Suspect arrested in Friday morning homicide

A 19-year-old Laurens man has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting of another Laurens man Friday morning at a Fleming Street residence. Azacrion D. Jones, 19, was arrested around noon Friday, just hours after he allegedly shot and killed Kimori T. Godfrey, 21, of Laurens. The Laurens Police Department was called to the…

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2 arrested after Fountain Inn dog seizures

Laurens County Animal Control seized 32 dogs from a Fountain Inn residence, and two men were arrested for ill treatment of animals Tuesday by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. LCAC Supervisor Geoff Brown said all but one of the dogs were pit bulls and part of an alleged dogfighting operation. A release from the LCSO…

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LCSO investigating apparent homicide in Laurens

UPDATE: Victim identified as Rasham Walker, 32, of Laurens. Investigators from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an apparent homicide that occurred early Thursday morning in Laurens. According to the LCSO, deputies responded around 3 a.m. to a residence on Walker Avenue in Laurens where they found the victim dead of apparent gunshot wounds.…

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PC’s Spangler signs contract extension

Presbyterian College Head Football Coach Tommy Spangler has signed a multi-year contract extension that will keep him with the Blue Hose through its beginnings in the Pioneer League in 2021. “I am excited about the opportunity to continue to build on our program here at Presbyterian,” said Spangler. “I have seen a ton of progress by…

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Enoree man facing multiple charges

An Enoree man is facing an array of charges after being arrested Friday by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Edward Whitehead, Jr., 46, of Enoree remained in the Johnson Detention Center Tuesday on drug, stolen property and firearms charges. The LCSO was part of an inter-agency investigation that included the activation of the Laurens…

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Nearby robbery causes SMS, GLEAMNS lockdown

UPDATE: According to the Sanders Middle School Facebook page, the lockdown has been reinstated and will be in effect until law enforcement gives the all clear for students to be dismissed. Sanders Middle School and the GLEAMNS Prep Academy were both placed on lockdown for about an hour Thursday afternoon following an off-campus incident. The lockdown…

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Puppy mill shut down, two arrested

Two people have been arrested on charges of animal cruelty by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office after a puppy mill was shut down Wednesday on Indian Mound Road in rural Ware Shoals. A puppy in poor health purchased from the suspects led to the investigation that began Tuesday and concluded with the last animals being…

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Person killed in Highway 14 wreck

UPDATE: Victim identified as Patricia Black Wootton, 76, of Laurens. A head-on collision on Highway 14 Tuesday morning in Gray Court claimed one life. It was the first traffic fatality of 2020 in Laurens County. The accident occurred on Highway 14 at Equinox Road, according to the South Carolna Highway Patrol. A gold Chevrolet sedan…

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District 55 to hire new superintendent from within

The Laurens School District 55 Board of Trustees spent part of Tuesday night in executive session during a called meeting to decide the next step in finding a new superintendent. After emerging from executive session, the board voted 5-2 to hire the next District 55 superintendent from among several potential candidates already working for the…

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Man gets 27 years for attempted murder

A Fountain Inn man was sentenced to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in 8th Circuit General Sessions Court to attempted murder. Quientin Eugene Spearman, 54, pleaded guilty to the October 2018 stabbing of a woman in Fountain Inn. He was arrested by Fountain Inn police after he stabbed his then girlfriend several…

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