Car Overturned – Burned in Fatal Accident Near Gray Court

South Carolina Highway 14 was blocked in both directions for more than an hour beginning just after 6pm Tuesday evening as the Gray Court Fire Department, the Laurens County Coroner’s Office and other emergency personnel worked a single vehicle accident on SC14 one mile south of Gray Court.

Fire officials told WLBG that first responders found the vehicle involved on its top and in flames.  Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols has confirmed that the accident does involve a fatality.

Further details will be available as soon as they can be released.

FATALITY – Motorcycle vs. Car



The fifth Laurens County traffic fatality in just over one week occurred early on Friday afternoon near Gray Court.

According to Laurens County Assistant Coroner Vickie Cheeks, emergency personnel were dispatched at 12:21 Friday afternoon to 1760 Currys Lake Road due to a head on collision between a car and a motorcycle.

WLBG does not yet have complete information on the car involved but the Laurens County Coroner’s Office tells WLBG that the driver of the motorcycle died as a result of his injuries.  Vincent Bailey, 35,  of 245 Campbell Chapel Road in Gray Court was flown from the scene of the accident to Greenville Memorial Hospital.  He was wearing a helmet but was pronounced dead at 1:55pm.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol MAIT Team is handling the investigation.  An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning.

Help Animal Control



Is this your pet carrier?  Do you know who it belongs to?

This carrier was found on Collins Street off Conway Avenue just outside Laurens on Monday.  But, it was what was inside the carrier that has prompted the search for who it belongs to.

It appears that someone left the carrier with a puppy inside and with no access to food or water.  The puppy was dead when the carrier was found.

Please help identify the person or persons involved.  Call Laurens County Animal Control at (864)984-6812.

If you know who did this but remain silent…….aren’t you just as responsible as the person who did it?

What Cannot Be Forgotten

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month members of the Laurens County Community gathered at the Laurens Amphitheater to honor veterans of America’s armed forces.

Mayor John Carter of Gray Court, Mayor Bob McLean of Clinton and Mayor John Stankus delivered brief remarks.  The leadership of several veterans service organizations were introduced and the chorus from Laurens Academy provided patriotic music.

Mr. Lee Brouilette, who many know from his business (L&L Office Supply) spoke about his service as a United States Marine in Korea.  He said it was known as the forgotten war but………he would never forget it.

He told of leaving home in Louisiana and joining the Marine Corps, enduring basic training at Parris Island and eventually deploying with the rest of his battalion for a tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea.  He said he visited Spain, France and Greece before they were diverted to Korea.

They travelled through the Suez Canal, stopped in Japan for supplies and equipment and then participated in the amphibious landing at Inchon.  After successfully repelling the North Koreans, they pursued them north above the 38th parallel all the way to near the Chinese border.

Near the Chosin Reservoir, during a period of bitter cold with temperatures approaching 40 degrees below zero, the Peoples Army of Communist China launched an attack with forces vastly outnumbering the American troops.  The Americans were quickly surrounded.

Mr. Brouilette spoke of how difficult it was to fight in such bitter cold.  He said he would always remember helping load Marines that had frozen solid onto trucks.  Of 15,000 troops there….12,000 were listed as casualties.  About 3,000 were killed by enemy fire, 6,000 were wounded, and 3,000 became casualties of the cold.

The audience honored veterans AND received a history lesson on Veterans Day.

Live Election Updates Tuesday November 8th

Unofficial Final Results


Laurens County Sheriff:

Don Reynolds: 14,047   55.65%

Stephane Williams: 11,096   44.35%



Nick Nichols: 13,705

William Weir: 12,002


County Council Seat 2:

Joe Wood: 729

K Mann: 129


House District 42:

Mike Anthony: 1169   38.64%

Tommy Mann: 1853  61.26 %


3rd Congressional District:

Jeff Duncan: 17,909  70.70%

Hosea Cleveland: 7394   29.19%


House Distrcit 16:

Mark Willis: 5446  62.79%

Brandon Greene: 3211  37.02%


Two Counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct Alleged

blackwell-johnny-00000954152Johnny Rodraus Blackwell, 20,  of 126 Downs Street Laurens was booked into the Johnson Detention Center by the Laurens Police Department Monday morning, charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct third degree. Warrants allege that on October 17th he did commit the act of CSC 3rd in that he forcefully fondled a victim by putting his hands in her pants and groping her buttocks, an action that was unwelcome by the victim, then continued making unwanted sexual remarks and again fondled the victim by placing his hands in her inner thigh while making suggestive remarks all occurring in the city of Laurens.

A second warrant alleges that on October 17th, he did enter a secure room belonging to the victim, placing his hand under her blanket as she slept and forcefully fondling her hip and pelvic region above her clothing, the incident taking place in the city of Laurens. He remained in the Johnson Detention Center awaiting bond as of this posting.

Roadside Fatality In Gray Court

A Laurens man was killed when struck by a car as he was walking on a roadway in Gray Court early Sunday morning.  Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols identified the deceased as 42-year-old Christopher Ecard of 115 Pine Road, Laurens. Ecard was reportedly walking East, toward Laurens on  Highway 14 at Cook Street in Gray Court when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Coroner Nichols estimated the time of death as about 12:45 am Sunday, which is the time a 911 cal came in to dispatch about the incident. Nichols said that Christopher Ecard died of Blunt Force Trauma to the head and upper body.

Multiple Firearms Charges

Saturday at 6:07 pm, Deputy Galloway of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Highway 560 residence in Mountville. The complainant stated that his cousin threatened him with a black handgun that was possibly a .380 or 9mm. The complainant said he was walking through through his family’s yard on Mountville Rd. Extension when he saw the suspect. He stated he said “What’s up” to the suspect and the suspect asked him “What the F*#k are you doing here?”. He stated he then spoke to another family member and that’s when he noticed the suspect had pulled his gun out. He said the suspect was holding the gun at his hip the pulled back the slide and chambered a round and said “What’s up now?”. Two witnesses confirmed that the suspect said “boy, I’ll kill you” as he was chambering a round with the handgun. The case was presented to a magistrate for a warrant.

suber-vada-00000128852Vada Jamelle Suber, 27, of 130 Oakland Heights Laurens was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Sunday charged with pointing and presenting, sale or delivery of a pistol and possession of weapon during violent crime. Warrants allege that on November 5th, Suber did unlawfully and not in self defense point and present a firearm at the victim, did posses a handgun being previously convicted of a crime and did knowingly and willfully posses and display a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He remained in the detention center awaiting bond as of this posting.

Multiple Charges Alleged Against Two People

On Tuesday, November 1st, Sgt McMahan responded to a Sloop Drive Laurens residence at 6:36 pm. The complainant stated that her son borrowed her 2007 Chrysler Pacifica that morning and was supposed to take the kids to school and then take his girlfriend to the probation office in Anderson. On the way back he was supposed to pick up the kids and return home with the vehicle. She said he did not pick up the kids and had not returned with her vehicle. A state wide bolo was issued for the vehicle and the magistrate was consulted for a warrant.  The following public records suggest he was too busy to pick the kids up.

prather-william-00000119745Robert William Prather, 37 of 68 Sloop Dr Laurens was booked early Sunday morning ticketed with pedestrian under influence, sale/manufacture of drugs, loitering for drug activity, shoplifting enhanced and charged with Breach of Peace aggravated in Nature. The warrant alleges that he did commit breach of peace by entering a business through the back door while holding a large knife putting customers and employees in fear for their life. He remains in the Johnson Detention Center on $16,197 bond as of this posting.

prather-kirby-00000816234Kirby Diane Prather, 30 of 68 Sloop Drive Laurens was booked Saturday into the Johnson Detention Center ticketed with pedestrian under influence, sale manufacture of drugs, loitering for drug activity and shoplifting. She remains in the detention center on over $6000 bond as of this posting.

Greenville Man Faces 3 Charges of Shoplifting

johnson-elijah-0000113479Elijah Mathew Johnson, 24, of 11 Milton Drive Greenville was booked Friday into the Johnson Detention Center by the City of Laurens Ticketed for simple possession of marijuana, Driving Under Suspension and  Disregard of Traffic Device. 3 warrants states that on November 4th he did pass all points of sale at Wal-Mart with a hp pavilion computer valued at $650 without paying for the merchandise and had multiple previous shoplifting convictions. Two previously issued warrants for shoplifting at Wal-Mart were from September 10th alleging he took $1,313 worth of electronics and October 15th alleging  Johnson took $299 worth of electronics. All of these charges are enhanced due to convictions as a repeat offender. He remains in the Johnson Detention Center on $61,262 bond as of this posting.


Multiple Drug Charges

croy-janie-00000315191Janie Luann Croy, 53, of 108 Forrest Drive Laurens was booked Saturday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with 2 counts possession controlled substance, 1 count possession of marijuana, 1 count possession of meth and 1 count sale/manufacture. Warrants allege that on November 5th she had in her possession less than one gram of meth during a lawful traffic stop, did have schedule 4 narcotics consisting of three round blue pills in a prescription bottle prescribed for intended use by another person and did posses 29 round blue pills. Croy remains in the detention center on $16,115 bond as of this posting.

Florida Man Arrested on Drug Charges

hearn-robert-00000416162Robert Arthur Lee Hearn, 41, of 13340 SE 122nd Place, Ocklawaha Florida was booked Friday into the Johnson Detention Center ticketed for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Warrants also allege that on November 4th in Laurens, Hearn did knowingly posses amphetamine 10mg unlawfully and without authority to do so and did posses with intent to distribute schedule 4 controlled substances. Hearn remains in the Johnson Detention Center on $21,115 bond as of this posting.

Arrest For Pawning Video Gaming Machine

edmonds-brandon-00000746612Brandon James Edmonds, 29, of 200 Davis Rd. #23 Clinton was booked Friday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, child support, use of vehicle without permission of owner. The breach of trust warrant states that he knowingly and willfully pawned a playstation 4 console, games, and charger that he was entrusted with. He remains in the Johnson Detention Center on $1000 bond as of this posting.

Theft Of Wallet Alleged

walker-amanda-0000096277Amanda Rae Walker, 25, of 425 Beagle Drive Clinton was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Sunday by Clinton Department of Public Safety charged with Petit Larceny. The warrant alleges that on November 6th She did commit the crime of larceny by taking a wallet that belonged to the victim without authority to do so and with intent to deprive the victim. She remained in the detention center awaiting bond as of this posting.

Missing Cell Phone

At 2:37 pm Saturday Deputy Turner was dispatched to a Rolling Hills Rd. Gray Court residence in reference to a stolen cell phone. The complainant stated that he and his wife left around 11:20 to go to Simpsonville and he had left his phone on the couch next to the front door. He said they returned around 1pm but he didn’t notice his phone missing until he went to make a phone call. The deputy also spoke with another resident of the home who stated she was in the bathroom when she heard someone knocking on the door. She stated that when she came she saw someone standing in the doorway of the front door near the couch. She stated that this person had come to work on their car window. She said her phone was also lying on the couch near the front door but was not stolen and she didn’t know if the complainant’s phone was on the couch or not. The complainant didn’t know the third party’s last name but that he was staying at a motel in Simpsonville. Investigations will follow up on the case.

Truck Tag Taken in Kinards

Deputy Howard of the Sheriffs Office was dispatched Sunday at 9:41pm to a Fairview Church Rd Kinards residence concerning a tag stolen off of a truck. The complainant said he took his truck down the road to have work done on it and his pastor called him and told him his tag was missing. The complainant stated he didn’t know how or when the tag was taken, The tag number was entered into NCIC as a stolen tag.

Pills Stolen From Gray Court Home

Deputy Turner of the Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a Hellams Rd. Gray Court residence on Saturday at 1:51 pm concerning a burglary. The complainant stated he left home to go to the store and was only gone about 10 minutes and when he returned home someone had broken in. The deputy noted that items were in the floor of the living room and kitchen and the back door appeared forced open because the chain lock was on the floor. The complainant said 90 5mg and 90 10mg valium pills were missing and he wasn’t sure what other items were gone. Investigations will follow up.

TV, Bluray Player and Laptop Stolen

Saturday at 5:10 pm Deputy Turner of the Sheriff’s office was dispatched to a Velocity Drive Fountain Inn residence concerning a break in. The complainant said that she left home for a few hours and when she returned she noticed her tv and blu ray player were missing from the living room. She said she found one of her laptops missing as well. No signs of forced entry were found at the home. Investigations will follow up on the case.

Gray Court Home Burgled

Friday at 2:14 pm, Deputy Turner of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Deck Rd. Gray Court residence concerning a burglary. The complainant stated she was in the basement when she heard several noises upstairs. She said she thought her brother in law was home. She said she took her dog outside and saw that her brother in laws truck was not there. She said she went upstairs and did not find anyone in the house but noticed things were out of place. The complainant stated when her sister got home she noticed her room had been ransacked. The deputy then spoke with another resident who stated he was missing 30 30mg morphine pills that were in the room that was ransacked. The case was forwarded to investigations.


Strange Joy Riding Incident in Ware Shoals

On Friday at 4:35 pm, Deputy Boyd of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Ware Shoals PD in reference to a motor vehicle break in. The complainant stated that on October 30th, at approximately 10:45 pm he parked his vehicle in a church parking lot on Cemetery Road in Ware Shoals and accidentally locked his keys in the vehicle. He said he then walked to his residence and went to bed. He said the next morning around 11:30 am his father took him back to the vehicle with a spare key and he retrieved the vehicle and drove it home. He said on Friday at around 7:30 am he noticed his truck had been broken into. He said the plastic around the rear window and rear window had been removed and someone had driven his vehicle around and then taken it back to the same location and parked it in the same spot. He said the rear window and plastic had been reinstalled and the back doors were locked. He stated someone had tried to remove the radio but was unsuccessful.  He said nothing was missing from the vehicle.