Laurens Police Master Patrolman James Woody responded to Milliken Street at 12:25 this morning, where a woman called about a possible credit card fraud. The woman who called met the officer in the roadway and began explaining that she and her sister had gotten into a fight and she wanted to charge her sister with use of her credit card without permission. Officer Woody reports that as he moved towards the house the porch was in disarray. He met with the sister who said the fight began over her not giving the sister a cigarette. She indicated that the sister threw a note-book that hit her then began hitting her face with her fist. She said when her husband broke up the fight, the sister went to the kitchen and came back into the room with a knife. The man in the house reportedly intervened again and the knife fell into the floor. Sgt. Joey Pittman responded to the location with a camera to document signs of a fight in the home, including a lot of things on the floor and a broken picture frame and other items. A knife was reportedly observed lying off to the side of the room. After speaking with everyone on scene, Police arrested 30-year-old Ashley Lynn Mundy of 111 Milliken Street, Laurens and placed her in the Johnson Detention Center. Ms. Mundy was being held for a warrant, which officers were to seek this morning to charge her with Assault and Battery 2nd Degree.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 3597 Abercrombie Road outside Fountain inn at 7:01 yesterday morning to investigate a Burglary. The call came after a Fountain Inn Police Officer called dispatch after seeing evidence while dropping his kid off at the Fountain Inn Christian School. He reported observing a ladder next to one of the school’s buildings, then saw a flashlight and some red bolt cutters.
Deputy Edwards and Sgt. Wood arrived and examined the area, observing the ladder at a window and the bolt cutters. The window was not damaged, but its screen was cut. A cap and flashlight were also found nearby on the ground and taken into evidence.
There was no indication of anything stolen in the initial report.
Laurens County Administrator Ernie Segars alerted County Council last evening of an impending need to build new and repair old fire stations. Referring to areas of Laurens County that are more than five miles from a fire station, Segars said the county will have to build new stations to cover the areas determined by the I.S.O. – Insurance Service Office – as Class 10. He said that repairs are also needed on older fire stations in the county. The County Administrator added “We are in the process of looking at funding options to do this, and that will be the next major project that council will need to deal with, in a month or so.” Council Chairman Jim Coleman agreed by saying that there are four general areas that need to be addressed in a timely fashion, this may become a bond issue.
Phil Astwood of the Carolinas Association for Passenger Trains was at last night’s Laurens County Council meeting, requesting a Resolution of Support for having enhanced passenger train service available in South Carolina. Astwood said he’s not connected with a railroad, but his organization is speaking out on the need for these enhanced transportation options for the citizens of the state. He said that this is a first step to show the South Carolina Legislature the support for another train service which would serve more cities in the state. He noted that two other counties have already gone on record in support of the resolution.
County Council gave unanimous approval for the resolution. Referring to the efforts of the Carolina’s Association for Passenger Trains, County Council Chairman Jim Coleman said “I appreciate someone taking the ball and running with it on this matter.”
Astwood’s request to council was delayed from an earlier meeting because a winter storm was moving across the state at that time.
GHS (Greenville Health System) is sponsoring a one-act play “Window Panes” tomorrow evening at PC. In a conversation with WLBG yesterday at Laurens County Memorial Hospital, spokesperson Jamie Adair said “It is a 45-minute one-act play of 12 different vignettes that really spotlight health issues in our community and all communities throughout south Carolina. Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, Infertility….breast cancer is another one. And all of these issues are really looked at in little vignettes with humor. They’re very enlightening and they’re done in a way that makes you think about it. So it’s really unique.”
Jamie Adair said response from people getting reservations for the free event has been very good. “We were very thrilled to receive such a great response. We have more than half filled up Edmunds Hall, where the event will be held. Because of that, at the last-minute, we’re letting people just come. There is a wine and cheese appetizer reception that starts at 5:30. The actual play begins at 6:30, followed by a really interesting added attraction. Local Physicians from the Laurens County Community, Dr. Holbrook Raynal, Dr. Javier Carles, Dr. C. J. McCormick and Dr. Joni Coker are going to take to the stage and do some questions and answers about these health topics that were discussed in the play.”
There is no charge to attend the event at Edmunds Hall on the PC Campus tomorrow (Thursday) evening.
At Monday’s meeting of the Laurens County School District 56 Board of Trustees, Finance Director Dr. Gerald Robinson spoke about cash flow. Dr. Robinson explained that a principal part of the district’s revenue consists of local taxes. He said since these taxes are due once each year, the district is flush with cash early in the calendar year, but must carefully watch cash late in the year. Robinson said that in October 2013, after transferring enough money to meet payroll and pay the district’s bills there was just a little over $9,000 in the general fund. He noted the balance was so low that some payments he usually makes in October or November were held until December, to allow more revenue to collect. These included a check for some $455,000 to Laurens County School District 55 for equalization.
This is a procedure where Districts 55 and 56 share industrial revenue generated in both districts with each other. This began when Torrington located in the county decades ago and there was confusion over which district should receive revenues. Local officials then had a plan codified to share industrial revenue generated in both districts.
Assistance to a wanted felon is alleged in the arrest of a Clinton woman yesterday. The Sheriff’s Office has charged 36-year-old Angela L. Copeland of 97 Palmetto Street, Clinton with Accessory After the Fact to a Felony. Sheriff’s Lt. J.D. Shelton states that on February 19th Angela L. Copeland did render assistance to a felon knowing that the felon had committed the Felony of Burglary 3rd Degree, with the intent of assisting the felon to avoid the consequence of his or her crime.
Angela Copeland was being held overnight in the Johnson Detention Center, pending arraignment.
South Carolina Pardon, Probation and Parole yesterday placed 29-year-old Michael Anthony Crowe of 5949 Highway 151, Lafayette, Georgia in the Laurens County Detention Center, charged with Violation of Probation.
A warrant states his violation is evidenced by an offender violation report from May 2012 from the State of Georgia. Crowe allegedly failed to refrain from using a controlled substance and on or about December 21, 2011, tested positive for THC and Hydrocodone on March 6, 2012 and was also alleged to have committed Battery and Criminal Trespass on March 17, 2012 in Catoosa County, Georgia. Michael Crowe was being held overnight in the Johnson Detention Center, pending arraignment.
Laurens City Police arrested a Newberry County woman yesterday on a Drug Charge from an alleged offense in Laurens late last month. 39-year-old Tonya Dawn Crapps of 55 Duds Lane, Prosperity is accused of Attempt to Purchase Ephedrine. Laurens Police Detective Leann Riggott states that on January 29th, 2014 the defendant attempted or conspired to obtain a quantity of nonprescription ephedrine products totaling more than 9 grams in a 30-day period. This allegedly occurred at the Rite-Aid on North Harper.
Ms. Crapps was being held overnight in the Johnson Detention Center, pending arraignment.
An arrest was made yesterday in connection with a Joanna break-in early this month. Deputy Jeremy McMahan was dispatched to 110 North Marion Street around 10 the morning of February 4th to investigate a burglary. The owner said he came by to check on that and an adjoining house he owns and found the front gates were missing. He said as he walked to the house he noticed items lying everywhere. A front window was broken out. Plumbing and other items had been taken. Value of the stolen items was set at $1,500. Meanwhile, Deputy McMahan observed a house across the street had a gate like the one stolen. He questioned that resident, who initially indicated the gate came from a family member. The Deputy later located another gate matching the first behind a storage building. The man would not identify who he had received the gates from. 43-year-old George Franklin Stockman Jr. of 113 North Marion Street, Joanna has now been arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Goods.
Sheriff’s Deputy McMahan states that on February 4th, 2014 George F. Stockman Jr. did receive property valued at $200 or less, knowing at the time that the property was stolen, or having reason to believe the property to be stolen. Stockman was being held overnight in the Johnson Detention Center, pending arraignment.