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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Friday
Jul252014

Woman Gets 10 Years for Firing Gun During Drug Crime

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A woman from Garnett was sentenced on Thursday for discharging a gun during a drug trafficking crime.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, on Dec. 11, 2011, 23-year-old Roqel Connors was in the process of selling marijuana to a man in Beaufort when she got in an argument. Connors allegedly fired her gun, killing Mark Kevin Jones.

Connors was sentenced to 10 years in prison.


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Friday
Jul252014

Man Caught with Drugs, Guns at Traffic Stop

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A man has been arrested on drug and weapon charges after a traffic stop early Thursday morning.

The Charleston Police Department says 22-year-old Justin Arthur Rivers was pulled over for drifting in and out of his lane.

The officer allegedly smelled marijuana and searched Rivers' car, where he found cocaine, marijuana, two handguns, and an assault rifle.

Rivers has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, trafficking cocaine, trafficking cocaine base, unlawful carrying of a handgun, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Stray Cat Tests Positive for Rabies in Greenville County

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is once again reminding residents to avoid wild animals or animals they don't know after a stray cat tested positive for rabies in Greenville County.

"To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," Sandra Craig, from the DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services said.

About 275 South Carolinians receive preventative rabies treatments annually after exposure to the disease via bites and scratches from animals.

There were 124 cases of rabies in animals in South Carolina last year, and there have been 68 cases so far this year.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Armed Men Caught After Breaking into Harleyville Home

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Several men have been arrested for reportedly breaking into a home in Harleyville on Wednesday.

The Post and Courier reports that Claunce Mazyck, Michael Jamison, and Justin Conan Simmons broke into a house demanding money.

One of the men allegedly held a gun to the head of a 12-year-old at the home.

The men fled after stealing $200 and a cell phone.

When police pursued the thieves, the men led police on a chase, during which two shots were fired at an officer. Still, the three thieves and another man were arrested.

According to the Post and Courier, no shooting injuries were reported.


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Thursday
Jul242014

North Charleston Man Arrested for Weekend Murder

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A North Charleston man has been arrested for the murder of a 43-year-old woman.

According to the Post and Courier, Antwan Maurice Heyward, 30, was arrested and charged with the murder of Collette Warren.

Warren was shot last weekend while sitting in a car outside a house in North Charleston. Warren died at the scene.

Heyward was  also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Heyward and Warren were allegedly acquaintances.


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