Clinton Public Safety early yesterday afternoon investigated a Burglary, Breaking and Entering at an apartment at 1321 South Broad Street. A woman said someone entered her apartment through the kitchen window by removing the screen. Since the window was up already, nothing was broken to enter. Someone had opened the doors to the TV stand, and left them open, but did not take anything from there. Even containers with money were not removed. She did note that whoever entered her apartment took six pills of her husband’s medicine. These included hydrocodone and trazodone tablets. Nothing else was noted as missing.
Responding to the needs of local industry, Piedmont Tech has announced a new Condensed Program for Computer Numerical Control, or CNC operation.
The CNC operations certificate is generally a two semester class where students are in class 12-18 hours a week. The class requested by ZF will condense the program into one semester with new employees in class 30 hours a week.
“It’s a lot, but that’s what ZF wants because they want these employees to be trained when they come in the door,” said Rusty Denning, associate vice president of Continuing Education and Economic Development. While the new CNC class has been created at the request of ZF, Denning says it is not limited to that company.
“The beauty of what we do is that any change of format is available to anyone. What we’re trying to do is be as flexible as possible for area businesses.”
Denning noted the new, condensed CNC format is just the latest in programs that have been created to accelerate the training process for local businesses. The QuickSkills program created last year offers three different certificates that can be completed in six weeks and is offered at several different start dates each term. The three concentrations – Manufacturing Assembly Operator, Quality Assurance Technician and CNC Operations – are offered at the PTC Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens County along with soft skills training through the Workforce Readiness Center.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office made three Domestic Violence arrests this weekend, including two cases deemed of a High and Aggravated Nature.
The arrests included one on Saturday from an alleged assault that day. 31-year-old Kenneth Dwayne Sullivan of 108 Thrift Drive, Fountain Inn was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature.
A warrant alleges that on March 8th Sullivan allegedly attempted to cause injury to a member of his household. He allegedly used a deadly weapon in the commission of the assault and/or caused a reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily injury or death. The warrant states the act was aggravated in that the defendant used a brick and struck the victim about the back, causing severe injuries to the victim’s body.
A Surety bond was set this weekend at $25,000 on the Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature charge. Kenneth Dwayne Sullivan of Fountain Inn remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.
Another arrest Saturday from a domestic altercation was 26-year-old Alonia Avyce Johnson of Unit H at 105 Boyd Avenue, Simpsonville. She was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature. In an arrest warrant, Deputy Jamie Edwards states that on March 8th Alonia Johnson did knowingly and willfully cause or attempt to cause injury to a member of her household. She allegedly used a deadly weapon in the commission of the assault and/or caused a reasonable fear to a member of her household. The act being aggravated in that the defendant used a stick and struck the victim about the head, causing swelling and knots to appear on the victim’s forehead. Alonia Avyce Johnson was released Sunday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.
Still another case involved the arrest Friday on 41-year-old Carmelo Hernandez of 344 Byrd Drive, Clinton. In his charge of Criminal Domestic Violence, Deputy Page alleges that Camelo Hernandez caused physical harm or had the apparent present ability to cause harm under circumstances that reasonably created the fear of imminent peril to the victim. Camelo Hernandez was released Sunday on a $5,000 Bond.
Malicious Damage and theft of a vehicle over the past two months were alleged with the arrest of a Gray Court area resident this weekend. The Sheriff’s Office yesterday booked 34-year-old Christopher Patrick Miller of 1356 Hellams Road on charges of Trespass, Malicious Injury and Grand Larceny. A Warrant alleged that on February 9th he maliciously did $500 damage to property of a victim in the 7800 address range of Green Pond Road by cutting the fence and driving through the fence. In the Grand Larceny warrant, Lt. Bryant Cheek alleges that on January 2nd Miller took a Yamaha Wolverine valued at $2400 from a location on Geddy Road, Gray Court. A $25,000 surety bond was set on the Grand Larceny charge. Bonds of $1,092 and $647 were set on the Malicious Injury and Trespass charges. Christopher Miller remained in the Johnson Detention Center earlier this morning.
The Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested a Laurens County resident in connection with alleged stalking by phone. 36-year-old Darnell Bradley Lancaster of 1001 Cooper Bridge Road, Woodruff charged with Stalking and Unlawful Use of Telephone.
Warrants state that on March 3rd Darnell Lancaster did use a pattern of words through a cell phone that served no legitimate reason and were intended to cause the victim for fear for their life and safety. He is accused of using profane, obscene, vulgar and/or indecent language for the purpose of annoying or harassing the victim and his or her family. Darnell Lancaster was being held in the Johnson Detention Center overnight, pending a bond hearing on the charges.
The Highway Patrol arrested a Clinton man this weekend on charges that included being an Habitual Offender. 49-year-old Eldred Severio Bates of 205 Bell Street Circle, Clinton was charged by Trooper Salter with Receiving Stolen Goods, Driving under Suspension of his license and of being an Habitual Offender. Tickets on the charges noted an arrest at 2:24 Saturday morning on Interstate 385. Bates was also charged with Failure to Maintain Insurance, with having an Improper Tag and with an Open Container violation. A $10,000 bond was set this weekend on the Receiving Stolen Goods charge. Bonds ranging from $155 up to $445 were set on the other charges. Eldred Severio Bates remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman Saturday in an alleged case of pointing a firearm at someone that day. 40-year-old Kia Cymanda Edwards of Unit 46 at 495 Pinehaven Street Extension, Laurens was booked on the charge Pointing and Presenting a Firearm. Sheriff’s Sgt. Nick Moye states that on March 8, 2014 Kia Cymanda Edwards did unlawfully, and not in self-defense, point a firearm at another woman at the victim’s address. Kia Edwards was released from the Johnson Detention Center yesterday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.
Lynne West, Director of the Laurens County Registrations and Elections office issued a memo Thursday stating the filing fees for the 2014 June primaries. It states that candidates seeking the nomination of a party that nominates by primary (Democratic and Republican) must pay a filing fee. Filing fees are one percent of the annual base salary multiplied by the term of office. The Fees Chart is as follows:
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|30 – LAURENS||Probate Judge||
|30 – LAURENS||Auditor||
|30 – LAURENS||CountyTreasurer||
|30 – LAURENS||County Council District||
The filing period opens at noon Sunday, March 16th and closes at Noon on Sunday, March 30th. The primaries will be held on Tuesday, June10th.
Yesterday around 3pm, Sgt. Carter of the LCSO responded to a scrap yard in Gray Court in reference to someone trying to scrap a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, Sgt. Carter learned that a suspect attempted to scrap a 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. A Scrap yard employee ran the vin number through DMV and found the vehicle to be stolen. Central Dispatch and the Sheriff’s Office ran the vin and it came back clear. The suspect stated that the car had been on his grandmother’s property as long as he could remember and he had permission from his family to scrap the car. No charges were filed due to the discrepancy but the junkyard would not accept the vehicle because their records showed it stolen. The man in possession of the car left with his Carlo.
On Wednesday, Deputy McMahan was called to a residence on Hampton Avenue Laurens concerning a wife trying to run over her husband. The complaintant stated that his wife came home saying she was moving out. He said they had an argument and she left cursing him and got in the car. He stated he walked outside to talk to her and she turned her car toward him and stomped on the gas. He reached in and grabbed her and she rolled the window up with his arm in it and drove off again. The complaintant said he hung on until she stopped. The complaintant said he didn’t want to file charges but wanted the incident documented. The deputy did see bruising and an abrasion from having his arm in the window as well as tire marks where someone sped away quickly. Investigations will follow up on this report.