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Suspects arrested on gun, drug charges

On January 11, members of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Investigations Section arrested two St. Helena men on various drug and weapons charges.

In December of 2012 members of the Drug Investigations Section initiated a drug investigation in reference to Melvin Holmes and his brother Ahmad Holmes selling illegal drugs in the St. Helena area of Beaufort County.  Investigators also learned the illegal drugs were being stored at the Holmes’ residence located at 944 Seaside Road on St. Helena.

During this investigation, controlled purchases of illegal drugs were made from both Melvin and Ahmad, which resulted in a search warrant. The search warrant was executed and a small quantity of marijuana was found on Ahmad Holmes, and larger quantities of crack cocaine and powder cocaine, and a handgun were found on Melvin Holmes.

Melvin and Ahmad Holmes were placed under arrest.

County offering course to be certified lifeguard

Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services will hold an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course at the Battery Creek Indoor Swimming Pool during the month of February. Participants must be at least 15 and take a pre-requisite swim assessment set for Friday, January 25, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Battery Creek Swimming Pool located at 1 Blue Dolphin Drive in Burton. Due to space limitations, only the first 12 participants that pass the assessment will be eligible for the class. The course will take place daily from February 1-4.

The registration fee is $160 which includes all class materials.