Wednesday, October 18, 2017

South Carolina receives extension for REAL ID compliance

Get your papers in order

Posted by Dustin Waters on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 3:27 PM

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South Carolinians running behind on getting their REAL ID licenses have gained a little more time to come into compliance with the new standards.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had approved a request from the state to extend the REAL ID deadline until Oct. 10, 2018. According to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, unexpired South Carolina driver’s licenses and IDs can still be used to board domestic flights, enter federal buildings, and visit military installations until the new 2018 deadline. The SCDMV expects this to be the last extension the state will have to request.

On Oct. 1, 2020, anyone hoping to board a domestic flight must have a REAL ID license or ID, valid passport, military ID, or other federally approved form of identification. Passports will still be required for international travel.

“You will have time to change your current card to a REAL ID, but you’re encouraged to begin the process now by bringing all required documents to an SCDMV branch,” said REAL ID Project Manager Melissa Cisson in a press release. “You put yourself in a better position to avoid the line and potentially be able to order your REAL ID license from home next year.”

According to the SCDMV, more than 65,000 South Carolina residents have provided the required documents to receive a REAL ID-compliant form of identification. Anyone hoping to do the same must be able to provide their proof of identity such as a birth certificate of passport, proof of their Social Security number, two proofs of their current South Carolina address, and proof of all legal name changes.

“While this agency fully anticipated this extension and saw no barrier to receiving it, we’re pleased that DHS did the right thing for the people of the state,” said SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “South Carolinians can rest assured knowing their state-issued licenses and IDs are still accepted for federal activities that will eventually require a REAL ID.”

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Agenda: Trump pays back McMaster, Charleston tops list of small cities, more bad news for SCANA

Conde Nast readers show Greenville some love as well

Posted by Dustin Waters on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 10:21 AM

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President Donald Trump made a fairly uneventful stop in Greenville to speak at a fundraiser for one of his earliest political supporters, Gov. Henry McMaster. Of course, it was Trump's decision to tap then-South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as U.N. ambassador that allowed McMaster to step into his current position. Now McMaster faces strong opposition from Republican opponent Catherine Templeton who recently outpaced the governor in campaign fundraising leading up to the 2018 GOP nomination for governor. Source: The State, Post and Courier

As with any eventful political shindig, Gov. McMaster capped off the evening with a visit to Chick-fil-A. Source: Twitter

For the seventh year in a row Charleston has topped the list for best small city in the United States, as voted by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Coming in second was the "winter hamlet" of Aspen, Colo., followed by Greenville, S.C. The point being that the people who have really strong opinions about vacations really love South Carolina. Source: Post and Courier, Conde Nast Traveler

You can check out a preview of the planned monument to Harriet Tubman set to be built in Beaufort. Funds for the $500,000 project are being raised by private sources. Source: The Beaufort Gazette

In more troubling news regarding the embattled SCANA Corp., SCANA and its subsidiaries have received a subpoena from stock market regulators as a part of an ongoing investigation into the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project. Source: Post and Courier

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Monday, October 16, 2017

New details emerge in case of alleged fecal bandit at Harris Teeter

The plop thickens

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 11:54 AM

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At least $3,000 worth of produce is estimated to have been damaged or destroyed after a "disgruntled former contractor" allegedly entered the Harris Teeter on Savannah Highway Sunday, armed with a bottle containing a "brown substance."

Pau Hang, 41, was charged with a trespass violation and damage to personal property following the incident. According to an incident report from the Charleston Police Department, officers responded to the West Ashley grocery store around 1 p.m. Sunday. Once on the scene, a store manager told police that Hang was already banned from the property.

On Nov. 24, 2015, police were called to the Harris Teeter on Savannah Highway in reference to a trespasser on scene refusing to leave. According to an incident report from that date, Hang was escorted by police from the property. The report states that Hang had been banned from the business earlier that day after allegedly getting into a "heated verbal dispute with other store employees" and using profanity.

According to the most recent incident report describing Sunday's event, police found the alleged poop-petrator standing outside of the store after speaking with the manager.

"The offender admitted that he knew he was on trespass notice from the business, but stated that the business owed him money and that he was not going to stay away until he was given this money," reads the incident report.

After Hang was taken into custody for trespassing, the store's manager then told officers that the man was spotted in the produce section carrying a plastic bottle filled with "some kind of brown substance." The manager claims that Hang was then seen emptying the contents of the bottle onto all the produce throughout the department, according to the report.

"The complainant said that the substance had a foul odor, similar to that of feces," the report states.

The manager then told police that he escorted Hang from the store with the assistance of other employees and the bottle was discarded in a nearby trashcan, where it would be reclaimed by an unlucky crew of investigators for analysis.

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The Agenda: Trump returns to S.C., $3m in Civil War artifacts remains hidden

Charleston County asks for input on greenway planning

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 10:36 AM

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President Donald Trump will return to South Carolina this evening. Scheduled for an appearance at a fundraiser for longtime supporter Gov. Henry McMaster, Trump is set to speak at the $250-a-seat event in Greenville. Source: Greenville News

Although the president's high-priced appearance will be closed to the general public, at least a few groups of protesters from the Midlands and around the state are planning to converge on Greenville to make their voices heard. Source: The State

In old news that's new news, an 8,000-piece collection of Civil War memorabilia remains largely hidden in North Charleston's Hunley lab, even after state lawmakers approved spending $3 million in state funds to purchase the artifacts. Source: Post and Courier

Charleston County's Greenbelt Advisory Board is currently looking for public input to determine how best to shape local parks, biking trails, and land preservation efforts. County residents can provide input by taking a brief survey online. Source: Charleston County

In the latest chapter of the saga surrounding South Carolina's ill-fated V.C. Summer nuclear project, SCANA board members collected a combined $11 million in spite of reportedly lacking a true expertise in the ins and outs of nuclear energy. Yes, this does basically make them a group of very wealthy Homer Simpsons. Source: Post and Courier

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Boeing employee arrested after allegedly using company equipment to transfer child porn

North Charleston man faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of minor

Posted by Dustin Waters on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Pitak Ot Eachus, 47, of North Charleston - AL CANNON DETENTION CENTER
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A 47-year-old North Charleston man faces 10 charges of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after allegedly using company equipment to transfer child pornography.

On Aug. 7, a detective with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Boeing that several digital files containing “depictions of minors engaged in sexual activity” were located on external storage devices belonging to employee Pitak Ot Eachus, according to an arrest affidavit. The affidavit goes on to state that Eachus confessed to his employer that he had used computer equipment owned by the company and assigned exclusively to him to transfer files among his personally owned external storage devices while he was working at Boeing’s North Charleston facility.

According to the affidavit, Eachus “voluntarily surrendered the external storage devices to his employer,” which were then handed over to the Sheriff’s Office. Detailed descriptions of the dozens of photos and videos allegedly found on these devices include depictions of more than 40 children that appear to vary in age from six to 16 years old.

Descriptions accompanying the photos include terms like “for the first time” and “romantic mouse,” according to arrest affidavits, which go on to explain that “Siberian Mouse” is used to describe a known series of photos that depict a child in a state of sexually explicit nudity and is often traded online as child pornography. A video found on one of the devices allegedly shows two children striking each other with a belt, while another series of photos depicts two of the children as siblings engaged in sexually explicit activity.

According to the Al Cannon Detention Center website, Eachus was booked on the afternoon of Oct. 12. Charleston County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Watson says that Eachus’ bond hearing is scheduled Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

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