Cigarette Trafficking Ring Busted

Eleven men have been charged with operating an underground cigarette trafficking ring. The men ran the multimillion-dollar cigarette trafficking ring out of North and South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that although the suspects were arrested in November, Federal court documents were sealed until last week. The men are alleged to have purchased 6,800 cases of Marlboro cigarettes at half the market price. The suspects thought what they were buying were stolen goods. In reality, they were receiving the cigarettes … [Read more...]

Meth Lab and Infant Found in SC Hotel Room

Kershaw County Deputies arrested a couple after finding a meth lab and child in a hotel room. Heather Leann Studd, 26, and Jonathan Michael Pope, 26, have been charged with possession of methamphetamine. Studd also faces a charge of possession of Schedule IV narcotics. The child found in the hotel room is believed to belong to the couple and is now in the Department of Social Services’ protective custody. Police received a tip on January 13 that took them to room 12 of the Economy Inn on U.S. 1. Police found Studd and Pope inside along … [Read more...]

SC Company Sues Ex Employee for Stealing Twitter Followers

South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Do you have rights to someone who follows you on twitter? WLTX-TV is reporting that an Internet company is suing a former employee, claiming he left the corporation and took his 17,000 Twitter followers with him. PhoneDog LLC says the former employee  owes them $340,000 because when he resigned to do freelance work, he changed his Twitter name from PhoneDog--Noah to noahkravitz, and kept his followers.  He also went to work for a competitor. Kravitz, of Oakland, Calif., says in court documents … [Read more...]

Police Developing New Device to Detect Weapons without Frisking

A new product is being tested in the fight against crime. Police are developing a product that can detect a weapon on a suspect eliminating the need to frisk a suspect. The device uses infrared rays to scan the body for natural energy, like radiation, emitted from someone carrying a concealed weapon on the street. Police will be able to determine if something is obstructing the flow of energy and see the location of the obstruction. This will give a blueprint of where a weapon is located. Police believe that this new device could be … [Read more...]

Police: Burglary Suspect Gets Stuck in Chimney, No Santa

South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers According to AJC, police say a suspect trying to emulate Santa Claus was captured after getting stuck in a chimney last Tuesday. RanaldoMontez Jack, 17, was arrested about 1:30 p.m. after being pulled from the chimney of a home in Gwinnett, Georgia, police said. Edyn Rodriguez, told Channel 2 Action News that he was standing in his driveway when he heard cries coming from across the street. “He said, ‘Help me! Help me!” Rodriguez said. “Man, never in my life! … I called 911.” WSB-TV, the ABC … [Read more...]

9 College Students Charged with Hazing

South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys WLTX-TV is reporting that deputies in Florence County have arrested nine students in a fraternity and charged them with hazing after one incident left a member of the fraternity in the hospital. The suspects are all  members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, including three students at Francis Marion University and six alumni. Authorities say the men paddled the pledge so badly he had kidney damage. Authorities say all nine men have been released on personal recognizance bonds. South Carolina Law … [Read more...]

Thieves Steal Police Cruiser Wheels

South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - The Post and Courier in Charleston is reporting the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office is in the market for a new set of tires. Authorities say some rubber-hungry thieves stole a brand new set of tires off a Dorchester County sheriff’s car Monday night and then left the squad car sitting on cinderblocks. Deputies claimed they left the new squad car at Mr. Sign on East 5th North Street so workers could detail the car with badges and other law enforcement markings. Sheriff’s … [Read more...]

Jon & Kate TV Editor Arrested for Child Porn Possession

South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys Los Angeles, CA - A 56-year-old TV editor who worked on "Jon and Kate Plus 8" and other cable reality shows featuring kids has been charged with possession of child pornography. According to Yahoo News, documents obtained by RadarOnline say William Blankinship was arrested October 21 in North Carolina as part of an FBI sting.  He has been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Blankinship is a subcontractor for Figure 8 Films, and has worked on TLC shows including  "Jon and … [Read more...]

Is Pleading Guilty Better?

South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys If you are arrested in South Carolina and your criminal charge is pending in General Sessions Court or Magistrate’s Court, you have the option to plead guilty or not guilty. The decision of whether to plead guilty in South Carolina  should only be made after obtaining the advice of a criminal defense attorney.  Your life and welfare are at stake. A guilty plea can have lasting consequences beyond a fine or prison sentence including the loss of your right to carry a firearm, custody or visitation … [Read more...]

New Scam Targets Wells Fargo Customers

South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers A couple in Lexington has a warning for new Wells Fargo consumers. They say an automated phone called them asking for their bank information and they fell for it. "This was definitely a scam," said Rebecca Joy McGee on WLTX-TV. What started out as a typical day for the McGee family, ended up being more than a headache. "They said, 'This is Wells Fargo and due to circumstances beyond our control, your card is being canceled as of today,'" she said of the unexpected call during her interview on … [Read more...]