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Suspect arrested after shooting at club

The 18-year-old St. Helena Island man wanted in connection with a recent shooting incident at a Beaufort club has been arrested.

Jaquan Lamont Chaplin, wanted on one count of second degree Assault & Battery by Mob, was arrested early Monday, March 24 when he turned himself in to investigators.

According to witnesses, at approximately 12:30 a.m. on March 9, Chaplin, along with several other suspects, surrounded a vehicle during a conflict with the vehicle’s three occupants. As the suspects attempted to pull the occupants out of the vehicle, one of the occupants, a 19-year-old male, was shot multiple times by one of the suspects, 21-year-old Russell Trent Manigo, Jr. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries for which he remains hospitalized.

Another of the identified suspects, 18-year-old Ernest Major, III, was arrested on March 18, also on one count of Assault and Battery by Mob 2nd degree. At this time, Russell Manigo, Jr remains at large. He is wanted on three counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Manigo or with additional information regarding the incident at the Pool Room is asked to contact either Investigator Sgt A. Boland at 843-255-3707 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).


Man arrested on drug, handgun charges 

Saturday night, March 22, deputies responded to #314 Laurel Bay Road in Beaufort in reference to a follow up of an incident of “Shots Fired” that occurred the previous day. While in the area, deputies came in contact with Cordray Wright at his apartment. While speaking to Wright, they observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence. He was detained and a search warranted was secured.

As a result of the search of the residence, approximately 15 grams of marijuana, a handgun and other drug paraphernalia were located. Upon inspection of the handgun, deputies learned the serial number was removed.

Cordray Wright was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession of a Handgun with an Obliterated Serial Number.  He was incarcerated at the detention center.


County receives more than $12K in grants

Beaufort County Solid Waste and Recycling recently received two grants from PalmettoPride, South Carolina’s anti-litter organization. These grants will help keep Beaufort County clean while providing enforcement support for littering issues. The University of South Carolina Beaufort also received a grant in support of their recycling program.

PalmettoPride works with grassroots volunteers and community organizers to help initiate litter pickup programs, beautification projects and enforcement action.

Beaufort County received an $8,000 grant for the continuation of the Keep Beaufort Beautiful program, $2,450 for enforcement of the litter campaign and USCB received $2,730 for bins and other recycling improvements.

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