Police: Ousted DSS official disrupted area Waffle House
A former director for the S.C. Dept. of Social Services, who is awaiting the start of a federal prison term for embezzling over $5 million, had a run-in with local authorities after becoming belligerent in an Aiken area Waffle House.
Aiken County Sheriffâ€™s Office deputies said Paul Moore, 61, was grossly intoxicated when they responded to a 3 a.m. incident call at the late night diner.
Moore pleaded guilty in October to converting millions in public money to checks for personal use, which he admitted to using on gambling, strippers and booze. Part of his bond agreement was to refrain from abusing alcohol. It is unclear what effect his most recent arrest will have on his upcoming federal sentence.
Moore was released from the Aiken County detention center on a personal recognizance bond.
Time share operation masking as â€œWelcome Centerâ€ raises eyebrows
A business situated across the street from the official Charleston Visitor Center has been criticized by the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau amid fears that its advertising scheme may confuse visitors.
The Ann Street business advertises itself as a â€œWelcome Centerâ€ full of free maps and brochures for nearby attractions. The center is actually owned by Festiva Hospitality Group, a time-share sales group, based in Asheville, N.C. Time-share industry advocates say they provide a service to visitors and bring thousands to the area for presentations. Around eight privately run information centers, run by various sales groups, currently operate in Charleston, according to a report by the Charleston Post and Courier.
The city is considering passing ordinances that would require the businesses to display their actual names more prominently. The city has already tightened restrictions on sidewalk salesmen after visitors complained of being hounded by salesmen hawking time-shares and other services.
Atheist organization places billboard on Billy Graham Parkway
To commemorate Independence Day, a group called Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics has placed an American flag-themed billboard stating â€œOne Nation Indivisibleâ€ â€“with â€œUnder Godâ€ left outâ€”on a parkway named after famed televangelist Billy Graham.
A spokesperson for the group told the Rock Hill Herald that the placement of the billboard was due to cost-effectiveness and not because the parkway was named in honor of Graham.
The billboard highlights the phrase from the original Pledge of Allegiance before the â€œUnder Godâ€ was inserted in 1954, at the height of the Cold War, to distinguish the U.S. from the U.S.S.R., which officially embraced atheism.
The group, part of a coalition called the N.C. Secular Association, says their message is simple: the non-religious citizens of North Carolina are patriots, too.
Town workers busted for selling crack
Two employees of the Cheraw Water Department have been arrested after police said they were caught selling crack cocaine out of their town-issued vehicles.
Both men, who were maintenance workers for the department, face multiple counts of distribution of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine within the proximity of a school. Bond has been set for $25,000 each.
Former Miss South Carolina pageant official convicted for lewd act on minor
Joseph Saunders IV, a former official for the Miss South Carolina pageant, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for allegedly committing a lewd act on a young girl.
Prosecutor, Doug Richardson, said Sanders fondled a 9-year-old girl at an Easley motel in 2005 and had intercourse with her in 2008, according to media reports.
Co-defendant, Anita Gearhart, was convicted of illegal conduct toward a child after prosecutors said she failed to report the abuse. Gearhart was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Sleeping father charged after toddler found wandering
A Rock Hill man is facing a child abuse charge after his son was found wandering in the parking lot of their apartment complex in pajamas one morning last week.
Police, alerted by a neighbor, took the child into protective custody after they and the property manager were unable to find the childâ€™s parents. According to the Rock Hill Herald, Robert Stroud, 33, said he works the third shift, returned home from work around 8 a.m., put his son down for a nap, and then took a nap himself. He said his alarm failed to wake him as it normally does. When he awoke around 3 p.m. he found that his son was missing and was in the custody of the Dept. of Social Services.
Police arrested Stroud and DSS will investigate the incident.