Kinard Street Fire Contained
Posted: December 20,
At around 9:40 AM on Saturday, a call was reported to the Newberry Fire Department regarding a structure fire at 1244 Kinard Street in Newberry. The fire was contained inside the structure.
A smoke alarm had woken the one person inside the structure to smoke and fire in the home. This person was able to escape, but was transported due to possible smoke inhalation.
The American Red Cross has been notified to assist with the family of two living here. The Friendly Fire Department, Newberry Rescue, Newberry City Police and EMS assisted with the call. NFIU (Newberry Fire Investigation Unit) was on the scene, and it was later determined that a kerosene heater caused the fire.
An Over Four Hour Standoff Ends in Child Rescued, Estranged Father in Custody
Posted: December 19,
During the early afternoon hours the Newberry County Sheriff's Office was notified that there may be a wanted man from Colorado hiding in a residence off SC Hwy. 395 near the Saluda County line.
Deputies arrived at the home to find a man looking at them through a window. When he was challenged, he ran through the house. One of the deputies also heard a second set of foot steps that seemed to be lighter than the first.
As the Deputies were gaining more information on the suspect, they found a stolen truck out of Colorado that had been freshly spray painted. Authorities in Colorado verified that SHANNON JOSEPH SMITH, 44, of Colorado was indeed wanted for several charges including a failure to appear for sentencing in a weapons charge. He was also a convicted sex offender with a 54 page record for various offenses.
The Sheriff's Office Critical Incident Response Team responded and secured the area while investigators began to gather further intelligence. A negotiator began repeated efforts to contact Smith.
Investigators were able to locate the renter of the residence at a job site some 30 miles away. It was determined that Smith was her ex husband and had shown up in Newberry County to see their daughter. He established a room at a Newberry Motel some 15 miles away. During the day Friday, he was able to convince a care giver to allow him access to their four year old daughter. He apparently went to the ex wife's home some time during the day and remained there while the ex wife and a companion were working at a construction site.
Upon arriving on the scene, the ex wife told law enforcement that Smith had a lengthy record and was not friendly toward law enforcement. She also advised that she feared for her child's life due to her ex facing prison time for the various crimes.
After more than three hours of trying to contact Smith, Sheriff Lee Foster contacted SLED for additional resources. Upon arrival additional negotiators attempted to contact Smith. After there was no contact and there were no sounds of life coming from the house, a joint decision was made to make entry into the house.
An entry team of SLED SWAT agents backed by Newberry County Sheriff's Office CIRT members gained entry into the double wide manufacture house and began methodically searching the residence. Smith was found locked inside a shower with his four year old estranged daughter. The team gained access to the daughter and removed her from the residence and took Smith into custody after a brief struggle.
The child was immediately taken to an awaiting team of Newberry County EMS paramedics. It was determined that she had no injuries other than emotional trauma, but was transported to Newberry County Memorial Hospital for observation accompanied by the child's mother and a Victim Advocate of the Sheriff's Office.
Colorado is expected to request extradition of Smith to face his charges there. In addition, Newberry County has charged Smith with being a fugitive from justice, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and failure to notify or register as a sex offender. Investigators will be reviewing divorce documents to determine if kidnapping charges will be appropriate. Smith is housed in the Newberry County Detention Center.
"We were offered a miracle six days before Christmas to find that little girl alive and uninjured."
Assisting in the investigation in addition to Newberry County Sheriff and SLED were Saluda County Sheriff, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Highway Patrol, Prosperity Fire Department and Newberry County EMS.
School Board Report (December 15, 2014)
Celebrating Christmas 1860 and 1960
Posted: December 15,
Celebrating Christmas 1860 and 1960was held this past weekend at the Newberry Museum. There were activities for children with crafts from the 1860’s and 1960’s as well as exhibits of vintage Christmas trees, toys (including a train display), and period decorations. Room vignettes depicting 1860 and 1960 showcased the appearance of the celebration of Christmas for their time in history. Using examples of literature, popular publications, cartoons of the day, art, scientific developments, advertising/marketing techniques, and popular music, the display spanned one hundred years to highlight the development and growth of our current holiday traditions.
Eighth Annual Winter Coat Drive
Local Author and International Civil Rights Activist/Actor Working To Make Film A Reality
Posted: December 6,
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Local author and Challenge 4 Change Initiative Leader, Terrence Gallman, has sparked interest nationally and worldwide too, with his latest book, There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong. The book was transformed to a play, adopted for film.
Interest spurred by
International Civil and Human Rights Activist and actor, Vincent "Vinny" Coyle ("GAME OF THRONES," "THE KEENING," "RELEASE," "BLOODY SUNDAY," and "SOME HANDLIN") has helped promote the play to film-level status, and others are also excited for the cause.
"THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONG" takes us on an epic journey of judicial system awareness, prison life truths, and post release trials and hardships confronted by ex-offenders seeking successful re-orientation and re-entry into the community.
This story tackles the all too well-known challenges that create insurmountable obstacles to a successful re-entry. After serving time for drug conspiracy and becoming overly devastated about not living up to his full potential, Gallman seized the opportunity to reinvent himself while in prison, and was inspired to write There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong after his release in order to spread knowledge and awareness to assist others in making better choices than he did. According to Gallman and Coyle, "Prison sentences do not have to be the end to one's life, but a wake-up call that can propel you towards greatness."
The film, "THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONG," provides a commanding reminder of just how vulnerable we are, and how the raw and explicit experiences of prison life can wreak havoc on families, individuals, relationships, businesses, and our society as a whole.
All groups, churches, and interested parties are asked to assist us by getting the word out to help the project become a reality. We appreciate all donations, no matter how small or large, that will support this great vision that will change many lives and help many families.
County Council Report
Posted: December 4,
Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.
Council approved a purchase requisition by the Newberry County Sheriff's Office for tactical ballistic
vests in the amount of $49,217.05. This is for the critical incident response team and is covered by a
grant. Lieutenant Ben Chapman gave the presentation for the request. The Sheriff's Office will
purchase 18 vests and rifle protection.
Mike Pisano gave a report from the Public Works Department.
In comments from Council Members, Les Hipp mentioned an Economic Development item from
Kiswire. They are beginning Phase II construction which is a $30 million commitment. He said is was
good to see current industries expanding in Newberry County.
Future meetings include:
"On the Move with Margaret" – 12/15/14 @ 9:15 am
Economic Development Committee – 12/15/14 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 12/17/14 @ 7:00 pm
Congratulations To Bulldogs On A Great Season!
Posted: November 30,
The Newberry Bulldogs fought hard on Friday, but fell to Dillon 49-27 in the 2A State Championship at River Bluff High School in Lexington. Stay tuned for complete information on the game on Monday morning on WKDK and WKDK.com.
Fans showed their support by their large attendance at the game, and area businesses showed their support as well. Some of them displayed encouragement on their marquees and signs. Some (shown here by Whitaker Funeral Home) proudly displayed flags in support of the Bulldogs.
Kiswire To Commence Second Phase of Newberry Expansion
Kiswire Inc., a manufacturer of steel cord and bead wire, is commencing the second phase of its Newberry County expansion. This phase, a $30 million investment, is expected to result in 45 new jobs in Newberry, S.C. The first phase of Kiswire Inc. Steel Cord Division, announced in January 2013, represented a $15 million investment and 30 new jobs, which came to fruition when production began at its new manufacturing site in December of last year. Click HERE to see complete report in PDF format.