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.

Clinton Baseball Game with Union County Moved to Today

The Red Devil varsity baseball game that was scheduled to be played tomorrow has been moved to today. Clinton will travel to Union today to take on the Union County Yellow Jackets with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm. WPCC will NOT be broadcasting the game.

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.

   More details on this story are online at

Prescription Allegedly Forged

   A Western Laurens County resident was booked in the Johnson Detention Center yesterday on a Prescription Drug Violation charge from a state agent. 61-year-old Marilyn Young Collins of 4265 Neely Ferry Road, Laurens was accused of unlawfully obtaining a quantity of Oxycodone by forgery. A warrant states that when the practitioner the prescription was apparently written by was contacted he confirmed it was not. The attempt to obtain prescription drugs by forgery allegedly occurred March 22nd, 2014 at Bi-Lo Pharmacy on West Main in Laurens. Marilyn Collins was released from the Johnson Detention Center on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

New Life for Old ER

    The old Emergency Room area of the Laurens County Memorial Hospital is about to open with its new role. Carolina Health Centers, Inc. has announced a Grand Opening of Laurens County Community Care Center, known as LC4, for Wednesday, April 23rd.

    The location is adjacent to the entrance area for the new Emergency Department at the local hospital. LC4 is an innovative healthcare site that is designed to be a new gateway for people who do not have their own Doctor’s practice.

    LC4 is a primary care facility open to anyone looking for a medical home, but it is also available as a referral site for patients who over-utilize the hospital’s emergency facility for non-emergency issues. As a part of the Carolina Health Centers Family of Care, LC4 sees uninsured, under-insured, and insured patients, and provides a Sliding Fee Scale for patients who qualify.

The LC4 Grand Opening is exciting for Laurens County and for South Carolina as a whole. Guest Speakers for the Grand Opening will include Congressman Jeff Duncan, Representative Mike Pitts, and others.

2nd Time Meals Jail

 Clinton Public Safety transferred a man from City Jail to the Laurens County Detention Center early yesterday afternoon. Officers arrested him Wednesday night, following the second alleged case of Trespass on the same date. Public Safety was dispatched to West Chase Apartments at 9:32 Wednesday night on a trespass notice. While en route, the officer was advised that the subject had already been given a blue ticket earlier that day for a trespass violation at the apartment. Records indicate that happened following a dispatch at 3:12 Wednesday afternoon. Officer Beau Wright knocked and announced his presence at the front door and a woman asked him to wait a few minutes while she got dressed. After she finally came to the door she reportedly said the man they were looking for was not there. Officer Wright attempted to open the back door of the residence for Officer Lawton to enter but found it bolted shut from the inside with wood screws. Officers then conducted a protective sweep of the residence and the subject they were looking for was reportedly located, hiding in a cabinet. The woman of the apartment was told she had lied to officers and could be charged with that. She reportedly stated she understood and that she had made a mistake. 23-year-old Aaron Bradley Bagwell, who had an address noted as the one he was on trespass notice for, was then arrested on a Trespassing charge and booked at City Jail. He was transferred to the Johnson Detention Center with a cash or surety bond set at $500.

Why Is The Flag At Half Staff?

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has requested that ALL flags in South Carolina be flown at half staff on Thursday, Friday and until sundown on Saturday in honor of Captain James E. Chaffin, III of West Columbia.


Captain Chaffin, 27, died Tuesday, April 1st, at Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense he died due to a non combat related incident. He served in Afghanistan with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.


The funeral for Captain Chaffin is scheduled for 3:00pm Saturday at Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church, West Columbia.

Bond Denied on Murder Charge

 Bond was denied yesterday for a man accused of killing his neighbor. 63-year-old Johnny Lamar Lever of 288 Cochise Drive, Waterloo was served with warrants charging him with Murder and with Pointing and Presenting a Weapon from the fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon. Laurens County Sheriff’s Lt. Jawarski Shelton states that on April 8th Johnny Lamar Lever did knowingly and willfully display what was a firearm during commission of a violent crime at 323 Cochise Drive, Waterloo. Lt. Shelton also alleges that Johnny Lever did, with malice and aforethought, cause the death of the victim by shooting him several times in the back with a handgun at 323 Cochise Drive, Waterloo.

   Deputies dispatched just before 4:30 Tuesday afternoon reported finding the victim, 51-year-old Harold Dean Price Sr. of 323 Cochise Drive, lying beside his lawn mower in his front yard.

  With bond denied on the Murder charge, Johnny Lamar Lever of 288 Cochise Drive remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Weapons Charges Follow Early Morning Gunfire

    The sound of gunfire heard outside a Laurens Police station dispatched Laurens City Police toward Hunter’s Court at 37 minutes after midnight yesterday morning. Officers arriving on scene were told of a subject with a handgun in his waistband. The subject was located, but reportedly didn’t have the gun on him. However, it was reportedly located about 15 feet away, in grass where the man had been observed. Two .380 caliber bullets were reportedly found in the firearm.  Master Patrolman Patrick Craven reported observing the smell of gunpowder on the subject.

   Laurens City Police yesterday charged 20-year-old Kaheri Quintarius Allen of 106 Holland Hill, Laurens with Discharging Firearm in City Limits, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. Warrants state that an investigation by Officer Craven indicates that the subject carried a black and silver Highpoint .380 caliber pistol on Hunter’s Court April 9th, and that he discharged 4 to 5 rounds from the semi-automatic .380 caliber handgun on Hunter’s Court in Laurens. Kaheri Q. Allen is also accused of committing the crime of being in possession of a stolen pistol. Wednesday, April 9th, he allegedly was in possession of a silver and black Highpoint semi-automatic .380 caliber pistol that was reported stolen through the Clinton Department of Public Safety between June 1st and July 1st of 2013.  

Surety bonds on the three charges were set totaling $26,092. Kaheri Quintarius Allen of Laurens remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.