Author Archives: Meg Kinnard

{FD} Corrections employees charged in prison contraband ‘crisis’

More than a dozen employees of South Carolina’s Department of Corrections have pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to bribery and contraband taken into the state prisons, days after a deadly prison riot left seven inmates dead. Continue reading

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{FD} Corrections officers charged with bribery, racketeering

Multiple South Carolina corrections employees are facing federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state’s institutions a week after a deadly prison riot. Continue reading

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{FD} Inmate: Prison officers complicit in cellphone problem

South Carolina prison officials have for years blamed cellphones for contributing to inmate violence. Continue reading

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{FD} Legislators seek more oversight after deadly prison violence

Twenty South Carolina prisoners have been killed at the hands of fellow inmates in the past 16 months. Continue reading

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{FD} Inmate: Bodies stacked in ‘macabre woodpile’ in prison riot

South Carolina officials are blaming the prison riot that killed seven inmates on a turf war between gangs over territory, money and contraband items like cellphones. Continue reading

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{FD} 7 inmates killed as prisoners fight over money, territory

State police have been called to one of South Carolina’s most dangerous prisons. Continue reading

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{FD} Man faces federal charges of kidnapping, raping 4-year-old

A man is facing federal charges of kidnapping and raping a 4-year-old South Carolina girl whom he drove across three Southern states, authorities announced Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Man accused of wanting to eat child released on bond

A South Carolina man accused of wanting to enslave and eat a child has been released from jail on bond. Continue reading

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{FD} South Carolina State Guard to help fight prison cellphones

South Carolina’s corrections officials are enlisting State Guardsmen to help them combat cellphones in the state’s prisons. Continue reading

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{FD} Govt agency says staffer fired after profane Trump tweet

South Carolina’s public health agency said Friday that an employee had been fired after posting a profanity-laced message critical of President Donald Trump in the wake of a deadly school shooting that left 17 dead. Continue reading

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{FD} Cellphone jamming system tested at Maryland prison

Federal prisons officials have tested a jamming technology that officials hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with cellphones. Continue reading

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{FD} White ex-cop gets 20 years for Walter Scott slaying

For three days, attorneys representing the federal government and a former South Carolina officer charged in an unarmed black motorist’s shooting death have presented technical testimony to a judge to consider how much time Michael Slager should spend … Continue reading

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{FD} Son of slain black man wants life in prison for ex-officer

A year ago, former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager sat in a Charleston County courtroom, hearing a judge declare a mistrial in the state murder case against him in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist. Continue reading

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{FD} Video expert: Cop, unarmed black man fought before shooting

The cellphone video of a white South Carolina officer shooting an unarmed black motorist as he ran away is again being scrutinized in court. Continue reading

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{FD} Attorney: Ex-cop who shot black man had no ‘racial animus’

A former South Carolina police officer is returning to court to learn how long he’ll spend in federal prison for the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist following a traffic stop. Continue reading

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{FD} Officer who shot, killed unarmed man set to learn sentence

A former South Carolina police officer will soon learn how long he’ll spend in federal prison for the shooting death of an unarmed motorist following a traffic stop. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-officer’s attorney: Shooting was manslaughter, not murder

Attorneys for a former South Carolina police officer say prosecutors are pushing their “unreasonable” goal that Michael Slager be sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed motorist. Continue reading

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{FD} South Carolina may not have drugs for December execution

South Carolina has scheduled its first execution in more than six years. Continue reading

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{FD} South Carolina’s first execution in 6 years set for Dec. 1

South Carolina has scheduled its first execution in more than six years. Continue reading

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{FD} Convicted church killer wants to fire Jewish, Indian lawyers

A white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire his appellate attorneys because one of them is Jewish and the other is Indian. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-deputy gets no jail time in on-the-job sex assault case

A former South Carolina sheriff’s deputy has likely escaped jail time after pleading guilty to engaging in a sex act on duty. Continue reading

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{FD} SC: Split Episcopal dioceses can’t take millions in property

Dozens of parishes that split with The Episcopal Church over theological issues including the ordination of gay priests cannot take valuable real estate with them. Continue reading

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{FD} 3 charged with helping South Carolina inmate escape

Three people have been arrested for helping an inmate escape from a maximum-security prison in South Carolina. Continue reading

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{FD} SC officials: Illegal cellphone, drone aided inmate’s escape

Details surrounding a South Carolina inmate’s sophisticated breakout plan have been emerging since he was recaptured after more than two days on the run. Continue reading

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{FD} Escaped inmate may have used wire cutters delivered by drone

Prison officials in South Carolina say an inmate has been captured in Texas after a second escape from a maximum security prison. Continue reading

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{FD} Authorities seeking inmate after his 2nd escape from prison

Authorities are looking for an inmate they believe has made his second escape from a maximum-security South Carolina prison. Continue reading

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{FD} Attempted seizure of inmate phone prompts prison fight

Six correctional officers have been rescued after an attempted confiscation of an inmate’s cellphone prompted a fight at a South Carolina prison. Continue reading

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{FD} Dozens in South Carolina charged in prison-based meth ring

Nearly three dozen people are charged with being part of a methamphetamine ring run by South Carolina prison inmates who used smuggled cellphones, state prosecutors said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 men accused of trying to fly drones into South Carolina prison

Two men have been arrested after authorities say they tried to fly drones carrying contraband materials into a medium-security South Carolina prison, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Continue reading

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