The residence of man now being held in the county detention center was broken into this week. Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Byrd was dispatched to Cross Hill at 8:11 last night to meet with a woman who said she and her husband check on a neighbor’s house during his absence. She said they went to the house near 12,000 Highway 72 West Wednesday and noticed the back door was slightly open. A board that had been put in to secure the door had a big split in the wood. She said they didn’t find anything missing at that time, but returned yesterday and found that a bedroom door had been forced open and a 52-inch TV was taken from the bedroom. Value of the stolen TV was $700.
Manufacturing Methamphetamine charges were served yesterday on a Laurens man arrested in the overnight from an alleged meth lab. The Sheriff’s office charged 23-year-old Robert Mackenzie Howell of 69 Sullivan Road, Laurens with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste and Simple Possession of Marijuana. Deputy Charles Nations states that on November 27th Robert Howell manufactured methamphetamine and did unlawfully dispose of methamphetamine waste without authority to do so. Nation states that on November 26th Howell was in possession of less than 28 grams of marijuana. Bonds were set totaling $20,620 on the three charges. Robert Mackenzie Howell remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.
City of Clinton Community & Economic Director Stephen Taylor and Laurens City Clerk Gary Coleman were among 55 local leaders and development professionals from across South Carolina who recently completed the 2013 South Carolina Economic Development Institute.
Institute graduates received their Certificates of Completion during the final day of the 2013 Institute held at Rock Hill City Hall.
During the program’s two-day sessions, participants traveled to various locations throughout the state gaining insight into economic development issues impacting South Carolina, including: water and wastewater infrastructure, available industrial or business buildings and the community development components necessary to attract investment.
The Institute is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association. The program emphasizes essential elements necessary to be competitive in today’s global economy and educates attendees on the emerging trends in community and economic development.
Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said “Economic development is a team effort, requiring input from organizations and individuals from across the state. The Institute gives participants the knowledge and tools to compete in today’s challenging economic environment.” Hitt added “While we continue to look outward for economic development opportunities, these graduates will help our state remain competitive and well-prepared for future growth.”
The South Carolina Economic Development Institute is entering into its 24th year and is open to participants from a wide variety of organizations and entities, such as local council members, government employees, economic development professionals and community board members.
Laurens City Police yesterday arrested a local man on charges of exploiting another man he had responsibility for. 52-year-old William McArthur Abercrombie of 406 Irby Avenue Extension, Laurens was charged with Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult.
Detective Tony Lynch states that between June 1st 2011 and November 26th, 2013 William Arthur Abercrombie committed the crime of exploitation of a vulnerable adult by unauthorized use of the funds, assets, property, power of attorney, guardianship or conservatorialship of a vulnerable adult for profit or advantage. Abercrombie was placed in the Johnson Detention Center with a cash or surety bond set at $5,000.
A Clinton man has been charged with holding a gun on another man this past summer. The Sheriff’s Office yesterday booked 41-year-old Sebastian Matthew Young of 590 Phillips Street, Apartment H-2, Clinton on a Pointing and Presenting charge. Deputy T.A. Alexander states that on June 29th Sebastian Matthew Young presented a firearm to the victim at a location on Coleman Road, Clinton. The warrant states this was not in an act of self-defense. Sebastian Young was released from the Johnson Detention Center on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.
Laurens Police Sgt. Gainey was patrolling Anderson Drive at 11:15 last night and reportedly observed a suspicious SUV parked at the Y with the engine running and the lights on. As he approached the vehicle it left the parking lot taking Anderson Drive toward Church Street. Sgt. Gainey reported the vehicle failed to yield at the intersection at Church Street, and failed to use turn signals. He made a traffic stop, with the dark-colored SUV pulling off at the Palmetto Bank on Church. Sgt. Gainey reportedly observed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and noted the woman inside appeared to be nervous, attempting to hide something. Further investigation reportedly located 3.3 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, along with scales with marijuana residue. Sgt. Gainey also allegedly found 17 green pills believed to be Klonopin. $110 cash was reportedly found inside a Trojan condom box that was located under the driver’s seat.
18-year-old Callison Bree Taylor of 49 Brookwood Circle, Laurens was arrested and placed in the Johnson Detention Center. Warrants were to be sought to charge Bree Taylor with Simple Possession of Marijuana and with Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.
Clinton Public Safety has charged a woman with assaulting her boyfriend with a kitchen knife. 26-year-old Sherri Latwon Goggins of 611 Bailey Street, Clinton was arrested at 9:50 Tuesday night. She was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature and with Possession of a Deadly Weapon during Commission of a Crime. Public Safety Officer Naomi Bassett states that on November 26th the defendant did assault the victim by presenting a kitchen knife and threaten to kill him. The warrant notes that the defendant and victim cohabit in the same household in the means of a romantic relationship and have a child in common. The assault allegedly occurred at 611 Bailey Street. The second warrant states the defendant allegedly was in possession of a kitchen knife as a deadly weapon while committing the crime of Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature. Sherri Goggins was transferred to the Johnson Detention Center yesterday, where she remained early today with bonds totaling $15,000.
Laurens Police Officer James Woody and Lt David Brewer responded to Price Street at 2:04 this morning regarding a physical altercation between a 30-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man. Officers were told that the man had accused the woman of cheating on him. She reportedly replied that in fact she was seeing someone else and she wanted him to move out of the house. He reportedly became upset and allegedly starting hitting her in the face, then grabbed her and held her down in the floor. After some time she was able to get up from the dining room floor and reportedly ran to the kitchen and obtained a knife that she used to keep the man from getting to her. He was reportedly cut on the finger during an attempt to get to her. He initially rejected an offer of medical treatment. After investigating the situation, officers placed the man under arrest. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of the cut to his hand. 52-year-old Willie Norris Brown of 107 Price Street was to be charged with Simple Domestic Assault. Meanwhile, a bench warrant was also reportedly located that was to be served on him.
The Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Beaverdam Creek Road, Gray Court at 8:21 last night after Spartanburg County 911 received a call from the address. A woman had advised that all was OK, but a Spartanburg 911 operator reported hearing a male yelling in the background. The man had left when Deputy Steven Sweat arrived. The woman said she and her husband had an argument that began with a sandwich not being made fast enough for him. She indicated the argument escalated to the point where he threw the sandwich against the wall and he knocked over the Christmas tree. Deputy Sweat observed the tree was then standing, but observed what appeared to be sandwich meat hanging off a tapestry on the living room wall. There were two children in the residence who reportedly told the deputy that there was meat on the wall and the Christmas tree had been knocked over.
The wife said her husband had not laid hands on her, and that she had called 911 out of fear; but she said things were now fine and she didn’t want to pursue charges.
A Joanna man is accused of taking items from another man earlier this month. The Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested 18-year-old Quentavius Neville “Tay” Dowdy of 211 Moultrie Street, Joanna and served him with a warrant charging Petit Larceny. It states that on November 4th the defendant took away items valued at $200 from a location on the Whitmire Highway, Joanna. Quentavius “Tay” Dowdy was released on $1,092 personal recognizance bond.