Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Regional Briefs

By Todd Morehead


Jail nurse in hot water for hummer

A nurse at the Charleston County jail is facing charges stemming from allegations that she gave out more than prescription medication to an inmate awaiting trial for murder.

According to sheriff’s investigators, a nurse named Angela Marie Smith, 33, asked to use a room to talk privately to a few inmates. However, one particular inmate was in the room longer than the others, an incident report states. When Detention Officer Danielle Francis opened the door to check on Smith, she told investigators that the inmate was exposed and he quickly covered up. Smith, Francis alleged, was “possibly performing oral sex.”

Smith has been charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. So far, the inmate has not been charged.


Baked toddler narrowly avoided

A Clover woman is facing possible prison time after she allegedly left a 1-year-old child unattended in a car with no ventilation while she went grocery shopping.

According to the Rock Hill Herald, Mary Jolley Brown, 35, left her toddler girl strapped into her car seat in the back of a Suzuki while she shopped for groceries at Food Lion.

The doors and windows were closed, the vehicle was not running, and outside temperatures were 87 degrees, according to the report. Witnesses flagged down police who were able to remove the toddler. Brown faces charges of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Brown told police she simply forgot her child was in the car.


Beach construction could harm marine science area

A beach restoration plan set forth by wealthy seaside landowners and recently approved by DHEC could hurt research at a marine science laboratory, critics of the plan say.

Gov. Nikki Haley has said that she wants to cut DHEC red tape for businesses and appointed a brand new DHEC board when she took office. In its first major environmental decision, the board voted unanimously to let property owners in the affluent, gated Debordieu community build metal walls in the ocean to trap sand for their private beaches.

The walls are supposed to protect around $20 million worth of oceanfront property while likely increasing erosion downstream at the North Inlet estuarine research reserve.


Man in giant ice cream cone suit attacked by teen

A 16-year-old will face charges in York County Family Court following an alleged attack on a mascot for an area ice cream shop.

A Marble Slab employee dressed as the store’s giant ice cream cone mascot, “Slabbie,” was reportedly waving to passersby in front of a nearby Dick’s Sporting Goods store when the teen pulled up in an SUV, tackled the giant cone to the ground, and then sped away.

The person inside the suit reported no major injuries.


Craiglist deal ends in vehicular assault


A 44-year-old man contacted police after a man who agreed to buy his iPhone 4 on Craigslist got a little squirrely when they met in person.

According to the Rock Hill Herald, the men met at a pizza restaurant to make the transaction. A man wearing all black met the seller and handed over an envelope containing what appeared to be money. While the seller tried to inspect money, which later turned out to be fake, the buyer hopped into a Mitsubishi Montero and attempted to flee the scene. When the buyer tried to stop the vehicle, the suspects drove off and hit him.

The police report stated that the envelope contained five fake $100 bills. So far no arrest has been made.


Naked man arrested for haranguing Irish pub

Spartanburg police arrested a North Carolina man for running naked through a restaurant district.

According to the Spartanburg Herald Journal Kenneth Burke, of Bladenboro, N.C. was charged with indecent exposure after police were dispatched to the scene. Burke had allegedly been streaking near Delaney’s Irish Pub on West Main Street. Responding officers witnessed Burke race over to a pick-up truck and climb in. Police dragged him from the truck, arrested him and clothed him before hauling him to jail.


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