Gun Charge Alleged Against Gray Court Man

thompson johnnie 000008223125 year old Johnnie Demario Thompson of 1150 Bull Hill Rd. Gray Court was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Sunday charged with unlawful carry of a pistol.

The warrant states that the defendant did commit the crime of unlawful carrying of a pistol by possessing a handgun in an unlawful manner inside of his vehicle, the offense occurring on Church Street in the city limits of Laurens. Thompson remains in the Johnson Detention Center on $2k bond.


Multiple Gun Charges Alleged in Arrest of Spartanburg Man

toland octavious 0000086524(3)22 year old Octavious Akeem Toland of 202 Markswood Drive Spartanburg was booked Saturday, May 14th   by the Clinton Department of Public Safety into the Johnson Detention Center charged with ill treatment of animals, unlawful carry of a pistol, and sale or delivery of pistol. Warrants state that on Saturday Toland did knowingly carry a handgun, a Smith and Wesson .32 revolver, about his person without authority to do so. The offense occurred on East Ferguson Street within the city limits of Clinton. A further warrant states Toland did knowingly posses a stolen handgun.

He remains in the Johnson Detention Center on $677.50 bond for ill treatment of animals,  $5k bond for unlawful carry and $3k bond for sale or delivery of a pistol.


Attempted Breaking and Entering Leads to Found Dirt Bike From Another Investigation

Sunday at 2:05 am Deputy Hunter of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Hostetler Ln Cross Hill residence concerning a attempted break in. The complainant stated that he was sleeping when he woke to the sound of his dog barking. He went into the living room and observed a subject trying to get into a window. He then went outside with a gun and heard what he believed to be the subject jumping a fence. The complainant went to the window and found several items from inside his vehicle laying on the ground. He then went to his car and discovered that it had been gone through and his browning buckmark pistol had been stolen. Next to his car was a battery powered dirt bike that he had never seen before. The dirt bike was taken to the impound lot. Deputy Richey responded to a Puckett Ferry Rd. Cross Hill residence later that morning in reference to a stolen red and white Razor dirt bike missing from a garage. After finding out about the bike being found at the previous residence and placed in the impound lot, the owner was notified of the location of his dirt bike.

Ford Truck Stolen From Waterloo

At 2:07 PM Saturday, Deputy Richey of the sheriffs office was dispatched to a Burton Drive Waterloo residence in reference to a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, the complainant stated that when he woke up Saturday around 1pm, he discovered his dark blue 1993 Ford F-150 was missing from his front yard. He stated he did not lock the doors and the keys were in the ignition. The truck was entered into ncic as stolen.

Window Broken Out on Vehicle

Sunday Deputy Hunter of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Billy Leopard Rd. Cross Hill residence just after midnight in reference to a window broken out of a vehicle. The victim stated that she was sleeping and awoke to the sound of her car alarm. Her husband then went outside and saw the back window of their car was shattered. He then saw a subject running away from the car and called 911. The complainants stated nothing was missing from the car that they were aware of but did give the deputy a name of someone they alleged had been looking into their car suspiciously earlier that day. A partial fingerprint and palm print were lifted from the vehicle and entered into evidence to be sent to sled.


Stolen Lawn Mower and Rims

At 10:02 Saturday morning, Deputy Nations was dispatched to a Highway 76 Clinton residence concerning a stolen lawn mower. The complainant stated that when he returned to the residence Saturday, he noticed the door to the shed was open and he had secured it previously. He said when he looked in the shed, the factory tires for his Isuzu Trooper were missing. He said he looked in the other shed and his push mower was missing as well. The subject said the items were there the day before and he had left the residence around 7pm Friday. Two foot prints were found in loose dirt and were photographed for evidence. A green and yellow yard man push mower and four aluminum rims with bridgestone tires were listed as stolen and the report will be forwarded to investigations.



Truck Break In

On Saturday at 6;09 PM, Deputy Richey of the Sheriff’s Office arrived at a Pucket Ferry Rd. Cross Hill residence in reference to a theft from a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke to the victim who stated that around 4pm, he discovered that someone had gone through the inside of his Chevrolet Silverado. He stated his front seat had been pushed up to the steering wheel and other property was scattered in different areas of the vehicle. He stated the vehicle was not locked and there was no damage observed.



Alleged Threats and Attempted Vehicular Assault

Saturday at 1:21pm Sgt. Wicker of the Clinton Department of Public Safety was dispatched to a Bailey street Clinton residence in response to a report that a subject was trying to run over a victim with a vehicle. Sgt. Wicker spoke with the complainant who stated that he was standing by the roadside speaking to people at a residence on Pitts Street and he observed a black impala turn onto the street. He said the car sped up and angled the vehicle at him in an attempt to run him over and he had to jump away from the car to keep from being hit. He stated he perceived the subject was trying to run him over. He further stated that the subject stopped and advised him that he was going to kill him. The victim stated that he and the subject had been involved in an ongoing dispute. He said the subject then left and he began walking away from the scene and called police. He then stated that the subject returned with a passenger who stated that the complainant was dead. The complainant said he did want to press charges. The officer than went to the alleged incident location and interviewed two witnesses who stated they did hear the subject state that he was going to kill the complainant. The incident is pending further investigation.


Buster is Pet of the Week


Say hello to Buster. He’s the WLBG Pet of the Week. Buster is a 1 year old black lab mix. He has a naturally friendly nature.

And he needs a home. Fast. The shelter is full……past full. If you or someone you know would like to have a good dog…………please save Buster.

Find out more by calling Laurens County (SC) Animal Control (864)682-4935.

And please SHARE. Can we save them all? No. But please……….let’s save this one.

Newberry Superintendent Killed in Collision With Deputy


The Superintendent of Schools for Newberry County was killed in a wreck on Highway 219 at Newberry High School late Saturday afternoon. He was killed when his car reportedly collided with a Newberry County Deputy’s vehicle that was responding to another wreck on Interstate 26. Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton yesterday formally identified the person killed as 56-year-old Bennie D. Bennett of Prosperity.  Mr. Bennett had served for 10 years as Superintendent of Schools in Newberry County.

The accident that killed the School Superintendent happened about 6:30 Saturday evening in front of Newberry High School as a deputy was responding to a wreck on Interstate 26. A report on the subsequent fatal wreck states that as Deputy Brandt approached the intersection of the driveway to Newberry High School with lights and siren activated a vehicle driven by Mr. Bennett entered the highway from Chapman Drive at approximately 6:26 pm. The vehicles collided resulting in the death of Mr. Bennett and injuring Deputy Brandt.

The deputy was transported by helicopter to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia with what Sheriff Lee Foster described as “non-life-threatening injuries”.

Newberry County officials, including the Coroner and Sheriff Foster, have described Mr. Bennett as a “good, good man” who cared deeply about the success of children in Newberry County Schools. Sheriff Lee Foster said “This is a horrible loss for our community. Mr. Bennett was a consummate professional and had the best interest of our children at heart. We worked together closely on matters involving our schools and our children’s safety. On a personal note, Mr. Bennett was a close friend and confidant. He and I had a keen interest in sports and would often compare notes on games. My family held him in the highest regard. I am personally shattered by his death. Our family extends our prayers to his family.”

The accident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).

Alleged Domestic Assault in Clinton

On Thursday at 3:11 am Officer Yelton was dispatched to the LC Memorial Hospital  based on request of EMS concerning a possible assault. When the victim arrived at the emergency room the officer talked with a paramedic who said when they arrived at the residence of the victim she was waiting outside for ems with an extremely intoxicated male inside the residence. EMS assessed that the victim had sustained a head injury, loss of consciousness, a possible wrist or hand fracture and minor abrasions to her right knee. The paramedic stated the victim initially said she had acquired the injuries from falling then en route to the hospital she confided that she had been assaulted by the male inside the residence. After talking with the victim for some time, the victim gave an account of the alledged attack, stating that the subject struck her in the stomach multiple times. She said she pushed him away and ran but he followed and continued to hit her in the back of the head causing her to fall to the floor unconscious. When she awoke the subject was standing over her and then went and laid down. The victim said she then called 911 only wanting EMS as she feared if law enforcement was invlolved the subject would be arrested and when he got out he would beat her worse. Upon consultation with supervisors, action was taken by the CDPS in issuing a warrant for the arrest of 23 year old Mark Tyler Vanloanvanloan mark 0000092104(3) of 835 Brook Rd. Clinton, booked by the Clinton department of Public Safety into the Johnson Detention Center Thursday charged with Domestic violence 1st degree. He remains in the detention center with bond denied



County Celebrates 75 Years of The Bookmobile from 3-5 Friday

As part of National Library Week the Laurens County Public Library System is celebrating 75 years of Bookmobile/Outreach services with a Bookmobile Open House Friday afternoon from 3-5 PM at the Laurens County library off West Main. The public is invited to attend and meet bookmobile librarians of the past half century.

A library research of old newspapers learned that Laurens County had book delivery services as early as 1929, reaching out to Laurens County residents that were unable to routinely visit the library. Early “bookmobiles” have ranged from horse-drawn wagons and a converted milk truck. More specialized bookmobiles have been used in recent decades.  The Laurens County Library System got its first official bookmobile in 1940.  Those dedicated individuals who have delivered books to the far reaches of the county have been people like Dr. Wil Lou Gray, Elaine Martin, and most recently Leigh Tumblin.  Now that torch has been passed, or rather the keys to the bookmobile have been passed, to Julian Shabazz. He’s a Clinton native who worked for the Library from 1996 to 2000 and returned last fall to take the keys of the Bookmobile with the retirement of Leigh Tumblin.

Laurens County Public Library System Director Ann Szypulski said  “I am very proud of our bookmobile services and hope to continue to serve all areas and communities of the county for a very long time to come”.

The public is invited to Bookmobile Open House from 3 to 5 Friday afternoon.



Council Approves Purchase of Property for More Fire Stations

Tuesday night, Laurens County Council approved the purchase of 4 more properties for use in  constructing new fire stations with funds from the fire improvement bond.

These four new stations will fill in areas with significant population that are not adequately covered by having a fire station within five miles of the property in that area.

Of these One is proposed near Waterloo to cover areas including Deer Valley Road, One for Mountville to cover property in the Milam Road area and One to cover an area in Fountain Inn.


Alleged Assault at Clinton Motel

Corporal Staton of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Clinton Motel on Thursday at 3:25 pm in reference to an alleged assault. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the complainant who stated that she was in her room when the door suddenly swung open and a male subject came into the room asking for her boyfriend. When she told him he wasn’t there the subject reached for jewelry that was on the dresser while telling the complainant that he was taking it for the money her boyfriend owed him. The victim stated that she tried to push the subject out of the room when he struck her in the back of the head with his fist. She further stated that they became separated and the subject reached in his pocket and displayed a knife while stating “I will kill you b***h”. As the subject approached the complainant again, a male from the next room stepped into the room to grab the subject and pulled him out of the room. This man then told the subject to leave. The subject told both the complainant and witness he would be back and got into a vehicle with a female and left.

The Pill Fairy Strikes Again

Lt Anderson of the Clinton Department of Public Safety responded to a forest street Clinton address Thursday at 5:35 pm. The complainant stated that while he was in jail his sister stole his 50 narcos and 90 xanax. The sister stated she did not done this theft. Both parties were asked by the officer if they could be searched for the missing medication and both gave consent. The officer found no medication on either but found a pill bottle in the sister’s pocketbook with the brother’s name on it, which she stated the brother had put there. The officer gave the bottle to the brother who was not concerned about that medication. The brother stated he needed a report for his doctor and was advised a report would be generated in reference to the call.


Postponed Laurens Raider Baseball Game To Be Aired Tonight

Last Night’s Laurens Raider Baseball game waspostponed due to a threat of bad weather. It will be played tonight at 7:00pm at Laurens 55 High School. WLBG wil  be airing this game.

I’m Tex………..I’m a Dog


Hello! Would you like to be my human?
My name’s Tex. I’m in the joint at Laurens County Animal Control. My brother and my sister are in here too.
I’m not yet a year old and I want to run and play and snuggle and give kisses and sniff dandelions but I can’t. I’m stuck here. This place is completely full. But they say next week I might get put down. I’m not real sure what that mean but I hope I get to play wherever down is.
If you want to to be my very best friend in the whole wide world call Laurens County (SC) Animal Control. (864)682-4935 at the shelter of (864)984-6812 at the office.
And please SHARE. If you can’t be my human……….maybe someone else will see me. I’ve never seen me but I heard someone say I was a pretty boy. Is that good?

Laurens Police on Mopeds? Really?

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No.  Not really.

The Laurens Police Department HAS announced the creation of a bicycle patrol unit which will assist with law enforcement in high pedestrian traffic areas as well as during events and festivals in the city.
This being April 1st, we decided to do a take off on that true story and announce on Good Morning UpCountry that they were actually forming a new unit that would operate on mopeds.  Thankfully, leadership in the Laurens Police Department has a sense of humor.  Not only did they not complain, they actually got in on the joke themselves.

During the show, we received these photos of Sergeant Jody Thibodeaux with one of the “official” moped pursuit units.  Major Chrissy Cofield even stopped by to laugh at our little joke (especially the line about the spandex, spray on bicycle shorts) and give us more details about the real announcement.  Laurens Police should have their bicycles by the end of April.

Major Cofield also said the new bicycles would be just one more reason why you should never run from Laurens Police Department officers.  “You’ll just go to jail tired.” she said.

Thanks again to the LPD for playing along with our joke.  Happy April Fools Day everyone!

Services Saturday For Lt. Larry Young

larry youngA note to the community, services for beloved Sheriff’s Office DARE Officer Lt. Larry Young will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday at the Woodruff Church of God, where he was Sunday School Superintendent. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00pm Friday evening at the Woodruff Church of God, 172 Poole Street in Woodruff. The staff of WLBG  send our heart felt condolences to Lt. Young’s family. A man that not only served the community as an officer of the law but helped to mold the lives of young people every day in his role as a DARE Officer.


Suspect Arrested For Multiple Alleged Thefts

Lt. Moore of the Clinton Department of Public Safety was dispatched at 11:00 am Thursday to a Peachtree Street Clinton residence in reference to a suspicious person. The complainant stated that the subject came up to her door and asked to use the phone. The subject told the victim that her boyfriend had jumped on her and beat her and she needed to call the police. The victim said the subject asked for the phone then asked if she could use the bathroom. The subject then left. The victim said she didn’t hink anything about it until her grand daughter looked at the phone and saw the subject never called anyone. The victim then went into the bathroom and saw all her cabinets open but didn’t know if any medication was missing. Sgt. Prather was with the subject at that time so Lt. moore went to the location to question the subject about the incident. The subject told Lt. Moore that she changed her mind about calling the police. She then stated she couldn’t remember what she did. Sgt. Prather placed the subject into custody for the case he was working at that time. The victim called back later stating that her grand daughter’s wallet was missing. She described the wallet and contents and Sgt. Prather said he thought he remembered seeing it when the subject was booked. Officer Wilkes retrieved the wallet from the detention center to return to the victim. Sgt. Prather had been dispatched to a Beech Street Clinton residence at 10:24 concerning the same subject coming to the residence wanting to use the phone.  The victim there stated that the subject did the same thing, going to the bathroom and asked to use the phone but never made any calls. Sgt. Prather observed a female matching the description on Peachtree walking near Beech St. It is noted in the incident report that there have been several reports of someone stealing items from residences and the subject is the primary suspect in several cases. A Nook tablet was found in the subject’s bag. When he opened the nook it was on the facebook page of another possible victim. Lt. Moore went to the address of the appearant tablet owner. She stated the subject had come to her home as well asking to use the phone but never dialed anyone.  The victim said she had just noticed the Nook missing and was about to call the police. After interviewing the subject, it was determined evidence was present to charge her with both burglary second degree and larceny. After three alleged victims, her crime spree was over.

odom sandy 000000038341 year old Sandy Michele Odom of 200 Spruce Street Clinton booked Thursday, charged with  Petit Larceny, Larceny, and 2 counts of burglary 2nd degree. The warrants state that on March 10th, Odom did take and carry away a nook tablet with the intent to deprive the victim of the property, on March 9th, did take and carry away jewelry and several other items from the residence of the victim with intent to deprive the victim of property, on March 9th, did enter into a dwelling through the back window without permission and with intent to commit larceny and on March 10th did enter into a residence by means of trickery to gain entry into a residence to commit the crime of larceny. This did occur during the daytime while the residents were inside. While inside Odom did steal a nook tablet with intent to deprive the owner. Odom remains in the Johnson Detention Center awaiting bond as of this posting.