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Category Archives: General Interest

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 »

Court rules owners must pay when police destroy property

By Phillip Bantz, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Law enforcement officers needn’t worry about paying for property they damage in the line of duty, according to a novel decision that divided the South Carolina Supreme Court and left a pair of business owners holding the bag after police bulldozed their convenience store. The issue of whether… Read More »

Insurer to pay $380,000 to settle Taser lawsuit against North Charleston

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier North Charleston’s insurer has agreed to pay $380,000 to an Iraq War veteran who said a police officer shocked him three times with a Taser for no reason. The settlement will end National Guardsman Brian Yates’ excessive force lawsuit that a federal appeals court already had used to further… Read More »

Plenty of Passengers, but Where Are the Pilots?

By Kate Murphy, The New York Times DELAYS or cancellations because of bad weather or mechanical problems are exasperating but common occurrences in air travel, but increasingly, passengers aren’t making it to their destinations for yet another reason: not enough pilots. The gate agent may not tell you that’s why you’re grounded, but a dearth of… Read More »

57 Year Old Disabled Veteran in Alabama Sentenced to Life in Prison for Growing Marijuana for Personal Use

By Anna Merlan, Reporter for Jezebel The New York Times editorial board weighed in Thursday on what they called the “outrageous” sentenced handed down to Lee Carroll Brooker, a 75-year-old disabled veteran in Alabama who is serving a life sentence for growing marijuana. The NYT called on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Brooker’s sentence,… Read More »

North Charleston settles with Walter Scott family for $6.5 million

By Brenda Rindge, The Post and Courier The family of Walter Scott will get a settlement of $6.5 million from the city of North Charleston, the largest such payout in the recent high-profile killings of black men by police officers. With members of Scott’s family seated in the audience, City Council unanimously voted Thursday to approve… Read More »

High-flying attorney dedicates self to service

By Sully Witte, The Moultrie News In just 48 short years, Mount Pleasant attorney J. Brooks Davis has been a stockbroker, an entrepreneur, a blues musician, an aircraft repo man, an aircraft salesman, a commercial pilot and flew into New York City on 9/11, personally witnessing the attack on the World Trade Center from the cockpit,… Read More »

North Charleston officer faces murder charge after video shows him shooting man in back

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier A North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge Tuesday after video surfaced of the lawman shooting eight times at 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran away. Scott died Saturday after Patrolman 1st Class Michael Slager, 33, shot him in the back. The State Law Enforcement Division… Read More »

Senators propose gun ban, stiffer penalties to reform South Carolina’s domestic violence laws

By Doug Pardue and Glenn Smith, The Post and Courier The head of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing new legislation that would bring sweeping reform to South Carolina’s domestic violence laws, creating a tiered system of offenses, increasing penalties and barring batterers from possessing guns. Sen. Larry Martin, a Pickens Republican who chairs… Read More »

Hells Angels clear Wal-Mart of bikes in buy-out for children’s charity

By Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times Members of the biker group  Hells Angels took to one Wal-Mart store in Fresno, California, on Black to buy out the entire stock of bicycles for a charity drive for needy children. The members were then going to donate the bikes to the Poverello House, a Fresno-area nonprofit dedicated to… Read More »