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Laurens County SC

Clinton Police make arrest in Wednesday’s fatal shooting

May 27, 2021 Clinton, S.C.  – A Greenville man has been charged with the murder of a Clinton resident who was shot at Countryside Townhouses Wednesday morning in what appears to stem from a domestic violence issue, according to Clinton Police Chief Sonny Ledda. Devon Rhys Neal, 33, of Satterfield Drive, Greenville, was arrested Wednesday by…

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Immunity for parents, Safe Haven for babies

The South Carolina Department of Social Services announced this month that earlier in April an infant born at Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital had been surrendered to Laurens County Sheriff Deputies and then to DSS under Daniel’s Law, the name for the state’s Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act. Daniel’s Law was established after a…

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The new debate – Allergies or COVID?

April 15, 2021 Laurens, S.C. – Yellow pollen clouds aren’t quite as thick as they were a week or so ago but allergy season is still in full swing, and the “Is it COVID or is it allergies?” question is a common thread in conversations in workplaces and in doctors’ offices. Dr. Nate Benitez with…

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County’s first 2021 rabies exposure north of Clinton

The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed that a raccoon found near Highway 56 North in Clinton, SC between Countryside Circle and Springdale Drive has tested positive for rabies. One person was exposed and has been referred to their healthcare provider. Two weeks ago DHEC announced a rabid raccoon in Greenwood County, and…

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Thursday afternoon storms take down trees, cause outages

March 25, 2021 Laurens, S.C. – A strong and quick moving thunderstorm, part of a tornado warning for the area, caused downed trees and power outages. Crews from Laurens Commission of Public Works and Laurens Electric Cooperative are currently out working to restore power. “We had 180 out around Wattsville and Church Street,” said John…

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Gary Jacks still sought by Clinton police regarding last week’s park shooting

March 17, 2021 Clinton, South Carolina – Warrants were obtained on Monday regarding a shooting which took place last Wednesday afternoon in Oak Street Park, Clinton, and the suspect, Gary Lee Jacks, is currently considered a wanted person in connection with the shooting. Jacks, 35, is wanted for attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and…

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