Two women have now been charged in connection with an alleged incident of attempting to get extra money for scrap metal by concealing someone in the car that was carrying the scrap metal during the weigh-in Tuesday. 44-year-old Shirley Deanne Burns of 1 Cody Lane, Fountain Inn reportedly stayed behind and was the first arrested. The other female suspect, 18-year-old Rebecca Lynn Kautz of 4 Cody Lane, Fountain Inn, later turned herself in. Both have now been charged with Obtaining Money under False Pretense. A male of late teens or early 20’s was still being sought in connection with the incident. Ms. Burns and Ms. Kautz were being held earlier today pending arraignment on the charge.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested a Joanna man on multiple charges in connection with alleged crimes against a girlfriend on two days last month.
22-year-old Dashua Terrell “Dash” Reeder, booked listing an address at 402 West Calhoun Street, Joanna is charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, Two counts of Criminal Domestic Violence, Malicious Damage and with Unlawful Use of a Telephone.
From alleged activities on April 15th, Deputy Bollman alleges that Dash Reeder committed a domestic assault on the victim at their address on West Calhoun Street. Reeder is also accused of 2nd Degree Burglary for allegedly entering the West Calhoun Street residence without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein. He is further charged with Malicious Damage for allegedly doing $2,500 in damage by breaking out three windows, cracking the windshield and causing dents in the right rear door of the victim’s vehicle at 402 West Calhoun Street, Joanna on April 15th.
From alleged activities on April 27th, Deputy Carter charges Dash Reeder with Criminal Domestic Violence for allegedly following the victim’s vehicle and coming at her in an aggressive manner and also allegedly threatening her. An Unlawful Use of Telephone charge states that on April 27th he allegedly used profane, obscene, vulgar and/or indecent language repeatedly for the purpose of annoying/harassing the victim and her family.
Cash or Surety Bonds on the charges included $25,000 on the Burglary, $5,000 on the Malicious Damage, $2,179 on each of the Domestic Violence charges and $1,092 on the Unlawful Use of Telephone case. Dashua Terrell Reeder remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with bonds over $35,000.
The Sheriff’s Office yesterday charged a man with harassing a woman last month. 56-year-old Arthur Clyde Clark Jr. of 1208 Warrior Creek Church Road, Gray Court was charged with Harassment 1st Degree. Sheriff’s Investigator Ben Blackmon alleges that between April 1st and 15th of this year the defendant harassed a woman by maintaining surveillance and unwanted contact with her. Arthur Clark was released on $3,000 personal recognizance bond.
Laurens County Council last night voted to help fund participation in national competitions by three local school teams, but not without controversy. Council was presented with a request for funding to help the Clinton High School and Bell Street Middle School Science Olympiad Teams travel to Dayton, Ohio for the National Science Olympiads in May and to help the Laurens District 55 High Robotics Team travel to St. Louis, Missouri this week for the International Robotics competition.
At first a motion was made to give the Clinton Team $7,500 to be shared by the CHS and Bell Street Middle School teams, then $5,000 for the Laurens Robotics team. Councilman Joe Wood said “I want to congratulate both teams on their success, but I do not believe the county can afford this.” Councilman Ted Nash also disapproved, saying
“Schools get the biggest chunk now of our tax dollars.” Councilwoman Diane Anderson supported the funding, saying “This is a need we can and should address.” Councilman Ed McDaniel said that he disagrees with any type of this special funding, but he also disagreed with each school district getting a different amount. In an ironic twist, although McDaniel disapproved of the funding, he made a motion to give both districts the $7,500 amount, since that amount had already been mentioned; but he warned that this sort of spending can be dangerous and could lead to the county being in a deficit position. The motion to provide the funds passed with a vote of 4 to 3.
Shoplifting was more than a handful yesterday for Laurens City Police. And that includes more than a handful in the number of arrests. Six people were placed in the county detention center, and we understand there are warrants for others also pending.
Three were jailed yesterday for allegedly shoplifting merchandise from the Family Dollar Store at 102 Fleming Street. These were a 21-year-old man from Wilson Town Road, Laurens, a 25-year-old woman from Warrior Creek Church Road,Gray Court and a 19-year-old female from Forest Road.
The Laurens man was also being held for charges from the Sheriff’s Office.
Three more were jailed for allegedly shoplifting at Wal-Mart yesterday.
These included a 17-year-old male from Laurens, a 19-year-old Waterloo female and a 21-year-old Laurens woman from 221 North.
Ekom Volunteer Fire Department is on fire.
The building is fully involved with ALL apparatus still inside. We’re working on the story for WLBG News now.
Avoid the area of Neely Ferry Road between Ekom Road and Indian Mound Road in Laurens County.
WLBG is working on this story and will have details as soon as possible. For now, this is an active, working fire. Please stay out of the area for the next several hours.
UPDATE: 1330 hours
A call for assistance went out Thursday afternoon and at least a half dozen fire departments in Laurens County have responded.
The fire, this time, was a place near and dear to the heart of any firefighter – a fire station. Ekom Volunteer Fire Department caught fire Thursday afternoon reportedly with all firefighting apparatus still inside the fully involved building. Reports from the scene indicate that the building and most of the equipment have been lost.
Neely Ferry Road is closed between Ekom Road and Indian Mound Road. Please avoid the area as firefighters are still working to bring this fire under control. Stay tuned to REAL Radio 860 WLBG and wlbg.com for further information.
Laurens County Council gave a unanimous approval to adopt April as Fair Housing Month in Laurens County. The vote Tuesday night is required in anticipation of applying for a Community Development Block Grant.
Another unanimous vote was to approve appointees to the Laurens County Accommodation Tax Commission. The appointees were presented by Andy Howard, Director of Laurens County Parks Recreation and Tourism.
They are Doug Hendricks of Steamers Café, Mark Long of Hickory Hills Barbecue, Sherry Anders of Comfort Inn Suites, Sam Pike of Hampton Inn, Jamie Adair of the Arts commission, Nancy Griffith- in the History Author category and Bill Wilson at large.
State Law requires that the council appoint such a committee to review applications and to make recommendations to council for the expenditure of a portion of the Accommodations Tax for the promotion of tourism.
In a third, split vote this week, County Council gave approval to pay a six thousand dollar fee for additional design work on the proposed new County Administrative Offices at Hillcrest Square. Architect Dennis Ashley is to do the work.
Real Radio 860 WLBG Sports Report: 3-27-13
- Softball: Chapman 13 – CHS 1… The Lady Red Devil softball team traveled to Chapman last night and their defensive woes continue as they Chapman took a 13-1 win… Coach Templeton said that defensive errors were again the Red Devils biggest problem as they forced Jessica Wood to have to throw just too many pitches…. Brittany Templeton led the team with 2 hits and Wood had the Red Devils only RBI in the 2nd inning.
- Baseball: CHS 2 – Chapman 1… Better news for the baseball team as they defeated Chapman at home by a score of 2-1… Chapman jumped out first putting up their only run in the 2nd inning… Clinton tied the game in the 3rd inning when Matt Craven singled and later stole 2nd… Brandon Pitts then singled driving in Craven… Clinton got the go ahead run in the 5th inning B. Pitts singled with 1 out… Colby Templeton followed with single putting runners on 1st & 2nd base with 1 out… A wild pitch then allowed each runner to move up a base… Dalton Foster then grounded out but Pitts was able to score on the play making it 2-1… Austin Wooten gets the complete game win giving up only 4 hits while striking out 7 and walking 2… Brandon Pitts led the Red Devils at the plate going 2-3… For more statistics on the game, click on the following: 2013-3-26__CHS-2__Chapman-1
- Softball: LDHS 10 – Woodmont 6… In region softball action at LDHS last night, the Lady Raiders took a 10-6 win over the Lady Wildcats of Woodmont… Woodmont had a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the 4th inning when Laurens tied the game with 2 runs of their own… Elizabeth Carmen walked and Maria Williamson followed with a single that was misplayed for an error by the Woodmont outfielder allowing Carmen to score and Williamson to go to 3rd… Williamson scored when Jordan Henderson singled… Woodmont jumped back on top with 4 runs in the top of the 5th inning…. The lady Raider bats came alive in the bottom of the 5th inning as they pounded out 8 runs on 9 hits to take the lead for good… Tara Bond started the inning off with a single and the next 7 Raiders all had hits… Woodmont then finally got an out before Bond had another hit in the inning… Logan Hill picked up the win as she came in to pitch in the top of the 5th inning relieving Allison Foreback… Foreback came back [Read more...]
10. A grave situation recently occurred in California when a mortuary buried the wrong Woman. Her Husband said that he just thought she had changed a lot.
9. A middle school student got in trouble at school for giving away money. She brought $20,000 of her neighbor’s money and gave it away $500 at a time.
8. Dog survives after eating 111 pennies. What was he thinking? Did he tell his buddies they tasted like chicken?
7. A psychic has decided that space aliens are much better at sex than earth men. Randy, have I showed you me new ET costume yet?
6. Levi’s has developed some new jeans made of recycled plastic water bottles. They have a tag that says made from Trash. Could you fill your pockets with water?
5. Workers at as local fast food restaurant called the police when an in toxicatred man passed out in his French fries.they might have believed him when he said he was just looking at them if he didn’t have one hanging out of his nose.
4. A new computer virus sends you an E-mail letting you know hundreds of dollars of pizza have been ordered on your credit card. When you click the cancel now button, a virus is installed on your browser letting someone see everything you do.
3. A Miami Teenager who was running from the Police asked a homeowner to help him hide out. The homeowner was a Miami detective. The teenager did get rest on the coach before he got taken to jail.
2. A 62 year old man was fired from his job after saving some children from a shark on an Australian Beach. The man was supposed to be on sick leave when his boss saw him on TV.
1. Judge Judy may be going back to court, but this time on the other side of the bench. A woman claims her husband sold the Judge some china for $50,000 that should have cost $500,000. Sound to me like the husband fired the first shot at that divorce.
The December financial report for the Laurens County Health Care System shows better than expected performance for Laurens County’s Hospital. Chief Financial Officer Will Grant told the hospital board Tuesday night that December had a loss of $229,000, which was actually better than the $378,000 loss projected for the month.
He said December income was 8% above the budgeted amount, while expenses were up 4%, resulting in overall better than expected performance.
Grant said that the areas of higher-than-budgeted expenses were due to salaries, up due to acute care days being up in December; and supplies. He said he still needs to investigate what happened to create the additional supply costs.
Getting information is still a work in progress for the Health Care System, since the new computer operating system went on-line late last year.
Board Chairman Mike Ellison said the staff has been doing an enormous job of developing the new Med-Tech System. He said it’s the usual process that it takes time to get all the reports providing the information needed from an entirely new operating system. Ellison said by the time the board receives March financials; he expects all the details to be worked out.
CFO Will Grant also noted that February had traditionally been the hospital systems best month, because of debt set-off. That’s where people who have not paid their hospital bill have their state tax return used to pay off hospital bills. Grant said that with a ten-day delay in this year’s tax return system, the SC debt set-off is also running behind some ten days. He expects the additional income to be spread between February and March this year.