A Greenville man was placed in the Laurens County Detention Center Friday after allegedly failing to show for General Sessions Court last Monday to face charges from two alleged Sex crimes. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office booked 48-year-old Kevin Bruce Coker of 100 Buttercup Way, Greenville on Bench Warrants citing Failure to Appear May 6th. One charge he’s facing is Criminal Sexual Conduct with a victim under age 11 in the 1st Degree. The second charge is Attempting to Commit a Lewd Act on a victim under age 16. Kevin Bruce Coker remained in the Johnson Detention Center over the weekend, pending court appearance.
The Top Ten Students from each class at Laurens District 55 High School were honored last Thursday during the annual Top Ten Awards Program of the Laurens Rotary Club. Principal Sonya Bryant introduced the top students from each of the four classes, and gave additional information on the top ten academic achievers from the Senior Class. This information included the amount of scholarships each has been awarded, as of last week. One student had earned over $400,000 in potential scholarships. Mrs. Bryant said that additional scholarships will still be coming in over the next few weeks. She noted that the amount already collected by the Top Ten Seniors has already exceeded the total in scholarships awarded to the Senior Class last year.
Half the Top Ten students from the Senior Class of 2013 have announced plans to attend Presbyterian College. The other five have announced intentions to attend Wofford College, Charleston Southern University, Greenville Tech, Clemson and the University of South Carolina.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence outside Fountain Inn at 10:54 Saturday night on a report of a call from a woman alleging her husband was ‘showing out.’ Another call reported the husband had a gun. Lt. Marty Crain, Sgt. Robert Simmons and Fountain Inn City Police officers arrived and were greeted at the door by the husband who was bleeding from his bottom lip and on the top of his right hand. Questioning what had happened, the Officers were told there had been a cook-out at the home to celebrate the husband’s birthday. He had reportedly been drinking a lot of alcohol. At one point when his wife questioned him, he allegedly got a frying pan and came after her with it. Two men who were at the party reportedly intervened, and he allegedly fought with them. Others at the party then reportedly separated the men. The husband then allegedly got a revolver and went to the door, allegedly pointing the gun at the two men with whom he had fought.
Sgt. Timmons notes that the Sheriff’s office took a black 9 mm Taurus Slip Pistol into custody. 49-year-old David Robin Landers of 305 Walnut Crest Court, Fountain Inn was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature, with Two Counts of Assault and Battery in the 2nd Degree, also with Two Counts of Pointing and Presenting a Firearm and was further charged with use of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime. Warrants accuse David Robin Landers of assaulting his wife Saturday using a cooking pan as a weapon, coming at her with the pan in his hands.
Warrants also alleged he attempted to injure two men at his home Saturday by fighting with them, and that he pointed a firearm at both these male victims during the altercation at his residence. And he is accused of the use of what appeared to be a firearm during the alleged assaults at his home Saturday. Bonds were set on the six charges totaling $100,000. David Landers remained in theJohnsonDetentionCenterthis morning.
The Sheriff’s Office Friday charged an Enoree in connection with a theft from a tree farm near Enoree last Monday. 23-year-old Robert William Jessie Capps of 7915 Highway 92, Enoree was arrested Thursday afternoon and held for charges. Warrants served Friday charge him with Grand Larceny as well as Failure to stop for a Blue Light and Driving under Suspension. Sheriff’s Investigator Danny Bolt alleges that on May 6th one Robert William Jessie Capps took a side-by-side tail wagon valued at $4,500 from property at 1171 Beaverdam Church Road, Enoree. Officer Bolt also alleges that on May 9th Robert William Jessie Caps was driving a vehicle on US 221 while his license was suspended, knowing it was suspended more than eight times. Officer Danny Bolt further alleges that Robert Caps failed to stop his vehicle when signaled by means of siren and flashing lights of a law enforcement vehicle. Bonds on the three charges were set totaling $18,000. Mr. Capps remained in theJohnsonDetentionCenter this morning.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Friday in connection with an alleged domestic assault that day. 60-year-old Christopher Paul Stroh of 1st Street, Fountain Inn was charged with 1st offense Criminal Domestic Violence. A warrant alleges he assaulted a woman at her residence near Laurens Friday, leaving red marks on her chest where she was punched and struck, allegedly by the defendant.
Bond on the Domestic Violence charge was set at $2,200. Christopher Paul Stroh remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.
Laurens Police arrested a man Friday on alleged attempts to purchase an excessive amount a non-prescription medication. 27-year-old David Allen Gleaton of 273 Flymm Smith Road, Waterloo was charged with attempt to Purchase Ephedrine, along with a charge of Trespass after Notice. He is accused of attempting to purchase Ephedrene, more than 9 grams in a 30-day period. Warrants cite three attempts February 22nd and 23rd. David Gleaton was released Saturday on PR bonds totaling $970.
A 13-year-old student at Laurens Middle School was arrested under juvenile statues following an incident Friday morning. Student Resource Officer Riley Todd Bailes was alerted about one student being in the nurses office with a front tooth knocked out. The victim reportedly also had another tooth damaged and a laceration to his upper inner lip. The injury had reportedly occurred while playing basketball. The 13-year-old subject in the incident was charged with Aggravated Assault. While being taken into custody, Officer Bailes reportedly discovered a small clear plastic bag in the subject’s porcket that allegedly contained a quantity of marijuana, so the youth was also charged with a Simple Possession violation. The 13-year-old male was later released to the custody of his grandmother.
Laurens Police Saturday arrested a man for the alleged theft of cash from another man’s wallet late last month. 19-year-old Zadedrick Cunningham of 213 Sassafras Drive, Laurens was charged with Petit Larceny. He is accused of taking $285 from another man’s wallet which he allegedly found on the ground. A warrant states the wallet contained sufficient identifying information as to whom it belonged. Theft of the money from the wallet on April 29th was allegedly recorded on Wal-Mart security cameras. Zadedrick Cunningham was released from the Johnson Detention Center yesterday on a $2,000 Personal Recognizance bond.
The Arts Come Alive in Downtown Clinton tomorrow morning. Laurens County School District #56 Art and Music Teachers, staff and students plan to “Celebrate the Arts in Clinton” this Saturday. District 56 Students’ art work will be displayed in store front windows of Downtown Clinton and students will set up art demonstrations along Musgrove Street. Musical groups will be performing at the Depot.
District 56 and the City of Clinton invite everyone to come downtown Saturday morning and enjoy the great talents of our students! The event kicks off around 10:00 a.m.
Laurens County General Sessions Criminal Court yesterday placed 33-year-old Richard Todd “Ricky” Stribling of 1490 Knighton Chapel Road, Woodruff in the Laurens County Detention Center with sentences from two counts of Violation of Probation.
One case of violating the terms of probation was from a conviction on an Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature charge from a September, 2007 event. Stribling received a sentence of two years yesterday. He had previously served four years on that sentence. He was sentenced to serve one year for a violation of probation from a sentence related to an August 2009 event where he was charged with Indecent Exposure. He had previously served two years on this sentence. Ricky Stribling was being held in the Johnson Detention Center pending transfer to the South Carolina Department of Corrections.