Dog to Animal Control, Man to Jail

Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Willard reported observing a car cross over the center line of Riverfork Road at 11:00 yesterday morning and noted the car had an expired tag. He made a traffic stop and confirmed that the tag belonged on another car. Meanwhile, he reported observing a 40-ounce bottle of King Cobra beer in the rear passenger seat and later located a bottle of Vodka in the driver’s front pocket. The man was arrested, Animal control was called to take care of a dog the man had in the car with him and the car was towed from the scene. The Waterloo man was issued citations charging him with Driving under Suspension, with suspension for failure to pay taxes, of an Improper Tag violation, Open Container and Transporting Alcohol with a Broken Seal.The tickets noted the offense on Riverfork at old Laurens-Greenwood Road. He was held overnight, pending a bond hearing.

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A man arrested following a shooting at his residence Thursday night was charged with Attempted Murder Friday. The man’s girlfriend reportedly drove from the Cross Hill residence after being shot around her stomach. A relative took her to Self Regional. 48-year-old Joseph Anthony Jordon III of 1492 Barnett Road, Cross Hill was booked overnight, and charged Friday with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime. Lt. Shelton states that on August 11th Mr. Jordon attempted to murder the victim by shooting her twice, causing great bodily injury that required medical treatment. A second warrant states he possessed a firearm during commission of the violent crime. Bond was denied on both charges. Joseph Anthony Jordon III remained in the Johnson Detention Center.

Arrest Yesterday from July 2015 Shooting

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The Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested a man wanted for a shooting at a Columbia man at a night-club north of Laurens over a year ago. 28-year-old Sergio DeMorris McDowell of 1643 Apple Orchard Road, Clinton is charged with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.

Lt. Cheek states that n July 5th, 2015 McDowell discharged a firearm many times at the victim in an attempt to murder. He states this occurred at the Club Paradise at 20669 Highway 221 North of Laurens. Lt. Cheek states that Sergio McDowell knowingly possessed and displayed a firearm during the incident.

Bond was denied on both the Attempted Murder and the Weapons charge.

McDowell was also served with a Bench Warrant for a Driving under Suspension conviction in August, 2012 with a sentence of 30 days or $652.  Sergio DeMorris McDowell remains in the Johnson Detention Center.

Attempted Murder Charged in Cross Hill Shooting

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A man arrested following a shooting at his residence Thursday night was charged with Attempted Murder Friday. The man’s girlfriend reportedly drove from the Cross Hill residence after being shot around her stomach. A relative took her to Self Regional. 48-year-old Joseph Anthony Jordon III of 1492 Barnett Road, Cross Hill was booked overnight, and charged Friday with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime. Lt. Shelton states that on August 11th Mr. Jordon attempted to murder the victim by shooting her twice, causing great bodily injury that required medical treatment. A second warrant states he possessed a firearm during commission of the violent crime. Bond was denied on both charges. Joseph Anthony Jordon III remained in the Johnson Detention Center.

Dempsey’s Catches Fire Late Sunday Night

A popular Clinton restaurant will not be open today, following a fire that apparently began after closing last night. Someone walking on a nearby street behind Dempsey’s Pizza saw smoke from the rear of the restaurant and called 911 at 11:51 Sunday night. The fire was apparently confined to the rear of the building, but apparently reached up to the rafters. Smoke and water damage was more extensive. Clinton firefighters extinguished the fire, but were on the scene for a few hours. It was expected to take a significant time to repair Dempsey’s before reopening.

Two Face Graffiti Charges after Clinton Police Chase

After a police chase, two 26-year-old Taylors men were arrested for Vandalism charges from Graffiti in Clinton Friday. Thomas ‘Daniel’ Massey of 1712 Pine Croft Drive and Brandon Lee Picklesimer of 3 Shady Lane, Taylors are accused of painting Graffiti on a building at 305 Willard Road. Investigation of Detective Tyrone Goggins also alleges that ‘Daniel’ Massey Failed to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren. The chase allegedly initiated on Willard Road, went to Campbell Street, then Musgrove and back to Willard Road before ending on Phillips Street. Massey was also charged with Driving under Suspension of his License.

In addition to the Graffiti charge, Mr. Picklesimer was also charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana for a small quantity allegedly found on him on Phillips Street. He was released Friday on surety bonds totaling $1,200.

While PR bonds were set totaling $1,000 on the Graffiti and DUS charges for ‘Daniel’ Massey, he remained in custody this morning with a $5,000 surety bond on the Failure to Stop charge.

1st Degree Clinton Burglary Saturday Night

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Clinton Public Safety booked a teen suspect early Sunday morning in connection with an alleged armed break-in of a Beauregard Street home overnight. 17-year-old Russell Lee Ivester Jr. of 108 Mary Street, Clinton was charged with Burglary 1st Degree. Officer Gutierrez states that Ivester made entry it a dwelling without consent and with intent to commit a crime in the dwelling. The warrant states that while inside, he stole a handgun and personal belongings then remained in the dwelling for the night of August 12th and morning of August 13th. Bond was denied during arraignment yesterday. Russell Lee Ivester Jr. remained in the Johnson Detention Center today.

Three Charged with Saturday Mob Assault

Laurens City Police arrested two men and one woman early Sunday morning on charges of participating in a mob assault on another man Saturday.

20-year-old Levi Preston Cox of 2182 Milam Road, Clinton, 22-year-old Roger Dale Landers of 128 Moreland Avenue, Laurens and 18-year-old Kimberly Elizabeth Vaughn of 71 Sanders Road, Clinton were all charged with Assault and Battery by a Mob in the 2nd Degree. Warrants cite the investigation of Officer Billy Sellers as indicating that on August 13th they committed an act of violence that was inflicted by mob by assaulting and battering another man, resulting in serious bodily injury to the victim.

Levi Preston Cox and Roger Dale Landers remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with cash or surety bonds set at $15,000. Kimberly Elizabeth Vaughn was released later yesterday on a $15,000 surety bond.

Officer Sellers also arrested a 4th person.  20-year-old Victoria Nicole Tollison of 71 Sanders Drive, Clinton was charged with Giving False Information to Law Enforcement at 12:21 Sunday morning at 128 Moreland Avenue. Ms. Tollison was released later yesterday on a $470 PR bond.

Two Charged with Meth Friday on Springdale

Clinton Public Safety booked two men in the noon hour Friday in connection with alleged meth possession on Springdale Drive. They were accused of having ½ gram of crystal rock substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine at 312 Springdale Drive.

40-year-old James Olin Chitwood II of 90 McDonald Street, Whitmire was charged with Possession of Meth, Possession with Intent to Distribute 3rd Offense and with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Chitwood was released Saturday on $15,000 surety bonds and a $262.50 PR bond.

40-year-old Gregory Allen Scott of 435 Jolly Street, Prosperity was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. While a $262.50 PR bond was set on the Paraphernalia charge, Scott remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with a $10,000 cash or surety bond set on the Meth Distribution charge.

Arrest Alleges Drug Distribution Last Summer

leatherwood teddyThe Sheriff’s Office booked a man early yesterday on drug charges from last December. 34-year-old Teddy Wayne Leatherwood of 409 Hali Circle, Woodruff was charged with two counts, Distribution of Cocaine. Warrants allege that he did distribute, dispense and/or deliver Cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance, on December 10th and 15th, 2015.

Cash or surety bonds were set totaling $100,000. Teddy Wayne Leatherwood remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Charges Mount

A man arrested early Saturday morning on a ticket was later served with additional charges from back in April. 27-year-old Shawn Joseph Ancone of 864 Wallace Lodge Road, Gray Court was charged with Driving under Suspension at 1:40 Saturday morning on Highway 101 south of Gray Court. That charge from arresting Deputy Brandon Howard. Ancone was then served with warrants charging him with Reckless Driving and Habitual Offenders DUS. Investigator Matt Veal states that on April 20th 2016 Ancone drove a motorcycle in a manner showing a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property on Highway 14, Gray Court. Furthermore, he was operating a motor vehicle while not authorized to do so. With cash or surety bonds totaling $11,092.50, Shawn Joseph Ancone remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Theft of Metals Alleged

The Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Friday morning in connection with an alleged theft of metals earlier in the month. 45-year-old Anthony Keith “Tony” Thornley of 297 Rocky Springs Church Road, Laurens was charged with Petit Larceny. Deputy Brewington states that on August 5th Thornley took away feris metals valued at $2,000 or less with intent to permanently deprive the owner. Tony Thornley was released Saturday morning on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

Probation Violation

State Probation arrested a Spartanburg woman and delivered her to Laurens County’s detention center. 50-year-old Dena Lee Hayslip of 3-C Fasten Street was charged with Violation of Probation. She is accused of failing to follow her agent’s instructions including failing to refrain from persons with a criminal record and by moving to an undisclosed location, thereby absconding supervision. With a cash or surety bond set at $50,000, Dena Lee Hayslip remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

This Doesn’t Seem to Be Your Car’s Tag

Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Howard arrested 38-year-old Meredith Denise Smith of 107 Flannel Drive, Clinton early yesterday. He issued a ticket charging her with Driving under Suspension of her License at 3:40 Sunday morning on Highway 221 north of Laurens. Meanwhile, a warrant was served later yesterday also charging her with Receiving Stolen Goods. It states that se was in possession of a stolen license plate yesterday. With cash or surety bonds totaling $2,270, Meredith Smith remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

School Supplies Giveaway Saturday at WLBG Studios

Anthony J. Sims Ministries and WLBG will hold the annual School Supplies Giveaway Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 am at the WLBG studios on Hillcrest Drive in Laurens.

Rev. Sims was quoted “We are expecting a lot of people just like the previous years. We’ll have free hot dogs and drinks for everyone that comes by and school supplies for any children in need as long as they last. School supplies usually go quickly so to guarantee your children get what they need, be here when we start at 10:00 am. We always have folks coming by later in the day after it’s over so remember to come early.”

“This has been a very successful event every year thanks to the untiring efforts of Rev. Sims and the great people, churches, and community leaders in Laurens County that donate funds and supplies to make this all possible. This is one of those events that confirms that no matter what is going on in this country, in Laurens County we are one people united to help each other!” said WLBG Manager Wyatt Mattison.

It all begins at 10:00 am Saturday morning at the WLBG Studios.

Laurens County Museum Reaches Half Way Point In Funds

Laurens Museum  The Laurens County Museum has passed the half-way point in its $1 million capital campaign. Board Chair Robby Bell said a recent anonymous donation for $100,000 has moved the Museum closer to its eventual goal. He said the donation was from a local source. Bell said the large donation was stipulated for use in areas that can produce on-going revenue to help with the operation of the museum. 85% of the money is to be used for the upstairs area, which is to be developed into a venue that will be available to be rented for special events. The rest of the major gift will be used for developing the gift shop, located in the front of the museum at street level.

Bell said an additional $25,000 has been given to the museum from three other sources in the past six weeks. Part of that is being used to develop to purchase electronics for a Mini-Theater area. A large part of these extra funds will also be used for construction of the gift shop.

Robby Bell noted that while a lot of work remains to open the museum with exhibits, they’re hopeful of opening the Gift Shop in January.

Special events continue being held on the main floor of the new facility to raise money for the development of the new museum. The latest is music celebrating the 50’s and 60’s on Saturday, August 20th. It starts with a cruise-in featuring classic cars on the square from 4 to 7, and continues with the music, dancing and refreshments in the Museum at 7:00. Advance tickets are being sold at the Artist Coop, Main Street Laurens, Holmes Photography and from Museum board members.

The development campaign for the new museum began about 3 ½ years ago.

 

Alleged Shooting Overnight

A report of a shooting dispatched the Sheriff’s Office to 1492 Barnett Road, Cross Hill at 9:17 thursday night. Deputy Tim Byrd was first on scene, and spoke with a man who said his girlfriend had been assaulting him so he fired his pistol at her, apparently striking her in or around her stomach.

Details on the man’s story reportedly changed somewhat. The girlfriend had reportedly left the house, driving a pickup. Officers later learned that the victim had met her grandmother, who then took her to Self Regional, where she was undergoing surgery overnight.  Investigators J.D. Shelton and Bryant Cheek called to the scene and were to hopefully talk with the female victim.

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Head Injury Assault Charges

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Laurens City Police charged Ms. Thomas with Assault and Battery 2nd Degree. A warrant cites investigation of Officer Sherfield as indicating that on August 11th  Ms. Thomas struck the victim about the face and head, and that Thomas had prior knowledge of the victim’s medical condition regarding lesions on her brain. The warrant states that this assault could have resulted in moderate bodily injury to the victim. The incident allegedly occurred on Woodrow Street Thursday. Natasha Skye Thomas was being held with a $5,000 cash or surety bond.

 

Large Quantity Crack Cocaine Arrest

A local man was charged with Crack Cocaine Distribution Thursday following his arrest on Green Street Wednesday. Laurens City Police charged Aljabbar Sha’keem Gilliam of Laurens with Possession of Crack Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and Possession with Intent within Proximity of a School.

Warrants citing an investigation of Officer Andrew Ashley state that on August 10th a vehicle being driven by Aljabbar Gilliam  in which he was the sole occupant, was found to have 54.2 grams of crack cocaine under the driver’s seat.

Further, it states that scales and razor blades were found inside the vehicle alongside the crack cocaine. The cocaine was reportedly packed for sale and this was on Green Street, within 1/8th mile of a school. Aljabbar Sha’keem Gilliam was released yesterday on surety bonds totaling $40,000

Funny Money Charges

polson wendy 0000028065(5)   The Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Thursday for alleged counterfeit money cashed early this month. 35 year old Wendy Kay Polson of 198 Mill Pond Road, Clinton was charged with Forgery.

Lt. Blackmon states that on August 3rd one Wendy Polson did make counterfeit money with intent to deprive the victim. An $8,000 cash or surety bond was set during arraignment. Wendy Kay Polson remained in the Johnson Detention Center earlier Friday morning.