Gray Court woman arrested for felony DUI

A Gray Court woman is facing felony DUI and child-endangerment charges after the car she was driving struck a work truck and critically injured two men working along I-385 this past Wednesday. Pamela Michelle Tackett, 31, of Gray Court, has been charged with two counts of felony DUI with great personal injury in the incident.…

Tollison to run, 2 to challenge in District 5

Laurens County Councilman Keith Tollison announced this past week that he will seek re-election to his District 5 seat on council. But the race will be crowded in the fifth district headed to the June 12 Republican Primary. Meanwhile, District 4 Councilman Stuart Jones will go unchallenged barring a write-in campaign. The filing period for…

3 running to replace Nash on county council

Three Republican candidates are seeking the Laurens County Council District 1 seat currently occupied by veteran Councilman Ted Nash. Nash opted to retire at the end of his term in November, citing health concerns. Susan K. Thackston, Ryan D. Thorne and Kemp Younts filed to run for the District 1 seat. The winner among them…

Arrest made in Thursday bomb threats

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday afternoon that it had arrested a suspect in the bomb threats called in earlier that morning. The threats forced the evacuation of Laurens County Memorial Hospital and the Clinton and Newberry offices of Palmetto Bone and Joint Clinic. Eric Rico Hill, 29, of Bailey Street in Clinton was arrested…

Clinton Middle School copycat bomb threats ‘unacceptable behavior’

Clinton, SC – No students have been charged, but Clinton Public Safety was called when numerous copycat-style bomb threats were written on various bathroom walls in Clinton Middle School early on Wednesday, resulting in a special-called school assembly that very day to explain the negative ramifications for any child found to have written the notes.…

Hospital evacuated after bomb threat, nothing found

Patients and staff began re-entering Laurens County Memorial Hospital just before noon Thursday following a bomb threat that caused the hospital to be evacuated. The threat came into the hospital around 9 a.m. Security conducted an initial sweep of the building, and 46 patients along with hospital staff were evacuated. “Out of extreme caution, Laurens…

Davis enters voluntary manslaughter plea

Ronald Duyane Davis halted his murder trial after more than two days of testimony and legal maneuvering, pleading guilty to volunteer manslaughter in the 2016 shooting death of his girlfriend at their Fountain Inn residence. Davis entered his guilty plea Wednesday afternoon, agreeing to a sentence of 25 years in prison to run concurrently with…

Single-car crash kills Honea Path man

A single-car accident on U.S. Highway 76 near Ware Shoals claimed the life Friday of a Honea Path man. Brian Scott Humphries, 41, of Chiquola Avenue in Honea Path was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident near Humbert Road about 5.7 miles north of Ware Shoals. According S.C. State Trooper Cpl. Justin Sutherland,…

Threats at Clinton High lead to police presence

A pair of threats written on the walls of a bathroom stall at Clinton High School led to an increased police presence at the school Monday. The initial threat read: “On March 25th I will shot up this school I swear,” according to Laurens District 56 Superintendent Dr. David O’Shields. O’Shields said after contacting Clinton…

LCSO seeking help with tool theft

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a recent theft in the Clinton area. According to the LCSO, the theft occurred at Lanford Industrial Services Company on Highway 72 in Clinton. A tool box containing welding equipment and related accessories was stolen from a work truck on the property during the early morning…