Truman Hardy Knight Jr. age 50 of 123 My Way Drive, Laurens was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Thursday on a total of 9 bench warrants for contempt of court. All nine state failure to appear in general sessions court. Truman Hardy Knight Jr. remains in the detention center until his court dates.
Delma Zale Vaughn, 54 of 289 Maddox Bridge Rd. Ware Shoals was booked into the Johnson Detention Center by the Sheriffs Office on Thursday charged with domestic violence high and aggravated. The warrant alleges that on July 31st, Vaughn did commit the crime of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature in that she did use a knife to cut the victim on his back. She remains in the detention center on a $10,000 cash or surety bond
Deputy McMahan of the Sheriff’s Office responded to a Stagecoach Rd. Cross Hill residence Thursday at noon concerning stolen checks. The victim stated that she and her husband opened a joint account almost 3 years ago. She said they do not write checks form the account and use it only for debit card transactions and checks are never taken from their home. She said she received a bank statement in the mail on Thursday and the account showed two checks written that they did not write. One was for $2500 and another for $2200. Neither the husband or wife could find the checkbook these were written from and had two books with higher check numbers than the ones written. The deputy had them call the bank and verify if the bank received the checks and they confirmed they did. The victim said she received a call from TD Bank in Greenville on July 23rd asking if she wrote a check for $2200 and she told them no. She said the bank stated they would put a hold on the check and they did not as it went through on July 25th. The deputy collected copies of the bank statement and the checks in question with deposit info. It was also noted that the residence has had several alarms but never any signs of break in. The case will be passed to investigations for further review.
Tashondia Demetris Simpson age 32 of 623 Greene St. Greenwood was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Wednesday by the Laurens Police Department. The warrant alleges that on august 3rd she did aide a known fugitive from being discovered by law enforcement in an attempt to hinder service of warrant. She was released Thursday on a $10,000 PR Bond.
A complainant called the sheriff’s office on Thursday at 9:42 am concerning a missing ring. The victim told Sergeant Tucker that the ring had been missing for a week and she thinks someone may have taken it from a location on highway 101 in Gray Court but there had been no break in. The victim stated the ring was platinum with 3 diamonds and had a gave Sergeant Tucker the serial number cut into the inside of the ring. The case will be forwarded to investigations.
Thursday at 2:17 pm, Sergeant Tucker of the Sheriff’s Office met a complainant at the office who stated that someone took a 5 foot utility trailer from a Highway 49 Laurens address. The victim stated the trailer was black and had damage to the tong. He stated he wasn’t sure when the trailer was taken but noticed it missing on July 20th. The case will be turned over to investigations.
Thursday at 4:00 pm, Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Highway 252/25 Business Ware Shoals residence. The complainant stated that he had been to Denver Colorado on a trip and and while gone his 14 ft. Indian River canoe which was kept behind his shed was taken. It was noted in the report that there have been several incidents of theft in the particular area and extra patrols will be put in place.
Thursday at 4:56 pm Deputy Messer of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Cemetery Rd. Ware Shoals residence concerning stolen checks from a mailbox. The complainant stated she was sitting in her front yard when she noticed a female in a small silver suv grab her checks out of her mailbox and drive off. She said she called her mail route driver and asked if she had come to get the mail and she stated no. A few minutes later the mail carrier came and put mail in her box. The complainant stated that she called the bank and cancelled all of her checks.
What do you call the highest achievement one can reach? Pinnacle? Actually, in this case, it’s Eagle.
At last night’s meeting of Clinton City Council, Franklin Andre was recognized and congratulated by Mayor Bob McLean, all council members and others in attendance for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank possible in the Boy Scouts of America.
A proclamation presented to the young Eagle reads in part: “The Eagle Scout Award has been awarded to young men for over 100 years. Only 5 percent of men who were Boy Scouts have earned the award.
We commend Franklin Andre on his Eagle Scout project, where he, alongside his scouts tagged, GPS located and documented any information on 490 of the City of Clinton’s fire hydrants.”
Franklin, the son of Frank and Tracey Andre, held leadership positions in the Boy Scouts in Tempe, Arizona before moving to Clinton but it was in Clinton where he reached the pinnacle in scouting – Eagle.
For the second summer, Main Street Laurens is having a “Finally Friday” celebration each final Friday of the month. Main Street Director Jonathan Irick said tonight’s theme focuses on the Beach.
“We’re excited! Tonight is our ‘Beach Bash’ and we’re going to be featuring the Caribbean sounds of The Tropical Island Players from 7:00 to 9:00. The total event ‘Finally Friday on the Square’ will be happening from 6:00 to 9:00 tonight and we’re going to be doing Ice Cream Floats for $6, with a commemorative mug you get to take home. The businesses will be open late. We’ve got some activities for the kids. We’ll be doing some …what’s we’re calling ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ where you can win some prizes. ….and a lot of fun going on tonight.”
Irick said there will be concessions, including beer and wine.
Laurens County is the largest county in South Carolina……that’s losing population!
It’s one of 12 counties in the state where the population is declining. And one of four here in the Upstate, Neighboring Union and Abbeville are also in that group.
On the other hand, neighboring Greenwood and Newberry counties have positive growth, along with the bigger Greenville and Spartanburg.
Why is this? King Dixon spoke to Laurens Rotary Thursday about a grassroots group that has been looking to see what needs to change here. He explained it like your doctor, when you go for an annual checkup. King said the doctor doesn’t spend time going over all that’s right about your health, but focuses on what’s wrong, so you get healthier. Citing his love for Laurens County, he said that’s what this group has been doing – looking to see what needs fixing. And now they’re making the tour, meeting with local groups and governmental entities, explaining what they found.
Of several areas their study revealed, he focused on the need for planning. He said the county needs to plan for positive growth, where the value of our land increases, and where others can’t come in next to our property with something that decreases our value while also making our life less enjoyable.
Noting that the state requires a new comprehensive plan to be submitted every ten years, King Dixon suggested the group wants to have a through plan prepared for 2020. He noted that County Council has just approved funding a part-time planner to work on planning, at the suggestion of the new County Administrator; and that a grad student from Clemson is being brought on board in a part-time capacity for that purpose
Dixon said that good planning will help increase the tax base so that the county can afford to provide services without raising taxes.
Officer Yelton of the Clinton Department of Public Safety responded to the area of the Home Store in Lydia Mill concerning an assault. The complainant stated that he arrived at a Pechtree Street Residence and knocked on the door. He stated he was invited in and upon entering was grabbed by a male suspect. He said a female then pulled a gun out and pointed it at him. He said it was dark and he couldn’t see what kind of gun was pointed at him. Other officers spoke with a resident of the home, who stated the victim was inside the home but was not assaulted. The resident stated that she requested the complainant leave the home and he did so without incident. While speaking to the complainant further he was asked if he wished to prosecute and he said no. Te officer offered the complainant a ride to his cousin’s residence and he declined. He then identified the subject that allegedly grabbed him. Officers then found the subject had warrants for his arrest. While confirming the warrants, the complainant left the location with no further issue. Rodriquez Dakim Quamane Taylor age 24 of 590 Phillips St. M1 Clinton was booked Thursday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with multiple previous warrants:
DUS 2nd, Warrant states on May 14th 2016, did operate a motor vehicle on a public highway while license was suspended with one prior conviction of dus within last 5 years, Offence occurred within the city limits of Clinton. $26,903 surety bond
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia warrant states on May 14, 2016 did have in his possession one electronic scale with reidue
Possesion of a stolen handgun: Warrant states on May 14th did knowingly posses a stolen handgun a Taurus 38 special revolver.
Weapons / Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol warrant states did knowingly carry a handgun about his person without authority to do so
Breach of Peace, Aggravated in Nature warrant states may 14th did go armed offensively to the terror of the people by acting in concert with two other defendants and offensively brandishing and waiving a revolver about a convenience store parking lot open to the public. The defendant taunted other patrons of the establishment in a pervasive and aggravated nature.
Failure to Stop for Blue Light warrant states did fail to stop a motor vehicle when signaled by a city of Clinton officer by means of a flashing blue light. the defendant did accelerate his vehicle and disregard a stop sign in an attempt to avoid the persuing law enforecement vehicle. The defendant then fled on foot after abruptly stopping his vehicle behind a residence in Clinton.
Rodriquez Dakim Quamane Taylor remains in the detention center on $26,903 surety bond
The Laurens Rotary Club honored two members for 50 Years of Service through the Rotary Clubat Thursday’s meeting. Recognized for meeting the Rotary International standard for good citizenship and solid reputation were Rotarians Herbert Adams and Bland Roper. In making the presentations, Rotarian Joe Babb said Adams and Roper have been “doing good in the world for 50 years.”
Tyler David Burnett age 25 of 146 Hannah Drive Cross Hill was booked Wednesday into the Johnson Detention Center by the Sheriff’s Office, charged with burglary and grand larceny. Warrants state that on July 1st, it is alleged that Burnett did enter a dwelling in Laurens County without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein and did take and carry away tools and money with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property valued at $2,025 and is the property of the victim. Burnett remains in the detention center on $8000 bond.
His alleged accomplis, Tina Ann Marie Harris was also charged with burglary and Grand Larceny and released on $6000 bond.
Thursday at 4:30pm, Corporal Edwards of the Sheriff’s Office was traveling on Highway 14 headed towards the interstate when a white in color Dodge Dart was traveling in the same lane as the officer. The vehicle in front of the patrol car had to slam on brakes and swerve because the Dart came close to striking it. Corporal Edwards spun the marked patrol car around and intitiated a traffic stop. The driver, 31 year old Nicholas Robert Sommerfield of 5202 Lucerne Ave. Kalamazoo Michigan was arrested, charged with reckless driving and transported to the Johnson detention center. He was later released on bond.
19 year old Killijah Deva Herbert of 178 John Rushton Rd. Saluda was ticketed thursday for Driving Vehicle at Speed Greater than is reasonable under conditions, Violation of Beginner’s Permit and Leaving the scene of accident,vehicle unattended. He was later released on $5,310 bond
At 1:12 Thursday afternoon Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriff’s Office met with a Lake Rd. Clinton resident concerning a stolen revolver. The complainant said she saw it on July 7th when a person that no longer lives at the residence had it in his hand and was walking toward a truck still on the property. She said that she believed the weapon was put back in the shed on the property and on July 8th she noticed the gun missing because someone was interested in buying it. The complainant said she would have the info on the gun when investigators follow up so it can be entered into NCIC.
Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriffs Office met with a complainant Thursday at 4:49. The complainant stated that he had gone to the beach and was looking at his banking information online and discovered someone had made 2 atm withdrawals on July 21st in Las Vegas. He said he had contacted his bank to freeze the card and that he had this happen on July 5th from the same location and had a separate incident report for that occurrence. Investigations will continue with this case.
Deputy Edwards of the Sheriffs Office was dispatched Thursday at 10:22am to an Epperly Lane Gray Court residence in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, Corporal Edwards spoke with the complainant who stated his wife had been gone for around 2 weeks to visit family and when she returned she noticed some of her jewelry missing. Te complainant said that he had two subjects come over to his residence to clean his home on July 15th while his wife was gone. He stated that another subject was with them. e stated that on July 17th he noticed two of his rings were missing from his dresser drawer. He said he walked outside and confronted these same subjects telling them he was going to stay outside and for them to go in and make his rings reappear. He said they came out and said they had found the rings. He said since his wife had returned she found a vacuum cleaner and two necklaces missing. He said a witness had told him he saw his stolen items in on eof the subject’s house. Te incident will be turned over to investigations.
Lieutenant Richards of the Sheriffs Office responded to a Terry’s Park Drive Laurens residence Thursday at 8:53 am concerning a theft from a motor vehicle. The complainant stated a commercial spray gun had been stolen for the back of a truck at the residence. She said an alleged subject had been in the park late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning knocking on resident’s doors. The Sheriff’s Office was notified and Sergeant Johnson responded and found no one in the park at that time. The incident will be forwarded to investigations.