Violation of Parole

A Laurens man was charged yesterday with Violation of the Terms of his March, 2015 release on Parole. 38-year-old Stephen Trase Fincher of 112 Tiger Lane is accused of failing to follow advice and instructions of his supervising agent. The warrant states that these failures include failure to report to the parole office since April 22nd of this year, failure to refrain from violating law, noting a Simple Possession of Marijuana guilty plea from Magistrate’s Court last March. Also listed was an arrest by Greenville County this past October for a Larceny, four counts of 2nd Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny charges. The Parole Violation warrant also noted an arrest by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office November 8th for 2nd Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny. Fincher is also accused of being behind on his supervision fee. Stephen Fincher was being held until he could go before a Circuit Court Judge regarding any possible release on bond.

Violation of Probation

A metro Atlanta man was lodged in the Laurens County Detention Center yesterday. 56-year-old Patrick Donneld Todd of 1240 Leisure Lake Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia was charged with Violation of Probation. He is accused of failing to follow advice and instructions of his agent. These failures allegedly include providing false residence information and absconding supervision, failing to report, failing to attend and complete substance abuse counseling and failing to make payments required by the court. A cash or surety bond was set at $50,000 yesterday. Patrick D. Todd remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Whitten Center Parade at 1:00 PM Saturday

Another Parade has been confirmed for this Saturday in Laurens County. After the Clinton Christmas Parade at 10:00 AM Saturday, Whitten Center is again holding its parade at 1:00 PM. Noting that some center residents do not have the opportunity to leave campus for attending other parades, Whitten Center Director of Volunteer services Tara Glenn said “Our residents love having visitors…especially Santa.” Glenn added “The parade of floats and people that come through every year bring so much joy and celebration to our folks.  Their smiles say it all!”

Anyone interested in participating in the 2016 Whitten Center Christmas Parade should contact Shelby Benson at sbenson@ddsn.sc.gov or 864-938-3310.

Parade day continues at 2:30 Saturday afternoon in Gray Court, and wraps up with the evening Parade at 5:00 on Laurens’ West Main Street.

Burglary Early Last Evening

A report of a Burglary dispatched a Deputy to a residence on Smith’s Village Road, Waterloo at 5:40 last evening. Deputy Galloway spoke with a woman who said that between 5:20 and 5:40 last evening, someone had used a tool to pry open the back door of her residence. She said they took a Sony Playstation 4 that was on her sofa. She said it was still in its box, since she had discovered her TV was not compatible with operating the Playstation. The officer observed pry marks on the rear door, but noted he was unable to detect foot prints in the garbage-covered back yard. Value of the Playstation was $640.

Rifle Taken with Wife at Home, Husband Nearby

A Laurens area couple reported a stolen firearm to the Sheriff’s Office Sunday night. Sgt. Timothy Byrd responded to Bermuda Road at 8:46 pm Sunday and met with a man who said he had been selling items at a nearby flea market earlier in the day when his wife walked to him to say his Ruff-Rider .22 caliber hand gun was missing from the TV stand in the living room, where he had left it. The wife reportedly indicated she had discovered it missing when she walked into the living room. The $300 value firearm was thought to have been taken from the unlocked house between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm Sunday.

Man with Gun Allegedly Threatening Family

Reports of a man with a gun threatening his family dispatched Sheriff’s Deputies to Mundy Road, Laurens at 11:25 Friday morning. Deputy Boyd reported arriving to observe the man walking down off the porch. Deputies ordered him to the ground and took him into custody.

54-year-old Jeffery Paul McCartney of 375 Mundy Drive, Laurens was later charged with Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature, two counts of Kidnapping and with Use of Weapon during a Violent Crime.

In the Domestic Assault warrant, Deputy David Staton states that on November 25th Mr. McCartney threatened the victim and had in his possession a .35 mm rifle. Both kidnapping charges allege that McCartney unlawfully seized, confined, kidnapped or abducted the victim without authority of law. He’s also accused of knowingly displaying a weapon and of having already been convicted of a violent crime.

Bond was denied on all four charges. Jeffery Paul McCartney remained in the Johnson Detention Center.

Two Face Drug Charges from Checkpoint

Two people were arrested on drug charges early Saturday morning as officers from Clinton Public Safety, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol were conducting a Traffic Safety Checkpoint on North Broad at Oakland Street.

Lt. Casey Jones reported a white Dodge single-cab pickup approached the checkpoint at 20 minutes after midnight. During the check of the driver and passenger by Highway Patrol Officers substances were reportedly found.

The driver was identified as 30-year-old Brandy Christine Dunaway of 383 A.B. Jacks Road. She was booked with an address on Ekom Beach Road, Laurens. She was later charged with being in possession of less than one gram of a white crystal-like substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine on North Broad. Brandy Christine Dunaway was released this weekend on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

The passenger was identified as 45-year-old Joseph Boyd Wilkes of 383 A.B. Jacks Road, Clinton. He was charged with Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, accused of possessing a quantity of a white capsule-shaped pills believed to be Lortab without authority to do so. Wilkes allegedly has two prior convictions for the same offense within the past five years. Joseph Boyd Wilkes was released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

Fugitive from Georgia

Fountain Inn Police arrested a man Saturday who was wanted in Georgia. 32-year-old Brandon Mitchell Clark of 706 Fountain Brook Lane, Fountain Inn was charged with Fugitive from Justice. Officer Rivera states that on November 25th the defendant was a fugitive from the Newton County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office, where he stands charged with Theft by Deception, Identity Fraud and Forgery and that he is currently located in Laurens County, this offense occurred inside the City Limits of Fountain Inn.

Brandon Mitchell Clark was being held, pending transfer to Newton County, Georgia.

Wanted Woman Found

Sheriff’s Deputies were on the lookout for a black Kia Soul Saturday morning when the suspect vehicle was reportedly spotted, a little before 4:00 am, pulling off Highway 72 at the Lakeview Motel. Deputies Messer and Mclain pulled in and approached the vehicle. They advised the driver that a passenger was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office and by Clinton Public Safety. That passenger, 32-year-old Heather Marie Wymer of 708 Charlotte’s Road, Clinton was taken into custody.

Deputy Messer issued a ticket charging Ms. Wymer with Simple Possession of Marijuana at 4:00 am Saturday at the Lakeview Motel on Lake Greenwood.

A warrant citing the investigation of Deputy Messer states that on Saturday Ms. Wymer knowingly possessed and/or attempted to possess less than one gram of ice/crank/crack cocaine without authority.

The existing Sheriff’s Office warrant charges her with Shoplifting Enhanced, in the $2,000 to $10,000 range. It cites the investigation of Deputy Howard as indicating that on November 10th Heather Wymer Shoplifted items valued at more than $2,000 from the Dollar General at 24676 Highway 76 East, and that she has a prior conviction for the same offense.

With cash or surety bonds totaling $14,615, Heather Marie Wymer remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning. She was also being held for a Larceny charge from Clinton Public Safety.

Unauthorized Debit Card Use Alleged

Laurens City Police arrested a woman Saturday on Financial Transaction Card charges from October and a Shoplifting case from last Tuesday.

39-year-old Ruth Guadalupe of 25 Clark Street, Laurens was charged with two counts of Financial Transaction Card Fraud along with one charge of Shoplifting. Ms. Guadalupe is accused of using another woman’s debit card between October 17th and 18th, allegedly spending $43.68 at 1500 Western Square and $29.43 at 229 Hillcrest Drive. The Shoplifting warrant accuses her of conveying items to be concealed by a co-defendant, valued at about $20, at a Family Dollar at 1070 South Harper on November 22nd.

Ruth Guadalupe was released on surety bonds totaling $10,650 on the three charges.

Prather Circle Domestic, then Burglary

Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to Prather Circle at 7:31 Friday morning, where a woman stated that her boyfriend had been drinking and causing problems with her. She alleged that he had cut all four tires on her vehicle the previous day. The woman indicated she had been staying at the incident location with a friend for the past couple days, and that the boyfriend came there, pushed her chest, then grabbed her by the hair and pulled her head outside the residence. Another woman reported witnessing the incident. The woman wanted to prosecute for the alleged assault. She and a co-owner of the automobile also wanted to prosecute for the damage to the vehicle.

29-year-old Richard Marion Cuthbertson of 900 Prather Circle, Unit 4, Clinton was arrested and served with warrants charging him with Domestic Violence 3rd Degree and Malicious Damage to Property. He was released at 4:43 Friday afternoon on personal recognizance bonds totaling $1,500 on the two charges.

At 6:10 Friday evening Public Safety was dispatched to Mr. Cuthbertson’s residence on Prather Circle, where he reported a Burglary/Breaking and Entering. He stated that while he was locked up his girlfriend came to his residence and stole his TV and DVD player. He did want to prosecute. The girlfriend was not located in the initial investigation.

Breaking Up so Hard to Do

Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to Cypress Street at 11:36 Saturday night on an anonymous report of a possible Domestic Violence incident. The report was that two people were fighting in a vehicle, with one getting out and walking along the street. The other woman then drove off. Lt. Jones observed a vehicle matching the description and made a traffic stop at Bell Street Middle school. He reported observing the driver to be extremely agitated. The other woman was also located. They were reportedly girlfriends and one had broken up with the other. One had allegedly opened a can of beer and poured it on the other. One of the women had scratches in view. She didn’t want to prosecute. One woman was taken into custody for an outstanding Warrant.

Leaving the Scene

Laurens City Police yesterday charged 50-year-old Arthur Lee Wise of 110 Downs Street, Laurens with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Property Damage to an Attended Vehicle. Lt. David Brewer issued tickets charging that offense and Driving under Suspension in tickets at 10:10 Sunday morning on Hillcrest Drive. Arthur Lee Wise was being held, pending a bond hearing.

Small Business Saturday Tomorrow

At the November Clinton City Council meeting last week, the Mayor and Council proclaimed November 26th as Small Business Saturday in the City of Clinton. The City will join forces with Laurens and thousands of other communities across the country to promote small businesses.

At the Clinton celebration of Small Business Saturday, there will be a Tailgate Party from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. They’re inviting folk s to come wearing their favorite team colors. There will be a drawing for folks who bring canned goods in honor of their favorite team. These canned goods will be donated to the United Ministries Food Bank. Many shops downtown will be open and have specials through-out the day. City Administration invites everyone to come downtown tomorrow and support your local small businesses!

More Local Holiday Events

The City of Laurens held its Official Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in the new mini-park at the intersection of East Main and North Harper this week on Tuesday evening. The City of Clinton is having its tree lighting on Thursday, December 1st at 6:00 pm. The event will include carolers filling the air with song and carriage rides through the downtown under Christmas lights.

The Laurens County Veterans Affairs Office is holding its Honor Lights Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday evening, December 2nd.

Christmas Parades are scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd starting with Clinton at 10:00 am, Gray Court at 2:00 pm and Laurens at 5:00 pm.

Laurens Main Street Director Jonathan Irick indicates that after the Saturday evening Christmas Parade featuring Lights of the season on floats,

there will be tours of the Laurens Lights Display along the Little River on the following two weekends, from December 9th -11th, and December 16th-18th.

A long awaited annual Christmas program at Presbyterian College is going to take place one week away, Friday Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd thru the 4th in Belk Auditorium.

Man Facing Assault Charge, Girlfriend “False Into to Cops”

A report of an assault in progress dispatched a Sheriff’s Officer to 82 Captain Guy Road, Clinton at 5:07 yesterday afternoon. Deputy Jonathan Brown reported that when he arrived on scene he observed a subject walking down the road. And there was a large group of some 20 people at the incident location pointing to the subject and yelling to the deputy “That’s him!” Deputy Brown then drove toward the subject, who reportedly ran off the road and behind a house on Airport Road after seeing the marked patrol car approach him. The officer exited his vehicle and pursued the subject as he fled into the woods, but lost sight and sound of him.

Deputy Brown then returned to the complainant to get an ID on the subject. A young woman with a Laurens address indicated the subject was “Kid-Ray,” her sister’s boyfriend. She indicated the subject came to the location on Captain Guy Road where they were having Thanksgiving dinner and started fighting with her sister; that the argument went outside where he allegedly “jumped on” her sister and continued to hit her. The complainant said that when she went to pull the man off her sister, he turned on her, hitting her and putting her in a choke-hold. She indicated that as she was about to pass out her father and 4 or 5 other guys pulled the man off her. Deputy Brown reported that when he asked the sister for the man’s name she said she didn’t know. She reportedly refused to give officers the name of the man she had been dating about 5 months.

Clinton Public Safety was able to provide an identity of the subject. Officers went to a residence a few houses down the street and located the subject, reportedly sitting in front of the house and smelling of alcoholic beverages. 28-year-old Sir Kid Ice Lamarrion Mosley was arrested and was booked with an address at 411 South Livingston Street, Clinton. He was being held, pending a warrant which was to be sought to charge 3rd degree Assault and Battery.

The allegedly assaulted girlfriend was also arrested. Deputy Brown issued a ticket charging 22-year-old Kelsie Nicole Gin of 82 Captain Guy Road, Clinton with Giving False Information to Law Enforcement for allegedly saying she did not know the name of her boyfriend, delaying the Sheriff’s Office in getting an ID on the alleged assailant. She was also being held overnight, pending a bond hearing today.

CHS Band Invited to Atlanta Heritage Festival

Clinton High School’s first year Band Director, David Richards, appeared before the District 56 School Board at their November meeting on Monday evening.  He informed the board that the band has been invited to the Atlanta Heritage Festival, a national competition for concert bands to be held in April.

He explained that it was quite an honor to be invited and the experience, he believed, would be valuable for the band members but……the trip would cost each student around $250.  He said that some of his band students can’t afford to make the trip.  Their families are pressed and just couldn’t come up with that much money.  He asked the board to subsidize the trip.

He told the board the total cost of the trip for students and chaperones would be about $11,000.  He said he wasn’t asking the board to fund the entire cost for everyone but that any amount toward that total would help.

Dr. David O’Shields expressed his appreciation for the efforts Mr. Richards has put into the Clinton High band program and the board took the request as information, giving some indication that there would be assistance forthcoming at some level.

Court Orders Man Held 60 Days for Contempt

The Sheriff’s Office has jailed a man on a court order from Probate Court.

64-year-old Howard Hitchner of 177 Sullivan Road, Laurens was charged with Contempt of Circuit Court.

Pursuant to a Probate Court Order dated September 19th, 2016, Hitchner had been found to be in contempt of Court and sentenced to 60 days. He was allowed to purge himself of the contempt by payment of money by September 15th. The order states he failed to make the payment by that date and had also failed to surrender to the jail in accordance with the order. Hitchner was served with the Court order Wednesday and placed in the Laurens County Detention Center, where he is to serve the 60 day sentence.

Tree Trimmer Struck by Pellet 45-feet Up

A Deputy responded to Conway Avenue at 1:17 Wednesday afternoon where a man working for a tree trimming business indicated he had been up about 45 feet off the ground in a bucket truck, trimming trees, when he felt a sharp pain in his right shoulder. He thought he had been hit by a limb, but later he saw bleeding and a pellet fell from his right shoulder. Another deputy drove thru the area looking for any kids with a pellet gun, but no one was found.

Unlawful Telephone Calls Tuesday

The Sheriff’s Office arrested a Ware Shoals area woman Wednesday regarding alleged phone calls made Tuesday. 54-year-old Delma Zale Vaughn of Maddox Bridge Road was charged with Unlawful Telephone Communication. A warrant cites the investigation of Sgt. Byrd as indicating that on November 22nd Vaughn did, in a telephone communication, use profane, obscene, vulgar and/or indecent language, doing so repeatedly after being asked to stop, for the purpose of annoying/harassing the victim. Delma Zale Vaughn was released Thanksgiving morning on a $1,092 cash or surety bond.