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Seabrook car fire under investigation

Just past midnight on Friday, April 17, Burton Fire District firefighters responded to a vehicle fire on Seabrook Center Rd. Firefighters arrived to find fire coming from a Hyundai Genesis which was located on a basketball court.

Firefighters extinguished the fire without injuries. However, the vehicle was heavily damaged.

The fire is under investigation, and anyone who may have information concerning this fire is encouraged to contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

 

McMaster declares State of Emergency for last week’s severe weather

COLUMBIA – Governor Henry McMaster has issued Executive Order 2020-24, declaring a state of emergency in response to the devastation caused by the severe weather event on the morning of Monday, April 13.

This declaration does not impact any executive orders issued by the governor in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in any way. It does, however, direct that the state’s Emergency Operations Plan be further placed into effect to continue the state’s response to the severe weather event.

Currently, local emergency management officials are assessing the damage caused by the storms in the impacted counties. Once those assessments are completed and relayed to the S.C. Emergency Management Division, the governor will request a federal disaster declaration accordingly.

 

Right Women PAC endorses Landing in 1st District race

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Right Women PAC, an organization focused on electing solidly conservative women, announced its endorsement of Kathy Landing in the race for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District on Wednesday, April 15.

Right Women only endorses women candidates who demonstrate they are “pro-Constitution, pro-Second Amendment, pro-law enforcement, pro-life, supportive of President Trump’s Make America Great Again agenda, and advocates for border security, religious freedom, Israel, and veterans.”

 

AG Wilson sends price gouging cases to local solicitors

COLUMBIA – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has assigned potential price gouging cases to local solicitors around the state so their offices can review them and assign them to local law enforcement to investigate as needed and then possibly prosecute.

“We’ve received more than 650 complaints since the Governor declared a state of emergency on March 13 and we’ve been going through those complaints to find ones that could meet our state law’s definition of price gouging,” Attorney General Wilson said. “We want to get moving on these as soon as possible to get the word out that we are investigating these price gouging complaints and will prosecute the businesses and individuals that violate the law.”

Violating the state price gouging law is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, 30 days in jail, or both.

The Attorney General’s Office encourages everyone to continue to report potential price gouging cases when they see them. To report them, you can email them to pricegouging@scag.gov, go to our website at www.scag.gov and click on the “Price Gouging Information” at the top of the page, or you can call 803-737-3953 and leave a voice message.

Please include the following information:

The time, place, address, and name of the business

The price you paid or that’s being charged

Note any prices nearby and get the same information on those businesses

Take pictures that identify the business, along with the price

Provide your name and contact information