No matter what the charges, one thing should always be certain: the defendant is innocent until proven guilty. Everyone is entitled not just to defense, but to defense that will fight for clients instead of meekly giving in to the prosecution. Often, defendants and attorneys alike will act as if a case is hopeless, when in fact many cases can be won with the right attorney.
A year-long investigation resulted in the arrest of five people on drug charges, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s officials stated that they had been receiving complaints about drug activity originating from a Russell Street home for quite some time.
When deputies when to the home, five people were arrested, three of them residents. Police also seized marijuana, a small amount of crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia, as well as a loaded handgun.
The five suspects were charged with manufacturing and possessing other substances, as well as with distributing and selling, with intent to sell near a school. - Read the rest
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An accident, no matter how “minor”, can be an expensive occasion. There are repairs, possibly increased insurance, even medical bills in some of the worst accidents. At the very least, there will be a cost in time and effort that could have better been spent elsewhere. A new ordinance pending in the St. Andrews service district may soon add to that cost. Even drivers who don’t live in the area, and who are only passing through, may well be effected.
As it now stands, firefighters from neighboring areas can respond to calls out of their service district to improve response times. This agreement has dramatically shortened the time it takes for firefighters to arrive on the scene. Unfortunately, this has been a great burden in the St. Andrews district. Before the response agreement, they received about 900 calls for aid. Just five years after the agreement was made, there were over 5,000 calls. - Read the rest
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A deadly car accident in Orangeburg happened after the driver disregarded a stop sign. The driver drove his Pontiac through the intersection of Five Chop Road and Bozart Road and hit an embankment. The passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car and died. The driver is currently hospitalized.
Statistics from 2000 reveal that over 13,000 people are killed every year in accidents caused by people driving through stop signs. The majority of these crashes occur due to driver error and oversight, typically from impatience of impairment from drugs or alcohol. In other cases, it may be due to a stop sign being the improper method of controlling traffic.
When a lawyer is reviewing a case involving a stop sign, they will set up observation around the intersection where the accident occurred to see how traffic flows. They will count the number of cars using the road, the times of day when traffic is heaviest or lightest, and how many other accidents occur there. - Read the rest
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Being in the military comes with a certain amount of risk. While most people assume that most deaths and injuries occur in combat, a large portion of them actually occur while in training. A recent tragedy in Fort Bragg brings this to life.
One soldier was killed and two others wounded after a training exercise on the North Carolina base. The 18th Fires Brigade was participating in artillery live-fire training, when there was an incident with one of the guns. Details have not been released on what exactly happened, but it involved a M777 light, towed howitzer. Medics on the scene are credited with saving the lives of two soldiers, one of which is being treated at Womack Army Medical Center and the other at Duke University Medical Center. The soldier who was killed was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. The incident is currently being investigated by the Army. - Read the rest
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Cell phones are a teenager’s constant companion, but a young lady in Maine suffered burns on her body after her iPhone malfunctioned. She had just sat down, and heard a popping sound coming from her back pocket. After seeing smoke, she stopped, dropped and rolled to put out the flames, saving her from serious injury. Her friends asked the gentlemen in the classroom to leave, as she removed her pants and wrapped up in a blanket that a teacher brought her. She was treated at the hospital for first- and second- degree burns. Officials say that the girl may have shorted out the battery when she sat down, causing an electrical fire. Apple has yet to comment on the story, but people are cautioned to avoid crushing their phones when sitting down.
Burns aren’t a common injury from using a cell phone, but there are other risks. Hearing loss and carpal tunnel are just a few of the physical ailments that can result from long term use of cell phones. - Read the rest
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Winter storms have pummeled the country this winter, creating dangerous situations that have resulted in injuries and the loss of life. However, you don’t need to have an ice storm or blizzard for damage to happen to your home.
In Sumter, a local woman is counting her blessings after a dead tree branch crashed through the roof of her mobile home. A strong instinct told her to leave her home instead of going to bed, after hearing the trees make strange cracking sounds around her home. Moments after she left, a branch fell from one of the trees and landed on top of her mattress in her bedroom. She lost furniture and clothes, and is currently staying with friends until the insurance company restores her home. The resident is grateful that no one was home to get hurt, but says that the tree that dropped the branch has been dead for some time and sits directly over her home. - Read the rest
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A man from Kure Beach is currently facing several charges, including two counts of second-degree murder, in connection with a double-fatal hit-and-run on Interstate 40 near U.S. 70 and Garner on Thursday night.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, at around 8:00 p.m. Thursday, a bobtail tractor trailer, driven by Cardell Gayfield, hit a patch of ice and spun out of control while traveling westbound on I-40 near U.S. 70. Two other vehicles also drove into the ditch in an attempt to avoid the trailer.
Another tractor trailer, driven by Larry Kepley, stopped at the accident to assist. One of the other drivers, Nathaniel Williams, also got out to assess the situation. That’s when a Volvo came out of nowhere and hit Kepley and Williams.
Williams was taken to WakeMed for treatment where he later died as a result of his injuries. The driver of the Volvo, Marshall Doran, fled the scene of the crash and hid in the woods. - Read the rest
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A camel that was being kept illegally has been captured after running free for more than an hour in southern California.
Fire officials say the animal escaped its pen on Friday in Acton, CA.
Before the wayward animal was caught, it knocked a man to the ground. The injuries were enough to send the man to the hospital with a gash in his head. The camel also damaged a nearby vehicle.
Authorities have managed to recapture the animal. It’s uncertain if the owner will face charges regarding the incident.
No matter if the pet is a dog, a cat, a goldfish or other animal, almost every owner of a pet knows that they are responsible for the care, feeding and training of that animal. Some larger, more exotic pets require special licensing.
Even under the most conscientious situations, a pet can get loose. It can cause damage to property or seriously injure or even kill humans. - Read the rest
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An 18 wheeler hit a utility pole Tuesday morning, effectively shutting down part of Charleston’s Meeting Street for the morning commute.
According to Charleston Police Department officials, Meeting Street at Wolfe St. was shut down to traffic after the semi-tractor trailer struck a utility pole. The street finally opened back up again at approximately 3:00 p.m.
South Carolina Energy & Gas crews responded to the situation in order to make repairs to the damaged pole while traffic was re-routed.
No information has been released about the 18-wheeler; however, authorities indicate that the driver did leave the scene of the crash.
SCE&G outage map indicates that 66 customers were affected by the accident.
The penalties for leaving the scene of an accident in the State of South Carolina are serious. According to South Carolina Code of Laws § 56-5-1220, if you are involved in a crash, you must remain at the scene of the crash until you have been released by law enforcement. - Read the rest
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One person is injured and has been taken to an area hospital after a moped-automobile accident on Highway 78 on Sunday morning.
According to authorities, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident that happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Highway 78 near the Ladson Fairgrounds.
Major Eric Watson of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the moped operator was transported to MUSC for medical treatment.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.
More often than not, moped-automobile accidents happen because drivers are not paying attention or they simply are not expecting to encounter people on smaller vehicles such as a moped in in traffic. In an accident that involves a moped, bicycle of other vehicle that is smaller than a car, it is the smaller vehicle that will almost always lose in the encounter.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident of any kind, having an experienced attorney on your side is important. - Read the rest
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