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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Wednesday
Oct222014

Person Exposed to Rabies in Beaufort County

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- One person was referred to medical treatment after being bitten by a raccoon that tested positive for rabies in Beaufort County, health officials said Monday.

The individual was exposed to the animal on Oct. 16. The racoon tested positive for rabies two days later.

The victim spotted the animal on the road, thinking it was dead. When the person attempted to move it from the area, the raccoon bit the individual on the finger.

"To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," said Sandra Craig, representative with the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

An estimated 275 state residents must undergo preventative treatment for rabies each year, Craig added. Most exposures result from bites or scratches.

The racoon is the fifth animal to test positive from Beaufort County in 2014. There have been 118 confirmed cases in animals throughout South Carolina this year.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Person of Interest Sought in Clemson Street Burglary

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Police are seeking the public's help with identifying and locating a person of interest in a weekend burglary in Charleston.

The burglary was reported early Sunday morning at a home on Clemson Street. Police said a burglar entered the home, and removed a large amount of copper from the walls and ceiling of the structure.

The man police are searching for is described as being between 20 and 40 years of age, and was seen carrying a dark-colored backpack.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Teen Goes Missing After Being Dropped Off at School

CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Police in Charleston are searching for a teenage girl who was reported missing on Tuesday.

Police said Ebony Nichole Washington was dropped off at West Ashley High School around 7 a.m. Tuesday by her father, however, she did not attend classes.

Police suspect Washington may be in the company of her boyfriend, 17-year-old Patrick Barbaris.

Anyone with information on Washington's whereabouts is asked to contact police at (843)743-7200.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Four People Killed on SC Roads Last Weekend 

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Four people were killed on South Carolina roadways last weekend, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

The victims included one pedestrian and one motorcyclist. In one incident, the individual was not wearing a seat belt.

As of Oct. 18, 607 people have died on state highways, compared to 624 highway deaths during the same time period last year.

Of the 423 motor vehicle occupants who died this year, 209 were not wearing seat belts.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Mt. Pleasant Man Charged in Rivertowne Burglaries

(MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.) -- A Mt. Pleasant man has been arrested in connection with a recent string of burglaries in Rivertowne.

Todd Allen Royce has been charged with five counts of second-degree burglary. Police said Royce, 47, was charged while being held at the Al Cannon, Jr. Detention Center.

The charges stem from a number of recent incidents in Rivertowne.


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