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May 26, 2009

You’re Invited

To: Witness Mayor Billy Keyserling “Kiss The Pig”

When: Tomorrow (Wednesday, 5/27) at 4pm

Where: Under the Clock on Bay Street & West Street Extension

Mayor Billy Keyserling has met his weight loss goal of 40 pounds and raised about $20,000 for The American Diabetes Association. The Mayor would like to invite everyone to join him at 4pm tomorrow at the clock on Bay Street and West Street Extension to learn about his journey over the last 10 weeks and see him kiss Hamlet, the pig.

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May 26, 2009

SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED

Jefferson Lamont Lee who was wanted in connection with a May 6th shooting on Duke Street has been arrested in Concord, NC. Investigators received information that Lee was at a specific address in Concord and contacted the police department there for assistance. A SWAT team from Concord surrounded the house and Lee surrendered without incident. He will be extradited to face numerous charges related to the May 6tht incident.

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May 26, 2009

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting

BEAUFORT, SC (May 26/11:00 AM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at a local area private club that left one man dead and another injured.

Just before 2 am Sunday morning, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a private party at the Semper Fi Club located at 279 Broad River Blvd in reference to multiple reports of shots fired in the building and a reported gunshot victim.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with 44-year old Henry Jones of Seabrook who had sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Additional responding deputies also made contact with a vehicle seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, where they discovered a second victim, 21-year old Darnelle Parker of Beaufort, who was being rushed by friends to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Both victims were initially transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. Jones was later transferred to MUSC, where he died of his injuries yesterday afternoon. Parker’s condition remains undisclosed at this time, however his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

Witnesses at the scene identified the shooter as 22-year old Jaquawn Dominique Brewer of Yemassee. The motive for the shootings is unknown at this time. Club patrons reported seeing Brewer pull out a handgun and start shooting randomly into the crowd. It is not believed that the victims were specifically intended targets.

Brewer was placed under arrest yesterday upon turning himself into investigators yesterday. He is currently facing charges of Murder, Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime

Brewer may also be facing additional charges in reference to a separate shooting incident that occurred earlier Saturday afternoon. At approximately 4 pm that afternoon, Brewer was identified as the suspect who pointed and presented a handgun at his ex-girlfriend, 28-year old Maria Griffin at a baseball game at the Gray’s Hill Community Center. After threatening to kill her, Brewer fled the scene.

Just before 10 pm that evening, Griffin was driving on Stanley Farm Rd towards Hwy 116 when she observed a vehicle driving towards her flashing its headlights. As the vehicle passed her, one of the occupants, identified as Brewer pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds at her vehicle, with a round penetrating a rear passenger window. Griffin escaped uninjured and contacted 911 once safely out of the area.

Both shooting incidents remain active investigations at this time. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about either incident to contact Investigator Cpl. J. Fraser at 843-470-3267 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

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May 26, 2009

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Strong Arm Robbery

BEAUFORT, SC (May 26/11:30AM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the robbery and kidnapping of an 80-year old male at a Beaufort home reported Sunday morning.

At approximately 8:45 am Sunday morning, deputies responded a 395 Parris Island Gtwy in reference to receiving a report of a robbery that had possibly occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The victim reported that two unknown white males had shown up at his home in a blue vehicle. The victim met the two men outside, and invited them inside. Once inside, the men forced the victim to the floor where they bound his hands and feet. The suspects then ransacked the victim’s home and stole his wallet before fleeing the home, leaving the victim bound in the floor.

The victim sustained minor injuries during the incident, and was unable to provide further details of the attack or suspects.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact Investigator SSgt. J. Hiers at 843-470-3439 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.___________________________________________________________________________________

April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Update from CDC: 12:30pm

South Carolina health officials have received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of least eight cases of swine flu in the state and the number of suspected cases continues to grow.

The cases afflicted a dozen students and parents connected with the private Newberry Academy. Many of the students returned from Mexico earlier this month.

All the patients have recovered, said Dr. Jerry Gibson, chief of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Disease Control.

At a noon news conference today, Gibson said the state had 13 more “probable” flu cases, including one from the Charleston area and several from the Upstate.

He said 130 people in S.C. were being given anti-viral drugs. Fifty-one are in isolation because of their exposure to those who have been diagnosed, and another 127 have been asked to put themselves in isolation, Gibson said.

There is a legal mechanism to require isolation, but there has been no need to invoke it at this time, Gibson said. Gibson expected more cases related to the Newberry outbreak to be confirmed in the next few hours.

The CDC today reported South Carolina’s confirmed cases bring the national total to more than 100. Ten other states also have confirmed cases, including one today in Georgia.

A Greenville County school was closed today after students returned from Walt Disney World with symptoms. Those cases have yet to be classified. Gibson said he didn’t think those students had the same strain of flu, and did not recommend that the school be closed. Still, those students are being tested.

– From staff reports

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