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Offices closing for Memorial Day

• The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of the Memorial Day state holiday.  Due to the holiday, offices offering Saturday service will be open on May 18 instead of May 25. Please remember that the days before and after a holiday are often extremely busy at DMV. Customers may want to choose another time to visit their local DMV office or process their transactions online at the agency website at www.scdmvonline.com.

• All branches of the Beaufort County Library system will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

• All Beaufort County Government offices will be closed Monday May 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday. These closures also include all County Library Branches and all Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Beaufort County Government Offices will resume normal operating hours Tuesday, May 28.

Police Movie Club ready for new season

The Beaufort Police Department is getting ready to start registration for the 39th year of the movie club. The movie club provides an opportunity for children ages 5-12 to join officers from the department for entertainment and safety education. Each Saturday morning from June 8 through July 13, club members will meet at the Plaza 8 theaters from 9 to 11:30 a.m. There will be a brief presentation on a safety topic, a movie and chances to win prizes. Registration for the movie club will start on June 3 and end on June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Beaufort Police Department substation at 1205 Duke Street. Seating is limited, so be sure to register early. For questions, call Master Sergeant Jason Day at 322-7955.

Officers investigate attempted murder

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted murder on St. Helena Island.

At approximately, 11:30 A.M. on Monday, May 20 morning, deputies responded to the 10 Legree Road in reference to a call of gunshots being fired from a small gray vehicle and a gold Chevrolet Tahoe. The victims were all inside of the residence at the time the shots were fired and no one was injured.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC or Investigator A. Rice at 843-255-3429.

Burton Wells Rec Center closed Friday

Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services (PALS) will be closing the Burton Wells Recreation Center on Friday, May 24 to the public, for the entire day. Seniors Services of Beaufort County will be hosting a county wide senior fun day. Burton Wells will reopen to the public Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.bcgov.net/PALS  or call 843-255-6680.

Buckle Up SC campaign kicks off

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the 2013 Buckle Up South Carolina campaign.

The men and women of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office are proud to partner with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies throughout the state in the annual Memorial Day Buckle Up South Carolina campaign.

Increased enforcement of the South Carolina seat belt law will run from May 20 through June 2. For additional information, contact Captain Allen Horton at 843-255-3264 or visit www.buckleupsc.com.


Sheriff’s Office celebrates promotions

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to congratulate the following personnel in recognition of their achievement and dedication. Effective as of the Wednesday, May 15 ceremony, the following Sheriff’s Office staff has been promoted:

• Patrick O’Neal: Corporal

• Paul Slauson: Corporal

Suspects arrested on drug charges

On Friday, May 17, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Investigators arrested King Earl Morris and Amy Louise Doty on drug charges.

During the month of May, investigators began an investigation into Morris manufacturing methamphetamine. Investigators learned Morris and his associates were purchasing items to manufacture methamphetamine.  As a result of this investigation, a search warrant was obtained for Morris’ residence located at 9 Fox Island Lane in Okatie.

The warrant was executed on the residence at approximately 7 a.m. The search yielded a small amount of methamphetamine as well as other items used to manufacture methamphetamine. Investigators also located waste, which was produced during the manufacturing process.

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