A man is accused of taking a Highpoint .40 Caliber JCP Pistol from another man on Jared Dr, in Laurens on last Friday. He was charged by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Petit Larceny. 19 year old Jessie Roland Huckabee of 11 Jared Dr, Laurens remained in the Johnson Detention Center earlier this morning awaiting a bond hearing.
A Owings St, resident is accused of assaulting the mother of his child on Monday at his residence. 30 year old Jeffery Ronald Taylor of 112 Owings St, Laurens was arrested by the Laurens Police Department on a warrant for Criminal Domestic Violence. He remained in the Johnson Detention Center earlier this morning on a $3,000 bond.
With our state holding one of the first three major events in the process of selecting a Republican candidate for the Presidency, news sources from across the country and world are looking at South Carolina as we prepare for the Presidential Preference Primary this Saturday. And some of them have come to Laurens County.
NBC News cameras were in Laurens Tuesday morning as Tom Brokaw came to town. The veteran NBC reporter was observed on the square. While in town, he interviewed Laurens County Administrator Ernie Segars about the county. It seems the thrust of the story Tom Brokaw was working on was how Laurens County is starting to recover from loosing most of our textile jobs, with new industry now coming here. It reportedly will air Thursday night on NBC.
Noting Tuesday’s NBC News visit to the Laurens Square, Laurens Mayor Sharon Brownlee opened that night’s Laurens City Council meeting repeating her frequent call that we must always be ready for visitors. Brownlee says people who can make a difference are always coming to Laurens, and we need to always be ready.
One of the remaining candidates for the Republican nomination is to be in Laurens Wednesday afternoon. Rick Santorum is to hold a Town Hall meeting at the Capitol Theatre Wednesday afternoon between12:45and2 pm.Santorum County Coordinator Allen Lollis said the candidate is to make comments and take questions during his visit early Wednesday afternoon.
A Spring St, resident was accused of striking another woman about the head and face with a blunt object, of stabbing her in the right shoulder, and of choking her. She was also accused of attempting to sell crack cocaine by fraud and misrepresentation tuesday at a location in Laurens County. 26 year old Shemika Danielle Cunningham also known as Meeka of 218 Spring St, Laurens was arrested by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office on warrants for Assault and Battery of A High and Aggravated Nature, and Attempt and Conspiracy General Provisions of the Drug Law. She remained in the Johnson Detention Center earlier wednesday awaiting a bond hearing.
Mike Randle is the Publisher of Southern Business and Development magazine, along with web sites that report on business development trends. He was described as an expert on the Southern Economy when introduced as keynote speaker yesterday for the annual meeting of the Laurens County Development Corporation.
Randle presented charts showing the loss of millions of jobs from the United States in recent decades, as companies moved their factories to the orient to find cheaper labor.
In his presentation, entitled “How the American South is Beating China at its Own Game,” Mike Randle said that rising costs of doing business in China, along with competitive factors in the South, are shrinking the competitive advantage China has had. He cited sources that are estimating as many as 3 million jobs could come back to the United States and Mexico. Randle noted the American South has already move way ahead of the Northeast and Midwest in industrial development and population growth.
As for industrial jobs returning to North America, Randle said the South and Mexico are poised to enjoy the most benefit, and that the South’s edge over Mexico is due to greater personal security north of the Mexican border.
Randle said states outside the South will need to pass Right to Work laws such as exist in South Carolina in order to attract the new industry moving into the country.
It appears someone left illegal drugs in a vehicle they had put in the shop for repairs….but what is this stuff? Laurens County Deputies were dispatched to a Princeton-area business on Highway 25 early thursday afternoon after workers at the business reportedly found drugs in the vehicle they were working on. Lt. Wilkie and Sgt. Veal responded to the scene, and reported taking possession of several bags which contained a white powdery substance. Field tests on the substance resulted in negative results for methamphetamine or cocaine; leaving its actual identity unknown at the time.
Apparently two men want to retrieve a stolen tag they left behind.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was called to a Waterloo-area location on December 19th, where a man said that two “scruffy-looking” guys had come to look at a Bronco he had for sale. After they left, he found a car tag was left behind in the vehicle. A check on the tag at that time didn’t indicate it was stolen. Wednesday of this week, the salesman called to report the two men had not returned for the tag they left behind. Meanwhile, another check with the NCIC now indicates the tag was stolen from aGreenville man. ALaurensCounty deputy went back to the Waterloo business and picked up the tag, and entered it as having been recovered.
A woman whom the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has had charges on since 2010 was placed in theLaurens County Detention Center yesterday, charged with depriving a Clinton man of his wallet in June of that year.
36-year-old Rita Nicole “Nikki” Sutton of 328 West CambridgeAvenue, Greenwoodhas been charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent, $1,000 or less. Lt. Robert Wilkie states that Rita Sutton received a wallet in trust with contents valued at under $1,000 and appropriated the property to her own use with fraudulent intent to deprive the owner. This allegedly occurred June 18th, 2010 onWest Calhoun Street, Joanna. “Nikki” Sutton remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.
The LCSO had issued a detainer for Ms. Sutton in October, 2010.
Three people died on South Carolina highways over the Christmas Holidays. Bad news – but not nearly as bad as last year. The state Department of Public Safety announced the three fatalities as the preliminary count for fatalities during the Christmas holidays – a 78-hour time frame that ran from Friday, December 23, at6 p.m.until Monday, December 26, at midnight. That compares to 13 state-wide highway deaths over the Christmas holidays in 2010.
Looking at fatalities for January 1st through December 25th, Laurens County had 14 fatalities for this year. That’s the same number as for the same period in 2010 and 2008. 20 people died on the county roadways January 1st thru Christmas day in 2009.
Greenwood County had 11 fatalities for January 1st thru December 25th, 2011 …. Better than Laurens County, but well above the 5 fatalities for the same period last year. Greenville county fatalities for the same period this year were up slightly, from 50 last year to 53 this year. Newberry County was up from 6 fatalities last year to 10 this year thru Christmas. Saluda County was up from 3 to 4 fatalities for this time period. Anderson County was up from 37 in 2010 to 43 this year.
Two of our neighboring counties improved their year-to-date fatalities as of Christmas day. Abbeville County dropped from 5 to 4 and Union County dropped from 5 fatalities in 2010 to just 2 this year.
A Laurens man – facing Domestic Violence charges from Clinton Wednesday afternoon – was convicted on Contempt of Court charges Thursday in Clinton Municipal Court.
Clinton Public Safety Officers were dispatched toNorth Broad Street at 4:31 Wednesday afternoon and investigated reports of an altercation between the Laurens man and a Clinton woman. Officers were told the man reportedly struck the woman in the face with mail he was holding during the incident. Officers arrested 30-year-old Demarcus Antonio Franklin of113 Hampton Street, Laurens on a charge of Criminal Domestic Violence.
Meanwhile, in Clinton Municipal Court yesterday, Judge Joel Whitsel found Franklin guilty of Contempt of Court, and sentenced him to ten days in the Laurens County Detention Center.
Demarcus Antonio “D-Moe”Franklinwas placed in theLaurens County lockup to serve that time. Meanwhile, there is a $2,150 cash bond set on the CDV charge, as Demarcus Franklin awaits General Sessions Court action on the Domestic Violence charge.