Burglary Investigation Leads to Drug Charges

 Laurens City Police were investigating a burglary case yesterday, looking for firearms that had been stolen; but during their search they reportedly found, instead, several packages of marijuana. Detective Jared Hunnicutt and Lt. Donald Evans were on Jackson Street investigating reports that stolen firearms could be in the possession of a man from that residence. Getting consent from the owner, they began to search a shed outside the house. Lt. Evans opened a large refrigerator that appeared a likely place to hide guns, but instead of finding any firearm he reportedly encountered a plastic bag filled with a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana. Officer noted a strong smell of marijuana came from the refrigerator when it was opened. Detective Hunnicutt was searching a large cabinet and he reportedly located marijuana inside a Solo cup, and a gallon-sized plastic ziplock bag also containing marijuana. As officers continued their search they reported also finding a small clear plastic 3-drawer cabinet that had several plastic bags of marijuana throughout all the drawers. At this time the subject arrived. He reportedly admitted the marijuana was his, and showed offers more marijuana inside a pistol box in his room. Questioned about the stolen firearms, he told of having purchased guns “on the street” and showed police a 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun and a 25 caliber semi-automatic handgun. A check on the firearms indicated they were not the weapons police were looking for. They reportedly seized the shotgun and 5 shells and the handgun, due to the alleged marijuana, but did not charge the man with a firearms violation.  They also seized 7.59 ounces of marijuana in 9 different containers.

  They arrested 26-year-old Brandon Reshod Powers of 104 Jackson Street, Laurens, who is also known as “Shod.” Mr. Powers was placed in the Johnson Detention Center, where he was being held for warrants. Officers reportedly intend to charge him with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.

Man & Woman Allegedly Assault His Brother

  Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Jeremy McMahan was dispatched to Dragon Trail east of Laurens at 10:14 last night on report of a fight in progress. While en route to the scene, the officer was advised by dispatch that one man had cut another with a knife during the altercation. Deputy McMahan arrived on the scene and placed Trinity Patterson in custody. His brother reportedly had several cuts over his chest and arms and some abrasions on his legs. The officer was told that the subject and his girlfriend had both assaulted the victim because he would not get drugs for them. 38-year-old Jeremy Trinity Allen Patterson of 55 Dragon Trail was placed in the Johnson Detention Center, where he was being held pending a warrant. Deputy McMahan was to seek a charge of Aggravated Assault for the alleged assault on his brother with a knife. Trinity Patterson reportedly had a cut to a finger which he said happened from a guitar his brother had. 41-year-old Melissa Kay Thomas, also of 55 Dragon Trail, was issued a ticket charging her with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree at 8:50 last evening. She reportedly had a “busted nose” which she indicated came from impact by a mayonnaise jar. Witnesses at the scene reportedly indicated Trinity and Melissa began the altercation with his brother. EMS checked all the injuries, but all refused to be transported to the hospital.

Duncan Joins Senator Defending MOX

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) was joined by fellow members of the South Carolina congressional delegation yesterday, including Congressman Jeff Duncan, in asking the U.S. Department of Energy to follow through on its commitment to South Carolina and the mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site. The delegation sent a letter to Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asking him to ensure the administration funds the completion of the MOX facility in order to uphold a longstanding international agreement to dispose of 68 metric tons of weapons grade nuclear material while responsibly managing taxpayer dollars. Senator Scott and his colleagues also invited Secretary Moniz to visit Savannah River Site for a firsthand account of the need to finish the facility and begin operations.

In addition to Senator Scott, the letter was signed by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressmen Jim Clyburn, Joe Wilson, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, and Tom Rice.

The letter reads, “As you are aware, the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposes significant cuts to the MOX program, which if enacted undermines America’s ability to uphold the PMDA, abandons our international commitment to dispose of 68 metric tons of weapons grade plutonium, places additional burdens on the taxpayer that could reach over $1 billion, and violates commitments made to the state of South Carolina.

“On August 9, 2013, the Aiken Standard reported the projected 500 layoffs at the MOX facility will cost $42 million from the annual payroll in five local counties.  There is no question the lost jobs and economic activity in the region due to cuts to the MOX program will have significant and far-reaching consequences throughout all five impacted counties.”

“With this unfortunate news in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to extend an official invitation to visit SRS in person to see firsthand the critical programs underway at SRS that rely on support from the Department of Energy.  This visit will give you an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of not only the work being done at SRS but also the site’s significance to the surrounding communities.”

Thursday Domestic Assault

 Clinton Public Safety arrested a man for an alleged assault on his Baby’s Mama yesterday morning. At 7:29 am they arrested 22-year-old Randerio Demonz Taylor of 1611 Gary Street on a charge of Criminal Domestic Violence. A warrant alleges that he assaulted the victim yesterday by striking her several times in the back of the head with a closed fist. The warrant notes the subject and victim have an infant child in common.

A cash or surety bond was set at $2,130. Randerio Taylor was placed in the Johnson Detention Center, where he remained this morning.

Alleged Assault Wednesday

 Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to Lewis Street at 7:37 Wednesday night following a 911 hang-up call. When Sgt. Michael Addison arrived on the street a neighbor reportedly directed him towards a residence where an altercation had reportedly occurred.  The officer talked with a man and woman who had reportedly had an argument during which the man allegedly pushed the woman down. She reportedly had minor abrasions on her elbow. 48-year-old James Henry Johnson Jr. of 108 Lewis Street, Clinton was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence in a ticket issued as of 8:11 pm and placed in City Jail. Bond was set at $2,130. Mr. Johnson was transferred to the Johnson Detention Center, where he remained earlier today.

Was He Thirsty?

  Do you think thirst could be a contributing factor in crime? Clinton Public Safety arrested a 32-year-old Joanna man Wednesday and charged him with Shoplifting. A warrant accuses him of taking possession of items from Bi-Lo on South Broad on September 5th. He allegedly took a bag of onions and some meat products, as well as three 12-packs of Diet Pepsi and seven cases of Bud Light. The Shoplifting suspect was released Wednesday morning on $1,092 personal recognizance bond.

Sports Report for Friday, 9-20-2013

Local sports:

CHS:

  • JV Football: Byrnes 26 – Clinton 6… The Clinton J.V. Team traveled to Nixon field at Byrnes High School and lost to a very tough Byrnes team 26-6… After trading possessions in the first quarter Byrnes scored on a 25 yard run and the missed two point conversion gave Byrnes a 6-0 lead… Clinton was forced to punt on its next possession and it was blocked giving Byrnes a short field and they scored on 5 yard pass… The two point conversion was no good and Byrnes lead 12-0… Clinton fumbled the next kickoff giving Byrnes another short field and they scored on a short run and kicked the extra point to take a 19-0 lead in the second quarter… Clinton took the next drive and scored on the last play of the first half on a 3 yard run by Tyshyman Boyd… The two point conversion was no good and Clinton trailed 19-6 at the half… Clinton took the second half kickoff and kept the ball the entire 3rd quarter before turning it over on downs in the 4th qtr… Byrnes scored on a 4th down pass play with 6 minutes to go and went up 26-6… Clinton held the Rebels late 3 times inside the 5 with less than a minute to go to keep them out of the endzone… Coach Terry had a great defensive plan and forced the Rebels to run the ball instead of throwing it.. The offense did a good job of keeping the ball away from Byrnes in the second half and had plenty of opportunities but could not put a score on the board… The Red Devils will host Abbeville Thursday… Contributed by Coach Chris Wofford.

 

LDHS:

  • 9th Grade Football: Laurens 40 – Woodruff 20… Laurens took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards in 5 plays.. DQ Floyd scored from 28 yards out with 6:45 left in the first period… The 2-point conversion from Josh McGowan to Jayln walker was good making it 8-0… Floyd had all but 11 of the yards on the ground in the drive…. Woodruff responded going 61 yards in 7 plays for a score on the next possession… The score came on a 20 yard pass play that was just over the Raider defender’s fingertips… A 2-point PAT pass attempt failed making it 8-6 with 3:22 left in the first quarter…. The Raiders matched that score going 59 yards with the score coming on a 12 yard run by Jonathan Rayford….   McGowan rushed for the 2-point Pat making the score 16-6 with 30.4 seconds left in the quarter…  Woodruff muffed the ensuing kickoff and Shokeill Moses fell on the ball giving the Raiders possession at the Woodruff 33 with 15 seconds left in the first period. Floyd then added his second TD on a 27 yard run…. A 2-point pass from Colton LeRoy to Deshundre Cunningham made it 24-6 with 9:42 left in the half…. Woodruff then drove to the Raider 3 yard line only to have Rayford cause the fumble on the tackle and recover it…Laurens could not get out of the shadow of the goal line and punted which resulted in the Wolverines getting the ball at the Raider 9 yard line after a 25 yard punt return… Three plays later they scored but missed the PAT making it 24-12 with 1:32 in the half… The next score came on the Raider’s first possession of the second half…. McGowan connected with Rayford who made a great catch on a 21 yard pass to put the Raiders at the Wolverine 5 yard line… After a Raider penalty, McGowan connected with Floyd on a 10 yard pass for the score… McGowan added the 2-point PAT making it 32-12 Raiders with   6:04 left in the third quarter…. Laurens scored again with 1:16 left in the period when Floyd broke loose on an 82 yard run in the only play of the drive… Rayford rammed in the 2-point conversion making it 40-12…. Woodruff’s last score came with 59.8 seconds left and the 2-point conversion was no good making the final score 40-12 with the Raider 9th grade team picking up their first win of the season… Their next game will be on Thursday September 26th at Easley.
  •  JV Football: Laurens 35 – Woodruff 6… Laurens was the first team to score as they took over after a short Woodruff punt at the Wolverine 45 yard line with 3:34 left in the first period… On the first play from scrimmage, Toby Jackson connected with Kee Whitmore to give the Raiders a first down at the Wolverine 14 yard line… Three plays later, Jackson carried it in from 11 yards out with 1:06 left in the first quarter… Irvin Angeles added the extra point making it 7-0 Raiders… Woodruff answered with a score of their own on a 45 yard pass play but missed the extra point making   t 7-6 with 8:42 left in the half… After a good kickoff return by Devarious Briggs, Laurens set up shop on the Woodruff 46 yard line…. Six plays later, Chuck Johnson carried the ball in from 3 yards out… Angeles gain added the PAT making the score 14-6 with 3:37 left in the half which is where it stood at the break…. On Woodruff’s first possession of the second half, Briggs intercepted a Wolverine pass at the Woodruff 27 yard line and ran it in for an apparent pick-six… However a block in the back negated the score and Laurens took over on the Wolverine 27 yard line… On the first play from scrimmage Thomas Blackwell carried it the distance for the score… Angeles PAT was good and the Raiders lead was extended to 21-6 with 5:48 left in the third period… Laurens scored again with 9:48 left in the game when Woodruff attempted a punt from their own endzone… The ball was fumbled and Chuck Johnson fell on the ball in the endzone for the touchdown… Angles remained perfect on the night with the PAT and with 9:45 left in the game the Raiders led 28-6…. The Raiders last score came when the Raider defense held Woodruff on a fourth down situation turning the ball back over to the offense at the Laurens 47 yard line… Four plays later Whitmore carrying it in from 30 yards out… Angeles PAT made it 35-6 with 4:30 left in the game…. The Raider JV team now improves to 2-1 and will see action next Thursday at Easley. 

Middle School Football

  • Honea Path 50 – Hickory Tavern 6… HT hosted HP and came up on the short end of a 50-6 score.. Jaylen Bragg had the only TD for the Panthers
  • Bell Street White 34 – Belton 20…  Sorry no details at this time. Check back later
  • Sanders 44 – Gray Court-Owings 20…  Troy Dendy had over 250 yards of total offense and 5 TDs for the victors… He ran for 2 TDs as well as passing for one and catching one… Justin Anderson also threw TD passes to Ty Foster as well as catching Dendy’s TD pass… For GCO, Josh Adams threw TD passes to Josh Greens and Dante Garrett… Josh Adams also had a long TD run… Head Coach JR Reid noted the preparation done by his staff especially offensive coordinator Corey Graydon who was in charge of the play calling during the game.
  • Bell Street Red 22 – Laurens Middle School 14… BSR scored the go-ahead touchdown with about 2 minutes left in the game on a TD run by Tobias Smith… They then held on 4th down as LMS attempted to tie the game preserving their win…Carado Ray, Tye Rice and Dre Mills all had TDs for the Tigers… Smith had one other TD for the Wildcats of BSR and Kris Holmes had the other.  

Local Sports Schedule:

CHS:

  • Varsity Football host Byrnes   7:30 

LDHS:

  • Varsity Football at Woodruff   7:30 

Laurens Academy:

  • Varsity Football host Greenville Hurricanes   7:30 

Broadcast Reminders:

  • WPCC: Be sure to join Buddy, Jimmy, Jason and BJ at 6:45 Friday as they get you ready for all the action from Wilder Stadium as the Red Devils will be taking on the nationally ranked Byrnes Rebels … Also, don’t forget to join them Saturday morning at 8:00 for the Saturday Morning Rewind Show live from Whitefords of Clinton… They will review all the local high school action from the night before and have one the CHS Red Devil coaches on hand to discuss Friday night’s game… They will also talk about college action on Saturday… Then stay tuned at 9:00 am for an encore presentation of the Byrnes at Clinton game.
  • WLBG: Be sure to tune into the Friday Night Insider Show with Mike Hughes as your host at 5:30…  He will have interviews with the coaches from Laurens Academy, Ware Shoals High and Clinton High about their game Friday night… He will also have the one and only Elmo P. Arbagogle and his ”predications” of local high school and college contest… Then at 6:05 we will join Stan Olenek for his high school pregame show… We will then go live to the stadium at Woodruff for all the action as the Raiders take on the Wolverines… Doug Holiday will do the play-by-play and King Dixon will join him for color commentary while Mike reports from the side lines… Be sure to take your FM radio and pick us up on the in-stadium transmitter at 97.3 or 99.5 whichever I find is clearer when I get there…  By the way, Laurens will have a fan bus going to the game Friday night… The cost will be $5.00 and the bus will leave the school at 6:15 pm… This does NOT include the cost of the ticket once you get to the game… Call 682-9117 to make your reservations.
  • Internet rebroadcast of Laurens game…  WLBG will also rebroadcast this Friday night’s game on Saturday morning at 7:00 am and again Sunday at 2:00 pm on the internet only… It will not be rebroadcast at 860 am on your radio… You must go to www.wlbg.com and click on the “Listen Live” link just under the top of page banner on the right side.  [Read more...]

Top Ten Things We’ve Learned on the Radio Today

#10…It’s a good thing each year when we honor our Laurens County veterans of military combat, and the Hall of Heroes this Saturday is a very special day.

 #9 … If someone steals your marijuana, you probably don’t want to report that theft to the Po Po.

 #8 … If someone steals your marijuana and you learn someone else is going to report the theft to Police, you may be tempted to dissuade them from taking that action. 

 #7 … If you’re going to be buying and selling antiques, you need to know what you’re doing, so you need to come to the Laurens Library this evening at 6:30 to hear John Ivey share his knowledge on that  subject.

 #6 …If you carry a knife to school, make sure it’s not 3 inches long. You can probably get a ruler from the local office supply store. 

 #5  …Ladies, if you are ticked off at your Baby’s Daddy, texting that you’re gonna smack him next time you see him could be used in a court of law. 

 #4 … Men, If you’re having trouble getting along with your Baby’s Mama; and Ladies, if you’re having trouble getting along with your Baby’s Daddy, don’t resort to texting threats…instead, follow the advise offered yesterday by Lt. Heath Copeland – two words, folks, “Limited Contact.” …Maintain Limited contact with each other. 

 #3 … It’s a good thing when we recognize our past. Like the 100th Anniversary of Hickory Tavern School that is this Saturday afternoon, and the 3,000 people who attended Pioneer Day in Gray Court last Saturday. 

 #2 … If you find the allure of a Wal-Mart Super Center too much to resist, you may want to avoid behavior that would cause them to put a trespass notice on you.

 # 1 … If you’re so intoxicated you can’t stand up, you’re probably too intoxicated to drive a car.

Alleged Armed Robber & Victim Remained in Jail

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Smythe Street in the Wattsville community at 6:46 Tuesday evening. A woman reported observing a man wearing a bandanna over his face and holding a big black gun. Her cousin and another man ran across the street, then she observed the man with the gun bring her cousin back across the street with a gun to his back.

    The alleged armed robber was then seen running through an alley. As Laurens City Police and Highway Patrol officers also arrived, deputies received news of a subject seen entering the old Mill. Sheriff’s Lt. Christopher Martin and officers from Laurens Police and Highway Patrol jumped the fence and entered the mill. Approaching a building on the Swygert side of the mill officers observed a man jump up from under some wood and take off running towards the Lucas Avenue side of the mill. They were able to take him into custody. Although he allegedly gave another name, he was identified as 24-year-old Kakeen Qudell Evans.

   Meanwhile, the cousin seen held at gunpoint had reportedly left the scene with a girlfriend to go to a location on Easy Street. He was brought back to the scene of the Armed Robbery to be interviewed as a victim. Deputies reportedly were informed that the victim,  Dandrell Stevenson, had run across the street and fallen to the ground. When approached by the gunman, he reportedly turned over his wallet, but was told to turn over the rest. He then reportedly was walked back across the street with a gun to his back, where he turned over a backpack. It reportedly contained marijuana, a black 44 caliber revolver and some $227 in cash. 

  The Sheriff’s Office charged 24-year-old Hakeem Qudell Evans of 107 Charleston Street, Laurens with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Use of a Weapon During a Violent Crime, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony. Warrants from Lt. Martin state that on September 17th Evans took a gun and drugs from the victim while armed with a handgun, a deadly weapon. This allegedly occurred at 20 Smythe Street. He allegedly confined, kidnapped or abducted the victim Dondrell J. Stevenson from 20 Smythe Street, putting a handgun to the victim and forcing him to go behind the residence. Evans was allegedly in possession of a firearm as a person who has been convicted of a violent crime. 

   Hakeen Evans is also charged with Giving False Information to Law Enforcement and with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Warrants allege that on September 17th Hakeem Q Evans knowingly and willingly gave false information in regards a criminal investigation by providing a false name to an investigator of the Sheriff’s Office. He is also alleged to have possessed 93.3 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute. 

   During arraignment yesterday, bond denied on all six charges. Hakeem Qudell Evans remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning, with a Hold for Greenville.  

  The victim of the Armed Robbery, 26-year-old Dondrell Jerod Stevenson of 145 Cook Road, Cross Hill was also arrested and held overnight for warrants. He was charged yesterday with Distribution of Marijuana and with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Lt. Martin states that Dondrell J. Stevenson was in possession of 93.3 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute, and that he was in possession of a handgun which is illegal as he has been convicted of a violent crime. Cash or Surety bonds were set at $20,000 on the drug charge and $25,000 on the firearms case. Dondrell Stevenson remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with bonds totaling $45,000.

Bid Approved for Wattsville Gas Line

  New natural gas distribution lines will be coming to the Wattsville community in the upcoming months. The Laurens Commission of Public Works this week vote to approve the low bid for the project, which came in well below the anticipated cost.

  CPW General Manager Dale Satterfield told the commissioners Monday morning “We developed what we thought was a $1 million project.” He said that engineers checking current bidding had projected the cost of new natural gas lines for Wattsville at $1.1 million. Satterfield said that at first they were disappointed that only two firms had bid on the job, but when the bids were opened that turned to a pleasant surprise at the costs.

  The low bid from Dawn Development of Monroe, North Carolina. Their bid of $668,690.40 was accepted by unanimous vote during the monthly meeting of the CPW this week.  Satterfield noted that the funding for this project has already been lined up in financing already approved. He said that the Commission will supply meters and regulators for the new natural gas lines, but the bid from Dawn Development includes all new services lines.

   He noted that the ability to use the alley-ways of Wattsville has cut the cost of the project, since that will prevent having to repave streets by not putting gas lines under them. County Council recently approved turning the Alleys over to the CPW.

  In earlier discussions on the project, Satterfield has noted that the natural gas lines serving Wattsville are the oldest in the Laurens CPW system, and as a result have the most problem with leaks.

   Dale Satterfield said the project installing the new natural gas lines should take about four months.