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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Sheriff: Woman lured, kidnapped, assaulted

Canadian woman held for days, Clark says

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A Pickens County man faces multiple charges after he lured a Canadian woman to the county, kidnapped her and sexually assaulted her, according to police.

Fred Russell Urey Sr., 38, whose address according to warrants is listed as 114 Bridwell Road in Six Mile, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual assault and possession of methamphetamine second offense.

Urey was arrested after the woman’s dramatic escape on the night of May 24.

Sheriff Rick Clark held a news conference Thursday afternoon about the incident.

“We’re here to announce a serious crime in Pickens County,” Clark said. “Also to maybe give warning and help others who are thinking about getting

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Liberty woman faces attempted murder charge

PICKENS — A Liberty woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police said she stabbed another woman during a fight early Tuesday morning.

According to a news release from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe, the sheriff’s office received reports at around 4:45 a.m. that a woman had been stabbed at 656 Anthony Road in Pickens.

When they arrived at the home, deputies found a woman with an injury to her side consistent with a stab wound, Hashe said, adding that there

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Stewart named Liberty athletic director

LIBERTY — After leading the Liberty High School football team to its first-ever home playoff win last fall, Kyle Stewart is hoping to help other Red Devil programs to success on and off the field.

Stewart, who has led the Liberty football team for the past six seasons, has been named the school’s new athletic director. Stewart will also continue in his role as head football coach.

“As a teacher, Coach Stewart has earned the trust and respect of our faculty and

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Former Pickens star picked as EHS coach

EASLEY — After a storied volleyball career at Pickens High School, Kara Morgan will return to her home county for her first varsity head coaching job.

A former four-time all-region and all-state player for the Blue Flame, Morgan was announced last week as the new volleyball coach at Easley High School.

After a career at PHS that included multiple state championships and being named the Class 3A state player of the year by the High School Sports Report in 2008, Morgan earned a scholarship

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Remembering the fallen

The nation paused Monday to remember those who have died in service to their country. Above, members of the Knights of Columbus salute the American flag flown at half staff Monday during a Memorial Day ceremony at Sunrise Cemetery in Pickens. Rocky Nimmons/Courier

 

Taking the next step

Pickens High School graduates sing the school’s alma mater after a graduation ceremony at the school on Saturday morning. More than 1,000 students received their diplomas in ceremonies at all four county high schools. To see class photos, a full listing of graduates and awards information see other posts on this site or get a copy of the Pickens County Courier now on sale.

 

Gettys students build prosthetic for administrator

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — A group of dedicated Gettys Middle School students celebrated the completion of a very special project Thursday morning.

Sydney Thompson, Will Kyle, Hunter Roberts, Gabi Beasley and Alexis Craig have been building a prosthetic arm for their assistant principal, Rick Strickland.

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PCSO asks for help solving car break-ins

PICKENS — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help solving a string of car break-ins last week in the Liberty area.

Chief deputy Creed Hashe said Friday that someone entered five unlocked vehicles on the nights of May 22 and May 23. Hashe said personal property was stolen from

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Sheriff’s office still investigating Bob’s Place fire

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

PICKENS — As its investigation into a fire that destroyed a historic local business continues, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement last week refuting social media rumors that an arrest had been made.

“We have not filed charges against any individual regarding the fire at Bob’s Place,”

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Man gets 15 years for 2013 burglary

PICKENS — A 49-year-old Greenville man has been sentenced to 15 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections after entering a plea last week to first-degree burglary and petit larceny.

The 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said Eric Wayne Watkins of Hilltop Avenue was sentenced by Judge Robin B. Stillwell after entering the plea once the case was called to trial and a jury selected. Watkins will be required to serve at least 85 percent of the 15-year sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.

Evidence presented at the plea hearing

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