Handgun Stolen From Clinton Residence

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.

Suspicious Card Activity

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.


Alleged Burglary In Gray Court

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.

Stolen Spray Gun

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.

Missing Person Sought – Newberry County

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The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

Robert Lester Jones, 32, (pictured above), was last seen on Sunday, July 24th around 7pm on Evans Street in Newberry.

Jones is described as a white male, 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a blue striped shirt, blue jeans and a multi-colored welder’s cap.

Anyone with any information abut the location of Robert Lester Jones is asked to contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office (803)321-2211.  Their email address:  tips@ncso.sc.gov

Slim Wants To Be Your Best Friend



I call him Slim. I suppose it’s sorta obvious why.
And you’re seeing him after several weeks of regular feedings at Laurens County (SC) Animal Control. Before that he was skinny.
When a dog is abandoned on the side of the road some think they can hunt and survive on their own. Nope…..dogs are pack animals. A dog by himself cannot survive. And if they do find other dogs to run with a pack they become a threat to livestock, other pets even people in the area.
Most of the time they either are rescued in emaciated condition or they die of starvation. That’s what almost happened to Slim here. He’s recovering and he’s a loving dog but he really needs a home.
If you want more information on Slim call Animal Control at (864)984-6812.
And please SHARE. Slim has been there a while. Time is limited.

Good Time Charlie


I like this dog. He looks like he’s saying “Come on! Let’s GO!”
His name is Charlie and he’s available for adoption at Laurens County (SC) Animal Control.

Charlie is a boy dog a little over one year old. He’s a good dog and he loves peoples. And I just love his look. Charlie’s a classic, you might say.

If you’d like more information on Charlie call Animal Control at (864)984-6812.

And please SHARE. Charlie would really like to have his very own family and I think he deserves that.

Fatal Accident – Highway 14

A two car collision at 3:45 Thursday afternoon on SC Highway 14 between Laurens and Gray Court claimed the life of a Laurens man.

Samuel ‘Sammy’ Sharp, 52, of Laurens was driving a 2005 Pontiac east on Hwy 14 when it appears he attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway. A 2000 Jaguar travelling west on Hwy 14 struck the right side of the Pontiac according to LCpl David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Mr. Sharp was transported by Laurens County EMS to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Jaguar was also injured. He was transported to GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Need Somebody To Love


This pretty girl is named Holly. She’s about 7 years old and she is NOT at Laurens County Animal Control…………Holly can be found at the Laurens County Humane Society.

Holly was originally surrendered to Animal Control due to the death of her owner. The Humane Society took her in when her time was up to prevent…………well………you know what.

So, Holly is not in danger of being put down. She’s in a ‘no kill’ facility. But Holly needs a home. She has spent her whole life loving humans. She still does. She just needs a human of her very own.

Now, Holly does not play well with other dogs. She has to be an one and only dog. She was heart worm positive but she has successfully completed treatments and she’s now free of that concern.

If you would like more information on Holly for yourself or for a rescue group, call the Humane Society (864)833-9060.

And please SHARE Holly’s picture. She just needs somebody to love.

Ware Shoals Accident – One Dead

A Simpsonville man died in a fatal accident near Ware Shoals in Laurens County this morning.

According to LCpl Tony Keller with the South Carolina Highway Patrol a 2015 Ford pickup truck crashed on US 25 about a half mile south of Ware Shoals. The vehicle went off the left side of the road striking a guard rail and a tree. The driver was restrained by a safety belt and was not ejected or entrapped.

Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek identified the victim as 48 year old John Daryl Masters of 105 Annas Place, Simpsonville. Cause of death is pending completion of an autopsy to be conducted on Saturday in Greenville.

Stay tuned to WLBG and wlbg.com for further developments on this story.

Subject Arrested After Foot Chase

On Tuesday, Sargent’s Brewington and Cook were investigating a burglary and to locate a subject allegedly involved . During this investigation, they interviewed the subject’s sister at a Thimble Drive Gray Court residence. She stated that on the previous Friday, the subject and others came to the residence with several items that the subject referenced as stolen. Another witness stated that on that Friday evening he was approached by the subject who attempted to sell him an air compressor but he didn’t purchase it so the subject left. The subject was located at a Morgan Street Enoree home where he had been staying with his juvenile girlfriend. While officers knocked on the front door the subject jumped out of a window and ran on foot. He was persued but was lost in the woods behind the home. A passing motorist flagged down the officers and reported a white male had run into a house a few doors down. The owners of the house opened the door for the officers and said a man had run in their house. The subject was located and restrained. Outside, another white male approached the subject and an argument ensued. The argument was diffused by officers and other man was escorted to his vehicle and left. It was found that the other male was the subject’s girlfriend’s grandfather. It was alleged that the juvenile girlfriend had been letting the subject sneak in and out of her window when her grandparents were away or sleeping.

strange zachary 0000111097Zachary Hunter Strange, age 18 of 50 Thimble Drive Gray Court was booked into the Johnson Detention Center on June 14th, charged with receiving stolen goods. The warrant states that on June 10th, he did receive one television, one pressure washer, and miscellaneous tools of the victim’s valued at $800 knowing at the time that the property was stolen or having reason to believe the property to be stolen. He remains in the jdc on $2000 bond The case continues to be investigated to determine the involvement of other suspects in the case.


School District 56 Announces Mrs. Brenda Schrantz as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

Laurens County School District 56 is pleased to announce that Mrs. Brenda Schrantz will be joining the district as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction on July 1. Mrs. Schrantz began her career in Laurens 56 and taught at both Clinton Elementary and the Martha Dendy 6th Grade Center. She was the Martha Dendy Teacher of the Year and District Teacher of the Year. From 2005-2008, she served under Dr. Bill Alexander as the Assistant Principal at Martha Dendy. For 6 years she was the Coordinator of Special Programs and Accountability for Laurens 56, working with curriculum and instruction for special education students and the gifted and talented program, as well as District Test Coordinator for all state and national assessments. Since 2014, Mrs. Schrantz has been the Coordinator of Special Populations and Accountability at Laurens School District 55, planning staff development and curriculum for special area teachers. Throughout her career, Mrs. Schrantz has been awarded multiple grants that have benefited students in all of Laurens County. In her position with Laurens 56, Mrs. Schrantz will provide leadership in developing curriculum and managing the day-to-day operations of the instructional programs in the district. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Lander University with additional certifications in middle level math and science, and a master’s degree in elementary administration and supervision from Clemson University. The current Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction, Dr. Laura Koskela, is retiring after 20 years of dedicated service to Laurens 56.


Attempted Break In At Church

Corporal Edwards of the Sheriffs Office received a call from dispatch at 10:53 Thursday morning in reference to an alarm activation on one of the front doors of  Beaverdam Baptist Church. Upon arrival the officer checked the perimeter of the church and found no one. The deputy checked the church and found the front door to the far right of the church had damage on it. A partial portion of the wooden door was broken off and missing. Corporal Edwards also saw damage on the door frame but the door was still dead bolted and locked. The door beside it had the same mark on the door frame but the deadbolt was halfway out. The officer turned the door knob and the door was unlocked. Lieutenant Richards arrived and the church was searched but nobody was found inside. A member of the church arrived to contact other church members. The incident will be on file at the Sheriff’s Office.

Dist. 55 Approves Title I and Title II Funds, Dr. Strickland and Hubert Lollar Honored

IMG_0888At Thursday’s District 55 School Board Meeting, the board approved unanimously a request by Jody Penland on the amount of the Title I and Title II federal programs for the new school year, which both fall under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Title I, which refers to a program that was initiated by the United States Department of Education in order to distribute funding to schools and districts that have a high percentage of students who come from low-income families, and will amount to approximately one and a half million dollars.

In order for a school to qualify for Title I, a school must have about 40% or more of its students that come from low-income families.

Title II funding , which will amount to $200,000, is a bit different in the sense that the focus is not directly geared towards the students, but rather the teachers and staff.

The funding contains funds to train and recruit teachers and principals in the local and/or state level. This funding targets “high needs” school districts that have been identified as a “needs improvement” district.

This was retiring Dr. Billy Strickland’s last school board meeting as Superintendent, and Dr. David Kennedy addressed the board to share his fond memories of Dr. Strickland and how he benefited the community.

Mr. Hubert Lollar, was presented a certificate and a gift on his retirement as well, after 40 years with the district.

Truck Stolen In Waterloo

Deputy Richey of the Sheriffs Office responded to a Riverfork Rd. Waterloo residence on Thursday at 4:12pm in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. Upon arrival he spoke with a complainant who stated that when he arrived at his residence around 4pm he discovered his 2004 Ford F-250 was missing from his driveway. He said the last time he saw the vehicle was at 6:30 Thursday morning. The vehicle has been entered into NCIC and the case will continue.



Stolen Car From Indiana Sold Locally on Craigslist

Thursday at 6:10 pm Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriffs Office was dispatched by Lieutenant Richards to a Warrior Creek Church Rd. Gray Court residence to recover a vehicle. The complainant had called Lt. Richards to run the vin number of the car because he had bought the car off of craigslist for $500 and thought that the vehicle might be stolen. The 2011 Ford Mustang was listed as stolen from Indianapolis Indiana.

The buyer didn’t receive a registration and no tag was on the car. The complainant said that he bought the car in Newberry County at the Holiday Inn from the subject and that the subject was staying at the hotel. The complainant said since the car didn’t have registration or tag he had it delivered to his residence on a roll back.  The car was transported to the impound lot and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was notified of the recovery. The incident will be turned over to investigations.



Dr. Billy Strickland Honored at County Council Meeting Tuesday Night

Council Chair Joe Wood and Dr. Billy Strickland

Council Chair Joe Wood and Dr. Billy Strickland

Laurens County Council recognized retiring Dr. Billy Strickland with a resolution honoring his service to the county at Tuesday Night’s meeting, and was presented with an award by Council Chairman Joe Wood.

Resolution 2016-16 recognized his dedication of serving many years with the district.


Greenville Man Charged With Stealing Nine TV’s

brown dustin 0000111937Dustin Lamar Brown, 25 of 1 Lakeside Rd. #115 Greenville SC was booked Thursday into the Johnson Detention Center, charged with criminal conspiracy and shoplifting. Warants state that he did commit the crime of shoplifting and by doing so steal and take away 9 Sony televisions valued at approximately $3,945 from walmart with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the merchandise. The defendant already has two prior convictions of shoplifting/theft at the time of this incident. A scond warrant states that Brown did conspire with 3 or more defendants to commit shoplifting and in doing so did steal and take away nine sony televisions valued at approximately #3,945 from Walmart. He remains in the JDC awaiting bond

District 55 School Board Approves Fiscal Budget for 2016-2017

At Thursday night’s Laurens District 55 School Board Meeting, the General Fund Budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 was unanimously approved. In the executive summary of the budget it states that the district is expected to see an increase in Fee-in-Lieu of Taxes due to some expansion of industries in Laurens County. This budget does not include any tax increase to be passed on to the taxpayers of Laurens County.

“We try to be very careful with the tax money that we have been entrusted with,” said Dr. Strickland.

The projected budget includes local revenue of $12,109,800, state revenue of $30,594,376, federal revenue of $106,600 and other revenue of $1,341,579. That brings the total revenue of $44,172,355 which compares to last year’s revenues of $42,632,476. Projected expenditures total $44,172,355 which compares to last year’s expenditures of $42,632,476.

State required step/salary increases amounted to $644,459 increase for teachers, $167,408 increase for bus drivers, $154,535 increases for other employees, $413,477 increase in fringe benefits, and an increase in staff with increases expenditures by $160,000. The expenditure breakdown is 65% for salaries, 24% for employee benefits, 5% for purchased services, 4% for supplies and materials, 2% for other objects.

The board also unanimously approved approval of a five year capital plan similar to the one approved in 2011, which takes a long term approach to the budgeting process, and to approve the bond resolution in support of that plan.

In September 2016, the district will issue General Obligation Bonds to make principal and interest payments to the Laurens Education Assistance for District #55 Corporation for Installment Purchase Revenue Bonds. The amount included in the budget is $1,573,238, with payments made through debt service not the general fund.

Missing Fridge

Corporal Edwards of the Sheriffs Office was dispatched Thursday at 7:56am to a Nantucket Drive Gray Court residence concerning a stolen refrigerator. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the victim, who stated that sometime between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning someone cam onto the property and stole a white in color GE refrigerator. She said she doesn’t know who did this but thought it could be her ex boyfriend. Corporal Edwards spoke with the ex boyfriend who deied being on the property since a long time ago when he came to get his belongings. The report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office