Laurens Railroad Crossing Closed Today

     East Main Street near Downtown Laurens is closed today at the railroad crossing. Railroad repair crews were to be working on the railroad crossing. Local traffic only is allowed between Harper and Mill Streets.

Probation Violation

    South Carolina Pardon, Probation and Parole yesterday arrested a Gray Court area man on a Violation of Probation charge. 24-year-old Richard Lewis Hill Jr., also known as “Man Man,” was booked with an address at 7177 Old Laurens Road. He is accused of moving without the consent of his agent and failing to notify the agent of his change of address, and of failing to notify his agent of an arrest for Criminal Domestic Violence on February 20, 2014 by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. The Probation Violation warrant also cites various fees his is allegedly in arrears on. Richard Lewis Hill Jr. was released from the Johnson Detention Center yesterday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Laurens Council Requested to Move Election Dates

    Laurens County Registration & Elections Director Lynne West last night asked Laurens City Council to move City Elections from being held concurrently with November General Elections. She noted the state has a proviso for municipal elections to be held in the spring. She requested Laurens move their elections to the 1st Tuesday of March each odd-numbered year, which would be the same date as other county municipalities, Clinton, Cross Hill, Waterloo and Gray Court.

West promised this move will save the city money. Council accepted the request for future discussion.

Shots near Prather Circle

    Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to Prather Circle at 4:52 yesterday afternoon on a report of subjects shooting a handgun near the Prather Circle Trailer Park. While in route to the scene Officer Matthew Metz was flagged down by someone who gave a description of three men who had allegedly been observed shooting a gun a few houses down from the trailer park. The officer located three men matching the description of the men who were standing in a driveway. After denying having fired as weapon, the men reportedly cooperated with an investigation and some marijuana was located, along with evidence of a gun having been fired, including a spent shell casing that appeared to have been recently fired. Officers were able to locate a .22 caliber firearm in a container of clothing. Tickets were issued charging discharge of a firearm in city limits and Simple Possession of Marijuana. Officers seized 1.65 grams of marijuana, 2 marijuana pipes, a .22 caliber long rifle, two magazines loaded with .22 caliber shells and one spent .22 caliber shell casing.

Welcome to Jail, Pending Your Court Date

   The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday booked a woman with six General Sessions Court Bench Warrants. 45-year-old Molly Lee Hall of 501 ½ South Main Street, Fountain Inn was served with the six warrants issued December 10th, 2013. Three of the bench warrants call for her to face Possession of a Controlled Substance charges while the other three are from cases charging her with Manufacture or Distribution of Methamphetamine, Possession of less than one gram of meth and Illegal Disposal of Meth Waste. Molly Hall remains in the Johnson Detention Center.

Thief Caught ….on Camera

   Laurens City Police were reviewing surveillance video of a theft on Church Street early yesterday morning. Sgt. Shane Martin was dispatched to 430 Church at the All-Dry of the Carolinas at 430 Church Street yesterday morning, where video showed a man walking around company trucks. The recordings first show him apparently checking to see if vehicles were unlocked at 41 minutes after midnight. He then left the camera view. At 5:21 yesterday morning the man reappeared on camera and was observed entering one of the trucks and taking a jacket, some change and two lottery tickets.  The video provided a detailed description of the subject.

Power Theft

    The Laurens CPW called police to a Hampton Street residence at 1:30 yesterday afternoon on a theft of electricity report. Power to the home had been disconnected in February. Now, someone has reconnected the current. Officer Nolan observed a side door to be open, and checked in the event a burglary was in progress, or there was another emergency. He did not locate anyone inside the residence.

Men Fight, Woman Kicks?

 The Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Dragon Trail East of Laurens just before 6 last evening on a report of an assault by a man and woman from Clinton. The victim said that the male subject had knocked him down by striking him in the face with his fist, and that while wrestling on the ground the woman kicked him in the side of his face. He had scratches on his right elbow but no visible damage to his head or face. A magistrate was to be consulted about possible charges.

Anyone Seen Duke?

   Laurens Police were dispatched to Newman Street at 4:40 yesterday afternoon on a stolen dog report. A man said his 2-month-old Pitt Bull puppy was missing from his yard. The dog answers to “Duke.” It’s brown with white paws and has aunt bites on its belly. Duke was not wearing a collar.

Mr. L.C. “Dave” Ligon

Mr. L.C. “Dave” Ligon, age 86, of 242 Smyrna Hill Road, Waterloo, SC, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at his home. 

He is survived by five daughters; one sister; fourteen grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren. 

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Laurel Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Herbert Glenn officiating.   The family is at the home of his sister, Odessa Williams, 249 Smyrna Hill Road, Waterloo, SC.

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens is in charge of arrangements.