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.

Meth Lab Found on Vacant Lot in Clinton

Clinton Sgt. Phillip Wicker responded to Centennial Lane at 3:16 yesterday afternoon on a report of a meth lab being found. Lt. Goggins was at the scene and indicated he located the one-pot lab on a vacant lot. Sgt. Wicker noted the lab still had lithium inside, and there were several plastic bags, a drinking glass and a coffee filter there. The lab was safely away from any people. A SLED clean-up team arrived and disposed of the hazardous waste.

1st Degree Harassment

Fountain Inn Police have arrested a Simpsonville man on a 1st Degree Harassment charge for alleged contacts in the Laurens County portion of Fountain Inn. 31-year-old Cedric O’Neal Reeder of 7208 Cedar Done Circle, Simpsonville was charged with 1st Degree Harassment. In the warrant, Officer Taylor states that Mr. Reeder harassed the victim by continually texting her, even after being advised not to do so. Reeder allegedly targeted the victim from location to location, repeatedly communicating to the victim that he did so, causing the victim to feel emotionally and mentally depressed. A $10,000 cash or surety bond was set on the 1st Degree Harassment charge. Cedric O’Neal Reeder was being held in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Not Settling Down….

South Carolina Pardon, Probation and Parole yesterday arrested a woman for a Violation of Probation charge. The warrant indicates that 33-year-old Tammy Lynn Wyatt lives in Laurens County on Cooper’s Bridge Road, Woodruff , although she reportedly gave a Welford address on booking.

The Violation of Probation warrant states she has failed to follow her probation agent’s instructions. Examples given of this included providing false information, failing to maintain a stable residence plan and failing to report to the probation officer as directed. A charge of failing to refrain from violation of state and local law notes she was convicted in Spartanburg County June 29th, 2016 for Domestic Violence 3rd Degree. She’s also accused of failing to obtain a GED as ordered and failing to refrain from the use of controlled substances, including use of methamphetamine. The warrant also lists court and other payments she has allegedly not made.

Tammy Lynn Wyatt was held overnight, pending a bond hearing today.

 Not AT ‘Sticky Fingers’

Laurens City Police yesterday arrested a local woman on charges that indicate she allegedly took money that belonged in her employer’s cash register. 35-year-old Denessa Levonte Smith of 219 McDowell Street, Laurens was charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent. Lt Martin states that the investigation of Officer Alexander that the defendant, an employee of Subway, took $128 from the restaurant at 909-B East Main Street between July 7th and 12th, 2016 with intent to permanently deprive the business. Denessa Smith was being held overnight in the Laurens County Detention Center, pending a bond hearing today.

Good Time Charlie


I like this dog. He looks like he’s saying “Come on! Let’s GO!”
His name is Charlie and he’s available for adoption at Laurens County (SC) Animal Control.

Charlie is a boy dog a little over one year old. He’s a good dog and he loves peoples. And I just love his look. Charlie’s a classic, you might say.

If you’d like more information on Charlie call Animal Control at (864)984-6812.

And please SHARE. Charlie would really like to have his very own family and I think he deserves that.

1st Reading Approve of Fire Budget

Laurens County Council last night gave unanimous 1st reading approval to a Fire Budget for 2016-2017. It shows revenues projected to come in at just under $2,680,000, while expenses are expected to run at just under 2,780,000. This would require approximately $100,000 to be used from the fund balance to cover the projected shortfall.

County Council also gave 1st reading approval to a request for the county auditor and treasurer to level 20 mills for funding the fire services, that’s up one mill from the previous year’s budget.  A mill is estimated to generate $134,000 for the fire budget. As with the ordinance for funding fire services, these measures do not become official until after a successful 3rd reading.

Thanks to County Employees’ Reaction to Severe Storm

Response to the severe thunderstorm that struck Laurens County last Thursday night was discussed at Laurens County Council’s meeting last night. Reports to County Council from Public Works Director Rob Russian and E/911 Communications Director Joey Avery reviewed damage from the storm.

Avery said that his department received something between 1,800 to 1,900 calls for assistance in a 12 hour period.

Both department heads and council praised all of the county employees who worked diligently through the night responding to calls and clearing roadways of debris.

PC Mourns Death of Student-Athlete Stevie Wilson

Presbyterian College this week is mourning the death of a student-athlete. 21-year-old Stephen “Stevie” Wilson died Monday evening in his native Mount Pleasant, SC. The 4th year Chemistry major was a team manager and former linebacker on the PC football team.

Head Football Coach Harold Nichols reacted to the news, saying “The entire football program and Presbyterian College is grieving.” He added“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Will and Tammi, Stevie’s parents. It is a trying time for all of us, but our main concern right now is supporting the Wilson family through this difficult grieving process.” Nichols said Stevie was “a hard worker, well-respected by his teammates and coaching staff,

,and he will be sorely missed.”

“The athletic department and the entire campus community mourn the loss of Stevie,” said Director of Athletics Brian Reese. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.  He was a great person and a valuable member of the PC community.”

Wilson is survived by his parents and his sister.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Laurens Woman

Federal Grand Jury actions in Greenville yesterday included an indictment of a Laurens resident on charges of embezzling VA funds.  55-year-old Alison Moore of Laurens was charged in a 1-count indictment.  Should she be convicted on the Embezzlement charge, Alison Moore could receive up to 10 year imprisonment and a fine of up to a quarter million dollars. The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.

$75 Million Investment….140 New Fountain Inn Jobs

A $75 million investment is expected to create 140 new jobs for the Fountain Inn area. Tower International yesterday announced its establishing its first South Carolina facility in the Southchase Business Park at Fountain Inn. Tower’s new Greenville County operations will manufacture large complex assemblies for a leading automobile manufacturer. With the first assembly program commencing in September 2017, hiring for the new positions is expected to occur throughout 2017.

Tower International is based in Michigan and is a leading global manufacturer of engineered automotive metal components and assemblies, generating $2 Billion in revenue each year while employing over 7,000 in facilities in North America and Europe.

Attempted Murder is the Charge

32-year-old Darrell Rico Johnson of 12 Hammett Street, Laurens was charged yesterday with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. These charges came following his arrest on accusations of having shot his mother in the arm the previous night. In the weapons warrant, Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Franklin states that Johnson has been previously convicted of a violent crime. No bond was set for either charge. Darrel Rico Johnson remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Burglary 2nd Is Charged from Church Break-In’

A  Burglary charge was served yesterday on an 18-year-old who reportedly broke into Holly Springs Baptist Church east of Laurens around 2:00 yesterday morning then called 911 and waited on a deputy to come pick him up. Uslaa “Yuseff” or “Joseph” Mohammed Abuzuhri was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, noted as “non-violent.”

A cash or surety bond was set at $25,000. Abuzuhri, who had reportedly been asking deputies overnight to spend the night in jail, remained in custody this morning. Having identified himself as homeless who had been living in the Green Pond area of Laurens County, the 18-year-old was booked with an address listed on Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville.

Two Men Charged with Contributing to Female’s Delinquency

Laurens City Police last evening arrested two Linden Avenue residents on allegations of contributing to a juvenile female’s illegal activities in their home early this month.

32-year-old Kenneth Michael “Mike” Holman and 18-year-old James Norman McAlister III, both of 301 Linden Avenue, Laurens, were each charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Warrants cite the investigation of Officer Sellers in stating that on July 3rd the defendant contributed to the delinquency of a 16-year-old female by having her at his residence at 3:00 in the morning, and that while she was there she engaged in smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. The warrants state that while actively aiding the juvenile in breaking the law, the defendants should reasonably have known that the juvenile female had snuck out of her residence to participate in these illegal activities.

In addition to the Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charge, a Laurens Police officer issued tickets that also charge Kenneth “Mike” Holman with Simple Possession of Marijuana and with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia at 7:15 last evening at his residence.

Kenneth Michael Holman and James Norman McAlister III were being held overnight in the Laurens County Detention Center, pending bond hearings today.