Clinton’s Chad Maxon Honored

       At Piedmont Technical College’s 40th annual Student Awards and Recognition Program Friday, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 75 student leaders.  The ceremony attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members.

      Piedmont Tech’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, went to Scott McCravy of Greenwood, an associate degree nursing student. McCravy was also named outstanding graduate in the nursing division and in his curriculum.

     Each academic division of the college honored its top graduate with the Distinguished Student Award. In addition to McCravy, winners were Chad Maxon of Clinton, health science; Ian Smith of Prosperity, arts and science; Brandon Simon of Newberry, engineering and industrial technology and Courtney Clemmons of Greenwood, business, information technology and public servic. Deans from each major academic division also made presentations to these winners.

Illegal Weapons Possession by Felon

    Laurens City Police arrested an Eastern Laurens County man in connection with an alleged illegal weapons charge on East Main yesterday. 26-year-old Tyree Brushawn Grant of 8718 Highway 56 South, Kinards was charged with Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. A warrant alleges that on April 13th Mr. Grant was in possession of a brown and black Charter Arms .38 Special revolver and that Tyree Grant was convicted of multiple violent felonies in 2005, which prohibits him from possessing a firearm. A Surety bond was set at $10,000 on the charge. Tyree Grant remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Firearms & Drug Charges

   The Sheriff’s Office Friday arrested 40-year-old Allen Dorsey Howington of 1012 McKenzie Road, Ninety Six on multiple charges. He’s accused of Possession of Methamphetamine, with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Felon in Possession of ammunition. Deputy Charles Nations states that Howington was in possession of an amount of Meth at 417 Serene Drive, Waterloo on Friday. Further, that he was in possession of a weapon, which his not permitted because of his having been convicted on a violent crime. Deputy Nations further alleged that on Friday at his residence Howington was in possession of ammunition for a 9mm and a .22 caliber weapon at his residence, 417 Serene Drive, Waterloo. Allen Dorsey Howington remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

One X-Wife Spots Other X-Wife Outside

   Deputy Farrah Cook was dispatched to Fleming Mill Road at 9:24 Sunday night to speak with a person reportedly involved in a physical domestic dispute. A man reported that a female friend of his, who is an x-wife, observed another woman open the door to his vehicle. He said he took his handgun and went outside where he identified the woman as his other x-wife. He alleged that she began yelling and cursing and that she struck him on his neck with her hand. She eventually got into her vehicle and left. Deputy Cook and Lt. Marty Crain located the suspect in the case. She reportedly gave several conflicting reasons as to why she went to the other woman’s residence. 47-year-old Dianne Lee Norris of 6241 Highway 221 South, Laurens was arrested on a Criminal Domestic Violence charge at 9:24 last evening. She was being held overnight in the Johnson Detention Center.

Man Allegedly Assaults Wife at Motel

   Laurens City Police responded to the motel at 621 North Harper at 2:35 Sunday afternoon after a woman called to say her husband was beating her in the head with his fist. Officers arrived to observe the man sitting on the bed and the woman at the back of the room upset and crying. Officers noted observing fresh scratches and lacerations on her face. The woman reportedly said the man had been gone two days and that when he returned she began questioning where he had been. He then allegedly grabbed her face with his hands. During an argument, he reportedly struck her in the back of her head with his fist. The man reportedly became upset when told he was under arrest. Officers noted a previous domestic violence arrest in 2011. 28-year-old Rickey James Gilliam Jr. of Room 216 at 621 North Harper Street, Laurens was booked and placed in the Johnson Detention Center. He was being held overnight with a warrant pending to charge him with 2nd offense Criminal Domestic Violence.

Assault at the Ice Cream Truck

    Ice Cream – what a refreshing break…….at least, most of the time. Laurens Police were dispatched to Spring Street at 6:59 Friday night on a report of an assault. A 24-year-old man said he was assaulted by a man as he stood in line at an ice cream truck.

$8,000 Damage Noted to Truck

     Damage of $8,000 was noted in a report of Malicious Damage to a vehicle this weekend. The Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Easy Road, Laurens at 11:20 Sunday morning where a woman indicated she had left her vehicle at the residence while she went out with family around 11:30 Saturday night. In returning Sunday morning she reportedly discovered the pickup  had scratches on all side except the top of the cab. It had been spray painted, including the word “lie” and other ugly writing. The inside of both doors and the dash of the vehicle were also painted, and the “B” word was painted on the hood. Both tail lights were broken and it appears someone put sugar, salt or other white powdery substance in the gasoline tank.

Won’t Return Vehicle

    The Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a location on Rocky Springs Church Road, Laurens just before 7 last evening on a report of a vehicle not being returned to its owner. A woman indicated she had allowed her granddaughter to use the vehicle because she needed it to get to a new job. She also loaned the subject her debit card to purchase boots needed for the job. The subject reportedly informed an officer she needed the car because it was her only form of transportation. Charges were pending against her and her boyfriend from the case.

Robbery Case Dropped

   A Laurens man filed a report of a Robbery with Laurens City Police just before midnight Friday night. The victim said that while in the parking lot of a convenience store on South Harper that night another man had reached into his pocket and had taken his cell phone and $250. He said the action also ripped his pants pocket. The man had a torn pocket, but was reportedly intoxicated. He was asked to return and file a report when he was no longer impaired. The man never returned and the case was closed.

Murder Conviction on Waterloo Shooting

     Trial of a man accused of fatally shooting his employer and benefactor concluded yesterday with a conviction on Murder charges. Judge Frank Addy handed down a 40-year sentence yesterday for 46-year-old Phillip Hollingsworth from the November, 2012 murder of Bill Ardis of Waterloo.   

  The conviction came following the trail this week in Laurens County General Sessions Criminal Court. According to, the jury was about three hours into deliberations when it reported to Judge Frank Addy that they were hung. Addy encouraged the jury to continue deliberations. About 45 minutes later, they returned with a guilty verdict.

   Phillip Hollingsworth was convicted of killing Bill Ardis in the home Ardis allowed Hollingsworth and his girlfriend to live in, shooting him with a shotgun. Charges on his girlfriend are still pending.

     According to Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo, a sentence on a murder charge must be served day-for-day, meaning Hollingsworth cannot be released from prison until April of 2054.

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