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home : news : lakelands & beyond January 26, 2020



Serial abuser sentenced to max for latest domestic incident

A Newberry man will spend a decade behind bars after being convicted Thursday afternoon for the sixth time on a charge of domestic violence, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced.

John Henry Davenport Jr., 39, of Newberry, was found guilty by a Newberry County jury of first-degree domestic violence. The jury deliberated less than an hour before returning the guilty verdict. Circuit Judge Craig Brown sentenced Davenport to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed under state law for first-degree domestic violence.


Friday, January 24, 2020

Two arrested after finding 32 dogs chained up, poor health

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection with a residence having 32 dogs chained up and appearing to be malnourished and in poor health.

Jerry Westmoreland and Chicuan Amaker of 298 Bryson Road, Fountain Inn have been arrested and charged with Ill Treatment of Animals.

Deputies responded to the residence on January 21 around 8:30 a.m. after being contacted by the Laurens County Animal Control.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Authorities remove 145 dogs & more animals from Ware Shoals home

Laurens County Animal Control and assistance from the Sheriff’s Office are working to remove 145 dogs, 2 cats, 107 chickens, 10 ducks and 8 rabbits from what they describe a “Puppy Mill” operation.

Sheriff’s office has charged two, Barry Davis and Barbara Timms with multiple counts of Animal Cruelty.

The investigation started after someone purchased a dog from the couple and noticed that it was in poor health.  They reported it to authorities.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Laurens Sheriff investigating fatal shooting

Laurens County Sheriff deputies responded to a shooting call around 3 a.m. this morning.  The call came from a residence on Walker Ave, Laurens.  When officers arrived, they found one deceased victim of a gunshot wounds.

Sheriff says there is no immediate danger to the public and that they are investigating the incident.  They should have more information later today.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Anderson man killed in single vehicle accident in Abbeville

SCHP said a fatal accident occurred early Wednesday morning around 4 a.m. in Abbeville County on Hwy 201.

Abbeville Coroner’s Office said Cameron Lollis, 31 of Anderson died of blunt force trauma after his 2006 Ford van ran off the road, hit a bridge and overturned.  They said Lollis was wearing a seat belt.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Head-on collision on Hwy 72, one killed

South Carolina Highway Patrol has reported that a head-on collision occurred around 1:30 am this morning that killed one driver.  The collision occurred on Hwy 72 in Abbeville County.

 

Friday, January 3, 2020

NS Police arrest car thieves

Earlier this morning a Ninety Six Police Officers noticed a suspicious vehicle on Kate Fowler Road.  As they attempted to perform a traffic stop, the vehicle attempted to flee.

The officer pursued the vehicle for a short time until it finally ran off the road into a ditch.  Four suspects jumped out to the vehicle attempting to run.  The officer was able to catch one of them.  Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office joined the search and set up a perimeter around Roxanna Drive and down Golf Course Road.  Using GCSO bloodhounds they were able to flush out two more suspects and take them into custody.  One remains at-large.


Monday, December 30, 2019

Abbeville County Animal Shelter Pets of the Month: Graham & Nicole

It is hard not to notice all of the toys behind Graham in this picture. This is because he LIVES for his toys! He absolutely loves to play ball and to play outside. Graham is always happy. I mean look at that smile on his face! He loves to meet new people and other dogs. Graham is a 2 year old mix breed. He has been at the shelter for 215 days! He would love not to have to spend another day here at the shelter and spend it in a home of his own. Come meet sweet, playful Graham today!

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

WCTEL Sponsors Due West Robotics Club
Shannon Sears, Director of Commercial Operations at WCTEL met the Due West Robotics Club at the Daniel-Moultrie Science Center on Erskine’s Campus. The Robotics Club presented their projects from the previous seasons and their plans for the upcoming season. These projects help to develop the students’ problem solving, engineering, and technical skillsets. 
Monday, December 2, 2019

Federation of Families of South Carolina to hold Statewide Art Contest for the South Carolina Children's Mental Health Awareness Poster

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Federation of Families of South Carolina will hold a statewide Art Contest in recognition of Children’s Mental Health Month. This year’s Art Contest theme is “Messengers of Hope.” During the month of May, the Federation of Families of South Carolina celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and recognizes the month of May as Children’s Mental Health Month.

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Abbeville Nursing Home Halloween Carnival
The Abbeville Nursing Home’s Activity Department held its annual Halloween Carnival on Thursday, October 31, 2019 for the Abbeville Community.  From haunted games, to face painting, candy, and “Clown Down”, this event will be the will be the talk of the town for months to come.  Activity Director, Renee Bledsoe, would like to thank the Abbeville Nursing Home Staff and the Abbeville High School Interact Students for helping create this fun-filled event.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Meth dealer sentenced to 25 years in prison

An Iva man will spend the next 25 years behind bars after an Abbeville County jury found the man guilty on one count of trafficking methamphetamine, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Wednesday.

Kenneth Earle McGill, 67, was found guilty of trafficking methamphetamine, 100-200 grams, late Tuesday afternoon following a two-day trial at the Abbeville County Courthouse. Circuit Judge Donald Hocker then sentenced McGill to 25 years in prison. The crime is considered violent under state law and McGill will have to serve a minimum of 85 percent of the sentence before being considered for parole. McGill has at least two prior convictions for distributing methamphetamines.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fukoku America, Inc. promoted the first Breast Cancer Awareness campaign

As part of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fukoku America, Inc. launched a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of early detection in the battle against breast cancer. The campaign accomplished an important goal: it united and inspired Fukoku’s employees to spread out and educate their families and friends about the importance of early diagnosis and their health. Fukoku’s first breast cancer campaign has raised more than $200 and will be donated to Susan G. Komen foundation to support breast cancer prevention awareness efforts.

 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Troy man arrested after assaulting officer

On Friday, Nov 1, 2019 the Ninety Six Police arrested a man after noticing his vehicle tag did not match the vehicle it was on according to Ninety Six Police Chief Chris Porter.  Chief Porter explained that his officers noticed the vehicle while parked at the BP convenience store in town.  As they attempted to engage with the suspect after finding out that he had active warrants, the man resisted and fought the officers.  As they struggled, the suspect attempted to reach for a gun that he had on him.  The officers were able to get the gun away after tasing him and finally apprehended him.  The suspect was carrying a 45. Caliber pistol.

Jamie Andrew Dobbins, 31 of 907 Brown Town Road, Troy SC was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Assault and battery high and aggravated nature
  • Distribution controlled substance
  • Distribution of meth
  • DUS 2nd offense
  • Drugs, poss of 28g or less of marijuana or 10g or less of hash
  • False information to police officer
  • Grand Larceny more than $2,000, less than $5,000
  • Petit Larceny
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Resisting arrest with assault on officer
  • Resisting arrest with a deadly weapon
  • Unlawful carrying a pistol
  • Unlawful use of tag

Monday, November 4, 2019


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