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Author Archives: J. Brooks Davis

Mosquito pilot cleared after inquiry into Ravenel Bridge scare

The Post and Courier A pilot spraying for mosquitoes near the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge has been cleared of any wrongdoing after drivers called 911 saying they feared his aircraft might hit the span. The Federal Aviation Administration said it reviewed the flight of pilot Tommy Phillips of Williamsburg Air Service and determined there was… Read More »

Prison sentence for single, fatal punch at Summerville-area bar poses questions about assault law

The Post and Courier The one time that Michael David Sigler punched a man was enough to send the 41-year-old to prison until mid-2017. The legislation Solicitor David Pascoe has pointed to portions of assault law that have created problems for prosecutors. Senate Bill 273, for which Pascoe said he provided input, would adjust wording… Read More »

North Charleston police officer charged with DUI

The Post and Courier A North Charleston police officer has been placed on unpaid leave after crashing her cruiser into a ditch in Jedburg while off duty and under the influence of alcohol, authorities said. Officer Christina Mask, 29, crashed her fully marked 2011 Ford Crown Victoria around 1 a.m. Monday, Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob… Read More »

Pilot’s texting contributed to copter crash

By JOAN LOWY — Associated Press WASHINGTON — Texting by the pilot of a medical helicopter contributed to a crash that killed four people, federal accident investigators declared Tuesday, and they approved a safety alert cautioning all pilots against using cellphones or other distracting devices during critical operations. It was the first fatal commercial aircraft… Read More »

Boeing expansion could turn SC into ‘aerospace hub’

By ANDREW SHAIN — Boeing’s new $1 billion investment could nearly double employment at its North Charleston Dreamliner jet-manufacturing plant and help South Carolina land more aircraft suppliers, state leaders said Tuesday. “Our state could become the aerospace hub,” said state Senate Finance chairman Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence. Boeing plans to add 2,000 jobs by 2020…. Read More »

Columbia woman faces felony DUI after pedestrian’s death

By JOHN MONK RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — A Columbia woman has been charged with felony DUI involving death after the carshe was driving struck and killed a pedestrian north of Columbia over theweekend, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Aliza Brown, 53, is charged with causing the death of Jeremy Ricardo Hayes, 26, of Bailey… Read More »

Plane crashes into Indiana neighborhood, kills 2

(CNN) — A corporate jet, sheared in half — its nose poking through the front window of a shattered home. Such was the scene in a South Bend, Indiana, neighborhood Sunday when a Hawker Beechcraft 390 slammed into a row of single-story homes, damaging three. Two of the four people aboard the plane died on… Read More »

3 dead after small plane crashes into Fort Lauderdale parking lot

(CNN) — A twin-engine plane crashed late Friday afternoon in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, parking lot, killing all three people onboard, authorities said. The Piper PA31 aircraft went down around 4:30 p.m., soon after departing Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Fort Lauderdale fire Division Chief John… Read More »

Breath test thrown out in Columbia DUI

By NOELLE PHILLIPS COLUMBIA, SC — A Columbia police officer may have blown a DUI case when he failed to follow procedure when giving instructions on a breath test. Columbia Municipal Judge Steedley Bogan issued an order Friday saying the breath test results could not be used as evidence when the case goes to trial,… Read More »