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Miami man guilty of 2009 Seabrook slaying  

A 36-year-old Miami man was sentenced to 33 years in prison last Thursday for the 2009 slaying of a Seabrook man.

At the conclusion of a four-day trial, jurors convicted Antonio Collins of murder, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime.

On June 22, 2009, two men approached the back of a home on Seabrook Road. A neighbor saw the men and asked what they were doing. One of the men drew a pistol and held it to his head. They walked him around to the front door and asked him to get the home’s occupant outside. Moments later, they kicked in the door and a gun battle ensued.

The home’s occupant, 27-year-old Ronald Coleman, Jr. was hit four times and died at the scene. During the exchange, one of the suspects was wounded. Investigators discovered bloody footprints leading from the scene to a point on Seabrook Road where they believe the suspects got into a car. They found the murder weapon nearby.

The case went cold until 2010 when information about the two suspects was cultivated during a federal drug investigation in Hampton County.

DNA was collected from Collins, who was incarcerated on unrelated charges in Miami. It matched the blood found leaving the scene and DNA found on the murder weapon. He later was extradited to South Carolina to face the charges.

New Beaufort County Airports director hired 

Jonathan P. Rembold has accepted the job as Beaufort County Airports Director.

“Jon brings a lot of business and managerial experience to the table. I feel the right person for the job is one that can come in, manage projects, build rapport with the community and ultimately run both airports effectively and efficiently”, said County Administrator Gary Kubic.

Rembold has significant experience when it comes to project management, team leadership and customer service. He started his career as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated from and went on to the U.S. Marine Corps University. Rembold spent six years as a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps. He then became a reservist but was recalled to active duty in 2003.

After serving our country, Rembold went on to work for Azteca Construction where he led field operations during construction of a $3M fire suppressions supply system for all flight and flight maintenance operations at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. From there, Rembold went to work for Ward Edwards Engineering, where he has been employed the last 10 years. During his tenure at Ward Edwards Engineering, Rembold has managed more than 200 development projects ranging from residential subdivisions to large commercial.

County codes employee serves national council 

Beaufort County is pleased to announce Hakim Bayyoud, the Chief Plans Examiner/Flood Plain Manager for the Beaufort County Building Codes Department, has been appointed by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) as a member of the Technical Advisory Council Building Department Accreditation.

This council is comprised of members selected from senior management positions around the country and acts in an advisory capacity on matters regarding accreditation protocol, conformity assessment, testing, calibration, inspection and other subjects relating to IAS accreditation activities. Internationally recognized, accreditation by IAS makes it easier to market products and services both inside and outside the United States.

“Hakim has my complete support. He is a talented code professional and will serve the IAS well”, said Beaufort County Building Codes Director Chuck Atkinson.

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