Men Fight, Woman Kicks?

 The Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Dragon Trail East of Laurens just before 6 last evening on a report of an assault by a man and woman from Clinton. The victim said that the male subject had knocked him down by striking him in the face with his fist, and that while wrestling on the ground the woman kicked him in the side of his face. He had scratches on his right elbow but no visible damage to his head or face. A magistrate was to be consulted about possible charges.

Anyone Seen Duke?

   Laurens Police were dispatched to Newman Street at 4:40 yesterday afternoon on a stolen dog report. A man said his 2-month-old Pitt Bull puppy was missing from his yard. The dog answers to “Duke.” It’s brown with white paws and has aunt bites on its belly. Duke was not wearing a collar.

Criminal Sexual Conduct Alleged

    A Clinton man was charged yesterday with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor in the 1st Degree. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 48-year-old Furman Samuel “Sam” Smith of 511 Madden Road, Lot 2-A, Clinton. A warrant accuses him of engaging in sexual battery by having intimate contact with a victim who was less than eleven years old. This is alleged to have occurred between January 1st, 2012 and February 16th, 2014. Samuel Smith was being held overnight in the Johnson Detention Center, pending a bond hearing.

Civic Center on Agenda

    We announced last week that the City of Laurens is considering building a Civic Center. The Agenda for Laurens City Council this evening indicates that City Administrator Gary Coleman will be making a presentation on the concept. News last week indicates that the idea is to have a facility that can be used for multiple functions. More details are expected tonight.

CPW & City Deal with Sewage Pre-Treatment Rules

    Laurens CPW General Manager John Young is to also address City Council. The Commission of Public Works, in their April meeting last evening, unanimously approved a resolution calling for a change in the city ordinance, based on Health Department regulations. The Laurens Commission of Pubic Works approved a resolution that involves changing a sewer use ordinance to comply with the department of health regulations involving pretreatment of sewage. This resolution is to now be presented to Laurens City Council during their meeting this evening.

Fraud Alleged

   A Fountain Inn woman has been charged with Forgery for allegedly presenting a counterfeit document. 36-year-old Stephanie Ann Chappell of 109 1st Street, Fountain Inn is accused of knowingly and willfully presenting a counterfeit document to the Handee Mart with intent to permanently deprive the merchant of funds in the amount of $1,873.14. The document was verified to be a counterfeit and was written to the defendant. During arraignment, a cash or surety bond was set at $5,000. Stephanie Chapppell was placed in the Johnson Detention Center, where she remained earlier this morning.

Stroke Prevention Session

    A new Lunch & Learn series offered by GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital will officially kick off on Thursday, April 24.  Dr. Rodney Leacock, a neurologist with GHS Neuroscience Associates, will present “Stroke Prevention and Recognition: Saving Your Brain” at the Clinton Y beginning at 12 noon. The hour-long lecture will offer a brief question and answer session at the end of Dr. Leacock’s presentation. Lunch and presentation will be offered to the community FREE of charge.

  Dr. Leacock is board certified in Neurology with additional certifications in vascular neurology and neurocritical care. He currently serves as the medical director for the Greenville Health System Stroke Program.

    Anyone interested in attending the Lunch & Learn session at the Clinton Y on April 24 can sign up at the Clinton Y front desk or call 1-877-GHS-INFO (447-4636). Presentation and lunch are provided FREE of charge.

Three Charged with Kidnapping & Attempted Armed Robbery

   Clinton Public Safety charged three men Friday with Kidnapping a Clinton man and attempting to rob him at gunpoint on Thursday. All three were charged with Kidnapping and Attempted Armed Robbery as well as with Conspiracy to Kidnap and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.

  The suspects are 19-year-old Jordan Aikens of 210 Bell Street Circle, Clinton; 21-year-ld Mister Cornelius Aikens of 207 New Market Street, Greenwood and 41-year-old Derrick Larvell Scott of 605 Wright Street, Greenwood. Warrants alleged all three conspired with each other April 10th to kidnap and to commit armed robbery on a victim, with the kidnapping and attempted armed robbery allegedly occurring Thursday on Peachtree Street in Clinton. All three suspects are accused of holding the victim against his will inside a vehicle.

  With $50,000 bonds on the Kidnapping and Attempted Armed Robbery charges, 19-year-old Jordan Aikens of Clinton had Surety bonds totaling $130,652.50.

   In addition to the two Conspiracy charges, Kidnapping and Attempted Armed Robbery, 21-year-old Mister Cornelius Aikens of 207 New Market Street, Greenwood was also charged with Possession of a Stolen Pistol. He’s accused of possessing a Bersa .380 semi-automatic handgun which was stolen out of Lancaster County. Mister Aikens Surety bonds totaled $110,000.

   For 41-year-old Derrick Larvell Scott of 605 Wright Avenue, Greenwood was also charged with two Conspiracy charges, Kidnapping and Attempted Armed Robbery. His Kidnapping warrant states that he held the victim inside a vehicle against his will by keeping the vehicle in motion. Derrick Scott was also charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine. A warrant alleges he had one rock of crack cocaine which weighted .7 gram.

  His Surety bonds set during arraignment totaled $48,000.

   Derrick Scott and Mister Aikens of Greenwood and Jordan Aikens of Clinton all remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Wife Charged with Attempted Murder

   Attempted Murder charges were served on a Laurens woman this weekend. The Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Laurens Bi-Lo parking lot at 2:07 Saturday morning, where Deputy Farrah Cook spoke with a woman regarding a stabbing that had occurred at her residence on Boyd Road. She reportedly said she and her husband had a dispute during which she cut him with a knife. She had reportedly confronted her husband about getting a new job and not reporting to it. Deputy Jamison Taylor went to the Emergency Room at Laurens County Memorial Hospital and spoke with the husband, who reportedly first said he was stabbed at a club. He said he did not want his wife arrested, allegedly noting this was not the first time. A report notes the couple’s three-year-old daughter was present during the altercation at their home. The Sheriff’s Office arrested the wife, 39-year-old Tanasha Philson Amaker of 778 Boyd Road, Laurens and served her with a warrant charging Attempted Murder. It states that an investigation of Deputy Cook indicates that on April 12th Mrs. Amaker attempted to kill her husband by stabbing and cutting him in the chest during an altercation in their home at 778 Boyd Road, Laurens. Mrs. Amaker was released from the Johnson Detention Center Sunday on a $50,000 Surety Bond.

Laurens Idol Registration Starts Today

    The City of Laurens announces the seventh season for Laurens Idol in the summer of 2014. The Laurens Idol competition will be for ages 16 and over along with Laurens Jr. Idol for ages 8-15. The annual event is sponsored by the Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and Open auditions will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 4:00pm and Thursday, May 1 at 4:00pm at the Laurens Police Dept. on the second floor of the SunTrust building.

   All participants will be asked to sing a one-minute a cappella version of a song of their choice. Judges will select finalists for the Laurens Idol competition and finalists for the Jr. Idol competition.

   Laurens Idol will begin the 2014 competition at the Little River Amphitheater on Thursday, June 5 with all finalists performing. Voting will begin on with the voting open until midnight on Sunday night. Each Monday, the remaining finalists will be unveiled on This format will be used after each performance.

Performers will be eliminated after each round on June 5, 12 & 19. The five finalists in each division will perform on Thursday, June 26. The finale will take place at the annual Riverfront Freedom Festival with the crowning of the 2014 Laurens Idols. The winner of Laurens Idol will receive $1000 and the Jr. Idol winner will receive $200.

   To register to audition for Laurens Idol, please go to Laurens City Hall and complete an application. There is no fee to register. Registration begins Monday, April 14 and will continue until the audition days.

   For more information on Laurens Idol contact Laurens Recreation Director Jason Pridgen at 864-681-7275 or visit