Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Charleston police release graphic details surrounding Thomas Ravenel's assault arrest

Ravenel will not be returning to Southern Charm, NBCUniversal confirms

Posted by Adam Manno on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 5:38 PM

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After his arrest this morning, Charleston Police have released a detailed description of assault allegations made against Thomas Ravenel by a former nanny.

In an affidavit presented to Magistrate Judge Ellen Steinberg by Detective C. Malinowski, the Southern Charm star and real estate developer was charged with second degree assault and battery and booked into jail Tuesday morning based on an investigation into what took place on Jan. 25, 2015.

Ravenel's accuser, a 43-year-old North Carolina woman who was not named by the police, appeared at Ravenel's bond hearing Tuesday afternoon, according to media reports including Post & Courier and Live 5 News' Harve Jacobs.

According to the affidavit,
"While inside the location, the defendant undressed and made sexual advances on the victim. The defendant grabbed the victim's hand and placed it on his penis before attempting to remove the victim's clothing. While attempting to remove the victim's clothing, the victim's underwire bra cut into her skin and her shirt wrapped around her neck, which caused the victim to struggle to breath. The defendant pulled down the victim's pants and said, "Show me your pussy," and began grabbing at the victim's vagina. The victim crouched down to the ground to try and prevent further assault, and the defendant then put his penis in her face and asked, "Do you like big dicks?" After escaping the assault, the victim called her then ex-husband and sister and told them of the incident, fled the scene and notified several family members of the incident. Photographs were then taken immediately of the injuries to her neck and chest."

The woman first reported her "forcible rape" allegations to the police in May. Police confirmed today that Ravenel's arrest was the result of an investigation based on those claims.

Ravenel was given a $20,000 personal recognizance bond at a hearing Tuesday, meaning that he does not have to pay any money up front, but would forfeit the money if he fails to appear in court in the future. He also was reportedly forced to surrender his passport.

The son of former South Carolina congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr., Thomas has starred in the reality TV show Southern Charm since its premiere in March 2014. The unscripted series is currently airing its fifth season and follows the lives of a revolving door of Charleston socialites. Ravenel has two children with Charm co-star Kathryn Dennis.

A spokesperson for NBCUniversal confirmed a separate report stating that Ravenel will not return to Southern Charm next season.

Less than a month before the May police report, Ashley Perkins, a Florida-based real estate agent and model, told Columbia political/gossip blog FITS News that Ravenel settled a different allegation of sexual misconduct against her mother for $200,000.

The allegations Perkins discussed were also of a physical and sexual nature.

"He pushes my mom onto the nanny’s bed, grabs her wrist with one hand, then he starts trying to pull her pants off," Perkins told People magazine. "And she's like 'No, no, no, stop.' He stuck his fingers inside of her vagina as well as her anus. She told me that he held her hands back with one arm and then pulled his penis out and shoved it in her face."

Ravenel was indicted on federal cocaine charges in June 2007, five months into his job as the state's elected treasurer. He resigned from the post a month later and was later sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Ravenel and his lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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S.C.'s emoji-maverick Trooper Bob is retiring in November

Bob Beres is retiring after 24 years with S.C. Highway Patrol

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 5:38 PM

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lt. Bob Beres, a.k.a. "Trooper Bob", announced Monday that he is retiring effective Nov. 30.

Reached for reaction on Tuesday, S.C. Twitter users said, "😭😭😭😭."

A chief spokesperson for the Highway Patrol, Beres is best known for his use of social media and emojis, so it is only fitting that he made his retirement announcement on Twitter. His creative social media tactics won him an Emmy in January for the 2016 Sober or Slammer! PSA.

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Thomas Ravenel arrested on second degree assault charge Tuesday morning

Ravenel also named in a rape report earlier this year

Posted by Adam Manno on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 11:53 AM

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Southern Charm star and Holy City socialite Thomas Ravenel was booked into county jail on a charge of second degree assault and battery Tuesday morning in connection to a forcible rape report from May that named Ravenel as a suspect.

The 56-year-old reality TV star and real estate developer was arrested by the Charleston Police Department and is being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center as of Tuesday morning, according to jail records.

The arrest resulted from an investigation into a forcible rape report filed by a 43-year-old North Carolina woman in May, according to CPD spokesman Charles Francis. The report named Ravenel as a suspect.

Francis declined to discuss further details of the investigation or the charge.

The allegation prompted NBCUniversal, the parent company of the Bravo cable channel, to release a statement saying that Southern Charm producer Haymaker was investigating the allegation.

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The Agenda: Florence damage visible from space; S.C. solicitor's law license suspended after federal indictment

Authorities urge Georgetown to evacuate

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 11:49 AM

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The state Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Dan Johnson, the 5th Circuit Solicitor who is facing state and federal charges connected to alleged misspending of public funds. He was indicted on more than two dozen federal charges including wire fraud and theft of government funds. Authorities are taking a look at trips he took to Amsterdam, Colombia, and the Galapagos. Johnson was suspended from office last week after the indictment was handed down. Source: P&C

Ten days after Florence, authorities are urging Georgetown residents to evacuate as the waters are expected to crest today. Authorities are expecting up to ten feet of flooding, a "record event." Source: AP

A pit full of 200,000 tons of toxic coal ash in Conway could begin taking on water as flood waters rise. Santee Cooper officials state that the dam held up over the weekend and they are optimistic that even if the flood breaches the dam, polluted water won't spill out. Source: P&C

You can see the effects of Florence without leaving Charleston. Global mapping provider Nearmap captured high-resolution aerial maps of areas affected by Hurricane Florence, including Conway and Wilmington, N.C. Source: Columbia Business Report

You can see Florence's impact from a plane, but to get the whole picture, you gotta go to space. A NASA satellite has spotted coal-ash polluted waters flowing from rivers into the Atlantic Ocean. Source: News & Observer

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Monday, September 24, 2018

South Carolina residents: You have two weeks to register to vote in the 2018 election

Deadlines vary depending on how you choose to register

Posted by Adam Manno on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 6:34 PM

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To vote in the Nov. 6 state and federal elections, you need to be registered in South Carolina 30 days before you head to the polls. South Carolina voters will cast ballots for governor, Congress, and local seats depending on your place of residence.

According to the S.C. Election Commission, registration deadlines are as follows:

Fri. Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.: If registering in person at county voter registration offices like the DMV.
Sun. Oct. 7 at 11:59 p.m.: If registering online at scvotes.org or if sending a completed, official voter registration via fax or email.
Tues. Oct. 9: If sending an official, completed voter registration form by mail. This is the date the envelope should be postmarked by.

You can only register online if you have a valid S.C. driver's license. If you don't have one, registering with an official voter registration form is probably your best bet, since it can be done using your social security number.

You also may need to update your address with the DMV if you've recently moved, considering that moving can not only change your ballot, but also your voting precinct on Election Day.

You can download a voter registration form from SCvotes.org and turn it in to your county board of voter registration in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester counties via mail, email, or fax. (Contact information available in the links.)

As a reminder, only U.S. citizens can register to vote.

To vote on Election Day, you'll need a photo ID, which can take the form of a S.C. driver's license, a DMV ID card, a federal military ID, or a U.S. passport. If you don't have a photo ID on election day, you may still be able to vote a provisional ballot after singing an affidavit explaining why you couldn't reasonably obtain proper photo identification.

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