Clinton Council Moves Forward on Martha Dendy Plans

    Martha Dendy School will soon officially belong to the City of Clinton. At last night’s meeting of Clinton City Council, City Manager Frank Stovall asked council to approve a resolution allowing the city to acquire 4.51 acres of property on North Bell Street……the Martha Dendy School property.  The city will purchase the property from Laurens County School District 56 for $10.

   Stovall explained to Mayor Bob McLean and the members of council that the city has received a Community Development Block Grant which will allow the city to begin the creation of park and a community center on the property.

  He reminded council that a portion of the building at Martha Dendy has been deemed beyond repair.  The grant received is earmarked to pay for the demolition of that portion.  The fiscal year 2015 includes funds to begin the process of planning renovations for the remainder of the building for a community center. Estimated demolition costs are approximately $500,000 all of which will be funded by the block grant.

  City Council voted unanimously to proceed with the project.  Mr. Stovall advised that city staff will proceed immediately with closing to purchase the property.

Arrest Alleges Multiple Crimes in January, March & April

    The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday served multiple charges on a Greenwood man ranging from various violations connected with a police chase on Sunday and other charges from a domestic case March 31st and burglary and thefts alleged on January 7th. 21-year-old Hunter Dean Shook was booked with an address at 153 Valley Road, Greenwood. Warrants from January and March note an address on Ballentine Lake Road, Ware Shoals.

  Charges from this past Sunday include Failure to Stop for Blue Light, Disregarding a Stop Sign, No SC Driver’s License and Reckless Driving. Deputy Charles Nations states that on April 6th Hunter Shook failed to stop the motor vehicle he was driving when signaled to do so my means of siren and/or flashing lights of a law enforcement vehicle. Deputy Nations further alleges that Mr. Shook knowingly and willingly disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of Ballentine Lake Road and Maddox Bridge Road and that he drove a motor vehicle in a manner showing a willful or wanton disrespect for the persons or property. Deputy Nations further charges Hunter Shook with operating a motor vehicle on April 6th without South Carolina driver’s license.

  Three charges stem from alleged actions on March 31st from which Mr. Shook is charged with Criminal Domestic Violence, Malicious Damage and Petit Larceny. These warrants cite an investigation by Deputy Nations as indicating that the defendant attempted to cause physical harm and had the apparent present ability to cause physical harm or injury under circumstances that reasonably created fear of imminent peril to the victim. Further, Shook allegedly did $500 in damage to the same victim’s property by kicking in a door and breaking the door frame and that he took that victim’s car keys and cell phone with intent to deprive her of their use.

   In a case from January 7th of 2014 Hunter Dean Shook is charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny. Lt. Ben Blackmon alleges that Hunter Shook entered a dwelling in the 18,000 address range of Poplar Springs Church Road, Ware Shoals on that date with intent to commit a crime therein, and that he took away cash, jewelry and other items valued at more than $10,000.

   Hunter Dean Shook was being held in the Johnson Detention Center with arraignment today.

Metal Stolen near I-26

   Sheriff’s Corporal Christy Johnson was dispatched to Frontage Road near Joanna at 9:07 yesterday morning on a report of stolen metals. A man said that several piles of metal posts were taken from his vacant lot. Someone had used some kind of torch to cut the pipes in order to move them. In the process, they had apparently set the grass on fire. The theft is believed to have occurred between 8 and 8:30 Sunday night.

One Year Sentence for Probation Violation

    A Clinton man was sentenced yesterday in Laurens County General Sessions Criminal Court for a Violation of Probation charge. 38-year-old Ryan O’Neal Miller of 107 Apple Orchard Circle, Clinton was charged with violating terms of his probationary release by failing to refrain from use of illegal substances, by being in possession of pornographic DVDs and sexually stimulating books and by failing to follow the advice and instructions of his agent. Judge Frank Addy Jr. sentenced Ryan O’Neil Miller to one year in the South Carolina Department of Corrections for violating his probation. Miller was placed in the Johnson Detention Center, pending transfer into the state prison system.

$30,000 Bond on 3rd Offense CDV Charge

    A $30,000 bond was set yesterday on a Clinton man charged with Third Offense Criminal Domestic Violence. Clinton Public Safety arrested 43-year-old Anthony Lasalas Curry of 100 Countryside Circle, Apartment 8-E, Clinton shortly after 7:00 Sunday evening for that charge. In a warrant served yesterday, Mr. Curry is accused of assaulting his girlfriend by putting his hands on her in a threatening way and causing injuries. The warrant states this occurred at 100 Countryside Circle where they cohabitate. With the $30,000 bond set yesterday, Anthony Curry was transferred to the Johnson Detention Center, where he remained this morning.

Breach of Trust

   The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday charged a suspect with defrauding someone in a transaction late last month. 42-year-old Bryan Keith Davis of 1867 Stewart Dairy Road, Gray Court was charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent. Investigator Keith McIntosh states that on March 25th Bryan Keith Davis converted $12,500 to his own use at a Gray Court area car lot on Highway 14. Bryan Davis was released from the Johnson Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond of $18,000.

Publishing Forged Document Alleged

    Passing a forged document in mid-March was alleged with an arrest yesterday. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Billy Eugene Gleaton Jr. of 4921 Riverfork Road, Waterloo and charged him with Forgery and Grand Larceny. Deputy Steve Paterson states that on March 18th Billy Gleaton Jr. published as true a forged counterfeit written instrument he knew to be forged or counterfeited. Also on that date, Gleaton allegedly received in trust personal property valued at less than $1,000 and appropriated the property to his own use with intent to deprive the owner.

   Billy Gleaton was released from the Johnson Detention Center on personal recognizance bonds totaling $2,000.

Rifle Seized Following Concerns

    Laurens County Sheriff’s Lt. Jawarski Shelton responded to a Gray Court residence at 10:14 Sunday night on a report of a woman having been seen walking around in her house with a gun, for no apparent reason. The officer went to the rear door of the house due to an aggressive dog at the front door. He spoke with a man who had reported the matter, and indicated that she had shot the weapon the weapon on a previous day because she thought someone was messing with her dog. Lt. Shelton learned the woman was in he room, and noted very loud music being played inside. The door opened when he knocked, and he entered and turned down the extremely loud music. He also secured a rifle found in the room with the woman. The woman reportedly awoke and reportedly became defensive with the officer. She told of firing a shot the previous day because someone was messing with her dog and put it under her house. She reportedly said it had been going on all weekend. Before Lt. Shelton could finish talking with the woman, she fell asleep again. He informed others at the house that the firearm was going to be placed into evidence at that time.

Man Delivered to EMS

    The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Fountain Inn area home at 11:34 yesterday morning where a woman reported her 24-year-old son had taken some of her medication and had been ‘shooting’ meth for four days. He reportedly was attempting suicide. The man was found in his bedroom, talking on the phone with his wife. When a deputy attempted to get him up he reportedly became very aggressive towards the officer.  He reportedly indicated he wanted to die. EMS was called and transported the man to the hospital.

Phone Threats Alleged

    Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to Beauregard Street at 5:50 yesterday afternoon on a report of phone threats. Officer Bassett spoke with a man who indicated another man had called his phone and said he was coming to his house to attack him. When told not to call the victim, the subject reportedly stated that if he sees him in the street he’s going to cut him.