Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Regional Briefs

Compiled by Todd Morehead

Ravenel Cohort in Hot Water Again

A man involved in the drug investigation of former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel now faces additional charges stemming from the case.
Pascal Etcheber, a French national, has been charged with intimidating a witness in his case, lying to a federal judge and other charges. According to the Charleston Post and Courier, Etcheber, 46, has been charged with lying to the FBI concerning his knowledge of Ravenel’s former drug activities at the time of that investigation.
If convicted he could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Clemson Student Pummeled in UGA Frat House

A Clemson University student has recovered from a Nov. 15 beating he sustained at a University of Georgia fraternity house. The UGA student responsible for the alleged beating is scheduled to appear in a Clarke County, Ga., court on Dec. 15.
Gene Milner III, 23, has been charged with false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery. Milner allegedly held the 18-year-old Clemson student against his will in the basement of the Chi Phi frat house before beating him. The Clemson student escaped on foot around 3:20 a.m. and was able to flag down a passing UGA police officer.

Protesters Chain Themselves to Coal Plant Component

Four North Carolina protesters have been arrested after they chained themselves to a nearly 1 million-pound generator part. The part is bound for a Cliffside, N.C., coal plant currently under construction.
The part, called a stator, had been parked in a lot near Greenville for around a week while Duke Energy workers plotted its course through the city. The protesters, affiliated with a group called Asheville Rising Tide, were chained to the stator for more than an hour before deputies removed them. The protesters reportedly also hung a “Stop Cliffside” sign from the generator part.

Driver Flees Front-Yard Mess

A Rock Hill man was briefly jailed after authorities say he drove his truck into the side of a house and then attempted to flee the scene.
Darrell Carothers, 54, allegedly struck the house late Monday afternoon and fled, leaving $20,000 in damages. A witness claimed to see Carothers fall out of the driver’s side door of the truck as it rounded the corner. When police arrived at Carothers’ home they noted dents consistent with the reported collision and said Carothers was having a beer in his kitchen when they arrived to arrest him. He appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report.

Police Stage Manhunt for Carwash Thief

Police deployed numerous officers, a K-9 unit and a search helicopter while pursuing a man suspected of robbing coin machines at area carwashes.

According to the York Police Deptartment, officers attempted to stop a fleeing car while responding to an alarm at a carwash. The driver was apprehended in possession of burglary tools while the second man got away. Police used dogs and the helicopter to search an area of woods behind a nearby Wal-Mart.
Shoplifter Wrangled in Ribeye Ruckus

A Bishopville man was arrested in a Sumter-area Piggly Wiggly after he allegedly stuffed a number of ribeye steaks down his pants.
Patrick Caldwell, 45, faces multiple charges after an off-duty officer reportedly saw him put the cuts of meat into the waistline of his pants and attempt to leave the premises.
When the officer attempted to detain the suspect, he allegedly became unruly and fought back. According to the Sumter Item, Caldwell outmaneuvered a Taser, shoved a store clerk into a shopping cart and wrestled the officer to the floor. Three other men helped to subdue him until police arrived. He faces charges of shoplifting, disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and resisting arrest.

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