calls on their website that are reported to been made by another Laurens officer calling Horry County Dispatch with concern about Satterfield having driven away from Ocean Lakes Campground around 3:00 am.

Two Liquor Stores Robbed in 15 Minutes

Two Clinton liquor stores on opposite sides of town were apparently robbed within a 15-minute period, about an hour before dawn yesterday.

A burglar alarm dispatched Clinton Public Safety to McDaniel’s ABC Store on Willard Road at 3:58 am yesterday. Officer Derric Gandee reported he found the front door was unlocked, with the lock having been punched-thru for entry. The face of the lock was observed on the ground. A bottle of Ciroc was observed on the floor just inside the store. Two more bottles were later observed elsewhere on the floor. A check of the building determined no one remained inside. Officers located a box of Crown Royale outside the store, apparently dropped as the intruder(s) fled. The owner noted two areas on the shelves where items had been disturbed. A complete inventory on missing items was pending an inventory. As officers were investigating the store, a County Deputy patrolled the nearby area, looking for any suspect that may still be in the area. Fingerprints were located on a door and a window. Officers seized evidence including several bottles of various liquor products that had apparently been handled by the intruder.

A second liquor store break-in apparently happened a few minutes later, but was not discovered until the owner came to open the business and found the front door lock had been tampered with. Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to 1006 South Broad Street at 9:00 am. Broken bottles of liquor were observed, along with areas of the shelves with bottles missing. A check of security video reportedly showed two subjects come to the front door at 4:12 am and make entry. They had their faces covered and were wearing gloves. About 30 bottles of various liquors were noted as missing, valued at about $500. $200 damage to the door lock was noted.

Prayers for Unity

A large group of people gathered near the south steps of the Historic Laurens County Courthouse yesterday for a program offering Prayers for Unity. Organizer Judy Stiles, a Lt. with the Sheriff’s Office, thanked everyone for responding to the call for prayer.

Speaking from the south steps of the Historic Courthouse, Captain Stephane Williams read a couple of scriptures before introducing the ministers who issued prayers of Unity.

Captain Williams opened with Psalm 133: 1. “How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to gather together in unity.”

Gwen Kinard of Chosen Generations Ministries prefaced her prayer with the famous line….. “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”


Pastor Tommy Bailey of St. James United Methodist prefaced his prayer for unity with a personal point. “As a former police chaplain for about 12….13 years, I rode with officers and I lived their life in that police car for their whole shift. They put their lives on the line for us everyday.”

Laurens First United Methodist Pastor Alice Mackeil prefaced her prayer by saying…

“I think it’s wonderful that we’ve all come together in peace, in love, to show our unity

…so that we can begin to make a difference in our community.”

Captain Williams

A Sheriff’s Lt. who is also pastor of Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Bryant Cheek, said that times like these, with trouble and tragedy, are where our faith is tested. He said he also wants to pray for diversity in our country. “I want to pray….it’s my deep desire…that we would embrace diversity. Be able to embrace it as the gift that the father has blessed each of us with. And not see diversity as a threat, but simply as a gift of God.”

Go Ahead with Public Hearing

Laurens County Council can go ahead with a Public Hearing followed by a third reading on its new Junkyard Ordinance. County Attorney Sandy Cruickshanks made that recommendation to council at their meeting this week. At the previous meeting he was asked whether this would be appropriate, or did council need to return to a 1st reading. Many modifications have been made to the ordinance since the County Planning Commission first presented their recommended ordinance to County Council several weeks ago.