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  • Cross man arrested in deadly hit and run collision

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—A Cross man is behind bars in connection with a deadly traffic collision that occurred Tuesday night. According to Trooper Hannah Wimberly with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Terry Walter Erdman, 32, of Cross was arrested and booked into the Berkeley County Detention Center Thursday evening. Records show he was booked into the Hill Finklea Detention Center for […]

    Pictured: Terry Walter Erdman
  • Moncks Corner family helped by Red Cross after house fire

    MONCKS CORNER, S.C.-A Moncks Corner home located on Gross Avenue was badly damaged by fire on Thursday, Red Cross officials say. After the Moncks Corner Fire Department responded to the emergency, the Red Cross stepped in with assistance for the three adults displaced by the fire. Volunteers also provided temporary lodging and comfort kits to the family. As an additional […]

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  • Peagler looks into GenEarth “odor crisis,” urges homeowners to file complaint

    MONCKS CORNER, S.C.–For homeowners who live near GenEarth, a company that converts organic waste into renewable resources, the smell has become almost unbearable.  Now Moncks Corner town leaders are looking into how to resolve the issue. According to Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler, he is fully aware of the complaints and says some people have even reported experiencing nausea, sore […]

    Peagler looks into GenEarth “odor crisis,” urges homeowners to file complaint
  • Deputies arrest four people on meth charges

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–According to Berkeley Co. Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Dan Moon, officers with the department’s drug enforcement unit have arrested four people on methamphetamine charges. This makes the second meth bust in less than a week for the sheriff’s office. Moon says after receiving information concerning a possible meth lab, deputies obtained a search warrant for 107 Blondell Lane, Moncks […]

    Deputies arrest four people on meth charges
  • $1 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Berkeley Co.

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Someone just got a whole lot richer and may not even know it. According to representatives with the South Carolina Education Lottery, a Summerville grocery store has sold a Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million for Tuesday night’s drawing. Publix Super Markets  at 1724 State Rd. in the Cane Bay area of Berkeley County is the lucky lottery […]

    $1 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Berkeley Co.
  • After daughter’s killer sentenced, local mom demands change in law

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—After the young man who killed her daughter was recently sentenced to 55 years in prison, Jennifer Hill felt like her heart was ripped out all over again. In 2012, Caleb Matlock, 25, shot and killed her daughter Dana Woods, 18, and June Guerry, 22, and then dumped their bodies like a piece of trash in two separate […]

    Pictured: Jennifer Hill addresses Matlock in court
  • Information sought in deadly hit and run in Cross

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—The South Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information about a hit and run collision that claimed the life of a pedestrian Tuesday night. According to Berkeley Co. Coroner Bill Salisbury, Peggy Ann Cain, 59, of Cross was found lying on the side of Trojan Road in Cross. Salisbury says she was transported to a local hospital where she […]

    Information sought in deadly hit and run in Cross
  • BCSO: Man suspected in a series of arsons arrested

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–According to Berkeley Co. Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Dan Moon, a joint investigation by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and the Goose Creek Police Department has led to the arrest of a man sought in connection with a series of fires that were set in the Goose Creek/Ladson area over this past weekend. Moon says Patrick Joseph Coxe, 20, […]

    Pictured: Patrick Coxe (Courtesy: BCSO)
  • Nearly a dozen inmates transported to hospital after cleaning incident

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—Shortly after 12 p.m. on Tuesday, dispatch requested the assistance of the Berkeley Co. Rescue Squad to transport nearly a dozen inmates from the jail to an area hospital. They were transported using the county’s casualty bus. “As a precaution, all affected individuals are being evaluated at Trident Hospital and are expected to be released this afternoon,” stated […]

    Pictured: Berkeley Co. Casualty Bus
  • Deputies: 3 suspects accused of meth making with baby nearby

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–According to Berkeley Co. Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Dan Moon, deputies with the Drug Enforcement Unit arrested three people on methamphetamine charges Monday. Moon says the suspects were arrested at 512 McCrystal Circle following an investigation into illegal drug activity at that location. Tiffany N. Steinbrecker, 19, Brandon Lee Varner, 26,  and Justin Steven Michael, 26, have all been […]

    Deputies: 3 suspects accused of meth making with baby nearby
 
 

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Cross man arrested in deadly hit and run collision

August 22, 2014 at 7:37 am

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—A Cross man is behind bars in connection with a deadly traffic collision that occurred Tuesday night. According to Trooper Hannah Wimberly with the...

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$1 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Berkeley Co.

$1 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Berkeley Co.

August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Someone just got a whole lot richer and may not even know it. According to representatives with the South Carolina Education Lottery, a Summerville...

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Deputies will be out in full force to help create a smooth and safe transition for all returning to school by enforcing traffic laws

Deputies beef up patrols as the new school year kicks off

August 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for a safe return to school by having deputies positioned at schools that requires additional...

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Riverdogs need your help to break kazoo world record

August 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

All right, Berkeley County baseball fans.  ‘Charlie the Riverdog’ needs your help! On Saturday, August 16, the Charleston Riverdogs and CARTA will partner in...

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Gov. Nikki Haley signs SC brewery bill into law

Gov. Nikki Haley signs SC brewery bill into law

August 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Governor Nikki Haley was recently joined by Senator Sean Bennett, Representative Derham Cole and Joseph Ackerman, President of Conquest Brewing Company, for a ceremonial bill...

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Clinical psychologist weighs in on the tragic death of Robin Williams

Clinical psychologist weighs in on the tragic death of Robin Williams

August 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

It’s been four days since the untimely passing of one of the greatest comedians of all time. To say the death of Robin Williams shocked the world is a major understatement....

 

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Goose Creek Police need help locating shooting suspect

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—According to Goose Creek Police, officers arrived at the S&K Apartments on Carolina Avenue in reference to shots fired Monday night. Once on scene, officers say they located a 33-year-old black man who had been shot inside the apartment. The suspect or suspects have not been identified and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to […]

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Deputies will be out in full force to help create a smooth and safe transition for all returning to school by enforcing traffic laws

Deputies beef up patrols as the new school year kicks off

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for a safe return to school by having deputies positioned at schools that requires additional attention due to an overly abundant amount of traffic steaming from first day attendees, student drivers, and working parents dropping their kids off. “This can create a very difficult and frustrating scenario for all, with the […]

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Police need help identifying alleged arson suspect

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—The Goose Creek Police Department and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in the attached photo. According to officers, early Sunday morning a series of fires were set in the College Park area of Goose Creek, including at Stratford High School and College Park Elementary School. Officers say the suspect, […]

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Deputy resigns after driving with suspended license

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–According to Berkeley Co. Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Dan Moon, the deputy involved in a wreck a week ago in Goose Creek has resigned from the sheriff’s office after failing to notify his supervisor that his driver’s license was suspended. Chief Deputy Rick Ollic of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Justice Jenkins’ last day was August 15 […]

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Tensions build over new Hanahan school, leaders agree to work together

Tensions build over new Hanahan school, leaders agree to work together

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—Tuesday’s school board meeting got a bit heated as more than a dozen Hanahan homeowners addressed board members during public comment. “The biggest reason why we are here is to respond directly to an e-mail that the mayor received from a school board member on July 24,” stated Michael Sally, a Hanahan council member who also attended the […]

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Remaining assets of American LaFrance to be auctioned off

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—A second auction is scheduled for August 27th to get rid of the remaining assets belonging to the now defunct American LaFrance. When the company abruptly closed for business earlier this year, it left the county with a massive tax bill in the amount of $650,000. An auction held in June was able to recover much of the […]

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The coroner has identified the victim as 55-year-old Timothy Brain Austin

One person killed after driver’s sedan runs off highway

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–According to Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury, Timothy Brain Austin, 55 of Ridgeville, was traveling west on Fish Road in Berkeley County when his sedan ran off the right side of the roadway Saturday around 11:30 p.m. Salisbury says his vehicle struck several trees and overturned, partially ejecting him. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced […]

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Pictured: Alvin White (Courtesy: Berkeley Co. Sheriff's Office)

One person arrested in string of Jamestown burglaries

At least one person has been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in the Jamestown and Shulerville area of Berkeley County. In August, homeowners and several business have had their personal belongings stolen from them. On Friday, deputies arrested Alvin White, 24,  of St. Stephen and charged him with receiving stolen goods valued at $2,000 or less. Currently, […]

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Berkeley Co. mom on a mission to stop the violence after son murdered

Berkeley Co. mom on a mission to stop the violence after son murdered

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—Two days after Christmas, the lives of Sylvia and Louis Blake changed forever. That’s when they received the worst news no parent should ever have to hear. Their young son, Bradley Blake, 21, had been shot to death in his own car in Pineville after visiting with his girlfriend on Willowood Road. “He’s truly missed,” stated Sylvia Blake. […]

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DUI enforcement blitz begins as Labor Day approaches

DUI enforcement blitz begins as Labor Day approaches

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety partnered with local hospitals, first responders, and law enforcement agencies across the state Thursday to launch the annual Sober or Slammer! impaired driving crackdown, which begins August 15 and runs through the end of Labor Day. The campaign includes high visibility enforcement and public education efforts aimed at curbing collisions and fatalities as […]

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