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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Friday
Oct312014

Two Former Police Officers Plead Guilty to Use of Excessive Force

(FLORENCE, S.C.) -- Two former police officers with the city of Marion admitted in in federal court to using excessive force last spring against a woman with mental disabilities.

Eric Walters, 39, and Franklin Brown, 35, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law for using unreasonable force for their role in repeatedly tasing the victim in April 2013 when she posed no threat to either officer.

“The defendants abused their authority as law enforcement officers by repeatedly tasing a defenseless, compliant victim,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta for the Civil Rights Division in a statement. “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute those who cross the line to engage in acts of criminal misconduct.”  

Walters and Brown face up to 10 years in jail, and a fine of $250,000.


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Friday
Oct312014

Post Office in Ravenel Named After First African American Mayor

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- The U.S. Post Office in Ravenel has been renamed in honor of the city's first African American mayor -- Curtis B. Inabinett, Sr.

A ceremony was held Thursday to dedicate the post office.

In addition to being mayor of Ravenel, Inabinett also served on the Charleston County Council.


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Friday
Oct312014

Park Circle to Close for Road Work

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Park Circle wil be closed to traffic on Sunday and Monday to facilitate road work being done.

The Charleston County Government has announced that due to resurfacing work being done on the roadway, Park Circle will first be closed for milling work from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

The roadway will again be closed on Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for crews to put down the new pavement.

Officials said traffic will be detoured along Park Place.


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Thursday
Oct302014

F3 Engineering to Establish North American Headquarters in Spartanburg Co.

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A provider of technology, products, and services in military and mission-critical technology will locate its North American headquarters and manufacturing operations in Spartanburg County.

F3 Engineering plans to invest $3.9 million over the year in the 25,000 square-foot facility on Seminole Drive in Spartanburg, resulting in an expected 53 new jobs.

Although many locations were considered for this facility, the engineering firm's selection team decided on Spartanburg, citing it convenient location and good quality of life.

“We’re thankful for every company that does business in our state, but it’s special when a company that manufactures equipment for our men and women in uniform decides to call South Carolina home," said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in a statement. "F3 Engineering’s $3.9 million investment and the 50 jobs they are going to create in Spartanburg County will make a real difference in the community, and we welcome them to the Palmetto State.”

Founded in 1999 in New Jersey, the engineering firm prides itself on providing a total program of complex engineering and contract manufacturing solutions.


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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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