Two Video Poker Busts to End September

South Carolina Law Enforcement Busts Two Video Poker Operations Two people were arrested for running video poker operations in South Carolina at the end of September. First, 38-year-old Britton Motley was arrested in Lexington on Sunday, September 29th, and charged for possession of over 50 video poker machines. A tip led deputies in Lexington … [Read more...]

Columbia Police Department Refocusing Five Points Patrols

CPD Says Focus in Five Points Will Be on Violent Crimes, Not Drinking After the Columbia Police Departments and bar and restaurant owners in Five Points butted heads repeatedly last year, the police say they are finally shifting gears and refocusing their patrols of the popular nightlife destination to prevent violent crimes like armed robbery … [Read more...]

Man Who Was Wrongfully Imprisoned for One Month Finally Released

Man Charged with Armed Robbery Not the Culprit, Wrongfully Imprisoned in SC A man that York County police originally believed to be an armed robbery in a daytime robbery at CVS in early July has been released from prison. The real criminal has been found, according to officers, and the wrongfully imprisoned man is out of jail and with his … [Read more...]

Daughter of Kidnapping Suspect Arrested as Accessory

Gabbiee Swainson’s Cell Phone Found in Myrtle Beach, Suspect Arrested in Kidnapping The daughter of kidnapping suspect Freddie Grant was arrested in June after victim Gabbiee Swainson’s cell phone was found behind a Piggly Wiggly in Myrtle Beach, SC. According to reports, on June 18th, a delivery driver found Swainson’s cell phone behind a Piggly … [Read more...]

Parents Charged with Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child After Daughter Dies

High Bonds Set for Parents Charged with Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child After Daughter Died in Car Accident Both parents of a 3-year-old girl, who was killed in a car accident last month, have been charged with unlawful conduct towards a child because their recklessness killed their daughter. Tyrone Hicks had his bond set to $80,000 and he has … [Read more...]

Kingstree Man Tasered After Fleeing Checkpoint, Dies in Hospital

Man From Kingstree Fled a Checkpoint, Tasered Multiple Times The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the death of a man from Kingstree, South Carolina, who was tasered multiple times for refusing to comply with officers. The incident report from the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office states that South Carolina … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Says Drug Sniffing Dogs Need Warrant in Potential Drug Crimes Cases

New Supreme Court Ruling Says Drug Dogs Cannot Sniff Out Potential Drug Crimes Without Warrant On Tuesday, March 26th, the Supreme Court decided that drug-sniffing dogs cannot be used to arrest citizens on drug crimes charges without first getting a warrant. The specific case brought before the court involved Franky, a chocolate Labrador … [Read more...]

Illegal Gambling Machine Bill Moves to Governor for Approval

Gov. Nikki Haley Says She Will “Happily” Sign New Illegal Gambling Machines Bill On Thursday, March 21st, a bill that redefined sweepstakes machines as illegal gambling devices passed the house. In February, the Senate voted to approve the bill. Now, as the bill makes its way to the governor’s desk, Nikki Haley has said, per her spokesman Rob … [Read more...]

Former Chairman of Carolina Investors Released on Parole for Securities Fraud

Jack Sterling Released on Parole After Serving Part of His Securities Fraud Sentence On Wednesday, March 20th, former chairman of HomeGold Financial Jack Sterling was granted parole. Sterling is serving a five year sentence for securities fraud, for his role in orchestrating the 2003 collapse of Carolina Investors, which was owned by HomeGold … [Read more...]

Chesterfield County Sheriff Indicted on Serious Criminal Charges

Grand Jury Indicts Former Sheriff for Criminal Charges On Tuesday, March 19th, a sheriff from Chesterfield county was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of misconduct in office, and two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates. Each misdemeanor charge is a serious criminal charge that could result in 10 years in prison. Wednesday, March … [Read more...]

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