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Civil asset forfeitures violate SC and US constitutions, Horry judge rules

By David Slade, The Post and Courier In a stunning and strongly worded ruling, an Horry County judge declared South Carolina’s civil asset forfeiture laws violate both the state and federal constitutions. The decision sets the stage for court challenges and potentially a rewriting of state laws that allow police to seize cash, cars and other… Read More »

SC ‘sovereign citizen’ rejects delusional outlaw world, gets mercy from federal judge

By John Monk, The Stat Back in January, when he was arrested by the FBI, nothing could convince Arthur Cropp that his self-proclaimed status as a “sovereign citizen” didn’t allow him to peddle fraudulent money orders as if they were real. But during the last 10 months, which he spent in jail, Cropp, 31, of the… Read More »

Indiana woman convicted of reckless homicide in 3 deaths

Associated Pres ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in the Oct. 30,… Read More »

Fifteen Shades of Grey Aircraft Charter

By John McGraw, Business Aviation Advisor Perhaps you’d like to offset some of the cost of your own flying by making your aircraft available for charter when you’re not using it. You have two ways to do so: you can secure your own FAA Part 135 charter certificate, or you can enroll your aircraft in a… Read More »

NASA, Uber Working Together To Develop Systems For Flying Cars

By Inigo Monzon, International Business Time NASA and ridesharing firm Uber have teamed up to study and analyze the technology and logistics involved in launching a traffic network for flying cars. The collaboration is part of NASA’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) project. The UAM focuses on developing an air transportation system that caters to low-flying personal… Read More »

Seven dead after a WWII ear B-17 bomber crash at a Connecticut Airport

By Jason Hanna, Steve Always and Aaron Cooper, CNN Seven people are dead after a World War II-era B-17 bomber crashed into an airport de-icing facility while trying to land at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, officials said. The seven were on the plane, James Rovella, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection,… Read More »

Man arrested outside Mt. Pleasant school: ‘It’s not like I’m gonna shoot a bunch of kids’

By Anne Emerson and Matt Dillane, WCIV A man has been charged after Mount Pleasant Police responded to a suspicious person report outside of a school on Wednesday. According to officials, around 3 p.m., officers were called to the area of Carolina Park Academy where 31-year-old Michael Gorlitsky of Awendaw was detained in the library… Read More »

Fifteen Shades of Grey Aircraft Charter

By John McGraw, National Air Transportation Association Perhaps you’d like to offset some of the cost of your own flying by making your aircraft available for charter when you’re not using it. You have two ways to do so: you can secure your own FAA Part 135 charter certificate, or you can enroll your aircraft… Read More »

F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes into California Warehouse

By Luis Martinez, ABC News The F-16 fighter jet that crashed into a warehouse next to March Air Reserve Base in Southern California on Thursday was armed with live ammunition it needed as part of its NORAD alert mission, according to a defense official. The weapons aboard the fighter jet have now been secured and… Read More »

Miami Air International’s ‘goodwill gesture’ to crash survivors: $2,500 and an apology

By Kristin Lam, USA TODAY The operator of the airliner that skidded off the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and into a Florida river last week has offered $2,500 to each passenger as a “goodwill gesture.” In an open letter dated Monday, Miami Air International’s CEO apologized to the survivors aboard the Boeing 737-800 that rolled off the end of a runway after… Read More »