Laurens City Police arrested a man yesterday in connection with alleged phone harassment this past fall. 35-year-old Gary Lyons Jr. of 56 Miss Emma Lane, Laurens was served with a warrant taken out last November 22nd that charges him with Phone Harassment. The warrant states that Lyons has been attempting to contact the victim by phone after he was advised not to by law enforcement and the victim, dating back to September. This incident occurred at a location on Hunter’s Court between September 23, 2013 and November 19, 2013. Gary Lyons Jr. was being held overnight in the Johnson Detention Center, with arraignment on the charge scheduled for this afternoon.
The Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an Alltell Wireless location on Poole Road outside Clinton late yesterday morning after a company employee discovered a break-in had occurred, sometime since Friday afternoon. The employee noted it appears someone cut a chain link fence to gain entrance into the area in order to cut the grounding cables from the fence. The subject also cut several building grounding cables and used some sort of saw to cut the door lock and pried the door to the building open. Inside the building, the intruder cut more grounding cables from the air conditioning units and cut other major wiring inside the building. Value of stolen metals and materials was $3,000.
Laurens County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Wood was dispatched to Madden Heights Circle outside Laurens late yesterday morning to investigate the theft of a trailer and go-cart, which had reportedly occurred between 6:30 Sunday evening and 11:30 Monday morning. Missing from the property was an 8 x 12’ enclosed horse trailer that included a tool box on the tongue and a two-seater go-cart with an 8 horsepower engine and roll bars which had been under a shed in the rear of the house. The horse trailer had been parked in the back yard. Value of the stolen items was $2,200.
Eight 22 inch aluminum rims were stolen from a car lot and mechanic shop on US Highway 76, Hickory Tavern, according to a report filed with the Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning. A shop operator told Deputy Edwards that they noticed the lock to a storage room lying on the ground when they arrived yesterday morning. Later they noted the 8 aluminum rims were missing from that storage room. 4 more mixed rims were also believed to be missing. A bottle of Gatorade found near the storage room door was taken into evidence, as it was believed to have been left behind by the intruder. Value of the stolen rims was estimated at $3,000.
Clinton Public Safety Officer Metz was dispatched to Davis Street at 4:48 yesterday afternoon on a report of a woman causing a disturbance. The resident said the younger woman had been at her house yelling and arguing with her daughter. She said she told the offending woman to leave several times during the incident, but that she continued to yell and cause problems. The resident said the woman threw a board at the house, causing a crack in the vinyl siding; and that as she was leaving she struck a window of the resident’s car, but did not cause it to break. The landlord of the rental house didn’t want to press charges for the damage, but did want the woman put on trespass notice. The officer spoke with the daughter of the resident, who said that the visiting woman and she were arguing over a man.
Downtown Clinton is loosing its “Town Oak Tree” that has stood near the intersection of Broad and Main for many years. City Manager Frank Stovall reports a large limb fell from the tree Friday, February 21st, damaging the Depot building. He said city personnel with advanced training in tree car noted other structural defects in the tree. He noted special care has been taken of the tree over the past ten years, but increasing decay and structural defects led to calling in a certified professional tree expert. The ISA Certified Arborist determined the tree was in imminent danger of loosing a large, heavy portion, which could result in injury to pedestrians and people in passing cars on Main and Broad.
Specially trained personnel from the Department of Public Works Electric Distribution Division were to begin the removal of the tree Friday afternoon. Removal was expected to take several days as it must be done in a very careful and coordinated manner to prevent a structural collapse from occurring during the removal, jeopardizing the safety of city employees.
Last Friday, City Manager Frank Stovall noted “While it saddens the Mayor, Council, and staff of the City of Clinton to lose this beautiful part of our downtown, we must place the lives of our citizens first and foremost, and it is out of a desire to ensure the safety of the public that this decision to remove the tree was made.” The Public is encouraged to maintain their distance from the tree until the area is safe.
The City intends to conduct an appropriate ceremony to replace the tree during the next Arbor Day Celebration.
Laurens City Police arrested a man early Sunday morning on multiple charges following an alleged failure to stop for a traffic checkpoint late Saturday night. 27-year-old Quinton Jabari Yeargin of 295 El Paso Court, Laurens was charged with Driving under the Influence and a 3rd or Subsequent Offense of Driving Under Suspension of his license as of 11:40 Saturday night on East Main at East Farley, according to tickets issued by Officer Patrick Craven. He was charged in warrants with Assault on Police, Resisting Arrest and Failure to Stop for Blue Light. A warrant alleges that Quinton Yeargin attempted to run over Officer Kanipe during the traffic safety checkpoint on March 2nd, rapidly accelerating and steering the vehicle towards the officer, causing fear of great bodily injury to the victim. The warrant lists multiple city and county officers as witnesses. Quinton Yeargin was also accused of failing to stop for multiple marked patrol vehicles with flashing blue lights and sirens. Once his car was stopped, on Truman Street, he allegedly exited the driver’s seat and fled on foot. He was told by pursuing officers several times that he was under arrest, but reportedly ran approximately 200 yards from the vehicle in an attempt to elude law enforcement Sunday during the incident on Truman Street.
Surety bonds on the charges were set totaling $31,000. Quinton J. Yeargin remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.
Two people arrested early Friday morning by the Sheriff’s Office were served with multiple drug charges later in the day. Now charged with three counts, Possession of a Controlled Substance are 37-year-old Tanya P. Eclavea of 120 North Marion Street, Joanna and 33-year-old Keemarrio Dillard of 641 Apple Orchard Road, Clinton, also known as “Shy” and “Shawn.”
Deputy Paul Page states in warrants that an investigation by Sgt. Nick Moye indicates that Ms. Eclavea and Mr. Dillard were in possession of three controlled substances without authority Friday morning. Both remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with Surety bonds totaling $15,000 on the three drug charges.
Keemarrio Dillard was also served with a Bench Warrant issued last November 12th that cited a November 12th conviction in Laurens Municipal Court on a Shoplifting charge. A sentence was set at $650 or 30 days in jail for “Shawn” Dillard.
This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Carolina. In addition to state-wide testing, the Laurens County Emergency Operations Center will be participating in the drill. The tornado test is set for 9:00 am tomorrow. In the event of suspicious weather that requires a delay, the test will be conducted this Thursday.
Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed that South Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week for 2014 is being observed March 2 – 8.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the National Weather Service, and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association jointly sponsor the week to remind people who severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods are significant hazards in South Carolina and people need to take proper safety precautions.
SCEMD and the National Weather Service are promoting awareness of procedures that help keep you safe during tornadoes.
The theft of two motor vehicles this past January was alleged as the Sheriff’s Office 24-year-old Ricky Jay Owens of 16 Mountain View Drive, Gray Court Friday. He was served with two Grand Larceny warrants. Lt. Bryant Cheek states that on January 6th Ricky Jay Owens took a Kawasaki motorcycle valued at $6,000 from Geddy Road, Gray Court. Lt. Cheek also alleges that on January 2nd Owens took a Yamaha Wolverine valued at $2,400 from another location on Geddy Road, Gray Court. Ricky Jay Owens was released from the Johnson Detention Center Saturday on Surety bonds totaling $10,000.