Woman Dizzy Following Domestic Incident

A man and woman on the north side of Clinton were reported engaged in a tense argument around 4:30 yesterday afternoon when things escalated. Clinton Public Safety was dispatched and spoke with the woman, who reported they had been arguing over their children when things escalated. She indicated the altercation had made her dizzy. EMS was called to attend to her. She declined to prosecute, but said she wanted the boyfriend put on a Trespass notice. While officers were unable to physically locate the subject, Officer Reel made telephone contact and advised him not to trespass in the woman’s residence.

Raiders Games With Mauldin Tonight

The games with Mauldin that were scheduled for Tuesday will be made-up tonight (Wednesday 1-11-17) at LDHS. If you can’t make it to the games be sure to join us here on Real Radio 860 as we come to you live just about 5:58 this evening. As usual you can also catch the game on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

Lowry Seeks Post on Laurens CPW

Suzanne M Lowry, a resident of the City of Laurens for 21 years, has tossed her hat in the ring to fill a vacated spot of Commissioner and represent District 2 on the Laurens Commission of Public Works. Mrs. Lowry holds a BA degree from the College of Charleston in Urban Studies and City Planning and is the current chair of the City of Laurens Planning Commission.

Under her leadership the Planning Commission recently completed the City of Laurens ten (10) year Comprehensive Plan.

Mrs. Lowry said that if she’s elected in the March 7th election, she plans to serve with common sense and with a purpose of bringing a bigger tax base to Laurens and the surrounding areas.

She said that since moving to Laurens in 1996 her motto has been “Why not Laurens” when considering our community for new residents, businesses and attractions. Lowry said she has always expressed that Laurens is a hidden gem with much potential for growth.

Suzanne Lowry is active on various school, church and community committees. She resides in Laurens with her husband, Martin Lowry, and their one child, Thomas Lowry.

Details for 1st Annual “State of the Schools”

Details of the 1st annual “State of the Schools” luncheon were announced yesterday by School District 55 Public Relations Director Ed Murray.

The inaugural event is set for Noon on Tuesday, January 24th at the Ridge in Laurens, on Exchange Drive.

A highlight of the event will be the keynote address of Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) faculty member, Dr. Irvin Scott. Before joining the Harvard faculty this past summer, Dr. Scott served as the deputy director for K12 education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for five (5) years. In that capacity, he focused on transforming how teachers are recruited, developed, and rewarded. In addition, he led a team to initiate the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers experience. This teacher-led effort involved bringing thousands of teachers together to collaborate with their peers, engage in teacher leadership, and celebrate the profession. Mr. Murray notes that now at the Harvard Graduate School, Dr. Scott is excited about his work teaching in the School Leadership Program and Doctor of Education Leadership Program.

The 1st “State of the Schools” luncheon is to serve a dual purpose as both an opportunity to inform the community about progress and programs in Laurens County School District 55 as well as being a fundraiser for the newly established Ladies and Gentlemen’s Clubs in each of District’s nine school.

The cost to attend the event is $125 per seat, $1,000 for a table of eight, with all proceeds going to the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Clubs. Information on attending is available by contacting the Principal of any District 55 school or Lisa Wilson in the District Office.

In addition to the keynote address from Dr. Scott, the January 24th event will feature students from District 55 schools as Emcees, Hosts, and Presenters. A video retrospective will highlight many of the new programs and successes in the District. Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters is also to talk about future plans for Laurens County District 55.

CPW Says Old Meters Must Go

Imagine the difference in the way electricity was used sixty or more years ago from today. Some homes had TVs, but it would probably be just one for the whole family. And there were definitely no satellite or cable receivers. There were no computers or internet wifi devices. At best, there were just a few electric appliances in the kitchen. Many things we now take for granted just didn’t exist. Electrical service was connected to many homes with what’s called “A-Base Electric Meters.” They worked well in the 50’s, but are not considered safe for today’s electrical loads.

During the Laurens CPW meeting for January last night, the Commissioners voted unanimously to enact a policy to deal with the few customers that still are using the antiquated “A-Base Electric Meters.”

General Manager John Young addressed the problem, saying “For years, we have been trying to eliminate these meter boxes that date back to the 1950s.” Young said “We urged customers to change out the meter box and weather head due to safety hazards, including exposed wiring that could be in the reach of children.” He added that the A-Base electric meters are not accurate and that they must be manually read.

Young told the commission that there is only one residential customer and two business customers with this old kind of electric meter. The two business customers are located at the city square.

The commission sent out a letter last week to the business customers telling them that they have 60 days to have an electrician update their wiring to accommodate a new meter or else their power will be cut off. Young noted that the commission has approached the final residential customer for years to update their wiring, but with no avail. The new policy approved last night will increase their meter reading fee from $10.00 to $20.00.

John Young said that he had offered the residential customer zero per-cent financing through CPW billing to cover the estimated $500.00 that it would cost for the electrical work required, but it was refused.

During last night’s discussion, a decision was made to again contact the resident and give two months to accept the financing offer before the increase in rate would be applied.

Unauthorized Use of Trail Blazer

Unauthorized use of another person’s vehicle last Saturday was alleged with an arrest yesterday. The Laurens Count y Sheriff’s Office served a warrant on 26-year-old Gary Scott Templeton of 1370 Bluff Road, Gray Court, charging him with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent.
Deputy Thomas Darrin Boyd states that on January 7th, 2017 Mr. Templeton committed Breach of Trust valued between $2,000 and $10,000 in that he took and used a victim’s vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer, and has failed to return the vehicle.

Mr. Templeton was being held in the Laurens County Detention Center overnight, pending a bond hearing today.

Cruelty to Children

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested a 47-year-old Clinton area man on a charge of Cruelty to Children this past fall. In the warrant, Sgt. Carter states that on November 5th the defendant inflicted unnecessary pain and suffering upon a minor child. The man was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Failure on Child Support with Two Women

Bench Warrants from Magistrate’s and Family Court last month yesterday delivered 40-year-old Tory Cherell Todd of 103 East Hampton Street, Laurens to the Laurens County Detention Center.

Todd was served with a Bench Warrant from Laurens County Magistrate’s Court showing a conviction for Public Disorderly Conduct on December 13th, with a sentence of a $150 fine or jail time of 30 days, consecutively with any and all other sentences.

He was also served with two Bench Warrants from Family Court on December 14th in cases involving two women. The Bench Warrants both cited him with Failure to Appear for Non-Payment of Child Support.

Tory Todd remained in custody today.

Clinton Now Has A Real Flag

In November, WLBG told you about the quest of Clinton High School student Patrick Nelson to establish an official flag of the city of Clinton.  His design (pictured here) was approved by unanimous vote of Clinton City Council.



At last night’s meeting of Clinton City Council, Mayor Bob McLean again recognized young Mr. Nelson as the official colors of the city of Clinton were posted along with the national and state colors.  Patrick is pictured below with the finished product – the official flag of the city of Clinton.



To read about the development and meaning of the various elements of the flag continue reading below:

A Flag for Clinton

9th Grade & JV Games at Laurens Postponed

Word has come into WLBG Sports this morning that the 9th grade and JV basketball games scheduled to be played at LDHS tonight have been postponed due to the Greenville County School District being closed today because of the winter weather over the weekend. No date has yet been set for their makeup.

2nd Armed Robbery Suspect Apprehended

A 2nd suspect in a Clinton Armed Robbery at West Chase Apartments this past fall was arrested early yesterday by Laurens City Police. Officer Robert Van Pelt reportedly made a routine traffic stop for an equipment violation at 12:57 am Sunday and observed that one of the five occupants of the vehicle, determined to be Rodriquez Dakim Taylor, seemed extremely nervous, breathing heavily and constantly patting his hands on his legs. The car reportedly contained the odor of marijuana. After checking information on the occupants, Officers determined four of the five were wanted by Clinton Public Safety. Mr. Taylor was reportedly found to be in possession of a pistol, allegedly referred to as a “strap,” in his pocket. It was a High Point 9mm containing two rounds of ammo, but none in the chamber.

Laurens Police charged 24 year-old Rodriquez Dakim Taylor of 590 Phillips Street, Clinton with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and with Carrying a Pistol by a Person Convicted of a Felony. (pictured at left) Warrants citing the investigation of Laurens Police Officer Van Pelt state that on January 8th the defendant was unlawfully carrying a handgun about his person in a motor vehicle on Hillcrest Drive. It further stated Taylor has a criminal history indicating that he is convicted of other felony charges which deny him to possess a pistol. Bonds on the two Laurens Firearms charges were set totaling $30,000.

Clinton Public Safety has charged Taylor with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault and Battery by Mob in the 2nd Degree and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.

Detective Tyrone Coggins states that on November 4th 2016 Rodriquez Taylor and a co-defendant did by force take personal property from the victim at 590 Phillips Street and that this occurred while the subject was armed with a pistol. Lt. Goggins further states that early on the morning of November 4th Mr. Taylor and co-defendant Khalid Cunningham did with premeditated intent commit an act of violence on the victim at 590 Phillips Street. Both subjects also allegedly confined the victim with intent to commit Armed Robbery and Assault by Mob. Lt. Goggins states that Rodriquez Taylor possessed a pistol while committing these acts November 4th. Bond was denied on the four Clinton charges from the alleged November 4th Armed Robbery. Rodriquez Taylor remains in the Laurens County Detention Center,

as does 20-year-old Khalid Cunningham of 814 North Broad, Clinton, who was arrested December 29th, also charged in connection with the same crimes.

Cunningham is pictured at right.

Possession with Intent to Distribute

Drug Possession “with Intent to Distribute” was charged on a Clinton man following his arrest in Laurens Saturday. The charges came after Officer Van Pelt stopped a black Toyota Corolla for a defective tag light charge at 11:14 Saturday morning on North Harper Street. 41-year-old David Leon Reeder, booked as Homeless, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 2nd Offense, with Possession with Intent within Proximity and with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Warrants showing an address at 111 North Bell Street, Clinton cite the investigation of Laurens Police Officer Van Pelt and indicating that on January 7th the defendant was in possession of two separate baggies of Methamphetamine on North Harper Street in Laurens. The marijuana allegedly weighed 1.7 grams, packed weight. Reeder also allegedly had possession of a scale. The warrant further states that Reeder has one prior conviction for Possession with Intent to Distribute.

A second warrant states the Possession of Meth with Intent to Distribute was within a half mile of Ford Elementary School. In a third warrant,   David Leon Reeder was accused of being in possession of a glass pipe on North Harper Street Saturday, along with a digital scale and a straw used to consume and or measure illegal narcotics.

With cash or surety bonds set totaling $60,500, David Leon Reeder remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Two Charged with Weapons & Drug Charges

A Highway Patrol traffic arrest in the Youngs Community early Saturday afternoon led to drug and firearms charges on two men. 26-year-old Jimmie Matthew Goode of 136 Ledo Road, Woodruff and 28-year-old Tommy Lee Copeland of 343 Buncombe Street, Woodruff were both charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. Sgt. Chad Edwards issued a ticket charging Jimmie Goode with Driving under Suspension on Highway 101 at Bramlett Church Road, at 1:28 Saturday afternoon.

In warrants, Sgt. Edwards stated that both men were in possession of 53 grams of Marijuana without authority to do so, and that they carried about their person a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun without authority..

Both men remained in custody this morning. Cash or surety bonds totaled $16,647 for Jimmie Matthew Goode and $16,000 for Tommy Lee Copeland.

“Warming Stations” Opened

With the very cold temperatures this past weekend,  Laurens County Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Avery announced Friday night that warming stations were open at Clinton Public Safety, 404 North Broad, and at the Laurens City Police Station at 250 West Laurens Street. Avery said these two locations would be available during low temperatures over the next several weeks. The Warming Stations are available for anyone who is without heat and needs to get out of the cold during freezing temperatures.

2 Sisters Allegedly Assault Pregnant Female

Two young Clinton sisters have been arrested on charges of assaulting a pregnant woman the day after Christmas. Clinton Public Safety early this morning delivered 20-year-old Ranarada Lashay Foster of 590 Phillips Street and 18-year-old Briona Nicole Foster of 100 Clinton Manor Drive to the Detention Center. Both are charged with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree. Warrants noting Sgt. Anthony Harris as the prosecuting officer states that on December 26th each defendant and her sister committed a premeditated act of violence by assaulting and striking the pregnant victim about the torso, resulting in the victim’s clothing being torn from her body. This assault allegedly occurred at Countryside Circle in Clinton.

Ranarda Foster was also charged with Malicious Damage. She’s accused of maliciously damaging a 2012 Ford Fusion at Countryside Circle on December 26th by pouring a red, fruity liquid substance into its gas tank.

Ranarada Lashay Foster and Briona Nicole Foster were being held in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning, pending a bond hearing.

Solicitation for Prostitution

Clinton Public Safety responded Friday night to a report of solicitation of prostitution in the Lydia Mill area of town. Officer Yelton responded and spoke with a man who alleged that at around 9:30 that night his male roommate offered to have sex with him in exchange for twenty dollars. The complainant reported he rejected his roommate’s offer, saying that after the offer, the alleged sex solicitor left the area, walking off to somewhere unknown. Officer Yelton advised the complainant that because his roommate was a legal resident of the home, law enforcement could not force him to leave. He would need to complete the eviction process to force the subject to leave. An attempt to locate the roommate was not successful that night.

Xanax & Ammo Alleged  

Weapons and Drug violations on Saturday were cited with the Sheriff’s Office Sunday arrest of 54-year-old Nathan Wesley Ogle from 101 High Crest Court, Simpsonville. Ogle was charged with Possession of Ammunition by a Person Convicted of a Violent Felony and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Deputy Turner states that the investigation of Lt. Marlon Higgenbotham indicates that on January 7th Mr. Ogle, a person convicted of a violent felony, had ammunition located in the back seat of the vehicle without authority. Nathan Ogle was also allegedly found to knowingly and intentionally possess Xanax, a controlled substance, without authority. Cash or surety bonds were set totaling $20,000 on the two charges. Nathan Wesley Ogle remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Wanted in Texas

Fountain Inn Police arrested a man wanted in Texas Saturday. 36-year-old Charles Michael McKinney of 201 Meadowbrook Drive, Fountain Inn was placed in the Laurens County Detention Center Sunday, charged with Fugitive from Justice. Officer James Smith III states that McKinney was in the Laurens County portion of Fountain Inn Saturday, while wanted in McLennan, Texas for an alleged Burglary of a Building. He is being held, pending extradition to Texas.

Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest

Laurens Police Sgt. Simmons responded to Ingle’s on East Main at 7:17 Saturday night on a report of a male adult taking a cart full of groceries past the registers without paying. He was reportedly headed toward an orange vehicle with a female driver. Sgt. Simmons spotted the suspect and placed him in detention. The man reportedly uttered expletives and tried to get away from the officer. After his arrest, the man reportedly refused an officer of medical care for a small abrasion to his head, noted following the scuffle. Groceries valued at $171.11 were recovered.

Sgt. Simmons issued tickets charging 52-year-old James Bailey of 113 Mill Pond Road, Clinton with Shoplifting and Resisting Arrest. Bailey remained in custody this morning with cash or surety bonds at $2,000.

Garbage Cart Theft

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. A Clinton man advised Public Safety he rolled his garbage container out on his street for garbage pick-up day at 8:00 Friday morning. In the afternoon he went outside to retrieve his garbage can, but was in for a big surprise. Someone had stolen it. He advised Officer Wilkes that his was the second time this had happened to him in the past four years. He was instructed to contact the Utility Department for a replacement.