Allegedly Attempted to Drag Woman from Vehicle

A Domestic Assault earlier this month was alleged with the Sheriff’s Office arrest yesterday of 58-year-old Danny Laneir Craven of 15429 Highway 221 South, Waterloo. Deputy McMahan states that on September 9th Mr. Craven committed Domestic Violence 3rd Degree in that he struck the victim, bursting her lip and causing injury to her arms and legs by attempting to drag the victim from a vehicle. Danny Craven was released on a $2,150 personal recognizance bond.

Over $1,000 in Purchases Not Authorized

Unlawfully using someone’s bank card to spend over $1,000 was alleged with an arrest yesterday. Clinton Public Safety charged 18-year-old Brandon Lee Clark of 3762 Highway 308, Clinton with Financial Transaction Card Fraud. A warrant states that between July 15th and August 19th Clark used the financial transaction card of a victim to make online purchases exceeding $1,000 without authority, with these funds deducted from the victim’s checking account. Brandon Lee Clark was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond.

Drink the Beer, But Bring My Keg Back!

A Clinton Public Safety officer responded to a convenience store on South Broad at 3:08 yesterday afternoon on report of a keg not being returned. The store owner showed where a Joanna man had purchased the keg of beer on September 6th and paid a $50 deposit, pending prompt return of the keg. Officer Reel spoke with the customer, who said he has just been busy and not able to return the keg. He understood he’s now out of his $50 deposit and agreed to have the keg returned by 8:00 last evening.

Arrest Made in August 10th Clinton Shooting

An arrest has been made in connection with a shooting in Clinton last month. At around 4:00 this morning, Clinton Public Safety delivered 36-year-old Otis Junior Little of 149 Grey Street, Laurens to the Johnson Detention Center, with warrants charging him with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime and Malicious Damage. In those warrants, Detective Tyrone Goggins states that on the 10th of August in the 100 block of North Bell Street Otis Little attempted to murder the victim by shooting him with a hand gun, causing injury, and that he continued to shoot at the victim as the victim ran for his safety. Detective Goggins states that Little was in possession of a handgun during the Attempted Murder and that he caused damage to a 2006 Chevrolet Impala by shooting the vehicle with a hand gun, also in the 100 block of North Bell Street August 10th.

Otis Junior Little of Laurens was being held, pending a bond hearing on the three charges.

CPW & County Administrator Talk About Exit 9

Laurens County Administrator Jon Camie addressed the Laurens Commission of Public Works last night with an update on an initiative to install signage and landscaping to beautify Exit 9 on I- 385. The plan is to develop the area where traffic exits the interstate onto US 221 to present a welcome to the City of Laurens. CPW General Manager John Young told the Commissioners “We are excited about this project,” and he added that County Administrator Jon Camie’s background includes much experience in economic development.

County Council last week voted to allocate $110,000 from the Hunter Industrial Park FILOT revenue for the project. In addition to obtaining permission to develop the state right-of-way at that intersection, the City of Laurens and the CPW are to work out an arrangement for maintaining the area, once completed.

U.W. Services Expand with Two AmeriCorps Members

The United Way of Laurens County added two AmeriCorps members to their staff this month, allowing the United Way to expand services to the Laurens County community. This opportunity comes as a part of a collaborative grant with the United Way of Greenville County, which has resulted in a total of 28 AmeriCorps members serving in five counties.

AmeriCorps members now serving Laurens County are two county residents, Alesia Carter of Gray Court and Rebecca Zimmerman of Clinton. They will focus on workforce development and stabilization services, providing free classes and one-on-one consultations. These services include connecting clients to programs that provide adult education, industry-specific training, soft skills training, and job placement support. Members are trained to assist individuals in crisis, interact with government and nonprofit entities across the upstate, as well as to provide financial counseling to improve economic stability throughout the community.

Carter and Zimmerman will guide local residents in applying for government benefits such as food stamps (SNAP), welfare (TANF), Medicaid, and Medicare. They’ll use “Benefit Bank” software that’s designed to estimate which services clients qualify for without making them wait them in line at various agencies to receive aid.

They will also work with FDIC’s Money Smart curriculum to help low- to moderate-income individuals enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships, while providing elementary, middle, and high school students with economic know-how for their future success.

Alesia Carter and Rebecca Zimmerman will also expand the reach of VITA, the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program this coming tax season. It assists people earning under $55,000 a year, living with disabilities, or possessing limited English-speaking skills, to file their taxes for free. In 2015, the Laurens County VITA program completed 250 tax returns, helping taxpayers save over $50,000 and returning $216,846 in tax refunds back to the community.

Through these programs, AmeriCorps and the United Way seek to promote a cycle of success that promotes school readiness, high school graduation, financial stability, physical wellness, and improved standard of living for all.

Man Held for Kidnapping & Domestic Assault Charges

Clinton Public Safety officers responded to Springdale Drive at US 76 East at 11:30 yesterday morning regarding a possible assault. Emergency Dispatch advised of receiving several 911 calls about a female hanging outside of a moving vehicle and hollering for help. Witnesses reported observing a male who was driving the car who appeared to also be assaulting the female. By talking with witnesses officers determined an identity for the man and the woman in the vehicle. Witnesses at Renfro reportedly told of seeing the woman get into the car with the man and an argument began. From being given a license plate number, an officer was sent to an address in Clinton the car was registered to. Police were advised that the man had driven the Lincoln Town Car to the intersection of Springdale Drive and US 76; the woman got out of the car and began running toward Joanna. The man also exited the car and reportedly chased her down and drug her back to the car. Reports indicated that he began striking her in the face with his fist, slammed the door on her legs and got her in the car, and then he crawled to the driver’s side and drove off on Springdale towards Clinton High School, with her continuing to try to get out of the car, screaming for help.

Lt. Lawton went to an address of the woman, where he located the car. Meanwhile, Detective Goggins reported having seen the man and woman walking down Mason Street. Officers responded to that location and observed the two walking, along with a juvenile child. The man was placed into investigative detention. The woman was observed with a deep laceration to her nose and blood on several areas of her face. After talking with her, the man was placed under arrest and the woman was taken to the Hospital for treatment. At 12:47 pm 39-year-old Willie Alonzo “Lonzo” Gary of 403 West Pitts Street was booked for charges of Kidnapping and Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature. He was being held overnight in the Johnson Detention Center, pending warrants being served and a court appearance.

Drug Charges from Sunday Night Arrests

Laurens City Police yesterday served drug charges on two people arrested after 10:00 Sunday night on Garlington Street, after the County K-9 alerted on their car. 52-year-old Kenneth Leon Sanders Sr. of 17 Palmetto Street, Clinton and 31-year-old Christa Faith Sutton of 406 Irby Avenue Extension, Laurens were both charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine. Warrants state they were in possession of less than one gram of cocaine base on Garlington Street. Both were also issued tickets alleging they were in Possession of Drug Paraphernalia at 10:11 Sunday night on Garlington.

Kenneth Leon Sanders Sr. was released yesterday on surety bonds totaling $5,250, while Christa Faith Sutton remained in custody this morning with the same bonds.

McCormick Man Charged with Waterloo Damage

The Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested a man for alleged damage to a Waterloo resident’s property last month. 41-year-old Jason Lee Carroll of 167 Caldwell Drive, McCormick was charged with Malicious Damage. Deputy McMahan states that on August 26th Mr. Carroll willfully and maliciously did damage of $2,000 or less by kicking the door to a crawl space, damaging the door and the underpinning and that the defendant drove his truck on the yard of the victim, damaging the grass and the yard. Jason Lee Carroll of McCormick was being held overnight in the Johnson Detention Center, pending a bond hearing today.

Deputies Respond to Help Patrol & EMS

Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Lisbon Road south of Laurens at 6:05 Monday morning to help EMS and the Highway Patrol with a combative person. Meanwhile, EMS reported the person was being transported to the hospital and asked deputies to come there to assist them getting him into the hospital. The man was reportedly yelling and cursing, and due to his being irate he was restrained to a hospital bed. Officers observed a bulge in the man’s sock, and located a clear plastic bag with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. As the 22-year-old Cross Hill man was cleared from the hospital, the Sheriff’s Office charged him with Simple Possession of Marijuana. Highway Patrol, which had the first contact with the man, did not have charges for him.

Harassing Phone Calls from Husband

A Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a Waterloo address at 17 minutes after midnight this morning, where a woman reproved she had been receiving harassing phone calls from her husband. She said she had moved out of their home in another county earlier this month and since then she has been receiving calls from him off and on. She said that even though she told him to stop calling and to leave her alone, he has continued to harass and threaten her. She was advised about protective measures.

Gas Prices Up, Fuel Supply Down

The gas pipeline break down in Alabama last week was expected to create fuel shortages up the east coast, and that has become noticeable here in Laurens County. The price of gasoline at fuel stores in the Laurens-Clinton area has increased, some in the 30 to 40-cents-per-gallon range. There are also outages reported at some stores here. In some cases, the supply of some octane levels is out. Some stores run totally out of gasoline before they are resupplied.

Shooting Suspect Held without Bond

No bond was set during arraignment of a man wanted for a shooting last Monday north of Hickory Tavern. 26-year-old Joseph Edgar Akins of 3048 Hellams Road, Gray Court was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office Friday and charged with Attempted Murder, Use of Weapons during a Violent Crime and Grand Larceny.

Sgt. Carter states that on September 12th Joseph Edgar Akins did with malice aforethought shoot the victim in an attempt to kill him. Lt. Cheeks states that on September 12th Akins knowingly and willfully possessed and displayed a firearm and a knife during the commission of a violent crime. Lt. Cheeks also states that on September 12th Akins took a 2002 Buick LeSabre and a .38 caliber revolver with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property, valued at $9,000.

With no bond set during arraignment, Joseph Edgar Akins remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Reward Offered in Monday Night Shooting

Laurens City Police report a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in a shooting last Monday night. Laurens Police responded around 8:00 that night in reference to a male being shot in the head at the Roadway Inn Motel at 102 Bolt Drive. Friday, the victim was listed in stable but critical condition. The Laurens Police Department, in conjunction with SLED, released a sketch of the possible shooter on Friday. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call Laurens County Crime-Stoppers at 68-CRIME.  If your tip leads to the arrest of a suspect you could receive a reward.

Tools Taken in Shop Break-In

A major theft of tools from a business was reported to the Sheriff’s Office this weekend. Lt. Richards responded to the business in the 19,000 address range of Highway 221 North at 12:25 Saturday afternoon. The business owner reported that between 7:00 Friday evening at 12:20 Saturday afternoon someone had apparently climbed over a fence enclosing the property and kicked in a side door to the office area of the shop; then opened a roll-up door to gain access into the shop. They took a roll-away tool box containing a lot of various types of tools, including specialty tools. Also removed was a Lincoln welder with cart a set of cutting torches and bottles of gas. A scan tool for checking vehicle’s on-board computer was also noted as missing in the initial inventory. Value of the stolen tools was estimated at $57,000.

Arrest in ATV Theft  

The Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect Friday in connection with an ATV theft last Tuesday. 52-year-old Arthur Ray Brewington of 5342 Highway 14, Gray Court was charged with Grand Larceny. Lt. Shelton states that on September 13th 2016 Arthur Ray Brewington took a Honda Recon 250 with intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property, valued at $3,500. A cash or surety bond was set at $50,000. Arthur Ray Brewington remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

4-Wheeler Taken

A four-wheel vehicle valued at $7,000 was reported stolen from Browning Avenue, Joanna this weekend. Deputy Andrew Hall was dispatched at 8:48 Sunday morning and met a man who reported that the night before he had heard some noise outside, near his building that sounded like a 4-wheeler cranking up and being driven down the road. He said he didn’t think much of the noise until he woke up early Sunday morning and walked outside. He said once outside he noticed the door to his building was open and the lock was cut off the door. He said going to the building he noted that his 2014 Polaris Sportsman 4-wheeler was missing. A photo of the crime scene was taken and the serial number of the 4-wheeler was noted as the break-in and theft was referred to Investigations.

Mobile Meth Lab Found

Sheriff’s Corporal Rushing was dispatched to a location in the 7100 address range of Highway 92, Enoree at 6:48 last evening to investigate a suspicious drug find. A woman said she was walking her dog in the wooded area near her residence when she located a black back-pack. She said she opened the bag and saw several items used in drug manufacture and brought the back-pack to her residence. Corporal Rushing noted that on opening the back pack he detected a strong chemical smell and observed Morton salt, a used cold pack, a Mason jar, what appeared to be liquid heat, a melted 20-ounce plastic bottle that had a pink substance inside and tubing. As the on-call Meth Tech, Lt. Shelton was called to the scene to take possession of the items and the canvas bag.

Counterfeit $10 Rejected at Store

A Deputy responded to a residence on Mill Pond Road, Clinton at 1:55 Saturday afternoon to investigate a report of counterfeit money. A woman said she was shopping and at the checkout the clerk marked the $10 bill she was using and determined it is counterfeit. She said she called to report the fake bill as she drove home.

1st Degree Domestic Assault

Domestic Violence in the 1st Degree is the charge facing a Laurens man following a Saturday incident. Laurens City Police arrested 27-year-old Tobias Shaquis Brown of 141 Lee Street. Officer Blackstock states that the defendant committed Domestic Violence in the 1st Degree by striking the victim about her face and body multiple times. The defendant also allegedly attempted to impede the victim’s air flow by placing a belt around her neck during the incident in their home and in front of the children they have in common. With a cash or surety bond set at $20,000, Tobias Shaquis Brown remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.