Mayor Of Lyman, SC Arrested

RODNEY TURNER CHARGED WITH MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE, WIRETAPPING || By FITSNEWS || Rodney Turner – the mayor of Lyman, S.C. – has been arrested and charged with two counts of misconduct in office and one count of wiretapping. Turner’s name sound familiar?  It should … He was among the cast…


|| By FITSNEWS || Rodney Turner – the mayor of Lyman, S.C. – has been arrested and charged with two counts of misconduct in office and one count of wiretapping.

Turner’s name sound familiar?  It should …

He was among the cast of characters referenced in our exclusive report on the alleged illegal dumping of polychlorinated biphenyls (or PCBs) in sewage systems along the Interstate 85 corridor in Charlotte, Spartanburg, Greenville and Lyman.

The investigation into that scandal is ongoing …

Turner was arrested by agents of the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and booked at the Spartanburg County (S.C.) detention center.

Here’s his mug shot …


(Pic: Spartanburg County)

Turner could face up to 16 years in prison if convicted on all the charges filed against him.

In addition to Turner, SLED arrested 65-year-old Gary Christopher Martin in connection with the case – charging him with one count of wiretapping and one count of computer crime.

SLED is investigating at the request of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – agencies referenced in our original reporting on the alleged PCB contamination.

Sources familiar with the ongoing investigation tell FITS these arrests are just the beginning.


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jimlewisowb August 5, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Bubba looks like he has had one too many PBR’s

Victorious Secret August 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm

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sparklecity August 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

That’s right!!
A good beer at a good price and it don’t hurt when it got “discovered’ by the younger crowd.
Gotta love it when a good product that has been around for a long time is “rediscovered”!!

SYNTwist August 5, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Awww…how sweet. You guys missed me. Comments are dropping. Dang, just when I thought GT/pOgO might be right, I ruined it. I know you missed me – ha! FWIW I missed you too.

Rocky Verdad August 6, 2015 at 9:24 am

I missed you. I got a real account with a picture jsut to entice you back.

SYNTwist August 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Nice Rocky :)

Troll Haters Anonymous August 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

You’re all right in my book. How GT and Pogo feel about you is how everyone else feels about them, so don’t let their hate get ya down.

Mary August 5, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Did he sump the chemical or eat the chemical?

SYNTwist August 5, 2015 at 10:20 pm

I dunno the guy, but based on picture looks like he dipped his face in it? :)

River Rat August 5, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Lord knows, if SLED only knew what goes on in Curtis Loftis office. Oh wait… They’re looking into it.

SCBlues August 6, 2015 at 12:06 am

You can’t make this shit up in SC.

Krazy Kat August 6, 2015 at 8:55 am

The sad thing is, you don’t need to.

sparklecity August 6, 2015 at 11:14 am


sparklecity August 6, 2015 at 11:13 am

You are 100% correct on that!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ll try to find the old link on the Spartanburg H/J if I can concerning the Lyman cop that started this whole ball of wax rolling
That shit can’t be made up fer sure!!!!

SCBlues August 6, 2015 at 6:14 am

Is he any relation to Lee Bright? Ain’t Lyman in that same neck of the woods?

sparklecity August 6, 2015 at 10:56 am

As far as I know, Lyman is in Bright’s senatorial district.
But seriously, this is more than likely the tip of the iceburg – I agree with FITS on that.
I’ve been semi-involved with this situation since this shit broke and although I don’t agree with “Tazmaniac” on much, the PCB dumping has ALREADY cost MILLIONS to treat/dispose of and the customers utilizing the sewer districts affected will be seeing the cost of this dumping of PCB’s reflected in their sewer bills for quite a while. Additionally,the cost for every customer (mainly restaurants) who has a grease trap have already seen the requirement for additional monitoring go up tremendously (not to mention modifications of the grease trap itself) which will be reflected in your check when you eat out.
This PCB dumping has affected sewage treatment plants along the entire I-85 corridor from Georgia to Charlotte, NC and Columbia as well (large sewer authorities like REWA {Western Carolina Sewer Authority}, Spartanburg Water and CMUD (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department) plus a bunch of smaller sewer authorities.
One more thing…….
The Lyman cop who started this whole blow-up by destroying evidence and was arrested for erasing the video of dash cam in his patrol car when he was at the closed up restaurant (the old Denny’s on SC 290 in Duncan) during the initial checkout of the septic tank truck pumping into the grease trap. He had one legal hearing but has not been sentenced (to my knowledge). He’s probably coping a plea by turning state’s evidence………….Read up on him – he is a REAL winner fer sure……..
INHO, the Lyman cop shit will be the link to open the doors to a much larger indictment (if it has not already in the works).
Anybody who lives in (or frequently passes through) the Lyman/Duncan/Wellford area knows just how dysfunctional up the whole “municipal” area is (and don’t even get me started concerning the Police Departments of those towns). Safe to say if the speed limit is 45 do 42…….and even then you are on thin ice……………

Tazmaniac August 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

I believe as I understand it, that they reverse engineered the crime using surveillance footage from the area around the dump sites which led them to the truck which led them to the cop which led them to the mayor. This guy is dreaming that he only gets 16 because he probably doesn’t have much to offer in a plea. How can such a piss ant cause so much damage and almost get away with it? What it has kick started is discussion about how Johnny-fly-by-night can low ball their way in to a contract and then not be responsible to show what they did with the HazMat. Chain of custody sort of thing. Makes me wonder who is looking at Nuke waste down the line.

sparklecity August 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Actually according to the Spartanburg H/J, a Duncan cop was making his rounds on SC 290 and noticed a SST (Shit Sucking Truck aka septic tank truck) with a hose placed into the grease trap at the old Denny’s (closed for a couple of years) and questioned the driver. He radioed in and was informed that a Lyman cop would arrive shortly since the trap discharged into the Lyman POTW (Publically Owned Treatment Works). The Lyman cop (who is a REAL winner…more on him later) told the Duncan cop “I got this” and the Duncan cop left. That is when it gets interesting….Upon investigation it was discovered that the Lyman cop had erased the portion of his dash cam player as it pertained to checking out the SST and he was busted for destroying evidence. DHEC & EPA had already started the investigation when it broke about this dirty cop erasing the video.
Then the snowball effect really got rolling……………….
Let’s also not forget that the Chief of Police in Lyman resigned not long after the “shit hit the fan” on supposedly an “unrelated matter” – something about him banging some street whore or something similar. Some claim he was set up because of the stuff going on
In all honesty, the folks at the various sewer authorities still have no idea who was behind this. They are just as blind as the general public. But I feel certain that when it comes out heads will roll and someone is going to do serious time (as well they should).
It’s been a big mess and has cost a shitload to correct and many unnamed people at the affected treatment plants have worked countless hours to correct the situation. They and the lab technicians who had to sample and analyze bugzillions of samples are the unsung heroes.
One lowly treatment plant operator singlehandedly saved the CMUD plant from being worse than it was because he was making his routine rounds and noticed some bad shit entering the Treatment Plant. He alerted the Chief Operator and they diverted the flow to a spare catch basin. After changing their BVD’s they informed the higher ups. Shortly afterwards the fire department’s HAZMAT team showed up quickly followed by the news crews and the Feds……………
All thanks to the shift operator doing his job!!!
Now you know the rest of the story………………….

Philip Branton August 7, 2015 at 11:01 am

Dare it be asked for you two “souls” to consider how Iran is going to dispose of all its new Nuclear Waste..? Think for a second or two..? Why drop a bomb on Israel..? Just spread some nuclear “dust” on some poppy fields in Afghanistan and put some “tune” into all the heroin and Morphine supply..? Of course save a little for the fig and date supply for Israel or any other country…?

This problem in Lyman is actually STATE WIDE. ….and worldwide. “Planned Wastehood” is more sinister than “Planned Parenthood”. That landfill methane tapping in Duncan-Lyman-Welford that burps to BMW also has a certain “runoff” that will continue to haunt.

sparklecity August 7, 2015 at 11:30 am

Boy, talk about a stretch…………..

CorruptionInColumbia August 6, 2015 at 7:54 am

Are the “play” handcuffs in the pic some kind of hint that something kinky is going on with this case?

Tazmaniac August 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

This is a Big Effing deal, trust me. If other allegations are true, this “Boss Hog” looking jackass and his cohorts have caused MILLIONS of $$$ in damages. This arrest is just something to keep him on ice until they finish checking everything out. Obviously Mr. Mayor was worried he had a rat onboard and looks like he had good reason feel that way.

sparklecity August 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

Turner was a COP at the Greenville-Spartanburg “International” Airport for a number of years before he became mayor of Lyman – no BS….
The past mayor of Wellford was the chief of police at GSP Airport and Turner worked under him. They got into a pissing contest over sewer use rates when they were both mayors of their respective towns (Lyman & Wellford) and there has been bad blood ever since……….

Rocky Verdad August 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

Typically this sort of endevour is handled by Italian Americans from NY NJ. They’re looking at this guys picture and saying “hayseed” and “WTF?”.

Rocky Verdad August 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

Typically this sort of endevour is handled by Italian Americans from NY NJ. They’re looking at this guys picture and saying “hayseed” and “WTF?”.

Humanure August 6, 2015 at 7:13 pm

I wonder how much of the PCB-contaminated sludge made it to farm fields in the guise of free “natural” fertilizer or “biosolids” ?

sparklecity August 7, 2015 at 11:34 am

Actually that’s how REWA (Western Carolina Sewer Authority to us old farts) found about about it. They have to routinely test the biosolids (per EPA & DHEC) prior to land application.
They stopped immediately after finding out. That sludge had to go to the big hazardous waste landfill in Alabama and that costs BIG bucks = you will eventually see that in you sewer bill if you use one of the affected sewer authorities.


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