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June 27, 2018 - 12:00 am


Police in S. Carolina city opt for body cams over dashcams

(Information from: The Greenville News,

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Police in one South Carolina city are phasing out in-car dashboard cameras in favor of body cameras.

The Greenville News reported Monday that the Greenville Police Department's change could impact agency transparency, as unlike dashboard cameras, body cameras aren't subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act. Police Chief Ken Miller says the change isn't meant to avoid the act. Capt. J.B. Browning says having both types of cameras was too costly for the department.

The department began phasing out dashboard cameras in 2016 as they reached the end of their shelf life and body cameras were implemented. The body cameras connect to the cars through Bluetooth and automatically turned on when the police vehicle's emergency lights turn on or a stun gun is deployed.



Williams wins Democratic US House nod in SC 7th District

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — State Rep. Robert Williams has won the Democratic nomination in South Carolina's 7th Congressional District.

Williams defeated and government teacher Mal Hyman of Hartsville in unofficial results Tuesday.

It is Williams' second win of the primary season. He also is the Democratic nominee as he seeks a seventh term for his state House seat in Darlington County. He says he will run for both offices.

Williams will face Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rice and Libertarian Dick Withington in November in the district which includes the area from Florence to Myrtle Beach.

Rice has won every race since the district was created in 2012.


SC Rep McEachern loses; 2 other incumbents win House runoffs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State Rep. Joe McEachern has lost his runoff election in South Carolina.

University of South Carolina law school student Kambrell Garvin beat the real estate broker seeking a sixth term in unofficial results in Tuesday's runoff.

Garvin had about an 1,100-vote margin Tuesday. McEachern beat Garvin by seven votes in a four-candidate primary June 12 in the Columbia-area district.

Two other incumbents survived runoffs. Republican Rep. Neil Collins won his bid for a third term in his district around Pickens County.

And Republican Rep. William Cogswell won his party's nomination as he seeks a second term in his Charleston County district.


Carrigan wins Democratic nod in S Carolina 2nd District

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sean Carrigan has won the runoff for the Democratic nomination in South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.

Carrigan, an Army veteran from Chapin, defeated West Columbia civil rights attorney Annabelle Robertson in unofficial results Tuesday.

It was a nasty primary. Robertson has said Carriagn's supporters have been sexist bullies and questioned her personal life. Carrigan said he has nothing to do with the attacks and has run a positive campaign.

Carrigan characterizes himself as a moderate who can beat Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who is seeking a ninth full term.

American candidate Sonny Narang of West Columbia will also be on November's ballot.

The western South Carolina 2nd District includes Aiken, Barnwell and Lexington counties as well as parts of Orangeburg and Richland counties.


Attorney General Wilson wins S Carolina Republican runoff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has won the Republican nomination for a third term.

Wilson beat state Rep. Todd Atwater in unofficial results in Tuesday's runoff.

Wilson picked up 48.6 percent of the vote in the June 12 primary just under the majority needed to avoid a runoff.

Atwater hammered Wilson on ethics, saying he tried to stop the prosecution of a political consultant he once used after giving the case to a different prosecutor.

Wilson says no attorney general has ever fought corruption as hard as he has. His campaign also says Atwater had no prosecutorial experience.

Wilson will face Democrat Constance Anastopoulo in November's election.


Warrant: Guard smuggled drugs 3 months after being hired

KERSHAW, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina guard was arrested for trying to smuggle marijuana into prison less than three months after she was hired.

Arrest warrants say Rena Hoover hid two plastic zipper bags with what looked like marijuana in a brown sock in her pants pocket as she entered Kershaw Correctional Institution on Monday.

The warrants say a contraband officer smelled an odor like marijuana and the plastic bags were found when she was searched.

The Corrections Department said Hoover was hired on April 9 and fired Monday when she was arrested.

Hoover is charged with furnishing a prisoner with contraband, criminal conspiracy and misconduct in office. It wasn't known if she had a lawyer.

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