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Woman faces multiple charges from shooting incident

Authorities in Seneca took a 32-year-old woman into custody following a shooting that happened at about 2 a.m on Feb. 3. The incident took place on the 123 Bypass at a Marathon gas station. One of the victims said that the woman walked up to her car, tapped the glass with a gun and started shooting as the car was traveling in reverse

Another woman said that she was outside and ran away from the gunfire. Authorities say that six .380 caliber shell casings were found at the scene. Before the shooting, the victims allegedly got into an argument with the shooter at a nearby bar. The woman who was taken into custody said that she was too drunk to remember what had happened. She is facing charges of attempted murder as well as malicious injury to personal property. Furthermore, she was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm into a vehicle.

South Carolina town accuses public employee of embezzlement

An audit conducted by the city government of St. Matthews, a community of about 2,000 south of the South Carolina state capital, resulted in an arrest warrant against a 47-year-old former female public employee. Law enforcement arrested her in Calhoun County on charges of embezzling public funds in excess of $10,000.

The affidavit accompanying the arrest warrant detailed the evidence cited against the woman. Her position for the town included handling payments to the municipality, and the money appeared to be unaccounted for according to an internal audit. Town officials began the audit in early 2017 shortly after the accused person resigned from her job after allegedly taking actions to delay the audit. Investigators suspected that she had mishandled the money from January 2014 to January 2017.

Man accused of shooting 19-year-old female clerk

A South Carolina man was taken into custody on Jan. 23 after he was accused of killing a 19-year-old woman at Peach Stand in Fort Mill. According to the arrest warrant, the 28-year-old man allegedly shot the female clerk multiple times with a handgun.

The report said that the 19-year-old clerk was working at The Peach Stand when the accused man, who had no previous criminal record in South Carolina, shot her several times. The man was ultimately charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He was denied bond and remained in custody at York County jail.

Sharing your pain meds can lead to criminal drug charges

You may think that giving a friend in need some of your pain medications is caring. Giving and sharing prescription narcotics is not something you should get in the habit of doing or you could end up facing criminal drug charges. Also, if you carry your medication around loose in your pocket, purse and outside of an approved container, you could end up facing more drug charges. It is also unlawful to keep narcotics in unapproved containers. 

Do not assume that if you do it once, you can do it again because you have not been caught. Law enforcement agencies across the country are cracking down on prescription drug abuse. The opioid crisis highlights many of the dangers associated with the abuse and illegal distribution of prescription drugs. Here is a brief overview of the dangers of sharing prescription medications. 

Man charged after shooting stepson

On Jan. 14, a South Carolina man was facing attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly attempted to shoot and kill his 26-year-old stepson. Authorities said that the shooting occurred at a home on Walcott Drive in Lyman.

According to an arrest warrant, the 66-year-old man shot the stepson in the chest with a .38-caliber revolver pistol. He allegedly stated that, although he hit the stepson in the shoulder and not the heart, he could have killed him if he wanted to. The stepson was taken to a hospital for treatment. The man was taken into custody and was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime in addition to the attempted murder charge. He was also ticketed for simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Two nabbed in South Carolina drug bust

On Jan. 11, two South Carolina residents were arrested following a drug raid in Berkeley County. The incident took place at the Simmons Park apartment complex on Daniel Island.

According to media reports, members of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at the apartment of a 47-year-old man. During the raid, deputies uncovered 500 grams of suspected marijuana plants, 61 e-cigarettes that tested positive for THC and 56 grams of suspected THC wax. Multiple gummy bears were also discovered, and they were sent to a police laboratory for testing.

Bond denied for several people in South Carolina shooting

On June 18 around 12:25 a.m., there was a shooting in South Carolina that injured several people. A 17-year-old man was charged with seven counts of attempted murder in the Myrtle Beach shooting not long afterward. He also faces one charge of carjacking. A 18-year-old man was taken into custody the following month in connection with the shooting and charged with six counts of attempted murder. Both were from North Carolina.

Two teenage brothers from North Carolina, ages 18 and 19, were also charged with six counts of attempted murder in connection with the incident. The 18-year-old was taken into custody on June 30. His brother turned himself in nearly two weeks later. The two were extradited to South Carolina.

Suspect charged in South Carolina nightclub shooting

A 27-year-old South Carolina man is facing a raft of charges including homicide in connection with a shooting at a West Columbia nightclub on Dec. 17. In addition to murder, the Columbia resident is charged with weapons possession, burglary, criminal conspiracy and assault in the first degree. Reports indicate that he was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center for processing after being taken into custody during a traffic stop on Dec. 21.

According to police, the man entered the nightclub and began discharging a weapon shortly after 2 a.m. Police say that they have not yet determined what the motive for the shooting may have been, but they do claim that physical evidence found at the scene led them to believe that the man was the perpetrator.

South Carolina man faces more charges after crying in court

According to news reports, a South Carolina man who has several past felony convictions was recently sentenced to serve 45 months in prison for a dog cruelty conviction. The man reportedly cried in court while he asked the judge to be lenient, and he is now facing more charges.

The 47-year-old man reportedly has convictions dating back to 1987 and has served two sentences in prison. In 1992, he was sentenced to serve 25 years for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill two police officers. After being released from his term in prison, the man was then convicted of drug distribution in 2002 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Decades of wrongful incarceration ended based on missing evidence

In South Carolina, like most states, sometimes bad things happen and they are crimes. Sometimes, they are so serious that they amount to allegations of murder.

An accusation of a crime when one is innocent of that crime is an injustice that our criminal justice system has protections to correct. However, at times something goes horribly wrong and an actually innocent person not only suffers the accusation and trial, but a conviction and sentence of incarceration. Sometimes, that prison term is for a lifetime.

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