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Police training in South Carolina is dangerously deficient

By Seth w. Stoughton and Geoffrey P. Alpert Officer Jackson Winkeler was fatally shot Jan. 5 while conducting a traffic stop. Winkeler had not been trained on traffic stops. In fact, he had very limited training. In South Carolina, someone can serve as an officer before attending the police academy. This is unacceptable. Untrained and undertrained… Read More »

SC bill calls for harsher penalties for reckless vehicular homicide

By Fleming Smith, Post and Courie Cases of reckless vehicular homicide are on the rise and one S.C. state senator is pushing for harsher consequences for those who kill while driving recklessly. “I don’t want to criminalize negligence, but I do think it’s legitimate to criticize recklessness,” Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, said. Still, the… Read More »

Baffling antiquated laws still on SC’s books

By Fleming Smith, Post and Courier If you consider yourself a law-abiding citizen, you might want to check South Carolina’s code of laws again. Despite attempts by legislators to repeal some of the state’s more outdated laws, many holdouts from the 20th and even 19th centuries mean a person could be breaking the law weekly or… Read More »


By Mike Collins, AOPA PILOT What does this mean if your aircraft is not equipped with ADS-B Out? And what if it is? Here’s what you need to know. Aircraft not equipped with ADS-B Out If you need to fly into ADS-B rule airspace and your aircraft is not equipped with ADS-B Out, for whatever reason,… Read More »

Bans on driver texting not easy to enforce

By Sara Coello, Post and Courier As South Carolina legislators debate whether to strengthen the state’s lax textingwhile-driving laws, officers already struggle to hold motorists accountable for an infraction that can be hard to prosecute. Area drivers are generally honest about when they’ve been texting, according to Charleston police Sgt. William Gritzuk, but if they don’t fess… Read More »


By Jaren Allen, AOPA PILOT Whether you’re looking to keep your third class medical or are one of the growing number of pilots thinking about leaving it behind to fly under sport pilot or BasicMed rules, it’s worth noting a recent FAA letter to AOPA that provides some helpful guidance about the medical certification process…. Read More »

A 17-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly stealing a $2 million plane and driving it into an airport building in California

By Bill Bostock, Business Insider A 17-year-old girl was arrested after police say she stole a private plane, drove it along a runway, then crashed it at a California airport. Security footage taken at Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Wednesday, and broadcast by local news station ABC30, shows the aircraft, a King Air 200 plane, veering… Read More »

Lawmaker seeks overhaul of magistrate system in SC

By Joseph Cranney, Post and Courier COLUMBIA — A South Carolina lawmaker is proposing the most sweeping changes in two decades to the state’s magistrate system after an investigation by The Post and Courier and ProPublica exposed how politics and flawed oversight provided fertile ground for incompetence and corruption on the bench. The legislation filed Wednesday… Read More »

Lawmaker seeks scrutiny for judicial panels

By Adam Benson, Post and Courier COLUMBIA — An Upstate lawmaker wants more scrutiny of two judicial oversight panels that largely declined to take any action against the state’s circuit judges over two decades despite more than 1,000 formal complaints. The request from Rep. Tommy Stringer, a Greer Republican, targets the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, which… Read More »

Hemp farmer gets an initial win in court

By Thomas Novelly, Post and Courie A Dorchester County hemp farmer who was arrested by law enforcement earlier this year after they destroyed his crops has won an initial victory in court. John Pendarvis, a Harleyville resident, had 10 acres of hemp destroyed by State Law Enforcement Division agents in September. He had a license to… Read More »