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Spartanburg Man Gets over 7 Years in Prison for Child Porn Possession

(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) -- A Spartanburg man has been sentenced to over seven years in prison for possessing child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 34-year-old Kenneth Griffin Jr. will serve 88 months for sending e-mails containing images of child porn.

According to the Attorney's Office, Griffin "admitted that he had been seeking child pornography using chat rooms on Yahoo."

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Car Crashes into SCEG Pole

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A car crashed into an SCEG pole in Charleston County on Wednesday.

The Charleston County Sheriff's office reported the accident just before noon on Folly Road near Camp Road.

SCEG responded to the scene.

After both lanes were shut down, authorities said the accident will take about four hours to clear.

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Gaston Resident Convicted of Trafficking Counterfeit Medications

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A 51-year-old man was found guilty of trafficking over $2 million worth of counterfeit erectile dysfunction medications in federal court on Monday.

Arthur Fleming Moler of Gaston, S.C., faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of $2 million when he is sentenced at a later date.

Federal prosecutors say Moler sold and shipped counterfeit goods and medications, including illegal replicas of Viagra and Cialis, from his Columbia-based business, South Carolina Liquidations.

The discovery came when United States Customs agents found counterfeit golf equipment being shipped from China to South Carolina Liquidations.

When investigators went to the warehouse, they also found hundreds of counterfeit designer handbags, sunglasses, electronic equipment.

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Charleston County Authorities Search for Home Invasion Suspect

Charleston County Sheriff's Office(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Authorities in Charleston County are searching for a suspect believed to be involved in a Charleston home invasion.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says that Bryan Leigh Bevins was involved in a home invasion on the 2400 block of Ashley River Road around 4 a.m. on Friday.

The three victims told police that three men broke into the home, tied them up, and stole multiple firearms and money.

The victims also told police the suspects told them they were going to burn the house down with them trapped inside before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle.

Police say all three victims only had minor scrapes and bruises as a result of the incident.

Officials are still trying to identify the other two suspects involved.

Anyone with information on the home invasion or the whereabouts of Bevins is asked to contact the Charleston County Sheriff's Office at (843) 554-2475.

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Authorities Investigating Burglary at Charleston Coffee Shop

Charleston Police Department(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Authorities in Charleston are investigating a burglary at a coffee shop.

According to the Charleston Police Department, the incident took place on December 6 at City Lights Coffee at 141 Market Street.

Anyone with information can call Detective York at 843-720-2541.

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