Jury Scam Coincides With Recent Court Term
Only 14 defendants were sentenced during an abbreviated two-week term of Saluda County General Sessions Court, but the biggest news may have been a jury scam that coincided with the proceedings
The Saluda Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls regarding someone calling citizens acting as a law enforcement officer. The victims said they received a call stating that they recently missed jury duty. The caller stated that if they did not pay money through forms of Greendot cards or prepaid cards that they would be arrested.
Should this happen again, Sheriff John Perry wants everyone to be very cautious when speaking with someone via the telephone about judicial business. Do not go purchase any card and relay the information via telephone.
Clerk of Court Doris Holmes said court session dates are published on the Clerk of Court website, so it is not hard for scammers to know when to make their calls.
There were no jury trials during the court term, which was shortened by the Confederate Memorial Day holiday on May 10.
Presiding over the terms were Judge Knox McMahon during the first week and Judge William Keesley durin g the second week.
Sentenced on guilty pleas were the following:
Marquez De’Andre Austin, burglary 2nd (non-violent), four years. Saca J. Coleman, perjury, one years, suspended to time served and one year probation.
Ashley Nichole Copelan, possession of Schedule I-V drugs 1st, 30 days, suspended to time served. Carsee Marques Gartrell, assault & battery 2nd degree, six month, concurrent with YOA sentence.
David Antonio Graham, possession of Cocaine, 90 days, concurrent with probation violation. Joseph Peter Harmon, manufacturing meth 2nd, five years, suspended to 159 days times served and five years probation.
Richard McCarter James, possession of cocaine 1st, five days and one year probation. Brian Timothy Long, domestic violence 3rd, 90 days, concurrent with probation violation.
Jeffery Grant Moore, possession with intent to distribute marijuana 1st, three years, suspended to 105 days time served and two years probation. Harry James Poole, burglary 3rd, YOA not to exceed three years, suspended to three years probation.
Montez Tyrell Quattlebaum, distributing crack cocaine 1st, three years & $1000, suspended to two days times served and five years probation. Shyheim Tyrone Rauch, assault & battery 2nd, YOA not to exceed three years, suspended to 30 months probation.
John Russell Thompson Jr., possession of meth 1st offense, two years, suspended to 20 days time served. Larry Tyrell Yarbrough, assault & battery 2nd, three years, suspended to time served and three years probation.
Names Released Of Those Involved
In Old Lexington Road Shooting
The Saluda County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the parties involved in the shooting on Old Lexington Road on Friday, May 13t.
Shortly after 5:00p.m., Lt. Russ Padget and Deputy Dale Hallman of the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office, and three Lexington County deputies, were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Samuel Huguenin, Jr.
In the course of the apprehension, Huguenin drove his car into the police vehicle the deputies were in. After an exchange of gunfire with Saluda Deputies, during which the suspect was hit, he was taken into custody.
In the incident, Lt. Padget was also injured when Huguenin’s car struck the police vehicle. Padget was treated for minor injuries and then released. Huguenin remains in the hospital, and is being guarded around the clock by Saluda County Jail Officers.
SLED is conducting the investigation into the shooting, and those finding will be released upon completion. The officers involved remain on paid administrative leave, which is part of the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office department policy with officer involved shootings.
”I’m proud of my deputies,” said Sheriff John C. Perry, “under the most extreme circumstances, they maintained their professionalism, apprehended the suspect, and ensured that no one else in the community was hurt in this incident.”
King Academy Ladies Sporting Clays
Thursday, May 19th was a special day for the members, coaches, and families of the King Academy Ladies Sporting Clay Team. The SC House of Representatives honored these impressive young ladies
with privileges of the House floor. The Sergeant of Arms escorted Samantha Langford, Nicki Boone, Brianna Gibson, and Coaches David Langford and Dan Paxton into the House Chambers, where they stood in front of the Historic Mace, the Speaker of the House, and were presented to the entire House of Representatives membership.
Representative Ralph Shealy Kennedy stood with the team and addressed Speaker Lucas and the House members. Using 12 gauge shotguns, these young ladies have been undefeated for the past two years, winning every match by wide margins, sometimes by as much as 40 points or more! Not only were these ladies the SCISA state champions, but they also beat every public school in SC. Samantha Langford, who is a senior, graduated this past Friday and has received a full scholarship to college for her sporting clay skill. Nicki Boone, a rising senior, is a member of the All-State team and consistently shoots neck and neck with Brianna Gibson, who is a rising junior.
Speaker Jay Lucas addressed these fine young ladies and remarked, in his “17 years of service in the House of Representatives, he had never had the pleasure of honoring a ladies state championship sporting clays team”. It is great to hear that Saluda County has made State History once again!