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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Thursday
Oct302014

Cops: Telephone Scammers Target Elderly Woman

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Authorities are investigating a report of telephone scammers targeting an elderly woman in Charleston County on Wednesday.

A 74-year-old woman told the Charleston County Sheriff's Office that she received a call from a number with a New York area code, with the caller saying that the woman had won the Publisher Clearing House Sweepstakes. Another scammer then came on the line saying he was an attorney, and that the woman would have to pay taxes on the money before she received it.

The caller even told the woman he could be at her home as early as the next day to take her to the bank, officials said.

"It was at this point that our complainant made up the following response. She told the subject that she would have to run it by her daughter who is a police officer and at that point the subject hung up," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Charleston Police Make Arrest in Downtown Carjacking

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A North Charleston man has been arrested in connection with a carjacking earlier this month in downtown Charleston.

Police announced Wednesday that they've charged Dexter Lamont Jones, 37, with carjacking, stemming from the Oct. 18 incident.

Police said a man was sitting in his vehicle after purchasing cigarettes from a gas station on Meeting Street, when another man approached and pulled the victim out of his vehicle. The suspect then fled with the vehicle.


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Wednesday
Oct292014

Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Ervin Drops Out of Race

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Tom Ervin, an Independent candidate for Governor of South Carolina, announced Tuesday that he would suspend his campaign and endorse Vincent Sheheen over incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley.

In a post to his Facebook page, Ervin announced the suspension of his campaign, saying that he endorsed the Democrat Sheheen because "we deserve a governor we can trust." He also noted the current "crisis of leadership in South Carolina," and highlighted Sheheen's "honesty and integrity."

"As a Republican, I put my state first," Ervin said in a post shared from Sheheen's Facebook page. "I believe Vincent is the person who can serve us best as governor."


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Wednesday
Oct292014

Charleston Police Arrest Man on Assault, Gun Charges

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Charleston Police have arrested a 41-year-old man Tuesday in connection with an assault incident that occurred earlier this month.

Daniel Michael Bragg was arrested in North Charleston. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and assault and battery of a high an aggravated nature.

Police said the charges stem from an incident on Oct. 20, when Bragg allegedly pointed a gun at a man, before punching the man in the face.


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Wednesday
Oct292014

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle on Savannah Highway

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Authorities are investigating a fatal collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on Savannah Highway early Wednesday morning.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, a pedestrian was reportedly struck and killed by a vehicle around 2:15 a.m. on the southbound side of Savannah Highway near Highway 162.

The collision remains under investigation.


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