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).

Victim’s Identity Stolen and Hot Checks Written In Alabama

A victim filed a report with Sergeant Tucker Wednesday at 10:58 am at the Sheriff’s Office stating that someone had used his South Carolina Driver’s License number to cash checks that were not from his account in Alabama. He stated that he received three notices from TRS Recovery Services that he needed to pay. The victim did not send any money and stated he did not cash any checks in Alabama. He also stated that he has checked with his bank and has nothing wrong with his account at this time. The paperwork he provided and the report will be passed to investigations for further review.


Jewelry Stolen During Break-In

Wednesday at 3:29 pm Laurens Police Officers were dispatched to a Mock Street Laurens residence in reference to a break-in that had already occurred. Upon arrival the complainant, who is the home owner, advised that she left out of town on Sunday around 11:00 am and she had just a while ago received a phone call from her daughter that does not live there. The daughter had told her that her refrigerator door was left opened. She told her daughter she was on her way back to the house anyway. She said when she arrived home, she noticed someone had gone through jewelry in her bedroom as well as her other daughter’s bedroom. She advised in her bedroom she was missing one white gold bracelet with hearts around it, 1 yellow rope gold necklace and one yellow gold flat necklace. She said she was also missing a big bag that contained multiple cheaper costume jewelry. She said it looked like the jewelry box in her daughter’s room had been gone through as well. She said she was not sure what was missing from her jewelry box that contained small value jewelry. She said a screen on a window in the kitchen had been cut and she was sure that was how the subject or subjects gained entry. Officers observed the window and it appeared that someone cut the screen from edge to edge big enough to climb through. The officers received an estimate on the stolen jewelry at $400. A neighbor across the street said she had not seen anything unusual in the last few weeks. She did state that there seems to be a lot of foot traffic crossing over the railroad tracks. The complainant was advised to contact the police department if anything else was found to be missing.

Complainant Allegedly Escalates Domestic Dispute

Wednesday at 11:21 Officer Duckett of the Clinton Department of Public Safety responded to a Spruce Street Lydia Mill residence in reference to a possible assault. Upon arrival the complainant was standing outside the residence by her car. She alleged that the subject had threatened her and she was going to mace him if he did it again. The officer then made contact with the subject who stated that no assault had taken place. The complainant then started saying that the subject had assaulted his girlfriend. The officer made contact with the girlfriend who said the subject had shoved her. The complainant was present when the officer was speaking with the girlfriend and kept interfering while she was talking to the officer. Once separated the girlfriend explained that she and the subject had been together 12 years and she loved him and did not wish to press charges but was influenced by the complainant to do so. The officer then spoke again to the subject who said he and his girlfriend had been arguing but no physical contact was made. After some conversation the girlfriend was advised to leave the location. She complied by leaving with the complainant. The incident appeared to the officer to have been completly influenced by the the complainant’s presence at the residence. The complainant was advised to leave and the scene was cleared.


Warrants To Be Sought in Domestic Violence Case

Wednesday at 4:19 pm Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Clinton Public Safety in reference to a complaint about an incident that occurred at a motel on Highway 56 North in Clinton. The deputies spoke with the victim at the Clinton Department of Public Safety. She stated that she and her husband were staying at the motel and had allegedly gotten into an argument and the subject accused her of engaging in the act of fornication with another male. She said she told him he was imagining things and that she hadn’t been with another man. She stated the subject then started assaulting her and struck her in the facial area causing the victim to sustain a black eye and minor swelling of the facial area. She alleged that he also kicked her in the back of the head and kicked her in the stomach. The victim also had an abrasion on her chest that she stated occurred earlier while she and the subject were walking in the city limits of Clinton. Officers of Clinton Public Safety would seek warrants on the subject for domestic violence for the incident occurring within the City of Clinton. A magistrate will be consulted about further charges on the subject for the incident that occurred within the county. WLBG will have more on this report after charges are filed.

Theft of Four Wheeler

Wednesday at 10:18 Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a Lake Rd. Clinton residence and spoke with a complainant concerning the theft of an atv. The complainant alleged that her red in color 2003 Honda Rancher 4×4 valued at $1800 was taken from the property. She stated she had left the key in the four wheeler and it was parked just inside the woodline behind the residence. She said the four wheeler had big knobby tires and the back rack had a weld repair. She said she had not heard anyone in the yard and did not hear the four wheeler leave during the night. The complainant stated the key had a rope on it with a bullet on the end with tye dye colors on the tip. She didn’t have the vin readily available to enter into NCIC.

Not So Newlywed Bliss

At 12:34 pm Wednesday Deputies Taylor and Richey of the Sheriff’s Office responded to the Clinton Department of Public Safety and met with a complainant concerning an incident that occurred on Airport Rd. in Laurens County. The complainant stated that he had gotten married on Friday, August 7th and he and his wife had split up on Saturday, August 8th. He alleged that since he had informed his newly married wife that he wanted to not be married any more she had been seen driving by his residence and now he has had two flat tires on his truck. He said he had both flats fixed. He made the statement that he believes his wife is either doing this herself or having one of her tenants do this to his truck. He said he has an attorney working to get a divorce hearing.


ZF Transmissions Announces $22.5 Million Plant Expansion

nine-speed-auto-tranny-for-passenger-cars-29547_1The Laurens County Development Corporation and South Carolina Department of Commerce announced this morning that Z F Transmissions will be investing $22.5 Million dollars into expansion of their transmissions plant in the Owings Industrial park. This will create 545 new jobs in Laurens County. According to the release, the company last announced an expansion of this facility in 2013, a $175 million project that brought ZF’s Laurens County employment total to more than 1,600.

To accommodate this latest expansion, the company has purchased an existing building located in the Owings Industrial Park, situated less than two miles from Interstate 385. The 150,000-square-foot facility will house manufacturing and warehousing operations, allowing ZF to increase its current capacity. Generating 545 new positions, the expansion is expected to increase the company’s Laurens County workforce to more than 2,000.

Completion of this expansion is anticipated for the first quarter of 2016.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $1.2 million Set Aside grant to Laurens County to assist with the costs of land acquisition. The Council has also approved job development credits related to the project.

Laurens County Council Chairman Joe Woods is quoted “As Laurens County grows, we appreciate the jobs and growth that ZF brings to us. We strive to create a good place for business to locate in Laurens County.”

Ted Nash, County Councilman in whose district the plant is located said “We are extremely pleased to see ZF continue to grow and prosper in Laurens County.”

Zed F Transmissions Gray Court Vice President Thomas Joos  is quoted as saying “Laurens County and South Carolina continue to provide a strong home for ZF’s manufacturing of our 8- and 9-speed transmissions. We appreciate the continued support of the local and state governments, and all of our partners in providing a healthy environment for ZF’s continued growth.”

To view open positions at ZF Gray Court, visit; and for more information on ZF, visit