Laurens City Police responded to a convenience store at 1403 west Main at 4:28 Friday morning on a report of an assault. An 18-year-old Laurens female advised she had been assaulted on Church Street. She said she had driven to the Spring Street area to meet a “friend,” noting the “friend” walks up and down Spring Street all the time and that’s how she locates him. She stated that she did not see her “friend” but did two other subjects walking down Spring Street. She stopped and asked if they knew her “friend” and they stated they did. She asked that they have her “friend” call her and left. She stated they later called her saying they needed a ride from Spring Street. She said she picked up both subjects on Spring Street and they rode around for an unknown period of tiem. She said that she had to stop at a stop sign on Spring Streeet and the front passenger grabbed her wallet and fled on foot from the vehicle, but the back seat passenger remained in the car and acted surprised when the front passenger took the wallet. She only knew the two subjects by one name. She said the back seat passenger called the other guy and told him he should give the wallet back. She said she then located him sitting in a red car at Laurens Glen Apartments. He got into the car with her, put the keys in the glove box, and said the only way she would get her wallet back was to perform oral sex on him. She said when she refused one of them threatened to harm her if she didn’t, so she did. She said the other touched her as this was happening. Afterwards, they reportedly put her wallet on the hood of her car and both left in the red car. She would not go to the hospital to be checked out and insisted that she had not otherwise been penetrated by the subjects. She said her wallet only contained her wallet and her identification cards such as driver’s license and social security card.
Clinton Public Safety Friday arrested 30-year-old Erica Sharee Thrasher of 12 Impact Drive, Unit 107, Greenville and charged her with 8 Counts of Financial Transaction Card Fraud. She is accused of using another woman’s bank card for her own use at various locations during September and October. Bonds set at $3,000 on each of the eight counts. Erica Thrasher remained in the JohnsonDetentionCenter this morning.
Laurens City Police Sunday arrested 20-year-old Johnathan Eugene Merchant of 1154 Woodberry Drive and/or 111 Milliken Street, Laurens on a charge of Allegedly attempting to purchase an excessive amount of non-prescription ephedrine products in a 30-day period. This allegedly occurred November 6th at Wal-Mart. Merchant was being held this morning pending arraignment on the charge.
Laurens City Police were dispatched to Westminister Avenue at 11:39 Saturday morning on a report of death threats. During a discussion with the mother of her estranged husband, a woman allegedly became angry over a situation with her husband and threatened she was going to kill him. Laurens Police Lt. Heath Copeland arrested 33-year-old Kristie Jo Kennedy of 307 Westminister Avenue, Laurens and charged her with Criminal Domestic Violence. Ms. Kennedy was released from the JohnsonDetentionCenter yesterday on posting a $2,150 Surety bond.
Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to a fight in progress call on Academy Street at 2:10 Saturday afternoon. Officer Stephen Lawton reported that 42-year-old Tony Ray Sherfield Sr. said other subjects came to his son’s residence at that location trying to jump on him. Sherfield was reportedly being extremely loud and boisterous, cursing a lot. When asked to calm down, he allegedly started hollering louder and continued to curse. Clinton Public Safety Officers eventually arrested all six people at the scene on Disorderly Conduct charges.
20-year-old Kevin Bines of 88 Deer Valley, Laurens was also charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. He was released later Saturday afternoon on two $500 PR bonds.
39-year-old Michael James “Mike” Kirby of 804 North Sloan Street, Clinton was given a $500 PR bond and turned over to Laurens City Police for Two Charges of Petit Larceny. Warrants alleged that he drove off after pumping gasoline at the Murphy Station on East Main, Laurens on April 24th and May 22nd. He was placed in the JohnsonDetentionCenter and released yesterday on two $1,000 personal recognizance bonds for the Laurens Charges.
42-year-old Tony Ray Sherfield Sr. of 19985 Highway 72 East, Clinton was placed in the JohnsonDetentionCenter on the Public Disorderly charge. He was released yesterday on a $500 PR bond.
Released from Clinton City Jail Saturday on $500 PR bonds on the Disorderly Conduct charge were 17-year-old Tony Ray Sherfield Jr. of Highway 72 East or Academy Street, 20-year-old Christian Scott Kirby of 804 North Sloan Street, Clinton and 18-year-old Amber Maloy of 88 Deer Valley, Laurens.
Laurens County Deputies were dispatched to an address on Flymm Smith Road, Waterloo last night on a report that a man was at the location was wanted for outstanding warrants for Petit Larceny and Malicious Damage to Property. On arrival, after getting permission to search, the subject reportedly attempted to flee. Deputy McMahan deployed his taser to bring the subject into compliance. Deputy Timothy Byrd reported the officers found over 1.3 trams of methamphetamine in the subject’s pockets. 40-year-old Tracy Lee Crane of 798 Flemm Smith Road, Waterloo was placed in the JohnsonDetentionCenter. In addition to the Petit Larceny and Malicious Damage charges, new warrants are to be sought today to charge Tracy Lee Crane with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and with Resisting Arrest.
A man who was being held for charges early Friday morning in the Johnson Detention Center was still being held for charges early this morning. Sheriff’s Deputy Nations arrested 24-year-old Aubrey Rahsaan Williams of 4512 Mountville Road, Mountville and placed him in the Johnson Detention Center, pending Assault charges. That assault charge was still pending earlier today, according to jail records. Meanwhile, Aubrey Williams was also being held for a Violation of Probation charge.
Clinton Public Safety Lt. Cathy Anderson was on routine patrol traveling East on US 76 at 12:21 Saturday morning when he observed a westbound vehicle without headlights. As she turned around to follow the vehicle it reportedly sped forward then stopped abruptly. A driver, wearing a light-color zipped hoodie with blue jeans, got out of the vehicle and ran into nearby woods. A quantity of crack cocaine was found inside the vehicle. Other officers proceeded to Clinton Manor, but no initial arrests were made.
A $50 million investment is expected to generate 32 new jobs at Fitesa Simpsonville, Inc. This global leader and innovator in the design and manufacture of nonwoven fabric solutions for the global hygiene market has announced an expansion of its existing facility in Greenville County to significantly increase production capacity for its spunmelt nonwoven hygiene products. Fitesa is up upfit and remodel its existing 190,000-square-foot at 840 SE Main Street in Simpsonville, expect the improvements to be completed by November 2014.
The company, which began operations in Simpsonville in 1990, currently employs approximately 100 associates before the scheduled expansion. The company has already invested “hundreds of millions of dollars” into its South Carolina location to date, added a company spokesperson.
The “Alive at 25” program in South Carolina held an annual banquet for 2013 last Thursday in Columbia. Among the recognitions for the Alive at 25 program in our state, the Outstanding Instructor of the Year for South Carolina award was presented to Lt. David Brewer of Laurens City Police.
The “Alive at 25”` program is now being offered at Laurens and ClintonHigh Schools. At the present time, it’s not mandatory at local schools, but it is at required as over 100 schools across the state. Over 50,000 high school students across the state have taken the “Alive at 25” course in the past seven years.