School Supply Giveaway a Success Again This Year

20150815_102700The annual Anthony J. Sims Ministries School Drive was held Saturday morning at 10:00 am at the WLBG broadcast studios on Hillcrest Drive in Laurens. Children from throughout the county came by for free supplies to help them start the new year. 20150815_101040Deputy Scott Patterson was on hand to share safety information with the children and Sheriff Ricky Chastain stopped by to help us kick things off. WLBG’s Levardis Payne and “Aunt” Dianne prepared delicious hot dogs for everyone as they do every year. Although we didn’t keep an exact count, around 100 backpacks were given to students and at least twice as many bags of supplies were passed out.20150815_102828 120 hot dogs were 20150815_102724consumed and Deputy Patterson gave away 250 coloring books. This giveaway, now in it’s 6th year, would not be a success if it wasn’t for all those with giving hearts willing to donate items for these children. Without you, we couldn’t do this every year. A special thanks to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and all of the volunteers involved in this event.

“There are children that will go to school next week that don’t have any of the things they need to succeed and we are so thankful for the giving people in Laurens County that have helped some of those children to be better prepared to learn” said Rev. Anthony Sims, event organizer.20150815_102603

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Rev. Anthony Sims, Deputy Scott Patterson, Rev. Richard Aiken & Wyatt Mattison on air in WLBG studios Saturday morning

“To all the churches, civic organizations, social clubs, and individuals that gave money and supplies WLBG personally thanks you. The smiles on these kid’s faces says it all. Days like this remind me of why I’m proud to live here and work for  Laurens County’s radio station.” Wyatt Mattison, General Manager WLBG

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Bro. Nod Payne cookin’ them dawgs

Arrest Made by Two Agencies on Domestic Violence Charges

We reported yesterday about a domestic violence incident that occurred earlier this week. Wednesday at 4:19 pm Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Clinton Public Safety in reference to a complaint about an incident that occurred in the county just outside Clinton City limits. The deputies spoke with the victim at the Clinton Department of Public Safety. At that same time The Clinton Public Safety reported on the separate incident. On Wednesday at 4:25 pm, Officer Duckett interviewed the victim. She stated that around 11 am The subject was walking with her from a gas station to the area where they were residing after getting coffee. An argument insued and the subject allegedly struck the coffee out of her hands and struck her in the chest with a closed fist. The victim sustained an injury to her left breast area. The victim said the subject had her cell phone in his pocket during the incident and would not give it to her. She stated that she turned around walked to a food mart and attempted to ask the clerk to call law enforcement but as soon as she got to the counter the subject was behind her. She said she was in fear of what the subject might do to her so she asked the clerk to use the bathroom. At that point the clerk advised her she was bleeding from her chest. The victim stated she then moved into the restroom started crying and cleaned up her chest. When she came out the subject was waiting by a nearby cooler. The victim said she purchased a coke and then they left the store. She said the subject kept her cellphone on his person until a few hours later when he had to retrieve pallets from a pile of shavings. Once he handed her the cellphone she was able to contact her sister through text messages to get the sister to call 911. Deputy Taylor of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a mote for a welfare check because the victim’s sister thought she was staying there but the deputy didn’t find the victim at the motel. At The CDPS botht the deputy and Officer Duckett took the victim’s information.

funderburk jerry 0000029921(5)Jerry Michael Funderburk, Age 38, with no current address was booked Thursday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with Domestic Violence. The warrant from the City of Clinton states that on August 12th he did strike the victim’s left breast area with closed hand inflicting a laceration. The incident is enhanced due to the fact that Funderburk did block the victim’s access to a cellphone with the purpose of preventing her from contacting law enforcement. This offense occurred within the city limits of Clinton. The second warrant, issued by the Sheriff’s Office, states that on August 9th Funderburk did inflict moderate bodily injury or actions were accomplished by means likely to result in moderate bodily injury by punching the victim in the face and kicking her about the head and stomach. he remains in the Johnson Detention Center on a combined $17,500 bond.

 

More Information On Man Arrested For Attempted Murder

We reported yesterday on the arrest of Keshawn Jamal Keith age 18 of 112 Sumter St. Laurens charged by the Laurens Police Department with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Warrants stated that Keith did attempt to murder a victim by discharging a firearm at him at close range on Spring Street in Laurens and did posses a .380 caliber weapon while attempting to murder a victim.keith keshawn 0000088724

We now have more details on the case. Sergeant Nolen of the Laurens Police Department was dispatched to a Spring Street Laurens residence Tuesday at 8:29 pm in reference to a subject pointing a gun through a door. The victim advised he had arrived at his residence around 8 pm and was in his bedroom when he thought he heard something outside his residence. He then heard someone knocking on his side door. He alleged that he walked to his kitchen door and asked “Who is it” but got no response. He said after he asked the fourth time the subject responded “Keith”. The victim said he opened the door but not all the way and saw a black male with a red bandana on his head at the door reach behind his back and pull out a dark colored pistol. The victim said he then began to shut the door but before he could shut the door the subject discharged at least one shot at him at his head. He advised that at least two other shots came through his window just after he shut the door. He said he stepped away from the door to call 911. The victim said he did not recognize the subject but the incident happened very quickly and he did not get a good look at the subject. Officers processed the scene and located three bullet holes in the kitchen, two bullet holes in the bathroom, two spent lead bullets and one spent casing. The officer located a tool in the driveway and the victim stated it was not his and may have been dropped by the subject. After further investigations Keshawn Keith was arrested and charged. He remains in the detention center as of this posting.

Two Arrested For Falsifying Prescriptions

57 year old Thomas Earl Parker of 5 Lora Court Greenville was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Thursday by the Sheriff’s office charged with violation of drug distribution laws. parker thomas 0000108719The warrant states that on Wednesday July 12th at Walmart Pharmacy, Parker did unlawfully obtain a quantity of oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance by fraud. When the alleged practicioner was asked if the prescription was authorized by him he confirmed that it was not. Affiant’s belief is based on positive I.D. of the defendant picking up prescriptions, the practitioner statement, and video of the event. He remains in the Johnson Detention Center awaiting bond

In a related arrest:

Erica Marie Stone, age 31 of 108 Enchanted Circle Greenville was booked into the detention center on Thursday charged with violation of drug distribution laws. stone erica 0000108724The warrant states that on or about July 28th at Drug-Lo Stone did unlawfully obtain a quantity of oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance by fraud. When the alleged practitioner was asked if the prescription was authorized by him he confirmed that it was not. Affiant’s belief is based on positive I.D. of the defendant picking up prescriptions, the practitioner statement, and video of the event. Stone remains in the Johnson Detention Center awaiting bond.

 

Follow Up On Drug & Stolen Firearm Arrest

We reported yesterday of the arrest of Tavish Antwan McDowell, age 22 of 106 Pleasant Drive Laurens booked by Laurens City on Wednesday charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful carry of a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol. Warrants stated that on Tuesday McDowell did commit the crime of possession with intent to distribute marijuana by having in his possession two bags of marijuana weighing approximately 21.7 grams. This incident occurred on Turner Street after a violation leading to a lawful traffic stop in the city of Laurens. mcdowell tavish 0000075681(6)A further warrant states that McDowell did commit the crime of unlawful carry of a pistol by concealing a stolen Bersa 9mm handgun on his person inside a motor vehicle during a lawful traffic stop leading officers to the discovery of the pistol. A third warrant states that McDowell did have a stolen Bersa 9mm on his person during a lawful traffic stop. The incident report states that Officer Kanipe observed a car with a broken tail light and initiated a traffic stop on Turner Street. During the stop he noticed a strong odor of marijuana. The driver stated marijuana had been smoked in the car about 30 minutes prior to the stop. After being asked twice the passenger gave his name, recognized by officers as a man who has admitted gang affiliations. After both occupants exited the car the officers began a terry frisk on the subjects. The male passenger broke free and began running. The subject lost his balance and fell into the roadway on North Harper Street. During the fall Officer Kanipe observed a handgun fall into the roadway as well.  The subject was taken into custody and placed in a patrol car. TRhe subject stated that marijuana located in a backpack in the car was his. Two bags of marijuana were found in a blue backpack in the car. After running the firearm in possession of the subject it was found to be stolen.

McDowell remains in the Johnson Detention Center on $40,000 bond

Glock Missing From Residence

Thursday Corporal Johnson was dispatched to a Do-Nut-n Drive Waterloo residence at 1:42 pm to assist a female in getting her personal items. While at the location, a complainant came out of the residence to report his missing 9mm Glock model 19. The complainant alleged the last time he had seen the weapon was in his closet but on Wednesday the female decided to move out and he noticed the weapon missing. The female said she hadn’t seen the gun since June 23rd when she did go to Laurens County memorial for attempted suicide. The gun was entered into NCIC as stolen and the report will be forwarded to investigations.

Suspicious Fire Leads To Unsafe Conditions For Resident

Deputy Edwards responded Thursday at 4:10 pm to a Papa T Drive Gray Court residence concerning a report of a suspicious fire. The deputy called the complainant back and spoke with the complainant’s daughter who stated that she believed the fire, which had taken place in a bathroom, was allegedly started from a possible meth lab by a subject who is the victim’s grandson. The daughter said she didn’t know if the fire was still burning or not. The deputy called dispatch to have the fire department check the fire and made contact with narcotics. Lt. Shelton then headed to the incident location. There was no fire when the deputy arrived and deputy Edwards found out the incident actually took place two nights before. After getting consent the deputy searched the property for signs of a meth lab but didn’t find anything. Lt. Shelton also documented the damage and searched the property. There were signs in the bathroom of a fire in several places. Information came forward that the residence had been without water for some time and the sewer system wasn’t working like it was supposed to. Lt. Shelton and Deputy Edwards saw off to the left side of the residence a pool of sewage on top of the ground. DSS was called to the incident location and upon arrival came up with a safety plan. The resident of the home would go stay with her son and DSS would follow up with the resident with the safety plan they discussed. Lt. Shelton will follow up with this case.

 

Secured Trailer and Equipment Stolen

Corporal Johnson of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Morse Landing Rd. Cross Hill and spoke with a victim who stated that his white single axle Homestead trailer and items including a self propelled lawn mower, 2 echo weed eaters, a five drawer tool box and assorted tools and black custom made wader boots were stolen.  The victim said the trailer was secured as having a hitch lock on the tongue and chain on the right wheel and axle. The report will be turned over to investigations.

 

Alleged Deed To Land Stolen and Land Sold

A walk-in to the Sheriff’s Office reported a larceny Thursday at 10:30 am. Sgt. Wood arrived and spoke with the victim. The victim alleged a named subject had been stealing from him for years and had recently been using the victim’s name to identify himself. He further alleged that the subject had, sometime in the last 3 months, come into his home and taken a deed to property he owns in Greenville County and recently discovered the subject had then sold the 7 acre property. The victim was advised that he would have to report the sell of the property to Greenville County but a report would be taken and filed concerning the larceny of the deed. The victim gave what information he had on the subject including his physical description and an idea of his last known residence. Investigations will continue the case.

Utility Trailer Found on Property

Wednesday at 9:00 am Sgt. Wood of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a parcel of land on Meadowland Drive Fountain Inn concerning a report of a utility trailer on the property. Upon arrival the deputy spoke with a neighbor who stated he watched the property for the owners who are out of state. He said the trailer was not there at 7:00 pm the previous night but when he went out Wednesday morning he discovered it parked on the vacant lot. He contacted the property owners and they stated no one was given permission to leave anything there. Lt. McIntosh arrived on scene and attempted to locate a serial number and take latent prints. Sgt. Sweat arrived shortly after and took the trailer to the impound lot for further inspection. The trailer was a customized heavy duty 8 foot by 24 foot dual axle with wooden floor and custom racks for water lines. It appeared the trailer was set up for large water line installations. Lt. McIntosh will continue the investigation.

Shoplifting and DUS

Barry Lee Davis Jr., age 24 of 650 Howard Street Laurens was booked by the Laurens Police Department Thursdaydavis barry 0000061323(8) charged with Driving Under Suspension and a bench warrant for shoplifting. He was sentenced to pay $670 or 30 days for shopliditng and $652 bond for the DUS ticket.

Purse Stolen From Car

Laurens Police Officer Sherfield was dispatched Thursday at 10:56 am to a Calhoun Street residence in reference to a vehicle break in that had already occurred. The victim stated that when she woke up that morning she went out to her vehicle and noticed that her purse was missing. She said nothing else was missing but her purse had her driver’s license, work permit and bank card inside. She said there was no money in her purse. She said she had alreadt cancelled her bank card and would be contacting her lawyer for an updated work permit. She said she left the vehicle unlocked because she did not believe anyone would break into the vehicle. She stated she didn’t know of anyone who would want to steal her purse. The officer advised the victim he would patrol the area more often to look for any suspicious persons.

 

Continued Coverage of Tuesday’s Laurens County Council Meeting

At Tuesday night’s Regular Meeting of Laurens County Council a public hearing was held, than a third reading vote on Ordinance #794 was unanimously approved authorizing the Execution and Delivery of One or More Incentive Agreements by and Between Laurens County, and a project that was originally called “Project DVZ.” which is now identified as ZF Transmissions.

In connection to Ordinance 794, council also unanimously approved Resolution #2015-19, which approved the abandonment Of 0.36 Roadway Easement And Right-Of- Way On Owings Park Boulevard.

Council also unanimously approved on second Reading, Ordinance #795,  which authorizes a Fee In Lieu agreement  between the county and a company temporarily known To the County As “Project Lace.”

The name of that company will be revealed at the next meeting, when a public hearing and third reading vote will be on the agenda.

A unanimous approval was also given to Ordinance #797 which creates a special tax assessment for eligible rehabilitated historic properties”.

Attempted Murder Charges Filed on Laurens Man

Keshawn Jamal Keith age 18 of 112 Sumter St. Laurens was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Wednesday charged by the Laurens Police Department with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.keith keshawn 0000088724 Warrants state that Keith did attempt to murder a victim by discharging a firearm at him at close range on Spring Street in Laurens and did posses a .380 caliber weapon while attempting to murder a victim. He remains in the detention center awaiting his bond hearing. WLBG News will have more information on this case soon.

 

Long List of Traffic Violations & Child Endangerment

Derrick Bernard Cunningham, 44,  of 277 Burgess Ln. Gray Court was booked into the Johnson Detention Center by Clinton Public Safetycunningham derrick 0000008904(5) charged with Failure to stop for a blue light, 2 counts child endangerment, driving under suspension 3rd, operating uninsured motor vehicle, violation of child restraint and stolen vehicle license plate. Warrant state that on August 4th, he did commit the offense of failure to stop for a blue light by fleeing by accelerating to get away at an excessive speed from a marked patrol car with blue lights and audible siren activated in a motor vehicle; did operate a motor vehicle while being pursued by law enforcement with blue lights and siren with an eight year old in the back seat thus endangering the child’s safety and life; did operate a motor vehicle while being pursued by law enforcement with blue lights and siren with a three year old child in the back seat thus endangering the child’s safety and life; did operate a motor vehicle on the highways of SC while his privilege to do so had been suspended or revoked; did operate a motor vehicle on the highways of SC without insurance for the vehicle; did operate motor vehicle without proper usage of child seat/booster or restraint on two children, ages 3 and 8 years; and finally, did operate a motor vehicle and display a license plate not designated for the vehicle driven. He remains in the Johnson Detention Center on $14,137 bond.

 

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charge and Stolen 9mm

Tavish Antwan McDowell, age 22 of 106 Pleasant Drive Laurens was booked by the Laurens Police Department on Wednesday charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful carry of a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol.mcdowell tavish 0000075681(6) Warrants state that on Tuesday McDowell did commit the crime of possession with intent to distribute marijuana by having in his possession two bags of marijuana weighing approximately 21.7 grams. This incident occurred on Turner Street after a violation leading to a lawful traffic stop in the city of Laurens. A further warrant states that McDowell did commit the crime of unlawful carry of a pistol by concealing a stolen Bersa 9mm handgun on his person inside a motor vehicle during a lawful traffic stop leading officers to the discovery of the pistol. A third warrant states that McDowell did have a stolen Bersa 9mm on his person during a lawful traffic stop. He remains in the detention center on $40,000 bond.

Meth Charges After Traffic Stop

42 year old Derek Steven Schwandt 386 Creekwood Drive, Fountain Inn was booked Wednesday, August 12th in the Johnson Detention Center,schwandt derek 0000092939 charged with disregarding a stop sign, driving under suspension and possession with intent to distribute meth. The warrant states that on August 11th, Schwandt did posses, manufacture, distribute, purchase and or posses with intent to distribute Meth. He remains in the detention center on $21,512 bond.

 

3rd Offense Narcotics Charge

54 year old Jimmy Lee Lewislewis jimmy 0000048308(8) of 1321 Young Rd. Clinton was booked on Monday into the Johnson Detention Center by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office charged with Manufacture or possession of schedule I, II or III substance 3rd offense with intent to distribute. The warrant states that on May 20th Lewis did distribute, dispense or deliver  suboxone, a controlled substance classified as schedule III which is a narcotic drug. Defendant has prior convictions for this offense. He remains in the detention center with bond denied. Suboxone is known as Butrans, a narcotic analgesic that treats chronic pain

 

Contributing to the Delinquency of Minor in Shoplifting Case

Shamika Montrez Grant, age 32 of 218 Spring St Laurensgrant shamika 0000035356(1) was booked into the Johnson Detention Center on Wednesday charged with shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Warrants state that on August 8th, she did commit the crime of shoplifting knowingly and willfully taking merchandise that belonged to Walmart. The defendant did knowingly and willfully pass all points of sale with the items with the intent to deprive Walmart the full value of the merchandise and did commit the crime of contributing to the delinquency of a minor by willfully encouraging or causing a minor child to aid in the crime of shoplifting. She remains in the detention Center on $5,650 bond.

DHEC Violations Cited

DHEC’s Environmental Affairs Enforcement Report to the Board of Health and Environment Control reports in the Agenda for their meeting today August 13, 2015 in Columbia violations concerning a Laurens County business. In an administrative order dated March 23rd, 2015 The Corner Stop on Highway 76 East in Laurens, owned by Papa Oil LLC owns and operates underground storage tanks in Laurens County, South Carolina. The Department issued Notices of Alleged Violation on July 17, 2014, and August 4, 2014. The Individual/Entity has violated the South Carolina Underground Storage Tank Control Regulations as follows: failed to provide records to the Department upon request; failed to validate monthly requirements; failed to provide an adequate release detection method; failed to visit each assigned facility once per quarter; and, failed to pay annual tank registration fees for fiscal year 2015. Action: The Individual/Entity is required to: submit a completed Class A/B operator log; pay outstanding annual tank registration fees and associated late fees for fiscal year 2015 in the amount of one thousand, nine hundred thirty-six dollars ($1,936.00); and, pay a civil penalty in the amount of two thousand, five hundred fifty dollars ($2,550.00).