Sanders Alumni Meeting Saturday

The Sanders High School Alumni Association is holding their monthly meeting for September this Saturday. All members are being asked to attend. The September meeting starts at 10:00 Saturday morning at the Laurens County Library on West Main in Laurens.

No School in District 55 Or 56 Tuesday

Both Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 will not be operating today, as Laurens County is recovering from a day and evening of high winds from the remants of Hurricane Irma.

District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters  said that reports of power outages and trees down in District 55 have resulted in a decision to update a previously planned 2-hour day and, instead, not hold school Tuesday (9/12/17).

This closure will be both for students and teachers.

 

Piedmont Technical College Monday evening announced that all P.T.C. campus locations will be operating Tuesday with a delayed opening. All P.T. C. locations will open at 10:00 this Tuesday morning.

 

County Offices Closed Early

Due to the heavy winds from Tropical Storm Irma, all “Non-Essential” departments of Laurens County government closed their offices as of 2:00 this afternoon.  The department heads were to determine if a limited staff should remain on duty for their department.

Essential departments, including EMS, Fire, the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center, were to remain operational.

As of this morning, no decisions had been made to make any changes Tuesday. Without any further action, all county offices will open at 9:00 Tuesday morning.

2nd Degree Arson from Wednesday Fire

A home fire allegedly set last Wednesday was cited in an arrest Friday. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office charged 36-year-old Joel Lee Edwards of 24766 Highway 76 East, Clinton with Arson 2nd Degree.

The, warrant citing an investigation of Deputy McLain, states that on September 6th Edwards maliciously set fire to the kitchen of a dwelling owned by the victim.

With a cash or surety bond set at $50,000, Joel Lee Edwards remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning. He was also served with a Bench Warrant from Family Court.

Chase Suspect Released Sunday

Drug and traffic charges were served on a man arrested Friday evening following a police chase north of Laurens. Laurens County Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder said that a Deputy Sheriff’s attempted to stop a 2007 Silver Pontiac around 6:08 Friday evening for a traffic charge, but the car fled at a high rate of speed. After a brief chase other deputies deployed “drop sticks” in the path of the Pontiac, disabling it on Highway 49 near Laurens Academy. Reeder said that as the chase ended, the driver fled on foot, but was captured a short time later in a nearby field.

25-year-old Quienzavius Terrell Rogers of 210 Cow Trail Road, Gray Court was charged with Failure to Stop for a Blue Light and Reckless Driving, and with Possessing .8 gram of cocaine, or meth, individually wrapped, along with $2,031 in cash. Rogers was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance within Proximity of a School.

Quienzavius Terrell Rogers was released Sunday morning by posting cash or surety bonds totaling $7,440.

Burglary Thursday

A warrant alleging a Burglary in the Fountain Inn area Thursday was served by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Friday. 51-year-old Wayne Eugene McCullough was arrested Thursday and booked as Homeless. A warrant showing a Greenville address states that on September 7th McCullough entered a dwelling on Jones Road without consent. With a $25,000 cash or surety bond set on the 2nd Degree Burglary charge, Wayne Eugene McCullough remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Three Charged Intent to Distribute Meth

Three men were arrested in Laurens County Friday on charges of intent to distribute Meth. 43-year-old Timothy Lee Wood Jr. of 12620 Highway 25 Business, Ware Shoals, 40-year-old Christopher Rolen Robinson of 641 Smith Village Road, Waterloo and 30-year-old Alvin Lee Todd Robinson of 39 Davis Street, Ware Shoals were charged with Possession of Meth with Intent to Distribute. Sheriff’s Office Warrants accuse the three men of having approximately 6.2 grams of meth and a digital scale in their possession Friday. All three men remained in custody this morning with cash or surety bonds set at $3,000.

Child Endangerment for Driving Under Influence

A Clinton man is facing seven charges ranging from theft to traffic charges including Child Endangerment Saturday. Clinton Public Safety arrested 46-year-old Michael Shane Eubanks of 127 Miss Joye Lane, Clinton. He was served a Petit Larceny warrant in which Sgt. Wicker states that Mr. Eubanks took Natural Light beer from the Pilot Station on September 1st without paying for it.

The remaining charges are from alleged offenses Saturday, noting the prosecuting officer as Lt. Anderson. They show an address for the suspect on Old Colony Road, Clinton. These warrants state that Eubanks was driving Saturday with his license suspended, while also in Simple Possession of Marijuana and with an Open Container of Natural Light beer in the vehicle.

Clinton Public Safety further states that Eubanks failed to stop for blue lights and siren, instead, increasing speed to avoid law enforcement. In addition he is accused of 2nd Offense Driving under the Influence Saturday. A Child Endangerment warrant states that he was operating a vehicle under the influence while two 11-year-old juvenile children were in the vehicle.

Cash or surety bonds were set totaling $10,000 on the DUI, Failure to Stop and Child Endangerment charges. Personal Recognizance bonds totaling $2,550 were set on the other four cases. Michael Shane Eubanks remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Burglary & Drug Charges

A Burglary warrant and Drug charges were served following a Sunday arrest. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office served warrants for Burglary 2nd Degree along with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Less than One Gram of Meth yesterday on 21-year-old Austin Gage Doolittle of 105 Arvil Lane, Laurens.

Deputy Jonathan Brown states that on September 10th Doolittle was in possession of Clonazepam, a schedule IV controlled substance and that he knowingly possessed or attempted to possess less than one gram of ice/crank/crack cocaine. Deputy Brown also states that Austin Doolittle entered a dwelling in the 400 block of Pickens Street, Joanna Sunday without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein.

Austin Gage Doolittle was being held overnight, pending arraignment on the charges.

Two 1st Degree Assaults Alleged

Fountain Inn Police arrested a local man Saturday night for two alleged assaults on another man. 23-year-old Fausto Uriel Campos of 305 Boyd Street, Fountain Inn was initially issued a Public Drunk Citation by Officer Wilber at his address around 8:00 Saturday night. Warrants were served charging Fausto Campos with two counts of 1st Degree Assault and Battery. Both allege assaults on the same victim Saturday.

One warrant states that Campos assaulted the victim multiple times with his fists and chased him with a bedpost in a threatening manner. The 2nd warrant alleges he struck the victim on his face and throat with his fists, and that he picked up a heavy bedpost and chased the victim in an aggressive manner in an attempt to cause great bodily injury.

With cash or surety bonds set totaling $21,000, Fausto Uriel Campos remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

No School Monday

Most area schools are going to be closed Monday. District 55 this Sunday afternoon announced that despite the shift of Hurricane Irma, there is still a possibility of substantial rain and high winds in the upstate. District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters said “Because of the uncertain threat of high winds and wet roads, we do not want to put anyone in harm’s way. Therefore, LCSD 55 schools will be closed on Monday for both students and staff.” A release states District 55 did a call alert to all its constituents advising them of the status and indicating that they will keep them informed as the situation develops.” District 55 will continue to monitor the situation overnight and throughout the day on Monday. The community may expect another announcement at 5:00 PM on Monday regarding the status of school on Tuesday.

 

Laurens County School District 56 Superintendent Dr. David O’Shields also informed WLBG News that District 56 schools will also be closed Monday.

 

Other schools cancelling classes for Monday include Greenwood County Districts 50 and 52 plus Newberry, Union Counties, Greenville and Spartanburg County schools.

3 Laurens Residents Die in York County

Three Laurens residents died in a two-car crash in York County night. Trooper Joe Hovis of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that four people were killed in the wreck that happened 4.6 miles south of York in the McConnells community at approximately 9:50 P.M. Saturday.

Trooper Hovis said that a 1995 Pontiac was being driven south on Church Street in McConnells by a Laurens man with two passengers. Hovis said a 2004 Honda was being driven north on Church Street, driving by a 22-year-old man from Rock Hill.

Hovis indicated the Honda ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected then collided in the street with the Pontiac. Trooper Hovis said all four died at the scene. All were wearing seat belts and were entrapped in the wreck, having to be extracted by mechanical means.

We did not receive identification of the fatalities from the York County Coroner’s Office. Based on identities published by The Herald of Rock Hill, the three fatalities from Laurens were 60-year-old Jim Edward Daniels, the driver, and passengers, 39-year-old Patchell Daniels and 5-year-old Michaiah Daniels.

The Herald reported the deceased from the Honda as 22-year-old Mitchell Alexander Jeter of Rock Hill. The Herald reported that Jeter was a wrestling and football standout from Rock Hill High School, then was a defensive tackle for the Citadel, and launched a pro football career last year in Canada with the Montreal Alouettes.

All four were pronounced dead at the scene. Trooper Hovis said a South Carolina Highway Patrol Mait was investigating the wreck.

Gray Court Man Killed near Simpsonville

A Gray Court man was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Simpsonville Friday morning. South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis said the wreck occurred at about 6:28 Friday morning on Fairview Road, 4 miles south of Simpsonville. Hovis said it appears the 20-year-old Gray Court man was driving North of Fairview Road when his 1998 Mazda ran off the right, then cross the center line and struck a 2017 Honda being driven by a man from Bakersville, NC. The Bakersville man was transported to Greenville Health System for treatment. The Gray Court man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased as 20 year old Craig Maurice Taylor, Jr. of Crawford Road, Gray Court.  The cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force trauma.  He died at the scene with a time of death 6:25 AM.  He was not wearing a seat belt.

Man Held Following Police Chase

Laurens County Deputies arrested a Gray Court man Friday evening following a car chase. Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder said that around 6:08 p.m. Friday a Laurens County Deputy attempted to stop a 2007 Silver Pontiac Grand Prix for a traffic offense. Reeder said the driver of that Pontiac fled at a high rate of speed, with the Deputy giving chase. After following the fleeing vehicle for a brief time, other deputies monitoring the chase were able to deploy “drop sticks” in the path of the fleeing Pontiac, disabling the vehicle on Highway 49 near Laurens Academy. As the chase ended, the driver reportedly fled on foot. Chief Deputy Reeder said that deputies captured the man in a nearby field minutes later and placed him under arrest.

Chief Deputy Reeder said that 25-year-old Quienzavius Terrell Rogers was placed under arrest and he will be charged with Speeding, Reckless Driving, Failure to Stop for Lights and Sirens, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamines.  Rogers was transported to the Laurens County Detention Center.

Detention Center records this morning indicate that Quienzavius Terrell Rogers of 210 Cow Trail Road, Gray Court was awaiting the serving of warrants this morning in the Laurens County Detention Center.

Local School Closures on Hold

Laurens County School District 55 this Friday evening announced that any decision about school cancellations is on hold, pending more information. The announced said that with the westward shift of Hurricane Irma, Laurens County School District 55, in consultation with Laurens 56 and Greenwood 50, is waiting until later this weekend to decide about school closures next week. Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Peters, said, “My staff and I are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to do so throughout the weekend.” The district did send a call alert to all its constituents advising them of the status and indicating that they would keep them informed as the situation develops. In the event that a decision is made to close schools at any point in the next few days, that information will be sent to all media, given in a call alert to constituents, posted on the district’s social media accounts (Facebook: Laurens District 55; Twitter: @lcsd55), posted to the district’s website (www.laurens55.org), and reported to the South Carolina School Closure website at http://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/schools/district-and-school-closures/.

It’s Final!

The Laurens County Elections Commission met late this morning as an official canvas of Tuesday’s election results. They rejected four emergency ballots as ineligible but accepted six as being eligible to vote.

When the votes were counted again, with the six additional ballots, the change was an extra four “No” votes and an additional two “Yes” votes.

The Canvas of the District 55 School Bond referendum resulted in an official count of 6,563 “No” votes and 1,963 “Yes” votes.

Of 23,304 registered voters in School District 55, the official count of votes counted was 8,575.

Preparations for Irma – Just In Case

With predictions that Hurricane Irma will turn north and impact the Southeastern United States, South Carolina emergency preparedness personnel are on alert here, in case the storm impacts us.

The Governor held a media briefing yesterday with state emergency response officials to provide an update on the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Carolina and announce preparation plans put in place by executive order to reduce the risk of life-threatening situations arising, should the storm directly affect the state. The governor issued an executive order for evacuation of healthcare facilities in coastal counties of the state to start yesterday.

South Carolina DHEC yesterday advised owners and operators of reservoirs across South Carolina to check their dams and take appropriate steps to safely lower the water levels. They advised that through the next several days water levels be lowered in preparation for potential problems caused by heavy rainfall from Hurricane Irma.

City of Clinton personnel are actively monitoring Hurricane Irma as well as participating in state and local emergency management preparations.

Employees are currently making preparations to prepare for a potential threat to citizens such as stocking trucks and ensuring emergency equipment and vehicles are equipped and fueled. City of Clinton Director of Risk Management Robin Entrekin encourages all citizens to begin preparations now, but especially those with special medical needs. “Citizens that have medical conditions/concerns such as prescription medications or home based oxygen generators and similar medical equipment should begin making preparations now for back up sources such as ensuring medications are filled, alternative electrical energy sources are available, as well as having batteries and additional water/food supplies on hand in the event of a power outage.”

Home Break-Ins on Chestnut Ridge & Boyd Roads

Two men have now been charged with two home burglaries west of Laurens Tuesday of this week.  20-year-old Timothy Justin Jones of 55 Grace Lane, Gray Court was arrested the day of the burglaries. After being held overnight, he was served with two 2nd Degree Burglary warrants yesterday.

Deputy Andrew Turner states that on September 5th Mr. Jones entered two dwellings, one on Chestnut Ridge Road and the other on Boyd Road, with intent to commit a crime therein. Cash or surety bonds were set totaling $20,000 on the two charges. Timothy Justin Jones remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

The second suspect was arrested yesterday. 26-year-old Samuel Ryan Cole of 102 Irby Avenue, Laurens was also served with two warrants charging 2nd Degree Burglary. He is also accused of entering the residences on Chestnut Ridge Road and Boyd Road on Tuesday with intent to commit a crime therein. Samuel Ryan Cole was being held overnight, pending a bond hearing today.

2015 Break-Ins, 2016 Theft

Two 1st Degree Burglary warrants were served yesterday on a Greenwood County man for alleged break-ins to storage units on Highway 221 south of Waterloo almost two years ago. In addition, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday also charged 40-year-old Steven Luther Rogers of 101 Leroy Drive, Ninety-Six with Malicious Damage from the same date and with a Grand Larceny from the early 2016.

Investigator Farrah Cook states that on October 29, 2015 Mr. Rogers damaged personal property of another person by cutting locks to gate entrances.  Deputy Cook states that on that same date Rogers entered two storage buildings at the same address in the 16,000 address range of Highway 221 South without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein. He reportedly entered at night. Officer Cook further states that Steven Luther Rogers has a prior record of two or more convictions for burglary or housebreaking or both.

In the Grand Larceny warrant, Deputy L.B. Holmes states that on February 16, 2016 Steven Luther Rogers took a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup and a Honda CR50 dirt bike that were valued at $7,800 with intent to permanently deprive the owner.

Steven Luther Rogers of Ninety-Six was being held in the Laurens County Detention Center overnight, pending arraignment on the charges.

911 Service Sunday

This coming Monday will be another anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on America. Among events recognizing the 911 anniversary is a special service this Sunday morning at Faith Baptist Church of Laurens. We asked Pastor Bill Cole about the Sunday morning service.

“Well, we’re honoring First Responders. You remember in the 911 attacks in the Trade Center we lost many of those people because as everyone else was coming out they were going in. And these folks work for us. The other day there was a wreck just below the church. They were out in the rain…. pouring rain…with a car wreck. So we want to honor our firefighters, our first responders. I will be preaching a message entitled “What to Do When the Towers Fall,” we’re going to be honoring these first responders. We’ve got some gifts for them. We’re having a nice lunch after church and we would certainly love to have them come and join us. We want to give them a little pat on the back and thank them for their service. That’ll be at 11:00 o’clock on Sunday, September the 10th.”

Faith Baptist Church is at 1607 Greenwood Road in Laurens.