Laurens County Council approved appointments to the Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission this week. At Tuesday evening’s regular council meeting, they approved Ted Davenport of Clinton for another term. He has been serving as Chair of the Water and Sewer Commission. Also re-appointed were Patrick Jackson of Ware Shoals, Jurell Byrd of Ora, Elbert Mason of Joanna and John McMurray of Clinton.
Clinton Public Safety has charged a local man with a knife assault this week. 27-year-old Randolph Phillips Baker of 525 West Centennial Street, Clinton is charged with Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature for allegedly assaulting a 22-year-old Clinton-area man with a knife Tuesday, May 14th. Sgt. Shane Prather states that Baker attempted to stab the victim in the right arm and pushed the knife to his arm several times during an incident at Baker’s residence, 525 West Centennial Street.
Bond set at $5,000. Baker was placed in the Johnson Detention Center, where he remained this morning.
Two women have now been charged in connection with an alleged incident of attempting to get extra money for scrap metal by concealing someone in the car that was carrying the scrap metal during the weigh-in Tuesday. 44-year-old Shirley Deanne Burns of 1 Cody Lane, Fountain Inn reportedly stayed behind and was the first arrested. The other female suspect, 18-year-old Rebecca Lynn Kautz of 4 Cody Lane, Fountain Inn, later turned herself in. Both have now been charged with Obtaining Money under False Pretense. A male of late teens or early 20’s was still being sought in connection with the incident. Ms. Burns and Ms. Kautz were being held earlier today pending arraignment on the charge.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man last night in connection with a home burglary and rape this past February. Sex Crime Investigator Sgt. Bobby Galarza was joined by Lt. Higgenbotham and Deputy Jody Willis in making the arrest around midnight last night at a Cross Hill residence on Wuthering Heights.
33-year-old Travis Stewart Henderson of 1920 Bethel Church Road, Laurens is being charged with Burglary/Breaking and Entering, with Kidnapping and with Criminal Sexual Conduct.
He was wanted for these charges following a break-in at a residence on Highway 76 West the night of February 22nd. After entering the residence,Henderson allegedly committed a Kidnapping and also allegedly forcibly raped a woman from the home.
Laurens City and County Special Response Teams were dispatched to a residence last night during a stand-off between Police and a man who had reportedly barricaded himself in his house after threatening to kill officers.
Laurens Police were dispatched to 21 Bub Avenue at 9:35 last night when a teenaged male called to report his father was assaulting his mother at the home.
Officer Gainey and Sgt. Pittman arrived three minutes later. When Officer Gainey knocked on the front door a man from inside reportedly replied “Who the *** is it?” He was told Laurens Police were there, and that the man needed to come out and speak with the officers. He reportedly replied “Y’all get off my porch or I’m going to light Yalls *** Up.” He was also allegedly heard saying “I will kill Y’all **er ***ers. Officers reported the subject had barricaded himself inside the home and called for backup from the Sheriff’s Office. When officers began to hear a lot of banging noises and yelling from inside the home, the Laurens City Special Response Team was deployed to the scene, along with the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Response Team. Deputy Bryant Cheek was able to talk the subject out of the residence using a patrol car’s loudspeaker, and the man was placed under arrest.
Entering the residence, police found where the subject had apparently barricaded himself inside by flipping a couch and placing mattresses over the windows. There was blood on the couch and hair in the hallway, but no one else was inside. The wife had reportedly been able to leave and get a ride to the Laurens County Hospital where she was being treated for multiple injuries to the face, including lacerations. She told of an argument over money escalating to an assault in their bedroom, followed by continued assault in the children’s bedroom.
35-year-old Johnny Blackwell III of 21 Bub Avenue, Laurens was placed in the Johnson Detention Center late last night, where he was to be charged with Criminal Domestic Violence and with two counts of Threatening the Life of a Public Official.
Police were on the scene onBub Avenuefor a few minutes over an hour before the situation was resolved.
Laurens County Council gave final reading approval last night on two ordinances dealing with countywide planning and control of alley-ways in the Wattsville community. There were no comments from the public during hearings prior to the votes.
County Ordinance #748 gives approval to adopt the revised comprehensive plan, as presented by the Laurens County Planning Commission. The plan outlines a direction for the county to follow for growth over the next seven years. Review and revision of the planning document is required by the South Carolina Enabling Act of 1994.
County Ordinance #751 conveys the Alley-ways of Wattsville to the Laurens City Commission of Public Works. The utility is embarking on installing new natural gas distribution lines in Wattsville, and the alleys will provide a better and least expensive way to install the underground system.
The vote was unanimous on the 3rd reading of both ordinances.
Another unanimous vote was cast by council on a second reading for an ordinance to transfer a fee-in-lieu of tax arrangement from Security Printing, known as Avery Dennison to CCL Industries. Dennison has sold two of its business units to CCL. In response to a question by Councilman David Pitts, County Attorney Sandy Cruickshanks assured council that there would be no change in revenues to the county as a result of this transfer.
In other economic development news, there was a first reading unanimous approval for an ordinance that conveys a 7 ½ acre tract of land on State Road S-30-259 for “Project Application.” This project is expected to use the property for construction and operation of a research and development center.
The Laurens Commission of Public Works approved the purchase of a new software system for operating the local utility earlier this week.
General Manager Dale Satterfield explained how the new system was well received when reviewed by staff, and it is believed it will enable the CPW to better serve its customers. He also noted the current system is past its period of support, and this could present problems in the future. The new system is from NISC, a cooperative that is owned by the utilities that use it. Satterfield was impressed with the company’s putting 25% of revenues into research and development to stay on top of new needs and services for its customer utilities and their customers, as well. He cited several ways the new system will improve operations for CPW staff and its customers. At a cost of about $436,000, the new system will be paid for out of a planned bond refinance. Satterfield said it will take a year to get the new system installed and integrated.
Laurens Police were dispatched to 300 Spring Street at 11:37 yesterday morning on a report of foxes outside ht building. A woman reported that there was a litter of fox kits and their mother living under the handicap ramp outside the church at that location, and that the mother fox was being aggressive towards her. Officers contacted DNR, and were advised that if the police could catch the animals they would contact an individual to relocate the urbanized foxes. Attempts to capture the animals were not successful. Meanwhile, a dog trap was left at the location and the person there was advised that if this doesn’t work, she’ll need to contact an animal control specialist.
The LCSO placed a Fountain Inn woman in the Laurens County Detention Center early last evening following an apparent attempt to commit a breach of trust in a confidence game at a Gray Court area scrap metal yard. A Sheriff’s report indicates the 44-year-old woman was accompanied by an 18-year-old female and a 18 to 25-year-old male. They were allegedly concealing one person’s presence in a car when it was weighed with scrap metal inside in order to add some 118 pounds to the weigh-in, our about $15 in value. The scrap metal operated asked all to wait for police, but the two younger suspects left.
Laurens City Police responded Code 3 to the Library on West Main at 2:31 yesterday afternoon on a report of an assault. Library personnel had detained a 15-year-old male in an office after an alleged incident. An adult female had reportedly been threatened by a youth with a gun at the location, and allegedly groped. Library staff assisted officers in retrieving a firearm from a magazine rack. The 15-year-old male juvenile was placed in handcuffs, arrested by Laurens Police, taken to the police station for booking. He was reportedly served with an Assault charge for the alleged Groping and with Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime. He was then transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.