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Rep. Erickson to speak at LIBPA meeting  

Representative Shannon Erickson, District 124 State Representative will be the guest speaker at the October 8 meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association to be held at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort Realtors’ Association Headquarters located in the Palmetto Business Park (behind BB&T on Lady’s Island Drive). The meeting is open to the public. Rep. Erickson was first elected to represent District 124 in the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2007 to fill an unexpired term. She was elected to a full term of office in 2008 and re-elected in 2010 and 2012. She presently serves as a member, a past First-Vice Chairperson and currently Chair of the Regulations Subcommittee of the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. Rep. Erickson has been requested to include in her discussion with the following subjects.

• Is it becoming increasingly difficult to pass meaningful legislation in the state legislature and if so, in your opinion, why?

• Was South Carolina’s refusal to accept the Affordable Care Act in the best interest of its citizens?

• The Governor and State School Superintendent have expressed opposition to the adoption of the Common Core Standards in S. C. public school — what is your position?

• Is there a solution to the negative aspects of Act 388 (State system of collecting revenue for public schools)?

• What are the successes of the 2013 South Carolina legislative session?


Attempted robbery under investigation

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted armed robbery and assault that occurred Friday, Sept. 27 at Seabrook Mobile Home Park.

At approximately 9:15 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to Martin Lane in reference to a reported assault occurring moments earlier. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a 57-year-old male who advised that he’d been assaulted by four unknown men.

The victim reported that he was walking to his home on Martin Lane when the men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, approached him. The suspects demanded money, but when the victim told them he did not have any, they punched  him in the face, knocking him to the ground. The suspects continued to punch and kick the victim several times before fleeing the area towards Detour Road.

The victim was able to describe his attackers only as black males between 16-20 years of age. The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information to contact either Investigator Sgt. J. Gobel at 843-255-3421 or Crimestoppers.


One suspect identified in school break-in

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect in last week’s burglary of an elementary school.

Cody Auvil Perkins, 21, of Beaufort is wanted on one count of 2nd degree Burglary in connection with the September 22 break-in at Coosaw Elementary School.

Perkins and another unidentified male were captured on surveillance footage breaking into the school at approximately 1 a.m. on September 22. Once inside, the men forced entry to a vending machine and cash register in the cafeteria, stealing an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Cody Perkins is asked to contact either Investigator Cpl. A. Zsamar at 843-255-3408 or Crimestoppers.

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