Alleged Theft of EBT Card Leads To Arrest

Monday at 1:29pm, Deputy McMahan of the Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a Ridge Hill Rd. Laurens residence concerning theft of an ebt card. The complainant stated that on Sunday he left the house and his social security card and ebt card were left lying on the table in the camper where he was staying. He said his son was at the camper when he left. He said his son doesn’t live there but was assisting him as he had some medical injuries. He said upon returning his son was gone and so was his social security and ebt cards. After following up on it was found the son had been using the ebt card in Cross Hill and several other locations in Greenwood County .  Warrants were issued for financial transaction card theft and financial transaction card fraud $500 or less. Warrant states  that on june 12, one Avery Thomas Dobbins did with intent to use it, did take obtain and/or withhold a financial transaction card from victim without consent. A second warrant states that on June 12th, Dobbins did, with intent to defraud the issuer, use a card to purchase items at Buck’s Quick Stop with the sc ebt card. Dobbins, age 20 of 1591 Barnett Rd. Cross Hill, arrested Tuesday at 9:45 am and booked into the Johnson Detention Center. He was later released on bond.



Harassing Phone Calls

Tuesday at 1:20pm, Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriff’s Office met with an East Florida Street Clinton resident in reference to harassing and threatening phone calls. The complainant stated that she and the subject dated for a short time and that they had split up. The victim provided a report that had been taken by the Clinton Department of Public Safety that depicted an event that took place at the subject’s residence on North Bell Street in Clinton where the subject reportedly held the victim against her will as well as assaulted the victim. No charges were filed in that case. The victim stated that she has received numerous text messages from the subject that she did provide. In the texts, the subject continued to use curse words and inappropriate language and also suggested in a text that he had given the victim aids. The victim stated that the subject has threatened to do bodily harm to her and her kids. The case will be presented to a magistrate.

June 14th Primary Election Returns

Unofficial Finals until Canvasing:

Sheriff’s Race

Ricky Chastain:  3656

Don Reynolds:   4265


Auditors Race

Jim Coleman:   4455

David Tribble:  3216


Break In and Theft From Waterloo Store

At 9:12 am Monday Sergeant Brewington of the Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a store on Todd Quarter Rd. in Waterloo. The store owner stated that sometime Sunday night an unknown subject had gained entry into the store. The victim said that he left the store around 9pm on Sunday and opened on Monday at 9am. He said when he entered the store he noticed that someone had opened the cash drawer and taken approximately $100 in $1’s and $5’s, several candy bars, and also a coffee can with approximately $100 for fireworks donations that was sitting on the counter top. He also stated that several packs of Marlboro and Newport cigarettes and several cans of grizzly tobacco were also missing. The victim said it appeared that the subject removed the padlock latch off the front door and then re-attached it before leaving using the same screws causing very little damage. Sergeant Brewington noticed what appeared to be tampering with the latch and also slight damage to the front door. No other signs of forced entry were found. The officer also noticed the cash drawer lying on the floor and change holder protion sitting on the counter full of change. The store owner said nothing else appeared to be missing at the time. Sergeant Brewington asked Sergeant Cook and Deputy McMahan to canvas the campsite and speak with neighbors while he took photos and dusted for prints.  Segeant Brewington received a call from a neighbor who stated they heard a loud vehicle at the store around 1am but didn’t look outside. The store owner gave the name of a possible suspect due to the fact that this suspect had been caught stealing throughout the campsite several weeks before.  Extra patrols have been put into place in the area and investigations will continue with the case.


Two Arrested on Shoplifting Charges

wright james 0000046290(2)James Oneil Wright, 38 of 218 Spring Street #23 was booked Monday into the Johnson Detention Center, charged with shoplifting, possession of marijuana and assault and battery 3rd degree





And 25 year old Samtavia Lee Mims of the same address was booked Monday charged with shoplifting. Both remain in the Johnson detention Center awaiting bond.mims samtavia 0000090627

Money Missing at Coin Laundry

Monday at 7:52pm Officer Yelton of the Clinton Department of Public Safety responded to a coin laundry on Willard Rd. in Clinton concerning a complaint of larceny. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the complainant who stated that he had used the coin machine and while doing so placed approximately $80 on top of the machine. He stated he then left the machine and walked over to a washing machine to wash his clothes. He said when he turned around to look at the coin machine a female was using it. He said after she finished he returned and his money was gone. The officer than spoke with the woman who stated she used the machine and then put her clothes in a washer as well. The subject stated that she did not observe any money laying around the machine and that she was too short to see the top of the machine. The officer then spoke with an employee of the business via telephone to obtain surveillance camera footage and was told she would have to contact someone else during regular business hours. The officer explained to the complainanat that she would have to review the video recording at a later date. The subject then stated that another female had entered the business at the same time. The officer than spoke with the other female. She said that when she entered the complainant was already upset about having money stolen and she continued to wash her laundry and leave the business as not to be involved with the situation. Officer Yelton obtained both female’s contact information and will follow up on the case.

Assault and Battery Charges

kane josh 0000093461(13)Josh Ruben Kane age 38 of 205 Lurey St. Laurens booked Monday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with assault and battery 3rd degree. He remains there awaiting bond

City of Clinton Gets All Cementitious About Rain Water

A new word could save Clinton taxpayers money long term.  That word is cementitious (see-muhn- TISH- uhs), an adjective describing something having the properties of cement.

The money saved will come from the problem of  “I and I”, Inflow and Infiltration into Clinton’s sanitary sewer system.  That term describes rain water that gets into the sewers.  That creates a problem because the rain water is then pumped with all the other waste water to the treatment plant of the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission near Joanna and the city pays to treat all of it, including the rain water.

City Manager Frank Stovall told the members of City Council on Monday that during heavy rains the waste water sent to the treatment plant is more than double  the amount of water the city produced that day.  Since rain water doesn’t need to be treated, the challenge is to keep it out of the sewer system.

And that’s where we come to our new word.  Mr. Stovall asked Council to approve the purchase of cementitious restoration unit and a truck to carry it.  This equipment will be used to spray the sides of manhole interiors with the cementitious sealer.  With many manholes in the city system constructed of brick, they leak and allow rain water to pour into the system.  This equipment will seal those leaks, reduce the infiltration, and cut the amount paid to treat sewage.

After discussion, council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Cementitious Manhole Restoration Unit from Quadrex, LLC of Houston, Texas for $89,813.00 and a 5500 Series Dodge Ram cab and chassis from Cooper Motor Company of Clinton for $53,515.00.

Shrine Race Tonight at Laurens County Speedway

The 35th Annual Shrine Race is tonight at the Laurens County Speedway with the Super Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Front Wheel Drives, Stock Thunders, Monster Minis and Seca Crate Late Models all racing. Pits open at 5pm, Stands at 6pm and Racing begins at 8 with the main event at 10pm. The Laurens County Shrine Club and the fine people at the Laurens County Speedway work very hard every year to raise funds for the Shiriners Hospital with the Shrine Race, now in it’s 35th year. Tonight at the Laurens County Speedway.

Family Member Allegedly Steals Car in Cross Hill

Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriffs Office was dispatched at 1:oopm Monday to a residence on Puckett Ferry Rd in Cross Hill. There she met with a complainant that stated his nephew, who lives with his mother at another residence in Cross Hill, took the complainant’s mother’s car from her residence two weeks ago without permission and has not brought it back. The complainant stated that the victim is elderly and was not able to come to the office to file a report so her son brought all the information needed. The vehicle will be entered into NCIC and warrants will be sought for the subject’s arrest.

Department of Public Safety Statistics from Last Weekend

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports that there were a preliminary number of five persons killed on South Carolina roadways from Friday, June 10, at 6:00 p.m. until Sunday, June 12, at midnight. Of these, three were motorcyclists. As of June 12, 408 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 409 highway deaths during the same time period in 2015.

Of the 277 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2016, 131 were not wearing seat belts.

Through midnight June 12, 49 pedestrians have died compared to 47 in 2015; 54 motorcyclists have died compared to 56 in 2015; and 10 bicyclists have died compared to 9 in 2015 on state roads and highways.

Program Showcase Thursday Night at Piedmont Tech

Piedmont Technical College will be offering a series of program showcases to introduce potential students to the wide variety of program options the college has available. The first showcase will be for those interested in transferring to a four-year college or university. It will be held this Thursday, June 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in room 102C of the James C. Self Conference Center on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.

At the University Transfer Showcase, participants will be able to meet PTC faculty, learn about the many Bridge and University Transfer options that are available and get more information about the academic and financial benefits of starting at PTC. There will also be an opportunity to connect with admissions representatives from four-year schools, allowing participants to learn more about making the transition from PTC.

Throughout June and July, other showcases will be offered in other program areas. Showcase dates are June 30 for programs in the engineering and industrial technologies division; July 12 for business, information technology and public services programs; and July 15 for nursing and health science programs.

For more information, contact the Admissions office at (864) 941-8369 or go to to register.

Alleged Credit Card Fraud

Monday at 4:42pm, Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriff’s office met with a vctim at their Vern Cora Rd. Laurens residence concerning credit card fraud. The complainant stated that she had noticed someone had used her debit card information for a payment to dish network in the amount of $240.00. She said she had contacted dish network and advised them that she did not authorize the use of the card. The victim stated that she has had possession of the card the entire time that the card was used. The case will be forwarded to investigations for further review.

Man Charged With Attempted Murder after Allegedly Shooting Son In Head

Saturday just before midnight Deputy Messer and Sergeant Moye of the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dispatch call concerning a shooting incident that had happened on Blacksgate Circle in Cross Hill. The subject had told dispatch that he had shot his son in the head with a 38 caliber pistol and informed dispatch that his son was lying on the bed. The subject was advised to go outside with the gun and put the gun down until police arrived.  The subject then told dispatch his son was up and moving around again. He was advised again to go outside and wait on police. Upon arrival the deputies found the subject outside waiving his arms to flag down police. While Sgt. Moye talked to the subject, officers found the victim laying face down in the bathroom with blood on the back of his head and face. The victim stated “My dad shot me in the back of the head because I’m crazy”.  When EMS arrived on scene they said it appeared the bullet had ricocheted off the back of the victim’s head.  After assisting the victim to the ambulance it was noticed what appeared to be two gashes in the back of the victim’s head. After photographing the scene and interviewing the subject he was transported to the Johnson Detention Center.

hammitt jack 0000035465(1)72 year old Jack Wayne Hammitt of 265 Blacksgate Circle Cross Hill was booked into the detention center Sunday, charged with Attempted Murder. The warrant states that on June 11 he did shoot the victim in the back of the head with a pistol and the victim required treatment at the hospital. Hammitt remains in the Johnson Detention Center with bond denied on the charge.




Counterfeiters From Atlanta Arrested in Laurens County

A muli-departmental investigation leads to arrest of out of town counterfieters…

Saturday at 7:35pm, Deputy Messer and Sergeant Moye of the Sheriff’s Office assisted Highway Patrol on a traffic stop on East Main Street in Laurens. Highway Patrol officers had two female subjects out of their vehicle talking to them. Both subjects said they didn’t have any identification and gave false names for themselves. After the subjects were taken into custody, they were identified. Highway Patrol officers had searched the vehicle and found several counterfeit checks, receipts and gift cards. A highway Patrol officer contacted a name that was on one of the checks and found the check was stolen from her mailbox. Lt. Goggins was contacted when it was discovered the checks were from residents of Clinton. The vehicle was taken into impound and the checks were turned over to Lt. Goggins for investigation by the Clinton Department of Public Safety. The subjects were transported to the Johnson Detention Center.

williams sherrika 0000111893Sherrika Williams, age 34 of 156 Rhodesia Ave. Atlanta Georgia was booked Saturday into the Johnson Detention Center, charged with 2 counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy. She was ticketed for possession of marijuana and giving false information to law enforcement. Forgery Warrants state that on June 11 she did knowingly and intentionally present a counterfeit check at Ingles, a second warrant for a second check and conspiracy warrant for conspiring to defraud Ingles. She remains in the detention center on a total of $8437.00 bond .

Her alleged partner in crime,

allen tiffany 0000111896Tiffany Alexandria Allen age 31 of 2125 Zille St. Atlanta was booked Friday into the detention center, ticketed with Possession of  marijuana, driving without a license first offense and giving false information to law enforcement. She was charged with two counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy. Two warrants state that she did act and assist Sherrikka Williams in presenting a counterfeit check to Ingles Market and did defraud the rightful owner of money and another warrant states that on June 11 she did conspire with Williams to defraud Ingles.

She remains in the detention center on a total of $8579.00 bond


Two Men Arrested During Investigation of Stolen Table Saw

On Thursday at 7:23 pm Deputy Howard of the Sheriff’s Office spoke with a complainant on Pasture Drive in Gray Court concerning tools missing from the residence. The victim said her son had stayed at the house and when he left her table saw was missing. She said she saw two days later where her son had posted it on craigslist for sale. She said she didn’t want to press charges but did want it back.

After further investigation, Friday at 2:31 pm Sgt. Nations and Corporal Edwards were at a location on Highway 76 in Laurens talking with a resident concerning the stolen table saw. The woman in possession of the saw said she had called the individual that had brought her the saw and he was on his way. She then saw the person was passing the residence on a moped traveling east on Highway 76. Sergeant Nations got into his patrol car to catch up with the moped. He followed the moped onto Greenpond Rd. then Rabun Church Rd. The moped did not stop immediately and the operator dropped what appeared to be a glass pipe in the road. The driver finally pulled over. The driver was identified by Sgt. Nations from prior experiences. After calling in the drivers info, a hit came back as he was wanted by the Seneca Police Department. After a search, marijuana was found on him as well. He also didn’t have a moped license. After being marandized, the subject was asked about the stolen table saw. He stated that he didn’t know it was stolen when he took it to be sold. He said after he had taken it to be sold, the person he got it from told him they had stolen it from their mother. The moped was picked up and taken to impound.

zanker adam 0000106197(4)Adam Ray Zanker, 39 of 55 Rolling Hills Rd. Gray Court was booked Friday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with possession of 10z or less marijuana and receiving stolen goods.

The warrant states that  on June 9th he did commit the crime of receiving goods represented as stolen valued at $2k or less in that he did have in his possession a Bosch table saw that had previously been reported as stolen. He remains in the detention center on $1702.00 bond.


arrington david 0000049636(7)David Dale Arrington, 27, of 125 Deans Woods Dr. Ft Inn was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Saturday charged with Grand larceny and petit larceny

Warrants state that on June 7 he did take and carry away with the intent to deprive the owner a bosch table saw valued at approx $450 and did take and carry away a 1973 motor home tools and baseball cards with intent to deprive valued at approx. $2500

He remains in the detention center on $6092.00 bond

Man Arrested on Charges From November 2015 Incident

jennings charles 0000083777(4)27 year old Charles Derraine Jennings Jr. of 221 Westcliff Rd Laurens was booked Sunday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with distribution, sale or manufacture of drugs, sale or delivery of a pistol, 2 counts attempted murder, and possession of weapon during commission of a violent crime.

2 Warrants state that on November 13th 2015 he did discharge a firearm many times at a victim in attempt to murder the victim. One warrant states Did knowingly and willfully posses a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and had been convicted of a violent crime. Bond was denied on all charges and he remains in the detention center.



Meth Distribution Arrest in Laurens

standley jeffery 0000111888Jeffrey Mathew Standley age 31 of 104 Crimson Glory Way, Travelers Rest was booked Saturday into the Johnson Detention Center, charged with possession, distribution and all within proximity of a school.

Warrants state that on June 11th Standley did have in his possession a quantity of methamphetamines, packaging, and scales for the sale and distribution of meth. This offense occurring during a lawful traffic stop on West Main St. in Laurens and within proximity of a school. He remains in the detention center on $45500 bond


Assault and Injury To Animals Charges

sanders sandtravis 000011111529 year old Sandtravis Deon Sanders of 104 Middle Street Laurens was booked Saturday into the Johnson Detention Center ticketed for damge to property and charged with assault and battery 3rd degree and malicious injury to animals. He remains in the detention center on $2000 bond.

Motorcycle Stolen From Dealership

Friday June 10th, just before 3 pm, Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a motorcycle dealership on Highway 76. Upon arrival the complainant stated that  they were missing one motorcycle. In an audit on April 1st, the motorcycle was seen and accounted for. But on Friday it was noticed that the bike was missing. When they looked for the key, registration and book for the motorcycle those items were missing as well. The incident will be turned over to investigations.