Police Investigate Cause of Fire

   Laurens Police and Firefighters were dispatched to an active structure fire at 200 Mock Street around 10:27 yesterday morning. Firefighters made entry through a side door and found a fire in the kitchen area and put it out. The Fire Department noted there was no electricity going to the residence at the time of the fire. Detective Riggott was called in to process the scene due to its suspicious nature. Occupants had reportedly already vacated the residence.

Man Reports Texts from Baby’s Mama

A 49-year-old Laurens man reported threatening text messages to Laurens City Police yesterday morning. He said that these texts are coming from his baby’s mother. He said she sent a text complaining to him about the kids spending time with him, and also stated there was a text of her saying she would smack him the next time she saw  him. He said he just wanted her to leave him alone.

  Lt. Heath Copeland then talked with the 37-year-old mother of his Baby, who said they had both been texting each other. She stated he had texted her first, and she just responded. She further stated that she did tell him she would smack him if she saw him, because he had texted something about her and the kids she didn’t like. She said she just wants him to sign his rights over so she doesn’t have to deal with him anymore.

  Lt. Copeland advised both to have limited contact with each other.

LDHS Students Charged with Thefts from Lockers

  Three 18-year-old students were arrested yesterday on charges of thefts and malicious damage from inside Laurens District 55 High School last Thursday. The arrests came following a report that subjects were breaking locks off lockers and taking money. The Laurens County Sheriff’s office yesterday served each with warrants charging two counts of Petit Larceny and one count of Malicious Damage, accusing them of taking $500 cash from one victim and less than $500 cash from another, and accusing them of doing less that $1,000 damage to lockers in the school. The 18-year-olds booked on the three charges yesterday were Markel Jamal Bolden of 1023 Quarry Road, Gray Court, Quadra Alonte Mosley of 156 Ropp Street, Gray Court and 18-year-old Jarkeivous Devante Scott Epps of 325 Robinson Road, Laurens. Each student was later released on three $470 personal recognizance bonds.

LDHS 14-Year-Old Coed Charged with Weapon Violation

   One Laurens High female Student was arrested for weapons law violations last Friday. According to a report now on file at the Sheriff’s office, Deputy Tim Alexander was notified by school administration at 3pm about one 14-year-old female having a knife in her book bag with a blade 3 inches long. She was charged with Having a Weapon on School Grounds and turned over the DJJ.

Bench Warrants Cite 3 Convictions

Laurens City Police yesterday arrested 22-year-old Brandon Lee Thompson of 98 Flash Drive, Laurens and served him with two Bench Warrants for Drug charges and one for Traffic. Two warrants state that on June 27th, 2013 he was convicted in Laurens Municipal Court for Attempt to Purchase Ephedrine with sentences of 30 days or $650 on each charge. Another bench warrant states that on January 30th, 2013 Thompson was convicted of Driving under Suspension and sentenced to 30 days or $671.56. Brandon Lee Thompson remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Can’t Resist the Wal-Mart Lure?

  Some folks really love to visit Wal-Mart….Perhaps including a young Mountville man arrested by Laurens City Police yesterday. 22-year-old Dustin Michael Whitman of 5365 Mountville Road was charged with Two Counts of Trespassing. Warrants allege that he trespassed at Wal-Mart in Laurens, after notice, both on September 10th and again on September 15th. Whitman was released from the Johnson Detention Center yesterday on two personal recognizance bonds of $470 each.

DNA Results Don’t Suit Woman?

 Laurens County Deputy Jeremy McMahan was dispatched to Old Airport Road east of Laurens at 6:45 last evening on a report of a fight in progress. A woman said that another woman showed up at her residence wanting to fight, and that the subject had facebooked her about coming over. The purported victim said that the subject had been angry with her because DNA tests had proven that her husband was not the father of the subject’s baby. A trespass form was left with the victim.

Sports Report for Thursday, 9-19-2013

Real Radio 860 WLBG / Sports Radio 1410 WPCC Sports Report:  9-19-13

Welcome this is your Real Radio 860 WLBG sports for Thursday and it’s brought to you by the Laurens County Speedway… Let’s take a look back at the results in each of the divisions main event from last Saturday night’s racing out at the LCS:

  • Limited… Mac Owens took the lead just after the start and held on to the end holding off the challenges of 2nd place finisher Billy Ruston… Deano Long finished third.
  • Hobby…. Dan Lawson added to his points lead as he finished first in the Hobby main event… Bobby Tucker and Tim Tollison finished second and third.
  • Super Stock 4… Brian Nelson let from start to finish in the SS4 main event… The next two drivers across the finish line were Tack Brown and Tim Collins.
  • Crates… Colby Cannon finished first about 3 seconds ahead of Tony Quarles who finished 2nd… Greg Pilgrim took third.
  • Front Wheel Drive… Dustin Sloan took first in the FWD main event which had to be shortened due to mishaps… Roger Wright was the only other car still running when the race was called.
  • Remember the gates open every Saturday at 6:00 with racing starting at 8:00 at the LCS where they do dirt right 

Local sports:

CHS:

  • Volleyball… The Lady Red Devils hosted Chapin in volleyball action last night… The JV team lost in two straight sets 17-25 and 8-25… The news was not much better in varsity action as the team fought hard but Chapin took the match winning in 3 sets 25-9, 25-8 and 25-14. 

LDHS:

  • Girls Golf… Catching up on Lady Raider Golf from Tuesday afternoon, the team traveled to Bonnie Brae GC to face the Lady Patriots of JL Mann…  JL Mann won the match with a score of 218…. Laurens had a score of 226… Alexus Moore had the low score for the Raiders with a 54… Coach Jim Iacuone stated afterward “This is the first time this season that all of the teams individual scores were below 60… I think in the next few weeks we need to focus on our play on and around the greens… That’s the area were the extra strokes are coming from… If we can make some improvement there we will have a good chance of making Upper State… Our next match is Sept. 24 when we host Hillcrest at Lakeside CC.” 

Middle School Athletics

  • The Little River Middle School Football League swings into full action today… The schedule for today is: Bell St. W @ Belton, Honea Path @ Hickory Tavern, GCO @ Sanders and Laurens @ Bell St. Red… All games will start at 5:00 pm… Now if you want to keep up with the league schedule, scores and standings throughout the season be sure to check my posting in the Featured Sports section of our website.     

Braves:

  • Braves 5 – Nationals 2… The Braves avoided being swept by the Nationals up in DC last night as they took a 5-2 win… The Nationals led 2-0 going into the 6th inning when the Braves got a solo shot from Dan Uggla and a 2-run homer by Justin Upton in the 6th inning and then added single runs in the 7th and 9th inning to take the win… They may have gotten a little inspiration by Freddie Freeman and starting pitcher Alex Wood were tossed in separate incidents in the bottom of the 5th inning for arguing the eyesight and judgment  of home plate umpire CB Bucknor… By the way, the Braves “magic number” to clinch the NL east is 2… They are off tonight and start a weekend series in Chicago with the Cubs tomorrow at 1:00  

Local Sports Schedule:

CHS:

  • Girls Tennis @ Broome   4:30
  • JV & varsity Volleyball @ Broome   5:30 / 6:30
  • JV Football @ Byrnes   7:00 

LDHS:

  • Girls Tennis host JL Mann @ Laurens City Courts   5:00
  • Volleyball host Westside   6:30
  • 9th Grade & JV Football host woodruff   5:30 / 7:30 

Laurens Academy:

  • MS & Varsity Volleyball host WW King   4:00
  • MS Football host WW King   6:00 

Broadcast Reminders:

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Council Pulls Plug on Grant

    Laurens City Council last night decided ‘enough is enough.’ The City has decided to cut its losses on a grant received from the State Highway Department several years ago. The money was to be used to make repairs and other improvements on Silver Street, which runs off the north side of the Public Square and to Franklin Alley, which runs off the east side of the Historic Square. 

  Council decided last night to forego the funds, which have been delayed for years due to technicalities. Mayor Brownlee said “This grant goes back several years. We have been working with the transportation department to get this off the ground, but it is a project costing too much to accomplish too little.”

    Laurens City Council last night unanimously approved a Resolution that authorizes the State Highway Department to make improvements to the Lucas Avenue portion of US Route 221. With this approval, the city will assist in causing all utilities in the project area to be relocated to allow for the construction.

  City Council last night also approved the sale of less than an acre of city-owned land on Fleming Street extension for use in constructing a new electric sub-station that will be used to send power into the Laurens Electric System.

Road Fatalities Down Locally

 The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces a preliminary number of five people being killed on South Carolina roadways last weekend, from Friday at 6 p.m. until Sunday at midnight.

  As of September 15, 513 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 582 highway deaths in this same time period in 2012.

Of the 513 people killed so far this year, 9 were bicyclists, 57 were pedestrians, 86 were on motorcycles and 343 were in other motor vehicles. Of these 343 inside vehicles, 194 were not wearing seat belts.

  Locally through midnight Sunday night, 8 people have died on the roadways of Laurens County this year. That’s half the 16 people who were highway fatalities as of September 15th last year. The 8 deaths-to-date for Laurens County are the best in four years. There were 13 this time in 2011 and 9 in 2010.

   Checking our neighbors, Newberry County’s highway fatality rate is down even more dramatically, from 10 in 2012 to only 2 in 2013. Greenwood County’s fatality rate is also down significantly from 2012, dropping from 6 to 3 as of midnight September 15th.  Spartanburg County is down from 32 to 22 fatalities this year. Anderson County is also down dramatically, from 33 fatalities last year to 18 this year.

  Greenville County’s fatalities were up so far for 2013, from 44 to 46. Union County’s rate is up from 1 in 2012 to 2 so far this year. Abbeville County is up dramatically from 3 fatalities this time last year to 7 so far in 2013.

   Saluda County is the same as last year, with 5 fatalities.