Of the three people arrested Tuesday in connection with the theft this past weekend at the Allupress Plant in Hunter Industrial Park, one was also charged with a break-in and theft of goods valued at $4,000 earlier in November from the same location. Meanwhile, 33-year-old Bobby Joe “BJ” Sams of 259 Smith Road, Laurens is now facing additional charges from the Sheriff’s Office. He was served yesterday with charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Disposal of Meth Waste, Distribution of Methamphetamine within a Half-Mile of a School or Playground and with Unlawful Neglect of a Child. Sheriff’s Lt. Jawarski Shelton states that on December 3rd BJ Sams had in his possession items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine at 177 Patton Road, that he illegally disposed of meth waste at that location, and that he distributed methamphetamine at 177 Patton Road, which is within a half mile of Ford Elementary School. Lt. Shelton also alleges that Sams placed a minor child at unreasonable risk of harm at 177 Patton Road, also on Tuesday, December 3rd, and that he is the child’s parent or guardian. During arraignment yesterday, cash or surety bonds on the three drug charges were set totaling $60,000. A $15,000 bond was set on the Child Neglect charge.
The Sheriff’s Office yesterday charged a second person with Child Neglect from the alleged Meth lab on Patton Road outside Laurens Tuesday. 20-year-old Taylor Lee Wilkes of 2950 Highway 39, Mountville was also charged with Child Neglect. Lt. Jawarski Shelton states that on December 3rd Taylor lee Wilkes placed a minor child whom she is parent or custodian of at unreasonable risk of harm at 177 West Patton Road, Laurens. A Cash or Surety Bond was set at $15,000. Taylor Wilkes remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.
The other two men charged Tuesday with the $5,000 heist of tools and metals from Hunter Industrial Park last weekend had arraignment hearings yesterday. 47-year-old Sebastian Eugene Porter Sr. and 22-year-old Sebastian Eugene Porter Jr., of 532 Knickerbocker Estates, Fountain Inn were arraigned yesterday. Each had bonds set totaling $15,000 on both charges. They remained in the Johnson Detention Center early this morning.
A man wanted for allegedly shooting at two people in a car last month was arrested by the Sheriff’s office last night. 34-year-old Doane Jerel Allen of 355 Lakeview Drive, Gray Court was charged with Two Counts of Attempted Murder, One charge of Malicious Damage to Property and one count for Use of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime.
Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Franklin states that on November 22nd, 2013 Doane J. Allen attempted to murder by shooting a firearm into a vehicle that victims Keaubre Putman and Shameka S. Lloyd were in. This allegedly caused great bodily injury to Ms. Lloyd, with her seeking medical treatment. This allegedly occurred at 113 Carriage Farms Circle, Gray Court. Lt. Franklin states that Doane Allen did malicious damage of under $2,000 value to the vehicle by shooting multiple holes in it with a firearm at 113 Carriage Farms Circle.
The Sheriff’s Office also had a Bench Warrant from Magistrate’s Court ordering the arrest of Doane Allen. Judge Thomas Copeland sentenced Allen to 30 days or $171 fine following a March 19th, 2013 conviction for Driving under a Suspended License.
There have been some changes in financial reporting for the City of Clinton but they’re mostly just changes in name only.
Toni McKinley of McKinley, Cooper and Associates presented Clinton’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to Mayor Bob McLean and council during Monday evening’s meeting. Note that the financial report is no longer called an audit. That’s one of the changes.
But the bottom line remains the same: The City of Clinton is in sound financial condition with just one small exception.
As City Manager Frank Stovall pointed out, the city needs a stronger reserve fund balance. Last year did show some improvement but Mr. Stovall told council that “we’re not where we need to be.” Ms. McKinley told council that her firm recommends that a municipality’s reserve fund equal 30 to 40 percent of their operating budget. Clinton’s reserve fund currently represents 11% of operating budget.
During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013 the city brought expenses in under budget and revenues were higher than anticipated. Ms. McKinley encouraged council to continue following this same path and the issue with the reserve fund would eventually be resolved.
The Laurens County Legislative Delegation has appointment a new member to the Laurens County Elections Commission. Kenneth Blueford Brownlee III, known as “Chip” Brownlee, of 7099 Highway 49, Laurens is the commission’s newest member, filling the vacancy created with the recent retirement of long-time Election Commissioner Joe Babb.
In notifying the Laurens County Elections Commission of the appointment, the Delegation stated “We believe that with his past experience, Mr. Brownlee is an excellent choice to serve on the commission.” The notification was signed by Delegation Chair Representative Mike Pitts along with Representative Mark Willis and Senator Danny Verdin.
A report yesterday indicated that metal valued at $4,000 was stolen from a Northern Laurens County business site. Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Lee Edwards was dispatched to the 500 address range of Andrews Road, Fountain Inn at 7:04 yesterday morning on a report of someone spinning tires. He found a freshly cut lock to a gate, allowing entry onto property of New Horizon Electric. It appeared someone had gotten stuck in a ditch on the property, but other than damage from vehicle tracks there appeared to be nothing taken. Adjoining property of New Carolina Construction Company had also been entered. Later in the day a company representative reported that in addition to a fence cut at that property at two places, someone had stolen metal. He was not sure how many metal pieces, but indicated it was an entire bin of metal taken.
South Carolina Probation and Parole yesterday arrested 47-year-old Michael Lee Malone of 404 Finley Circle, Mountville on a warrant charging Violation of Probation. He is accused of failing to follow the instructions of his supervising agent, failure to report to his agent, failing to complete inpatient substance abuse treatment or recovery program as ordered and with changing his address without authority, moving to an undisclosed location, thereby absconding supervision. A $50,000 cash or surety bond was set on the Probation Violation charge. Michael Lee Malone remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.
Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to North Sloan Street at 4:19 yesterday afternoon to investigate a report of mutual combat. A man reported getting into an argument with this father-in-law that turned physical. He said his father-in-law had struck first. When officers contacted the father-in-law, who was walking down the street away from the incident location, he indicated he became angered when the other man called his daughter the “B” word. No charges were filed in the case as it was determined to be one of mutual combat, but the incident was documented.
Laurens City Police yesterday arrested three men in connection with a break-in of a storage building at a construction site in the Hunter Industrial Park Thanksgiving weekend. One of the three is also charged with another theft earlier in November.
47-year-old Sebastian Eugene Porter Sr. and 22-year-old Sebastian Eugene Porter Jr., of 532 Knickerbocker Estates, Fountain Inn along with 33-year-old Bobby Joe Sams of 259 Smith Road, Laurens were charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and with Breaking Into a Storage Building to Steal Fuel.
In warrants served on all three subjects, Detective Tony Lynch states that between November 29th and December 2nd they cut the lock off a storage building at 114 Hunter Industrial Park Road on property of Alupress. The storage building is owned by Jennings Dill Company. The suspects allegedly stole a quantity of tools, oxygen and acetylene tanks, welding rods, brass fittings and approximately 500 pounds of copper tubing in 20-foot lengths. Items were valued at $5,000.
Detective Tony Lynch states that in the same time frame the subjects broke into a storage building at 114 Hunter Industrial Park Road that is owned by Jennings Dill Company and stole 25 gallons of Diesel Fuel which was stored in 5 gallon buckets.
33-year-old Bobby Joe Sams was also charged with another break-in at the same site earlier in November. A second warrant charging Burglary 2nd Degree states that between November 8th and 11th Bobby Joe Sams broke a lock off a storage building at 114 Hunter Industrial Park Road, property of Alupress, the building owned by Jennings Dill, Inc., parked at the location. He allegedly took a quantity of tools, oxygen & Acetylene tanks, welding rods valued at approximately $4,000.
Sebastian Porter Sr. and Jr. and Bobby Joe Sams were being held for other potential charges from Laurens Police and/or the Sheriff’s office.